View Full Version : 3D Architectual Rendering

February 24th, 2009, 11:41 PM
Hello. I'm looking for a Linux based 3D Architectual Rendering program. Something similar to CAD, but for someone who doesn't know how to use CAD. I'm using something called Plan3D now, but it won't work through Linux with the hardware I have. I've heard of another one called Chief Architect. It's supposed to be similar. I don't know anything about CAD, but love to mess around with this kind of thing. In fact, this program is one of two reasons I have to dual boot. Finding an alternative would be great!!!

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February 25th, 2009, 08:24 AM
There is no ( open source ) 3d cad program at the moment for Linux. But if you want to do only rendering, you could use a modeler, like Blender. There is a book called something like "Blender for architects", which explains how to use Blender for architectural rendering.

February 25th, 2009, 06:20 PM
I've tried Blender before for fun. I'm sure it's good software, but I'm really a novice with this stuff so I need something a little more user friendly. That's why I haven't pursued any of the CAD programs. Does anyone else know of a little jewel that would work for these purposes?

Roger Mudd
February 25th, 2009, 09:39 PM
Perhaps Google Sketchup under Wine?

February 25th, 2009, 10:19 PM
I've read a little about this. Have you used it? Is it easy to use? have you done any work on building interiors with it? Lastly, have you used this through WINE? I've heard that it "can't" be done or it is a bear. What's your take on this?