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Minor updates to Garden Planner and 3d viewer

Garden Planner has now been updated to version 3.5.14 The main changes are bug fixes and this update is recommended if you have any problems with changing scale in your plans.

More interestingly, the beta 3d viewer has also been updated. This updates fixes a bunch of bugs, so if previously you had an issue getting your plan to load into the 3d viewer then try it again with this update. This update doesnt include any changes or additions to plants (that will be in the next update). It does include more buildings, better walls and fences, some rocks, arches, pergolas etc. It also includes a properties button (bottom right of the screen) that will show the properties for the currently selected object. At the moment not everything can be selected and not everything has properties that can change. But you can change the style of most buildings, and change the height and elevation of lots of objects. This can be interesting because most of the basic shapes in garden planner (found in Basic shapes in Special collections category) have 3d versions. So with a few basic shapes : squares that become cubes in 3d, rectangles that become cuboids, and circles that become cylinders; along with the ability to change elevations and heights you can create whole new objects in GP3d. torri

This Torri (Japanese gate) was created by placing a few rectangles and two circles in garden planner, which became 3d shapes in gp3d. Then by just adjusting the height and elevation I was able to create this.

Garden Planner 3.5

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.

Garden Designer for Android

The ipad app Garden Designer is now available for Android tablets. Find it on google play heregoogle_play_badge

gp3d : super early beta preview of 3d viewer for Garden Planner


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 ( 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


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.


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.