The gardening calendar this year is almost exhausted, time has been freed up for planning the future of your garden, for acquiring new knowledge. In this regard, I would like to congratulate everyone who is looking for harmony in their garden with the advent of a new software product for landscape design, which is designed to help in this search. We are talking about the development of the company "Dikomp" - a program for landscape designers "Our Garden Rubin 9.0", which was presented at the presentation on October 22, 2008 by the project manager Dmitry Pashkov.
Someone, perhaps, is already familiar with version 6.0 of this product, although the number of such users in our country is probably small - only a few training centers and some of the advanced designers. But abroad it is better known - in Europe, in the USA, it is even seen on sale in the UAE, where the sands are not very conducive to landscape creativity.
The producers spent 4 years on the development of the new version, but they managed to enrich it with an encyclopedia of 15 thousand plants from all over the world, which has no analogues. In the USA, for example, they acquire more for the sake of this encyclopedia. Some photos of plants - 26 thousand! The encyclopedia not only contains a wide variety of species and varieties of woody, herbaceous, fruit, medicinal plants, but also gives the opportunity to choose according to various parameters - according to the color of leaves and flowers, according to the presence of aroma, according to decorative properties at different times of the year. By clicking on the map in your area of residence, you can select the plants of the corresponding winter hardiness zone, and at the same time receive information about the care of plants throughout the season, including correct pruning.
Having decided on the assortment of plants, you can proceed directly to landscape design, which looks like an exciting and uncomplicated game. Even a not very experienced computer user can learn to work with the program. To get acquainted with the program, 2-3 hours are enough, and in order to work effectively in it, it will take another week. Not that for professional programs AvtoCAD and ArchiCAD, which require very deep study and well-developed skills, and are much more expensive. By the way, the manufacturer offers its consultations and weekly training courses as user support.
You can start designing by building a plan for your site, but you can enter it from a photograph. The buildings can be drawn or also taken from photographs by cutting them out in Photoshop. The program allows you to take into account the terrain, elevation differences. Then trees, shrubs, flower beds, reservoirs, paths can be drawn on the plan. The new version adds the ability to place plantings according to a given template - this is indispensable when building flower beds. There are libraries of garden decorations, lanterns, gazebos, bridges, fences, stairs, retaining walls, stones, paving textures and everything a landscape designer might need.
But that's not all. The main thing is that you get a project in a three-dimensional image, where every leaf, every flower is visible. It can be viewed with the "Camera" tool from all sides and at any time of the year - in spring freshness, in summer color and in autumn decoration, with an accuracy of a month. You can walk along the paths of the virtual garden, replace poorly selected plants without getting your hands dirty in the ground. Understand whether foreign gnomes and grimy moles are suitable for you, or whether it is better to come up with your own designer jewelry. You can see the future of your garden in 5, 10, 50 years. High quality graphics make the picture very realistic, so that even the scent of flowers seems to be felt.
The program also makes it possible to engage in geoplastics, relief building, vertical gardening, create sheared forms, and even settle pets in the garden.
If you get the impression that this is a program for housewives, you will be wrong. Yes, it is very convenient for family creativity. But for a professional landscape designer this is also a godsend, because there is an opportunity to replenish the libraries with your own developments. If you wish, you can even study the architecture of the house, although the program is not specifically designed for this. An important component is the ability to draw up an estimate with links to the sites of nurseries and other manufacturers. A three-dimensional image and a walk in the virtual garden will surely have a stunning effect on the customer! In addition, it is easy to take into account all the wishes of the owner of the garden in the project and immediately make changes.
The Dikomp company does not stand still. In the near future, there will be additions to libraries, as well as a network version of the program, where one USB key will open the possibility for several users to work at once. This should be of interest to training centers and landscape bureaus.