Home organizer

Coordinate rooms with this program.

Room Arranger offers to help users by setting up a virtual room or rooms. While the controls require a steep learning curve, many users may feel that the exciting results are worth it.

This program definitely requires users without prior design experience to make a trip to the online Help file. Here, users will get a better idea of what the confusing icons and command buttons, which are scattered throughout, do. Designing a room was surprisingly simple after we got a feel for the program and did a little experimenting. Users choose the dimensions of their room and can even choose from a list of odd-shaped rooms to accommodate for more than four walls. From there, users can select various pieces of furniture and place them throughout the room. These appear only as geometric shapes on the layout. With simple click-and-drag operation, users should be able to construct an overhead view of their room in minutes. The program is flush with added features for measuring and altering dimensions, though the most intriguing is its 3D ability. Though it cannot be jumped right into (it's a good idea to make an added trip to the Help file to ensure everything is in order), it will give users a virtual-reality-type look at their creation.

While it takes some effort to manage, the 30-day trial is enough time to experience the program. We recommend it for budding interior designers and anyone looking to rearrange their living space.

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