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3D Home Architect Landscape Design Deluxe 6

by Riverdeep
Windows 98 / 2000 / Me / XP
1.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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Product Features

  • Comprehensive layout program with easy-to-use tabbed interface
  • Photo realistic 3D renderings of landscape plans with 3DTrueView
  • Take a virtual tour of the yard with Walk Around view tool
  • Easily create structurally sound, fully framed deck plans
  • Powerful design capabilities and extensive reference resources

System Requirements

  • Platform:   Windows 98 / 2000 / Me / XP
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1

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Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0001GU7RE
  • Item model number: 383205
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: February 5, 2004
  • Average Customer Review: 1.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,925 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

From decks to daisies, swimming pools to sunflowers, a world of landscaping possibilities is as close as your desktop. More than just a layout program, 3D Home Architect Landscape Design Deluxe 6 delivers photo realistic 3D renderings of your landscape plans in changing light, throughout the seasons, and more.
  • NEW! 2D designer’s view! Enjoy accurate top-down representations of plants and flowers in the initial stages of layout.
  • NEW! Point and click Materials Paintbrush! Easily apply materials to your designs in just a few easy clicks with the new Materials Paintbrush.
  • NEW! Photo wizard! Import photos of your home and design your ideal landscape around it. You can even incorporate pictures of your family in your project!
  • NEW! Easy-to-use tabbed interface! The new user-friendly interface makes it easier to get started, easier to access and use your tools, and easier than ever to design your ideal landscape--down to the very last detail.
  • NEW! Walk Around tool! Step out into the yard of your dreams. With the new Walk Around view tool, you can take a virtual tour of your yard to see how it would look if you were standing right there.
  • Easily create structurally sound, fully framed deck plans with the new deck tool.
  • Use advanced terrain modeling tools to create natural slopes and grades.
  • Take advantage of 3DTrueView photo realistic rendering technology to view your plans onscreen in vivid, lifelike detail.
  • View seasonal change and growth over time in your onscreen landscape renderings.
  • Boost your gardening expertise with detailed information on growth zones, sun exposure, soil concerns, and more with the plant encyclopedia--more than 7,500 species represented!
  • Browse the extensive catalog to incorporate gazebos, fountains, furniture, pools, even tennis courts, and more into your landscape plan.

Plant your dream and watch it thrive! It’s easier than you think with 3D Home Architect Landscape Design Deluxe 6. Packed with powerful design capabilities and extensive reference resources, it’s everything you need to bring your landscaping goals within reach.

Product Description

Using 3D Home Architect Landscape Design Deluxe 6 will help people create the sort of home that brings comfort & peace of mind. Use this landscape-design for a yard that looks perfect, even as the seasons and the years roll on. Experiment with structures - Incorporate decks and patios, plus more than 300 decorative and functional garden objects Select the right plant for your landscape with Plant Encyclopedia, a listing of 7,500 different plants

