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1. Better Homes and Gardens Home
$49.79
2. Better Homes and Gardens Interior
$422.97
3. Better Homes and Gardens Home
$54.99
4. Better Homes and Gardens Landscaping
$119.99
5. Better Homes and Gardens Home
$47.99
6. Better Homes and Gardens Home
$19.99
7. Better Homes and Gardens Picture
$19.99
8. Your Complete Landscape and Garden
$199.99
9. Punch! Home Design Architectural
$19.99
10. Picture Painter
$99.95
11. Microsoft Works Suite 2006
$119.96
12. Home Design Architect Series 3000
$80.99
13. 3D Home Architect Home & Landscape
14. Punch! Home Design Architectural
$124.99
15. Punch! Home Design Studio (Mac)
$87.99
16. Punch! Professional Home Design
17. Better Homes and Gardens Home
$19.95
18. My Fantasy Wedding
19. 3-D Home Architect 5 (Jewel Case)
20. Cadpro Platinum Bundle

1. Better Homes and Gardens Home Designer Suite 7.0
by Chief Architect
CD-ROM (01 September, 2006)
list price: $99.99 -- our price: $79.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B000HGFALG
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Editorial Review

Better Homes and Gardens Home Designer Suite 7.0 is software developed by Chief Architect for home enthusiast remodeling and home design projects. This software helps you design the home of your dreams with 3D models, virtual tours, even more library items, easy to use building templates, a new Plant Encyclopedia and landscaping features with over 1,000 plant terrain and outdoor items. Combining the leading-edge home design software with the consumer design editorial expertise of Better Homes and Gardens, Home Designer Suite 7.0 is the best software tool you will find anywhere for home and remodeling design.Read more

Features

  • CD-ROM
  • Expert design tips from the editors of Better Homes and Gardens magazines
  • Create a virtual look and feel of the design with actual colors, wallpaper, flooring, furniture, windows and window treatments
  • Easily design kitchens and baths with plans and 3D layouts
  • Choose from a library of over 6,000 items for your designs
  • Automatically validates the design against standard building principles

Reviews (1)

5-0 out of 5 stars Stunning!
Wow, this software is unbelievable! You can completely remodel a room with just a few click of a mouse. It is affordable especially when you consider the paycheck of an interior architect and the suggestions are excellent. It is easier to do and decide everything while sitting at your computer instead of feeling frustrated during the process. It is quite difficult to come up with exactly your dream house but this software makes it possible quickly and easily. Highly recommended. ... Read more


2. Better Homes and Gardens Interior Designer
by Chief Architect
CD-ROM (31 August, 2005)
list price: $59.99 -- our price: $49.79
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Asin: B000AA879Q
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Editorial Review

Interior Designer is loaded with tools for decorating, remodeling, interior design, kitchens & baths, space planning and more. You can quickly place and arrange walls, windows, doors, cabinets, choose colors, place furniture, create kitchens and baths. The exclusive Design Planning Center offers expert "how-to" Design Advice. Change colors and textures for walls, floors, countertops, and more with Material Painter. Point-and-click to choose from thousands of colors and textures or create your own with Color Chooser. Design and visualize your home with 3D Models and Virtual Tours.Read more

Features

  • CD-ROM
  • Powerful, easy-to-use interior home design software
  • Includes interior design, remodeling, decorating, and floor/space planning
  • Quickly place and arrange walls, windows, doors, and cabinets
  • Choose colors, place furniture, and create kitchens and baths
  • Design and visualize with realistic 3D models and virtual tours

Reviews (6)

3-0 out of 5 stars Easy to use-But very limited
I bought this and the Punch interiors software. This software is easy to use compared to Punch, but I suspect thats partly because H&G is very limited in options. For instance in Punch you can design your doors exactly as they are. In H&G you choose a style and have a few options. Punch also has a large library of trees, shrubs and plants to use to landscape your design. H&G only has potted plants. With H&G there are few backgrounds to use, and most look like they were taken from the west coast; mountains, sand dunes and million dollar homes on the beach. Nothing for the average person living in a suburb. Punch allows you to import your own digital photos as background, or just use their sky background. Either works well. I imported several panoramic photos of my backyard and side, and you can then put them at any angle to completely surround your design. BUT, you better read the manual (342 pages), it's not an intuitve program, H&G is. With H&G you can basically start after just a little homework. H&G; easier to use with less options. Punch; harder to learn but more flexibility.

