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Bosch recently introduced the Bosch MeasureOn App for architects, painters, floorers, electricians, and any other tradesman who needs to document and manage site measurements and floor plans electronically. Essentially, it shifts toward full-blown electronic project management.

The app, available for iOS and Android devices, can be used in combination with the GLM 100 C Professional and GLM 50 C Professional laser measures and combines all the functions of the previous GLM measure & document and GLM floor plan apps.

“Bosch MeasureOn offers BLAZE GLM 50 C and GLM 100 C users a powerful program that closes the loop on end-to-end project management. Our goal is to provide users with real-world tools that make their jobs more efficient and precise. With MeasureOn, we’ve also made users’ jobs easier – putting more time back in their day.”

– Stephanie Dahl, Measuring Tools Product Manager

Our Take

Bosch MeasureOn App

Sometimes helpful tools aren’t made out of metal and composite resin but out of bytes and pixels. That might be the case with the brand new (free!) Bosch MeasureOn App with its ability store photos, floor plans, project measurements, and notes electronically on phones and tablets.

For some users, it’s a step up from the bulky binders or, worse yet, on scraps of paper with your own shorthand that you can’t even decipher. Perhaps more helpful is the MeasureOn app’s compatibility with some of Bosch’s laser measurement tools.

MeasureOn 101

From the Bosch MeasureOn playlist on YouTube, you can get a good sense of the app’s interface and functionality. To start a project, either import customer information from your contacts or enter new information.

The app then opens up for you to use any of its features to create floorplans, measure dimensions, take photos, notes, and so on. You can even overlay take a photo and overlay dimensions on it. All of your projects are available at the touch of the screen in the main overview page.

You can export any information to clients or back to the office with a PDF and spreadsheet (note: that means your device must have internet connectivity). Not a bad way to stay organized and work more efficiently, if you ask us.

Cautiously Optimistic

One word of caution, however. You might already keep all project information in one place without a backup. That’s okay for paper documents, but that smartphone you or tablet you work with is extremely vulnerable to damage.

We love the ability to export information and it’s certainly no knock against Bosch’s app which looks quite robust, but backing up (or duplicating, at least) the information is a manual process and there’s no cloud-based storage. All of your project information is only stored locally (on your device) unless you purposefully back it up by sending it via email. That’s a bit of risky proposition.

Realistically, there’s a learning curve and some Pros might not be comfortable managing project electronically at first. By all means, try the app and tell us what you think. Just form a habit of sending all project information to your own email and don’t keep critical information on your device as your only copy.

Bosch MeasureOn App for iOS and Android Functions


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His paintings are great works of art — in terms of quality as well as scale. With the aid of technology, Roberto Rivadeneira is able to use whole buildings as his canvas. The new MeasureOn app from Bosch has helped the artist take his creative process into a new dimension.

It’s still gray and quiet in the courtyard of the former Monopol distillery in Berlin, now an arts and community center. Roberto Rivadeneira inspects a concrete wall some ten meters in height. Its surface is contoured by pillars, pipework, and cabling. Roberto grew up in Ecuador and went on to study design in Sydney. He is now active as a contemporary visual artist in Berlin, where his latest project is to create a bright and brash mural on this industrial facade. His work will form part of a project entitled “No art, no noise — saving culture in the time of corona.” The idea is for his art to bring a splash of color to counter the restrictions put on culture during these difficult times. “My plan for the mural is to create a movement from darkness to light,” Roberto explains. Covering an area seven meters by four, the work is to be executed in a single day. Not a lot of time, especially if you’re on your own. Luckily, he has digital assistance.

From darkness to light: Roberto Rivadeneira is using the MeasureOn app to create his latest work.

50 meters

is the maximum distance captured by the GLM 50-27 CG Professional laser measuring device from Bosch.

