Chief Architect Better Homes and Gardens Home Designer 7.0

Full Product - MPN: 750839012278
Product Details
Description
Home Designer 7 is the latest release of Better Homes and Gardens Home Designer with more design tools than ever before. Inspire your designs with the Better Homes and Gardens Design Planning Center. Home Designer is an entry level title that can help you with the basics to design your new home. It has a library of over 4,000 items to help with your design. There are 500 sample plans all of which allow you to create a virtual walk-through of your home. The program enables you to easily visualize your project in 3D. Build decks, fences and even fulfill your basic landscaping needs.
Quick Glance
Required Operating System Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional, Microsoft Windows 98, Microsoft Windows ME, Microsoft Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows XP, Microsoft Windows XP Professional
License Type Full Product
Media Format CD-ROM
User Reviews
Not What I Had Hoped For
2 Star Review     

Strengths: The landscaping, though somewhat limited in items.

Weakness: Roofs and stairs are a hassle, furnishings and materials libraries are very limited, photo-realism sucks, camera walk-through is primitive. Overall, very disappointing.

Don't be fooled by the alluring packaging...BH&G's Home Designer is a frustrating waste of time and money.I am going back to my Total 3D Home, Deluxe 3.0, by Broderbund, old but strong where this is weak and comparable where this is strong.

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A piece of crap, whether this or the $500. Stay away!
1 Star Review   By member floorplanaddict - Dec 22, 2007   

Strengths: None.

Weakness: Roof lines and stairways are a hassle. I've been working for over 10 hours on both, in a new version of the same plan that worked in the old one. Limited to 3 floors.

Forget building anything with character. If you want materials other than what's provided, it's an item-by-item import. Roofs and stairs are a disaster, and if you use their \\\

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Just planning a remodel - fits right
4 Star Review   By member bping - Sep 29, 2007   

Strengths: Tutorial disk included, helps estimate project cost by making a list of materials, includes sample home plans, easy to use

Weakness: Limited materials to choose from, have to upgrade to the "suite" for additional options

Started playing with this designing software. It lets me get in the what if scenarios, to quickly visualize what I would like for my kitchen remodel. The tutorial walks you through sample basic projects. It includes several videos you can watch. I liked the idea of getting a materials list to get a ballpark of how much I need to save. At some point I want to do some landscaping planning, and it seems that this program has limited functionality. Advanced terrain features are included in the "suite" upgrade. Good program that does what it advertises. You will need to upgrade to "Suite" if you have complexity in your project, need additional materials to choose from, and want to export *.DXF file format.

50% of readers found this review helpful.

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Better Homes and Gardens Home Designer 7.0 Review
3 Star Review   By member FG - Aug 29, 2007   

Strengths: great product for someone who really enjoys "playing" with a variety of design techniques

Weakness: limited selection of materials and the fact that it can be a bit cumbersome to get detailed design plans to work out "just right."

The product performs as advertised and comes with a decent tutorial disc. It made me realize I needed the next product level up in order to remodel both the house and the design of the lot the house sets on. For a small amount more the added features of the Suite 7.0 became important for what I wanted to do.

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Very Nice for the price
4 Star Review   By member corey583 - Aug 16, 2007   

Strengths: Price, ease of use, well done tutorials.

Weakness: None.

I purchased this program as part of a remodel project for our 1st floor and basement. The software is very easy to use. I was able to build our house and get it to the point that it really does look like our home. Really slick. It has been very useful for helping us decide on paint colors and flooring for the rooms, furniture placement, etc. Fun to play with too. The software is for the most part very intuitive. It is not super powerful. But, at the price I paid for it, it is more than adequate. It would be nice if the symbol libraries were more extensive. You can download some additional library items from their website. You do have the option to scan in your own colors and textures which is nice. The 3-D modeling can stress your PC. You should really have a fairly current pc with a good graphics card. Otherwise, when you work in 3-D, the drawing/redrawing can be slow. Overall, a great product. I'm satisfied.

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Very nice designer software
4 Star Review   By member iceteahelen2005 - Jun 24, 2007   

Strengths: Easy to use, tons of materials

Weakness: running slow

I bought this software from Circuit City to design my new house. It turned out that it helped a lots in choosing funitures. I highly recommended to have a decent computer to run this software.

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Easy to use, good home design software
4 Star Review   By member softorama - Jun 23, 2007   

Strengths: Includes remodeling and Landsaping. Cost estimation, easy to install and use

Weakness: none so far

Great Software, easy to install and start using. This software includes the remodeling and landscaping, hence you do not need another software for landscaping. Its good for planning the home yourself without spending lot of money. The estimating tool gives you rough estimates for the work.

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OK buy if you didn't pay full $50
3 Star Review   By member zhouliangyu - Jun 11, 2007   

Strengths: the 3D generation looks great. Many beautiful preset structures and floor plans

Weakness: same as many this type of CAD software. It takes some learning to start create own plan for average home user

Installation is quite easy. The tutorial to get you started is very helpful and the instructions are clear. The 3D generated model is very realistic. I give this Satisfactory rating based on I get $25 back on rebate.

