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Old 02-20-2015, 03:17 PM   #1
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What Are People Using For Design Software?


What are people using for design software these days? I'm looking for a software that i can have good control for designing decks, hardscape and softscape. I would like to produce nice 3D renderings and also be able to print out 2d construction drawings. I like how some programs have actual brand names like fiberon, trek etc. for decking built into them which you can easily swap between their actual materials.

Some of the programs i've been looking into are: Home Designer Pro, Realtime Landscaping Architect, DeckTools and Chief Architect. Can anyone share thoughts on these programs? I'm really not interested in the interior design aspect mostly the exterior. Chief Architect might be a little to expensive for my blood right now but would love the advice anyways.

Also, i've been working for a company using Autocad & Revit for awhile so picking up one of these programs shouldn't be to hard.

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Old 02-20-2015, 05:02 PM   #2
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I'm using Home Designer Pro 2015 for Mac. It has a fairly steep learning curve but I suspect that would hold true for any 3D program.

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Have you used any of the other programs mentioned above? How is the deck design and hardscape features?
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No I haven't. I went from a 20 + year old 2D program to the Pro version. It cost $495 and I learn something new every time I use it. They have a free 30 day demo on all of their programs with full credit if you buy an upgrade. Pretty good deal I think!

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I'm using Chief Architect and have been happy with it.I'm old and the learning curve is a bit rough on me but like the program.
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I've been using home designer pro 9.0 for a few years. It limited but for most of my small remodel work I've gotten it to do what I need. I've used the full features chief architect for a commercial addition and it was really nice. I just don't have an extra 2k to drop into it
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hex man, you are pulling way too hard. Long short, soon in architecture/construction is coming not yet seen in it. What was privilege for design of airplanes, submarines, etc is coming.
It is Unigraphics and Catia. Software costs $100,000 or you have to pay maintenance each year and have limited access.
This will for sure disqualify so many contractors if not all.
I am making right now a project in it. You have to see what a roof i am doing. Noooooo way to make it without such software.
And not to mention the house cost....

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hex man, you are pulling way too hard. Long short, soon in architecture/construction is coming not yet seen in it. What was privilege for design of airplanes, submarines, etc is coming.
It is Unigraphics and Catia. Software costs $100,000 or you have to pay maintenance each year and have limited access.
This will for sure disqualify so many contractors if not all.
I am making right now a project in it. You have to see what a roof i am doing. Noooooo way to make it without such software.
And not to mention the house cost....
...What?
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Chief Architect for me. Still learning but it is getting easier!
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Im a total novice should i go with sketch up pro or homedesign pro i do besments ,decks ,porches,and what is a realistic time frame to learn these if you put in a few hrs a week.
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SkethUp is a good app to start with.
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I would go with Home Designer Pro. They offer a 30 day free trial and you can do full layout sheets also.
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I would do home designer if youre a novice

Sketchup you have to draw every line for your blue print or your 3d

Home Designer has lots of prebuilt walls, fixtures, and the like already there
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Thanks guys
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How customisable is it and how hard its it to learn for pc design beginner,can you recomend any books that will help.
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Its got some room for customizability. They lock a lot of stuff out so you will want to buy chief architect.

As far as learning. They give you access to a lot of instructional videos that will really help you figure out how to use it. Just make sure youre committed to the hours its going to take to learn it and fight with the program to get it to do what you want it to do before you go and spend the money. I had a boss buy chief architect because he liked what he saw i could do with Home Builder PRO. He used it a couple of times but really didnt put in the time to become comfortable with it and now its sitting on his computer rotting. $2500 worth of software! I wish he would give it to me
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Sketch up for general ideas and gathering thoughts and testing ideas. I also use revit 2015, awesome program very intuitive.
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Sketch up for general ideas and gathering thoughts and testing ideas. I also use revit 2015, awesome program very intuitive.
Revit 2015 is $5,775.00!
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Well I'm fortunate enough to still get a free license through my university. But if I did design all the time I would def look at getting it.
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If I had an unlimited budget I would also look at ArchiCad.

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