3-0 out of 5 stars Limited
As another reviewer said, the furniture selections are very limited and fairly lame in appearance. That includes lamps, rugs, accessories etc, too. You will not be able to duplicate a space that you see in the design magazines, but you will be able to get a general idea of what your space will look like in terms of color combinations and furniture arrangement.The object selections are just not comprehensive enough. The software is fairly stable, but slow ( I am using a 1.7ghz computer with almost 1 gb of memory). The camera controls are awkward, but usable. For painting, there are many colors to choose from and its easy to show different combinations. Floor plan layout is good. I did not need to get precise, so I do not know how it would hold up in a more serious application.
4-0 out of 5 stars Good software and fun, too
I have not spent tons of time working with the program yet, but have done enough to know that the learning curve is reasonable if you are somewhat publishing program literate. It has lots of potential for aiding in visualizing what your project will look like finished. If you are willing to invest some time to learn the program features, it performs as promised. ... Read more


3. Better Homes and Gardens Home Designer Pro 7.0
by Chief Architect
CD-ROM (15 January, 2006)
list price: $495.00 -- our price: $422.97
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B000BI7V0I
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Editorial Review

Better Homes and Gardens Home Designer Pro 7.0 features everything you need, including advanced Computer Aided Design (CAD) design tools and advanced 3D camera tools, to design the home of your dreams. Developed by Chief Architect, this new product includes exclusive design advice by the experts at Better Homes and Gardens magazines, and is the ideal software solution for anyone who wants to build their new home from scratch, Read more

Features

  • Quickly create accurately scaled floor plans in minutes that automatically generate 3D models
  • Use advanced 3D camera tools: Glass House™, Doll House™, Framing, Cross-Sections, and Virtual Tours
  • Includes the exclusive Design Planning Center from the editors of Better Homes and GardensĀ® magazines – for expert design guidelines, tips, and advice
  • Create the virtual look and feel for your design before it is built with actual colors, cabinets, flooring, furniture, doors, windows, landscaping, and more
  • Includes over 1,500 Free Sample Plans

Reviews (8)

5-0 out of 5 stars More than I expected
Home Designer Pro 7.0 has a fairly steep learning curve, but is very easy to use afterwards.The reason for the learning curve is the fact that building design is not simple - to get meaningful results, you need to know a lot of specifics.If you get frustrated with any aspect of this program, watch the tutorial for that task!There are many short tutorials rather than a few long ones, so you can target your problem area very quickly.The manual contains the same information as the tutorials.Everything is high quality, except some pops and static in the tutorial soundtrack.And not only can you get detailed building plans (layouts) from this software, you have complete control of the plans' content.I started with an architect who came highly recommended, but realized that I wanted the type of control that this software provides - I saved money, too.Check your local building codes - they may be different from the defaults.

5-0 out of 5 stars So far, does all I need
Upgraded from the non-Pro version.Pro expands on a huge amount of functionality and makes many of the tasks that you could do with the earlier version much simpler.Roof's (my nemesis in the $100 version) are manageable.Dormers are easy.Centering a door on a window on the opposite wall is automated.Defining half-height wainscotting is now do-able.Haven't tried the CAD functions and I'm hoping I won't have to, because it looks like Pro doesn't have much beyond simple shapes, plus being able to read CAD designs from the $1300 version.
4-0 out of 5 stars Does Everything You Want
This program does everthing you could want. You will have to do a LOT of reading to do what you want (IT CAN BE DONE)You can develop blueprints with this program, if you know exactly the products that you will be using in your construction. You have to know alot to show alot. ... Read more


4. Better Homes and Gardens Landscaping and Deck Designer
by Chief Architect
CD-ROM (31 March, 2005)
list price: $59.99 -- our price: $54.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0007Z72OK
Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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Editorial Review

