Converting Plan Files to .dxf or .dwg Format

Reference Number: KB-00013 Last Updated: 11-06-2013 12:24 PM

The information in this article applies to:

Chief Architect Premier or Chief Architect Interiors or Chief Architect Lite


I have a Chief Architect ­plan file that I need to open in AutoCAD. How do I convert it to .­dxf or .­dwg?


Converting a Chief Architect plan file into a two-dimensional AutoCAD-compatible .dxf or .dwg file is easy to do using the Export Tools.  

To export to .dxf or .dwg

  1. If you want to export a view other than floor plan view to .dxf or .dwg, open that view or create it using the appropriate 3D or CAD tool.

  2. Select File> Export> Export Current View (DWG, DXF)  from the menu.  

  3. In the Export Drawing File dialog:

    • From the Compatible Version drop-down list, select which version of AutoCAD you want the file to be compatible with. 

    • Select the Layer Set you'd like to export. 

    • Click the Export button. 

    • For additional information about the options in the Export Drawing File dialog, click the Help button in the bottom right corner of the dialog box. 

  4. A dialog will appear prompting for a save location:

    • Specify a File Name and choose the location where you'd like to save this file to.

      Note: This field is called Save As if you are running the software natively on a Mac.

    • Click Save to save the .dwg/.dxf.