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3d landscape software recommendation

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by hosejockey4506, Jul 7, 2011.

  1. hosejockey4506

    hosejockey4506 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 9

    I am looking for landscape design software and would like some recommendations.

    I am on a budget and would like to be under 300 dolllars whats the best bang for the buck, i really cant afford a 1500 dollar program right now.
  2. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,776

    Do what ever you can to afford the 1500 dollar program. The better the program, the better the image results will be, and the more jobs you will sell.

    I use Pro Landscapes by Drafix.
  3. horttenn

    horttenn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 12

    Look at http://www.ideaspectrum.com/trial.php. This is a free trail with most of the plant images. It runs $395.00. I have looked at a lot of software. Dynascape looks the best but at $3000.00 i will pass. Down load and tell me what you think.
  4. alexschultz1

    alexschultz1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,586

    ive used dynascape and would never justify spending $3000 for it ( to many glitches) Realtime landscape is a great deal however when you get into hardscapes and grading it lacks. Also some plants are poorly rendered. I use realtime right now and im trying to justify spending the money for prolandscapes.
  5. jlouki01

    jlouki01 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 453

    I use Realtime Landscape Architect. I have sold a sick amount of work using it. Cost less than 400.00
  6. crazymike

    crazymike LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ontario
    Messages: 452

    for quick photo editing, the idea spectrum is better and easier. Things like perspective, etc... are really easy to adjust. However, it lacks in things like stairs, etc...

    For doing proposals, etc... the draffix one is better. Worth $3000? probably not if you just want to fool around. $3000 can buy you quite a bit of work from a student landscape architect.
  7. CM's

    CM's LawnSite Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 12

    We have Realtime, ProLandscape, and Dynascape. For what you're talking about, I would choose RT over PL every time. Best bang for the buck in my opinion. I think the CAD and rendering aspect is quite a bit better with RT and it's in your price range.

    Over all I was disappointed with PL, and impressed with RT.

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