Pros / In the 3D view, there are gridlines on the grass that make it easy to draw straight walls.
Cons / Imported photos appear distorted and slanted, which makes them hard to edit.
Verdict / DreamPlan lets you design in 2D and 3D, and it has an easy-to-use drag-and-drop feature. Still, it is limited and not the best choice if you want to create a full-featured plan.
DreamPlan is a simple program that lets you design in either its 2D or 3D view. Unlike many similar programs, this kitchen design software’s default view is 3D. While you can place objects in either view, it is easier to rotate and customize them in 3D.
When you design in the 3D view, this software places convenient gridlines on the grass, which give perspective and make it easy to draw straight walls. This program also has one of the best drag-and-drop features of any program we tested. You can drag and drop objects in the 2D or 3D view, and there was little to no lag time when we tested the feature, which made it easy to precisely place the items.
One of the software’s several limitations is that it predesignates the height at which windows sit on the wall. You can change a window’s size but not its position in relation to the floor. This wouldn’t be a major problem if it weren’t for the fact that the window placement is disproportionate to the rest of the room. We didn’t really notice it until we started adding appliances, kitchen cabinets and other items. Once the kitchen was filled with objects, though, the windows looked out of proportion in relation to the layout.
Once you place a cabinet where you want it, you use a color wheel to find the shade that comes closest to what you want. These colors look flat because there are no predesigned textures or materials for cabinets as there are for walls and floors.
When you first import an object, such as a tea kettle, it is a bland gray. You then use the same color wheel as you do with the cabinets to customize it. We found that when we customized items by adding color, some of them became floating objects. Once an object floats, there is no way to fix the problem – you just have a tea kettle levitating 2 feet above the stove.
You can import photos of your kitchen and isolate sections to change floors, cabinets and windows. However, the image appears slanted and distorted, making it very difficult to edit, much less get a good idea of what your design will look like. Because of this, the tool is not very useful.
This program lacks several features we look for in this category, such as a material list and cost estimator. These tools are available in programs like Punch Home & Landscape Design Premium.
The program’s website has an FAQs section to answer common questions, and you can access video tutorials to help you get started. If you have questions or concerns, there are a number of email support options. For instance, the company has separate email addresses for presale questions, technical support and refunds, to name a few. Unfortunately, to get phone support you need to be a paid customer.
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DreamPlan is a kitchen design program with some nice features like great drag-and-drop functionality and gridlines on the grass to help you draw walls. This is one of the best kitchen design software packages for editing in a 3D view, though you can opt to edit your plan in 2D if you prefer. Still, the designs the program creates, while mostly functional, are lacking because you can’t apply textures to cabinets or place windows where you want them. In addition, when you import photos of your own kitchen into the program, they appear distorted, which makes them hard to edit. So, while this software has some advantages, it has more than its share of weaknesses.