Sweet Home 3D5.1
Draw home plans, lay out furniture & view results in 3D.
Sweet Home 3D helps you to design your interior quickly and easily: draw the walls of your home upon the image of an existing plan, change the color or the texture of each room, and drag and drop furniture onto the plan from a catalog organized by categories (windows, doors, living room, kitchen...), in which you can import 3D models created by yourself or downloaded from various web sites.
All the changes made in the 2D plan are simultaneously reflected in a 3D view, and you can navigate in it either from an aerial view point, or from a virtual visitor view point.
Finally, you can improve your home plan by adding dimensions and texts to it, print it along with the 3D view, and export to OBJ format the objects of the 3D view to import them in other 3D software. Sweet Home 3D is available in English, French, Brazilian Portuguese, Italian, German, Spanish, Swedish, Czech, Polish, Hungarian, and Russian.
This program is aimed at people who want to design their interior quickly, whether they are moving or they just want to redesign their existing home. Numerous visual guides help you draw the plan of your home and layout furniture. You may draw the walls of your rooms upon the image of an existing plan, and then, drag and drop furniture onto the plan from a catalog organized by categories. Each change in the 2D plan is simultaneously updated in the 3D view, to show you a realistic rendering of your layout.
Before proceeding further, display the preferences dialog as shown in figure 3, with Sweet Home 3D > Preferences... menu under Mac OS X or File > Preferences... menu under other systems. Check the default unit used in the program, the default thickness and height of walls, and other preferences.
To create a home, simply use the default home created at Sweet Home 3D launch or click on the New home button in the tool bar.
The suggested steps of a home design in Sweet Home 3D are:
- Import the scanned blueprint of your home as a background image of the home plan,
- Draw walls upon this background image,
- Edit walls thickness, colors and textures,
- Add doors and windows to your home plan and adjust their size, to obtain a realistic view of your empty home,
- Add furniture to your home plan, adjust their size and location, eventually using imported 3D models,
- Draw rooms and change the color or the texture of their floor and their ceiling,
- If your home has more than one story, add levels and staircases joining them, and restart the first six steps for each level,
- Draw dimensions and add texts in your home plan to document it before printing it.
During these steps, you'll probably navigate in 3D view often to change the point of view on your layout.
By the way, don't forget to regularly save your project by clicking on the Save home button. A Sweet Home 3D file may be exchanged with other users and may contain imported 3D models not present in the default catalog. You may also create images of the 3D view at PNG format, compute 3D videos from a virtual path in your home and export the 3D view of your home at OBJ + MTL format.
To draw walls, click first on the Create walls button in the tool bar.
Click in the home plan at the start point of the new wall, then click or double-click in the plan at its end point. As long as you don't double-click or press the Escape key, each new click indicates the opposite point of the current wall and the start point of the next wall.
To help you draw walls precisely, use walls tooltip, alignment lines and change the plan scale with Zoom buttons. You may also enter the length and the angle of the wall being created after pressing the enter key.
Don't take doors and windows into account while drawing walls, because Sweet Home 3D will automatically compute the holes in the walls where you will place openings. As shown in figure 6, walls are simultaneously drawn in the plan and in the 3D view, and you can adjust the point of view in the 3D view at any time, by moving the mouse with its left button pressed.
To help you drawing parallel walls, the angle of the walls on the floor is a multiple of 15° by default. You may cancel this magnetism by holding the Shift key pressed during the drawing, or by disabling magnetism in the preferences dialog.
The features of Sweet Home 3D may be extended thanks to plug-ins, that you may even develop yourself if you're able to program in Java. A plug-in is a SH3P file stored in the plug-ins folder of Sweet Home 3D. To install a SH3P file in this folder, simply double-click on this file under Windows and Mac OS X. Under Linux, you'll have to copy the SH3P file in the subfolder .eteks/sweethome3d/plugins of your user folder if the double-click doesn't work. Once the plug-in is installed, relaunch Sweet Home 3D to let the new menu items and/or the new buttons matching the plug-in features appear. For example, the Home rotator plug-in adds two items to the Plan menu able to rotate all the items in the home plan clock wise or counter clock wise.
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