Pros / You get many versatile tools to customize your landscape.
Cons / You get only limited customer support.
Verdict / Though it is not the best in every regard, this software has great deck design tools and the ability to accurately recreate your yard.
TurboFloorPlan Home and Landscape Pro is advanced home remodeling software that can also help you with Mac landscape design projects. The IntelliDeck and Plant Importer tools are standout features that can save plenty of time, and this software also has all the basics of Mac landscaping software covered. This helpful software provides versatility and such useful tools that it easily earns our Top Ten Reviews Bronze Award.
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Ease of Use
You get a clean interface that is easy to use with this landscape design software for Mac. This application heavily emphasizes home remodeling and has less focus on landscaping, which is unfortunate, but you nevertheless get quite a healthy number of tools to help you enhance and beautify your property.
You can start by recreating the unique terrain of your yard with the Topo Designer tool so you can plan around the variations in elevation that might be present on your property. Or, if you dislike them, you can use this tool to strategize ways to get rid of them as you design.
The photo import tool lets you use a photo of your home and land so you can begin designing and see what the result will look like in reality. Navigating this interface is easy, and if you make a mistake, there are undo/redo buttons, with a maximum of 50 undo steps. This software also comes with a helpful search tool so you won’t have to plod through scads of objects to find the one item that would look great in your yard. Instead, you simply type in the name of whatever you are searching for and you can find the object fast. In addition, you can keep a running shopping list of items you will need to make the landscape of your dreams become reality.
This Mac landscape design software has some weaknesses. There are no landscaping templates to get you going on your design, so you have to be creative with this landscaping software for Mac. Since every property is different, you might prefer to design from scratch. However, there are times when a template that you can adapt to your yard is a nice place to start and, unfortunately, you do not have that option with this software. Instead, you will need to work from scratch or use a photo that you import of your own home and land. If you’re strictly interested in refurbing your landscape, not your home, this program will have more tools than need. A program like Garden Puzzle is extremely easy to use and lets you quickly create plans to redesign your landscape. Its simplicity, however, has its limitations, like a lack of topography functionality for hilly terrain.
If you've opted to use a photo of your home or yard, you can layer in digital plants and landscapes over that backdrop to see how your design would appear in real life. This is a great way to determine if your landscaping plans fit with your specific home and property, or if something in your design needs to be adjusted – and this will save money because any mistakes online can easily be undone and revised before you've spent a penny on anything.
You can also import photos of backgrounds so you can get the big picture of how your landscape will look in specific settings – whether you are planning for your current or future home.
You can see your handiwork in 2D and 3D modes, which can give you a comprehensive perspective of how your landscaping design might look. Although this software does have some lighting recreations, it does not have them for exteriors, which is a decided drawback since it is always great to be able to see what your new landscape would look like under different conditions.
Once the bare bones work has been done, then comes the fun part. You can use the drag-and-drop capability to position things from the 4,700-object library and vegetation from the 3,800-plant library into your landscape design and see what looks best. Would you like several garden beds with an outdoor bench here and there? Or do you want an herb garden located just outside your kitchen door? The possibilities are delightful.
In addition, you can position different swimming pools in your design to see which might work well, create patios and put up fences in different styles using different types of materials to see how they look. You get help designing your deck too with the IntelliDeck feature, which automatically follows the shape of your house so you do not have to draw one from scratch. You can use this tool to make all kinds of attractive decks, rather than just the simple rectangles that perch outside many homes, and your new deck can fit curved angles, include roofing, stand on attractive pillars and much more.
Help & Support
If you run into difficulties, you can contact the company by phone or email, and you can make use of the online forums where other consumers discuss how they solved problems. This landscape designing software for Mac also is equipped with numerous video tutorials to guide you through the design process. In addition, if you are unhappy with this application, there is a 30-day free trial.
Unfortunately, the customer support is missing two key elements: A FAQs section on the website that often can yield quick answers to any questions you might have and an online manual, which would be useful to read even if you don't encounter difficulties just so you thoroughly understand the software.
Though TurboFloorPlan Home and Landscape Pro lacks a few features we value, including lighting recreation for exteriors, it also offers some that competitors lack, like the intelligent deck design. The best landscaping software for Mac is the one that helps you envision your dream yard. This is a good option for a range of projects, including those that involve nearly anything you could imagine for your yard, garden and overall outside property.