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Chief Architect Home Designer Landscape and Decks 2014 (PC)

by Chief Architect
Windows 8 / 7 / XP / Vista

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  • Deck and landscape software to easily designing outdoor living spaces
  • create beautiful landscapes, terrain features, gardens and decks
  • plant chooser with 3,600+ botanically accurate flowers, trees, and shrubs
  • drag and drop thousands of items from the library browser
  • get started quickly with easy how-to videos that offer step-by-step instructions

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  • Platform:   Windows 8 / 7 / XP / Vista
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1
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Home Designer Landscape & Deck 2014 - Let Home Designer Landscape & Deck by Chief Architect Software help you plan and design your perfect outdoor living space. It's easy to quickly design the virtual look and feel of your backyard, deck, patio, pool, or other outdoor project. Create beautiful landscapes, terrain features, gardens, and decks.

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Amazon.com: 3.0 out of 5 stars  22 reviews
28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quick visualization! 10 Dec. 2012
By D. Potter - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Software Download
This program is for the amateur enthusiast who is not looking to create detailed framing plans for decks, rather it is for creating and viewing spaces and landscape layouts. It's tools are towards general concepts of homes, decks and other outdoor living in terms of space planning.
If you need something to create detailed "construction documents" you will need Home Designer Pro where you then have manual control of framing and roof design elements (one always gets what they pay for). But if you just need to see how things will fit and look, this one is for you.
34 of 43 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not as advertised 24 Mar. 2013
By D. Nash - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Software Download|Verified Purchase
Okay, the software is okay, but they advertised over 3600 realistic plants to use, which is the reason I wanted it. Got it set up and there are only about 50 and none of them are what was promised.

To get the "3600 life like plant images", you have to order the $400. version of this program. Not interested.

I was only using this to get an idea of doing my flower beds, but instead of using this software, I'm back to an ink pen and blank paper, as before, drawing my plans by hand and guessing.

Should have just saved my money. I could have bought more plants instead of this software.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not very good for xeriscaping 6 May 2013
By Kitty Carryall - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Software Download|Verified Purchase
I figured out the software pretty easily without use of the manual. If I had to explain even basic concepts to my in-laws and even some of my friends, though, I would be tearing my hair out. This is NOT for everyone. Consider this: if you constantly pester your kids or your IT/tech-savvy friends with basic computer stuff, just stick to pen and paper and your mind's eye.

There are many, many plants, trees, shrubs. Many, many. I thought I read a previous reviewer claim there were only 50. Wrong. If you are looking to add an addition or a deck and some flower gardens and such, then this might be for you. If you're like me and seeking full xeriscaping ideas, save your money now.

I assumed incorrectly that a "Landscape and Deck" edition of a designer software would provide much more flagstone, paver, brick ideas. There are some, but very limited in patterns, colors, etc. I am very disappointed and would return this if I could.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great program with some limitations 23 Dec. 2013
By paul c kerstetter - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Software Download|Verified Purchase
I originally bought this product to improve my landscape. But then it snowballed into building an addition for my house. This product allows you to model your house and landscape. Its not really for interiors though. The program is really great for getting your ideas into a 3d model and visualizing them. It enables you to communicate tour ideas to your drafters, builders and landscapers or it helps out with solidifying your plans if your a do it your selfer. I didn't give it five stars because some of the features are limited. There is a pro version that may alleviate some of problems however but certainly not all. The roofing portion is pretty limited. IT would be nice if you could define where you could put the peak of your roof. Maybe in the pro version? Anyway, i found that I had to explore my roofing options in google sketchup which has a trial license. But google sketch up is not as good as homedesigner for other things. (Not sure about the pro version). Homedesigner allows you to take a survey of your house and land and precisely enter the information so everything is to scale. It allows you add plants with a wide selection of plants however, i found myself putting in plants that were not exactly the plants i had on my property because they were not available in the library. Which makes the grow feature kind of useless since the similar plants grow at different rates than the actual plants. Furthermore, plants grow at different rates anyway so its not really a good predictor. Putting plants together in bunches to get desirable effects was not very realistic. I had a hard time showing dimensions on my plots. This is useful information for a builder. When i first wanted to print out my plans it attempted to print it out on 15 to 20 pages. This probably good if you have giant printer for making plans. but i have 8.5 by 11 and the dimensions were usually unreadable and i was not skilled enough to find a way to show the actual dimensions in my drawing that were important. So i ended up penning them in. The snap to angle feature and grid is great for making it easy to draw, but my house ended up at the wrong angle because the angle snaps were so coarse. I understand that you could turn that off and precisely orientate your house to the correct angle but, after i discovered my house was at the wrong angle i never could rotate it to the right angle as it wouldn't let me. But for all intents an purposes it was good enough to visualize my ideas and convey my thoughts and ideas to the architect and drafter who come up with engineered drawings. Also getting the colors right on the exterior of the house was difficult until I realized that the suns orientation was key and the shadowing was hiding the true color. There are several colors to choose from but maybe there should be a color palette so that red blue and yellow can be mixed to get the desired color. All in all very fun to put the house and landscape into the program and see it rotate on big screen tv. Difficulty level for the tool was not to bad but I am used to working with programs and software tools so it may be difficult for others. They have technical support which i used once and they responded so that could be helpful if help is needed. they also have videos but i didn't really need them. I stuck mostly to the user guide.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good for affordable software. 8 Sept. 2013
By Amy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Software Download|Verified Purchase
The 3D plant library is good, not great. Most plants are 2D images that rotate to give a 3D effect. It's only convincing in views where you're looking up towards a plant or perfectly straight at it. Any top down component to the view instantly ruins the illusion. Also this is a problem for climbing plants like vines, roses, and hydrangeas. These plants look best as 2D images with this program so that they don't appear to be growing perpendicular to their trellises or walls. The feature that allows you to grow plants just makes them all larger. It doesn't really seem to account for the maximum expected size of a plant. The library of additional materials and items is very nice; I hope they continue to expand it. Some materials look silly because the image is too small for the intended application or the repeating image looks like rectangles all over whatever you painted.
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