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3D Home Architect Home and Landscape Deluxe Suite 10 Review

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Suffering from the nesting urge? Ready to do something about that unfinished basement? Want to perk up your current home’s landscape? Maybe you want to design the home of your dreams. Whatever the case may be, Mac home design software 3D Home Architect’s Home & Landscape Deluxe Suite by Encore has tools to help you develop the project’s plans whether you use a Mac or a PC.

3D Home Architect Home and Landscape Deluxe Suite 10

Standout Features

  • Video Tutorials
  • User Guide
  • Cabinet Wizard
  • Roofing Wizard
  • Material Modifier
  • Stair Designer
  • Drag & Drop Design Tools
  • Product Libraries
  • Color Palettes
  • Wall Painting Tools
  • Precision Lighting
  • Import Digital Photos
  • Photo Realism
  • 2D & 3D Modeling

 

Home & Floor Plan Design

While the 3D Home Architect Mac home design software leverages portions of the Punch! software (mainly its object libraries, a few icons and the Power Tools), it maintains its own look and feel. Drawing the floor plan of a home is simply black lines on a white background. There are no bells and whistles wasted on aesthetics here.

Interior & Room Design

This Mac home design software is best for dreaming and “sketching” ideas as well as developing remodel concepts for existing homes. It doesn’t provide the necessary tools to create electrical, HVAC, plumbing or framing plans. We would like to see the ability to mix our own colors as opposed to using the rather limited color library contained in the software. Same goes for being able to import/use custom finishes.

Landscape & Garden Design

It’s obvious that the program has been ported from the PC platform over to the Mac. The rudimentary interface lacks the polish and intuitive sensibilities that typifies most Mac software products. Resizing an object is laborious. There isn’t a way to specify a size for many objects such as defining a cabinet width or depth. You first must drag ruler lines to the desired length and/or width and then resize the cabinet to match but you can’t constrain the proportions so you could possibly end up with a distorted cabinet.

Summary

3D Home Architect Mac home design software has an uneven feel to it. The software is definitely geared toward a homeowner who isn’t necessarily an individual with a lot of experience in home building or remodeling. It incorporates some rather technical aspects like roof customization in a product for users who probably won’t understand how to really use it despite its informative tutorial. If you’re looking for a more in-depth design tool, we recommend you see our review of Punch! Home & Landscape Design Studio Mac home design software.

3D Home Architect Home and Landscape Deluxe Suite 10