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
102 of 107 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Stunningly awful - NO "Stars" April 16, 2004
I've drawn all sorts of garden plans and elevations by hand for years, but I was in a hurry to kick out a piece of work this weekend. I purchased this program because I thought I'd be able to quickly draw simple features, plop in a few basic plants and render elevations. After all, version 3 of this program, although pretty clunky, was fairly basic and easy to use. The newest version MUST be much more intuitive.
WRONG! The tools operate NOTHING like any human being I know actually draws. If anything, this program is LESS intuitive than earlier versions. Way too much emphasis on "catalogs" and automatic features and not nearly enough on ease-of-use. Amazing how software actually keeps getting worse instead of better.
The folks who write these things really need to rethink from scratch how people create these types of drawings manually. At this point, pencil, ruler and quadrille paper are faster and easier (and cheaper)and yield better results. Don't waste your time and money on this.
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53 of 53 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What a waste of my time (and money)!!! August 23, 2004
By VChH
I wish I have read other reviews before buying this product. I spent several hours trying to use this program (the manual does not help much)and ended learning by trial an error (many hours later). It is not friendly, nor easy.
My second problem was that I wanted to design a garden around my house and there is no feature or template to outline the house (at least not mine). There is not even a feature to draw just lines to show the house, so I have no idea of where to place the landscape in relation to my house!!!!!! And for sure I am not going to buy the House Design software just to be able to place the landscape somewhere.
It was very frustrating!!!!
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Time consuming and difficult to manipulate May 24, 2004
By A Customer
I struggled with this software for a couple of weeks then gave up. I'm no rookie-I am familiar with AutoCAD, Access, Excel, Word, Adobe Photoshop, Powerpoint, Project etc etc and this program just didnt seem to follow any of the rules. Realizing that a 3D image(incidentally there was no house template anything like mine) was going to take about as long as it took to landscape a garden, I tried 2D-hoping to superimpose walls and vegetation on a photo of my house...hours later i still couldnt easily construct the scene.
If this were any other type of product, I would be retuning it for a refund-but with software you dont get to take it back.....so unless you want to spend many hours in front of your computer-rather than in the yard I suggest you pass on this.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very Disappointed October 4, 2004
By HT
Wish other negative reviews I have now read had been posted before I purchased. I had a similar experience - product sounded like it had everything I needed - but I'll never know. I too spent several hours on multiple occassions trying to "figure it out", but this software is painfuly unfriendly to use. After sinking many hours into it I gave in and emailed user support. Several days later I got an email saying, sorry we don't do "how to" user support, but try this web site, which was equally unhelpful. I might give it one more try before throwing in the towel and returning it, but if you haven't bought yet, stay away.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very, very, very frustrating! August 22, 2004
By Joy
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After trying Punch's version and finding only a very limited selection of plants, I purchased this product. I don't know yet what the capabilities of this program are. After 2 days I'm still trying to figure out where a green square box on the screen is coming from. You would think that running a search on help for "green", "green line", "green outline", or "green box" would turn up something but, no, there is nothing. The manual and built-in help seem identical, and very superficial. There is nothing intuitive about this program. I'm guessing most people buy this software, try to use it, and set it on the shelf. I routinely use over 75 software packages and teach adult ed computer courses so this is coming from an experienced user. I've even successfully designed several remodeling projects in Chief Architect. Chief Architect was the creator of 3D through version 4. It's now marketed by Better Homes and Gardens. I chose to try this product because of it's superior plant library. If you absolutely have to do your own landscaping plan, I'm guessing this will do the job but have a glass of wine first [from a very large jug - you're going to need the rest] and plan on spending an enormous amount of time. If you're like me, you needed that plan "tomorrow" and that just isn't going to happen. If you do try this program, it will help you to know that it comes with limited house templates so you'll either have to use one of those or import a plan you created in either v5 or v6 of their home design package.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Skip this one June 27, 2004
Wished I'd researched this turkey before purchase. If you need to use the terrsin/3D features - you're done for. If you need to design something in real life and you use this program - you're done for.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars 3D Home Architect Landscape Design Deluxe 6 September 23, 2004
By TLM
I too wish that I would have researched this title before I purchased it. After rebates and in store discounts this program ended up $14.99, so I figured I couldn't go wrong, right? WRONG!!!!! This program is so sorry that it is not even worth that much. I spent the entire night (and I do mean ALL NIGHT) trying to figure it out, but to no avail. This program is not only confusing but highly frustrating as well. It states right on the front cover "Easy-to-use landscape and garden design". The only thing easy to use about it was to load one of their designs already completed and look around. The instruction booklet or onscreen help are worthless, neither one offered any solution to problems I encountered. I have used 3 other programs over the last 8 years, and this one is by far the worst. This program in my opinion is terrible; I would not use it if they gave it to me for free. This title is definitely being returned. Also, so much for the 90 day money back guarantee, I have to pay to mail it to them in order to get reimbursed for the program.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Contour lines a farce!
The program does not allow the individual contour lines to be adjusted to match normal landforms! Most frustrating and disappointing! Read more
Published on December 28, 2007 by Dirt Digger 1948
1.0 out of 5 stars Very Bad
This is not user-friendly at all & provides very little help with starting up. I cannot quickly construct an image to even serve as a base for the design. Read more
Published on September 1, 2007 by Douglas M. Hamm
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful software, even the latest version
Terrible software, hard to use, useless. I asked for my money back the next day and they refused. I wish I had read the reviews here first!
Published on September 9, 2006 by A. Sragow
1.0 out of 5 stars 3D: difficult, dumb and disasterous
What a colossal waste. Knowing what I know now, I wouldn't pay 5 cents for this program. Possibly the worst job of programming I've ever experienced. Read more
Published on April 7, 2006 by James W. Davis
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrific software
This software is garbage. I installed it and tried to use this software and it is very simple. Very limited plants, no sprinkler design system. Read more
Published on September 23, 2005 by P. Graham
1.0 out of 5 stars Too complicated to use
Program is too complicated in the building processes to use. Graphics are nice but of no use if I can't get my disigns to come out right for viewing.
Published on September 21, 2005 by John H. Bush
3.0 out of 5 stars Ended Up Paying More
I thought that I'd have a hard time learning this software, since other reviewers commented on its difficulty, but it wasn't that hard to get the hang of it. Read more
Published on August 2, 2005 by ChristineMCM
1.0 out of 5 stars Stay away from Broderbund software
I wish I could give them zero stars.

Broderbund pulled support for software I owned only 2 years after it was released. Read more
Published on July 7, 2005 by J11-10000
3.0 out of 5 stars Takes LOTS of time.
Like most people, I was initially very disappointed with this software, and though I am an experienced computer user, could not figure out how to do some simple tasks. Read more
Published on June 1, 2005 by T. Barlow
1.0 out of 5 stars This is a trainwreck!
3D Home Architect Landscape Design Deluxe 6... I found the software to be useless. My goal was to recreate my backyard and use the program to help fill in with plants and project... Read more
Published on April 14, 2005 by Frustrated
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