Garden Planner 3D preview


I’ve added a video that gives a quick preview of the Garden Planer 3d viewer.

The viewer is still in development but hopefully will be available soon. Initially there will be a free app to download from this site that will allow you to view Garden Planner plans in 3d. This will be done while the tool is in beta and still being tested. Eventually it will be fully integrated into Garden Planner.

The aim with the 3d view is to keep the ‘feel’ of Garden Planner but to allow you to represent in 3D your 2d plans, while also ensuring that it’s still easy to use and works on a wide variety of desktop computers (including older ones).

Update to Garden Planner

newflowers1The latest update to Garden Planner (version 3.4.29) adds a bunch of new flowers (pun intended). About 20 new flowers, plus minor improvements and bug fixes.

Garden Planner in Windows 10 store

As well as being able to buy Garden Planner from my site (smallblueprinter.com) you can also purchase it through the Mac app store and NOW through the Microsoft Windows 10 store

Thanks to the folks at Microsoft Redmond and Tokyo who helped me get the software into the Windows store.

The version of Garden Planner is the same no matter where you buy it.

still working on the 3d version

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Another update to let everyone know that I am still working hard on the 3d update for Garden Planner. It’s moving along steadily and I hope to have some sort of a demo or beta version for people to try out soon.

Part of my thinking with the 3d version is that I want it to be different to other 3d CAD/design software. Obviously I want it to be very easy to use, but something I’ve noticed with other software that lets you design a house or landscape is that they tend to create a 3d object rather than a place. My aim with Garden Planner is that you can create a garden that feels like a place. So you can  go for a wander around in the garden, look down at the flowers, lie on the grass and look up at a tree (see above image). Hopefully I’ll achieve something like that.

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A little update on Garden Planner 3d

Just to let you know. I am working on the 3d version of Garden Planner and it’s progressing nicely. As you can see from the above screenshots of one of the default Garden Planner sample plans I’ve still got quite a few more plants to add in, but everything is moving quickly. Hopefully I will soon be able to provide a preview version for people to try out and test.

Ipad App updated

IMG_0430smallThe companion iPad app ‘Garden Designer’ has just been updated to version 2.0.1

This new version has an improved interface, making it easier to use.  It also has been re-written from scratch to use less memory thus allowing better performance and larger plans on older iPads. There are also around 300 new objects and the addition of a Plants and Objects list like in Garden Planner.

Expect to see the iPad app updated a lot more frequently now.

Languages support in Garden Planner

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The latest update to Garden Planner (version 3.4.17) adds the start of non-English language support to Garden Planner. If you choose Languages from the Help menu you can choose from a number of languages.

However at this point this only translates the names of all the plants and objects (including the vegetables and herbs). All interface items are still in English.

Why only translate part of the software? The plan is to have the software full translated eventually, but that is a difficult and time consuming process and this much translation could be done very quickly. I thought it was probably more useful to have some translation now and provide more later rather than making everyone wait.

Also, a number of users had said that while they could read English they were creating plans for people who didn’t speak English, and so having all the objects in their native language would save them a lot of time.

The current languages supported are Danish, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish and Swedish. These were picked simply because people had requested them. If you want to see other languages added just let me know.