: LF - Free Mac App for Landscape Design

May 30th, 2018, 04:51 PM

I'm looking for a free or low cost and easy to use application to layout the back yard of my house.

Don't really need any 3D capability, just an app that allows me to draw basic items one would find in a yard along with outlines of the yard with correct dimensions.

Any recommendadtions?
Needs to work with 10.11

May 30th, 2018, 09:20 PM
Any recommendadtions?

Are you looking for experienced user suggestions or just some suggestions???

For the latter I'd try a websearch such as:
Mac Free Mac App for Landscape Design

or macupdate:
something like this:

PS: Don't knock the old pen or better yet, pencil and an eraser and a decent size graph pad.

May 30th, 2018, 09:42 PM
It's not landscape software per se, but you could achieve this easily with Sweet Home 3D (http://www.sweethome3d.com) (Free)

May 30th, 2018, 09:54 PM
It may just come down to paper and pencil.

I did some searches and tried a few programs, so far none of them are as simple and intuitive as I would like.
Searching for "Landscape Design" may be the wrong keywords - I tried that and ended up with programs that recommend which plants etc are suitable for certain regions and what works well together.

All I want is a program that essentially emulates the paper and pencil exercise but with scaled dimensions.
I tried GardenSketch which looked promising but it crashed after a few minutes, then I tried SmartDraw and found it too cumbersome to just draw simple lines of a scaled dimension, I remember about 3 years ago I tried to draw a plan of the rooms of a house - eventually used SweetHome 3D but it took me a while to get the hang of that the way walls are drawn.
So far the best seems to be the drawing program in LibreOffice but I'm not sure if I can dimension distances the way I need.

And yes - I'm looking for suggestions from any Mac users who have actually used a program like that and liked it.

In the olden days I used MacDraw which was fine for pretty much most of what I need.

I came across a program called MacDraw - latest version 2018
Was ready to download that and then I saw there were only something like 16 downloads and when I looked at the Wiki about MacDraw there was no mention of a new version pf MacDraw so I suspect if I had downloaded from that site I would have inherited some malware.

I will check out the links you posted to see if anything catches my eye

May 30th, 2018, 10:05 PM
It's not landscape software per se, but you could achieve this easily with Sweet Home 3D (http://www.sweethome3d.com) (Free)

I may end up going back to that.
Just have to get used again to how things work.

May 31st, 2018, 01:22 AM
I ended up using Sweet Home 3D.

Managed to figure out the little quirks after a while, but there were two "problems" I couldn't figure out.

One is the resolution of the angle when drawing walls (or lines in my case).
If the wall is very short, only 2 or 3 inches, then the angle increments in 4 degree steps, so in some cases I couldn't make a 90 degree angle - it was either 88 or 92 degrees, nothing in between.
For very lomg walls of 48 ft for example (the side fence), the 1 degree resolution wasn't good enough to get an accurate position - I lined that strech up as best I could with the grid but if there had been an option to show the angle in say 0.1 degree increments it would have made things easier.

The second problem I ran into is that I could not find a way to selectively select a number of walls to change their thickness/appearance.
With other Mac programs I can usually hold down the command key and select the various ojects, and then when they are all selected apply whatever change I need.
Couldn't figure out how to do this with Sweet Home 3D. It's either one wall at a time or all the walls.

But in the end, after I had laid everything out in 2D with the standard version, I came across these tips:
Sweet Home 3D : Tips (http://www.sweethome3d.com/tips.jsp)

Second one shows a Garden layout using this app.

Randy B. Singer
Jun 1st, 2018, 06:31 PM
It's not free, but have a look at:

Punch! Landscape Design for Mac v19
Punch! Landscape Design for Mac v19 | Punch Software | Official Site (http://www.punchsoftware.com/p-138-punch-landscape-design-for-mac-v19.aspx)

Jun 1st, 2018, 06:47 PM
Thanks for the suggestion.

I took a look at the reviews on amazon....

I think I'll pass.