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Turn your landscaping dreams into reality and build the yard of your dreams with the Landscape, Deck & Patio Designer software. No experience is required to use the software and with NexGen technology, even a beginner can start designing a gorgeous outdoor living space with just the click of a mouse. Start off by importing a picture of your own yard, deck or patio and start experimenting with the more than 4,000 plants and 5,000 stones, pavers and outdoor materials on tap to discover what your home will look like with a brand-new makeover.With a little of your own imagination and a lot of advanced technologies and resources from Landscape, Deck & Patio Designer, you can make your outdoor living space blossom and take your curb appeal to the max. Helpful video tutorials guide you through the process, so you won't miss a beat. When you've added materials, played with color palettes and adjusted lighting to your liking, your plan comes to life in vivid 3D detail as a special animator brings you through the design in walkthroughs and flythroughs. If you love the way your new home looks, easily record the animator's tours and share them with friends and family, or connect your printer to print scaled drawings at any size you want.
Add customized style to your outdoor living space using simple design plans complete with foundation, floor, roofing, deck and landscape options
Edit your photos right in the program with PhotoView Editor
Experiment with more than 4,000 plants and 5,000 stones, pavers and outdoor materials to explore endless ideas, and even see how plants will look in the future with the Automatic Growth tool
Change the color scheme of your design using the Decorator Palette feature
Animator with effects, shades, fades lets you view your new home in dynamic walkthroughs and flythroughs, then record them for sharing
Turn objects from the library into eye-popping 3D images, create custom objects from scratch or import graphics from the Web with 3D Custom Workshop and 3DS Import features
Adjust lighting to your liking for a realistic view
Print scaled drawings to any size or tile to any size your printer/plotter supports and export or import to AutoCAD .dwg and .dxf formats
Integrated video tutorials walk you through the process with no need to load separate CDs
PC Processor Type
Intel® Pentium® III processor, Intel® Celeron™ processor
PC Processor Speed
PC Operating System
Windows XP with Service Pack 3, Windows Vista with Service Pack 1, Windows 7
PC System Memory
PC Hard Drive Space
64MB 32-bit 1024 x 768 VGA video card
PC Drive Type and Speed
PC Additional Requirements
Internet service required to access online features; 2-button mouse required
I had great hope for this program as a friend wanted me to help her design and build a deck for her above ground pool. The program was a snap to install but it was all down hill from that point on. I have been in construction for years and years so I can lay out what I want and bid the materials. My hope for the program was that it would be easy to draw what I wanted and it would help me present the deck and that it would assist in a material list. I have spent some 15 to 20 hours attempting to learn how to use this program. A simple "how to start" would have been great help but if there is something of that nature I could not find it. I finally just gave up and got out my drawing board and layed it out with a overhead layout and a front view. generated a material list and will start construction next week.
No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Great, inexpensive tool to plan outside of a house
While you can create a house, I used it to plan my backyard. Software is not especially deep, but it saves time and is easy enough to figure out without a manual. One great feature is where to plant trees to reduce heating/cooling bills.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 2 out of 5 stars
It's just OK
Not exactly what I hoped it would be. I am always looking for new software to create things....I am such a diy'er but this one was not worth my money. I thought it would be easy to use and could start planning within a few days, I was wrong.