Your yard has always been good to you, giving you space to play with your kids, barbecue, and even sun-bathe on those lazy summer days. But now you're ready to bring some creative elegance and flair to your outdoor living. And you don't want to spend a mint just to have a landscape designer or consultant tell you what you want. If you know what you want, but you just need a little help turning that vision into reality, the Better Homes and Gardens Landscaping and Deck Designer software package is just for you.Read more

Features

  • CD-ROM
  • Powerful, fun and easy outdoor home design software
  • Includes landscaping and decking tools
  • Exclusive plant encyclopedia from Better Homes and Gardens editors, over 1,000 plants and design inspiration gallery
  • System Requirements: Windows 98 or greater, 600 MB of disk space, 64 MB of memory, CD-ROM
  • 10-1/4Hx12Wx2-4/5L"; 2 lb.

Reviews (24)

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent software
The engine behind this program is from Chief Architect, who, from what I understand, are developers of professional CAD software. It shows in this program.
1-0 out of 5 stars terrible software
This is the worst software I have ever worked with, everything is difficult and some things are impossible to create.

3-0 out of 5 stars Pros & Cons of BHG Landscape & Deck Designer
All in all This program appears to be the best of what is available for landscaping and deck design.I found it easy to learn and implement except for some roof and elevation problems (which were unable to be resolved adequately).For Californians and many western region locales without gable or hip roofs it can be difficult to design your exact building, but this is the landscape and deck portion and not the entire building program.It does allow you to quickly design most landscape and deck designs possible and the 3D is drawn quickly and the detail is excellent.Trees and plants for many California locales are lacking, but it is possible to use a variety of trees/plants that will give you a good idea of what you are after.I found minor imperfections that were difficult to overcome in elevations but compared to what is available without learning a CAD program this is a bargain for the money paid. ... Read more


5. Better Homes and Gardens Home Designer Deluxe
by Chief Architect
CD-ROM (10 June, 2005)
list price: $149.99 -- our price: $119.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0009R5E50
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Editorial Review

Better Homes and Gardens Home Designer Deluxe is the premium all-in-one Home Design software developed by Chief Architect. Based on the top-rated Better Homes and Gardens Home Designer, this software provides feature-rich tools for design projects that include remodeling, Read more

Features

  • CD-ROM
  • All-in-one design solution based on the top-rated Better Homes and Gardens Home Designer; for interior, exterior and landscape design projects
  • Choose from over 1,500 sample floor plans; design and visualize with 3D Models and Virtual Tours
  • Features powerful building tools like automatic roof generation, dormers, stairs, framing, foundations, and Plan Check; import photos for realistic background views
  • Deck Designer lets you design single or multi-level decks; deck foundations automatically generate to match sloped lots
  • Choose from over 1,200 plants with the Plant Chooser; use Sprinkler Designer to lay out sprinkler zones quickly and easily

Reviews (14)

5-0 out of 5 stars Intuitive commands for basic operations
HD Deluxe uses the same commands for all basic functions as its expensive big brother, Chief Architect.Drawing walls, inserting doors and windows, moving things and adjusting dimensions are all very easy and intuitive.Armed with all the necessary dimensions, virtually anyone can build an unfurnished house in a matter of an hour or two.I had no problem accurately reproducing my existing house the same day I installed the software (without cabinets, wallpaper, and floor covering, etc but which this package can do very well).Then came the fun part -- I was able to investigate multiple remodeling options by moving walls, extending the slab foundation, and adding a second floor to the existing garage -- all in just a matter of minutes.The auto-roof feature adapted to every change and showed me immediately what each idea would look like.This package is wonderful!For the average homeowner, HDD will do everything you need to draw almost any type of home.
4-0 out of 5 stars Great Mid-Level Design Software
A good product for the price.It has trouble with complicated roofs and a few other things, but is easy to use and quite powerful and fun to use.I've spent many hours designing, doing walk-throughs and making adjustments.Sometimes things that look good on the at the blueprint level don't work as well when you get down at eye level to review the layout.If I was planning to skip hiring an architect alltogether, I'd probably go with the next level up in this software, but this level is great for playing 'what it' and as a tool to comunicate with your architect or builder - a little over a hundered dollars for software that could save you thousands in builder change orders.

