AD App Guide: Morpholio Releases TracePro for iPad Pro

The recent unveiling of Apple’s iPad Pro and Pencil to the public have spawned fantasies of beautiful, precise, scaled drawings, able to be created digitally both quickly and accurately. Now, with Morpholio’s newest app TracePro, architects around the world will be able to create those fantasies themselves. As an update to their previous Trace apps for the iPad Pro (which will be released on Friday) TracePro is the latest in a line of ever-improving apps by Morpholio designed to make sketching and communicating with other architects easier than ever.

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With previous software, architects have often been forced to choose between loose, scaleless sketching and rigid, precise computer drafts. TracePro breaks down the boundaries between the digital and the analog, advancing early phases of the design process into more productive and sophisticated images while avoiding the burdens of overly complex software that hijacks creativity. The interface was inspired by the way designers already like to sketch, so the transition from paper to screen feels natural.

“Software should mirror the gestures, intuition and behavior of the creative,” says Toru Hasegawa, Morpholio Co-Creator. “Trace Pro seeks to amplify it, and in doing so, make it as smart and elastic as possible.”

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This intelligence and elasticity is achieved using the software’s revolutionary set of intuitive design tools. Here's how Morpholio describes the key features of TracePro:

Hyper Zooming with Scale:

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"Zoom from a plan sketch, into a room, into the furniture, and ultimately into the details. Trace offers you this opportunity in one set of drawings and all to scale on independent sheets. One background could give you as many drawings as you want at any scale, in any layout, in seconds."

Designware: Stencils, Pens and Rulers:

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"Remember the old clear zip envelope of the architect’s stencils? Now imagine that at any scale and with you at any time. Draw an entire garden in seconds with a tree stencil, or add scale figures to any section. Not just smart, but fun to use, they offer a favorite technique of architectural drawing in a new way."

Layer Intelligence:

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"Every layer of Trace is now its own drawing with a life of its own, in order to maximize your control. Hide or open layers while you manipulate their paper type and opacity. Assign a scale or name to a layer to make it a drawing. Use layers to make as many drawings as you need."


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"After your drawings are done, break out to discover an entire new world of export. Control title blocks, layers and borders to make a quick set of sketches into set of official drawings in an instant. Send to a contractor, colleagues or client in seconds."

The Desk:

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"No drawing would be complete without a desk to draw it on. You can now zoom out of any drawing and use three fingers to move a sheet of Trace anywhere you want. Spread out three options across a layout. Shift a sheet of trace to move a bathroom to another location. Put old studies off to the side. The entire work area is open and easy to maneuver."

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Cite: Patrick Lynch. "AD App Guide: Morpholio Releases TracePro for iPad Pro" 11 Nov 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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