A 2D/3D interior design modeling program with CAD graphic elements, Live Interior 3D Pro for Mac incorporates preset designs and ready-made objects, being easy to set up and use, even by beginners. You'll like its good performance and lots of presets, but the cluttered interface may confuse you.
Easy to Use: Easy to use right from the start, Live Interior 3D Pro for Mac will appeal to you even if you haven't used similar programs in the past. This makes it a good choice for amateur designers as well as anyone with an interest in the field.
Good performance: When toggling between 2D and 3D views, the rendering time is almost negligible.
Lots of presets: Because a lot of objects are included in the software as presets, you don't have to spend time creating the objects yourself. The interface allows the easy movement and rearrangement of the preset objects -- if you want to put in an oven, you just drag it from the inventory and drop it in the desired location.
Cluttered: The interface is loaded with features and options, and there are also a lot of objects on the screen plan view, so that in trying to find the right object, you first have to browse through many others. The object inventory that sits on the sidebar needs to be better organized.
Too basic: As an interior design tool, care was given to ease the room design process. This, however, may make the app less appealing for professionals.
No slide bars: Even though the app is meant to be basic and small, this does not excuse the lack of slide bars (both horizontal and vertical).
The Live Interior 3D Pro has a lot going for it, principally the use of preset designs in a small-size program, and the high number of ready-made objects. In terms of interior design, it fulfills the essential requirements of a designer. The lack of slide bars is not a deal breaker but, together with the cluttered interface, it does make the app look somewhat amateurish.
Live Interior 3D Pro is a powerful yet very intuitive interior designing application. It has every feature of Live Interior 3D Standard, plus some exclusive ones:
Create multi-story projects, setting exact ceiling height and slab thickness for every story. Use supplied stairs or define any imported object as stairs. Adjust walls by making niches and openings in them. You can also apply different surface materials to walls by creating custom wall panels.
Light Source Manager allows to create lamps by adding multiple light sources to any furniture object. Conveniently position every light source within 3D object, adjust light color and attenuation, set glow type, control spot direction.
You can edit any 3D object directly from the program using Google SketchUp. Alter any supplied material or create your own from an image or photo using advanced options to achieve the required 3D object surface.
What's new in this version:
- Fixed issues with importing Trimble SketchUp 2014 and Google Earth KMZ files.
- Improved Mac OS X 10.9.2 Mavericks compatibility.
- Fixed import in Spanish localization.
- Improved program stability and speed.
- Multiple minor fixes and improvements.