Posted on September 2, 2015, updated September 2, 2015
I just bought Realtime Lanscaping Plus a week ago. I was able to pull in my 10 acre property from Google Maps and already have my house, Barn, Shed and Greenhouse in.
The terrain was very easy to manipulate with the ditches and berms. The Trees are high resolution and during the walk-through they even sway in the breeze. You can change the seasons, time of day and environment that you see beyond your property.
The only downside is the water features come in the PRO version which is $20 more but would be worth it. It\'s $30 to upgrade to it. I was able to create a realistic look for the pond in Sketch-up and then import in.
They could use a lot more trees. In particular, I need fruit trees and they are very limited. I like some of the ones from the \'Sketch-up\' library but I have started making my own to look more like the ones I have. This goes for the fencing as well. Plus has lots of fences but all city type fencing, no farm fencing.
Still for $79 it is well worth it. I did about 80% of the work before having to look up how to do anything.On September 2nd, 2015, RobertCrandall added the following:
Update: Idea Spectrum has offered to update my program without my asking for that. Customer service has value which backs up my 'Positive' rating.
fortberryy elliot lake Canada (1 review) May 28, 2010
I have a hobby, where I help small towns and cities across North America come up with new ideas for tourist attractions. I do this on a volunteer basis. Some of my ideas can be explained more fully by using 3d landscaping software. In order to choose the most appropriate software package, I tried out different ones. In the end I went with Realtime Landscaping Architect. The reasons were, very realistic, extremely easy to learn, can be used to show more than landscaping to a certain degree and the developer of this software may develop it to do much more than landscaping.
I use Idea Spectrum's Realtime Landscaping Pro software for professional landscape design work. It takes time to learn to use all of the features but it is very versatile and user-friendly. You can design in top-down or perspective view and create very realistic 3D scenes, as well as 2D plans with a professional look. It is also excellent for image design (designing over a photo background).
I recently upgraded to version 3 which has a huge library of high-resolution plant images, many new 3D models, and numerous new design tools and features.
It's a tremendous value for the price ($100) and will do things that much more expensive landscape design software won't do.
flowerjean Central, IL (Zone 5a) (5 reviews) April 2, 2006
Ordered their "realtime landscaping plus" software for $50. I did receive the software very quickly, however was not impressed with the software at all. Very hard to use and pictures were not realistic of plants as far as size or color.