BonitaGrace's Review of Live Home 3d ProReviewed on 3/10/20 1:47 PM
Great Program to Design floor plans. At first it was hard to understand but after spending the time to look at all the tabs and understand everything about this program it became a great tool for designing our new home floor plan. It is limiting though for our exterior elevations the way we are doing an adobe with the roof setting inside the wall systems.
npsheehan0219's Review of Live Home 3d ProReviewed on 3/10/20 1:47 PM
Live Home 3D Pro is easy to use and being a beginner I was able to quickly create floor plans for my home in 3D and 2D. There are some feattures that could be improved on especially in the area of walls and stairways with landings. I am disapointed that the Mac version wich I paid $69.95 for through the Apple App Store is available from the developper web site for $19.99 for the Windows version.
tennr's Review of Live Home 3d ProReviewed on 3/10/20 1:47 PM
I’ve been using the previous version 2.8 (which was removed from the app store and was called “Live Interior 3D Pro”) for three years. This is a PAID upgrade, but frankly it is mostly just rebranded. There are some new features, but none that I can tell are worth uprading for. The interface has been cleaned up a little. I’ve asked for the ability to do besier curves for floors, but the best you get is polygon points, so you have to create hundreds of individule points that all must be moved independlty when making curved floors for things like patios, and grass areas; super painful to use. Also still missing is the ability to layer, name and search for your models elements. When you start to get hundreds of objects in your model, which you will, there is no good way to organize the layers. If you are familiar with Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator, forget it; even though there is an object tree (you see that in the screen shots for the app) theres not much you can do to with the layers. You can rename objects, but you can’t search for them, so if you hide one for testing or for A/B viewing, you have to scroll for minutes to try to find the object you just wanted to temporarily hide. Probably the worse thing about this “upgrade” is the performance… 3D walkthroughs (with lighting and shadows turned off mind you) is much much slower and choppier than the previous version. Also, DON’T get this program and try to do landscape design… it’s HORRIBLE at it (note above for curves). Also the program cannot handle hills or topology elements. So unless you have flat ground, think twice. There is a lot that can be improved with this program. Updates for the previous version were mostly bug fixes, so if history is an indicator, don’t expect new functionality out of version 3+. I’m pretty bummed that I upraded. I hope they at least fix the performace issues. Sorry guys (speaking to you the developers) I wanted to love your upgrade but you fell short. And I feel ripped off at the minimal changes. You increment the version number, change the program name to get around the iTunes upgrade policy, pretty shameful excuse to generate revenue.
Rick Sandra's Review of Live Home 3d ProReviewed on 3/10/20 1:47 PM
For the most part I love the program it's difficult to do vaulted ceilings and different ceiling heights in the interiors .
cdlucas4's Review of Live Home 3d ProReviewed on 3/10/20 1:47 PM
I want a refund!! This program is one of the worst I’ve ever used for anything. It’s a fidgety mess with no way to keep any real accuracy in the design. It’s for people looking to try to design a room…not for those trying to plan any real remodelling or renovating or any type of construction in general. It makes the price all the more apalling. IRATE is how I would describe myself right now. DO NOT BUY!!!
TK5473's Review of Live Home 3d ProReviewed on 3/10/20 1:47 PM
I was a previous chief architect home designer user before purchasing Live Home 3D. Overall it is much more pleasent to use and the 3D mode works better. Pros - Fast - Easy to build/modify walls - Intiuative interface - Auto roof works very well - Ability to easily create 3D movies - Works with my older 2011 MBP where the newest chief architect does not - Materials and very easy to add and edit - Excellent import/export support Cons - Lacks support for slopped lots, exposed basements. cathedral ceilings, split levels - Doors, windows, stairs, and cabinets are just 3d objects and thus are not very well integrated like they are with chief architect - Very limited selection of doors and cabinets (although you can find more in the Trimble 3D warehouse) - Edit in sketchup is a nice feature but doesn’t really work because it destroys your object/component grouping - No siding or concrete materials… really??? I had to put asphalt in my basement :/ - Limited trim/moulding support (can’t edit elevation for raise rooms, can’t specify casing for doors/windows, missing base trim for wall ends and wall openings) - No support for half walls - Sunken rooms like a step down to a garage are very challenging to make work - Needs more video tutorials Many of the cons can be overcome with the block tool in combination with ceiling opening and 3d shapes. I think with a bit more time to mature it will be truly fantastic. This app will absolutely pay for itself during my basement remodel project.
This Old Carpenter's Review of Live Home 3d ProReviewed on 3/10/20 1:47 PM
This is a great piece of software but it's not always easy to find your way around for things like a short exterior knee wall or to change the surface of a wall to siding. Still learning but overall better than anything else I have found. Plus it works well on the Mac. Good Job
vrdaver's Review of Live Home 3d ProReviewed on 3/10/20 1:47 PM
Although it’s really for interior design, I used it to design my own home. Even used printouts from it (along with consultation with my builder) which my builder used to build the home. I’ve really enjoyed this program as well. The things it can do are amazing and the price can’t be beat. I also love the ability to work with Google SketchUp models and import them into your project. That tremendously expands the 3D object library available for placement in your project. You can even work within SketchUp to modify one of their objects or create exactly what you need and then bring it over to Live Home 3D. That being said, I can think of a couple improvements. First, the roof tool. It has some limitations. You can’t just add the multi-gabled roof of your dreams. Not without some trickery and workarounds. And those can cause issues in other areas. Second, I know its really for interior design work, but its sooooo capable of doing more. It would be awesome if there was a way to edit the “grounds” of your project. As it stands, your only option is a perfectly flat one-plane topography. If only I could add some hills and valleys. Right now, if you want to have a basement, that basement can only be all below grade. You can’t make a garage/basement that is partially below grade. Third, and this applies to the program as an interior design app in my opinion, would be nice if there were a “layer” or something for electrical and plumbing layout. Those can be quite necessary for an interior remodel. Still, it’s hard to complain at this price point. Its an awesome program. I definitely recommend it.
WithGlitterAndHoneyy's Review of Live Home 3d ProReviewed on 3/10/20 1:47 PM
I love this program. It is great for home owners and profesional projects. The fact that I am able to import Sketchup plans and other 3ds into this program is beyond helpful. The overall design and UI is very intuitive and gives me the power to change textures and materials with ease. A big Thank You, to the creators of this program!!!
Jennifer58's Review of Live Home 3d ProReviewed on 3/10/20 1:47 PM
This is not the most user-friendly app for home design, though it sure beats AutoCad. For example, I was working on a project where the ceiling was three different heights throughout an apartment. I could not figure out how to change it within a single room. Another thing that really bothers me is that the doors and windows - and everything else they’ve got int heir library - is not a standard North Ameican design. No 6 over 6 windows? No peneled doors? Plus, their furniture is just plain odd. They SERIOUSLY need to step up their game in this department. You can go to a library and download things you need, but even then they’re not things that you can necesarily scale for your room. I had to ask them how to put the window on the wall and not on the floor. Just a few tweaks and this would be great. The furniture is basically useless. So are the kitchen cabinets.