Professional Landscape Design Software

Realtime Landscaping Plus 2014

Winner of the TopTEN award for best landscape software, Realtime
Landscaping Plus 2014 is the perfect software for visualizing your landscape
design ideas. Design over a photo or create full 3D designs. Only $79.95.

  • Design impressive residential landscapes
  • Includes all features of Realtime Landscaping Photo
  • No prior CAD experience required
Overview Features

What's New

Gallery Videos Tutorials User Guide Updates

New Features for 2013


Realistic Landscape Design with UltraRes Plant Models

UltraRes Plant® Models

UltraRes Plant® models set a new standard for realism in landscape design.

A technological breakthrough, these new plants realistically grow with age (actually sprouting new branches and foliage), change according to the season, and are so detailed you can even see the veins in the leaves.

UltraRes Plant® models gently sway in the wind during videos and Realtime Walkthroughs, and in the fall deciduous trees change color and drop their leaves.

Realtime Landscaping Plus 2013 includes over 200 UltraRes Plant® trees and shrubs, bringing the total number of plants to over 4,800 (4,130 high-res images, 470 3D models, and 200 UltraRes Plant® models).

Realistic Landscapes during All Seasons

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3D Animated Characters

Add an unprecedented level of realism to your landscape designs with animated people. Simply place a character into your landscape and select their animation. For animations that involve swimming, walking, or jogging, you can even indicate a movement path.

Realistic Sitting Character Walking 3D Character Sitting 3D Character Jogging 3D Character

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Realistic Skylines and Animated Clouds

Realistic Skylines and Animated Clouds

Realistic horizons can now be added to your landscape designs in just a few clicks. Choose skylines with mountains, deserts, forests, fields, tropical scenery, and more.

Add even more life to your landscapes by showing animated clouds lazily drifting and changing shape over your designs. Adjust the color of both the sky and the cloud cover, as well as the density of the clouds.

Clouds will automatically animate during Realtime Walkthroughs and videos. Prefer clouds that don't move? Simply set the sky type to "Picture" for a stationary effect.


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Import Google Maps

Using the new Google Maps Import Wizard, it is now easy to add satellite imagery to your design.

Import Google Maps into your landscape
Start the Google Maps Import Wizard
Specify the Address and Lot Boundary
Design on Top of the Imported Satellite Image

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Landscape Railing

Standalone Railing Tool

Add straight or curved railing to patios, slopes and hills, paths, or wherever else you need it.

Choose one of 14 pre-built styles, or create your own custom styles using a wide selection of materials including wood, wrought iron, glass, and chrome.

Railing placed on patio stairs or other uneven surfaces can be angled or stepped.


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New Layer System

Managing layers is now faster, easier, and more robust. By switching to a "list" system, it is much easier to manage detailed designs with dozens of different layers.

When editing layers, the layer management window is now resizable for greater convenience. Additionally, the maximum number of layers has been increased to 1,000, allowing for a practically infinite level of design organization.

use the new layer system for your landscape designs

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Custom Tread and Riser Materials for Patio Stairs

Patio Stairs can now support different materials for the body, riser, and tread portions of each set of stairs.

Patio Stairs have also been enhanced to display the tread orientation accurately and realistically, even with wide and curved stairs.

Vibrant landscaping symbols

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Improved User Interface

Enjoy an updated interface with completely redesigned icons. All icons are now clearer, more detailed, and larger. Accustomed to the previous interface? Your workflow will not be hindered as the layout has not changed.

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Updated Unilock Products

The selection of Unilock pavers has been updated and enhanced to match Unilock's current product line.

In addition to Unilock pavers, materials are available from other manufacturers, or in generic varieties.

Avante Ashlar Paver by UnilockCopthorne Paver by Unilock Hollandstone Paver by UnilockThornbury Paver by Unilock Beacon Hill Paver by UnilockRoman Pisa Paver by Unilock

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New Loft Tool and 3D Booleans

A Loft tool has been added to allow for the quick and easy creation of advanced custom objects. The Loft is one of seven tools that can be used to make custom objects and accessories, such as outdoor furniture.

3D booleans are now available for use with all modeling tools and custom models. Use booleans to subtract one object from another, add two objects together, or delete all but the intersecting portions of two objects.


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Smoke and steam Realistic smoke for landscapes

Smoke and Steam

Add realistic animated smoke and steam anywhere they are needed in your landscape designs.

Smoke and steam can be used for firepits, chimneys, fireplaces, grills, and more.


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Many Other Improvements

Dozens of other additions, improvements, and changes have been made in order to make Realtime Landscaping Plus the best landscape design software on the market.


New Features for 2012

Accent Strips and Shapes

Realtime Landscaping Plus 2012 includes new tools for designing accents in decks, patios, walkways, and more. Create accents using any material, and use them to add a decorative edge to your landscape designs.

