Published March 21, 2017
Garden Planner version 3.5 (3.5.8) is now available. This update adds a number of useful features.
Group Objects: you can now group and ungroup a selection of objects. It’s a small improvement but can be very useful especially when managing large plans.
Height: you can now store a height value for trees, plants, walls, buildings etc. This can be useful for planning purposes. The options for the Plant and Object list have also been improved and it is from here that you can choose to show height values in your plant list if you wish.
Other smaller additions:
By default the note books automatically links a garden note for a plant with all other identical plants (so you are not typing the same note over and over again) However some people want each plant to have its own notes, so there is now an option for this in the advanced settings menu.
You can also choose from a couple of display style options in the Preview window.
Bug Fixes: lots of bug fixes, especially pertaining to the vegetable bed planner.
ALSO: GP3d has been updated. The beta tool that lets you view garden planner plans in 3D has been updated. The strange purple shadows on walls are gone and they look more normal now. Also if you enter a height value in Garden Planner for a wall or fence it will be reflected in the 3d view. Some buildings also will show the appropriate height in 3d. Not yet trees, but its coming soon.
Published January 14, 2017
The ipad app Garden Designer is now available for Android tablets. Find it on google play here
Published December 1, 2016
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).
Published November 21, 2016
The 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.
Published November 18, 2016
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.
Published September 16, 2016
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.