Five application architectures that work on iOS/Android.

 Five application architectures that work on iOS/Android.

Smartphones and tablets have become so powerful that they have suddenly changed the concept of workshops since the introduction of applications into the architecture industry. They have resulted in more productive and efficient workflows on the spot or on the go, covering various aspects of the field with versatility and variety. While some are specifically for professionals, others appeal to any architecture buff, with a user-friendly interface, simplified navigation, and accessible information.

best architectural app of 2022 featuring critical technical drawings and modeling, sketching canvases for all levels, construction and management platforms, toolbox apps, and interfaces for inspiration. Read on to find out the top apps available on iOS and Android.

1. AutoCAD 360 and Autodesk FormIt 360 ( iOS / Android).

AutoCAD 360 and Autodesk FormIt 360

Visualize AutoCAD or Revit files on the go. Autodesk users can view and upload 2D and 3D images regardless of what software they used to create them. They can also navigate large-scale models, review and mark designs, measure dimensions and areas, and track project status anytime, anywhere. FormIt 360 core functionality is free for commercial use. For those who are looking for advanced features such as real-time collaboration system, solar analytics, and integrated building analytics, one will need a Cloud Subscription.

2. BIMx (iOS/Android).

BIMx (iOS/Android).
Having a unique technology that integrates 2D and 3D building project navigation, this app allows architects to use Graphisoft files on any device and make measurement adjustments on the spot. This free app gives you all the tools to explore Hyper models - both 3D models and attached 2D documentation.

3. Room Scan (iOS)

Developed by Locometric, RoomScan Pro can create entire floor plans using any phone. It's easy to use, the process only requires the user to tap on their screen and highlight a wall as they move across the room, and the app produces an adequate floor plan seamlessly. In addition, the application can measure and draw stairs, facades, green spaces, etc. While the free version handles the basics pretty well, one might find it very limited, and it would be well worth the splurge on RoomScan Pro.

4.Shapr3D (iOS)

The 3D sketching and modeling application, Shapr3D, is useful during the initial conceptual phase as it allows users to switch between 2D and 3D designs easily. Shapr3D is a freemium application, so all users have access to every important modeling tool and feature, the Shapr3D forum, and help materials at no cost.

5. Morfolio Traces (iOS).

Morpholio Trace provides the option to add comments to images, helping to share initial conceptual ideas. This app is useful during the first phase of design as it allows you to doodle, draw and express artistic thoughts, especially with its augmented reality option.

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