Best wishes for 2020 and with this post I hope to give you some answers on the questions that you have been asking about the future of Roomstyler on these forums. By not being very active on the forums we have might given the impression we don’t care about Roomstyler or that it does not have a future. Both are certainly NOT the case!
As regular users have noticed correctly, there has not been a lot of new developments or new features added to Roomstyler over the past year. The main reason we have not been able to invest a lot of time in product development of the roomstyler tool is that as a small company it takes time to maintain a specific codebase.
Over the past years we maintained 3 different tools which all basically did the same : Old floorplanner (based on flash) , New floorplanner & Roomstyler (mydeco codebase) this combined with 2 high traffic websites and different communities and customers for all these 3 codebases made that we were not able to give proper attention to all aspects of our tools and users.
We always believed it should be possible to have a tool that combines the bast features of floorplanner and roomstyler in one tool . Having 1 codebase to maintain would simplify our work a lot so more time can be spend on new features and refinements and that what we have been working on that over the past years in the form of the new version of Floorplanner.
We have been hesitant in the past to invite Roomstyler users to try out floorplanner because we knew a number of key features were missing but we have made a lot of progress in the past 6-12 months and at this moment we have implemented the majority of Roomstyler functionality. The main feature still missing is custom images on walls (but we are working on that)
Besides the familiar room styler functionalities and 3D furniture and rendering engine, there are some things in Floorplanner that you have been asking for in room styler for quite some time.Some of these are:
-Dynamic 3D preview
-2D export (incl blueprint functions)
-real wall thickness
-Favorites (will be rolled out later this month)
and much more…
If you want you can take a quick look at floorplanner.com/demo or create a free testaccount to play around with the tool yourselves.
We are adding features on a regular basis updates.floorplanner.com and have a list of room styler features , we have not implemented yet, but we consider as a high priority.
So what does this mean for roomstyler: We think the heart of roomstyler is in the talented community and in the coming year we will provide you with a better, updated Roomstyler editor (floorplanner) to make your designs with. This will not be overnight and we will provide you with a way to import your current plans to the new tool .
There will also be a period in which you can still keep using the old version of roomstyler for your old projects but in general we are moving to maintain only 1 editor so we can focus our attention on 1 codebase.
The website roomstyler will continue to be the showcase of the talent within the community , there might be a visual update and some much needed adjustments to the contests (more about this soon) but in general we keep things like newsfeed, public profiles, comments, forums , contests et etc and we will bring more visibility to the work of roomstyler designers to the general users of floorplanner as you will be both be using the same editor, library and rendering tech.
Moving the roomstyler editor to the the Floorplanner editor will NOT make roomstyler more expensive to use. You can make as much free projects with free SD renderings on Floorplanner as on Roomstyler. Floorplanner uses the same credits as on Roomstyler and you will be able to use all your current credits (bought or won with contests) in Floorplanner to upgrade your old or new projects for 2 credits one time fee to enable unlimited HD renderings for that specific project.
Anyway, in the coming period we’ll share more info on the contest changes and the migration and our apologies for giving you a bit earlier insight in our plans for Roomstyler.