Reading
blue-triangle-element

Articles

PFRE is the original online resource for real estate and interior photographers. Since 2006, it has been a community hub where like-minded professionals from around the world gather to share information with a common goal of improving their work and advancing their business. With thousands of articles, covering hundreds of topics, PFRE offers the most robust collection of educational material in our field. The history of real estate photography has been documented within these pages.
All Articles
blue-triangle-element

Latest

The Render Flames tool in Photoshop is a very powerful and dynamic tool that lets you add fire in just a few steps where there otherwise wasn't one in your photo. In this video, I demonstrate step by step how you can have Photoshop render a fire into a ...

COMMUNITY
blue-triangle-element

Forum

The PFRE Community Forum is an online resource for discussing the art and business of Real Estate and Interior Photography.
Join The Discussion
blue-triangle-element

Latest

View Now
Contest
blue-triangle-element

OVERVIEW

For over a decade, photographers from around the world have participated in PFRE’s monthly photography contests, culminating in the year-end crowning of PFRE’s Photographer of the Year. With a new theme each month and commentary offered by some of the finest real estate & interior photographers anywhere, these contests offer a fun, competitive environment with rich learning opportunities. 

Contest Rules
blue-triangle-element

CURRENT CONTESTS

View / Submit
blue-triangle-element

PAST CONTESTS

View Archive
Conference
blue-triangle-element

Conference

PFRE’s Annual Conference in Las Vegas provides real estate and interior photographers from around the world an opportunity to meet on an annual basis, to learn, share best practices and make connections. Many of the leading names in our field are selected to speak on topics aimed at improving our craft and advancing our business. It’s a comfortable, relaxed environment that is fun, easy to get to, and affordable.
blue-triangle-element

Upcoming

PFRE Conference 2020

Registration not open yet
App Store
blue-triangle-element

Latest News

PFRE Virtual Conference 2020 Announcement: Presenter Line Up Part 2 of 2

*Early bird tickets go on sale September 28th* Here are the remaining ...

PFRE Virtual Conference 2020 Announcement: Presenter Line Up Part 1 of 2

We're a few short months away from the PFRE Virtual Conference 2020 an ...

Reader Poll: Which Topics Should Be Covered at the 2020 PFRE Virtual Conference?

Planning is well underway for the 2020 PFRE Virtual Conference and we' ...

PFRE Conference 2020 Announcement

As many of you know, last year we hosted the first-ever PFRE Conferenc ...

Podcast
blue-triangle-element

Podcasts

The PFRE podcast is focused on having meaningful conversations with world-class photographers, business professionals and industry leaders, with the goal to inform and inspire.
All Podcasts

Coming Soon...

Resources
blue-triangle-element

Resources

PFRE prides itself on the depth and breadth of the information and professional development resources it makes available to our community. Our goal is to help real estate and interior photographers be successful while bringing the community together and elevating the industry as a whole.
blue-triangle-element

Directory

Coming Soon...

What Floor Plan Creation Software Do Real Estate Photographers Use?

Published: 07/07/2016
By: larry
I've had some questions in the last few months asking besides, Matterport, what are the top software applications for creating floor plans.

Since it's been over a year since we talked about floor plans I thought I'd do a poll this time. The poll has all the floor plan software that was discussed in the last post on floor plan software (the post and the comments).

I've explicitly left Matterport out of this poll because it's more of a high-end expensive product. We've had separate discussions on Matterport.

So if you provide a floor plan product with your real estate photographer services please take the poll. If you use a product that's not on the poll leave a comment and let us know which product you use. 

Note once a poll like this starts I can't add items to the poll but we will add it to the next poll.

[polldaddy poll=9464158]

13 comments on “What Floor Plan Creation Software Do Real Estate Photographers Use?”

  1. I use Apex Sketch V5 Standard. It's available with a GUI for tablets but I still prefer graph paper and Bosch laser tape measure on location and then sketch it on Apex off site on my desktop. It works well once you learn how to use it but the learning curve was a bit rough, clunky and not very intuitive.

  2. I use Total by Alamode. It is appraisal software, and has the best sketcher on the market I think. I measure in the field with a Disto bluetooth laser device, which sends the dimensions directly into my iPad, and my floorplans are 95% done when I leave the house. I've checked out the other options, and I think Total has the edge.

