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Best design software

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by flascaper, Dec 1, 2007.

  1. flascaper

    flascaper LawnSite Member
    Messages: 107

    I consider myself an artist and even in College they did not use CADS so I learned how to draft all designs with a T- square and templates with little circles in them. It is getting to time consuming and I am looking for the best software for 3-D designs using digital pics, any ideas?
  2. AGLA

    AGLA LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,776

    ProLandscape seems to be the most prefered by landscape contractors. It is not cheap.

    I'm not a fan of photoimiging instead of plans. But, whatever works for you.
  3. hoyboy

    hoyboy LawnSite Senior Member
    from Chicago
    Messages: 346

    we've been using dynascape for a long time...been happy with it.
  4. flascaper

    flascaper LawnSite Member
    Messages: 107

    Yes I just read the Landscape pro web site and feel that 1395 is more than I want to spend. I will look into dynascape thank you sir.
  5. dallas05

    dallas05 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 82

    don't quote me on this but i believe dynascape is more than prolandscape
  6. Dreams To Designs

    Dreams To Designs LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,406

    Dynascape is more expensive at $2500 than Pro Landscape and does not do 3D imaging like Pro Landscape. Dynascape is a more intricate and intense program for designers and landscape architects. Pro Landscape in version 13 now offers a true 3D fly around mode that is quite fun and beneficial for the clients. These are professional grade software titles that will increase your sales and size of your jobs if you have design skills. They can also lessen the amount of time it takes to create drawings and have a distinct advantage of being able to send your work via email to clients or a print shop.

    There are quite a few homeowner quality software titles that may perform the tasks you need at the price you are looking for. Some on these forums have used them and been quite satisfied with the results.

  7. flascaper

    flascaper LawnSite Member
    Messages: 107

    I need to invest in something I just finished another hand drawn plan fresh with erasure marks. I did go to College for landscape design but believe it or not we did it all by hand. University of Delaware College of Agriculture.
  8. tthomass

    tthomass LawnSite Gold Member
    from N. VA
    Messages: 3,498

    Everybody praises Dynascape but what about Vector Works? I had a demo today and may be purchasing........costs less.
  9. tthomass

    tthomass LawnSite Gold Member
    from N. VA
    Messages: 3,498

    BTW.........3D imaging is a horrible idea for plants.....hardscapes fine, plants no. Its very unrealistic, too bright.......just horrible. I understand why my professor taught us not to try and make a design look real. A more washed look where you have more outlines and faded colors good........you can't specifically identify a plant, you only see massings and figures. If I want a cartoon I'll cut on the TV because if I bring a $50,000 plant installation design to someone looking like that I doubt I get the job vs good drafting and coloring.

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