| > I've found a couple of samples and they'll be at
| > www.stirlingcity.co.uk/ofc1/barolo-index.html for a few days
| That looks not bad. I played with a similar program a few years
| ago and dumped it rapidly; far too slow, unwieldy and user-
Ditto me with AutoSketch
| How does the GSP one stack up?
It's a good idea to sketch out a rough layout on paper first, and accept
that the first few tries will be crap. However, once the basic walls are in
it's fairly straightforward plonking in doors etc. The programme
'understands' the concepts of a building structure so when you have put 4
walls up it puts a floor and ceiling in for you. Furniture can drop to floor
or rise to ceiling. If you put a staircase on the ground floor it makes the
first floor cutout for you.
The main limitations are (on the version I have) 4 storeys which includes
the roof, and not being able to create 3d objects such as furniture (the
supplied furniture can be stretched/squeezed into desired dimensions and in
some cases have new textures dropped on them - carpeted tables anyone?) or
save the 3-d walkthroughs as AVIs. It also does not do elevation /drawings/,
It looks quite good for modelling sunshine once one gets the hang of drawing
the outsides, so could be useful for showing where shadow would be cast on
neighbouring buildings for planning applications.
It's a cut-down version of Arcon which is advertised in the self-build mags.