Getting ready to go off to college (or know someone who is)? Autodesk is taking its free Autodesk Homestyler product that’s simple enough to use, even students from [insert name of college that (in your certainly unbiased opinion) have the dumbest students] can figure it out to the dorms. Just yesterday the Autodesk Dorm Design Contest was announced. The essence of the contest is this, design your dream dorm room using the free cloud-based Autodesk Homestyler product and win up-to a $500 back-to-school shopping spree at Target.
As a cloud-based product, all you need to run Autodesk Homestyler is an internet browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, etc). Using Autodesk Homestyler you can draw/design your space in 3D, and then complete the design by adding flooring, furniture, appliances, even landscaping if you’re so inclined from a library of real products.
Even if you’re not a student (and thus not eligible for this competition) I do encourage you to at least check out Homestyler. While it’s no replacement for Autodesk’s desktop applications, it’s still a very capable application (especially considering its price).