3-0 out of 5 stars Designer Deluxe
I was expecting the same program with maybe a few updates and tons of new furniture items.What I got was a program with very few updates, some changes that made things harder such as importing textures and tons of new plants.I was not very impressed for the difference in price from Home Designer 6. ... Read more


6. Better Homes and Gardens Home Designer 7.0
by Chief Architect
CD-ROM (01 September, 2006)
list price: $59.99 -- our price: $47.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B000HGHDJI
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Editorial Review

Better Homes and Gardens Home Designer 7.0 was designed for better home enthusiast remodeling and home design projects. It's got more design tools than ever; with it, you can create your dream home with feature-rich tools for home design, remodeling, interior design, decks and landscaping.Read more

Features

  • CD-ROM
  • Expert design tips from the editors of Better Homes and Gardens magazines
  • Design and visualize your kitchen, baths or any other room in 3D
  • Generate an Automatic Material List for project cost estimating
  • Automatic Roofs such as gable, hip, shed, dormers, and more
  • No design experience needed


7. Better Homes and Gardens Picture Painter
by Chief Architect
CD-ROM (01 March, 2006)
list price: $19.99 -- our price: $19.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B000F48ZLC
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Editorial Review

What if you could see what your home projects will look like before you even buy your first can of paint? With Better Homes and Gardens Picture Painter software you can see in an Read more

Features

  • Fun and easy home-painting software; no design experience needed
  • Visualize new colors, textures, and materials before repainting or remodeling
  • Choose brands like Benjamin Moore, Sherwin-Williams, and Cultured Stone
  • Simply take a picture and point-and-click to make changes
  • Built-in photo editing tools; built-in library of 4,000+ materials and colors

Reviews (1)

5-0 out of 5 stars Powerful -- not just a Paint program
When I first saw this product I thought it was a more-or-less simple paint program.Not so.There are several features and tools which make this program quite powerful.
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8. Your Complete Landscape and Garden Designer (DVD-Rom)
by ValuSoft
DVD-ROM (15 March, 2005)
list price: $19.99 -- our price: $19.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0007U9BTE
Sales Rank: 2259
Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • CD-ROM
  • Get inspired by professionally designed gardens -- Choose from seasonal gardens or beautiful Feng Shui, rose, herb, perennial, Japanese, water gardens & more
  • Photo Garden Designer imports a picture of your home and design a landscape around it
  • Garden Encyclopedia is a comprehensive gardening reference for selecting and caring for your plants
  • Ortho Problem Solver defends your beautiful garden from weeds, fungus, bugs, or other pests
  • Helpful Landscape Design Guide helps create & maintain the garden you've always wanted

Reviews (9)

4-0 out of 5 stars Planning your garden
The software was easy and fast to load, and I've enjoyed using the program.I found the garden encyclopedia to be thorough.I would have liked the visual to be a bit larger, but other than that this package worked great for our front and back yard landscape plans, and also for our deck!

1-0 out of 5 stars Waste of Money
Software won't install, Tech Support sent an email stating to wash the CD with warm water and let it air dry. This was new software opened for the first time - should have been clean, but I washed it anyway --- Still Wouldn't Install. Tech Support sugested several other fixes by email --- all seemed very technical to me --- I wanted to use the program I bought, not work on it. Save your money, find another program that works right out of the box.

1-0 out of 5 stars Awful Excuse for Software
This software was uninstallable.They won't replace the DVD or refund the cost.Their support is extremely poor. ... Read more


9. Punch! Home Design Architectural Series 4000 v10
by Punch! Software
CD-ROM (21 February, 2006)
list price: $199.99 -- our price: $199.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B000E65HKI
Sales Rank: 1008
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Includes fully integrated landscape software, Master Landscape Pro
  • Architectural design software for home remodeling projects
  • Built-in video tutorials; roofing wizard; deck wizard and deck templates
  • Drag-and-drop over 30,000 design combinations with just a click
  • Extensive framing, estimating, mechanical design, and CAD functions

Reviews (4)

