I was VERY excited to be getting my hands on this application. I do not use any other application like this so my experience is limited to relegating this creative process to someone else. A large part of what I do is to work with architects and of course, before I can do that, the land must be found, thought about, negotiated over and purchased. During this process, I can't help myself from day dreaming building possibilities. As a way to unwind, I doodle my thoughts and ideas, apply the finance of building and sales, and eventually, pass ideas along to our architects to fully develop. So to become proficient at using this architect program was a thrilling idea, initially.
Now this is a very cool application so let me get the hard part over with early. The application did not allow for me to draw curved walls. This is my biggest complaint. It was frustrating. I also found aligning items on multiple floors, when you did not have the advantage of the ruler, a little tuff, specifically a spiral staircase. It just took a light touch and blowing up the screen large enough to see the alignment tics. Another difficulty I had was getting the doors to swing exactly as I wanted. There is a `flip' tool, which was useful but not sufficient. It only flipped in a either / or direction and I didn't or couldn't find a way to get control of flipping it in the 4 points of the compass type of direction.
On the Pro side, BeLight has superb web support and I was able to get my questions answered very quickly. I just didn't like the answer. BeLight also offers tutorials which were extremely exciting because it showed me what could be achieved, walked me through it, with ease, and everything looked so professional.
As I became more versed in the applications tools, I began to respect the thought put into making designing easy. It was easy to resize every item from window frames to potted plants to coffee pots to paintings and more. There is a wide selection of furniture and although your pallet is limited, for just special understanding, there are plenty of choices.
Another great feature of this program are the previewing options. There are multiple choices flat perspective, 2D and 3D. The image can be viewed in any one of these in the same frame. This is great when you get to the process of final touches. In the final touch process begins, you have options of adding lights, shadows, run a walking tour. You can almost add smells even. The tools pallet and options on each pallet is enormous. If not absolutely every material or texture in the world, certainly enough to dress up your building well enough to tell the storey, to make choices, to begin your building process.
Now I joke with my architects how easily they could be replaced by me. Actually, I've gained more respect for what they do as I have gone back to doing my doodling and daydreaming on notebook paper. I do this because I am a person who gets totally absorbed in the minutiae, and nothing could be more tedious than choosing textures and materials to suit an interior.