PROS / An extensive plant encyclopedia makes it easy to find just the right one for your yard.
CONS / It’s a little more complicated and expensive than its competitors.
VERDICT / The detailed designer and huge array of templates make this an excellent choice to make your ideas look professionally rendered.
Editor's note: A newer version of this product is available. We will evaluate, rank and review the new version of this product when we next update the Landscaping Software reviews.
Home & Landscape Design Premium by Punch Software offers plenty of tools to make your dream property look like a professionally designed work of art. The templates for decks, gardens and patios can give you confidence when designing your yard. After you choose the different aspects of your home landscape, this software offers a visual presentation of the finished product. This jam-packed box of quality features is the recipient of our Top Ten Reviews Silver Award.
Features & Tools
Part of finding the right landscape design software is knowing what tools will fit your needs for your property. Home & Landscape Design Premium has an extensive plant encyclopedia, which is perfect if you have a big garden in mind. The topography designer tool will also help you make the computer landscape congruent with your property. If you have a house that is on a hill or at an odd angle, you can adjust the land in the software to reflect that. There is also a fence designer with a broad array of choices.
A strong suit of the software is its templates. There are templates for decks, landscapes, gardens and patios, among others. Designer samples of gardens and various landscapes can give you an idea of what professionals have done.
Home & Landscape Design Premium earns most of its highest marks in its design. It's high quality because the design plan is detailed and the software has some of the best customizable options. With the 3D object import option, you can import a photo into the software and it will make the object into a 3D image that can be placed onto your layout. There is also the 3D walkthrough, in which you can see each path and get a feeling for what it would be like to see this design in actuality.
Lawn design software in 3D will give you a better idea of your property’s potential than just looking at a 2D blueprint; however, you still have that option. You can also make prints in 2D and 3D, which makes it easy to let friends or professionals see your work and make suggestions.
Ease of Use
When we tested this software, it was not the easiest to get a handle on, even with a training center, but that is because there are so many options available. Home & Landscape Design Premium will take some getting used to because it's so full of objects, designs, templates and views that it is easy to get lost.
Since this software offers both indoor and outdoor design, it could feel doubly confusing for a newcomer. There are tools such as an undo button and a search feature to assist you. Front yard landscape design in particular can be a challenge, since this is the area that requires the most visual panache. It can be easy to feel intimidated if you do not have any professional experience with landscaping or advanced software, but there is a redo button that comes in handy when you are trying out add-ons and want to change your mind.
Help & Support
Home & Landscape Design Premium has help and support that nearly makes up for its lower score on ease of use. There is an online manual in addition to a paper instruction manual that arrives if you order the physical box. There are also video tutorials on different parts of the software, and a FAQ section on the Punch Software website.
For a home landscaping software with this many features, understanding the software will help you use it more effectively.
Getting the most for your money is a wonderful feeling, and Home & Landscape Design Premium has enough advantages that make up for its price. As long as you educate yourself on the software and your property, this landscape design software is a great choice.