Smart Phone Apps for Architects, Designers, & Builders

by Biglin Architectural Group on August 31, 2011

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From smart phone & tablet technology has come a steady stream of new apps for people in the construction, architectural, and design trades. From color selection, measurement calculation, and design inspiration, the list goes on forever. We’ve selected some of our favorite apps to share with you. While the majority of these are for iPhone & iPad, the Android Market is also beginning to offer more apps for people in the trades as well.

Here is a list of some of the more popular apps right now:

This iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch application allows you to create CAD drawings on the fly and on the go, in the palm of your hand.

Benjamin Moore’s Color Capture
In design, inspiration can come from anywhere. With Benjamin Moore’s intuitive color-matching application, that inspiration can now be translated into the exact paint color that you’re looking for. All you have to do is snap a picture of what inspires you and the app suggests a color palette to match plus additional complimentary colors.  Available on iPhone and Android phones.

View Autocad drawings from anywhere, anytime, on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. Great for showing designs to your clients and colleagues outside of the office.

Globe Convert
It is always handy to have a unit converter for when you’re making measurements, creating international bids and project quotes. This app converts it all!

Landscaper’s Companion
We love this iPad app for landscape design. It includes 16 categories of plants from trees and shrubs to bulbs, vegetables, grasses, and roses. It’s a great tool for both reference and inspiration.

This is the perfect companion for any designer, contractor, architect, or anyone who is on-site with their clients. Take notes easily, as if you had a pen and a pad of paper.

Adobe Ideas
As quoted on the app page in iTunes: “Adobe Ideas is an ideal companion for the design applications from Adobe that you love, including Adobe Illustrator® and Adobe Photoshop®” Create sketches on the go in vector and create PDFs that you can then easily edit later in Photoshop or Illustrator.

Doodledroid is the choice digital sketchpad for Android smart phones and tablets. It allows you to sketch your ideas easily, quickly, and with precision.

Architect’s Formulator
Last but certainly not least, this app is FULL of all of the useful formulas that an architect could ever possibly need. Broken into sections including carpentry, plumbing, and electrical.

Do you have a favorite app that you couldn’t live without?

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