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Adding people into the 3d view

Hidden away under the Special Collections menu in Garden Planner is the Animals and People category. This includes a few images of people viewed from above. However these people don’t show up in the 3d view. Why? We’ll the 3d view is still under development and almost (but not all) 2d objects have been added to the 3d view and the people symbols are in the not yet added category. Part of the reason for that is that a 3d view model of a person is quite complex and could have slow the 3d rendering performance. But the bigger part of the reason is because I want to be inclusive and humans are really varied. Eventually there will be some 3d people that allow you to modify the age, size, gender etc.

Until then there is an quick and easy alternative. Put a photo of a person in your plan. First, take a photo of a person. Then in an image editor remove the background so that the person is on a transparent background. This should be possible even in a simple image editor like Windows Paint. Save the image as a PNG

Then in Garden Planner go to the bottom of the walls category and add a billboard to your plan. Switch to the 3d view and select the billboard. Add the image of the person and hey presto, there they are in your garden.

In the image below I took a (not very good) photo of myself (I am normally much more handsome). Edited out the lounge room. And then added myself into a sample garden. A few tips: this would have looked better if I had taken the photo outside with natural light, if I had held the camera higher, and if I had brushed my hair.

New update version 3.7.85

It’s been a little while since the blog was last updated but behind the scenes there have been a number of updates to Garden Planner. The latest update adds in some gladiolus, bee balm and a bunch of new sprinklers in the irrigation section that show sprinkler area. Recent updates have included a dutch barn, an awning, blinds, decorative metal screens, a large marquee, a prep table, philodendron, holly tree, cedar tree, globe cedar, a couple more outdoor fireplaces, and some hosta.

Other recent additions include the ability to export and import your MyObjects list. And the ability to import plant data (csv) into Garden Planner.

some of the new objects

New update with new objects

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The latest update includes new log stores, fireplaces, fountains, pool equipment, a new Japanese maple, a juniper tree and jade as well as erm…. a scooter and dove house.

Update 3.7.52

Please note: if you are having trouble printing and are running Garden Planner version 3.7.48 or 3.7.51 please update to the latest version to fix the issue. To update simply download and install the latest trial version. If you have purchased Garden Planner it will auto detect your key and activate the full version.

Languages Update

The Languages files in Garden Planner have been recently updated. Polish, Russian and Norwegian have been added to the languages files as well as updates to the existing translations.

However, please note that only the Plants and Objects names gets translated, the rest is still in English. But this is still useful if you only speak a little English or if you speak English well but are developing plans for someone who speaks a different language.

Furthermore there is now a simple tool that lets you update the languages files yourself if you notice any incorrect translations. The details on the languages tool are here.

On Tuesday we had a server issue

On Tuesday we had a server issue that meant that the web site was offline briefly.

We apologize for any inconvenience. Everything is back to normal now.

We are moving the site to a new faster server and there was a hiccup with the DNS settings.

thanks for your understanding

 

 

Life of a bee for free

Because of everything that’s going on with school closures I have made my iPad and Android app “life of a bee” free. Details are here
It is completely free with no ads and no in-app purchases and it was developed with the assistance of primary/elementary school teachers.
I hope it is of some use to parents/teachers.
On this page there are also some free coloring and activities http://www.smallblueprinter.com/lifeofabee/resources.html
take care
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Latest update gets swinging

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The latest update to Garden Planner (version 3.7.38) adds in some swing chairs and hammocks. There is also an improvement to the lock in place property to make in more “locked”. So you now cant delete an object that is locked in place or accidentally move it as part of a multi-selection. The update also includes a bunch of bug fixes and improvements to the 3d view, especially related to following terrain. To update: if you purchased through this web site or amazon then download the latest trial version from the site. Install it and it will auto detect your key and activate the full version. If you purchased through the Mac app store download the update from the store.

Side Project: Life of a Bee app

We have just launched a little side project called Life of Bee.

This is educational app aimed at 6- to 10 year olds and covers bees, butterflies, pollination, life-cycles and much more.

The app is available for iPad and Android tablets (with windows tablets added soon).

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Update, including new drawing tool

The latest update to Garden Planner is version 3.7.22. This update includes a new drawing tool that lets you draw out kitchen benches. This is the first stage in adding more outdoor kitchen options to Garden Planner. benchtop

You can draw out kitchen benches just like drawing a wall. Then in 3d view you can change the shape of the bench top and choose from a range of styles for the side of the bench.

While built for kitchen benches you can also use this tool to create modern bench style seating. Just lower the height of the bench and add a few cushions and there you have it.

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Finally, also in this update is a new option to change the font size of measurement lines. You will find the option under Measurement Settings.