5-0 out of 5 stars Extremely powerful and fast but bring a bit of experience
If you are even remotely familiar with home design or CAD software then this is your product assuming you can't deal with the price or steep learning curve of Chief Architect Base v10 (~$1300).Chief Architect (CA) is the Holy Grail of powerful yet intuitive home design software but it's not cheap and it's not for beginners; it is really aimed at pro's not home enthusiasts.Most home enthusiasts would be far better off with Punch! AS4000.But if you have a brain, some patience, and like a challenge and want the best, go with CA.
3-0 out of 5 stars Early Days - At least a three but much learning to be completed
This software arrived promptly, it is definitely an improvement on the previous PUNCH software. It is easier to square rooms and make walls etc exact distances. It does take patience and determination to fully learn how to use it, I am about 50% of the way there after a month. The video demonstrations are very good I would ask for the number of these to be increased to cover all the common tricky tasks. One or two 3D errors that I am working out how to correct and may be my lack of knowledge rather then the package. Will report back in a number of months.

5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing and easy to use
I bought this product because I had tried with great success another Punch product. It was so easy to use and load onto my computer. It was a great value to be able to have one product that allows me to redesign anything from interior floors and walls, to my deck and plants outside. ... Read more


10. Picture Painter
by Chief Architect
CD-ROM (10 June, 2005)
list price: $19.99 -- our price: $19.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0009T2SDE
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Editorial Review

What if you could see what your home projects will look like before you even buy your first can of paint? With Better Homes and Gardens Picture Painter software you can see in an Read more

Features

  • CD-ROM
  • No Design Experience Needed
  • Simply take a picture and start changing colors, textures, and more
  • Point-and-Click to change colors
  • Select from name brands like Benjamin Moore and Cultured Stone
  • Change cabinets, countertops, flooring and more

Reviews (1)

4-0 out of 5 stars nice product but not 5 star
This is a very nice product.Chosing what you want to paint or change is very simple.It installed easily and is quite simple to learn.
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11. Microsoft Works Suite 2006
by Microsoft Software
CD-ROM (17 October, 2005)
list price: $99.95 -- our price: $99.95
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B000B5RYPS
Sales Rank: 1097
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12. Home Design Architect Series 3000 V10.0
by Punch! Software
CD-ROM (14 November, 2005)
list price: $149.95 -- our price: $119.96
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B000BP8ALK
Sales Rank: 863
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Versatile, easy-to-use home and landscape design software suite
  • Extensive framing and estimating, mechanical design, and CAD functions
  • Built-in video tutorials and simple drag-and-drop functions for beginners
  • 75+ new enhancements and features; single interface; powerful tools
  • Show off creation with recordable Hollywood-style fly-through video

Reviews (1)

4-0 out of 5 stars Decent but not quite as advertized.
I first tried the punch platinum hiome design 8.0 and was able with great difficulty to draw a set of prints that we built a home from.
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13. 3D Home Architect Home & Landscape Design Suite Version 8
by Encore Software
CD-ROM (04 April, 2006)
list price: $89.99 -- our price: $80.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B000EQXY1C
Sales Rank: 749
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • CD-ROM
  • Powerful and easy-to-use home and landscape design software
  • Browse 1500 home plans and 7500-plant encyclopedia for inspiration
  • Create ready-to-build blueprint-style plans for home and landscape
  • Add sound effects and voice-overs to virtually animated tours
  • View project in realistic 3-D; convenient wizards and tutorials

Reviews (2)

4-0 out of 5 stars One of the better home architect programs
This is Encore's re-issue of Broderbund's 3D Home Architect Design Suite Deluxe 6 which still sells for the same price if you use Encore's mail-in rebate.
2-0 out of 5 stars Developer take note: can't produce real blueprints!
I have long been a fan of 3D Home Architect and have used my old version to design a dozen units of housing, usually on my own but with a professional architect's assistance on a few.
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14. Punch! Home Design Architectural Series 18
by Punch! Software
CD-ROM (25 October, 2002)
list price: $129.99
Asin: B00006SIJQ
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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Editorial Review