Driveway Design Accents
Driveway Accents  
Patio Design Accent
Patio Accents  
Deck Design Accent
Deck Accents  

Outdoor Accents  

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Deck Design Surface Detail


Enhanced Surface Detail

Create designs with even more realism using Realtime Landscaping Plus's new enhanced surface detail feature. This exciting new technology greatly enhances the overall realism of your landscape designs.

Patio Design Surface Detail Gravel Stone Surface Paver Design Surface

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Path Border Patio Design Border

Automatic Borders

Borders can now be added to paths, driveways, and more with just the click of a button. Borders are simple to use, yet highly customizable. Adjust border materials, widths, positions, and even toggle sections of borders on or off.

Automatic borders are supported on patios, regions, and paths. Borders may be added in any material needed, such as brick, paving stone, or even mulch.


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Custom Material Direction Support

Support for custom material directions are now available in Realtime Landscaping Plus 2012. This powerful tool allows for paths with unique designs and layouts, providing directional control of bricks and pavers.

  Landscape Path Design
Landscape material direction

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New Coping Styles and Options

Caps and coping thickness and overhang can now be customised as needed. Easily create flat, bullnose, rough cut, and seamless coping for retaining walls and patios borders. Includes new pillar designs from Unilock, or create your own custom pillars.

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Stepped Retaining Walls

It is now quick and easy to create stepped retaining walls of virtually any style. Simply click the "Stepped" option and freely adjust the height of each retaining wall segment as needed.

Stepped retaining walls are very versatile and can be created on flat, sloping, or uneven terrain. Stepped retaining walls may be straight or curved, stepping in an ascending, descending, or even a staggered pattern.

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New Features for 2011


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New Deck Designer

Create intricate deck designs with improved options and appearance. Customize deck balusters, railing, skirting, fascia, posts, post caps, and more. Alternately, simply load a pre-designed deck in two clicks using the new "Style" option.


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Products from National Brands

Hundreds of products from 7 popular companies have been added to Realtime Landscaping Plus, including Jerith aluminum fences, Belgard hardscapes, Philips Hadco outdoor lighting, Amarr garage doors, Kichler lighting, Eldorado stone and brick veneer, and Unilock pavers.


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Hundreds of New Objects

Several hundred new landscaping objects have been added to Plus, including new furniture, vehicles, fire pits, doors, windows, landscape lights, greenhouses, sheds, bridges, and much more.


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Without Edge Effect

New 3D Edge Effect

A special effect has been added that causes normally flat regions to appear raised and realistic. For example, grass can now appear to grow several inches high instead of appearing flat when placed next to patio or mulch regions. The 3D Edge Effect appears in both design and walkthrough views, letting you provide a more realistic and inviting landscape design to your clients.

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With Edge Effect

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950 New High Resolution Plants

Nearly a thousand new high quality plants have been added to Realtime Landscaping Plus. These plants were taken from many different regions around the United States and Japan, providing even more variety to the already staggering plant database and bringing the total number of plants to 5,000.


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New Panel Fence Tool

A new tool has been added to create highly detailed metal and vinyl fences. We have partnered with Jerith to bring you many different styles of aluminum fencing, and have also included many styles of picket, chain link, ornamental, privacy, and post and rail fencing. This panel fence tool and accompanying styles are in addition to the existing wooden fence tool and wooden fence styles.


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New Options for Creating Custom Plants

Custom plants are easier than ever to create with the ability to quickly re-name the common and botanical name of any selected plant as needed. Additionally, each plant now has a button shortcut to the Plant Creation Wizard, which is used to save a plant using custom plant data.


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Support for SketchUp 7 and 8

Hundreds of thousands of 3D objects created in SketchUp can be downloaded for free from the Google 3D Warehouse. Realtime Landscaping Plus has been updated to support the new version of SketchUp, increasing compatibility and the opportunities for new content.


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Enhanced Movie Creation System

Creating movies in Realtime Landscaping Plus is now faster, easier, and higher quality than ever! Videos of your Realtime Walkthroughs can now be created in the WMV format with enhanced compression options that allow for movies to be created quickley while taking up less space. Additionally, support for uploading to YouTube has been added. When your movie is completed, simply click the "Upload to YouTube" button and follow the instructions.

upload your landscape design to youtube

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Improved User Interface

The look and feel of our Realtime Landscaping software has been improved with a new user interface. We combined the style and appearance of the "ribbon" interface that is used in many modern applications with the functionality and ease of use of our "tab based" interface. The result is an interface that is both easier to use and better looking than anything we had previously seen.

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Improved Shadows and Lighting

When viewing your landscape through a Realtime Walkthrough, or when creating a movie, shadows and lighting will now appear even more realistic by default. However, you can now take it even one step further by enabling "Ray Tracing" on landscape lights for ultra-realistic night scenes.


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Many Other Improvements

Many other additions and changes have been implemented based off of customer suggestions and comments, such as enhanced Realtime Camera functionality, improved Path Grader behavior, enhanced retaining wall caps, and much more.


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