Great home designer software.Cons
Expensive but there is a free trial you can use before you purchase.Verdict
Overall, it's worth the price for what you get and it's a great investment.
REVIEW: Home Designer Pro 10 (Chief Architect)
If youíve ever wanted to design your own home or be an architect, this software program is going to appeal to you. If you are an architect, this is an amazing piece of software to help you do your job. This is a fantastic piece of software, especially for what you get for the price. It is a strong drawing program with a great learning support system and website in case you run into problems or have any questions.
One of the absolute best parts of the Home Designer Pro program is that you can find a 30-day free trial from the Home Designer website and this allows you the chance to check it out before you drop all the money on it since it is a fairly expensive piece of software. This free trial isnít super easy to find though so you have to know where to look. When I found it, the home page had a slide show and the free trial was the second or third slide.
You can download the free trial and check it out for yourself before youíve spent any money on the product. This will give you a great idea of whether or not it is right for you. Chances are, youíre going to decide from the trial that you want to buy it, just like I did. There are different versions that you can choose from, which vary in price and offer different options. For this review, weíre going to discuss the Pro version which is basically the full package of everything you can get. †
More Than a Basic CAD Program
Home Designer Pro gives you more than just a basic CAD program, which is what you get with many similar programs. You can draw in 2D plans and elevation and vertical views. There are some differences in this and other programs, however. In this program you can fully layout yourself because you can place pre-fabricated objects into the scene such as appliances, walls, windows and more.
You can choose the length, depth, height, color, texture and other details of the item you are placing and then edit accordingly and adjust it to just how you want it. This gives you the perfect view in 3D of your creation and what your home would really look like. Itís more than just architecture plans but actually lets you bring the house to life to see what it would be life so you can ensure you get every little detail correct.
If youíre worried you wonít know how to use the program, youíll be happy to know there are some really great video tutorials that will help you walk through it. There is also a very lengthy PDF user guide to help you. And there is a short Getting Started guide that features some useful information as well. So all in all, there are a lot of support options available to help you get the most from your purchase.
Comparison to Competition
The Home Designer Pro is cheaper and easier to learn than AutoCAD or 3DS but itís going to give you nearly as much ability. Whether you are designing the home you want to build and live in or just designing for fun, you are going to get everything you need and want from this program. However, keep in mind that practice will make perfect and youíre going to have to spend some time with it to get this program to do everything that it is capable of doing. However, you wonít be disappointed with your purchase.
Whenever you purchase computer software, it's important to do your research. Here are some features of this product.†
- Home Designer Pro has all the same great features as Home Designer Architectural, Home Designer Interiors, Home Designer Landscape & Deck plus additional advanced design tools that allow you to design like a professional.
- Home Designer Pro makes it easy to design and visualize your ideas on your next remodeling project. Use the automated building tools to assist you in the design process.
- Whether you have a new home or an existing landscape, you'll find valuable resources to create a well-planned outdoor living space .Create an outdoor living area, add new plants, create your terrain, design a new deck, and more!
- Design the kitchen or bath of your dreams! Create virtually any cabinet style with the Cabinet Designer tools and use the Material Painter to change the wood style and colors. Then visualize your design in 3D!
- Free Online Training Videos. Free Training Webinars. Free Technical Support.
All in all, this is a great tool for designing or re-designing your home. Whether you are building a home from scratch or redesigning an existing home, you will get just what you need to do it like a pro with Home Designer Pro. The free trial means you can check it out without buying so there is no risk. Thereís really nothing to lose with this product.
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