From layout to landscaping, Home Design Architectural Series 18 from Punch! Software delivers a complete home-design solution. Flexible and easy to use, this software integrates 18 programs and adds more than 60 new features and enhancements. Explore easy-to-use wall tools, robust text and dimension tools, additional 2-D geometric creation tools, photo-realistic lighting, enhanced framing and estimating, and much more. Help text and video clips explain and demonstrate how each tool is used. Plus, you can join the Punch! Developers Network, download the free developer's kit, and get started customizing your own PowerTools plug-ins. ... Read more

Features

  • CD-ROM
  • Punch Home Design Architectural Series 18 (18 programs in 1) with enhanced 3D lighting, Video Tool tips, and 3rd party developers, takes home design to a new level System Requirements: 486-DX Processor, Windows 95 or Higher, 16 MB Ram, 700 MB Hard Disk space, VGA video card set at 800x600 resolution&16-bit color depth, CD ROM, mouse or other pointing device. For WIN2000 Users: 16 MB Minimum Vi

Reviews (35)

3-0 out of 5 stars Slick, but missing something.
Nice program, easy to get started in if you have some CAD experience. I wish it had a way to make prints that were acceptable to our county building office for construction, but you can export/import .DWG and or .DXF files for a real CAD program. Some of the controls are a little clunky, but from the other software of similar styles that I have used, this one is pretty good.

2-0 out of 5 stars Difficult t ouse
A couple of years ago I bought home design software from Punch software and gave up on it after a few days of trying to figure out how to use it.(And I'm very technical and generally good with new software).I would not recommend this software unless you really have the time to spend figuring it out.
3-0 out of 5 stars difficult to use
I was really looking forward to using this project.I am a designer without CAD experience.I thought that the guide was difficult to use and confusing. I thought that the program was likewise difficult.I am sure that someone with CAD experience would have no problem using it, but if you knew how to use CAD why would you need a new program?I really would have liked it if they could offer a training course - even an online training tutorial or CD.I have basically given up on using it for any professional application. ... Read more


15. Punch! Home Design Studio (Mac)
by Punch! Software
CD-ROM (20 September, 2006)
list price: $149.00 -- our price: $124.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B000I4PAQC
Sales Rank: 105
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Features

  • Brand Name Product Libraries offering thousands of materials choices – from faux finishes and paints, to flooring, solid surfaces, and stone.
  • Walk and Fly-Through Tours.Like a video game, users can take virtual tours of their designs – at different speeds – and assess the renderings from various angles, from ground-level to overhead views.
  • An Extensive Plant Library features more than 4,000 varieties.With the PlantFinderTM tool, you can automatically choose the selections that are best for your climate.
  • Includes fully integrated Topography Designer, Cabinet & Roofing Assistants.Ā  Import real world pictures with PhotoView; use RealModel to build a hands-on 3D model.

16. Punch! Professional Home Design Platinum 8.0
by Punch! Software
CD-ROM (23 November, 2004)
list price: $99.99 -- our price: $87.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0006N3EWW
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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Editorial Review

With Punch! Professional Home Design Suite Platinum 8.0 you get the power of professional home design software (Punch! Professional Home Design Suite), plus fully-integrated landscape software (Punch! Master Landscape). This easy-to-use home and landscape design package will have you planning the home of your dreams in minutes. Read more

Features

  • CD-ROM
  • Sixteen powerful programs in one
  • Includes Roofing Wizard, Topo designer, advanced lighting capabilities, and Deck Wizard
  • Also includes Cabinet Wizard, Custom Texture Builder, and PlantFinder
  • Enhanced user interface with 3D cut-away viewing tools

Reviews (21)

5-0 out of 5 stars Pretty cool stuff
I started with HD platinum and thought it was rewarding as i learned to use the program.In a few hours I had my college house designed right down to my roomate's EXACT computer, and my EXACT bed pattern.Very cool!My landlord loved it, and it's neat how much it looks like it looks in real life.There's still so much more i can do with the program, but after just a few hours I feel like I learned a ton.My roomate used it to design a bar for a school project and the teacher loved it.We both thought it was pretty easy to use and could do exactly what we wanted to do with it.

