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Chief Architect X6

Chief Architect X6 is now available and runs on both Mac & PC. Regardless of whether you have Windows or Mac, you can run Chief Architect on either platform natively with a single license (so you don’t need two separate copies).

When you purchase or upgrade to Chief Architect, remember you get Free upgrades for the first year – it’s included with our Support and Software Assurance. System Requirements are located at the bottom of the page.

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What's new in Chief Architect X6

Chief Architect X6 New Features Summary

Detailed Features List (pdf)

Digital Locker

Improved Activate/Deactivate Options. You can now deactivate a license remotely from your Chief Architect online account

User Interface

Support for Multiple Monitors. Tabbed view windows can be torn or undocked from main user interface and moved between monitors independently

Improved User Interface. Independent Control of Library Browser and Project Browser. View the Library Browser and the Project Browser as tabs of the same window, or undock them to view them as a separate window. New Tool Palettes. When you highlight a tool, you will see all of the child tools in the Tool Palette

Layout plan index

Layout Page Index and Revision Index. Create an index of drawing sheets and their revisions. Specify page attributes such as Label, Title, Description, Revision Information, and Comments for each sheet in the Layout Page Information Dialog.

Crop Picture Images added to Plan and Layout. Crop handles allow picture boundaries to be reduced or enlarged

Layout Template Pages. Specify multiple Template pages in a Layout and assign individual pages to reference a template

Window Schedule

Control the Order of Objects in Schedules. Re-order items by row or column in a schedule. The schedule number updates correspondingly in the plan

High quality bathroom render

Real-Time Reflections and Shadows in Render Views. The standard render camera (OpenGL) generates reflections and shadows quickly, as you navigate your design

Save Image Settings with Ray Trace Configurations. Preserve settings like tone mapping, intensity, contrast, and saturation to reuse in ray traces

Room Planner by Chief Architect

Import plans from Chief Architect’s Room Planner™ mobile app. Create designs using Room Planner™, then import them into Chief Architect for editing and detailing

Automatically generated dimensions

Auto Refresh Exterior Dimensions. Keep Auto Exterior Dimensions up-to-date as you move/update walls and openings

Camera Callout

Automatically populate Camera Callouts with Layout Page Information. Choose to include layout page label in camera callout second line text. Callout information automatically updates if layout label is changed

Room Divide tool

Room Divide Tool. Create separations of rooms without walls using the Room Divide Tool. Great to differentiate flooring for rooms

Bay Window controls

Expanded Controls for Bay/Box/Bow Windows. Specify wall type, width, depth, and height from floor and ceiling of Bay/Box/Bow Windows within dialog.

Wall framing

Rebuild Framing for a single Wall or Roof Plane. Choose to generate framing for a single object without re-generating new framing for the entire plan

Hanging joist CAD detail

Hang Floor Joists Automatically. Define Floor Joists to be flush with the Stem Wall Top. Automatically generate floor framing platforms inside the foundation which hang from stem walls

Specify Walls as ‘Bearing’. Automatically control the generation of butt or lap framing over a wall with the Bearing attribute

Technical rendering technique of a kitchen

New Custom Backsplash Tool. Click to generate a Custom Backsplash that automatically fits around cabinets, openings, and appliances

Separate Material Controls for Shelves. Apply a separate material, like glass, to the shelves inside a cabinet

Window controls

R-Value Controls. Specify R-values for walls, floors, ceilings, and platforms. Define Conditioned or Unconditioned Spaces. Specify rooms as conditioned, unconditioned, or use the room type’s default to generate insulation calculations on the materials list

Window Glazing Area and U-Factor for Doors and Windows

REScheck Report

Export energy calculations to U.S. Department of Energy’s REScheck™ program

Wall types saved to the library

Add Walls to the Library. Add custom wall definitions to the Library for reuse in new plan files

Support for ICF and SIP Wall Connections. Specify multiple main layers for wall types to represent construction types such as ICF and SIP walls

Wall framing detail

Control Wall Framing on a per-opening basis. Specify that window and door openings use custom or default settings for Headers, Trimmers, Sills, and other framing related components on the Framing tab of the specification dialog

Chief Architect X6 System Requirements

PC Mac
  • Windows 8 / 7 / Vista
  • 2.4 Ghz processor
  • 2 GB (32 bit) / 4 GB (64 bit) of Memory
  • 5 GB of available hard disk space
  • Internet Access*
  • Mac OS X v10.8 (Mountain Lion) or newer
  • 2.4 Ghz processor
  • 4 GB of Memory
  • 5 GB of available hard disk space
  • Internet Access*

*Internet access required for installation, license authentication, deactivation, and video & library catalog access.