Live Interior 3D Pro for Mac

Live Interior 3D Pro for Mac


Editors' Rating:
3.5
Very good
Average User Rating:
4.0
out of 10 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
2.9.5
File Size:
436.3MB
Date Added:
May 26, 2014
Price:
Update; $129.95 to buy
Operating Systems:
Mac OS X 10.6/10.7/10.8/10.9
Total Downloads:
96,337
Downloads Last Week:
330
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

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.

Pros

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.

Cons

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).

Bottom Line

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.

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  • 4 stars

    "Quick and mostly intuitive good quality, well featured."

    December 30, 2011   |   By xapplimatic soft

    Version: Live Interior 3D Pro 2.7.1

    Pros

    Fast to learn how it works for most features. Fairly fast to setup a layout at least on the blueprint level with very little help-file usage and even 3-D real-time manipulations of object relationships in 3D space do not require being a rocket-scientist, super-geek, or reading a manual first even.

    Cons

    Texture mapping features are setup in a confusing manner that makes alterations from pre-set textures on objects to other choices or user-imports a process that isn't very user friendly or easy to master without some help file consultations.

    Doesn't come with enough pre-made types of windows, doors and appliances that match real homes in my area (California no less), although it does directly connect to Google model warehouse which saves the day usually, but not always.

    Needs to make better use of graphics card accelerations on higher end machines and needs to make better use of extra cores available on multi-processor/multi-core machines. Right now it just doesn't seem to take advantage of them.

    Summary

    For the most part, this program is very fast to learn and easy to use for any intermediate to expert level computer user. Some features are however confusingly buried or only available (or even mentioned onscreen) during set circumstances which may not be obvious or sometimes don't even seem relevant (for example: Overly complicated approach as to how to add name labels visibly to rooms as viewed on the 2D map), whereas an easier, more intuitive approach should be implemented (for example: like double-clicking on anything visible on the map and being presented its additional options like adding a name to a room clicked on). A few instances of this kind of time-wasting "where is this command?" difficulty will present themselves to anybody trying to do a detailed model within the first few hours of use. IMHO, these GUI refinements needed and apparent lack of any true multi-core support for 3-D walkthroughs and renderings, are things that need to be improved for any version 3.0 that demands yet more money to "upgrade"...

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  • 5 stars

    "nink kittima"

    January 31, 2011   |   By nink_lp

    Version: Live Interior 3D Pro 2.5

    Pros

    nink kittima

    Cons

    nink kittima

    Summary

    nink

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  • 4 stars

    "good one to work with."

    September 07, 2010   |   By apn

    Version: Live Interior 3D Pro 2.4

    Pros

    good one to work with.

    Cons

    no averse comments

    Summary

    good one to work with.

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  • 4 stars

    "Best home design software I've used"

    February 03, 2010   |   By shorst--2008

    Version: Live Interior 3D Pro 2.3.1

    Pros

    -Doesn't crash
    - Great integration with Google Warehouse
    - Easy and intuitive
    - Good surfaces and textures
    - Good lighting controls

    Cons

    - No library for cabinets -- big drawback for kitchens and baths
    - Render quality is good, but not really photo

    Summary

    I've tried half a dozen home design programs (Mac and PC) over the past decade. Most were wastes of money -- either they crashed every ten minutes, or lacked features, or required too much building.

    This is the first and only program that I've used that I've been really happy with. It is only for interiors (no landscaping), but that is what I bought it for. It is extremely intuitive to use, and powerful and flexible. In an afternoon, I've imported a number of fixtures from Google Warehouse with no problem, edited one of them in Google Sketchup, and edited a number of things within the program for size or texture.

    I'm particularly surprised by the ease with which I can customize lighting in lighting fixtures and view the room in different lightings. Nice feature!

    The rendering is less than photo quality (or else I have not found the highest-quality rendering), but is better than the quality of rendering in other programs that I've been able to use in real time. You wouldn't mistake it for a photo, but it is definitely good enough to give a sense of what the room would look like.

    Perhaps the most impressive thing about it is the ability to import samples of tiles and surfaces and incorporate them into a room. I put samples of my tiles and bath surround, and some pictures and ornaments, into my room, using various tools (esp. the Pictures feature). I would have no idea how to even attempt this in other programs I have spent 100x the hours on, and 2/3 of it looks great. (I'm guessing the other 1/3 would too once I learn how to do it right.)

    PLUS....it runs natively on Mac. I've always been perplexed that most home design programs were PC-only. I keep a PC for a couple of programs that require it and don't run well on the emulator. I've used this one for half a day on the Mac -- had a decent rendering in the first hour or two!! -- without a crash. I don't think any of my PC programs run that long without a crash...

    I give this program 4 stars and not 5 because there are stlll features to add. But I would not give any other program I have tried in this category more than 2.5. Really, I am very pleased and impressed.

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  • 5 stars

    "Amazing software and well priced as well."

    November 11, 2008   |   By dym

    Version: Live Interior 3D Pro 2

    Pros

    - High quality rendering with true real-time reflections.
    - Easy-to-use.
    - Integration with SketchUp and Google 3D Warehouse.
    - Export result to QuickTime movie or QTVR-panorama.

    Cons

    - still no roofs.

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  • 5 stars

    "easy and professional 3D"

    July 19, 2008

    Version: Live Interior 3D 1.5.1 build 206

    Pros

    Easy and professional 3D software live interior

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  • 5 stars

    "I have been waiting for this type of application for the Mac for years!"

    September 25, 2007   |   By dym

    Version: Live Interior 3D 1.2

    Pros

    I really love this interior application very much, because of how easy it is to replicate the apartment people live in. I have managed to recreate apartments of people I know and am extremely pleased with the results!

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  • 4 stars

    "very good"

    May 02, 2007   |   By mohd_hussain

    Version: Live Interior 3D 1

    Pros

    3d

    Cons

    free

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