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Realtime Landscaping Architect 2016

Design professional landscape plans and presentations.
Create photo-based designs, plan drawings, and even full
3D walkthroughs, all for only $399.95


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Realtime Landscaping Architect 2016

Design professional landscape plans and presentations.
Create photo-based designs, plan drawings, and even full
3D walkthroughs, all for only $399.95


Buy Now Free Trial

What’s New for 2016

This upgrade has been a huge undertaking — nearly 2 years in the making.

I want to publicly say Thank You to our dedicated employees who helped make it happen, and to the many customers who provided valuable feedback and suggestions along the way.

Whether your project is a small flower garden or a large commercial design, I hope our new software makes it easier than ever to visualize your landscaping ideas.

Jim Napier

President, Idea Spectrum

Improved Realism

We redesigned the 3D graphics engine from the ground up, substantially improving the quality and realism of your walkthroughs and presentations.

Based on cutting edge DirectX 11 technology, new features include dynamic lighting and shadows, bloom, high dynamic range (HDR), tone mapping, automatic exposure, lens flare, and more.

New Terrain Sculpting Tool

Designing complex slopes and grades just got easier using the new Height Painter tool.

You can now “paint” terrain elevation changes using the mouse. Options include raise, lower, flatten, smooth, and more. The brush size and shape are fully customizable.

The Height Painter works seamlessly with the existing terrain tools, and can be isolated to small areas or cover the entire landscape.

New Terrain Sculpting Tool

Designing complex slopes and grades just got easier using the new Height Painter tool.

You can now “paint” terrain elevation changes using the mouse. Options include raise, lower, flatten, smooth, and more. The brush size and shape are fully customizable.

The Height Painter works seamlessly with the existing terrain tools, and can be isolated to small areas or cover the entire landscape.

New and Redesigned Landscaping Accessories

Over 1,600 landscaping accessories have been completely redesigned for improved quality, realism, and size accuracy. In addition, over 300 new accessories have been added.

Categories include arbors, trellises, patio furniture, outdoor kitchens, playground equipment, planters, pool accessories, and more.

Importing an existing design? No problem. The software will detect that and use your existing objects for compatibility.

New 3D Grass

3D grass can now be added to any fill region, adding a subtle yet surprisingly effective touch of realism to your walkthroughs and presentations.

You can control the grass color, height, thickness, and shininess, making it easy to create thin grass for temperate climates, or thick, stubby grass for more tropical landscape designs.

Region Edge Effects, which were primarily used to simulate grass, have been removed in this release.

New 3D Grass

3D grass can now be added to any fill region, adding a subtle yet surprisingly effective touch of realism to your walkthroughs and presentations.

You can control the grass color, height, thickness, and shininess, making it easy to create thin grass for temperate climates, or thick, stubby grass for more tropical landscape designs.

Region Edge Effects, which were primarily used to simulate grass, have been removed in this release.

Oculus Rift Support

In case you haven’t heard of it, the Oculus Rift is a headset for experiencing virtual 3D environments.

Words cannot describe the experience. When you put on the headset, you feel like you are there. It’s not uncommon to see people reaching out and trying to touch things in the virtual environment.

We spent over a year enhancing our graphics engine to support this exciting new technology, and are happy to announce support for the Oculus Rift at no extra charge.

The Oculus Rift requires a high-end computer and video card. To learn more about the Oculus Rift and its cost and availability, visit www.oculus.com.

Idea Spectrum landscape software now supports the Oculus Rift

Improved Water Realism

Water has been completely redesigned and includes advanced effects such as foam, sparkles, caustics, improved reflections and refraction, enhanced ripples, and more.

Improved Water Realism

Water has been completely redesigned and includes advanced effects such as foam, sparkles, caustics, improved reflections and refraction, enhanced ripples, and more.

New Outdoor Kitchens

New options for designing outdoor kitchens have been added. Design a custom outdoor kitchen by adding cabinets, sinks, grills, and other items and placing them in the desired configuration.

In addition, the existing outdoor kitchen accessories have been redesigned for improved realism.

