Emily Wilde at Pegasus Associates Lighting Blog compiled a list of the most useful, intuitive and cost effective iPhone apps for home improvement professionals. BuildCalc recieved top billing!
BuildCalc got top billing in a Denmark PC World article recently. Via Google Translate: “It contains a variety of formulas that make it easy to make the necessary calculations when, for example, you must bring a roof or building a staircase.” I wonder if they need a live demo?
I found a description of the app in a builder magazine and immediately searched for the program. After downloading to my iPhone I scanned through the manual and was amazed at the time-saving solutions to many of my everyday layout chores. Being a second generation Home Builder and having labored through the repetitive layout calculation of stairs, rails, rafters, etc. I was amazed at how fast and easy this program made the normally redundant calculations. The only minor drawback I found was the documentation didn’t give complete and thorough directions about some of it’s features. I received an email back from one of the developers with an answer to one of my questions within a few hours of having sent it. I wish all apps had this kind of customer service.
This is the most used app I have purchased for my iPhone, and I’ve only purchased really good apps that I need and use regularly. In fact, I have used it every day for about a year, receiving each update as soon as it is released. There are still features I have not yet relied on, but when I need them they will come in handy, such as the masonry and roof features. The stair calculator is absolutely amazing and a huge time saver. Now I am less likely to make an error, and the drawing email concept is great.
Extremely functional app. Highly capable with easy to use interface. This is my first construction type calculator and I am impressed with what it can do. One nice feature is that you can email PDFs of a layout for stairs and then print it out. Customer support is excellent as well. Spoke with Ben on the phone about a solution to a problem I couldn’t figure out. Very nice and knowledgable guy. Thanks again for the help and a useful application.
This calculator is very versatile and so effective. It makes my life so much easier and my projects so much better. Definitely one of the most useful apps I’ve purchased. Highly recommended.
Better than an ice cold beer on a mid summer afternoon. (it doesn’t get any better than that !!)
I give it 5 stars
I wish I have BuildCalc when I was more active in the Architectural / Construction industry. Now it receives lighter duty but is worth it none the less. Having used it for a few weeks my only suggestion for improvement would be to allow an enhanced “store” function. The app saves info from your calculations. It would be better if it could save results for a material take-off which could be them be emailed (it already will save some results 🙂 ) or saved as a PDF accessible with office apps. Even without this, the app is still complete. Glad it have it!
I have found this to be very useful. Just finished using it to take off a sitework project. Would like to have comma seperators [ed: BuildCalc has them!] for the entries and results to help eliminate possible errors.