Best app for floor plans?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by rumorsdan, May 8, 2010.

  1. rumorsdan macrumors regular

    Mar 1, 2009
    Looking for suggestions on the best app to do 2d floor plans. Something that's easy to learn and preferably not that expensive.
  2. PeggyD macrumors 6502a

    Jan 9, 2007
    Covington, WA, USA
    My two favorites:

    Live Interior 3D - approx $50 US, more for the Pro version. Yes, it's a 3D program but you draw the plan in 2D & then can render the 3D view.

    Google Sketchup - free, not as easy to do 2D drawings, but doable.
  3. rumorsdan thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 1, 2009
    The plans look a little amateurish. I also don't need 3d capability so sketchup doesn't really appeal.

    If anybody has something else to recommend, please do.
  4. hamlinspahn macrumors regular

    Apr 9, 2010
    Oklahoma City
    Concept Draw Pro

    I use Visio with bootcamp, but Concept Draw Pro is a Mac application like Visio and it is easy to use but not cheap about $250 and it isn't really intended for that but it does it well. You can download a trial and give it a look. Just a suggestion I'm sure there are others and even better solutions but it is worth a look.
  5. flat five macrumors 603

    flat five

    Feb 6, 2007
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  7. artash91 macrumors newbie


    Sep 14, 2013
    Try! The site includes also lots of written and video tutorials that will help you quickly get started!
  8. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus


    Jul 24, 2002
    I used Magic Plan and found it to be pretty good. The capture mode is very clever.
  9. alexjholland macrumors 6502

    May 3, 2011
    I had this exact question recently. I just wanted a simple, 2D floor planner, for under £20. I purchased one from the Mac Store and it was so bad (no product measurements) that I asked for a refund. I then gave up.

    Then LucidChart announced their new floor planner. It's great. Not a massive range of products, but it behaves very nicely. You can easily improvise products outside the range of chairs, sofas and tables with geometric shapes made to size - I just keep the Ikea catalogue open.

    You can sign up for free and have up to 60 items; or pay a few quid a month for a subscription. It's a great program for flow charts.

    Here's my plan, so far.

  10. b06tmm macrumors regular


    Jul 23, 2009
    South Louisiana
    That looks really nice!

    I recently spent a frustrating afternoon with Sweet Home 3D.

    Here is what I was able to accomplish that afternoon:


    Sweet Home seems to be very technical, and is free, but the one you show, LucidChart looks to be just what I'm looking for. I want to rearrange a few rooms but want to map it out first. I'm tired of finding out the hard way that my ideas will not work :).
  11. alexjholland macrumors 6502

    May 3, 2011
    Yup. I loved Lucid Chart already; so had a feeling the home planner would be great when it was announced. It's perfect for what I want.
  12. zeroge macrumors newbie

    Feb 3, 2010
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    Crap. Need to run Mac's rubbish Yosimite OS
  13. mpainesyd macrumors 6502


    Nov 29, 2008
    Sydney, Australia
    Check out Omnigraffle. It has floorplan templates

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