Roomstyler goes 360º

From now on you can render your rooms in a full 360º view with Roomstyler’s brand new panorama feature! With a panorama render you can invite other people into your rooms to take a good look around. If you are selling your house (or are in the business of selling real estate) it is a great way for potential buyers to really experience the place. As an added feature we made it possible for every panorama render to be embedded on your personal or corporate website.

Design becomes storytelling
At Roomstyler we know how much effort, thought and inspiration goes into designing a great room. That is why, with the panorama render, we included the possibility to share your design story. Tell your audience or customers why you chose those daring yellow velvet curtains (seriously, why?), created a glass wall or added a dozen miniature lawn gnomes to your roof terrace.

You get a panorama! You get a panorama! You get a panorama!
Excited? Good! Because we want every Roomstyler user to experience at least one of their rooms in panorama view we are giving everyone 5 credits! So go ahead, give it a try we would love to hear your thoughts. You can take a look at an example panorama right here or find the embedded one below.

Improved renderings

WHOOSH! What was that? Oh, you know, just our BLAZING new update that showcases your Roomstyler designs even faster and better.

As a Roomstyler user you’ve probably already noticed our latest update because the rooms you decorate now render much, much faster. This gives you the opportunity to make little adjustments to your rooms and immediately check (and show others) the effect with our photo realistic renders.

Speaking of photo realistic: that is the other major improvement we’ve introduced! The renders of the rooms show even more depth, vivid colors and (drumroll please…) reflections from the glass in the windows! Before this update the windows in Roomstyler were “empty” and functioned solely as holes in the walls. But of course in the real world windows are so much more than that. With the addition of glass panels Roomstyler now captures the true experience of what sunlight does with a room.

And there’s more to come. Soon it will be possible to render your favorite room in a full 360º view! With this new panorama function you can showcase not only a single corner, but the whole room at once. Sounds awesome, doesn’t it? We’ll keep you posted.

Yoostyler at Harrods

Yoo and Floorplanner have been closely working together to develop our latest product, the Yoostyler. That is why we are happy to see that Yoo choose to feature the Yoostyler with a stunning presence in their luxury in-store at Harrods London.

YooStyler at Harrods

The Yoostyler is a revolutionary interior design tool which empowers you to create and change your own room designs in 3D right on the spot.
If you are in the neighbourhood or living nearby you can contact Yoo and arrange a complimentary appointment with one of the Yoostyler experts so you can experience this revolutionary tool for yourself at YOO Home in Harrods.

You can read more info at the Yoo website.

Basic tutorial movie part 4

Part 4 of the basic tutorial series is online. In Part 4 we add a kitchen and some furniture. We explain 2 ways of drawing separate wall sections, how create a low wall, grouping objects and setting object properties.

We’re adding new videos to this series soon. You can subscribe to our channel to get notified for the newest instruction movies.

Basic tutorial movie part 3

Part 3 of the basic tutorial series is online. After covering basic room drawing in part 1, doors windows and structural components in part 2, this time we explain about rooms properties and surface drawing.

We’re adding new videos to this series soon. You can subscribe to our channel to get notified for the newest instruction movies.

Spring update: improving Floorplans

It has been some time since you’ve heard from us. We’re happy to mention some improvements and updates of the Floorplanner tool. Lately, we’ve been working hard on improving Roomstyler and Floorplanner simultaneously.

New drawing features

We added some little details that could matter for a lot of our users.

  1. Rotate your entire plan at a custom angle. This is ideal for drawing plans with rooms at an angle, like the one displayed.
  2. The option to get the total floor area of your plan. You can see in one go the total square size of all your auto-generated rooms, and also of your custom surfaces. We’ve had the option in m2 for some time now, but now we also added the option in square feet.
  3. Extra assets. The last months we’ve added plumbing symbols, server- and network equipment, a tennis court and an indoor soccer field. Also we improved the look of some assets like our TV screens.

Tutorials & Tricks

We started a series of tutorial movies in which we explain how to draw in Floorplanner. Every now and then we will add a new movie showing some new tricks or features to get the plans you need.

Also, we added some documents with Tips and Tricks on several subjects. For instance: How to draw an Attic, How to add a legend, Repairing your floorplan
We’re glad to see that since then, the quality of attic plans has been visibly improved, and we see more and more people using floorplanner for electric- and plumbing plans with a legend explaining all the symbols.

Czech version!

In january we released a Czech version! We hope to bring all the floorplanner goodness to the Czech- and the Slovak republic. Thanks to our dedicated translators!

If you want to hear about our latest features or see the amazing plans our users are making, just like our Facebook page.

High-res interior renderings and custom furniture models and materials

What would make Roomstyler even better? Well, we are glad you asked, because we are introducing two brand new premium features!

From now on it is possible to get customized models of every single piece of furniture you own (or would like to own). Yes, that includes the one-of-a-kind wallpaper you bought at a vintage market years ago and the new fancy vase you’ve been eyeing in the store. Just send us a few pictures and the measurements of the items you want to use in Roomstyler and we will work our modeling magic. You can order furniture items here and textures here.

