Bob Vila turns to software

June 22, 1998|By Roy Bassave | Roy Bassave,KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE

Not just the stock market and the economy are booming these days: Home-design software has turned into a $32 million market with 30 percent annual sales growth, according to PC Data, as Americans spend more money and time designing their dream home.

It was only a matter of time until television's premier home expert, Bob Vila, entered the fray, teaming with Mindscape and The Learning Company to create "Bob Vila's Home Design" on CD-ROM for Windows 95.

Vila, guru of home projects and star of the popular "Home Again" TV series, offers his skill and understanding of homebuilding to help you communicate with your architect and contractors.

"Home Design" gives even you do-it-yourselfers the foundation and blueprints needed to create the dream home you've always wanted.

The $40 "Home Design" package combines numerous features into one comprehensive program:

* A fully integrated suite of 2D/3D drafting and drawing tools.

* An encyclopedia of more than 1,000 home plans, animated home tours and full-color images.

* Home-related video and audio tips, featuring the wit and wisdom of Vila.

* Exclusive online access to the "Bob Vila's Home Design" Web site, which contains additional home-design information.

* An "Ask Bob" feature that lets users e-mail Vila for advice on personal home design projects.

During my testing, I found "Home Design" to be easy to use - and full of multimedia bonuses that make it fun, too.

For information on the Mindscape software, call 617-761-3000 or surf to Bob Vila's Web site at www.bobvila.com.

Pub Date: 6/22/98

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