Punch! Interior Design Suite [Old Version]
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- Select from a huge assortment of doors, windows, furniture, and cabinets included in the object library
- Choose everything from paint to wallpaper to sink & faucet designs -- it's all here for you
- Basic drag-and-drop functions apply the right colors and textures to your new interior
- Trace a unique floor plan that fits your sense of style and makes the most of your space
- Turn layered drawings on and off for uncluttered viewing of your home design -- combine as few or as many layers as you wish
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From the Manufacturer
Punch! Interior Design Suite allows you to renew or redo your entire home from kitchen and bath design to basement remodeling, you have the power at your fingertips.
What you can do:
- Design your own storage with the Cabinet Wizard
- Layout your rooms easily with the Room Wizard
- Make moldings and baseboards with the Trim Designer
- Frame your outdoor view with the Window Designer
- Build a hearth for your home with the Fireplace Wizard
- Try new treatments with Decorator Theme Palettes
- Get help when you need it with the Help Tutorials
- Take a view through your roof by designing skylights
- Make your furniture fit with object resizing
Top Customer Reviews
I used this just for an apartment floor plan to think through moving walls around, not for complete house construction or modeling.
Here are some tips that might make things smoother for you:
- For some reason, the default flooring thickness is 12", so my doors were getting lopped off at knee-level. Once I reset all the flooring thickness to 1", I could see the bottoms of my doors again.
- If you have a wide screen and it's set to 120 DPI, the display chops of some of the customization controls on the right side of the screen.
- The distinction between exterior and interior walls matters, and is often at the root of flooring and ceiling problems. (E.g., grass in the living room or tiled front lawn.) The wall types sometimes morph into each other by rules I never figured out. If I had to do this again, I'd do all the exterior walls first, lock them against changes, and then add interior ones.
- My performance with the undirected fly-through is exactly what you'd expect from watching me play speedracer. Better way: Click on the binoculars on the left and you get cursor you can position for a "controlled walkthrough." You can look around using the 3-d display, but no more accidentally falling through the floor.
I also found the paint choices to be limited. Long and short of it, I put it down and have not gone back to it. My decorating project is now complete without help from Punch. Maybe I'll try tackling Punch again one day, but as of now I consider it a waste of money.
There is a reason it has been voted best for several years now. It does a good job if you remember the very old computer saying,
"Garbage IN...Garbage OUT" 8-)
My wife loves the video tutorials that she can pop-up anytime she needs to without stopping the software and what she's working on.
Anything this complete, is worth the learning curve.
1. The UI is all over the place. Menus at the top, buttons on the left, buttons at the bottom, tabs at the top (each containing more buttons), tabs on the right (each containing menus and more buttons). I tend to immerse myself in new software by looking in all the menus and learning where things are. Good luck doing that with this product! You'll be lucky if you can find the same button twice without the manual.
2. In addition to the sins of the UI, this program also fails to handle a scenario that is increasingly common: Windows users who have increased their font sizes. Higher-resolution screens often necessitate pumping up the font size from 100% to 150% or more, and to say that this product handles it "ungracefully" would be too kind. This program assumes that you will always be using the default Windows font size, which is one thing no commercial Windows program can ever be allowed to assume. Should you be one of the many users out there who need to increase your font scaling due to poor vision, you will discover you can't use about half this program's features at all.
This program may be the best out there, but that's not saying much. This software genre desperately needs its Photoshop.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very poor design for a design program. Everything about it. I think they make it harder than it should be. Don't know why. They just do.Published on March 30, 2014 by Aaron
Useless for regular Home Owner's just trying to layout their own plans. Way too complicated for even simple kitchen planning. Read morePublished on November 15, 2013 by Maal
We where going to remodel the kitchen and used this to come up with layouts. It's a little complicated as far as setting up floor and ceiling height but you can manage by playing... Read morePublished on March 13, 2013 by Ian
Before buying this product, I read the previous reviews. I got lucky and found a used copy for $6, thinking that if I liked it, I could buy the next release at full price and with... Read morePublished on July 1, 2011 by Brenda R. Carpenter
Like some others, I thought that I would be able to learn how to use this software. All I wanted to do was get to a place where I could see what an interior color would look like;... Read morePublished on September 12, 2010 by Major
I do interior design work as a part time business. I have tried several software programs but most are very limited. Read morePublished on August 1, 2008 by Linda L. Wagner
I expected to design new details in my existing interior but this program is useless in this respect. Read morePublished on October 23, 2007 by MacWald
There are a lot of good things about this software. The major pull-back is the learning curve, othervise it's a 5-star one. Read morePublished on January 18, 2007 by Anna
Software has a lot of features but is fairly cumbersome to use. The library of objects is limiting. Changing the color scheme is difficult when trying to match an existing color. Read morePublished on January 13, 2007 by JAF