Design houses, bridges, and geometrical figures with your finger

An article I wrote for Electronic Products.

Looking for a quick and simple way to design a floor plan? All it takes are a few swipes of a finger with FingerCAD, the app that allows builders and designers to draw and save floor plans, elevations, mechanical components, and geometrical figures on their iOS devices.

How FingerCAD works

FingerCAD is the first CAD (computer-assisted-design) application made for technical drawing with fingers assisted by computer. With this inclusive app, you can draw houses, bridges, planimetry of apartments, mechanical components, and geometrical figures. Basically, you can draw with your finger everything that can be designed with a common PC CAD. FingerCAD presents engineers, architects, surveyors, and designers with unlimited possibilities.

After designing, your work is saved using standard formats, such as DXF, PDF, or OBJ, and your files can be sent via e-mail, or you can print them. FingerCAD autosaves, so losing a design you forgot to save is nothing to worry about. The app also automatically loads design files from a previous session, should your iOS device ever need to be rebooted.

Aside from the common CAD tools, features include designing walls with adjustable thickness, snapping to control points, selection and deletion of objects, undo and redo options, designing multilayer and multifloors, being able to move or copy objects to another layer or different floor, an adjustable grid, a selectable unit of measurement, previews, labeling, scaling and rotating, and free text.

Worth point out is that you won’t run out of space while using FingerCAD. If you reach the border of the screen while designing, the app automatically shifts the work area so you can extend your lines. There’s no need to zoom out.

Other important details

With FingerCAD, DXF files can be converted to OBJ, PDF, JPG or PNG. To get a more realistic view of your work, simply load your CAD design into 3D modeling software, such as Finger3D, Blender, or Maya.

FingerCAD is available to download at the iTunes store . It’s compatible with the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad, and it requires iOS 4.2 or later.

For more information on this app, visit the iTunes store.

COST: $5.99

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  1. Matt Riegler · February 1, 2013

    you’re writing about the coolest apps!!!! holy shit

    • Nicole · February 1, 2013

      Thanks! ^_^ Technology never fails to impress me, making it an interesting and fun topic to write about.

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