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HOME OUTSIDE® PALETTE: Landscape Design for Anyone, Anywhere

By Julie Moir Messervy Design Studio, Inc.

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HOME OUTSIDE® PALETTE: Landscape Design for Anyone, Anywhere
***As featured in The New York Times, Fox News, and USA Today
“Home Outside allows you to create intricate and varied landscapes….And when you’re finished designing your yard or indulging in a little dreamscaping, you can e-mail results to friend.” –Kate Murphy, The New York Times
“I can’t imagine a designer who wouldn’t want to have this on their phone or tablet. I’ve tried this app … it’s a great tool for a ‘quickie’ design that you can show clients … and then refine as you like.” –Jane Berger, Garden Design Online
Home Outside® Palette is a landscape design app with all the tools you need to mock up your property, create new designs, and share them with friends and family.
Ideal for homeowners who want to try out fresh ideas for their yard. Useful for landscape professionals to share designs with clients and contractors. Also perfect for children and adults alike to exercise their imagination and creativity!
Use Home Outside Palette to select and place beautiful hand-drawn elements including trees, gardens, pools, patios, hammocks, driveways, houses and sheds, solar panels, and anything you might want for your property.
Helpful features include:
• Resize, Rotate, Undo/Redo, Duplicate, Flip, Group
• Choose from 15 different colored backgrounds
• Import an image as a background to your design
• Create different layers for your design. Reorder, lock, and make layers visible or invisible.
• Share designs on social media
• Friends can edit one another’s designs and email them back and forth

What's New in Version 3.1.5

This update fixes a bug that affected users who paid $14.99 to unlock all in-app purchases. Those users can now access all of the in-app purchase tools and palettes. We apologize for the inconvenience.
We have improved the rotation function so that elements stick slightly every 90 degrees, making them easier to level. We’ve added a grid of guidelines that can be turned on/off, so users can line up elements accurately. It is now possible to lock your layers to prevent inadvertently selecting elements. The palette menu is condensed to make it easier to find the element you’re seeking. Enjoy a number of new free elements as well: lighting, fences, walls, and more. We replaced the Specialty Elements & Tools in-app purchase bundle with the Palette Plus Tools bundle ($9.99). The Holiday palette is now free.
Palette Plus Tools ($9.99) includes:
•Sketch Tool (allows users to draw garden beds and other free-form shapes with an eraser and brushes of different colors, widths and opacity)
•Map Tool (This highly accurate mapping tool based on Google Maps allows you to drop pins at the corners of your property and import the map image with measurements into the app as a background.)
•Snap to grid (elements snap to guidelines, can be turned on/off in Settings)
•Rulers (visible at edges of design; can be turned on or off; user selects feet or meters)
•North arrow (appears with Map Tool)
•Notes (allows users to tag elements in their designs with typed comments or descriptions)
•Animated Figures (a palette of animated elements—a person, dog, cat, bird, and car—that move through your design)

Events Palettes ($2.99) includes three new palettes—Event, Wedding, and Party—with 50 functional, beautiful, and fun elements for planning your special event (indoors or out). Also included is a Counting Tool to help you keep track of the number of seats you’ve placed for your guests. From the tents and tables to the chafing dishes and disco ball, these brand-new palettes let you plan the perfect celebration.

Plants Palettes ($2.99) includes four specialty plant palettes: Shrub, Perennial, Grass, and Container.

Unlock all in-app purchases for $14.99.


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Customer Reviews

great customer service - beautiful graphics

To those who have been frustrated by the glitches in this app, please have perseverance. As a friend to the very small studio that created this app, I happen to know that the developers are working furiously to reconcile problems and are responsive to calls and concerns. This has been a very complicated release with a lot of detailed facets, and trust me, they KNOW that some things have gone wrong.

BUT they have been very receptive to feedback and are taking constructive criticism with humility and resolve. So rather than giving the app a negative review, give it a second chance. Please send your concerns directly to them so that they can catalog and fix any other problems. Glitches aside, this is a fantastic product that is very easy to use. Even non-designers can create their own landscape plans very easily. The finished designs look clean and artsy, with great coordinated colors and recognizable site elements. No one else is doing this in quite the same way, with the same style. So if you have a problem call or write the company. They want to give users the best possible app experience. It's good for you. It's good for them. It;s also good for the world of design.

I'm in

For all the naysayers, look at your alternatives. What other 2 D apps are there for home landscape that don't cost a ton? Really these folks need to keep improving and working on this because it has potential. And for 3 whole dollars I can pretty much design all I want. I'm a software person and I understand how much work it takes to get something like this up and running. I'm honestly surprised this niche of apps is not more saturated with 2D design tools because they are very useful.

Useless Without Purchases In App

(Can Friends of App Developers Write A Non-biased Review With 5 Stars As In The 1st REVIEW?)


Overall, I couldn't tell you how the App actually performs because you are required to purchase plants, line drawing abilities, etc. The bare bones basic tools aren't even available. The App allows you to practice placing hard scape objects, rotate them, and change background colors. Other than that, you must purchase. Not a free design App at all. Typical bait, switch and empty promise of another so called "free" App. It's free to download, but certainly not "free" if your ultimate goal is one of doing a landscape design.

HOME OUTSIDE® PALETTE: Landscape Design for Anyone, Anywhere
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • Free
  • Category: Lifestyle
  • Updated:
  • Version: 3.1.5
  • Size: 81.3 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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Top In-App Purchases

  1. Specialty Elements & Tools$9.99
  2. Plants Palettes$2.99
  3. Unlock all in-app purchases$14.99
  4. Unlock Premium Tools$9.99
  5. Holiday Palette$0.99
  6. Events Palette Bundle$2.99