"Okay, but has inaccuracy -- needs bug fixes"
Version: Home Plan Pro 188.8.131.52
Quick response from feedback
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.
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.
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
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