Improved Streams, Fountains, and Waterfalls

The Stream tool has been completely redesigned for greater versatility and realism.

Streams now flow more realistically, especially over uneven terrain. The water flow direction can be adjusted as a path. The water level and speed can also be adjusted. Multiple streams can flow into each other automatically.

New fountains and waterfalls have been added, and many of the existing ones have been redesigned to make them more realistic.

Improved Streams, Fountains, and Waterfalls

The Stream tool has been completely redesigned for greater versatility and realism.

Streams now flow more realistically, especially over uneven terrain. The water flow direction can be adjusted as a path. The water level and speed can also be adjusted. Multiple streams can flow into each other automatically.

New fountains and waterfalls have been added, and many of the existing ones have been redesigned to make them more realistic.

New 3D Rockery

New high-definition rocks, boulders, and slabs have been added. Our art team created these using state of the art modeling techniques for exceptional realism, especially when viewed up close.

New controls have been added for adjusting the appearance of landscaping rockery, such as altering the material size, rotation, position, and shininess.

New Clouds and Sky

The cloud and sky systems have been completely redesigned for improved quality, realism, and performance.

Choose from a large variety of cloud and sky styles, preview the appearance of the sky at different times of day, and even adjust the phase of the moon at night.

New Clouds and Sky

The cloud and sky systems have been completely redesigned for improved quality, realism, and performance.

Choose from a large variety of cloud and sky styles, preview the appearance of the sky at different times of day, and even adjust the phase of the moon at night.

New Swimming Pool Accessories

New diving boards, handrails, ladders, and more have been added to our library of SR Smith swimming pool accessories. Like the other objects in our extensive library, these object can be easily added to your swimming pool design with a few mouse clicks.

New Realtime Walkthrough Options

During a Realtime Walkthrough you can now instantly adjust the time of day, shadow direction, color levels, brightness, exposure, and more.

These settings are saved with your landscape design, so each design can have its own custom settings.

Performance Improvements

Opening large designs is now much faster, often 2X or more. Due to the advanced caching techniques we added for 2016, the biggest improvements are seen on designs that have already been opened once in the past.

Designs with a large amount of custom data (imported SketchUp models, custom models and pictures, etc.) are now automatically compressed, making it faster and easier to move your landscape designs from one computer to another.

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Glass Swimming Pool Walls and Custom Pool Water

Glass swimming pool walls are now supported. Add a glass section anywhere in your pool wall with just a few clicks. Options include glass height, thickness, and whether or not water flows over the top.

A new Pool Water tool has been added for creating standalone swimming pool water of any shape, size, and elevation. This makes it easier to create custom swimming pools using retaining walls, custom modeling tools, or even imported SketchUp models.

Glass Swimming Pool Walls and Custom Pool Water

Glass swimming pool walls are now supported. Add a glass section anywhere in your pool wall with just a few clicks. Options include glass height, thickness, and whether or not water flows over the top.

A new Pool Water tool has been added for creating standalone swimming pool water of any shape, size, and elevation. This makes it easier to create custom swimming pools using retaining walls, custom modeling tools, or even imported SketchUp models.

New System Requirements

Due to the new technology used in our 2016 software, Windows XP is no longer supported. Windows Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, or 10 is now required.

Microsoft has also dropped support for Windows XP. For the best compatibility and security, we recommend upgrading to Windows 10, which is free in most cases.

Our 2016 software requires a video card that supports DirectX 10 or higher. Most computers purchased within the last 6 years should have one. However, our software makes extensive use of 3D graphics, so we highly recommend upgrading to a faster video card if possible.

See the System Requirements section of our FAQ for details. You can also verify compatibility using the Realtime Landscaping Architect 2016 trial.

Windows Versions supported by our Landscape Software

Improved Video Creation

The video creation tool quality and performance has been improved.

Videos now support dynamic time of day changes. You can change the time of day at any point, and even combine multiple time of day changes in the same video.

Shadows, lighting, sky, and other effects smoothly transition from one time to another, creating a dramatic visualization of your landscape design at different times of day.

Release Notes for Earlier Versions

Click here for a summary of the other features we’ve added over the years.

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