Under My Roof version 1.6 is now available for download. Along with other fixes and improvements, this update adds support for creating 3D room scans and a complete overhaul of how household supplies are managed.
3D Room Scans
When Apple first introduced its RoomPlan technology at its World Wide Developer Conference in 2022, we knew we wanted to do something with it in Under My Roof.
With a LiDAR-capable iPhone or iPad, you can create 3D scans of the rooms in your home. The scanner can recognize architectural features, such as doors, windows, and walls, as well as a handful of common objects, such as beds, couches, and tables. This gives you a to-scale layout of a room that you can view and interact with in Under My Roof on any platform (Mac, iPhone, and iPad).
While having a 3D model of room that you can twirl around is a neat trick, you can also do something very useful with it: measurements! You can click or tap on any of the features in the room to get the dimensions. Want to know how much paint you need to repaint a wall, just tap on it and Under My Roof will tell you its area.
But what if the measurement you want to know isn’t captured in the scan? Let’s say you’re out shopping and you see a desk you like and want to know if it will fit in a particular part of the room. You can just pull out your phone, go to the scan of that room, and take virtual measurements of that area of the room and find out.
This technology is relatively new. The accuracy of the measurements depends on the quality of the scan. If an exact measurement is needed, such as for fitting window blinds, you should take a manual measurement. But for buying paint and other cases where the virtual measurements just need to be close to the real deal, 3D room scans are ideal!
Creating a scan requires Under My Roof 1.6 or later running on a LiDAR-capable iPhone (currently the iPhone 12 Pro/Pro Max and later) or iPad (currently the 3rd generation 11″ iPad Pro or later or 5th generation 12.9″ iPad Pro or later) running iOS/iPadOS 17 or later.
When we first added support for tracking household supplies in Under My Roof, we weren’t sure if anyone would actually want to use it. But use it you did! And while it became an important feature for many, we also received a lot of feedback that we’d missed the mark somewhat. This update addresses many of the shortcomings of the original implementation.
Supplies can now have their own categories and you can filter the supply list by category, making it much easier to navigate and manage. We’ve also added support for storing supplies in multiple locations without having to create a separate supply entry for each location.
Beyond that, we’ve completely reworked the user interface for managing supply usage in Maintenance Tasks, as well as entries in the Repairs and Changes sections. We’ve also added a new Usage section to the Detail View for a supply, so you can see its usage history. You can even add your own usage entries outside of Repairs, Changes, and Maintenance Tasks and track supply disposal for supplies that were lost, damaged, thrown out, or given away.
And of course we’ve overhauled supply-related reports to make them even more useful.
Under My Roof version 1.6 is available through the App Store (iPhone and iPad) and Mac App Store (Mac).
Full List of Enhancements & Fixes
- Create 3D scans of the locations in your home, using a LiDAR-capable iPhone Pro (12 Pro and later) or iPad Pro (Spring 2020 and later models). Just tap the + button in the Photos section of a Location’s Detail View and select From Room Scan. iOS 17 iPadOS 17 only.
- You can view and interact with the scans on any device. Tap any part of the room or the objects in it to get dimensions. Note: These measurements are estimates only and you should be sure to use a real tape measure when exact measurements are needed.
- Use the Virtual Tape Measure feature to take virtual measurements within a scanned room. Note: The measurements are only estimates.
- Supplies now have their own categories. Tap or click the folder icon in the upper right corner of the Supplies List to manage supply categories.
- You can now filter the Supply List by supply category.
- Supply entries can now have multiple locations.
- You can now distribute quantities from a supply purchase across the different supply locations.
- New Usage section shows you the usage history of a supply.
- Add supply usage entries for additional usage tracking outside of the Parts & Components section for Repairs and Changes entries and Maintenance Task supplies.
- Add supply usage entries for supplies that were disposed of (thrown away, lost, expired, etc).
- You can now add all of the supplies needed for a maintenance task through a single panel.
- Configure which locations are pulled from for maintenance task supplies.
- Edit the supplies used when checking off a maintenance tasks instead of having to edit the created maintenance history record.
- You can now add items as Parts & Supplies entries for Repair/Maintenance and Change/Modification entries for homes and locations. This is intended for things like replacing a furnace.
- Tap and hold (iPhone/iPad) or right click (Mac) on a Parts & Supplies entry to view the associated item or supply, if any.
- The total contribution from Payments to the cost of a Repair/Maintenance or Change/Modification is now shown along with the contribution from Parts & Supplies.
- Supply Availability Summary reports include location information for supplies that are stored in multiple locations.
- Supply Availability Summary reports can be organized by supply category.
- Supply Usage Summary reports now include a breakdown of disposed supplies by disposal method.
- Keep track of Payments for Policies.
- Keep track of Payments for Warranties.
- Added two new disposal types: Damaged and Expired.
- The Sq. Feet/Area (sq m) field for homes and locations has been renamed to just Area, regardless of the device’s region settings.
- You can now change the units used for the Area field in a home. This value is reflected in all locations within the home as well.
- Added a toggle to the Inbox View to show Inbox Entries at a larger size.
- Item List and Item Detail reports can now be filtered by Moving Box.
- Added a Filter Items option to Moving Box Item List and Moving Box Item Detail reports with the ability to select specific boxes that appear in the report.
- Smoother transitions between two and three-pane views on macOS.
- Fixed an issue where you aren’t prompted to add low supplies to Reminders in iOS/iPadOS 17 and macOS 14.
- Fixed a bug that resulted in periodically repeating prompts to add a low supply to Reminders if you selected Cancel on the prompt.
- Fixed a bug on iOS that resulted in the Repairs View filter being hidden when there are no entries to show.
- Fixed an issue on macOS where phone numbers, URLs, and other special values detected by the system did not display in the Detail View when Increase Contrast was enabled in System Settings.