Top Productivity Tools for Your Smartphone

Now is the perfect moment to plan your 2013 projects. Be more precise with your time and resources using this raft of renovation-oriented home remodeling apps to aid your productivity. All offer a free trial version, unless otherwise noted, so you can test-drive before shelling out for the full-powered tool.


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1. PV Master

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PV Master

What’s the payback on a solar installation? Fine-tune the estimate with PV Master. The app calculates how much sun your location receives and how that translates to a photovoltaic solar installation with maximum efficiency.


2. MagicPlan

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Forget graph paper. MagicPlan turns your smartphone’s camera function into a floor plan tool. Easy-to-understand tutorials help you take a 360-degree photograph, which you then load into the app. Label each room separately, and the app generates a floor plan presented in an interactive format that you can use as a basis for various renovation purposes.


3. My Measures Pro

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My Measures Pro

How deep are those windows? Will a sofa you’re thinking of buying fit into that niche by the fireplace? My Measures Pro ($5.99) uses your smartphone’s photo function to measure the dimensions of objects. You can create folders (think project plans) and share the measured object (think confirming measurements with contractors and spouses).


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