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Sweet Home 3D for Mac

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Sweet Home 3D for Mac is an interior design application that lets you lay out your furniture (or even your house). Sweet Home 3D for Mac is a free download and installs easily.

Sweet Home 3D for Mac lets you arrange and rearrange furniture in a framework house so you can get the optimum layout. You start using Sweet Home 3D for Mac by laying out the dimensions of your room, floor, or house. The more accurately this is done the better, as a few inches can make a huge difference in layout potential. After that, you can grab images of furniture and position them in your layout. You can adjust the sizes of the furniture to match your existing furniture easily. To view the results, you can have a top-down view, or a movable 3D view that lets you move about and view the layout from all angles. Even better, you can create photo-realistic images of the results, giving you an accurate view from any angle. While it is relatively easy to get started with Sweet Home 3D for Mac, there's a surprisingly complex application underneath it with so many tunable features it could take months to learn everything about the software.

There's a ton of capabilities in Sweet Home 3D for Mac, but at the same time you can use it for laying out your dining room in a few minutes. The biggest surprise is that the software is free, and has an active support forum for it. If interior design is something you could use, Sweet Home 3D for Mac is a winner of an app.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Extremely useful and it is free!"

    September 17, 2012  |   By warthawg

    Version: Sweet Home 3D 3.6

    Pros

    I have used it to "place" our furniture in a home we bought but on which we have not yet closed. The 3D rendering is particularly useful, especially when I make a "photographic" image of a room and show sunlight patterns through windows at any given time of day. Although the furnishing objects are limited, I was able to import some more and to substitute objects that approximated our antique primitive furniture by specifying the color and dimensions. Finding help took a little work, but it is usually there and,once found, easily understood. We have moved a lot, and I have used graph paper and more primitive programs for furniture placement, but this is hands-down the most sophisticated software I have ever used, and I am eager to explore the potential of this program. If you know the dimensions of the rooms you want to arrange, the program makes it easy to draw and to place your furnishings where they best fit. Just remember to start a wall with a click and end it with two clicks.

    Cons

    I wish there were more objects to choose from. Does nobody but us have rocking chairs, for instance? I am color weak (I'm a male) and would love to have a color pallet with more discernable colors. Especially compound colors--shades of brown or green. But these are minor problems.

    Summary

    It is a useful and sophisticated program, and it's FREE. It takes some learning to use, but it is very useful once you get the hang of it. My thanks to the programmers.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Some Great Features, Easy to Learn... No wood floors?"

    November 29, 2011  |   By mickpick

    Version: Sweet Home 3D 3.3

    Pros

    I've used this to assist with small renovations. I found it easy to pick up for the most park, I have zero background in CAD so thats a plus for new users.
    I am con
    You can download additional sets of icons for projects you are working on. Not a lot, but it all adds up.

    Cons

    The selection of textures for walls, ceiling and flooring is very poor. You can find four styles of soap holders, but need a wooden floor..

    Summary

    All in all, I picked up a new computer and it was on the top of my list to download and install.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "haven't used enough but so far, good software."

    October 28, 2011  |   By bossugly

    Version: Sweet Home 3D 3.3

    Pros

    Love what you can do with a simple drawing. Don't know how the software calculate the length of a line but again, I haven't used it enough.

    Cons

    Don't know how the software calculate the length of a line but again, I haven't used it enough.

    Summary

    Good so far.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "great for a free app!"

    May 4, 2011  |   By ajphreak

    Version: Sweet Home 3D 3.2

    Pros

    simple, easy to use and works really well. they provide links to some really good 3D furniture etc

    Cons

    furniture etc fairly basic

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Very Limited"

    January 13, 2011  |   By mwjacobs

    Version: Sweet Home 3D 3.0

    Pros

    3D rendering

    Cons

    Not very many furniture pieces to choose from.

    Summary

    It is a very simple room layout design tool.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "good, but not quite there"

    January 5, 2011  |   By al2600

    Version: Sweet Home 3D 3.0

    Pros

    user friendly

    Cons

    a little limitd in scope

    Summary

    the big weakness for me was not being able to create a multi-floor project

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Terrific !!"

    September 7, 2010  |   By dbuia1_dotmac

    Version: Sweet Home 3D 2.6

    Pros

    Works for both US and Metric which is a BIG plus. Once you get the hang of it, it's easy to use and scale the image.

    Cons

    Wish there were more windows and doors and more accessible furniture image.

    Summary

    Overall a terrific product with great potential....and it's free!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "It worked just fine"

    June 30, 2010  |   By cpo7858

    Version: Sweet Home 3D 2.5

    Pros

    Easy to use, nice view

    Cons

    Some features that are kind of hard to use

    Summary

    You can use it easily and donĀ“t need to be a real pro in design.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Excellent application!!"

    April 6, 2009  |   By depeche

    Version: Sweet Home 3D 1.8

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    This app is very intuitive and easy to use. The live "render" of objects is really nice. I do find the mouse input very sensitive when it comes to live pan-arounds though, but not enough to hinder the enjoyment. You can also import 3ds and OBJs models too. Thanks for creating this, it's just awesome!

    AND IT'S FREE!

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