To be quite honest, that Drafix software looks top notch for the landscaping field. With a price tag of $1400.00 it must be good because most landscape based software can't pull off a $100.00 price tag unless it's considered "professional designer worthy", you definitely see a bunch of crappy stuff out there that is really meant to sucker in a homeowner who is trying to build his dreamscape with a bunch of simulated stuff.. I honestly can't speak for others though, because I have no idea. To be honest I use cad only because that is what was taught when I was in college for landscape design and that was 10 years ago. (honestly though, Cad is not terribly user friendly for strictly landscape design in my opinion and that is why I integrated it with another program). That drafix software looks really good, im impressed by the presentation. For all I know that could be the highest rated and most popular landscape software there is, it's quite possible im just a dinosaur using outdated technology. My general opinion is, it's not rocket science, if you find a program that you are comfortable with and has a professional final product then you are a step ahead of a lot of people.