Looking for LANDSCAPING SOFTWARE

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Looking for LANDSCAPING SOFTWARE

Post by Charlie Johnst » Fri, 08 Apr 1994 03:20:47



I am looking for professional-grade landscaping software.
Something beyond the PCPaint-type stuff I have now.

Should have ability to do usual top-side viewing (w/ multi-angle scan),
pre-drawns of popular shrubs/trees (as well as operator-drawn), and handle
elevations for terraced areas, etc.

Anyone know of any programs like this?   Thanks!


 
 
 

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Post by Harsh Shar » Fri, 15 Apr 1994 11:08:03



Quote:
>I am looking for professional-grade landscaping software.
>Something beyond the PCPaint-type stuff I have now.

>Should have ability to do usual top-side viewing (w/ multi-angle scan),
>pre-drawns of popular shrubs/trees (as well as operator-drawn), and handle
>elevations for terraced areas, etc.

>Anyone know of any programs like this?   Thanks!



I am sending to you, by e-mail, my collection of articles pertaining to
the subject of landscaping software.

Harsh-
                       /* my views */

 
 
 

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Post by Harsh Shar » Fri, 15 Apr 1994 13:01:36



|:I am looking for professional-grade landscaping software.
|:Something beyond the PCPaint-type stuff I have now.
|:
|:Should have ability to do usual top-side viewing (w/ multi-angle scan),
|:pre-drawns of popular shrubs/trees (as well as operator-drawn), and handle
|:elevations for terraced areas, etc.
|:
|:Anyone know of any programs like this?   Thanks!
|:

|
|
|I am sending to you, by e-mail, my collection of articles pertaining to
|the subject of landscaping software.
|
|Harsh-

Oooops !!  for some reason I am unable to send you a mail, I get "unknown host"
error from my mail-handler, so if you are still in need of the software review,
please send me a mail at:


The file (I just saved the articles from the net ... and it might not be all
that complete but is a good start) is long and I hate to have to post it on the net.

Harsh-
                           /* my views */

 
 
 

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Post by Watch Hi » Thu, 16 Jun 1994 00:03:04



Quote:
Sharma) writes:
> ... sending by e-mail
> ... collection of articles

I am researching the same subject - landscaping software - and would

for your help.

                                                          Bill Miller

 
 
 

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Post by Watch Hi » Thu, 16 Jun 1994 00:13:01



Quote:

>  landscaping software
>  professional grade

Charlie -  I am also interested in this area and would appreciate you
passing on any info you might have.  Hope you don't mind if I ask a
couple of questions.

What have you used in the past?
Are these general design programs that you have adapted or are these
specific to landscaping and Garden design?
Have you ever seen anything just off the shelf in computer/software
store?

 
 
 

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Post by Watch Hi » Thu, 16 Jun 1994 00:15:07



Charlie - Sorry.  I sent that message before signing off.  Bad
nettiquette!

Thanks for any help you can give me.

 
 
 

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Post by Mucky » Sun, 19 Jun 1994 06:07:02


I have seen various programs on the shelf, but the problem is that
almost all of their functions can be handled more effeciently with
existing database, spreadsheet, and wordprocessing programs.  I am a
professional gardener  whose hobby is programming (somehow that
sounds backwards!) and I am curious just what the professional wants
in a program.  I am currently working on several projects in my spare
time.  I know what I would like to see, but I am not too sure I
represent the opinion of the market, so to speak.  Rrespond to this
note with your suggestions.
 
 
 

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Post by Kristen B. Jess » Sun, 19 Jun 1994 04:22:22


Quote:


> Sharma) writes:

> > ... sending by e-mail
> > ... collection of articles

> I am researching the same subject - landscaping software - and would

> for your help.

>                                                           Bill Miller

I would also like to have the information on landscaping

Kristen Jessen

 
 
 

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Post by "t » Mon, 20 Jun 1994 02:43:16


Quote:

> I have seen various programs on the shelf, but the problem is that
> almost all of their functions can be handled more effeciently with
> existing database, spreadsheet, and wordprocessing programs.