Roberto’s journey from darkness to light begins with the fine green line of a laser beam. Using a pencil and the GLM 50-27 CG Professional laser measuring device from Bosch, he maps out the dimensions of the wall, marking any unusual surface features, and then undertakes a preliminary sketch of his design for the mural. He values the Bosch device with its shock-absorbing IP 65-certified case and rubber casing that can withstand falls from a height of up to 1.5 meters. Besides boasting a long battery life — another big plus for this type of project — it also delivers a tightly focused, easily recognizable green laser dot, meaning that he is able to measure out large areas even in very bright conditions.

In particular, Roberto benefits from the added functionality that comes with real-time connectivity. “I use digital tools a lot,” he says, “even when I’m painting.” Roberto’s design, which he describes as semi-graphic, has been done on the computer. Once measured, the dimensions of the wall in the former Monopol distillery are automatically uploaded, via Bluetooth and the cloud, to his smartphone and tablet. “The laser saves me a lot of work and helps eliminate the kind of mistakes you get when transcribing measurements that have been jotted down on paper,” says Roberto.

“The Bosch laser distance measurer and the MeasureOn app fill a gap I’ve been unable to close on my own until now.”

The MeasureOn app offers real-time connectivity across all devices via the cloud. The laser device first transmits the measurements to the app by means of Bluetooth. This data is then sent over an encrypted link to the MeasureOn cloud instance, where it is stored in encrypted form. The requisite cloud infrastructure is provided by a German data center. Thanks to a web app that runs on all standard browsers, Roberto can also access this digital workspace from a desktop computer. At the same time, he can call up any notes or photos he has taken of unusual features on the wall via any device. It usually takes considerable time to complete a mural over such a large area. Using these digital tools, however, he is now able to finish even projects on the scale of the Monopol artwork within a single day. “In combination, the laser and the app drastically reduce the number of steps involved — and therefore the amount of time I need,” Roberto enthuses.

The MeasureOn app is useful not only for artists but also for construction workers and tradespeople. Thanks to real-time connectivity, it can provide a clear overview of the status quo of a project via any device on-site, in the workshop, or at home. By means of the app, the laser device is also able to measure the surface area of walls interspersed with doors and windows. This in turn simplifies the calculation of required materials such as paint. The digital workspace also provides endless scope for the addition of further calculations, satellite projects, and sample images.

Following project completion, it’s also easy to document and share the final status via the app. MeasureOn can be downloaded free of charge from the Apple App Store and Google Play. There’s limited cloud capacity at no extra cost, with the full use of all cloud functions available via a subscription program. Roberto’s work on the Monopol mural is benefiting from the cloud function, which will soon be a standard feature with the MeasureOn app.

Roberto has already made substantial progress; the gray concrete is progressively giving way to bright yellow and powerful blue. “The big challenge is to get the computer sketch onto a wall of this size,” he explains. “Scaling it up by hand takes a long time.” Using the app, however, he is now able to calculate the dimensions in the correct proportion and sketch out his design on the wall accordingly. “Each mural is different: the area, the setting, and the surface of the wall all have an impact on the design. For an industrial environment like this, my idea was to incorporate elements that are here anyway, such as the shape of the windows, which now reappear in the mural.” MeasureOn is ideal for measuring the dimensions of complex surfaces. “The laser and the app are a great asset for my art,” he says.

Thanks to the laser and the app, Roberto is able to finish his mural in the former distillery within a single day. “My work evolves in the course of creation,” he explains. “The more time I have, the better it gets! Unfortunately, there’s always a limit. But MeasureOn saves me valuable time and gives me more scope to be creative.” Roberto reflects on a successful day and another accomplished artwork. Here, in the Monopol, the atmosphere is once again quiet. But it’s no longer gray, ever since a fine green laser first pointed the way toward the light, early this morning.

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Transferring measurements from Bosch to SketchUp in dwg?

When I bought my Leica Disto D2, I had gone into the store (Atlas Machinery in Toronto) intending to buy the Bosch GLM 50C because I liked the features and the large, colour display.

[Atlas had been selling LDM’s pretty much from the beginning and had a wide selection and tons of experience with Leica, Stabila, Bosch and DeWalt.]

