Architectural design on Mac OS X

I’m sort of in the market for a design tool that will let me have some fun with home design and architecture, and there are two tools that appear interesting right now.

One is Microspot Interiors. Looks very cool – you see it in action via a demo movie. A bit pricy, perhaps, at about 120 Euros.

The other is much more an architectural imagineering app. Sketchup is an extremely powerful tool to create and manipulate incredibly detailed 3-D mock-ups. Once you’ve made it, you can fly through it in a QuickTime movie, see shadows at various times of the day, and much more. It’s also not cheap, but since I’m a student (getting my Master’s part-time) I can pick it up for $50.

As I try these two apps out, I’ll post more impressions.