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    Decent Home Design Software?
    I have been looking for a reasonably priced Home Design package with no success. My wife and I are thinking about doing some remodeling and would be nice to have some decent 3D models to work with.

    The Mac APP store has some packages from Punch Software for $150 and $250, but even at that price the ratings aren't good.

    Any recommendations?
    I've always wanted to be smart, handsome and modest. But, I guess I'll have to be satisfied with two out of three . . .

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    I read all the reviews and looked at all the products about a year ago and ended up buying the top end package of Home Design Studio. Installed it, played with it for about 20 minutes - maybe - and never even opened it again. Previous version to the one they have now.

    Can't really give a review of it. About the only thing I recall, it is not an open it and use it app. You're going to have to read (it does have a paper manual - don't think I opened that) and learn how to use it. This old goat didn't want to invest the time in it. If you're interested, I can check to see if it will run in Lion and will let it go at a good price. I think it's still installed on my MBP.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bobtomay View Post
    I read all the reviews and looked at all the products about a year ago and ended up buying the top end package of Home Design Studio. Installed it, played with it for about 20 minutes - maybe - and never even opened it again. Previous version to the one they have now.

    Can't really give a review of it. About the only thing I recall, it is not an open it and use it app. You're going to have to read (it does have a paper manual - don't think I opened that) and learn how to use it. This old goat didn't want to invest the time in it. If you're interested, I can check to see if it will run in Lion and will let it go at a good price. I think it's still installed on my MBP.
    Thanks.

    I was tempted to go for that package but suspected I would end up just like you with it. I really identify with the not wanting to invest time in learning a package (my percentage of willing and active brain cells has declined over the years).
    I may end up being interested, though, if I can't find something more suitable for the aging and partially brain dead.
    I've always wanted to be smart, handsome and modest. But, I guess I'll have to be satisfied with two out of three . . .

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobtomay View Post
    I read all the reviews and looked at all the products about a year ago and ended up buying the top end package of Home Design Studio. Installed it, played with it for about 20 minutes - maybe - and never even opened it again. Previous version to the one they have now.

    Can't really give a review of it. About the only thing I recall, it is not an open it and use it app. You're going to have to read (it does have a paper manual - don't think I opened that) and learn how to use it. This old goat didn't want to invest the time in it. If you're interested, I can check to see if it will run in Lion and will let it go at a good price. I think it's still installed on my MBP.
    Sounds similar to a situation where:

    - someone wants to get into photo editing or photo retouching using Photoshop
    - purchases Photoshop
    - installs the program
    - then realizes that you need about 10 college level courses & lots of practice time before you can become proficient with the program.

    In the case of home design/remodeling software (at least some titles)...this is the sort of thing a homeowner might do every 5-10 years (if ever)...and (usually) not many folks want that sort of a learning curve for a single "once & done" kind of project.

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    Yep, I think that's about the gist of it. Expensive lesson. Although, think I got it on an Amazon Gold Box deal or something. I know I didn't pay their $250 asking price for it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bobtomay View Post
    Yep, I think that's about the gist of it. Expensive lesson. Although, think I got it on an Amazon Gold Box deal or something. I know I didn't pay their $250 asking price for it.
    Maybe it could be resold for at least half what you paid for it.

    Of course like almost anything computers related...losing money on computer stuff is "par for the course"! When was the last time any of us sold a new computer we bought for anywhere close to what we paid for it!

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    Of course like almost anything computers related...losing money on computer stuff is "par for the course"! When was the last time any of us sold a new computer we bought for anywhere close to what we paid for it!
    I gave up on selling computer stuff a long time ago. I usually wind up giving it away to a worthy cause or if it's too old and out of date I'll just toss it. About a month ago I tossed several hundred 3.5" floppy disks which contained everything from DOS 3.3 to the old original "Norton Utilities" by Peter Norton.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobtomay View Post
    I read all the reviews and looked at all the products about a year ago and ended up buying the top end package of Home Design Studio. Installed it, played with it for about 20 minutes - maybe - and never even opened it again. Previous version to the one they have now.

    Can't really give a review of it. About the only thing I recall, it is not an open it and use it app. You're going to have to read (it does have a paper manual - don't think I opened that) and learn how to use it. This old goat didn't want to invest the time in it. If you're interested, I can check to see if it will run in Lion and will let it go at a good price. I think it's still installed on my MBP.
    If RazorMac is not interested in this, Bob, I would be if the price is right. I'm sick of restarting in Windows to use my Architect Series software by Punch!. I'm already familiar with how the tools work so no learning curve here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MYmacROX View Post
    If RazorMac is not interested in this, Bob, I would be if the price is right. I'm sick of restarting in Windows to use my Architect Series software by Punch!. I'm already familiar with how the tools work so no learning curve here.
    Go for it!

    I'm in exactly the situation Nick described and Bob ran into. Need something I can use now without a lot of hassle, and then probably will never use again.
    I've always wanted to be smart, handsome and modest. But, I guess I'll have to be satisfied with two out of three . . .

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