PROS / This landscape design software provides a plethora of outdoor furniture and other objects to help you populate your landscape.
CONS / HGTV Home & Landscape Platinum Suite 3 doesn't provide templates that often help users create a design.
VERDICT / This is a fast and effective software choice, but it does not provide an advanced interface.
Editor's note: The newest version of HGTV Home and Landscape is now available. We will evaluate, rank and review the new version of this product when we next update the Landscaping Software reviews.
It's never too late to begin thinking about the full potential of your home's landscaping. HGTV Home & Landscape Platinum Suite will be a great compass as you navigate your way from home landscaping fantasies to landscape realities. HGTV will help you finalize your plans so you don't waste time or money.
HGTV Home & Landscape has improved the quality of its graphics in this latest version. We were impressed with how much more realistic they appear. While the graphics are much better than they used to be, other 3D landscape software we reviewed looked even more lifelike.
The quality of your computer's video card is very important. If you do not have a good video card, the image will change to a grid view, frequently displaying the outlines of objects. We found this to be quite difficult to work with. To avoid it, use a computer with a decent video card.
This 3D home and landscape design software is fairly easy to use, and we were able to finish a pretty fancy home landscape design within an hour. There are many features to choose from, and the objects and appliances all comply with the landscape layout that you choose. For example, when you create sidewalk paths on hills or in depressions, the sidewalk will follow those changes in topography. As we used this landscaping software, we found that was difficult to be able to see the view we wanted quickly.
From slopes and hills to brand-name materials and energy-efficient lighting, you can do it all with HGTV Platinum Suite. The landscaping tools for the software proved to be very efficient. Once you have created the landscaping features, you can quickly modify them by clicking and dragging them to the desired position or to new measurements.
The 3D Real View rendering is very impressive. It wasn't just the finalized view that we liked so much, but the options it gave us. We could choose any time, any date and almost any major city, and the landscaping software would automatically position the sun in the sky accurately. This way you can envision how the lighting will appear in and around your house.
The Plant Encyclopedia that comes with this home garden landscape design software will provide you with information about which plants will thrive in your geographic area. It also lists how much water and what lighting conditions each plant needs. You can also use a tool that allows you to see what seasonal changes will occur to the plants you've selected. The leaves won't change colors, but you'll know which trees shed their leaves and when. This HGTV landscaping software also allows you to adjust how old the plants are so you can see what they will look like as they mature.
Seeing slopes and dimensions can be tough when dealing with landscaping software, which is why HGTV has implemented the grid view. The grid view gives you an outline of the landscape. Slopes and trenches are discernable through this view.
One of the things with which we were disappointed is that you can't construct diagonal walls with this landscaping software. Some of the building tools are limited to only making straight lines at 90-degree angles. The landscaping tools work well, but it takes some practice to utilize them fully.
To avoid the hassle of calling in, the manufacturer has created a hefty user guide that comes along with the landscaping software. It is well organized and easy to understand. The software also comes with tips and assistance imbedded in the application that you can refer to in seconds.
HGTV Home & Landscape Platinum Suite is an excellent choice for landscaping design software. It is not limited to only landscaping tools; HGTV has designed the software to meet all of your household needs for building, remodeling and developing ideas. If you want fast and effective software, this is a great choice. However, if you are looking for a more advanced interface with lifelike graphics, you may want to look at our higher-ranking products.