Laser Distance Finders - Stabila, Stanley, Bosch

However, the salesman there convinced me that the Leica was the better choice, both because the quality and accuracy of the tool itself, and for the better software options. So I spent $50 more for a slightly less-featured but higher-quality tool — a tradeoff that is often found in the choice of professional tools.

(He also had high praise for Stabila, which he said was buying the electronic guts of their devices from Leica, but were 20-30% cheaper for equivalent models — but their MEASURES app doesn’t support direct transfer or data export, other than .pdf)

The big difference between Leica’s software support and Bosch’s is this: Leica published an API, so that other developers can access the Bluetooth data stream directly from Leica devices. (hence the direct data transfer into AutoCAD and BricsCAD)

You’ll see on their website that there are a dozen 3rd-party apps in different domains (including a cabinet-making app) that used their API in order to enable the kind of functionality that we would like to see for SU.

DISTO Laser Measurement Apps

Long answer I know, but the TLDR is this: I don’t regret passing on the flashier option for a more robust, reliable and ultimately more useful tool (for my use cases). If the additional features of the Bosch are locked into their device (and/or the mobile devices their software does support), then the integration benefits are only half-implemented and therefore much-less helpful in real-world usage.

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Cool tool: Hands-on with the Bosch GLM 50, an app-enabled laser measuring tool

Back in 2011, my wife and I became first-time homeowners. We needed a slightly bigger house than we could budget for, so we bought a fixer-upper. Beyond furniture placement, a lot of work on that property required precise measurements. We had to remove a wall that oddly jutted out into the middle of a bathroom, find space for closets in rooms without any closet space, and more.


While the house had no floor plan, it did have a lot of nooks and crannies. Measuring the entire place with just a retractable measuring tape seemed like far too much work, so when I found the Bosch DLR130K Laser Measure (since discontinued), I bought it. As I recall, it was about a hundred bucks.

The idea of a laser measuring device is you point and shoot. A laser shoots out of the device, bounces off its target, and the device reads a precise measurement, which it shows on a digital display. I loved this thing and, in my article about it at the time, called it my Magic Measuring Machine.

Last year, when we evacuated Florida due to Hurricane Irma, we wound up in a temporary rental house in Salem, Oregon. While we didn't intend to stay in the house for more than a year or so, I needed to set up my studio and workshop for work.


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To do this, we needed to make a floor plan of the house to figure out which room could support the necessary camera, lighting, and focal distances required for green screen shooting. To get those measurements, I ran down to the local Lowes and picked up a cheaper version of the Magic Measuring Machine (reasoning that I had a good one back in Florida that would eventually reach Oregon).

I bought the Bosch Blaze GLM 20 Indoor Laser Distance Measurer for about fifty bucks. It turned out that my studio had to be in the small dining area attached to the kitchen, because that was the only area that could accommodate the dimensions required by the lights, green screen, and camera. Doing recordings and voice-overs in a kitchen is far from ideal but we managed. We recorded the 5G and Mac future roundtable videos, among others, in that space.

App-enabled measurements

Finally we found a house. The challenge was that it's weirdly laid out. One part of the house was originally built about 50 years ago, and then other parts were added on. I needed a floor plan for this, not only for furniture and gear placement, but to be able to figure out how to run heating ducts, plumbing, and power cables.

It isn't 2011 anymore. This is 2018 and app-enabled devices are everywhere. The one thing that really annoyed me about using the laser measuring devices I'd used previously was transcribing all the measurements from the device to paper, and then from paper to plans.

I reached out to Bosch and they provided me with the Bosch GLM 50. This device has a Bluetooth connection and Bosch has an app called MeasureOn. It's actually quite a comprehensive app, allowing you to draw a floor plan based entirely on measurements from the GLM 50.

I didn't use that feature because I'm using Live Home 3D, an impressively full-featured floor planning tool I'll be reviewing shortly.

I did, however, extensively use the ability to take a picture of an area on my iPad using MeasureOn, draw a line on that picture, and then point the measuring tool. The measuring tool took a measurement using its laser, and inserted the precise measurement in the photo.

