View Full Version : Anyone use hardscape imaging software?

02-19-2009, 04:58 PM
I havent seen anyone post about this in a while.

Do any of you use any imaging software to help with sales?

if so what program? I just installed real landscape pro from unilock and I have been looking at pro landscape.

Anyone thinking of using these this year to seperate themselves in this economy?

02-19-2009, 05:11 PM
I have pro landscape....it's OK. Maybe a little better than the ones you can buy at Borders, but for what i use it for it does a decent job. What else is out there?

02-19-2009, 09:40 PM
I've been looking at, and considering Vectorworks Landmark 2009. It's around $1,800. Probably why i'm still just considering it.

02-19-2009, 10:50 PM
Use prolandscape . how is everyone this evening

Dreams To Designs
02-20-2009, 06:36 PM
Pro Landscape sells quite a bit of work with their imaging component, and the newest version has included Techo-Bloc in both the imaging and CAD. It allows the client to see what your design ideas are and gives them a chance to comment on color.


02-21-2009, 09:53 PM
The only one I used was real landscape from Unilock, didn't really do much for me in the sales enviornment, but I also hand drawn stuff in 3d and people really love that. I did find that Real Landscape was a greate tool as a photo editing software. i.e. I can use the tools to copy existing grass and use it to hide yard damage, or even add additiona flowers.

To all: A trick to using 'Real'= To erase that unilock logo...open the original picture in paint and add 1/2" to the bottom of the page, open in real and edit, the take to office picture manager and crop off the bottom 1/2" (including the logo and the whit space you added before).:walking:

02-23-2009, 11:42 AM
When you are using it do you typically do this onsite in the truck or do you bring it to a second meeting?

02-23-2009, 05:12 PM
2nd meeting for sure. Typically good designs take more than 10 minutes to conjure up.

03-10-2009, 09:51 PM
Back when i used to do landscaping i used i think landpro design- Anyway the first year i purchased it i put in two 30K dollar brick driveways. If you can get the customer exited about the job with a before and after image you hooked them. I just wouldnt leave the design with out a $1000 deposit.

03-11-2009, 09:49 AM
i keep them on my laptop nothing printed so they can't keep them.

03-13-2009, 11:23 PM
Punch Landscape deck & patio Designer Takes about 40 hrs to master I personally love the program especially for walls. Check out my web site gallery for a couple examples.

03-14-2009, 09:06 AM
Learned my lesson about leaving designs for customers. left one with a guy so he could "Show his wife"..Bet you can guess.....yup, exact thing that i designed was done but it wasnt dont by me. I mean exact. Homeowner did it. Big set up steps and wall up a slope about 18 total steps fully scaped. Prick.

03-14-2009, 02:26 PM
Dont get attached to estimates just try to stay one step ahead of the competition. Make sure you stamp your logo across any free designs you do.

03-14-2009, 03:51 PM

05-19-2013, 11:31 AM
Dont get attached to estimates just try to stay one step ahead of the competition. Make sure you stamp your logo across any free designs you do.

Will this allow you legal recourse if your design is used?

05-19-2013, 12:55 PM
Will this allow you legal recourse if your design is used?


There are two ways to keep this from happening:

1) Meeting ends, you roll up the drawing and start to leave, homeowner says they need to think about it and look at the plans some more. You tell the homeowner you can leave the plans if they pay a non-refundable $500 deposit towards the job, otherwise they're welcome to schedule an appointment to come to your office to review and discuss the plans.

2) Charge for your damn design work. This means you need to have something worth charging for, and you need to charge enough for it that you don't go home and kick the dog when the homeowner hands your design to someone else to build.

I'm no attorney but I would wager that because you provide a homeowner with a free drawing, no money changed hands for it, and there was no contractual expectation that money WOULD change hands for it, there are no damages to be awarded. I imagine a court would view it no differently than someone going down your line item proposal and swapping your #s for theirs.

I'm seeing my IP attorney this week, I'll see if I can ask him off the clock (if it's on the clock, y'all need to chip in to cover his $250/hr)

07-02-2013, 12:03 AM
I use this subscription based software that is very powerful. It has a great plant library and accurately depict any thing that I have been able to design.

It can be learned in a couple of weeks although you can get better at for a long time.

07-06-2013, 11:02 PM
Haven't been on in a while......I didn't see mention of Viz-Terra software. Anyone using it. Check the website or you tube ..It's the best one I have seen (haven't seen them all). I have the sales girl emailing me weekly but just haven't pulled the trigger yet.
Hope everyone is doing well this summer...almost can't call it summer here in St. Louis..temps have been great !!!!!!!!

07-08-2013, 11:27 PM
I know there are better programs out there but I use Punch and it helps more than you would think to add the service of design for a client to imagine what is possible.

You can see some of my designs here at http://www.nashvillelandscapedesign.com