Archinect - News 2015-11-25T19:03:58-05:00 Apple's secret "Indoor Survey" app enables a crowdsourced GPS for interiors Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-11-02T13:15:00-05:00 >2015-11-05T20:04:23-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="301" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Apple&nbsp;has a secret app in the App Store which allows some iPhone users to map the interior of a building using their handset. First discovered yesterday by developer Steve Troughton-Smith, an app called Indoor Survey has been available on the App Store since last week. The software is currently hidden in the App Store and is not operational, suggesting that the official launch is around the corner.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The indoor positioning app "Indoor Survey", which allows users to pin their location on a map within a given structure, seems to also function as a mode of "crowdsourced Ground Truth" to improve Apple Maps' accuracy. As the app is still "hidden" and not searchable, the only way to download is through a <a href=";jsonp=vglnk_144648615142010&amp;key=e97682afa628bbf9014f553a2786f73d&amp;libId=igi8gfwp0100z8gu000DA1j9kqrbud7ydh&amp;;v=1&amp;;title=Secret%20Apple%20app%20lets%20you%20map%20out%20building%20interiors%20using%20your%20iPhone&amp;txt=Download%20Indoor%20Survey%20at%20no%20charge%20in%20the%20App%20Store&amp;loAsUuid=igi8gg76-455a9d7c-d4c0-4990-843d-7e6da1a777ae" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">direct link to the App Store</a>.</p><p>Before the app is made publicly available, there are a few caveats:</p><p>"Some Twitter users claim that you have to be an approved public venue representative to participate in this project, meaning the app may not work with your Apple ID.</p><p>Also keep in mind that Indoor Survey is currently available in select markets, is hidden in the App Store search and appears non-functional".</p> Japanese architecture and engineering firms going all-in on Apple iOS Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-10-20T16:40:00-04:00 >2015-10-24T16:19:48-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The corporate shift toward iPads has occurred rapidly over the past year, thanks in part to Apple's high profile global partnership with IBM. Major design firms that already use Graphisoft ArchiCAD have also been quick to adopt iPads to make use of BIMx Docs, a mobile companion app. Apple has specifically profiled Daiwa House Industry, Japan's largest homebuilder, as a major enterprise iPad adopter, detailing how the company uses iPads and custom iOS apps for everything...</p></em><br /><br /><p>More news from Apple:</p><ul><li><a title="Apple's next, HOK-designed Silicon Valley spaceship revealed" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Apple's next, HOK-designed Silicon Valley spaceship revealed</a></li><li><a title="Apple announces new iPad Pro aimed at creative professionals" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Apple announces new iPad Pro aimed at creative professionals</a></li><li><a title="Construction update: More (unofficial) drone footage of Apple's spaceship campus" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Construction update: More (unofficial) drone footage of Apple's spaceship campus</a></li><li><a title="Why Steve Jobs Obsessed About Office Design (And, Yes, Bathroom Locations)" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Why Steve Jobs Obsessed About Office Design (And, Yes, Bathroom Locations)</a></li></ul> The Morpholio Project launches Trace for the iPad Archinect 2012-09-25T18:04:00-04:00 >2015-11-11T17:00:01-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The next generation of tracing paper can now be loaded onto your iPad.</p><p>New York, September 25, 2012&nbsp; &ndash;&nbsp; The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Morpholio</a> Project announces the launch of its second app, simply called <strong>Trace.</strong>&nbsp; The app explores the role of technology in the conceptual phase of the design workflow through a digital version of&nbsp;trace&nbsp;paper, and fosters communication amongst a global design culture. Trace, essential to any design or creative process, allows users to instantly draw on top of imported images or background templates, layering comments or ideas to generate immediate, intelligent sketches that are easy to circulate.&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" title="" src=""><br>&nbsp;</p><p>The uniqueness of Trace is most visible in two primary modes.&nbsp; One is communication, in which the user can simply trace over something in order to give feedback or convey information quickly, and graphically. The second is idea exploration. &ldquo;You are plugging yourself into a recursive feedback loop, as you iteratively build up an idea, taking several passes at it,&rdquo; says co-creator Mark ...</p>