Field Sketcher

Mission Statement - Fast Draw

FieldSketcher provides a simple, accurate tool used to sketch floor plans during a field inspection. FieldSketcher documents property inspections very fast the first time. Measurements and inspection notes are recorded in real time. Completed, fully documented sketches are available for reports back at the office. No repeated actions required.

Target Users:

Who benefits from FieldSketcher?  Real estate appraisers, building inspectors, real estate agents, insurance agents, designers, buyers and sellers of real estate - anyone who wants to draw and document a floor plan in a format that can be directly uploaded to other computer programs.  


What does FieldSketcher do?  Using an iPad and a measuring tape, an inspector directly draws property measurements on the surface of the iPad, using hand gestures and pop up menus. FieldSketcher is a sketching tool - not intended for drawing detailed blueprints.   By carefully constraining the scope of the app, the user can map out a property without learning a complex new program - FieldSketcher is as direct and intuitive as using a pencil to draw on paper - only better because it calculates and imbeds information in the sketch itself.  


Tap: A single tap activates an element on the screen.

unactivated   activated

Drag: Placing a single finger on the screen and dragging it across the screen draws a line. The finger acts as if a pencil on the screen. Once an element is activated, its points can be dragged across the screen.

activated   dragging point

Two-finger Scroll: Placing two fingers on the drawing area allows the drawing to scroll across the screen.

Pinch: Pinching a line between two fingers changes the size of the image on the screen.

Screen Organization

Center: The center of the screen is a blank sheet of graph paper.

Right sidebar: The sidebar is tabbed - like an old-fashioned notebook. When the lower right hand tab is tapped, the tab displays a set of options.  One set of options is a library of common shapes and features such as a bay window or curve. These shapes can be dragged and dropped on existing lines.

drag   drop

Left sidebar: The address of the property is input into the top left-hand field of the sidebar. The name, area and all the contents of the drawing are summarized in the left sidebar section.

A name can be entered for a plan by swiping the cell to the left, tapping "More", and entering in the name.

Top Command line: The grey bar at the top of the screen triggers the ability to undo, center, erase and upload the drawing. Icons on the top right hand of the screen include a Center, a Ruler, an Eraser, and an Upload icon. Tap the center to center the drawing. Tap the ruler to edit measurement settings for the grid lines. Tap the Eraser to select the delete the selected shape. Tap the Upload icon to send a .pdf copy of the plan to print the sketch or send it to your main computer.

Bottom Command line: The grey bar at the bottom of the screen has a plus sign icon. Tap the plus sign to add another section to your drawing. Tap the duplicate icon to produce a copy of an existing drawing.

Settings: Grid settings are expressed in inches and converted to square feet in area calculations on the left side of the screen. Measurement grids can be customized by tapping the “Ruler” icon.

To input specific measurements, tap the line to activate and then tap the dimension to edit. A popup will be displayed that allows the user to type exact measurements. Tap off of dialog to accept.


Points = Intersection of lines where walls meet and where features can be controlled.

Line = A line is a straight edge from two points.

A wall is a portion of a line.  A wall can encompass an entire line.

Shapes = Walls, turrets and bay windows are common architectural shapes. Common shapes are included in a tabbed sidebar on the right-hand side of the screen. Shapes can be selected with a tap, then dragged onto the screen and attached to a line.  Dimensions can then be refined to match exact property measurement without first doing the algebra of the shape.

Shapes are droppable features, or objects that can be dragged from the right panel onto existing drawings.


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