Brandon in LA says:
I recently purchased a Leica DISTO D2 and am planning to offer floor plans (just 2D to start) as an additional service. I've thoroughly researched the various vendors you have listed in previous posts on this subject, and have played around with Leica's own Sketch app (which unfortunately seems way too basic even to create a rough sketch). My plan was to create either hand-drawn sketches and send them to an outsourced company for final creation, or use MagicPlan or another iPad app to create the final plan on-site (or at least rough it in for completion later). I would rather use the laser tool than try to have MagicPlan determine room dimensions via the camera.
I'm a bit frustrated with the process so far. Maybe I'm overthinking it. I have been unable to find any definitive "how-to" videos or resources that show the entire measuring process with the laser tool.
I think you are on the right track. I have MagicPlan and while I don't use it intensively, I think it is a good option to make a sketch and capture dimensions on site. I agree I'd rather use a laser measuring device to capture the room dimensions. Of course, there are many other iPad Apps that would allow you to make a room sketch. Any software like MagicPlan takes some intensive investment in time to learn how to use quickly and efficiently. You can make a sketch and add dimensions to it with your measuring device. There are a bunch of training videos on the MagicPlan site. You could also just use your Leica DISTO D2 and a sheet of paper to make the sketch.
Once you sketch each floor with all the dimensions if you are not into doing the drafting work to make a great looking plan it's well worth it to send it to some place like floorplanet.com to have them make the finished plan.
What other advice do readers have for Brandon?