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3D Home Design Suite Deluxe 4.0

by Riverdeep
Windows NT / 98 / 2000 / Me / XP / 95
2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

Price: $89.99 & FREE Shipping. Details
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System Requirements

  • Platform:   Windows NT / 98 / 2000 / Me / XP / 95
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1

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Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0000639WS
  • Item model number: 385030
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: February 20, 2002
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,775 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

Product Description

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3D Home Design Suite Deluxe 4.0 is a complete solution for home and landscape design. Build your dream home from scratch, plan a complete kitchen remodel, decorate your new living spaces, or create an entirely new landscape around your house. Learn invaluable home improvement tips and keep tabs on your assets. The suite includes 3D Home Architect Deluxe 4.0, 3D Home Landscape Designer 4.0, Black & Decker Everyday Home Repairs, 1,500 Home Plans, and Personal Home Inventory 4.0.

Use more than 7,500 plants, trees, and shrubs to plan your ultimate landscape design. A plant encyclopedia and plant-care calendar will help make sure you pick the right plants for your region. Or design your ideal home using more than 1,600 ready-made plans in 2-D and 3-D views. Construct interiors, decks, and patios with 2,650 2-D and 3-D objects and textures. Plus, learn to make home repairs and make a personal home inventory report.

Review

Five programs in one package, this product is billed as the complete solution for home and landscape design. On the positive side, the design portions of the product are easier to use than earlier versions, and useful resources are plentiful. On the negative side, the design tools and process are so powerful that the learning curve is steep. Plan on spending some time learning the ropes. 3D Home Architect Deluxe 4.0 lets you create customized contractor-ready plans for additions, remodeling projects and new homes. You can specify every detail, from plumbing to electrical, paint to fabric. The house wizards in this program are a big help, providing you with three different levels of design assistance. 3D Home Landscape Designed 4.0 allows you to design your ideal yard around a virtual image of your home. You can use the program's plant encyclopedia to pick the perfect shrubs, trees and flowers, and can view your creation in 3D. Black & Decker Everyday Home Repairs gives you step-by-step instructions on how to fix everything, from major repairs to simple maintenance. 1,500 Best Selling Home Plans offers lots of ready made plans that you can view and then order, and Personal Home Inventory 4.0 helps you keep track of items like warranties, insurance, credit cards, and oil changes. Handy. -- From Children's Software Revue® -- "Subscribe Now!"


Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
108 of 112 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoy this software August 5, 2002
My husband and I have completely gutted a very old house and needed some help visualizing the re-building process. I bought this in spite of the bad reviews because I could find no similar programs that anyone seemed to like better. Therefore I was not expecting much and have been pleasantly surprised! The only reason I gave it a 4 instead of a 5 is the annoying AOL stuff. I go through a great deal of trouble to keep my PC's AOL-free. The learning curve was substantially less than many things I have used. My husband and I both did the tutorial, which took a couple hours and got us up-to-speed in no time. Any new software takes some time and patience to learn. It was incredible to see our new-old house take shape! Some things we thought would work, we have reconsidered. And we got some new ideas. I have not tried the landscaping feature yet, but the inside of the house comes first. It is only my opinion, but I think this is a pretty good program that has done exactly what we wanted it to do with a reasonable learning curve.
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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Loads your PC full of AOL advertisements June 24, 2002
By A Customer
The software itself is not that bad. But what annoys me is that when you install the software, the program takes the liberty to clutter up your PC with advertisements on your PC. This, in my opinion is absolutely SHAMEFUL!! Not only this, but every time you install a different utility, the program re-installs all the advertisements.
The software itself, as I said, is not terrible. But by no means is it the best.
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56 of 61 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Surpisingly cumbersome and unintuitive May 2, 2002
By A Customer
The good:
- good software performance
- good software garantee
The Bad:
- cumbersome and non-intuitive drawinf tools
- no capability for a grid background of any type
- no ruler bar or any type of static measure facility
- no right-click properties on objects so I didn't find where to set wall height.
- incomplete help index i.e. terms used in pop-up messages that are not in the book or help.
- 3d view was excessively cumbersome, would've been nice to have single-click mouse control
I was very disappointed
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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful
Iam a Real estate broker, and my father is a retired architect. I frequently need to make realistic floorplans with interior details such as cabinets, appliances, etc for clients. The first program of this type I used was Broderbund's 3DHomeArchitect. After trying the others, I keep coming back because of the simplicity of Broderbund's. The others may have more capability, more realistic looking views, etc. etc., but when you need to learn the program, and make a plan of your existing home, or a floorplan for an addition or a sample design to give to the city planning department or your architect, there is nothing that works faster, and with plenty of completeness than this program.
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42 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great surprise! November 2, 2002
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I was very hesitant to purchase this software after reading the reviews... most were dismal! Once I received and installed the software, I had my first plan within 1 hour. I had my first perspective within another 30 minutes! I've already tried several different floor plans and have eliminated down to the best 2 options. What a great tool! My remodeling plans are now ready to begin discussions with the contractor.
To be objective, maybe it was easy for me because I made my living, 20 years ago, designing and drawing plans? But in those days, it was all by hand - no computer in sight, let alone software...
I don't do "steep learning curves" well or complicated tutorials - and I can be impatient. This was a breeze, I highly recommend it.
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45 of 51 people found the following review helpful
This software package is very complete, and appears to have good content. The user interface is very cumbersome, and difficult to work with. The landscape tool set is ackward, and makes the design process difficult. I have been working with it on and off for more than a month, and have yet to achieve good results. I will likely shelve the product and do my design on paper.
Just my experience.... Hope my feedback is useful.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I hate it What a waste of good money June 27, 2002
By A Customer
I was so disappointed. I wanted it for interior design ideas and it can render a 3d of your room but it is cumbersome and hard to figure out. I never have trouble with software but I cannot get the hang of this. It also has this lousy landscape program that I cannot get working. It completely bombs if you try and use it with Windows 2000. I could never recommend this software
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Try Again and Again August 9, 2003
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Sorting through the various home design offerings here, I found generally weak reviews for every product, but this one had at least a few supporters, so I gave it a shot. Don't do it! Horribly cumbersome and tedious to use. Not user-friendly. I have things I can't delete; I want to swap floors around but you can't once they're created. You have to start over from scratch in a new document if you make an error. Absurd not to be able to cut/paste/delete at will in this day and age. Oh, and I couldn't orient the plans I did develop to print to fill just one sheet of paper. It insists on printing the entire work area (most of which is blank). Wasted many hours. Have found something better. :)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars It All Got Put Back Together!
Exactly what I needed.We used it to print pictures for the contractors that were rebuilding the house after the fire totally gutted it. It worked perfectly.
Published 5 months ago by David Myers
2.0 out of 5 stars I nearly bought this.
I nearly bought this product until I read the reviews. Others spoke of this software "installing" advertisements on your computer when you install it or add features. Read more
Published 18 months ago by VoidMaster
1.0 out of 5 stars Unfair to teenagers who are starting to become one
i am a teenager who wants this software for the benefit of the dought that i want to become a landscaper the price on this is to much for my taste so i announce that it should be... Read more
Published on May 21, 2003
1.0 out of 5 stars Tolerance for frustration?
I know how to learn software, but this one had me screaming at my monitor. I ended up sending the maker a very short note, "I HATE your software!"
Published on December 8, 2002
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy 3D Home Interior Deluxe!!
This product DOES NOT give you a realistic design picture. I was really disappointed with the program and cannot recommend it. Read more
Published on November 2, 2002 by David Stanley Wasser
1.0 out of 5 stars Bad software; don't bother
The program is clumsy, and seems to be a rehash for newer operating systems that is still based on the old software core. Read more
Published on July 19, 2002 by Joanna Daneman
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Product
Easy and simple to use. The 3D Home design suite deluxe 4.0 is your complete solution for home and landscape design, with more than 7,500 plants, trees and shrubs; and 1,650 ready... Read more
Published on May 22, 2002 by Shirley Billingsley
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