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5 iPhone Apps for Interior Design

I got a new iPhone in December and I have been getting familiar with iPhone Apps. These applications or Apps (for short) are wonderful software programs that are installed directly on the screen of your iPhone - most are free to download, or have a nominally small fee.

These are the iPhone Apps that I have downloaded so far that are proving to be very helpful:

1. Flashlight iPhone App - This App fills the screen of your iPhone with bright white illuminating light. I used it on a job-site last week to look behind a wall to check the position of the gas line in a kitchen renovation. I will also have it handy next time I am in a dimly lit restaurant and can't read the menu!

2. iHandy Level iPhone App - very handy for leveling pictures on the wall, checking that a table is level, etc.

3. Digital Mag iPhone App - great for magnifying those hard to read dimensions on floor plans....also works great to read small print disclaimers, menus, etc.

4. Ben Color Capture iPhone App - I love this one. You take a picture with your iPhone and it matches it up with the exact Benjamin Moore paint color.

5. MacBox Units iPhone App - Units is a really useful app for the iPhone that lets you easily convert from various units into lots of others. Units can convert Area, Currency, Energy, Temperature, Time, Length, Weight, Speed, Pressure, Power, and Volume. As an added bonus Units also has a built in ruler, for doing small, quick measurements when the need arises.

*Best of all Flashlight, IHandy, Digital Mag, Ben Color Capture, and Units are all free iPhone Apps

Please let me know what iPhone Apps you have found helpful by leaving a comment here.
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40 comments:

  1. Great post, as always.

    Was wondering how accurate you have found the Ben Moore app to be, or is just for general guidance?

    Thanks!
    Lisa

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  2. Thank you Patricia for all of your insights of color and design in our world. I am thinking of switching to an iphone for my work and my world. This is yet another little helpful push.
    Terry McG

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  3. Hi Patricia. Welcome to the world of iPhone. You'll never leave it!! My favorite apps are Shopper. Great way for staying on top of the groceries and keeping a budget. And I love the Evernote!! So many great ways to use it! It is my personal filing cabinet for all my home projects and wish lists and jewellery log. When I am out and about I take photos and keep them filed under their appropriate categories or reference back to it for tiles, upholstery, gemstones etc. It tells me where the shop was that I took it too!! And i love playing HoldEm. If you like poker... I am hooked now.

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  4. downloading all of them as we speak. thanks so much!!

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  5. All great reasons to get a new phone...would love to know the answer to Concord Greens question.
    Knowing what paint is on the wall... would be a really good reason to get a iphone...if it works properly.

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  6. The Ben Color Capture App seems to work pretty well, depending on the available light. The only thing the iPhone camera doesn't seem to have yet is a flash.

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  7. Love the post Patricia---and a very Happy New Year !!!

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  8. Sherwin Williams has one similar to Ben Moore. It saved me the other day trying to remember the name of a trim color.

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  9. The flashlight app came handy last year to recover my car key when I dropped it between stairs.
    I will add the iHandy Level and the MacBox Units.

    With the iPhone 3GS, as you change the focus (you tap on the screen at the wanted spot), you can fine-tune the lighting of your photos. It often helps.

    And I wish to send you a wonderful and Happy New Year, Patricia.

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  10. Hey Patricia!

    I have the level and the Ben colour capture, I will definitely upload the others. Thanks for the heads up!

    Happy New Year!

    xx

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  11. well, that makes me want one even more!!

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  12. OH now you've made me want to run out and get an iPhone! I've shied away but maybe it will need to be a 2010 purchase.

    Have fun with it!

    Tricia - Avolli

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  13. Another informative post! Had to finally remark and tell you how often I reference your blog at work - I know I'll use these apps often! Thank you! I am constantly amazed by how much my design life has been impacted by my iphone. Adding BenMoore and Evernote (per Samantha Dollar). Who doesn't need to get more organized!

    Marija

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  14. I love that Benjamin Moore App! Thank you for this post! I posted about the app too...the possibilities are endless.

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  15. Love my iPhone. Thanks for the app recs!

    xo,
    cristin

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  16. Brilliant, thank you, so helpful!I'll pass it on!

    XX
    V.

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  17. Hi Patricia,
    Love your blog! I recently bought an Iphone and love it. Thanks for the info on the apps. You are right about the Ben Moore Colour app - it only works in natural daylight. Every wall and surface (from white to black) I snapped around my house tonight came up as HC-168. The other downside is that the US and Canadian numbering system is slightly different. We don't have access to some of their beautiful colours!
    Vanessa

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  18. oooooooOOOO thansk for the tips. I'm going to have to go and add these to my iPhone now!

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  19. Great Apps! My favourite one is the Benjamin Moore - I have been using it for a while and surprisingly works really well.

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  21. Thanks for the great apps! Several I did not have and LOVE the ben moore one! I can't believe how well it works. I have both a bb and an inphone...for different purposes...and not sure if can exist without both of them! Thanks again! Cheryl

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  22. The Benjamin Moore app is awesome and very useful!! Thank you for this post. Five Star Painting will be following.

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  23. Thanks for sharing nice article with us. we are Pune(India) based interior designers.
    Thanks again

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  24. wow that was a good experience about iPhone apps. thx for nice info

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  25. Too bad the iphone doesn't come with an actual flashlight instead of forcing people to use the workaround app that uses the screen for this purpose. The screen is OK to use as a light source if it doesn't have to shine very far, but generally speaking it's much too diffuse to be really useful. All it would take is a LED on top of the device...

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  26. Yeah, but i'm not sure that it is easy to do architecture on the iphone, it is to small for big projects like usually are. Will see what will happen in the future...

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  27. great thank you, very helpful for readers.

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  28. Great information Patricia!

    Thanks,
    Penny

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  29. This is a really good read for me, must admit that you are one of the best blogger I ever saw. Thanks for posting this informative article.

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  30. Wonderful! Just HAD to post this on my Designing Luxury Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/DesigningLuxury. Thanks Patricia!

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  31. it's brilliant, just what I was looking for, and it's the first new app I've placed on the first screen of my iPhone for a long time. start developing iphone apps

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  32. How awesome! That's why I really love iPhone. I don't know why I can't get rid of this iPhone. Many are also wishing to have an iPhone; I am lucky because I got one.

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  33. vinfotech12/7/11

    I like Ben Color Capture a lot.Its really good to use.

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  34. I love my iPhone and with these apps the iPhone user experience is just doubled. No doubt these apps helps me in my professional lefe. Thanks for the useful stuff.
    Shame Alarm

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  35. ihandy level is one of my favorites apps. It really help me a lot in my construction projetcs.

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  36. Hi Patricia,
    I just sent the MR. an email with all your iPhone apps. He will love these and just might actually use them! I know I would and hope to be getting a phone soon!
    Lisa

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  37. Nice applications. Thanks for shearing. By the way I want to introduce all of them who want o make lough with iPhone with a app for jokes- Jose joke teller(http://itunes.apple.com/en/app/jokes-jose-joke-teller-toucan/id490196809?mt=8)

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  38. Really great list of iPhone apps to check out.

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  39. I am interior designers and always prefer interior designers iphone apps for my business. I like most “Dream Home” apps for color, style, room and design help.

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  40. Oh how I love apps! Thanks so much for putting this together! I will never be off my phone now!

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