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landscape pro or dynascape?

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by Lance L, Dec 1, 2008.

  1. Lance L

    Lance L LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 330

    has anyone used both of these? which do you like more, ignoring the cost difference. or if you have used earthscape or similar.
     
  2. Dreams To Designs

    Dreams To Designs LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,406

    Are you comparing Drafix, Pro landscape to Dynascape. If so,I have used both and find the imaging features available in Pro Landscape to be a great selling feature for residential design. Both programs handle plans very efficiently, with a slight nod towards Dynascape for being a bit more elaborate. With the imaging features of Pro landscape, especially the 3D flyover feature, your client will be able to understand the design concept you are presenting a lot better than with simple plan drawings. You need good plans for installation and materials takeoff, but imaging can help you sell.

    our intended use of the program should dictate your needs. Pro Landscape has yearly updates, excellent support and even a forum exclusively for it's registered users to share ideas and ask questions of the company and other users. For digital software you can't go wrong with either programs, I chose Pro Landscape for it's ease of use, better selling features and their excellent support system

    Kirk
     
  3. mowerman87

    mowerman87 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 75

    Thanks for the question, I just logged on to ask the exact same question and I have the order forms for both DynaScape and PRO Landscape on two other tabs right now. Something else I might add is that PRO is currently selling for less than half the cost of DynaScape ($1,195 Vs. $2,500). Either one is a pretty big software investment in my opinion and I want to buy the one that I will be happy with for years. Any further opinions or info would be welcome.
     
  4. Lance L

    Lance L LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 330

    kirk have you found tha pro landscape lacks anything you need that dynascape has?
     
  5. Dreams To Designs

    Dreams To Designs LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,406

    Lance, not for my purposes. From what I have been told, the CAD engine in Dynascape is more powerful than what Pro Landscape uses, but it has never let me down. I know improvements to Pro Landscape's CAD & plan mode have been suggested and many are being addressed by their software engineers. The library of images and the method they use for adding images to the 3D mode are ever increasing. So whatever you can get a picture of, they can create an image that can be added to your database.

    As with any software, Pro landscape, Dynascape or any others, the plans and images will only be as good as your design skills and abilities. Because of using CAD or 3D imaging almost any work looks good, but if used as a digital pencil and a presentation tool, software can be a great part, of your design toolbox.

    When you make this investment for software, also include a large format printer, a computer powerful enough to run these programs properly, time to learn and practice and a training class specifically about the software you have purchased. Many buy design software with the hopes it will design for them and either abandon it down the road or never reap the full potential of what they own.

    Kirk
     
  6. Casey21

    Casey21 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 24

    I use Dynascape and love it. I first used Pro landscape and sent it back because I thought there photo rendering was not all that great to work with.

    So now I use Dynascape for cad drawings and I use Ideaspectrums software for photo rendering. You can get there 3-d, photo and cad for a great price.
    www.ideaspectrum.com

    Anyone have a 3-d design from prolandscape to show?
     
  7. ford550

    ford550 LawnSite Member
    from PA
    Posts: 221

    I use Dynascape and love it also. I also purchased Dynascape Color for the rendering. I used to do all by hand (that is my degree from PSU), now with these two programs I have cut my design time by 75% because of the effeciency of the programs. I also have an HP DesignJet T610 large format printer. Like it was stated above, make the investment in everything. Dynascape and printing sucks alot out of the computer.

    Chris
     
  8. Lance L

    Lance L LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 330

    well that was one of my largest concerns with dynascape, i felt that the lack of photo imaging would cost some sales if it was used by itself. chris do you also use ideaspectrum for your imaging? is it time consuming to do everything twice just for the imaging? or do they work together?
     
  9. PrecisionL&L

    PrecisionL&L LawnSite Member
    Posts: 20

    Just my opinion but I feel that Dynascape is a much better program than Pro Landscape. Where I work currently we use Pro Landscape and we are not going to spend the money to switch over to Dynascape unfortunately. Although I have not used the digital imaging aspect of Pro Landscape recently I always felt it left a lot to be desired and gave the client a false impression of an actual design, not all plants are perfect and flower at the same time. If you really want to use some modeling software try Google Sketch Up itÂ’s free and true to scale. I will try and attach a couple of designs I did in Pro Landscape and Google Sketch Up. I made the symbols in the drawings to look like the Dynascape symbols, that is another thing Pro Landscape needs to work that and hatch patterns. Hope this helps with your decision.
     

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  10. ford550

    ford550 LawnSite Member
    from PA
    Posts: 221

    Lance
    I do not use ideaspectrum. I usually only use rendered plan views for presentation along with a pictoral presentation to show what it is going to look like. We have done pretty much everything, so I have pictures of it. However, sometimes if requested, I will either do a quick perspective by hand or google sketch up (free). Though Pro landscape has that 3-d feature it is just to "cartoon like" for what my clients are paying for in the design process. I can do it better by hand or google. Dynascape has far better symbols and hatches, etc IMO. Hope this helps.
     

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