We found the most detailed review for the Punch! Professional Home Design Suite Platinum V12 at PC Magazine. Editor Helen Bradley describes using the program, although the review is not critical. We found the most convincing reviews at sites where owners can post reviews. They include Amazon.com, Epinions and CircuitCity.com.
Punch! Professional Home Design Suite Platinum V12 comes with flexible, robust tools for designing a home and viewing it in 3D. You can print plumbing and electrical blueprints or add special details like wainscoting. There's also a LiveView feature that updates your design in real time. However, owners also frequently add that there's a steep learning curve with the software that makes it difficult for beginners to learn. For example, the software starts users off with a blank page. People with no CAD experience may prefer Better Homes and Gardens Home Designer Suite 8.0 (*est. $100), which owners say is easier to use, but which may offer less room to grow as your skills progress.
Editor Helen Bradley tries a demo version of Punch Professional Home Design Platinum and describes five basic steps for creating a simple floor plan that can be turned into a 3D image. The review is not critical, but shows how the program works.
Review: Design Your House, Helen Bradley, May 30, 2007
Owners posting reviews at Amazon.com give the Punch! Professional Home Design Suite V12 slightly below-average marks. Many people complain that the software isn't for beginners and is far too complicated. However, some owners especially like the comprehensive features, such as the ability to print electrical and plumbing blueprints.
Review: Punch! Professional Home Design Platinum V12 reviews, Contributors to Amazon.com
The owner posting a review at Epinions.com gives the Punch! Professional Home Design Suite good marks. The owner says that the software is easy to use and comes with "tons of options." If you're a beginner, though, you may be overwhelmed by the options, the reviewer adds.
Review: Punch! Professional Home Design 12 Platinum review, Contributors to Epinions