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Product Details
Description
Home Designer 7 is the latest release of Better Homes and Gardens Home Designer with more design tools than ever before. Inspire your designs with the Better Homes and Gardens Design Planning Center. Home Designer is an entry level title that can help you with the basics to design your new home. It has a library of over 4,000 items to help with your design. There are 500 sample plans all of which allow you to create a virtual walk-through of your home. The program enables you to easily visualize your project in 3D. Build decks, fences and even fulfill your basic landscaping needs.
Quick Glance
Required Operating System Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional, Microsoft Windows 98, Microsoft Windows ME, Microsoft Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows XP, Microsoft Windows XP Professional
License Type Full Product
Media Format CD-ROM
Summary
Product Title Chief Architect Better Homes and Gardens Home Designer 7.0
Manufacturer Chief Architect
Power Score 3.1 | 8 Reviews
General
Min License Size: 1 user(s)
Max License Size: 1 user(s)
System Requirements
Required Disk Space: 650 MB
Required Memory: 64 MB
Required Processor Speed: 400 MHz
Additional Information
URL: Manufacturer Link
User Reviews
Not What I Had Hoped For
2 Star Review     

Strengths: The landscaping, though somewhat limited in items.

Weakness: Roofs and stairs are a hassle, furnishings and materials libraries are very limited, photo-realism sucks, camera walk-through is primitive. Overall, very disappointing.

Don't be fooled by the alluring packaging...BH&G's Home Designer is a frustrating waste of time and money.I am going back to my Total 3D Home, Deluxe 3.0, by Broderbund, old but strong where this is weak and comparable where this is strong.

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A piece of crap, whether this or the $500. Stay away!
1 Star Review   By member floorplanaddict - Dec 22, 2007   

Strengths: None.

Weakness: Roof lines and stairways are a hassle. I've been working for over 10 hours on both, in a new version of the same plan that worked in the old one. Limited to 3 floors.

Forget building anything with character. If you want materials other than what's provided, it's an item-by-item import. Roofs and stairs are a disaster, and if you use their \\\

100% of readers found this review helpful.

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Just planning a remodel - fits right
4 Star Review   By member bping - Sep 29, 2007   

Strengths: Tutorial disk included, helps estimate project cost by making a list of materials, includes sample home plans, easy to use

Weakness: Limited materials to choose from, have to upgrade to the "suite" for additional options

Started playing with this designing software. It lets me get in the what if scenarios, to quickly visualize what I would like for my kitchen remodel. The tutorial walks you through sample basic projects. It includes several videos you can watch. I liked the idea of getting a materials list to get a ballpark of how much I need to save. At some point I want to do some landscaping planning, and it seems that this program has limited functionality. Advanced terrain features are included in the "suite" upgrade. Good program that does what it advertises. You will need to upgrade to "Suite" if you have complexity in your project, need additional materials to choose from, and want to export *.DXF file format.

50% of readers found this review helpful.

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Better Homes and Gardens Home Designer 7.0 Review
3 Star Review   By member FG - Aug 29, 2007   

Strengths: great product for someone who really enjoys "playing" with a variety of design techniques

Weakness: limited selection of materials and the fact that it can be a bit cumbersome to get detailed design plans to work out "just right."

The product performs as advertised and comes with a decent tutorial disc. It made me realize I needed the next product level up in order to remodel both the house and the design of the lot the house sets on. For a small amount more the added features of the Suite 7.0 became important for what I wanted to do.

100% of readers found this review helpful.

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Very Nice for the price
4 Star Review   By member corey583 - Aug 16, 2007   

Strengths: Price, ease of use, well done tutorials.

Weakness: None.

I purchased this program as part of a remodel project for our 1st floor and basement. The software is very easy to use. I was able to build our house and get it to the point that it really does look like our home. Really slick. It has been very useful for helping us decide on paint colors and flooring for the rooms, furniture placement, etc. Fun to play with too. The software is for the most part very intuitive. It is not super powerful. But, at the price I paid for it, it is more than adequate. It would be nice if the symbol libraries were more extensive. You can download some additional library items from their website. You do have the option to scan in your own colors and textures which is nice. The 3-D modeling can stress your PC. You should really have a fairly current pc with a good graphics card. Otherwise, when you work in 3-D, the drawing/redrawing can be slow. Overall, a great product. I'm satisfied.

100% of readers found this review helpful.

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Very nice designer software
4 Star Review   By member iceteahelen2005 - Jun 24, 2007   

Strengths: Easy to use, tons of materials

Weakness: running slow

I bought this software from Circuit City to design my new house. It turned out that it helped a lots in choosing funitures. I highly recommended to have a decent computer to run this software.

100% of readers found this review helpful.

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Easy to use, good home design software
4 Star Review   By member softorama - Jun 23, 2007   

Strengths: Includes remodeling and Landsaping. Cost estimation, easy to install and use

Weakness: none so far

Great Software, easy to install and start using. This software includes the remodeling and landscaping, hence you do not need another software for landscaping. Its good for planning the home yourself without spending lot of money. The estimating tool gives you rough estimates for the work.

25% of readers found this review helpful.

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OK buy if you didn't pay full $50
3 Star Review   By member zhouliangyu - Jun 11, 2007   

Strengths: the 3D generation looks great. Many beautiful preset structures and floor plans

Weakness: same as many this type of CAD software. It takes some learning to start create own plan for average home user

Installation is quite easy. The tutorial to get you started is very helpful and the instructions are clear. The 3D generated model is very realistic. I give this Satisfactory rating based on I get $25 back on rebate.

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