Recently, a friend of mine signed a lease for a new apartment. Moving causes many emotions, including the excitement of living in a new place. My friend however, did not measure her living room correctly, and she ended up ordering three different couches because the first two did not fit into her apartment. Property managers see this situation happen all the time. They also see all the damages on the walls as a result of this situation. Sweet Home 3D is a free interior design application that helps solve this problem because users can draw the plan of their property, arrange furniture and insert doors, windows and walls. From there, the user can see the results in 3D. I spoke with Emmanuel Puybaret to learn more.
APM: Please describe the product in more detail.
Emmanuel: Sweet Home 3D is free software designed to draw the plan of a home in 2D, arrange furniture on it, and produce the results in 3D. Sweet Home 3D is aimed at people who want to design their interior quickly. Sweet Home 3D is available in 24 languages and may be run using Windows, Mac OS10.4 to 10.9 and Linux.
The user may:
– draw walls and rooms of their home, from scratch or upon the image of an existing plan
– change the color or the texture of the walls, the floors and the ceilings
– import images of your own patterns
– drag and drop doors, windows and furniture onto the plan from a catalog organized by categories
– import both self-created 3D models and models downloaded from web sites like Trimble 3D Warehouse
– customize the size, the orientation, the elevation, the colors and the textures of each piece of furniture
– view the changes in the plan simultaneously in a 3D view
– images can be navigated from an aerial view point or from a virtual visitor view point
– create a photo-realistic image of an arrangement depending on the time of the day and the light sources placed in the plan
– create a video from a virtual path in the 3D view
– print the home plan and the 3D view or export them in PDF, PNG, JPEG, SVG, OBJ standard formats to be able to reuse designed homes in other software
APM: What made you develop your product?
Emmanuel: In 2005, I started to write a book about Java/Swing programming and was looking for a cool study case that would show how to use Swing in an open- source project. Initially, I wanted to discuss a RSS/Atom reader. I realized there already was a lot of software in that category, and the book wouldn’t be that original. Then, I unburied this old fun idea I had about programming interior design software. I divided the basic features into eighteen scenarios and explained the first ten in the book. Once the book was published, I developed the other scenarios before releasing Sweet Home 3D version 1.0 in mid-2007.
APM: What makes your product stand out?
Emmanuel: Users appreciate the ease of use. The main idea of Sweet Home 3D is to draw and handle modifications in 2D, and then show real time results in 3D.
APM: For property managers who do not have a lot of time to differentiate between products, why does your product stand out from the competition?
Emmanuel: It’s free, regularly updated and there’s a community behind it ready to contribute, help and listen to suggestions.
To Sum It Up!
We learned through a Sweet Home 3D thread that one customer went through the traumatic experience of losing their home to a fire. However, the house is currently being re-built and the user expressed his gratitude on being able to use the app to help design his new space. Sweet Home 3D gives a tenant the ability to arrange furniture in their apartments. Property owners can also benefit using the application when remodeling their homes. Property managers can recommend this free application to both their property owners and tenants.
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