I'm new to your forum here, but not new to gardening. Been growing plants for 45 years and gardening professionally since 1996.
I'm making the transition from basing the business on garden maintenance to basing it on garden design.
I've tried Sketchup, and concluded it is too construction based for me. Landmark Vectorworks is waaaay out of my league. So after some rummaging aroung I recently bought Realtime Landscaping Pro 2018 for £100. I found it to be very useable, although not sure of its absolute value....
So I'm winging it a bit, learning new things and working at the same time. What I'm realising at this moment in the proceedings is that a software that can switch from a plan view black and white line drawing, to a 3D colour view, and vice versa, would be extremely useful, saving me entering the plan date twice. The Realtime Landscaping Pro doesn't seem to do a good job of this (unless I just haven't discovered it yet?). I found it to be really good, for the price, at giving colour 3D renderings, but at the moment for me in the reality of planning and planting, a plan view black and white line drawing is best, so at present I am re-entering the data into a Shoot browser garden planner (I paid for a year of it, so I might just as well use it!)
I've bought myself a Microsoft Surface Pro and pen, so I can now input the site data straight into any instslled software onsite, and hopefully that will be the actual start of the plan, rather than what Irecently did - drawing it out on a sketchpad then transferring the data into the software.
Thank you!!! (~8