House plan programs provide tools for home planning by computer. Users can draw rooms, reproduce decorations or plan the position of furniture. Programs can differ in the amount of resources available: some allow simulated plant tours, while others give you the option of checking 2D or 3D projections.
The following list provides five free program design options. The applications interface completely in Portuguese, and some offer paid plans to access more functionality. See below for the software that best suits your home.
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Sweet Home 3D requires a quick registration to access the online platform or download the desktop program. The main requirement for the application to function is to have Java Web Start version 6 or higher installed on the PC.
With features to plan buildings from scratch or redesign already registered project models, the application simultaneously presents two environments: the first in 2D, for editions, and another in 3D for real-time simulation.
The tool offers options for creating mock-up videos and tours. Photo: Photo / Sweet Home 3D
Sweet Home 3D has intuitive commands and varied features, providing dozens of real estate types as well as hundreds of drawings to insert into the floor plan. The user also has the option to create his own mobile stamping models.
The program allows you to print projects, import furniture and texture libraries from online databases, export the plant in different formats and create different types of videos that simulate visits and three-dimensional models.
SketchUp is a 3D modeling tool available as a desktop program or online browser platform. The intuitive interface houses an instruction panel with a number of didactic explanations about each application feature.
The SketchUp tutorial is entirely in Portuguese and the software assists laymen and professionals alike with a number of examples of dimensions, varied features and variety of drawing options.
SketchUp offers paid versions for different types of users. Photo: Release / SketchUp
SketchUp provides a library of projects where users can share created models, featuring a free repository with various 3D models to try out. The program offers four types of paid licenses: personal, elementary and high school, higher and vocational education. Each species includes plans with different cloud services and extra features, according to the user's level of experience.
pCon Planner is a full featured desktop program available in Portuguese. The interface displays environments that reproduce different project angles and perspectives, better highlighting the positioning and dimensions of each object.
Features are displayed on tabs and icons with brief instructions, making it easier for users to understand commands. However, the absence of tutorials ultimately requires more time for lay people to get used to the features.
PCon Planner lets you import models from other users Photo: Divulgao / pCon Planner
PCon Planner's building and decorating options are quite simple, and registered users take advantage of a library browsing service with hundreds of plants. The program allows you to import external images or even create your own furniture and decoration objects and can export them to the developers repository.
With desktop and browser versions, Planoplan is an intuitive, practical and versatile modeler. The organized interface displays resources in tabs and cones, and has a feature and item searcher. The program has a two-dimensional editor that helps plan environments and decorate spaces, and the 3D alternative as a rendering tool that shapes and finishes plants.
With a sophisticated rendering system, the program only allows video simulation and recording in its paid version. Photo: Reproduction / Daniel Ribeiro
The 3D option also triggers the simulation of Planoplan's three-dimensional visits, allowing you to photograph, film and interact with environments to enhance plant presentation and editing. The platform does not require much of the Internet connection or PC memory, but the very limited free version. Only Pro plan users can enable tours, simulation shooting mode, and costing features.
Produced by Brazilian developers, the Mooble modeling tool is easy and practical to use. The interface displays editing buttons and tabs for mounting the real estate plan, painting walls or choosing floors and decorating spaces with furniture.
Ideal for creating both 2D and 3D models, the platform offers features for calculating budgets, recording tour videos, taking photographs, saving to different file formats or sharing projects by messengers or social networks.
The platform environment allows you to easily switch between 2D and 3D, as well as navigate in simulated mode. Photo: Playback / Daniel Ribeiro
Mooble also provides a huge online repository of projects shared by other users, allowing you to view the plans as well as comment, import and even customize them. The Pro version of the tool allows you to simulate three-dimensional tours with virtual reality support, as well as enable project access notifications or create private access plans.