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Sweet Home 3D 3.7

Sweet Home 3D 3.7 was released on October 25, 2012 with a few enhancements and bug fixes described in version history.

Importing 3D models files containing non ASCII letters

This new version fixes an annoying bug that could prevent from opening a SH3D file, after a user imported in it a 3D model file containing accentuated or non latin letters. I found a way to recover by program the buggy files that a few users sent me, but preferred to publish quickly a new version with the bug fix to ensure you won't get the same issue in your work.

Groups displayed as tree nodes in the furniture list

The furniture groups are now displayed in the furniture list as tree nodes that you can expand or collapse to be able to read the list of the pieces and subgroups they contain. The sublist of each expanded group or subgroup is sorted locally according to the column sort order you selected.

[Update: This feature miserably produces a regression under Linux (and only under that system) that prevents to move furniture in the plan. Thus, if you use groups under Linux, you should rather stay with the version 3.6 at this time or read bug report #347 for other solutions]

Antialiasing in the 3D view

Depending on whether your video card and its driver support it or not, the 3D view will now be displayed with antialiasing to get some smoother effect.
To help you see the difference, here are two screen captures of the same 3D view made with version 3.6 (without antialiasing) and version 3.7 (with antialiasing).

See how cabinet handles and straight lines look nicer!

Textures Library Editor

If you need to import many texture images for your designs, you'll enjoy the new Textures Library Editor (670 kB). Similarly to the Furniture Library Editor (5 MB) which is able to handle SH3F files, this small tool will help you to create and manage SH3T files, that you can import with the Furniture > Import textures library... menu item of Sweet Home 3D afterwards.
See this page for more information about this tool (and this one about the Furniture Library Editor).

Windows 8 and Mac OS X support

I tried Sweet Home 3D under Windows 8 public beta and it worked without any problem.

Miserably, running Sweet Home 3D under Mac OS X Lion (10.7) and Mountain Lion (10.8) is an other story depending on the version you use: Apple decided without previous notice to drop support for Java SE 6 in applets and Java Web Start from the Java update for OS X 2012-006 they released on October 16th, 2012. This implies that Sweet Home 3D Online and Java Web Start version can't work anymore under those systems, once you ran this update. Installing Oracle Java SE 7 on your computer won't change anything, because the Java 3D library used by Sweet Home 3D isn't compatible with Java 7 under Mac OS X yet.

[Update: Apple finally published a document explaining how to re-enable Java SE 6 plug-in and Web Start after installing Java update for OS X 2012-006. Not really user's friendly since it requires to type commands in Terminal, but at least it's a workable solution]

Bien programmer en Java 7

To end on a positive note, I'm proud to announce the publication of the 4th edition of my French book about Java. It's now called Bien programmer en Java 7 and is published by Editions Eyrolles. I sincerely hope you'll enjoy its reading.

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Avatar: Anonymous

Re: Sweet Home 3D 3.7

Thanks a lot for your work. I wish your program the best.

Avatar: Anonymous

Re: Sweet Home 3D 3.7

 Great work on a great app. On OS X 10.8, I have to run the following from the Terminal to correct a library issue that causes Sweet Home 3D to hang. This was true for at least version 3.6 also:

install_name_tool -change /System/Library/Frameworks/JavaVM.framework/Libraries/libjawt.dylib /Library/Java/JavaVirtualMachines/1.6.0_31-b04-415.jdk/Contents/Libraries/libjawt.dylib '/Applications/Sweet Home'


Windows 8

I wonder if SweetHome would work on tablets with Windows 8. 

Avatar: Emmanuel Puybaret

Windows 8

If it comes with an Intel compatible processor, it should be ok.

Antialiasing is great

3D view with antialiasing is much better. Probabaly because of this my comp's fan is so busy. Worth it! 

Re: Sweet Home 3D 3.7

Félicitation pour ton fantastique travail et bonne continuation :)

Re: Sweet Home 3D 3.7

Thanks a lot for your work. When can I draw my house roof ?

Avatar: Emmanuel Puybaret

Re: Sweet Home 3D 3.7

 Please read the FAQ How can I create a roof on top of a house?

Re: Sweet Home 3D 3.7

I find your program uncomplicated, user friendly, easy to use and able to provide great results for communicating designs well


Avatar: Anonymous

Re: Sweet Home 3D 3.7

This is the 2nd time I have used Sweet Home 3D. Love it! What needs to be done in order to get the antialiasing?
Avatar: Emmanuel Puybaret

Re: Sweet Home 3D 3.7

You have nothing to do, but if your graphics card doesn't support it or doesn't understand the request to use antialiasing, it won't work.

Re: Sweet Home 3D 3.7

Thank you guys! You are making a great thing!

Avatar: Alec

Re: Sweet Home 3D 3.7

 Thank you so much! Programm is awesome!

Thank you so much!

 Hello there! Thank you so much for an awsome app/software! I'm running it using my MacBook Pro's Snow Leopard and so far it's perfect! Just one stupid question from a 3D newbie a.k.a me...I have a 3D model with textures included in a different folder. How can I import it? Everytime I import the model to library, it goes grey (without the textures). Thank you.

Avatar: Chris

Re: Sweet Home 3D 3.7

Thank you so much for making this awsome software guys! Keep up the good work.

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