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Top Free Architecture Apps to have in 2017
Smartphones have become an essential part of our daily lives. The rapidly growing mobile technology is paralleled by countless innovations in the mobile application development. These innovations have extended to the field of architecture. New handy apps and enhanced versions of already existing apps are developed yearly. These apps cover architecture related activities like sketching, 3D modeling, photo editing, and other stuff that might not have crossed your mind. So, here we provide you with a list of the best architecture apps to have on your smartphone in 2017.

Read more: 10 Mobile Apps you Should never miss, If you are an Architect 

  • Recommended free apps for architects:

  1. Morpholio Trace

This app functions like a tracing paper. It allows users to draw on imported images and add comments and pointers on separate layers. It is very popular and handy. It works on iPad Pro and requires Apple Pencil for sketching.

Download from: iTunes

 

  1. AutoCAD 360

AutoCAD 360 is used for viewing and editing 2D and 3D drawings, in addition to other helpful tasks like taking measurements on site and annotating drawings. It can be used for faster communication since the edited and annotated images can be shared through the app.
Download from: iTunes, Google

  1. BIMx by Graphisoft

BIMx gives its users prompt access to all the detailed documentations of a BIM project. The popular app is characterized by a user-friendly interface. It combines the best of both, BIM and mobile technology.

Download from: iTunes, Google

 

  1. Sketchbook by Autodesk

Sketchbook is an easy-to-use app for all kinds of users interested in drawing and painting. One of its advantageous features is the time-lapse recording tool. It can help architects with explaining their design ideas through the recorded sketching process.

Download from: iTunes, Google

 

  1. Shapr3D

Shapr3D is a 3D CAD tool for iPad Pro. It enables its users to draw sketches fast and easy, then turns them instantaneously into 3D forms. The app has a user-friendly interface, controlled by the thumb and the Apple pencil. According to the developers, the app is highly accurate and built for professionals.

Download from: iTunes

  1. MagicPlan

This app generates interior plan drawings by detecting the walls and openings. All the user needs to do is stand in the middle of a room and take pictures of its corners. The pictures are turned into “95% accurate” measurements and plans. Furniture can be added to these plans, which can be later exported to PDF, JEPG, or DXF formats.

Download from: iTunes, Google

 

  1. AutoDesk FormIt

This Autodesk App is part of the Revit package and meant to be part of the BIM process. It provides its users with helpful site information which makes it easier to generate contextual forms and decide on other early design related issues.

Download from: iTunes, Google

  1. Archisketch

The neatly designed app, still undergoing development, allows its users to import images and draw on them to scale, which is the new part. The app offers its users new handy specifications with every update.

Download from: iTunes

 

  1. Arrette Sketch

This app can be used for sharing and digitally reviewing drawings and sketches. It allows its users to make incremental changes on designs and drawings, without the need for printing and tracing paper.

Download from: iTunes.

 

  1. Concept by Fast and Epp

Concept gives its users instantaneous calculations for the dimensions of various structure systems, based on the ratio between span and depth. It also shows the user existing projects employing similar structure systems, making it easier for them to visualize how their own designs would actually look.

Download from: iTunes.

 

  1. ArchiSnapper

This app is helpful for generating field trip and site visit reports. It organizes all the sketches, notes, and photographs taken during the visit, automatically, and produces a report which can be made into PDF format, modified, and shared with colleagues or clients.

Download from: iTunes, Google

  1. Pixlr Express

It is a photo-editing app developed by Autodesk. It makes it possible to enhance the quality of architectural images through the use of masks and overlays, among a wide variety of options, not available on other free photo-editing apps.

Download from: iTunes, Google

  • Recommended paid apps for architects:

    1. SketchUp Mobile Viewer

The viewing app is used for 3D SketchUp models. It provides measurement tools, dimensions, as well as, section and plans views. It can be used to download 3D models from SketchUp’s Warehouse to the smartphone.

Download from: Google

 

2. Sun Seeker

This app helps architects to decide on the right orientation for their buildings by providing data like the solar path, the winter and summer solstice paths, and sunrise and sunset times.

Download from: iTunes.

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