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Maybe there were some. At least a few people figured it out, based on the gardens posted by users.
I couldn't figure out where the designer's head was, so I found it unusable. Nothing worked as expected. I figured out a couple things by looking at plans that had been posted by users.
None, this is NOT the program you are downloading
This is just a scam to get you to download a torrent client
Dont trust CNET anymore
Creates a pretty diagram on-screen
- Cannot define a 'lot' or give dimensions to your - area.
- Cannot place 'buildings' on your lot/area.
- Objects such as patios, driveways, etc. are defined from their center, not the top left corner, so it is difficult to line them up.
- Trial is lame.
I was able to make some progress toward drawing my yard, but it was quite difficult and I felt like I was fighting the program the whole way.
Some Mix J?? Browser toolbar comes with the software and completely changes default browser page, installs Browser protector junk software and changes your browser search engine ... This kind of behavior really drives me mad and the only thing I did was uninstall...
Comes with a lot of junk software (Garder planner itself might be good but never want to install it again)
Reasonably simple to use
Can't quite do enough for more than basic landscape design
This is a fine program for home users who want to fiddle around with landscaping ideas for their yards. However, it doesn't have enough bells and whistles to handle more serious efforts. For larger scale--up to and including professional--design efforts (larger scale either in terms of greater number of details within a small unit of land or in terms of larger area of land being designed), I recommend Realtime Landscape Architect.
Updated on Apr 10, 2012
It's simple. Some things, like distance computation, are handy, but they are far overshadowed by the negatives. Fortunately the lesson on poor design software didn't cost much.
Not intuitive at all. Just drawing a straight line proved to be a challenge - couldn't terminate the line without it disappearing.
Don't bother with this software. And certainly don't pay for it.
The reports are cool! Copy and paste, click and drag, scroll... if you can envision your garden and can use a design program, this is pretty simple.
Too much clicking; it is a little bulky. Could use far more garden add-ons/items, but admittedly, it has far more than the other programs I saw.
Does the job.
Extremely easy to use. It has an interesting selection of objects, including horses, hen houses, ponds and a variety of lawns/ground covers.
Large project layouts are difficult (zoom out is limited to 10%, so you can't see large projects without scrolling) to impossible (objects, such as ground covers, simply won't stick on larger projects - they vanish when you position them).
It's cheap, fun and fine for smaller projects. They need a larger selection of buildings. "Square" and "Rectangle" don't really cut it. Also, all layouts/ground covers are limited to 90 degree angles. If your yard isn't a perfect square/rectangle, you'll be winging it.
Easy to create
not enough plants and options
Well, the d/l was a trial version, so price was right...until I decided I'd wasted - totally - the past 2+ hours. (Trying to think of any more pros....guess I can't.)
Couldn't print the whole plan on a page - couldn't scale the output. Trying to copy an entry (re-sized tree, for example, with associated label got me the default - original - entry which needed re-sizing all over again. Very not-user-friendly.
I'm still looking for a garden planner... (Oh, the warning that there is to be a watermark over the printed output - this being a trial version and all - is laughable.) I could never print a page that had the whole basic plan I'd created...all I got was the top left side on the first page...and no subsequent pages with the remainder of the plan. And the "watermark" on it (well, from my inkjet) was BOLD BLACK LETTERS "TRIAL VERSION" 3/4" high X 6" long printed diagonally across the page, with the warning, "visit www.smallblueprinter.com/garden/ to buy the full version and get rid of this ugly watermark and get unlimited use of garden planner" I think not. And I was just looking for a plain-jane 2D garden program. This is a poorly thought out program not ready for prime time.
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|Publisher web site||http://www.smallblueprinter.com/garden/|
|Release Date||July 21, 2015|
|Date Added||July 21, 2015|
|Subcategory||Landscape Design Software|
|Operating Systems||Windows XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7/8|
|Downloads Last Week||45|
|License Model||Free to try|
|Limitations||15-day trial, watermark on printouts|