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This article was published on December 10, 2015


    Houzz introduces new sketch and collaboration features

    Houzz introduces new sketch and collaboration features
    Lauren Hockenson
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    Lauren is a reporter for The Next Web, based in San Francisco. She covers the key players that make the tech ecosystem what it is right now. Lauren is a reporter for The Next Web, based in San Francisco. She covers the key players that make the tech ecosystem what it is right now. She also has a folder full of dog GIFs and uses them liberally on Twitter at @lhockenson.

    In the six years it has been around, Houzz has developed a reputation (and quite a bit of success) for allowing users to put together their idea of a dream home. Now, a new update for the company’s iOS app will put those ideas into action with new sketch and collaboration features.

    Available today, users can start with a blank canvas, take photos of their own space, or select one of 8 million already available on the site, and annotate them in real time. Using drawing features as well as stickers and notes, users can adjust and then share photos to be updated in real time across devices. Think of it like a sketch version of Google Drive.

    Houzz Sketch on iPhone.jpg

    When designing a space, users can drag and drop photos of products catalogued on  the Houzz Marketplace into their photos. However, it’s worth noting that the photos don’t adjust for scale, so it’s hard to really know if that sofa will fit in your living room.

    Interestingly, all of these features are optimized for the iPad Pro, and are compatible with the new Apple Pencil. Additionally, this update is currently not designed for the desktop browser experience on Houzz.

    Houzz Sketch Mood Board.jpg

    Despite its mobile-only access, sketch and annotation features take the inspiration that Houzz has provided over the last few years and turns it into action. Users can collaborate with loved ones or even hired professionals to achieve the look that they want without actually leaving the app itself.

    It’s just a shame there isn’t a way for users to publicly share these images. Users can directly share their sketches with others through a share button, or invite others to his or her ideabooks. But for professionals, a public stream of sketches could be a good way to critique and curate images to help potential clients get better ideas of their aesthetic.

    The update to the app is available now in the App Store.

    Houzz [App Store]