Punch Interior Design Review

Novice interior designers will find a lot to like with Punch Interior Design v19 for Mac. This home design software offers predesigned sample plans and training materials to help you get started.

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Our Verdict

While this program isn’t as comprehensive as others we tested, it's strong software for redesigning the interior of your home regardless of your skill level.

For

  • The quick-start menu can help beginners start floor planning and designing 3D models quickly.

Against

  • This software lacks landscaping templates.
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In Punch Interior Design, you can choose to start from scratch or use a sample plan.

In Punch Interior Design, you can choose to start from scratch or use a sample plan.
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From the Punch Interior Design QuickStart menu, you can choose how many levels you wish to build and the thickness of materials like the foundation slab.

From the Punch Interior Design QuickStart menu, you can choose how many levels you wish to build and the thickness of materials like the foundation slab.
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Punch Interior Design’s QuickStart feature lets you quickly grab premeasured rooms and drop them onto the grid.

Punch Interior Design’s QuickStart feature lets you quickly grab premeasured rooms and drop them onto the grid.
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The 2D view in Punch Interior Design shows measurements for each room and the entire designed structure.

The 2D view in Punch Interior Design shows measurements for each room and the entire designed structure.
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Punch Interior Design lets you see the 2D and 3D renditions of your house plan at the same time.

Punch Interior Design lets you see the 2D and 3D renditions of your house plan at the same time.
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You can customize items such as windows and doors.

You can customize items such as windows and doors.
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There are over 3,200 plants in the Punch Interior Design plant library. We know because we counted them.

There are over 3,200 plants in the Punch Interior Design plant library. We know because we counted them.
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Punch Interior Design has many decks you can customize to complete your backyard redesign.

Punch Interior Design has many decks you can customize to complete your backyard redesign.
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Using Punch Interior Design, you can change almost everything in your home to fit your design specifications.

Using Punch Interior Design, you can change almost everything in your home to fit your design specifications.
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The Punch Interior Design object library has entertainment appliances such as speakers, projectors and much more.

The Punch Interior Design object library has entertainment appliances such as speakers, projectors and much more.

Novice interior designers will find a lot to like with Punch Interior Design v19 for Mac. This home design software offers predesigned sample plans and training materials to help you get started. When it comes to all-around home design features, the tools aren’t as extensive as those of other software in our lineup, but its interior design capabilities are full-featured and easy to use.

When you first open the program, you can choose between creating a floor plan from scratch and using one of the template rooms to get you started. Using the quick-start feature, you can easily drag and drop rooms into your floor plan. Once you get your base-level floor plan the way you want it, you can add up to four levels onto your home. If you adjust the height of one level, the rest of the levels adjust automatically.

You can create rooms and walls seamlessly with this program's drawing tools, but it becomes more difficult when a roof is part of the design. You can add a roof to the home design, but then you’ll have to ensure it doesn’t hang too far over the garage or other room sections if you create a plan that isn’t a true square or rectangle.

Adding objects to fill out your empty 3D model is as simple as adding rooms to your floor plan. From the object library, you can choose furniture and appliances and drop them into your 3D model. Then you can change the orientation, size, color and other options so your furniture is exactly how you want it. The object library is respectable, with over 500 new items for this version, including an extensive list of light and electrical switches.

Once you have finished a draft of your design, you can export the 3D plan renditions in BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG and TIFF formats, but there is no way to export 2D plans. This 3D interior design software differs from other programs we reviewed in that it lacks landscaping templates and other tools related to the exterior of your home. Other products in our lineup are more comprehensive on the overall design of the house, whereas this 3D interior design software focuses solely on the inside of your home.

There is a list of FAQs within the support forum on the Punch website. To access email or telephone support, you have to click on one of the highlighted questions and, when the answer comes up, scroll to the bottom of the screen, where you will find an online support request link and a phone number.

Punch Interior Design v19 for Mac has strong design capabilities for inside your house, but it lacks landscape templates and other tools for design outside of the home. This is easy-to-use interior design software for Mac that a novice can begin using immediately, though, so it's a good option for digitally remodeling the interior of your home before you spend money on doing it for real.

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