IDRA Software Review: Live Interior 3D

Edition, developed by 2011 Belight Software, Ltd, is now available from the Mac App Store and has made Apple’s Top 300 applications list. The app was last
The application developer’s description of the application is, “Live Interior 3D Standard is a powerful and intuitive home and interior design application that lets you build the house or office you’ve always wanted right on your Mac.

Released on January 31, 2011, Live Interior 3D and sells for $49.99 USD. The Professional Edition sells for $129.99 USD.  Both editions are perfect for professional designers and architects preparing a presentation for clients.

Below are notes courtesy of the staff at American Consumer News that you may find useful.

2D Floor Plans

The 2D drawing tools in Live Interior 3D are simple to use. Drafting out walls and adding annotations or measurements takes just a couple of clicks. So just map out a floor, export it to an image file, and send it to your architect or designer for review.

✔ 2,700+ Objects and Materials and Google 3D Warehouse

The program comes equipped with 1,200+ 3D objects, including name brand furniture, windows, doors, and much more. Not enough? Just click on the Google 3D Warehouse button to get access to an endless number of objects. Or import your own in Google SketchUp or 3DS format.

Over 1,500 textures gives complete control over the look of each piece of furniture and surface in your project. You can easily glue up new wallpaper, change the floor finish, tack up shingles, and change the upholstery of your favorite recliner.

Realistic 3D Environment

Working in 3D is absolutely no problem. In fact, all changes are made in real time. The 3D environment even contains accurate shadows created from lamps and fixtures. Use the Environment dialog to change the time of day and geographic location to get a precise idea of what the interior will look like at any given moment.

✔ Roofs, Dormers, and Multiple Stories

Putting a roof over your head is as simple as choosing one of 12 roof templates in the Live Interior 3D Roof Assistant. Then add custom segments, change the soffit type, adjust angles, add one of 16 dormer types, and try out one of 200 roofing materials to get the look you want. The Standard Edition of Live Interior 3D allows users to create up to two full stories with a loft (unlimited in Pro Edition).

Share Results

● Export 3D views to JPEG, TIFF, PNG, and BMP (up to 1024 x 768).

● Create a panorama view using QuickTime VR technology (up to 640 x 480).

● Create a video track and export to a QuickTime video file (up to 640 x 480).

Video Tutorials and In-Depth Manual

You won’t feel lost inside of Live Interior 3D thanks to the video tutorial course and the in-depth user manual. While both are available on, video tutorials can also be launched from inside of the program.

NOTE: Live Interior 3D Pro offers more features, including a light editor, wall designer, and the ability to export results in a higher resolution.


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