Professional Landscape Design Software

Realtime Landscaping Architect 2014

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

  • Design residential and commercial landscapes
  • Includes all features in Pro, Plus, and Photo
  • No prior CAD experience required
Overview Features

What's New

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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 Architect 2013 includes over 200 UltraRes Plant® trees and shrubs, bringing the total number of plants to over 6,900 (6,230 high-res images, 470 3D models, and 200 UltraRes Plant® models).

Realistic Landscapes during All Seasons

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DWG, DXF, and PDF Import

Import DWG, DXF, and PDF files into your landscape designs using the new CAD Drawing Import Wizard. In just a few clicks, you can design directly on top of site plans and other CAD drawings for accurate scale and placement.

Extract shapes and contour lines from DWG and DXF files. Create lot boundaries, building outlines, and even entire topology using shapes from your existing CAD drawings.

Import DWG and DXF Files

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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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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.

Swimming 3D 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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Enhanced Plant Label Wizard

The Plant Label Wizard has been upgraded with additional options and features.

Place automatically generated (or pre-defined) plant keys over every plant or plant group, keeping your landscape plan uncluttered and elegant.

The Plant Label Wizard is now even easier to use due to an improved interface.

Updated plant label wizard for landscape plans

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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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Realistic Steam and Bubbling Spa Water

Spas, hot tubs, and swimming pools now support animated steam and turbulent bubbling water. Pre-built standalone hot tubs now also support realistic reflections and refractions.

Steam and bubbles in a hot tub Steam and bubbles in a spa at night Steam and bubbles in a spa next to a pool Steam and ripples in a prebuilt pool

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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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Enhanced PDF Support

PDFs can now be imported and exported with an incredible level of detail.

Share your designs using professional high resolution PDF files, or import CAD drawings in PDF format, and trace over them using the intuitive Realtime Landscaping tools.


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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.


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 Architect the best landscape design software on the market.

New Features for 2012

Accent Strips and Shapes

Realtime Landscaping Architect 2012 includes new tools for designing accents in patios, walkways, swimming pool floors, decks, 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 Architect'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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3D Design Wizard

A powerful new tool has been added: the 3D Design Wizard. This wizard allows you to create objects in Realtime Landscaping Architect and seamlessly use them in Realtime Landscaping Photo, effectively bridging the gap between your Photo and 3D designs.

Start the 3D Design Wizard
Create the object(s) in 3D
Add the object(s) to your Photo design

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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 positions, materials, widths, and even toggle sections of borders on or off.

Automatic borders are supported on regions, patios, 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 Architect 2012. This powerful tool allows for paths with unique designs and layouts, providing directional control of bricks and pavers.

  Landscape Path Design
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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 caps and coping. Coping can be applied to retaining walls, swimming pools, freestanding pool walls, swimming pool decking, and even patios.

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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

More than 1200 products from 12 popular companies have been added to Realtime Landscaping Architect, including S.R. Smith pool products, Jerith aluminum fences, Belgard hardscapes, PebbleTec pool finishes, Philips Hadco outdoor lighting, Amarr garage doors, Kichler lighting, Master Tile pool tiles, Noble Tile swimming pool tiles, Eldorado stone and brick veneer, Unilock pavers, and RicoRock swimming pool waterfalls. For details on each brand, visit our interactive Brands page.

Landscape Design Branded Materials

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Hundreds of New Objects

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

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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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950 New High Resolution Plants

Nearly a thousand new high quality plants have been added to Realtime Landscaping Architect. 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 6,700.


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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 Architect 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 Architect 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.

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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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Improved Water Quality

The water of ponds and swimming pools has been vastly improved to provide an unprecedented level of realism to your movies and walkthroughs.

When enabled, improved water now features reflections and refractions in combination with real 3D ripples. The pool finish will shimmer below the surface and the reflections of plants will dance across the water.

With the addition of an "Add Water Ripples" option, both rippling and serene water can be simulated without adding waterfalls or fountains.

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New Swimming Pool and Spa Designer

The tools used to create swimming pools and spas have been vastly improved, and are now faster, easier to use, and more visually appealing. Swimming pools no longer require pool decking to be elevated, spas can be easily placed inside swimming pools without regard to pool decking, pool coping has been enhanced in several different ways, and the swimming pool accessory library has been expanded.

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New Road Tools

Nine completely new tools have been added for creating partial or complete residential road systems. Use these tools to quickly design the road in front of your client's house, create entire road systems, or use the road tools for specialty projects such as street island landscaping. New tools include Road, Sidewalk, Curb, Curb Ramp, Road Stripe, Road Decal, Road Accessory, Street Light, and Guardrail.

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New 3D vehicles in Realtime Landscaping Architect
New 3D Vehicles

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Plant Legend Export Option

Plant legends can now be exported in Microsoft Excel format. When a plant legend is exported, it retains its layout and graphical features. Customize your plant legend even further in Excel, or print it off seperately for your client.

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Soft Symbols

New Plant Symbols

100 new plant symbols for use in the Plan view have been added. These new symbols were created by a landscape professional in a stylized format. Both soft and vibrant symbols can be chosen.

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Vibrant Symbols

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Infinity Edges and More

Swimming pools have been enhanced with infinity edge functionality, pool seat and stair nosing, and pool seat and stair tile.

The addition of these features allows pool designers and landscapers to create even the most unique residential and commercial swimming pools.

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Terrain Sculpting using Contour Lines

Full support for contour line terrain sculpting has been added. To create a contour line, simply click the appropriate tool and draw the line by placing points. Both closed and open contour lines are supported, and contour lines can be customized as needed in the Plan view.

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Many Other Improvements

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

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