Sweet Home 3D 7.0 – Neowin


Razvan Serea

July 13, 2022 4:32 p.m. EDT

Sweet Home 3D is a free interior design app that helps you place your furniture on a 2D house plan, with a 3D preview. Sweet Home 3D is for people who want to design their interior quickly, whether they are moving or just want to redesign their existing home. Many visual guides help you draw the plan of your house and arrange your furniture. You can draw the walls of your rooms on the image of an existing plan, then drag and drop furniture onto the plan from a catalog organized by categories. Each modification of the 2D plan is updated simultaneously in the 3D view, to show you a realistic rendering of your layout.

Features of Sweet Home 3D:

  • Draw straight, round or angled walls with precise dimensions using the mouse or keyboard.
  • Insert doors and windows in the walls by dragging them in the plan, and let Sweet Home 3D calculate their holes in the walls.
  • Add furniture to the plan from a searchable and expandable catalog organized by categories such as kitchen, living room, bedroom, bathroom…
  • Change the color, texture, size, thickness, location and orientation of furniture, walls, floors and ceilings.
  • When designing the house in 2D, simultaneously view it in 3D from an aerial perspective or navigate through it from the perspective of a virtual visitor.
  • Annotate the plan with room areas, dimension lines, texts and indicate the direction of north with a compass rose.
  • Create photorealistic images and videos with the ability to customize lights and control the effect of sunlight based on time of day and geographic location.
  • Import the house plan to draw walls, 3D models to complete the default catalog and textures to customize surfaces.
  • Print and export PDFs, bitmap or vector graphic images, videos and 3D files in standard file formats.
  • Extend the functionality of Sweet Home 3D with plug-ins programmed in Java, or by developing a derivative version based on its Model View Controller architecture.
  • Choose the language displayed in the user interface of Sweet Home 3D and its rich help in 18 languages.

Sweet Home 3D 7.0 changelog:

  • Added YafaRay renderer with the ability to choose the renderer in the photo and video creation tools at the two best quality levels (not available for Java Web Start and applets).
  • Added lightSourceMaterialName# property to define the materials in a 3D model used as light sources (with the light color inferred from the material color and the ability to create an invisible light source when its material is invisible).
  • Decimals allowed in Light power spinner.
  • Make photo and video creation tool dialogs resizable.
  • Display of the virtual visitor with a camera symbol at a fixed size when the virtual visitor becomes too small in the plan.
  • Added a button in the toolbar to enable/disable snapping.
  • Moved the menu items managing levels in the Levels sub-menu to reduce the length of the Plan menu.
  • Added the ability to select materials with the mouse in the 3D preview in the edit materials dialog.
  • Added diagonal editing in part creation tooltip to draw parts by triangulation.
  • Added inch/fraction unit that displays lengths in inches followed by the nearest fractional eighth of an inch.
  • Added Foot/Decimals unit which displays lengths in feet followed by decimals of a foot.
  • Added Hide Model Edges option to second step of Furniture Import Wizard to easily hide edges of 3D models in DAE/Collada format (option shown only when useful).
  • Managed more panning and zooming capabilities on 3D models in the last step of the furniture import wizard to get better icons.
  • Added new prefixes for shape names of a 3D model to specify the possible displacements of shapes attached to other movable shapes.
  • Calculation of the forward boundary of the 3D view trunk based on viewpoint elevation to improve rendering of very large scenes viewed from a high vantage point.
  • Added a mirror image of the sky to the bottom of the background image to avoid a possible line on the horizon in renders at the highest quality levels.
  • Added a Flat ceiling only checkbox in the room edit pane to calculate sloped ceilings if needed.
  • Added com.eteks.sweethome3d.checkUpdates system property and /checkUpdatesDisabled argument to Windows installer to prevent subsequent updates.
  • Increased the splitter size of split panes on Windows.
  • Fixed drawing order of room floors and ceilings.
  • Added ability to display animated GIF icons in catalog tooltips.
  • Hierarchy of fixed nodes in 3DS format management.
  • Fixed default effect color in DAE format.
  • Added support for controller/skin elements in DAE format to be able to import 3D models exported from MakeHuman software.
  • Fixed too small fonts on Windows 11 with HiDPI screen.
  • Manage the user interface of 3D model transformations in Sweet Home 3D JS Online.
  • Italian translation updated with help from Vincenzo Reale.
  • Other minor bugfixes and improvements.

Download: Sweet Home 3D 7.0 | (Free and paid upgrade available)
Download: Sweet Home 3D for other operating systems
See: Sweet Home 3D website | User Guide | Screenshot

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