About a month ago Scott Hargis pointed out the MagicPlan iPhone app to me because we were talking about improving the floor plan diagrams in the next edition of his Lighting book. I downloaded the app but it wouldn't work on the iPhone 3S I had at the time. Last week I upgraded to a iPhone 4s so I tried MagicPlan again.
Wow! I have to say I was blown a way. As the little promo video shows, you stand in the center of a room, spin around and take shots of each corner of a room and each side of doors and the app creates a floor plan. No need to measure, no need to move furniture and no need to draw. My first impression was how is it doing this? It truly seems like magic. If you want you can calibrate the dimensions by measuring one wall of a room.
The app is free for download. The final floor plan is free for non-commercial use (includes a watermark) and $1.10 USD for commercial use (with the watermark removed).
I know, you Android people are saying, "what about and Android app?" Sensopia, the app developers say an Android app is in the works. 6 months ago when the MagicPlan was first released the iPhone 4 was the only device that had a gyroscope. Since that time Android handsets that have gyroscopes are more widely available.
Running this app takes some practice. It took me several rooms to get the hang of selecting the corners of the room even though you can't see the exact corner of the room because of furniture or drapes etc. But once you get the hang of it, you can put together floor plans very quickly. This app makes it very easy to add floor plans as a product to your real estate photography services if you are inclined to do that.