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.

Valentine’s Garden : a romatic garden full of plants that bloom in the Winter

For Valentine’s Day I created a romantic garden design that contains plants that flower in the winter. It was a fun challenge as there are obviously less flowering plants in winter and they are mostly white or purple in color.

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If you are interested you download the plan from here.

And if you don’t have it already you can download the free trial version of Garden Planner here.

New update to Garden Planner v3.4.7

newflowers-1A minor update to Garden Planner that adds eight new flower symbols and fixes a minor bug for Mac users. Available Now.

Garden Planner update

A new minor update to Garden Planner is now available, version 3.4.6

This update is recommended as it fixes a number of bugs, including fixing issues with using undo on objects created with tools and also allowing you to enter .oo values in the properties window when using metric measurements. (previously it would auto round down the values making it difficult to enter a value like 1.001)

There are also some improvements and fixes to the MyPlans saving option.