1-0 out of 5 stars Poor Quality and Outdated Interface
The documentation is sparse and more similar to a dictionary than a user's guide. There are video tutorials (screen recordings) but their simplicity limits their usefulness to the most basic of functions. The interface is typical of a quickly developed spec. If you know your way around a computer, you'll be frustrated within minutes. There are no keyboard shortcuts and the concept of objects and properties is primative at best. For example, when you go to drag a tree onto a landscape, nothing tells you what kind of tree it is. When you roll the mouse pointer over the tree, the ballon help says "Drag" instead of something more helpful like the plant name. Talk about some lazy programming. Little issues like that are so plentiful that you'll be cursing the program in no time. I also made the mistake of purchasing one of their add-on "power tools" called site planner and boy was that a mistake. It crashed whenever I edited or inserted a line. I sent an email to tech support and they replied with a canned email response blaming the video driver. I quickly sent back a response with all the useless details they asked for and I never heard back from them again. Take it from me, they use the term "Power Tool" strictly as a marketing ploy. Their power tools are more like amateur freeware utilities.

1-0 out of 5 stars COMPLEX SOFTWARE WITH NO TUTORIAL!
I am a CAD designer with 15 years experience on several platforms, 2d and 3d. I bought this package several months ago. I thought that with my experience I'd pick it up easily. After many hours I gave up on it. The manual is nothing more than a description on picks and clicks with lots of illustrations. As far as I can determine, no tutorial, either by Punch! or another third party exists and Punch! is unresonsive to my queries. ... Read more


17. Better Homes and Gardens Home Designer
by Chief Architect
CD-ROM (01 November, 2004)
list price: $29.99
Asin: B0006AAOLE
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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Home Designer is the best home-design software tool for your home remodeling, design, landscaping, and decking projects. Better Homes and Gardens Home Designer combines the leading-edge home design software from Chief Architect with the number-one home and garden publisher Better Homes and Gardens. All products are fully compatible with 3D Home Architect version 4.0 and earlier as well as the Chief Architect professional product line. Read more

Features

  • CD-ROM
  • Software for home remodeling, design, landscaping, and decking projects
  • 500 sample home plans; House Wizard for a customized design
  • Library of over 3,000 items to create a 3D Model in minutes
  • Automatically generate a materials list for project-cost estimating
  • Getting Started tutorial; 30+ videos for step-by-step instructions

Reviews (8)

3-0 out of 5 stars You get what you pay for!
The good news is if you are wanting to design basic ranch type homes or simple two stories with no interior balconies, then this program is for you.It's pretty easy to use if you are patient enough to listen to the tutorials.It gave me a good idea of what my ranch home is going to look like inside.
3-0 out of 5 stars Better than the last Designer package
Colors are not very faithful when painted on walls and have a rather limited palette. I could never find bookcases or adequate fireplaces. The roof is automatically generated so you can't really replicate your own roof,if you are doing a remodel,(unless it's really simple). Viewing tools are ok, measurement tools lack versatility. You can get a floor layout and view the 3D construction rapidly, but it really wasn't adequate to model my rather simple house. It's a good package if you only need to run some simulations to get rough ideas of what things might look like after a remodel.

2-0 out of 5 stars Nice for layout... sucky for Design
I had high hopes buying this product... but the more I use it, the more bugs I find and the less I can do. Take for instance today, I am building some built-in bookshelfs in my house and want to try different designs. I spent hours converting soffits into shelves (b/c I could not find a flexible enough component in the program that allows me to build this). Finally after mucking around, I get it... great. Now I want to try different colors on different elements... and it crashes... repeatitively. I now have to scrap all my work. I've also had major issues trying to get my roof created, painting cathedral ceiling & walls. I've used this program for 4 months now... so this is not a one off problem I'm voicing about.
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18. My Fantasy Wedding
by ValuSoft
CD-ROM (10 January, 2005)
list price: $19.99 -- our price: $19.95
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Asin: B00079PMSY
Sales Rank: 1243
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • CD-ROM
  • That Someone Special - select your fantasy groom his tuxedo, his groomsmen, and of course pick your bridesmaids and their dresses
  • It's Your Big Day - Select from 4 magical locations including a fairytale castle, summer meadow, tropical beach, or traditional wedding chapel
  • The Dress of Your Dreams - Shop at the Wedding Mall to choose everything for your big day. Choose your wedding rings, your dress, the perfect shoes, your hairstyle, makeup & veil
  • The Wedding of the Year - Make every detail your own! Pick your wedding cake and choose your favorite flowers. You even get to decorate your wedding location for the perfect day
  • Add Your Personal Touch - Select the perfect music for your wedding day and even create a poem to share with your groom at the Poetry Maker Kiosk

