Cheap - generally 1-2d and limited plant libraries. They work ok. Most
allow layers, inventory and pricing to be done. Some offer aging of
plants some offer side views, some 3d. None offer all of them.
Expensive - are real 3d, extensive plant libraries. These are really
designed for your landscaper who is running his own business. Supports
drafting printers, color printers, overviews, side views etc etc....
The problem is that most people want the features of expensive for the
price of cheap.
The expensive programs are REAL cad/cam programs, Which is why they are
so expensive. The real programs are great, it is just hard to justify
spending that much money for a program.
If you are interested send me a note and I will send you the names of the
companies. Most of demo products that show what they can do as a self
running demo. You can make your choice from them.
I love it -
I am myself using bel terre pro with excellent results.
Terrace Software, P.O.Box 271, Medford, MA 02155. Phone 617-396-0382.
Mum's the Word Plus/USD 75
bel Terre pro/USD 295
Plants West (plants for USDA zones 9+10)/USD 39
Elevation Symbol Library/USD 89
Plan Symbol Library/USD 39
The last three items are add-ons to the two first programs, or can be used
separately in other drawing programs.
For other garden software programs, please see:
Ole Petter Vik, Connect AS, Blakstadmarka 26, N-1370 Asker, Norway.
Telephone +47-66 90 23 00. Telefax +47-66 90 23 05.
>I saw there was an earlier thread in this group that didn't seem to
>any response so I thought I would ask basically the same question in a
>different form. Does anybody have any experience or comments regarding
>landscape design or garden planning software. The two packages I have
>examined, literally as I have not tried them, seem either short on
>drafting horsepower or short on plant libraries. I would like a
>that has the plant libraries, makes it easy to draw up a design with
>existing symbol libraries and has a database for garden results. If
>doesn't exist maybe we should try to make one and sell it. Any
>Michael L Mcwilliams
>A dream is only tomorrow, unborn.
I've recently bought the 3D Landscape CD by Books That Work . I'm fairly
satisfied with it, paid about $35 at Comp USA . The biggest knock I have
against it is there is no facility to add plants to a database although
theirs is large . The pluses is the drafting side , growth over time,
shadowing over the course of a year or day depending on your latitude,
several cost and quantity estimator that are helpful.
* RM 1.31 0866 * DESQview: faster than a Cray (running Windows).
>CD: I saw there was an earlier thread in this group that didn't seem
>CD: get any response so I thought I would ask basically the same
>CD: question in a different form. Does anybody have any experience or
>CD: comments regarding
> I've recently bought the 3D Landscape CD by Books That Work . I'm
>satisfied with it, paid about $35 at Comp USA . The biggest knock I
>against it is there is no facility to add plants to a database
>theirs is large . The pluses is the drafting side , growth over time,
>shadowing over the course of a year or day depending on your latitude,
>several cost and quantity estimator that are helpful.
> * RM 1.31 0866 * DESQview: faster than a Cray (running Windows).
I was able to modify the plants.db file with a goo text editor (Brief). You
can't add plants, but you can carefully replace plants that you do not need.
The fields are separated by TABS, just be careful not to delete the TAB
characters and your on your way.