I think you are right. But integating the various ingredients
(including graphics) may be difficult for some Users.
Although, of course; Windows applications clearly make it easier.

Are there any existing databases available in the Internet to get by using
FTP. If so - can you point me in the right direction.

I suspect many folk would be put off "doing it themselves" because of the
huge amount data (mostly text) they would need to input.

--
Tim

 
 
 

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Post by Arthur W. Kelle » Wed, 22 Jun 1994 03:57:34



writes:

Quote:
> I have seen various programs on the shelf, but the problem is that
> almost all of their functions can be handled more effeciently with
> existing database, spreadsheet, and wordprocessing programs.  I am a
> professional gardener  whose hobby is programming (somehow that
> sounds backwards!) and I am curious just what the professional wants
> in a program.  I am currently working on several projects in my spare
> time.  I know what I would like to see, but I am not too sure I
> represent the opinion of the market, so to speak.  Rrespond to this
> note with your suggestions.

I'm an electrical engineering professor (and sometime programmer) whose
hobby is gardening - sometimes I wish it were the other way around.

I've been trying to help out the arboretum at North Carolina State
University (NCSU). It is badly in need of a way to track its collection
of about 10,000 individual plants. The collection is constantly
changing. I guess this is more inventory than landscaping, but I am not
sure the two are really different.

Their problem with existing database tools is really graphical input and
output. One arboretum staff member refers to it as the "Camellia Society
Problem". The Camellia Society comes in and wants a map showing all
camellias in the collection. With existing database tools all you can
give them is a _list_ of all camellias and their bed number and them a
preprinted map of the bed locations. Since the beds are fairly large
it's still difficult to locate the plants in the beds. No where near as
user friendly as it should be.

Conversely, when a new bed is planted, the plant locations often come
back in the form of a sketch of the bed. The precise locations are not
as important as the relative locations. It would be much better to be
able to scan in a survey or aerial photograph of the arboretum and then
point and click at bed locations on the survey - this plant here and
that plant there - and so on. The plant coordinates would then be
automatically stored in the database. Then for output, you could print
out the entire bed. Alternately, to reduce the visual clutter, you could
print out only what's attractive _now_, e.g. not print the Narcissus in
August.

I'm no database expert, but the ones I've investigated won't let you
interact with images in this way (at least not the Macintosh ones). I'm
willing to learn a database and write the program they need but not if
we can't do everything we want. The NCSU arboretum reports to me that
this is a problem at arboreta all over the country. There's a great
product in there somewhere for a talented programmer.

Thought you'd like this perspective.

Arthur W. Kelley

 
 
 

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Post by M22.. » Wed, 22 Jun 1994 01:10:58




|
|I'm an electrical engineering professor (and sometime programmer) whose
|hobby is gardening - sometimes I wish it were the other way around.
|

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|Their problem with existing database tools is really graphical input and
|output.

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|It would be much better to be
|able to scan in a survey or aerial photograph of the arboretum and then
|point and click at bed locations on the survey - this plant here and
|that plant there - and so on. The plant coordinates would then be
|automatically stored in the database. Then for output, you could print
|out the entire bed. Alternately, to reduce the visual clutter, you could
|print out only what's attractive _now_, e.g. not print the Narcissus in
|August.
|
|I'm no database expert, but the ones I've investigated won't let you
|interact with images in this way (at least not the Macintosh ones). I'm
|willing to learn a database and write the program they need but not if
|we can't do everything we want. The NCSU arboretum reports to me that
|this is a problem at arboreta all over the country. There's a great
|product in there somewhere for a talented programmer.
|
|Thought you'd like this perspective.
|
|Arthur W. Kelley

Sounds like what you want is a GIS (Geographic Information System).  There are
many available and are used by the Forest Service and various branches of
state and local governments.I believe that most GISs can do what you want, I
don't know what's avaliable for MACs, though.  Good luck.

Sylvia Dutcher