Android has been helpful in almost every field there is, so it makes sense to utilize its services and architecture as well. These are some helpful Android apps for architects that will surely augment their designing experiences and make them more streamlined. A point to be noted here is that these are just aid apps; according to my own knowledge, there is no professional app that can immolate full desktop software that architects use on a day-to-day basis.
These are the apps that will help budding architects who are still learning, a lot more than the pros. To be fairly honest, the pros rarely need the aid of an Android app unless they are Googling something really specific. This same rule applies to a lot of other fields as well, any kind of professional will have some information handy and would know how to do the job. These apps will surely help in getting things done on the go but will not provide a polished experience that many architects are used to on full software suites.
Note: The 5 helpful Android apps for architects were tested on a Sony Xperia Z smartphone. Some of the apps will require an active Internet connection to provide the content. All the apps performed perfectly fine and there were no problems during the testing phase. The apps are not in any particular order.
1. Home Design 3D
Home Design 3D is a great app to quickly whip up samples on the go. It is not going to replace professional software anytime soon. Simply because it is not that powerful but it can certainly be used to quickly make ideas a bit more tangible.
For example, if you want to show your client a general mockup of how the final product will look, you can spend 10 or 15 minutes on this app and create it after a little bit of practice. That’s not all, you’ll also be able to furnish and decorate the home easily. One of the best things about this app is the option of creating in 2D or 3D.
So, you can easily make a blueprint by using 2D tools. Of course, this app is not as malleable as other software’s but it does offer a lot of customization options like the thickness of walls or creating corners. I also really like how you can import your own pictures and use them as textures on walls or any other surface.
2. Architectural Elements
This is an extremely simplistic app that lists descriptions of architectural elements. There is not a lot to this app but it does come with a search feature so any student referring to a specific element can easily look it up.
One of the best things about this app is that it is available completely off-line so in places such as lecture rooms, where you don’t have Internet access you can reliably use this app. The app also comes with helpful images that allow you to visualize the elements and memorize them if need be.
However, the images are of very questionable quality and sometimes quite small. The overall design is also not consistent throughout the app and the image size is apparently randomized here.
These are some of the most helpful Android apps for architecture professionals as well as students. If you are an architect and have some other apps that should be on the list, feel free to recommend them in the comments below and I’ll make sure to check them out and also featured on the list.
I have absolutely no idea how architecture works, so I find it hard to go a bit deeper. Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated. Until next time, keep drawing straight lines friends.