Realtime Landscaping Pro

Type of Program: Landscape Design
Supported platforms: Windows 98/ME/2000/XP
Company Name: Idea Spectrum
Version: 2.02
Price: $59.95
Installed Size: 23865 kb


Realtime Landscaping Pro must be the first program that I have reviewed that has a real practical use for almost everyone. This software will let you design and build your own natural environment in 3D with consummate ease and give quality professional results. You need no knowledge of 3D or CAD, just the ability to use a mouse and a tape measure to enter your plot dimensions.

This is a professional software program for designing your landscape. Add your house with your own photo or use one of the supplied houses, deck, ground cover, patios, fence, plants, water features, outdoor lights(which are uncannily realistic) and much more. Supplied with the program are more than 470 highly detailed landscaping plants, including trees, shrubs, flowers, water garden, cactus, palms, and more. Plant information includes common name, botanical name, planting zones, and size. The plants are lifelike 3D models that look realistic from any viewing distance or angle. It will even let you include uneven terrain and draw shaped paths. Realtime Landscaping Pro also allows importing of objects created via many 3D modelling programs. Create your own fountains, waterfalls, roofing material, and much more. You can even download free models and materials from the Internet and use them in your landscape designs!

You can design either from a perspective view or switch to an overhead view adding and removing plants, trees, decking, ponds, lighting etc as you go. There is a third view which is a remarkable realtime 3D walkthrough of your design so that you can view it from any angle or elevation and you can literally walk right around the house and you or your client can admire both your front and back gardens. Environment settings mean that you can view your design as it would look at sunrise, morning, noon, afternoon, sunset and evening. The design combinations are limitless and you will find it very easy to create onscreen what you have in your minds eye.

This is excellent value for money and will save you loads of cash and time whilst giving you the pleasing environment that you want to live in. For a full list of features visit

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Reviewed by Simon Baillie

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