KANSAS CITY, Mo.– Drafix Software has announced that landscape CAD design for iPad is now available in their PRO Landscape Companion app. PRO Landscape Companion is the iPad and Android tablet design component for the desktop/laptop version of PRO Landscape.
For years, users of PRO Landscape have been able to take their iPad or Android tablet right to the customer’s house and create a photo imaging design and price quote to sell the customer at the first meeting. The new CAD component allows users to measure and design the site in a scaled drawing right on the tablet. They can then transfer the design right to the computer and do additional work.
“One of the frustrating parts for landscape designers has always been creating the site plan so they can actually do their landscape design,” said Pete Lord, president of Drafix Software. “We’ve always allowed users to import an AutoCAD file, survey or plot plan or even Google earth image to help save time. But there are still cases where the site needs to be hand measured. They’ve had to write down the measurements on a piece of paper and then redraw them on the computer. Now they can measure the property line, house or building, pavers and even start designing on the tablet. From there they can then import the plan directly into the desktop software.”
“The ability to be able to measure a site directly on the tablet is a huge time savings for us,” said Chris Walter, owner of Computerized Landscape Design. “I really just want to spend my time on the landscape design and anything that helps me get to that faster is awesome. The fact you can create a scaled design while you are on site, then change it later will save me hours of valuable time for each job.”
PRO Landscape Companion is free for users of PRO Landscape. For users who do not have PRO Landscape and instead prefer a standalone tablet landscape design solution, the new CAD functionality will be incorporated into our PRO Landscape Contractor app in the coming months.
The 3.0 version of PRO Landscape Companion works in conjunction with PRO Landscape, Version 22. PRO Landscape includes photo imaging with a library of over 14,000 images, night and holiday lighting, easy-to-use CAD specific for landscape design, complete customer proposals and 3D rendering. PRO Landscape Version 22 is available immediately, and the 3.0 version of the PRO Landscape Companion app will be available for iPad in the App Store in mid-February. An Android version with the updated functionality will be available later in the first half of 2016.
PRO Landscape Version 22 is compatible with Microsoft Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10. PRO Landscape will run on a Mac if the appropriate Windows software is installed. The PRO Landscape Companion app runs on either iPad or Android tablets.