The following image shows this functionality in action. In it, I've got a wall-to-wall measurement, as well as measurements that show exactly where the supporting upright is located.


Another area where I found this tool to stand out is in difficult room measurements. Our utility room has a very complex HVAC system, necessary because half the house had no heating or cooling when we bought it. I used the GLM 50 in combination with the MeasureOn app to map out both the vertical and horizontal layout of the room, with special attention paid to the headroom clearances in the space.


Reliability and time-savings

All told, I took fifty or sixty photos with MeasureOn and my iPad, and hundreds of individual measurements. These are now available to me anywhere I am, so I can reference just about anything about the structure or layout of the home at any time.

I also used these measurements as the basis for both a top-down basic floor plan, and 3D modeling and pre-visualization of object placement and room layout in Live Home 3D.

Also: How to use the Measure app in iOS 12 CNET

Beyond just the reduced effort that came from not having to write down every single measurement, the Bluetooth app-enabled capability of this latest Bosch measuring device increased my accuracy because there was no possibility of transcription errors. I'm convinced it saved me a lot of time.

The new Bluetooth enabled GLM 50 is about $125 vs. the $99 I spent seven years ago. Given how impressively helpful the app-enabled Bluetooth feature is, the GLM 50 is substantial upgrade for a relatively small price increase.

What about AR?

With Apple's push on ARKit and Google's push on ARCore, you'd think that measuring dimensions of visible areas would be an ideal application for AR. And you'd be right... sort of.

There are a couple of issues with this, compared to a laser measuring tool. First is accuracy. AR measuring works by capturing image data and using AI to try to discern edges and distances from the content of the image. Laser measuring works by sending out a beam of laser light and measuring the time for a reflection to occur.

These are two very different methods of determining distance, and because the laser is measuring a specific, reliable, very bright light, it's going to be quicker, faster, and often, far more accurate.

Also: These are the devices that can run Google's AR measurement tool TechRepublic

In addition, you're able to very reliably say "this is what I'm measuring" because you can place the back of the measuring device on one wall and aim a target dot on the other. With AR, you're going to have to properly hold your phone or tablet and get the picture "just so" in the camera. As someone whose now taken 50 or 60 wall pictures for my project, I can tell you that it's not easy getting clear photos of every angle and wall in every room.

My take on it is that for basic room dimensions, an AR app will do. But if you're doing pro work or you really do need clear and reliable numbers, go with the laser.

What do you think? Have you ever used one of these tools? Do you have other helpful app-enabled tools to recommend? If so, let me know in the comments below.

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Save all information in one place: Bosch MeasureOn by Bosch Measuring Tools is your app for easy on-site documentation of floor plans, measurements, photos, and notes. With cloud-based* project access anywhere on all devices – on the construction site, at the office, on the move, or at home.

Main functions and benefits:
- USE THE NEW INFINITE WORKSPACE: Start your project, sketch floor plans as individual rooms within the flexible workspace, and add photos and notes according to your individual needs.
- DOCUMENT ON THE JOBSITE: Use your laser range finder and your smart device to capture measurements instantly and insert them error-free into the app.
- STAY ON TOP OF THINGS: Organize your projects, save time, and avoid confusion.
- SECURITY AND CONVENIENCE: Thanks to the cloud*, your data is always backed up and synchronized on all your devices. You can easily process your documentation on your desktop back at the office.

- Add floor plans as individual rooms, photos, and notes to your workspace
- Add in measurements directly from your laser range finder via Bluetooth®
- Document wall dimensions including doors and windows
- Synchronize your data automatically via the cloud*
- Share and export data in a variety of formats

Developed for tradesmen such as painters, electricians, carpenters, tilers, dry wallers, floorers, plumbers, architects, and construction managers as well as DIYers.

Compatible laser range finders:
Bosch Professional: GLM 50 C, GLM 100 C, GLM400C, GLM165-27C and GLM165-27CG

Bosch MeasureOn replaces the MeasureOn Gen 1 app.

