From Home Plan Software:
Many CAD programs are designed for architects and engineers. These can be expensive, as well as hard to learn, and difficult to use. Home Plan Pro is designed to quickly and easily draw good-quality, straightforward designs.
Features: Integrated on-line help; Multiple drawing layers; Built-in fax driver faxes your plans anywhere in the world.; Metric or USA Measurements; Dozens of Fill Patterns; Draw with Mouse and Keyboard; Hundreds of Resizeable, Rotatable Figures; Print on any paper your Windows printer driver supports; Choose drawing colors, line styles, fill patterns. Draw objects from a few inches to thousands of feet in size.; Resolutions down to 1/16 of an Inch when zoomed in; Save Drawing in bitmap or vector format; Optional, Adjustable Snap Grid; keep an Activity Log to track your time on each plan; Fill any Wall with framing, patterns or solid colors; Calculate Square Feet or Meters; Clip and Save Sections for Use in Other Drawings; Delete Drawing Objects or User-defined Sections; Dozens of Fill Patterns; Draw with Mouse and Keyboard; Hundreds of Resizeable, Rotatable Figures; Measure Cursor Movement with On-screen "Odometers"; Multiple Line Styles; Multiple Text Sizes; Repeat or Clone the Last Action; Resize All or Part of Drawings; Undo/Redo the Last Action; View & Delete Individual Elements from Drawing; Zoom In or Out; Export to bitmap or DXF.
What's new in this version:
Version 188.8.131.52 may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes.
Clumsy. Difficult to change (re-size, move...) elements once drawn; easier to delete (the element) and start over; but there have been times I've had to start the whole drawing over. Can change, re-size etc, but very imprecise. My new company uses this, so I had to purchase after the trial. I have MS Visio2003 from a previous business, and plan on using it instead, (once I'm w/ the company longer; customers only see the pdf anyway.) For regular use, I would recommend spending more $ for a "professional" program, rather than a "hobbyist" program. I know it's more money, but Visio has a huge library of pre-drawn elements, and is much easier to learn and use, (Microsoft-looking toolbar,) vs HPP.
I hadn't used Visio in a few years, but just to compare, I did a better drawing in less than half the time; it was easy to recall the more-intuitive Visio drawing techniques even after not having used it for a while. Visio is not just for Home plans; has many other architectural/building and "business process" capabilities (mapping, graphs and charts, process flow diagrams etc.) Sorry didnt mean to make it a commercial for Visio.
Bug reports sent to company, but no fixes forthcoming
Version as of May 25 will randomly draw some objects with incorrect dimensions at certain zoom levels. Eg. A polygon of 2" width will become 1.75". The object size becomes inaccurate at the zoom level and it will cause in-line objects to become adjacent objects (appearing as thick lines). This propagates over to the print output, so it can start to become really messy. The software developer's solution is to move the objects around and resize them when changing zoom levels to adjust for the error the software has in drawing! When you draw to objects in CAD you need them to a) remain the same dimensions and in the same position (x,y) regardless of zoom level. This software cannot accomplish that and clearly demonstrated the error to the developer -- they have no bug fix.
Another problem is that when some objects are re-sized by dragging their property values are not updated automatically with the new dimension values. The old dimension values stay in the properties. Any further changes to attributes in properties will result in the object being resized to the original size (the dimension values remaining in properties). The developer is unable to fix this bug, so you may be frustrated finding some of your objects getting re-sized unintentionally.
The software has many features and is offered at a good price. Sometimes low cost software has significant problems that either a) you need to try and deal with, or b) makes it impractical to use. CAD software should produce accurate results, but I found this product does not. If you need accuracy as mentioned earlier you may need to use AutoCAD lite or A9CAD or something else.
Updated on Jun 2, 2011
BTW, I would rather pay the developer another $20 per license to have the two mentioned bugs fixed in this software. If those bugs were eliminated it seems that the overall package would get 5*. I have used all the main features extensively during the past few weeks and cannot find any further problem besides the two major ones reported on earlier. Many people will not be able to cope with those errors, but perhaps if you are using the software for non detailed layout (to 1/4" accuracy) then the software may be suitable for you. Keep in mind that the 1/4" error in drawing I found can be repetitive and amount to a couple of inches across your page.
install and uninstall work well. Easy learning curve, easy to explore options and locate additions, good explanation of next step for doors, overall for $40 definitely has it's value
Icons could be larger graphics aren't much but that's alright. Biggest cons are 2 things: 1. no grid background 2. printing is not what you see on your screen, print and adjust, print and adjust this becomes a P.I.T.A.
Good overall but the cons especially the printing make it less than 5 star
I've had the program before and it works well and is easy to use
This demo is unusable, features like undo are blocked. You can't just remove one wall it removes all the walls and you have to start over especially if you can't undo..
Simply how can you test a product if all the functions you need to try are not available. Buying it is the only option and then if it doesn't meet your expectations then you are out of luck and wasted your money. That is what a demo is suppose to eliminate. Bottom line don't waste your download time.