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Sweet Home 3D for Mac

Download Editors' Rating:
3.5
Very good
Average User Rating:
4.0
out of 11 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    5.0
  • Total Downloads:
    108,562
  • Date Added:
    Jul. 20, 2015
  • 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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5 stars

"cool tool for mac"

June 01, 2015  |  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

 |  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

 |  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

 |  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

 |  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

 |  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

 |  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

 |  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

 |  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 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 don´t need to be a real pro in design.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 5.0
  • Added a tool to draw polylines in the plan with various styles.
  • Added the ability to display baseboards with wall and room modification panes.
  • Made levels possibly not viewable with the new Viewable check box of their modification pane or with the new Make level unviewable menu item.
  • Managed levels at the same elevation as layers with an order index that can be set in levels modification pane (may provoke some small changes in existing SH3D files).
  • Added Edit > Paste style menu item to modify the style of the selected objects from the object of the same type copied in the clipboard.
  • Added Add point to room and Delete point from room menu items in the contextual menu of the plan.
  • Added the ability to select objects in furniture groups, edit them and delete them, without the need to ungroup grouped objects.
  • Added Furniture > Add to group and Edit > Paste to group menu items to add objects to the selected group.
  • Saved expanded groups in the furniture list.
  • Added an option in preferences pane to change the default font.
  • Added the ability to change the font and the color of free texts in their modification pane, as well as to display them in the 3D view at a given elevation.
  • Added $level variable in print setup dialog box to print the name of the printed level in page header or footer.
  • Checked the size of the image chosen in the background image and texture import wizards to propose to reduce it if it's very large.
  • Proposed directly to save the current home after selecting Sweet Home 3D > Quit menu item under Mac OS X, when only one modified home is opened.
  • Displayed an information message once a furniture or textures library import is completed.
  • Allowed the pitch angle of the point of view to be between -90° and 90°.
  • Accepted 1/8 1/4 3/8 1/2 5/8 3/4 7/8 fraction text to be entered when Foot/Inch/Fraction unit is in use.
  • Fixed the management of negative values in Foot/Inch/Fraction unit.
  • Improved DAE/Collada format support to accept files with missing data.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented to render photos at the two highest quality levels when Turkish localization is in use.
  • Included Dutch localization written by Gerwin Harmsen and Rob van den Berg.
  • Included Traditional Chinese localization written by Lee Shin-Chun.
  • Updated French, English and Chinese help pages.
  • Upgraded Java 3D to version 1.6.0-pre12 / JOGL 2.3.1 for the Mac OS X version run with Java 7 / 8.
  • Replaced JRE 6u45 by JRE 8u51 in Sweet Home 3D installers bundled with Java under Windows.
  • Other minor bugs fixes and enhancements.
General
Publisher eTeks
Publisher web site http://www.eteks.com
Release Date July 20, 2015
Date Added July 20, 2015
Version 5.0
Category
Category Graphic Design Software
Subcategory Illustration Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.10/10.4 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 19.25MB
File Name SweetHome3D-5.0-macosx.dmg
Popularity
Total Downloads 108,562
Downloads Last Week 483
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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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