Landscape software?

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by John Deere, Apr 16, 2000.

  1. John Deere

    John Deere LawnSite Member
    Messages: 128

    Just wondering what you all use for landscaping software? Is there a good easy to use program out there? Do any of you just draw your design for the customer on maybe graph paper or something? I just want design software not accouting. Thanks!
  2. EarthWorks

    EarthWorks LawnSite Member
    Messages: 135

    Right now I just draw the design neatly on graph paper. I have been looking at design software this year but so far have found better investments with better returns I think. I will eventually get design software though. Many customers do not know enough about plants even when I draw them. They cannot picture the finished product. This is where the software would come in handy. I bought a cheap program when I got my computer but it was hard to use and I didn't like the results.
  3. Lanelle

    Lanelle LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,361

    I use DIG Designware for presentations. I go out and take a digital photo of the property and do the photo-realistic design on the computer. People love the 'pretty pictures' because they know what they like when they see it and its exciting to see how good their landscape could look. Makes closing the sale much easier and makes selling larger total tickets easier because the client falls in love with the finished look. Also if you look back at old posts, several others also wrote about this topic.<p>----------<br>Lanelle<br>
  4. EDL

    EDL LawnSite Member
    from MA
    Messages: 110

    Lanelle how well does the digital camera work, I was told when I purchased DIG that a good quality regular camera would work better than digital. Although with the speed of technology today, what is new today is obsolete tomorrow. Also what camera would you recommend and # of pixels. Thanks Tom
  5. Lanelle

    Lanelle LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,361

    Our company bought the Sony Mavica FD-91 because it uses a regular 1.44MB 3.5&quot; floppy disk for storing the photos which is easy since five of us use this camera and we don't have to worry with special hook-ups or media cards. Each disk hold 11-12 photos and disks are cheap and easy to buy. It has a 800,000 pixels progressive CCD chip, so the quality is pretty good and it cost a little under a thousand dollars as I recall. It has a 14x zoom and 'steady shot' technology so it seems to meet our needs. There are less expensive Mavicas that will probably do the job. I love being able to come in from the jobsite and immediately work on the new photos instead of taking film to a shop and waiting for the photos. Also I can immediately see if a shot is lousy and retake it rather than waiting for film development. Also, maybe some others have other types of digital cameras that are good. I think Paul said he bought an Olympus.<p>----------<br>Lanelle<br>
  6. paul

    paul Lawnsite Addict
    Messages: 1,625

    I like my olympus 2500 not cheap but much higher resolution than sony. Also has more features not quite pro camera but nowhere near price of one (about $1500) pro cameras are about $3000. Like the quailty of shot even at lower resalutions (can do 640 X 480, 1024 X 768, 1280 X 1024, 1600 X 1280) can make great prints at 8&quot; X 10&quot; at highest res. plus hot shoe for real flash and thru the lens focus and zoom. bad part need card reader for fast down loads<br><p>----------<br>paul<br>
  7. Stonehenge

    Stonehenge LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 1,276

    Paul - Did you go overbudget on the camera? I thought $700 was your limit.
  8. paul

    paul Lawnsite Addict
    Messages: 1,625

    just a little bit<p>----------<br>paul<br>
  9. steveair

    steveair LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,073

    Hello, <p>I use a cheaper design program but just use a plain old 200 dollar 35 mm camera and scan the pictures in using a flatbed scanner. I'm sure the digital cameras are nice, but the scanner and 35 mm can both be bought for around 300 bucks. A big savings. <p>With all the one-hour photo shops aroung here anymore, its really not a big hassle at all to get them developed. Its quite easy to take a picture, get it developed, scan it, design, and print it out all in one night. The digitals are a convenience, but considering every other supermarket has one-hour photo these days, it doesn't seem like you have to have a digital just to speed things up.<p>Also, I'm sure many know this, the way you take the picture is very important. You have to have the right sun to get it right. No matter how good you camera is, if conditions are wrong, the pictures never come out quite right. I'm still experimenting myself. Though the pictures may look good, they always getter altered in the process of scanning/printing them. <p>steveair<br>
  10. CLM1

    CLM1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 90

    I too use DIG design software. I use a 35mm camera and top quality 100 or 200 speed film. Scan it into the computer and it works great. I do use a tripod to get good shots. So far I have been able to see the difference between mine and ones taken w/a digital. Save your $$$ for now, maybe the technology will be there shortly.

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