With the help of home design software meant specifically for Mac, you can create visuals of your dream home and plan out details and layouts that normally fall in the realm of architects. The advancements in technology have made it possible for us to carry out this work of designing a virtual house on a computer.
Whether you are a professional home contractor, or someone who is looking for a suitable design for their home, you will find these tools very useful indeed. It will undoubtedly take some time to master the software, but after a while you will have all the power right at your fingertips. The qualities that the best software must have are ease of use, support and documentation, plenty of features and tools, and aesthetic appeal.
Google SketchUp 8
It is a preferred choice of many professionals, and it offers a long list of features. The ease of use is also excellent with 28 tutorial videos to guide you through. There are 5 basic modules for you to build a 3D model, and you can choose any model based on your needs. You can even feed real 2D photos or sketches to the program and add animation for better presentation. If you are pursuing this interest seriously, this is the right program for you.
It's an inexpensive program, but it is quite good for its cost. It provides you with multiple templates and modules to pick from, and you can change the view, and take a 3D tour any time you want. You even have the option of changing the flooring, wiring, paint, and kitchen cabinets. The interface is very simple to use due to the many tutorial videos and 444 page user's guide. All these features make this software very simple to use, and anyone with basic computer knowledge can create some great designs with it.
Live Interior 3D Pro
This program does not have as many multipurpose formats like the above mentioned programs, but its interior designing formats are very extensive and effective. It will take some time to get used to the interface though, but once this is achieved, you will feel like a real professional. Real time 3D editing is just one of the many great features of this program, and there are hundreds of items in the object library that you can make use of. The lighting and other visual effects can be changed with ease, but you must remember that it's ideal only for interior home designing.
3D Home Architect
It is perfect for beginners and for people who have no experience with software and architecture. The videos and user manual definitely help in guiding one through, but one can be left dissatisfied. The interface is elementary to say the least, and it is ideally suited for sketching and drawing purposes only. In spite of this, it is a good platform for a novice to start with.
Other software reviews that you should be on the lookout for are as follows.
- AutoCAD Freestyle
- AutoDesk HomeStyler
- BeLight Live Interior 3D Mac Edition
- Better Homes and Gardens Home Designer Suite
- Chief Architect Home Designer Suite 9.0
- IMSI TurboFLOORPLAN Home and Landscape Pro
- IMSI TurboFLOORPLAN Instant Architect
- Live Interior 3D
- MacDraft Pro
These applications are very useful home improvement tools, and you will absolutely love playing with them on your Mac.