Every year, there are new tools that make our jobs easier and better. We like to share this information with you, our loyal readers, so that you can stay up-to-date on the most innovative landscape design software available. This year’s list isn’t any different—the landscape design software market changed a lot over the last 12 months, but we’re here to tell you about all of the latest changes! The five best landscape design software programs have changed quite a bit since last year, so read on to find out what they are!
What to look for in a good program
Landscape design software has come a long way in recent years and there are dozens to choose from. But with so many options, how do you know which program is right for your needs? What features should you look for when shopping around? To help you get started, here are my top three features to look for when choosing landscape design software
Why use an online tool?
Working on your computer is convenient and, more importantly, it gives you access to a near-infinite universe of design resources. As you’re putting together your plan, we encourage you to use online tools—including Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and Google SketchUp—that can give you an edge over competitors who are still designing by hand. While some might argue that working on paper allows for more creativity or offers greater flexibility in layout, today’s landscape design software does all that and more—and it’s easier than ever to get started. The most cost-effective way to start using these programs is to test them out with downloadable trials that don’t require any payment info up front.
How we selected the products
The landscape design software programs we researched and selected for inclusion on our list were chosen after considering three criteria. We factored in overall user satisfaction ratings, as reported by previous users of these landscape design programs, ease-of-use, and value. All five programs included on our list received high ratings in all three areas, but one product clearly stood out above the others due to its exceptionally low price and abundant features. Read more below to find out which program it is! …
Planify is an easy-to-use, cloud-based program that makes it simple to design both small and large landscapes. With 3D rendering and artificial intelligence included, you’ll be able to visualize your entire yard and make changes on the fly. The software also makes it easy for you to share your plans with clients from anywhere in real time. Planify is perfect for those who are new to designing or those looking for a flexible tool that can be used across different projects—not just landscaping.
3D Landscape Creator
I didn’t expect to like 3D Landscapes Creator so much, but as it turns out, I really do. Its claim to fame is that it can take your rough ideas and turn them into something more concrete. You don’t have to have any formal training or experience. Just follow its instructions and let it create something for you. It’s simple to use, even if you aren’t tech-savvy. The software does most of the work for you, which means you won’t have to worry about messing up and having to start over from scratch. It also has features that allow users with no drawing skills whatsoever to come up with professional-looking designs—no artistic ability required! It does cost a little more than some other programs on our list, but it makes up for it in quality and ease of use.
#1 – Landscape Architect: If you need an app that will help you design your landscape project from beginning to end, then look no further than Landscape Architect. This program lets you import photos of what your yard looks like now and gives suggestions for how to improve it based on those pictures. Then, once you’ve made your changes, it allows you to see what they’ll look like in real life before making them permanent. Plus, there are plenty of tutorials available online if there’s anything confusing about how to use the program itself.