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Sweet Home 3D for Mac

Free
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Editors' Rating:
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Average User Rating:
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Quick Specs

  • Version:
    5.2
  • Total Downloads:
    136,806
  • Date Added:
    Mar. 15, 2016
  • Price:
    Free

Editors' Review

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Sweet Home 3D for Mac allows you to design and layout your home's floor plan. Input the current layout or proposed home, and then manipulate elements within it, in order to create a layout that you love.

Pros

Interesting 3D rendering: As you draw your 2D elements onto the graph in the top half of Sweet Home 3D, it renders a 3D sketch of your room below. To see your room take shape as you manipulate the elements within it is a lot of fun and very useful, because of the instant feedback on your design choices.

Easy to get started: In some ways, this software feels like a chess game. It is easy to learn how to play with it, but it could take a lifetime to master. However, to jump in and design your first couple of rooms is extremely easy, and we were able to do so with no direction whatsoever.

Cons

Limited selection of elements: The reality is that there is no end to the number of things that people may want to put in their homes. There are also many variations on standard items, such as a dresser. A little more variation in the preloaded items to insert into the rooms would have been welcome.

Limited help menu: The help menu appeared quite limited. All it seemed to do was point us to the appropriate place in the other menus, rather than providing an actual text-based help file for our inquiries.

Bottom Line

If you're considering redecorating, wondering how you could arrange furniture in a new home, or just like designing rooms in your imagination, you will love this software. It's a little restrictive, but it really is a lot of fun and easy to use.

 
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User Reviews
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3 stars

"Free, easy to learn and use but poor at print time"

March 06, 2016  |  By andrewdowns1

2016-03-06 01:32:26  |  By andrewdowns1

 |  Version: Sweet Home 3D 5.1

Pros

Easy to use
Good for basic plans
You can draw scale plans BUT printing them is poor or unusable.
Multiple floor levels.

Cons

I cannot find a way to print out a scale plan that I can send to my planning authority.
Feels dated.
Tricky to add lower floors if you start with an upper floor.

Summary

This is amazing for free software - not buggy and well developed. It has been useful for envisioning some layout changes and drawing plans to scale. But I've been unable to print a scale plan to one sheet and am now having to reproduce my work in software that gives me more control for printing that I can send to me planning authority who need a scale plan printable on a single sheet.

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5 stars

"cool tool for mac"

June 01, 2015  |  By kmoim8o

2015-06-01 21:04:08  |  By kmoim8o

 |  Version: Sweet Home 3D 4.6

Pros

it is a nice program for mac. i also use following wonderful mac tools.

to vector image, I will choose Super Vectorizer http://effectmatrix.com/mac-appstore/Super-Vectorizer.htm

to paint on Mac, I prefer to use MyBrushes which can record the painting process and playback http://mybrushes-app.com/MyBrushes-MAC.html

Cons

cool tool for mac

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4 stars

"Could use a speed boost, but great"

April 29, 2014  |  By ScotlandSaint

2014-04-29 08:39:01  |  By ScotlandSaint

 |  Version: Sweet Home 3D 4.3

Pros

Excellent graphics
Ability to import objects
Ability to modify objects
Free

Cons

Gets sluggish when file gets big

Summary

Great product that could benefit from a speed boost.

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4 stars

"Extremely useful and it is free!"

September 17, 2012  |  By warthawg

2012-09-17 14:51:14  |  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 stars

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

November 29, 2011  |  By mickpick

2011-11-29 20:29:00  |  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 stars

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

October 28, 2011  |  By bossugly

2011-10-28 16:44:52  |  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 stars

"great for a free app!"

May 04, 2011  |  By ajphreak

2011-05-04 02:33:26  |  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 stars

"Very Limited"

January 13, 2011  |  By mwjacobs

2011-01-13 21:41:49  |  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 stars

"good, but not quite there"

January 05, 2011  |  By al2600

2011-01-05 09:23:29  |  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 stars

"Terrific !!"

September 07, 2010  |  By dbuia1_dotmac

2010-09-07 05:16:48  |  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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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 5.2
  • Added Invisible option to the Furniture materials pane to hide some parts of a piece of furniture.
  • Made resizing of a piece of furniture with its resize indicator proportional when shift key is pressed.
General
Publisher eTeks
Publisher web site http://www.eteks.com
Release Date March 15, 2016
Date Added March 15, 2016
Version 5.2
Category
Category Graphic Design Software
Subcategory Illustration Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.10/10.11/10.4 Intel/10.4 PPC/10.5 Intel/10.5 PPC/10.6/10.7/10.8/10.9
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 19.39MB
File Name SweetHome3D-5.2-macosx.dmg
Popularity
Total Downloads 136,806
Downloads Last Week 251
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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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