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How can photos of houses be converted into architectural building plans?

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To convert photos of rooms to floor plans, install apps such are Architizer’s RoomScan Pro for iPhone and Sensopia’s MagicPlan for Android and iOS on your smartphone. Blueprints and architectural drawings for houses, especially exteriors, are typically done with AutoCAD software, a much more complicated and expensive project.

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How can photos of houses be converted into architectural building plans?
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While drafting blueprints is beyond most people, using a smart device to draw a floor plan for a house’s interior is not. RoomScan Pro and Magic Plan are apps that work with smart devices’ built-in GPS technology to take a special “photo” of the each room that the app then renders as scale drawing.

Architizer’s RoomScan Pro, available for $4.99 on iOS as of 2015, requires users to walk around a room with an iPhone’s camera turned on, sliding the phone along the walls or tapping the walls with the phone to make a sketch of the outline of the room. The app then converts the sketch to a floor plan scaled to the dimensions of the room, complete with measurements. MagicPlan, available from Sensopia for free, works in much the same way, allowing users to construct detailed floor plans without moving furniture, measuring or drawing. Individual property maps are $2.99, while a monthly subscription costs $9.99.

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