Mar 27, 2007

Chances are you've heard of, but there are things you might not realize about the site, like the fact that there's design software available for trial and free use. also has great tips and tools for maximizing use of your home electronics: you mistakenly clicked on that Trojan Horse and you need to deal with cleaning up the spyware and adware mess; eight favorite iPodware programs to make up ground where iTunes hasn't yet gone; and on the homepage, you can check out the most popular software, music, and games downloads.

Now, onto a look at two design downloads:

Showoff Home Design is a free application for landscaping and outdoor living projects. It's been downloaded over 60,000 time, which makes it pretty popular, but there are only 2 ratings--though both are very positive. Want to see how the plants and trees will grow over time? This program gives you the option to see them in 2 years, 5 years and beyond.

Punch Professional Home Design Platinum Suite 8 is a free, 15-day trial of both Punch Master Landscape design software and Punch Professional Home Design Suite. The full price is $99.99, which will then give you full functionality; until then, the trial version is save and print disabled. Thank goodness for print screen!

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