With template-based CAD software like MoistureShield’s DeckLife, the user starts with a basic rectangular deck.
The USP version of DIYonline’s template-based software features enhanced structural-connector guidance.
The renderings from a program like Realtime Landscaping Architect offer more detail than those done with a freeware program.
Big Hammer's freeware has different tabs for viewing specific deck details, such as post locations and joist layout.
The Home Depot version of Big Hammer software can produce a bill of materials based on pricing at a local store.
The Home Depot version of Big Hammer’s Deck Designer will generate a materials list with store-specific SKU numbers and pricing.