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Must-Have Architecture Apps for 2017

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If you want to stay current and competitive in today’s architectural world, you need to be up-to-date on the latest technology that will save you time and bring your architecture game to an entirely new level. We’ve combed through dozens and dozens of apps currently being marketed to architects to bring you the ones that will best help you design and manage all of your future projects early and under budget. These architecture apps let you cut out hours of tedious administrative work, and make being an architect not only easier, but also more futuristic and fun.

Graphisoft BIMx

Operating System: Android and iOS

Cost: Free to download

Overview: BIMx uses ArchiCAD to help architects create and present 2D and 3D models easily to potential clients, investors, employers, and coworkers. It allows for anyone to virtually walk through a design and take measurements, without having to install additional software.

AutoCAD 360

Operating System: Android and iOS

Cost: Free to download

Overview: AutoCAD 360 allows you to easily view, share, and edit your AutoCAD drawings directly from your tablet. From the app you can access drawings stored in your free AutoCAD 360 account and easily share them between devices, allowing for a quick and smooth information flow throughout the duration of a project.

MagicPlan

Operating System: Android and iOS

Cost: Free to download

Overview: MagicPlan harnesses the power of your device’s camera to quickly and accurately draw up a floor plan on site. Simply take a photo of the relevant area and add in any details such as annotations and objects for MagicPlan to deliver a floor plan and work estimate. If you purchase your floor plan, you receive them in multiple formats with the ability to publish them online and share them with any other MagicPlan user.

ArchiSnapper

Operating System: Android and iOS

Cost: Free to download

Overview: ArchiSnapper is an app that allows you to generate detailed, accurate punch lists and field reports before ever leaving the job site. It serves as a repository for all of your photos/notes/layouts/data and compiles it into a report with a simple mouse click, saving you hours of administrative work every time you use it.

Archisketch

Operating System: iOS only

Cost: Free to download

Overview: Archisketch turns your iPad into a much more intelligent sketchbook, letting you use it as you would a normal tracing pad with the benefit of being able to easily erase, visualize from all angles, layer drawings, add in symbols, rotate shapes/layers, and a million other things that are just not possible on regular paper.

Sun Seeker 3D

Operating System: Android and iOS

Cost: $9.99

Overview: Sun Seeker 3D is a simple idea brilliantly executed – it gives both a flat and an augmented 3D view of the sun’s path through any given area including: sunrises, sunsets, equinoxes, twilight times, winter and summer solstice paths, and any solar events. This app will give you all of the information you could need on the sun’s behavior at any time of the day, any day of the year, which is invaluable in architectural planning.