Interior Design for iPad: Written & Video iPad App Review
When we’re not writing for the iPhone App Review, we head a graphic design and marketing firm of some note. As such, we’re no strangers to the realm of design, both interior and commercial. We mention this not to brag—okay, maybe just a little—but instead to point out how incredible Interior Design for iPad by developer Black Mana Studios is for the interior designer. The app offers just about everything you could ever want in a sketching utility, and then some. For our full review, you need only to look further below beyond the break.
Concept and Functionality
The idea behind Interior Design for iPad looks something like this: What if you could use just your iPad to go from a mere 2D floorplan sketch of a house all the way to a fully rendered 3D model of how you’re going to design it? What if you could then export this rendering to give to your clients for their approval or feedback? How nifty would that be, and all from your armchair?
In fact, this is exactly what Interior Design for iPad offers. You begin by mapping out the rooms of your house using the simple drag-and-drop interface. Once that’s been completed, you can then edit the rooms to reflect their materials. Finally, you’re allowed to use the extensive list of basic items to dish out the furniture and throw up some art on the walls. When all of that’s finished, you can immediately switch to the exporting mode where you can send either a screenshot or a full render to a variety of popular sharing and media services. In other words, anything you’ve ever needed to do for a client—except purchasing and arranging furniture—can be done within the app. And that’s incredible.
Graphics and Design
Surprisingly, Interior Design for iPad has been designed incredibly well for the complexity that it’s offering. None of the features are hard to get to, and in fact the whole process feels rather guided and streamlined. We never felt out of touch with what was happening, which isn’t often the case with these sort of wireframing apps. Furthermore, we never found ourselves wanting for more items or rooms to play about with. It’s our professional opinion that any designer would love to have this at their hip, especially for quick sketches during meetings.
The only downside to Interior Design for iPad is its pricing: The app is simply expensive for an iPad application. Then again, it’s a very specific and focused app with a clear purpose and a lot of value. So if you’re an interior designer looking for a new utility to do exactly what Interior Design for iPad, we would not dar recommend anything over it. It’s still a value, despite the price, and it has the raw potential to drastically streamline your work process.
Interior Design for iPad requires iOS 3.2 or later and is compatible with iPad. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review, as well as a video production fee.
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