Drive down any street in practically any neighborhood and you can tell which homeowners spent time planning their home’s landscape and which ones simply strolled through the local nursery and chose plants and trees because they were cheap or they were the right color. Taking the time to plan the layout of your yard ensures that it will be a place you’ll want to spend time in and will be proud to claim. If you don’t plan, you’ll end up with, at best a poorly-organized landscape and at worst, costly repairs when that tree you purchased on a whim ends up sending roots into your basement or damaging the house’s roof because it was planted too close to the building.
Mac landscaping software is an inexpensive and labor- and back-saving device that provides the designer with tools such as:
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Exceptional Mac Landscaping Design Software offers the tools and support you need to learn how to quickly and easily use the program. These are the specifications TopTenREVIEWS used to compare the different software packages:
The feature set is the designer’s toolbox although, a larger set of tools isn’t necessarily better. Look for Mac landscaping software that has the selection of features you need to create the landscape you envision.
Ease of Use
The software should be easy to use and the controls simple to find and understand. Intuitive controls will be the difference between successful Mac landscaping design software and a product you'll quickly relegate to the shelf out of sheer frustration.
Ease of Installation
Look for Mac landscaping software that is simple to install and allows for easy image imports and exports. Also keep in mind that a landscape design programs should feature a large catalog of plants and materials along with a hardiness zone map so you can pinpoint what you want and be assured that it will flourish in your area.
Landscape software should have good online help consisting of a help index, tutorials, FAQs and support forums along with help menus or other help options. Video tutorials are very useful in explaining complex functions because they simply show you exactly what to do.
|Punch! Home & Landscape Design Studio||SketchUp|
|Version||Punch! Home Design Studio Pro|
|2D Photo Import|
|3D Object Editing|
|3D Object Import|
|3D Flyaround (aerial views)|
|Set Camera View Angles|
|Wireframe Views/Glass House Views|
|Hardiness Zone Maps|
|Plant Object Library|
|Plant Growth Simulation|
|Pool, Pond Designer|
|Print Shopping Lists|
|DXF ( AUTOCAD)|
|.KMZ (Google Earth)|
|Recommended System Spec|
|OS||Mac 10.4.11 or higher||Mac 10.4.x or higher|
|Processor (CPU)||G4 or higher||G5 (2GHz or higher)|
|Hard Drive Space||5.3GB||500MB|
|Display||Millions of colors||Millions of colors|
|QuickTime||5 or higher|
|Requires Internet to utilize some features|