What to Look for in a Landscape Design Software
There are many software programs out there for landscape design. If you’re about to pick one, or if you want the change your current program, there are certain things that you need to consider.
Amateur or Professional?
Are you an amateur who just wants to embellish the garden with a few changes, or are you a professional who is going to use a program for wide-ranged and long-term business? There are different programs for different needs, so choose carefully.
Free or Not?
If you’re an amateur, it’s logical to look for a free or inexpensive option, but if you’re not, be aware that the pricey programs have a reason. They offer many extra options and special features, so make sure you check them out.
Online or Offline?
Some programs can only be used online, and some can be used offline. Some are used offline and connect to the internet on certain moments to update their libraries and databases. So pick the right one according to your internet connection and computer situation.
You can check online reviews and comments on these topics: Ease of use, features and tools, customer support, 2D and 3D design, photo import, object import, plant search, aerial views (3D flyaround), 3D walkthrough, topography designer, cost estimation, variety of templates, printable shopping lists, landscape/garden templates, pool and pond designer, plant encyclopedia, file import and export (jpeg, bmp, dxf etc.), online manuals, video tutorials, phone/e-mail sport, variety of supported configurations (Vista, XP, Windows 7…).