I love my Ipad2. Countless apps, countless fun. As an architect, my Ipad certainly won’t replace my laptop or workstation, but there are a handful of really useful apps that I thought worth sharing for architects, or those who pretend to be one!
This little gem by RiverStudioDesign is all of what a great ft-inch calculator needs to be. There are a couple of versions; the basic for $1.99, or the “+” version, with more wiz-bang tools, for $4.99. Bright, clear graphics and an easy-as-can-be interface make this a winner.
Think of Planimeter as your personal aerial measurement tool. From CoreSignals, Like Google Earth’s ruler, this app allows you to quickly and easily measure distances and land areas on aerial photos and maps. Great for calculating acreages, plan areas, rooftops, etc. A really cool no-brainer for $0.99.
Until AutoDesk creates an iOS-compatible AutoCad, this may be it! IMSI Design has created a FREE app that allows you to view and manipulate (view, pan, orbit) native .DWG and .DXF files. The kicker is it will view both 2D and 3D files, which is pretty cool. As noted, the basic version is free; now they also have a “Pro” version for $9.99 that maintains shading, layer and other attributes as well.
If you need access to LEED information on the go, look no further than GreenER Construction’s series of LeedER apps. LEED Acronyms, LEED Definitions, and LEED Standards, and LEED Checklist each provide instant access to reference information related to your project, or as study material for accreditation exams. The interfaces are easy to navigate outline formats, and naturally, are colored green. With prices from $0.99 to $1.99, you needn’t envy!
Finally, for the purests among us, Blackstone Audio has produced an IPad audio book of Ayn Rand’s cult classic, The Fountainhead. (unabridged) A must-read for every architecture student on the planet. What’s more, the app provides, “a multitude of features and content to help take you beyond the words” (app store) including a top-shelf voice-over reader, games, background extras, and more. Buildings are no longer just buildings, and apparently books are no longer just books. Get yours for $9.99 on the app store.
So that wraps it up. Clearly, there are other useful apps that designers of varying fields will call their favorites. What are yours?