You only need to see a single page of output from DynaSCAPE Design to appreciate just how completely computer-assisted landscape design software has come of age. The quality of DynaSCAPE Design drawings leaps off the page with their fine line weights, precise shapes, and an artistic flare that makes it hard to believe that they weren't hand-drawn. Combine those qualities with:
DynaSCAPE Design is professional landscape design software that helps you produce attractive, feature-rich drawings quickly and easily. Here are some of the program’s main features and benefits:
Create designs in a hand-drawn style that look simply amazing
|Set up new drawings quickly and easily
|Insert pre-drawn shapes from extensive symbol libraries
|Find and add plants from a Horticopia Powered Online Plant Database
|Add plant photos to your drawings
|Label every component in your drawings
|Build unique Plant
Plant Picture Catalogues for your clients
|Add product details from leading landscape product companies
|Calculate areas & quantities and add dimensions
|Create layout/staking plans
|Output your landscape designs to multiple formats
|Enjoy all the features of an advanced CAD drawing tool
|Get up to speed quickly with our extensive training resources
|Enhance the professionalism of your landscape drawings and your business
Microsoft Office Suite 2003® (or later) software is required for exporting materials to Excel® and Word®. Adobe Reader® software is required for exporting plant picture catalogues.
NOTE: We are currently in the process of testing on Window 8. Although we are not expecting to find any major issues, depending on the result of testing, we will release a Window 8 compatible update if required. At this time, we do not recommend installing DynaSCAPE products on Windows 8 but if you choose to do so anyway, we would appreciate it if you informed DynaSCAPE Support of any issues you encounter. We will update the system requirements pages of our website as soon as we can officially support Window 8.
Running DynaSCAPE on a Mac computer
DS|Design can be run on a Mac computer but not in the native Mac environment. There are several products available that allow you to install a Windows Operating Systems (XP, Vista or Win 7) on a Mac computer. The three best options to consider are Boot Camp, Parallels Desktop and VMware Fusion.
DS|Design v6 now has options to use either your computer's CPU (Default - Software rendering) or using your computer's video card (Hardware rendering) to render the drawing page graphics. If your computer has a good video card you can switch to Hardware rendering through the Performance Options panel found under the Environment menu in DS|Design. (click here to see the release notes for v6)
Vista and Windows 7 users will experience the best performance using one of the Windows “Aero Themes”. The “Basic Themes” do not perform as well.
Click here to learn how to change your Windows theme to Aero
Currently DS|Design v6 works best at the default DPI settings. We plan on providing more flexibility in a future release, but for the time being you will probably find you need to set your DPI settings to the default. To do this, follow the instruction for Windows 7 and Vista below.
Windows 7: Set your Windows Display to Smaller - 100% (Default). DS|Design v6 will not run correctly if you changed your settings to Medium (125%) or larger (150%). If you try to run v6 with your display set to 125 or 150%, DynaSCAPE will warn you to change it to the default
Vista: Set your Windows Display to Default Scale (96 DPI). DS|Design v6 will not run correctly if you changed your settings to Larger Scale (120 DPI) or to a Custom DPI.. If you try to run v6 with your display set to 120 DPI or a custom DPI, DynaSCAPE will warn you to change it to the default (96 DPI).
Video Cards for Hardware rendering:
Although we cannot guarantee which video cards will result in optimal performance, a 512 MB dedicated video card (separate from the motherboard) with support for DirectX 9 graphics is recommended if you plan to use Hardware rendering. If you are using a lower end computer or laptop with an integrated (onboard) video card, there may be some blurriness in the middle of the drawing window. If your drawing window is noticeably blurry in the middle of the screen, the following suggestions may provide an improvement:
- Update your video card drivers
- Upgrade your video card to a mid (or high) range dedicated video card ($50-$100)
Recommended Printers for Design & Color
Canon imagePROGRAF 610 (24" wide)
Canon imagePROGRAF 710 (36" wide)