If you're in the landscaping business or attempting a do it yourself landscaping project at your home, then you need an effective way to design and visualize the intended outcome of a project.
Many now turn to using Computer aided design or CAD Design software for various fields, such as automotive, engineering, architecture and landscaping. These software are primarily used for designing virtual models of a potential finished product or layout. In industries that require mechanical function, a good CAD software will not just show how a product would look, but should be able to give you an assessment of its effectivity and how much time it would take for the product to be manufactured. In the landscaping design software that you intend to use yourself or for your company, you can expect to use different design features in the software to help you visualize the space that requires the landscaping services.
Once you're sure that you want to use the CAD software for your landscaping project, then it's time to find the right one to suit your needs. The first thing to consider is whether you're using the landscaping design software for a do it yourself project or for a landscaping business. The features and the price will vary depending on whether you intend to use the software professionally or not. Amateur landscaping design software focuses primarily on giving you a visual rendering of your garden design. A professional version of the software, however, not only just shows the design, but ensures that the design is accurately dimensioned, which will be easily understood by contractors and the government agencies that you need to get legal approval from, to work on a landscaping project.
The professional software is vital if you're planning to use it for your landscaping business. It will have a gamut of features that you can use at your disposal, such as video tutorials, digital photo import, 3-D view creation, and print design. Certain software include plant encyclopedia, giving you an idea of which plant would work best in the space that you're designing, as well as their images that you can include in the design. You will also have access to other design options for an outdoor space, such as furniture, lighting and irrigation. Other features, such as schedule creation, labeling, quote and invoice generator, and report templates, are also available to help you with logistics after you've finalized the design.
Try to research the different types of CAD design software that you can use for landscaping. Some landscaping design software packets require formal training by the software's manufacturer. If you have more than a one man team in your landscaping company, then you need to make sure that all members of your landscaping design team know how to use the software.