Autodesk Dragonfly – home design web app

I am thinking about replacing some really old furniture items in my room. Naturally my thoughts turned to tech and plotting all of it in excruciating details. I had Dragonfly bookmarked since post on it at Digital Inspiration.

Dragonfly is web app that allows to draw home plans, fill it with furniture and view results in 3d.

What it does

App works completely in browser, with large editor area and building blocks in sidebar. You start with drawing walls (freeform or by resizing basic shapes) and then fill them with textures and furniture models.


At any point you can switch to from 2d editor mode to 3d view mode.

To save your plans and access sharing options you are required to sign up for free account.

Strong features

Covers most (if not all) house areas plus some landscaping options on top.

Models in both modes can be printed or exported to JPEG image or DWG drawing.


Available furniture is generic (except one real brand) and dimensions are fixed. There is special category of resizable items, but they look schematic and even their dimensions have minimum and maximum limits.

3d mode is more of emulation, than real deal. You can only rotate projection to specific angles and furniture is not rotated but re-drawn for each angle separately.

App requires Flash and does not feel like it makes good use of tech. Experience is very sluggish and at many occasions it didn’t do what I wanted… And then popped changes few seconds later when I already moved on.


Perfect to draw some walls, less than that for furnishing. You can put together some pretty pictures with this one, but they will not match with real world well.

Link http://dragonfly.labs.autodesk.com/

PS Autodesk consent for linking – seriously? :)

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  • The DataRat #

    . "Must not present disparaging, misleading, or false information about Autodesk's content, services, or products" . Were your comments about "very sluggish", "not match with real world", etc. in the prohibited "disparaging" category of the Consent for Linking ? And how does Autodesk figure anyone needs their consent to link to one of the Web pages ? They own the Net ? . The DataRat .
  • Web Design Preston #

    Interesting but more is funny is the link to Autodesk consent for linking I wonder if you have just broken the concent. # Must not “deep link” to Autodesk’s content, information, products, or services. I can see a email coming soon! ;)
  • Rarst #

    @DataRat Such a thoughtful document, right? :) What would poor bloggers do without consent for linking graciously given. @Web Design Preston I was wondering if anyone will catch that extra bit. Adds to the irony, doesn't it? :)
  • Web Design Preston #

    @ Rarst You'll have to keep us posted on what happens, I dont honestly see how they can monitor or police it.
  • Rarst #

    @Web Design Preston I doubt anything will. I looked around and I am hardly first one to make fun of that policy. If something does - well that's my bad luck then. :)