The latest Sweet Home 3D 4.4 was released on June 12, 2014 with many improvements and bug fixes. This quick tip will show you how to install it in Ubuntu 14.04 while Software Center has version 4.3.
First for detailed changes in Sweet Home 3D 4.4 read the release note.
1. The website provides Sweet Home 3D package for Linux bundled with Oracle Java JRE 1.6, download it from the link below:
[ac-button size=”large” color=”blue” url=”http://sourceforge.net/projects/sweethome3d/files/SweetHome3D/SweetHome3D-4.4/SweetHome3D-4.4-linux-x86.tgz/download” target=”_blank”]SweetHome3D-4.4 32-bit[/ac-button] [ac-button size=”large” color=”blue” url=”http://sourceforge.net/projects/sweethome3d/files/SweetHome3D/SweetHome3D-4.4/SweetHome3D-4.4-linux-x64.tgz/download” target=”_blank”]SweetHome3D-4.4 64-bit[/ac-button]
32-bit or 64-bit? Check it out by going to System Settings -> Details. Check out if there’s a new release at here.
2. Press Ctrl+Alt+T to open the terminal. When it opens, paste the below command and hit enter to extract the package to /opt/:
cd /opt/ && sudo tar -zxvf ~/Downloads/SweetHome3D-4.4-linux-*.tgz
In the command, you may replace SweetHome3D-4.4-linux-*.tgz with the exact package name.
3. Now you’re able to launch SweetHome3D via:
If everything goes OK. Let’s create a launcher for it so that you can start it from Unity Dash or Launcher.
In a terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T), run command:
sudo gedit /usr/share/applications/sweethome3d-4.4.desktop
It will create a config file and open it with Gedit text editor.
Paste below content into the file and save it.
[Desktop Entry] Version=1.0 Name=Sweet Home 3D 4.4 GenericName=Interior 2D design application with 3D preview GenericName[de]=Innenraumplaner Comment=Interior design Java application for quickly choosing and placing furniture on a house 2D plan drawn by the end-user with a 3D preview Exec=/opt/SweetHome3D-4.4/SweetHome3D Icon=sweethome3d StartupNotify=true StartupWMClass=com-eteks-sweethome3d-SweetHome3D Terminal=false Type=Application Categories=Graphics;2DGraphics;3DGraphics; Keywords=interior;design;2D;3D;home;house;furniture;java;
You may grab a logo icon from web. Name it sweethome3d.png and put it under /usr/share/icons/.
Once done, you’re able to open Sweet Home 3D 4.4 from Unity Dash result.