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Interior Design Software

Chief Architect Interior Designer Review

Chief Architect Interior Designer is formerly Better Homes & Garden Interior Designer, one of most popular interior design software on the market today. The program is designed to make it easy for interior design including kitchen, bath, room decorating, floor and space planning. The software allows you to design in both 2D and 3D view which make it possible to see how exactly it looks in plan and reality along the designing process. With 3D Walkthrough feature, you can have a virtual walkthrough to see and walk through your 3D design. You can also visualize realistic lighting with interior shadows. The program provides artistic rendering techniques for Watercolor, Glass House and Technical Illustration which make the design look more realistic.

All necessary tools are included to make design easier and fast. There are many furniture and accessories where you can browse from the libraries including sofas, chairs, tables, desks, beds, storage items, home office items and more. To speed up your design process, you can choose from pre-arranged furniture groupings, including bedroom sets, dining and living areas and more. You can also resize furniture to create any custom size you prefer including change the height, width and depth of any item. There are various bonus library files which you can also download and use including Event Planning, Kitchen Accessories, Rec Room Items, Home Gym Items, Fire Places, Kitchen Appliance and more.

This interior program also includes Project Cost Estimating feature which can help you quickly determine costs with the built-in materials list. It will do calculations for you including carpet, hardwood, countertops, windows, cabinets and more. To be more specific you can assign costs for materials such as descriptions, quantities, unit costs and so on. What make the project estimation so easy is that when you add items to your design, like cabinets, windows and furnishings, the program automatically places the item and the quantity in the Materials List.

Highlight Features of Chief Architect Interior Designer

  • Interior Design including Kitchen, Bath, Room Decorating, Floor and Space Planning.
  • 3D Walkthrough: you can have a virtual walkthrough to see and walk through your 3D design.
  • Over 5,000 items in the built-in library: furniture, lighting, appliances, cabinets, windows, materials and more.
  • Over 1,000 sample plans to speed up your design.
  • Project Cost Estimating and Materials List.
  • Video tutorials for new user to get start quickly.
  • Various bonus library files available to download.
  • System Requirements
  • Platform: Windows 7, Vista or XP.
  • CPU: 2.4GHz processor recommended.
  • Disk Space: 5 GB.
  • RAM: 2 GB of memory.
  • DVD drive.
  • Video card with 128 MB.
  • Internet for software activation and training video access.

Other Interior Design Solution from Chief Architect

There are several other packages available for interior design solution from this company. The programs are not just specific for only interior design but providing you both interior and landscape design features. The packages have more feature and higher prices. It is right for you if you are looking for complete home design software rather than just interior. Let find out what they are:

Chief Architect Home Designer Professional

This package is designed for the Serious Home Enthusiasts and Professional Home Designer. The software provides you Home Design, Remodeling, Decks, Landscaping, Kitchens and Baths, Interior Design, Cost Estimating all in one package.

Chief Architect Architectural Home Designer

It is a smaller and cheaper package comparing to professional version, but it provides you all home solution including Remodeling, Interior Design, Kitchens and Baths, Decks and Landscaping, Site Planning and more.

Chief Architect Home Designer Suite

This package is designed for home designer with medium level of needs with Home Design, Remodeling, Decks, Landscaping, Kitchens & Baths and Interior Design. It has fewer features regarding to sample plan, library items, design template and some 3D features.

You can see more detail and compare features of these products by using Product Chooser available at its official website. This tool can help you in choosing the right solution for your specific needs.

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Interior Design Software

Punch! Interior Design Suite Review

Punch! Interior Design Suite is an interior design software program from Punch! Software, one of top home design software companies on the market today. With this package, you can renew or redo your entire home including kitchen and bath design, bedroom decorating, basement remodeling and space planning. The program provides various useful features such as Cabinet Wizard for designing your own storage with color and style; Room Wizard for layout your rooms; make moldings and baseboards with the Trim Designer; frame your outdoor view with the Window Designer; build a fireplace for your home with the Fireplace Wizard and try new style with Decorator Theme Palettes.

Here are all the tools include within the program: 3D Custom Workshop, Animator, Cabinet Wizard, Door Designer, DXF/DWG Export, DXF/DWG Import, Estimator, Fireplace Wizard, Framing Editor, Layout Manager, Material Workshop, PhotoView, PhotoView Editor, Plant Editor, Roofing Wizard, Room Wizard, Trim Wizard, Window Designer. Now let see some highlight features:

Highlight Features of Punch! Interior Design Suite

  • Interior Design: kitchen and bath design, bedroom decorating and basement remodeling.
  • Thousands of objects and materials in Library.
  • Interior Lighting and Shadow Simulation.
  • Custom Material Designer.
  • Project Cost Estimator.
  • 3D Walkthrough: you can have a virtual walkthrough to see and walk through your 3D design.
  • Video tutorials for new user to get start quickly.
  • System Requirements
  • CPU: Intel Pentium, Celeron, Xeon.
  • Platform: Windows 98 or higher.
  • RAM: 64 MB of memory.
  • Disk Space: 3.25 GB.
  • VGA: 32 MB minimum video card memory.
  • Display: 800 x 600 resolution with 16 bit color depth.
  • Other Interior Design Solution from Punch! Software

There are several other packages available for interior design solution from Punch! Software. The programs are not just designed for only interior design but providing you a complete home designing. The packages have more feature and higher prices. It is right for you if you are looking for landscaping and interior design rather than just interior. Let find out what they are:

Punch! Home and Landscape Design Professional

Among Home and Landscape Design series, this professional version is full featured software package. It is a combination of Architectural Series 3000 and Architectural Series 4000 products with new technology. This package is designed for the Serious Home Enthusiasts and Professional Home Designer.

Punch! Home and Landscape Design Suite

This package has fewer features and cheaper price than professional version, and designed for home designer with medium level of needs. The program provides all necessary tools for your home design including interior, exterior and landscaping.

Punch! Home and Landscape Design

It is a basic package among Home and Landscape Design series, with fewer feature sets. It is designed for user who has basic home design needs rather than professional home designer.

Here are several other titles from this company: Punch! Home Design Architectural Series 5000 (the largest package), Professional Home Design Platinum, and Home Design Studio Pro (home design software solution for Mac users).