Macworld Masterclass: Create an accurate floor plan

The best-laid plans: floor layouts are a breeze with MagicPlan

By |

  • anno Intro
  • MagicPlan1 Step 1: Main Menu
  • MagicPlan2 Step 2: Your first corner
  • MagicPlan3 Step 3: Hidden corners
  • MagicPlan4 Step 4: Doing doors
  • MagicPlan5 Step 5: Calibrate your measurements
  • MagicPlan6 Step 6: Add more rooms
  • More stories
Next Prev

Intro

Traditionally, programs that are supposed to let you create floor plans quickly and easily are touted at consumers, but then insist on using the technical language of those who are familiar with computer-aided design. Not so MagicPlan, a clever free app that makes use of your iPhone or iPad’s camera to create a digital picture of a room (or an entire floor or a whole house) by capturing the corners and other important elements such as doors, then putting them all together to form an approximate plan. After that, you can measure the real room with a tape measure (a one-time task) and produce an accurate calibration that will result in a proper floor plan.

There’s bags of features here (including the ability to download plans as PDFs or AutoCAD-friendly DXF files) but in this tutorial we’ll explain how to capture a simple room with a door, produce a plan, calibrate it accurately and then add a second room.

Vital Info

Device: iPhone/iPad
Difficulty: Intermediate
Time required: 15 mins

What you need:

iOS 5.0 or later
MagicPlan (free)

Next »

Next Prev anno

Traditionally, programs that are supposed to let you create floor plans quickly and easily are touted at consumers, but then insist on using the technical language of those who are familiar with computer-aided design. Not so MagicPlan, a clever free app that makes use of your iPhone or iPad’s camera to create a digital picture of a room (or an entire floor or a whole house) by capturing the corners and other important elements such as doors, then putting them all together to form an approximate plan. After that, you can measure the real room with a tape measure (a one-time task) and produce an accurate calibration that will result in a proper floor plan.

There’s bags of features here (including the ability to download plans as PDFs or AutoCAD-friendly DXF files) but in this tutorial we’ll explain how to capture a simple room with a door, produce a plan, calibrate it accurately and then add a second room.

Vital Info

Device: iPhone/iPad
Difficulty: Intermediate
Time required: 15 mins

What you need:

iOS 5.0 or later
MagicPlan (free)

 

Step 2 of 7: Step 1: Main Menu

Download and install the free MagicPlan app from the iTunes Store (itun.es/isZ4Gd). The first time it loads, it’ll play a short overview tutorial (these videos play intermittently throughout the process, usually when you select a new feature to try). Then from the main menu tap the New Plan icon.

 

Step 3 of 7: Step 2: Your first corner

Select Residential or Commercial and whether to let the app use your location. Tap New Floor, choose a floor and pick a name. Stand where you can see all the room’s corners, turn the iPhone on its side, position the green pointer on the first corner and tap the icon on the right.

 

Step 4 of 7: Step 3: Hidden corners

Stand in the same spot and rotate to the next corner. Can’t see the actual corner? Position the pointer where you think it is and then move the camera around slightly until all the overlaid graphics turn green – to indicate that the app has worked out the angles for you – and then tap again.

 

Step 5 of 7: Step 4: Doing doors

Again, stand in the same spot and rotate your way round the room. When you come to a door, position the pointer in the same way, but this time tap the Door icon, then move across the bottom of the door and tap it again. To complete the room, return to the first corner, tap it again and hit Done.

 

Step 6 of 7: Step 5: Calibrate your measurements

Next, grab a tape measure and measure the dimensions of the room you’ve just planned, then return to the home screen and tap Calibration. Select your plan, tap a wall to highlight it and use the roller to adjust the dimensions. Hit Set and repeat for the remaining walls.

 

Step 7 of 7: Step 6: Add more rooms

Finished? Tap Done and then tap Save to confirm the calibration, which MagicPlan will use as the basis for all future plans. Now you can add new rooms on the same floor from the Assembly screen either by capturing them as before or by using one of the presets shown here.

Elsewhere on IDG sites
Android Oreo News: Release Date & New Features

Android Oreo News: Release Date & New Features

Best Photo Editing Software for iPad

Best Photo Editing Software for iPad

iMac 21.5-inch (2017) review

iMac 21.5-inch (2017) review

Comparatif : quelle est la meilleure batterie externe 2017 ?

Comparatif : quelle est la meilleure batterie externe 2017 ?