Experience our cloud* for free and synchronize your first project with up to three workspaces.
Questions, problems, suggestions? Contact us: [email protected]

*Not available in all countries. In order to use the cloud service, you need to set up a Bosch account with your Bosch ID.

Version 1.1.1

With this update we are doing some minor enhancements to improve the overall app experience.

Ratings and Reviews

New but not improved...

I was hoping a new version of this app would mean a more intelligent design, but no. This app is slightly different than the original, but not much better. It is difficult to switch between drawing and measure modes, it is difficult to switch between drawing and scrolling the workspace, there are annoying pop up and confirmation toasts that get in the way. Trying to draw a straight line on an iPhone is impossible. Drawing a line between two points makes the app create a wall with 10 different segments if you didn’t draw the line perfectly straight. Then you have to try and delete each segment and fix the wall. Getting to the delete button is difficult, as are most functions in this app. Using paper and pencil is still way better than trying to use this app.

Hi Brian, thank you for the feedback. You can switch into the drawing mode only when the room is not closed. We are committed to improve our app with the next updates. Until then we hope for your patience! If you have any specific questions, please contact us via [email protected] Your Bosch MeasureOn team


Out of the box, I see potential. Where is documentation/how-to videos? I’d like to think I’m not missing something obvious like “create square room” for a given workspace - which I can (maybe?) adjust the dimensions on later. At the same time, I’m just an idiot contractor who doesn’t know what I want and need to be shown what I need.

Hi, thank you for the message. We would like to ask you to contact us at [email protected], so we can help you with your questions. Looking forward to hearing from you! Your Bosch MeasureOn team

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Apple needs to update their system! This is an amazing app 10 times easier than magicplan!! I have proven countless times that magicplan reviews are fake all those five star for magic plants are not real reviews. I have tried countless times to do items and magicplan that they claim can be done and it can’t be or require the $90 a month plan. All the negative reviews here seem to have a consistency in their tone and wording which means that they are planted negative reviews! The reality is is this is a an easier app to use and a lot more accurate!!

Hi, thank you very much for your five star review! We are committed to improve MeasureO with the next updates and the feedbacks from our users are always important for us for the further deelpoment! Thank you for your positive feedback! Your Bosch MeasureOn Team

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Save all information in one place: MeasureOn by Bosch Measuring Tools is your app for easy on-site documentation of floor plans, measurements, photos, and notes.

Main functions and benefits:
- USE THE NEW INFINITE WORKSPACE: Start your project, sketch floor plans as individual rooms within the flexible workspace, and add photos and notes according to your individual needs.
- DOCUMENT ON THE JOBSITE: Use your laser range finder and your smart device to capture measurements instantly and insert them error-free into the app.
- STAY ON TOP OF THINGS: Organize your projects, save time, and avoid confusion.

- Add floor plans as individual rooms, photos, and notes to your workspace
- Add in measurements directly from your laser range finder via Bluetooth
- Document wall dimensions including doors and windows
- Share and export data in a variety of formats

Developed for tradesmen such as painters, electricians, carpenters, tilers, dry wallers, floorers, plumbers, architects, and construction managers as well as DIYers.

Compatible laser range finders:
Bosch Professional: GLM 50 C, GLM 100 C, GLM 120 C, GLM 50-27 C and GLM 50-27 CG
Bosch Home & Garden: PLR 30 C, PLR 40 C, and PLR 50 C

MeasureOn replaces the Measuring Master and PLR measure&go apps.

Further information:

Questions, problems, suggestions? Contact us: [email protected]


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The Robert Bosch Power Tools GmbH, a division of the Bosch Group, is one of the world’s leading providers for power tools, garden tools, power tool accessories and measuring tools. In 2020, its roughly 20,000 associates generated sales of 5.1 billion euros, about 85 percent of which outside of Germany. With brands such as Bosch and Dremel, the division stands for customer focus and great engineering progress. The core success factors are innovative strength and pace of innovation. In 2021, Bosch Power Tools will again launch more than 100 new products onto the market in its four business segments power tools, garden tools, accessories and measuring tools.

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