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Editors' Rating:
Very good
Average User Rating:
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Quick Specs

  • Version:
    5.3
  • Total Downloads:
    138,487
  • Date Added:
    Nov. 21, 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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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 5.3
  • Ensured that the selected items are visible in the plan after using Zoom in or Zoom out tools.
  • Changed how textures on borders of room floors are displayed so they never look distorted.
  • Displayed walls with half transparent pattern while drawing them or while placing doors and windows, when a background image is used.
  • Initialized the scale and origin of background images imported at new levels with the values of the background image available at the closest level.
  • Improved the mouse management of the virtual visitor in plan at small scales.
  • Added a Home.xml entry validated by the DTD SweetHome3D.dtd to SH3D files, and added file association for future SH3X files.
  • Added HomeObject super class to let developers manage their own properties on home objects.
  • Copied texture image files at OBJ format export instead of generating new ones.
  • Fixed the area computation of rooms drawn with a hole in their middle.
  • Fixed blocking errors that happened for textured floors in the plan with Java 7/8 under Ubuntu.
  • Fixed the color of menu items under Ubuntu and better drag and drop support under Linux using Java 8.
  • Upgraded Java 3D version to 1.6.0 fcs / JOGL 2.3.2 for Windows and Linux versions, and for the Mac OS X version run with Java 7/8.
  • Displayed Java 3D version in About dialog box.
  • Added Sweet Home 3D icon in installation folder under Linux.
  • Replaced JRE 8u74 by JRE 8u51 in Sweet Home 3D installers bundled with Java under Windows.
  • Replaced JRE 6u45 by JRE 8u112 in Sweet Home 3D installers bundled with Java under Linux.
  • Other minor bugs fixes and enhancements.
General
Publisher eTeks
Publisher web site http://www.eteks.com
Release Date November 21, 2016
Date Added November 21, 2016
Version 5.3
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 19.52MB
File Name SweetHome3D-5.3-macosx.dmg
Popularity
Total Downloads 138,487
Downloads Last Week 363
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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