Urban Design Limited today released Archipad worldwide. Archipad is a scale aware sketching application for architects, interior and product designers.
Use Archipad as you would use a tracing pad. Sketch, overlay it, and sketch further to develop your ideas. Archipad mimics how architects and designers have been designing using traditional tools but now the same creativity can be achieved on your iPad. Being on an iPad, it can now go much further. As well as everything being to scale, you can zoom in and out to develop specific areas, rotate layers or the whole drawing to tryout different options or share your design with others or export them to a CAD application to prepare working drawing.
Archipad is more akin to a painting app than a drawing program. This means that shapes and freehand lines, can be added, partially erased and more shapes and lines added, building up the drawing, similar to a traditional sketching methods. Urban Design Limited believes this to be also more appropriate to the iPad as one interacts with it in a much quicker and direct way than a standard computer that uses a mouse. Also as one uses a finger to draw on the iPad, it would be difficult to recreate the levels of accuracy that is need in a CAD program.
The target market of Archipad is not only the professional architects and designers but as it is simple enough to use, it can include the amateur space planner, armed with an estate agent’s plans. Anybody wanting to buy or rent a property wants to explore how they can either move walls around or lay out furniture. With Archipad it would be simple to import the plan, set the scale, erase some walls, draw some new ones and place some furniture. These initial ideas then can be communicated more clearly with others.
The price structure of Archipad also reflects its diverse potential use. Its free to download and use for a small project. A student or a house buyer can purchase a subscription for a short interval and longer for a professional. Adopting the subscription model guarantees that the latest features are added to the app as soon as they become available, and the app can be activated and reactivated whenever it is needed.
List of features:
• Measuring lines to either set scale or measure distances on a drawing
• Multiple layers
• Shape and freehand drawing tools
• Duplicate a shape multiple time
• Zoom in and out without losing drawing quality
• Rotate or move a layer or the whole drawing
• Duplicate or flip layers
• Create layers from other drawings to generate different views of a project
• Scaled grids including isometric and axonometric grids
• Guide lines that can be subdivided equally or into specific distances
• Symbols; use predefined set of symbols or create your own from the content of a layer and share it between your projects
• Export and generate blueprints up to A3 size, at any scale, without losing drawing quality
With the advent of touch orientated interface in iPad, a whole new approach to interacting with technology has been created. Archipad, which has been designed by a practicing architect, brings the fun of the creative process to the iPad, and by borrowing features from CAD programs it becomes an intuitive app for all designers.
Archipad 1.1 is Free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store here.