The second new feature offers the possibility to make HD renderings of your rooms in 2 sizes (1280 x 960 pixels and 2048 x 1536 pixels) so that your designs are crystal clear. Our HD renderings are perfect for taking your designs of the screen and use them in brochures or moodboards. You can create an HD render by going to one of your room pages. Below the design, you see “Create Premium Render”. Click the ‘Create’-button, choose what resolution you like and create your HD render.

For these new features you can use Roomstyler credits. They are for sale here. As a thank you to you – our lovely users – and to celebrate the introduction of our Premium features, we are giving credits away for free! Everyone gets a credit for every original room they created up till today, with a maximum of 150 credits per person. All you need to do is to go to this webpage and click on the ‘Redeem’ button. Please do so before the end of March, because then your chance of redeeming your free credits will be gone. We’re looking forward to seeing you put your credits to purpose!

Floorplanner partners with Officeplanner to visualize office space

Floorplanner extends its platform into office spaces through a partnership with Officeplanner. This partnership adds a new possibility to the Floorplanner platform that allows people to automatically create different office layout proposals within seconds and see them in 3D.

“Visualizing the possibilities of a particular space is hard and hiring a designer to draw up a custom proposal brings additional costs. Officeplanner solves this by delivering custom 3D layout proposals on the fly based on the floorplan from our platform. It saves companies and real estate agents considerable time and money but also gives them much better insights into the potential of a space.”

– Jeroen Bekkers, CEO of Floorplanner

Leading Dutch property portal Funda.nl is among the first to use the Officeplanner / Floorplanner integration within their website. This integration went live this week with over 250 office spaces already enabled with this feature.

Jan Werkman, commercial manager at Funda, says: “From experience we know that it’s difficult for future tenants or buyers to see the potential of an empty office just by looking at a floorplan. They have a hard time visualizing if this is the right space for them. The interactive 3D floorplan from Officeplanner helps to bridge this ‘imagination gap’ based on the most advanced internet technology available.”

HTML5 floorplans for phones and tablets

Floorplans are an essential part of any serious property presentation. And more and more people are accessing these presentations on mobile devices – property portals such as Rightmove and Zoopla in the UK state that over 30% of their traffic now comes from a phone or tablet. That means that floorplans need to be shown at their best in these mobile environments too.

Floorplanner floorplans can be output as 2D and 3D high quality images – but also as interactive floorplans. These interactive floorplans can be easily embedded into any website, as easily as embedding a YouTube movie. The advantage of an interactive floorplan is that it engages home hunters far more in planning the rooms, seeing if it corresponds to their needs, driving up emotional attachment to a property which results in better leads.

HTML5 for phones and tablets

We’re really pleased to announce that interactive floorplans are now available on all mobile devices. We recently released an HTML5 version of the interactive floorplan viewer especially designed for phones and tablets.

What’s even better is that you don’t have to change anything. Whenever you load a floorplan on a mobile device, the new HTML5 version is automatically loaded.

Floorplans to scale

A house can have several floor levels and the floors can have different sizes. We have improved our mobile viewer to automatically display each floor to the same scale. This way, it’s easier for a home hunter to understand the size of the floorplans and thus the house.

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So have a look – get out your phone or tablet and try it out for yourself. We hope you’ll be impressed! Check out these plans for instance:

http://pl.an/27438

http://pl.an/demo-house

http://pl.an/oude-amersfoortseweg-118—hilversum

http://pl.an/94617

Floorplanner acquires London based Mydeco3D to help bridge the Imagination Gap for home buyers

New research has discovered that 73% of people experience the “Imagination Gap”; an inability to visualise themselves, their furniture or their belongings in a property for sale or to rent, even after viewing pictures online. A surprising 70% of people still can’t imagine how a property will look after seeing it in person.

This has serious implications for the property market, as the same research by Floorplanner found that 75% of people are less likely to purchase or rent a property if they cannot imagine living in it.

To tackle the significant problem of this Imagination Gap in the property market, Floorplanner today announced the purchase of Mydeco3D Ltd. Mydeco’s award winning 3D room planner tool adds new depth to online property listings by enabling floorplans to be populated with virtual, highly accurate versions of real-world products and furnishings. This is key to addressing the difference between how a property looks today and what it might look like after it has been purchased, furnished and decorated.

“A floorplan is a crucial component of any property listing. Our research shows over 50% of consumers spend more time viewing properties that have an interactive floorplan, making a sale or let much more likely,” said Jeroen Bekkers, CEO and Founder of Floorplanner. “Floorplanner has always had a unique interactivity that helps people visualise properties more clearly. With the addition of Mydeco’s technology, we’ll be able to close the Imagination Gap of house-purchasers and home-makers by delivering room styling in an even more compelling way. Unlike photos or static 2D plans, our platform can show the future potential of a property, making it easier to buy, sell, let and rent a property.”

Soon to be integrated with Floorplanner’s current, cutting-edge technology, this new platform allows buyers and renters to personally style each room, using a virtual model of a property, both prior to and after moving in.

“Almost a million rooms have been designed with Mydeco’s 3D tools,” added Jeroen. “Combining the success of this technology with Floorplanner’s well-established platform will help real estate agents offer better floorplans for all listed properties. We have created something that homebuyers can really understand. Our 3D modelling content keeps them engaged with online property listings for longer, driving up interest, engagement and ultimately the price achieved.”

Update: check out the coverage on the Wall Street Journal and TheNextWeb.