  3. There's a floorplan app for Mac only called Floordesign that I use. It's very easy and you can add your own icons for furniture, etc. It's also reasonably priced.
    I've also used floorplanner.com and find it to be pretty decent.

  4. We sketch on graph paper onsite and then produce in floorplanner.com. best value for your floorplans with each plan only costing about $2.00. they seem to have the best looking assests and has a roomplanner function already incorporated for staging.

  5. Hi Larry, I have been using PlanUp (formerly TMA or The Mobile Agent) for almost 10 years now. The last few years they have had an iPad app, allowing you to complete the plan at the property. No need to sketch on-site then finish on your PC, which saves time and also allows checking of errors before it becomes impossible. Two hundred and sixty plans and counting so far this year. I have said for years that MetroPix have a (slightly) better looking end-product, as do Floorplanner.com, but the ability to finish the plan on-site trumps this for my purposes. Gary.

  6. I use visualfloorplanner which is part of the Visualbuilding suite of programmes. What I like is that it is buy rather than a subscription based service. 2D only, but it is all I need at this time. There is a 3D version available for those who need this. After the initial outlay, plans are free to create. visualfloorplanner.com and http://www.visualbuilding.co.uk.

  7. I'll chime in on sensopia/magic plan.

    Easy and intuitive. Wifi. Various outputs source files. Everything complete by the time I walk out the door minus exporting to my email account. However, I do some tweaking on the plan to improve and enhance appearance, but you can certainly offer the final output to your clients and be proud of your work. You can select square footage to display on the plans, base/height measurement, both - imperial and metric outputs. Android and Mac friendly. You can custom watermark your images too so that you can create your own disclaimer. $10 a month and as many outputs as your hearts content! Oh yea, if someone else has magic plan, you can export that specific plan to the magic plan recipient and they in turn can tweak or have a copy of their plan immediately. Oh yea, cloud system too so you can remotely access your plan in the event you receive a text message or phone call from an agent letting you know that they lost the plan or need a copy.

  8. Floor plans... With all due respect and a willingness to agree that I just don't get it:

    Are they just too much information? Are not home purchases emotion driven? Wouldn't a sexy photo be a far more effective call to action?

    Is too much information ever a good thing?

    Torch me. Teach me. Because I truly DON'T get it...

  9. Dave that is the point of a floorplan imho. It creates an emotional connection to the potential house by allowing a buyer to visualize their furniture, etc... When you take photos I am assuming you try to show the layout. Floorplans just take that concept to the next level. There is research that suggests that a 2d floorplan is the 2nd most important part of a listing from a buyer's perspective. Lots of photos would be #1.

  10. x2 with Kevin.

    And if you use a 3rd party software and can lay camera icons on the floor plan to show the buyer perspective of where the photo was taken and the spatial relation to other rooms and present the whole package in a tour, you are sliced bread! I happen to use TourBuzz and they allow you to do this sort of thing. However, I created customized camera icons instead of the stock camera icons Tour buzz offers and all my agents dig what I do. Buyers love it too. I've gotten many additional clients as a result of an agent seeing a "competing" agent use my interactive floor plan tour (that's what I call it) and they want what I do; they want to appear to be "with it" on R.E. photography. Caution - takes a while to render a floor plan so just be aware that though you may do maybe 2 to 4 shoots a day, if you add floor plans to the mix and you are a one person operator, you might loose volume. On the flip side, you charge more so it could be a wash.

  11. The benefit of a floorplan is that it shows the layout of the property - you may need a teen retreat at the other end of the house as the master bedroom, or you may need a central kitchen where you can see the family room etc to watch the kids. Check out https://www.ifloorplan.com/ as its a great way to show the floorplan and photos side by side, and a great 'extra' to offer your clients and make a point of difference with other photographers.

  12. I have been using Roomsketcher for the last five years and I love it. It is a great piece software and really easy to use. You can draw plans yourself on a tablet while you're on site, or at home/office on your PC or Mac. You can even order a floor plan based on a blueprint. Roomsketcher visualises and deliver delicate 2D/3D-plans based on what you draw.

    http://www.roomsketcher.com

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

magnifiercrossmenucross-circle