One of the best things about using an iPad is all the great apps that we can run on it. There are excellent apps for just about any purpose you can think of. Better still, there are lots of great free apps for the iPad. Our Best Free iPad App of the Week posts highlight these apps.
This week’s pick is HomeStyler by Autodesk. It’s a gorgeous app that lets you put your interior design skills to the test. Here’s a little of its App Store intro:
Watch your home design ideas come to life within a photograph of your own space by experimenting with high-quality 3D models of real products. The realism will shock you; Autodesk Homestyler takes interior design to a whole new level …
And some of its key features:
✓ Snap a picture of a room to create your own 3D home design playground.
• Try out paint colors on your walls with a swipe of your finger
• Place high-quality 3D models of real furniture products in your rooms
• Hang light fixtures from your ceiling
• See how realistic models of actual branded rugs, paintings, mirrors and more look in your space
✓ Get inspired, get advice, get feedback
• Browse the Design Stream for pics, articles, how-to’s and more
• Share your designs with friends and family through FB and email.
• Comment on and “Heart” designs within the Design Gallery
✓ Connect with a professional
• Browse Portfolio Pages of professional designers in your area
• Find designers who have the style and expertise you need
• Get answers to your specific product and design questions or get help on a bigger project.
Autodesk have been an outstanding publisher of desktop software for many years. Now they’ve got an excellent range of iPad apps too, including Sketchbook Pro for iPad, 123D Sculpt, and Pixlr-o-matic – and Homestyler is an impressive new addition to their iPad portfolio.
My interior design skills are about on par with those of a brick, but my talented daughter is already getting great use out of Homestyler. Last night she created a stylish bedroom design and today she’s working on a layout for our new backyard (we just moved recently).
Here’s an App Store link for Homestyler.
If you’re after more great free iPad apps, be sure to check out our previous choices for Best Free iPad of the Week. We’ve also recently put together a best of the best of our selections from the last year in a Top 25 Best Free iPad Apps list.