Once a high-tech novelty, apps have become a way of life for many design professionals who go nowhere without their smart phone or tablet. Whether tracking financial expenditures or time, making project notes on site or staying in touch with clients, apps can lighten the work load and streamline and simplify everything from drawing and designing to ordering, pricing, tracking shipments and more. Business apps can help with everything from connecting for online meetings to updating client contact info, while the newest manufacturer apps help designers and their clients with a variety of functions, including comparing and visualizing different color combinations, custom designing products, finding up-to-date product and design information and more.
This month, KBDN looks at several apps of interest to kitchen and bath dealers and designers.
What it is: The Mark on Call app lets users create customized floor plans, whether for an entire house or just one room. The plans can also be customized to include specific furniture dimensions as well as fabric and paint samples.
What it does: The app creates architectural floor plans that can be seen in color or in a grid with actual dimensions. Actual finishes, fabrics, rugs and flooring can be taken from photos taken with the device and included as a “skin” surface in the plan. The app also offers preloaded colors, patterns, a space programming checklist and wood and stone choices. Other users’ published rooms can be seen and downloaded.
Who it’s for: Anyone who is interested in figuring out a room floor plan for either a real or hypothetical project.
Why kitchen and bath designers need it: Kitchen and bath designers can work with a client or fellow designer on the spot to quickly put together a rough floor plan of a redesigned space from their mobile device. With easy access and flexible customization, the Mark On Call app can make a designer’s meetings with clients more interactive and minimize behind-the-scenes designing time.
Available Since: December 2008
Who makes it: M.O.C. Interior Designer, LLC
Platform: iOS on the Apple iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch
Where to find it: On the iTunes Store
For more Info: Visit the Mark On Call Web site at http://markoncall.com/