Picks and Pans Review: Kitchen Capers
It's Barbie Fashion Designer for the Martha Stewart set! The CD-ROM Picture This Home! Kitchen lets users visualize every aspect of a remodeled kitchen, from the location of a dishwasher to the color of the countertops. Drawing on the included catalogs of such name brands as General Electric and Dutch Boy Paints, the disc makes it easy to plan and price your dream cookery. Kitchen (a Bath disc is on the way) is the first consumer venture from Autodesk, the biggest maker of design software for professional architects and engineers. The technological savvy shows—pick a shiny Sub-Zero fridge and watch how it reflects sunlight onto, say, an oak parquet floor. Though the $50 program's controls take some time to figure out, they are a breeze compared to the headache (and legwork) of real-world shopping. Just don't try for that '70s look—nothing seems to come in avocado anymore.
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