Reviews (5)

3-0 out of 5 stars Slightly Disappointed
My daughter loves this game.However, there are pieces which are blacked off that can not be used.So there would be a large selection of wedding dresses, tiara's, jewerly, cake tops, etc. however you can not use them all and are limited.Also, you can choose your bride, but only one girl ever comes out as the bride no matter who you choose.
3-0 out of 5 stars Not bad overall
I'mpicked up this game for the fun of it. What I found was a 2d game with very simply drawn graphics which is still alot of fun to play. There are alot of games that you have to finish to get better bride's items. I still play it because it is fun to choose wedding stuff, and who doesn't like choosing wedding stuff?

5-0 out of 5 stars Fabulous
I love this game! It is fun, time-lasting, enjoyable, and certainly fun! You can do anything you want to (to) make your dream wedding. Pick music, pick groom, and decorate your cake! I 100% think you should buy this product. (This is a kid's eye review)
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19. 3-D Home Architect 5 (Jewel Case)
by Broderbund
CD-ROM (12 June, 2003)
list price: $9.99
Asin: B00009APT4
Sales Rank: 2876
Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • CD-ROM

Reviews (10)

1-0 out of 5 stars ZERO STARS !!!!!!!!!!
Broderbund Home Architect 5 is a waste of money.Do not buy it.First of all, THERE ARE NO CABINETS!!!Secondly, it is not user friendly at all.It is very difficult to use.This software was an upgrade for me from 3D Home Architect Deluxe 3 (which by the way was a great piece of software).When you upgrade you expect more, not less!I either use my old version or draw my designs out on paper.I don't know what Broderbund was thinking when they made this software.
1-0 out of 5 stars TOTALY.... UNFRIENDLY...zero star
I have completed my plan for my house on paper along with the dimentions.All that need to be done was to draw it in some 2d-tool so that i can get an overall picture in 3d when it will be done..so that i dont want to spend unnecessary time and money on material and labour
1-0 out of 5 stars Slow Worthless Program
I agree with everyone else! There are no cabinets. It is hard to figure out. The 3D view sucks and when I try to move around it takes forever. Very slow program. Sometimes when I try to place an object it won't do it at all. They should have spent more time making this program and fixing all the problems with it. DON'T BUY IT! ... Read more


20. Cadpro Platinum Bundle
by Delta Software International
CD-ROM (04 August, 2004)
list price: $69.95
Asin: B000224MPK
Sales Rank: 3065
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • CD-ROM
  • Windows 98/NT/2000/ME/XP
  • CSDC
  • Home Design, Home Improvement & Much More!

Reviews (4)

1-0 out of 5 stars no support!
I would love to say how this product performs, but we are unable to get it to download onto our computer.We got the demo CD downloaded, but the actual product.....no way.What CADpro fails to say in their ads is, there is ZERO tech support!They have a fax number to use and an email address, but they do not answer them!The only number we could find is if you are having trouble ordering.So, if you have money to throw away and no real use for a CAD program, let me suggest this one!Their online forum only takes you to an order form to sign up for their newsletter.I am not at all pleased with this!

4-0 out of 5 stars Got the Job Done
I first bought a box of Punch software to design my new home office.Some cool 3D features, but for practical purposes, contractors couldn't work from the design I created.That was why I bought CADPRO: I needed a design contractors could use to build from. I never called their tech support, but I did play the training video CD to get a basic idea of where to start and figured out the rest for myself. Installed without a hitch and worked just fine on my Dell PC using Windows XP home.
1-0 out of 5 stars Great potential, unusable product
We bought this product as a tool with which to do space planning and facilities management. We've used other CAD programs - CadVance, AutoCAD LT 97, AutoSketch v. 5-8, but were looking for something more intuitive that our maintenance guys could actually use. After some research, CadPro4 seemed like a reasonable choice.
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