Sweet Home 3D 7.0 Adds Yafaray Rendering Engine, Light Source in Any Shape

Draw in 2D, view your home in 3D. The free interior design application Sweet Home 3D now is at version 7.0.

The new release of this Java application features Yafaray rendering engine, which was introduced as a plugin 2 years and a half ago. Yafaray runs 2 to 3 times faster than the SunFlow renderer while giving very similar results.

User may select the new rendering engine, in ‘create photo’ and ‘create video’ dialog, while using the best quality.

Select YafaRay rendering engine

Light sources in a rendered scene were always a sphere. Now, a light source can have any shape thanks to a new parameter which can be added in the PluginFurnitureCatalog.properties description file of SH3F furniture libraries.

Sweet Home 3D 7.0 also introduced a new magnet button in the tool bar, with ability to activate and deactivate magnetism.

Magnet button to toggle magnetism

Also, it’s possible to enter the diagonal value for the current point in the room creation tool tip to be able to draw rooms by triangulation.

Other changes in Sweet Home 3D 7.0 include:

  • Group level operation options in “Level” sub-menu of Plan menu.
  • Add Inch/Fraction and Foot/Decimals units to preferences pane.
  • Add “Hide model edges” check-box in Furniture import wizard
  • Select a material directly in the 3D preview in Material modification dialog box
  • Add “Ceiling always flat” check box to the room modification dialog box

Get Sweet Home 3D

The application offers official installer for macOS, Windows, and Linux, available to download at the link below:

Modern PC and laptop now are usually 64-bit (check in your system about page). For Linux, just extract the package and run the executable file in terminal will launch the program.

For choice, most Linux user can install the app via Flatpak package. Just follow the setup guide, and run the bottom command in that page will install it into system.

Merilyn Ne
Hi, I'm Merilyn Ne, a computer geek working on Ubuntu Linux for many years and would like to write useful tips for beginners. Forgive me for language mistakes. I'm not a native speaker of English.