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Backing up Library Content

Reference Number: KB-00091 Last Updated: 03-05-2014 12:07 PM

The information in this article applies to:

Chief Architect Premier or Chief Architect Interiors or Chief Architect Lite


QUESTION

I have downloaded a lot of Chief Architect Bonus Catalogs and Manufacturer Catalogs and would hate to lose them if my computer were to crash. How can I back these catalogs up, along with my Core Catalogs and User Catalog?

ANSWER

It is a very good idea to back up the contents of your Chief Architect program library along with all of our other valuable data. 

 

To back up the Core, Bonus, and Manufacturer library catalogs

  1. Browse to the location of your program version's library content:

    • If you are using Windows 7, 8 or Vista, use Windows Explorer and browse to C:\ProgramData\
      Note: The C:\ProgramData folder is a hidden folder. Please visit Microsoft's Support page on how to 'Show Hidden Files and Folders' if you have trouble finding this location.

    • If you are using a Mac, use Finder and browse to /Library/Application Support/


  2. Look for a folder with the name of the program version you are using--for example, "Chief Architect Premier X6"--and open the folder.


  3. On your keyboard, hold the Ctrl key if you are using Windows, Command if you are using a Mac, and click to group select the following folders:

    • Bonus Libraries
    • Core Libraries
    • Manufacturer Data
    • Manufacturer Libraries
    • Referenced Files


    Do NOT copy or back up the Program_Data folder or the dont_change.dat file. They contain unique, encrypted registration information and if you try to use a copied and pasted version of either, your license registration will no longer be recognized by our registration server.


  4. When the folders that you wish to back up are selected as a group, copy them to the Clipboard by pressing Ctrl + C on your keyboard if you are using Windows, Command + C if you are using a Mac.


  5. Browse to the location that you would like to save your back ups, and paste the selected folders at that location by pressing Ctrl + V on your keyboard if you are using Windows, Command + V if you are using a Mac.


Unlike the Core, Bonus, and Manufacturer catalogs, the User Catalog is saved in your Documents directory.  To ensure that all material textures are included in your backup, you should begin by exporting the contents of your User Catalog.

 

To back up the User Catalog

  1. Launch the version of the program that you are using and open a plan or layout file.


  2. Select View> Library Browser Library> Library Browser to open the Library Browser.

    • Library> Library Browser if you have X5 or a prior version of Chief Architect.


  3. Click the  next to User Catalog to expand it and view its contents.


  4. Right-click on a folder or item within the User Catalog and select Export Library from the ­contextual menu. In the Export Library Data dialog:

    • Choose an easy to find location on your local hard drive, like your Documents directory or Desktop;

    • Type a short, descriptive name for the folder or item being exported;

    • Click Save.

    • Folders can take some time to export, depending on their size.

      Note: If you have an extensive User Catalog and it is taking a considerable amount of time to export it may be necessary to separate the catalog into smaller folders to export.


  5. Repeat step 4 as needed to export the contents of your User Catalog that you want to back up.


  6. When you are finished, copy and paste the exported User Catalog files to your backup location, as described above.



To restore the Core, Bonus, and/or Manufacturer library catalogs

  1. Browse to the location where you saved the backup copies of your libraries.


  2. Select the following folder or folders you wish to restore, making sure to copy the Referenced Files folder, regardless of what other libraries are being restored.


  3. When the folders that you wish to restore are selected as a group, copy them to the Clipboard by pressing Ctrl + C on your keyboard if you are using Windows, or Command + C if you are using a Mac.


  4. Browse to the location of your program version's library content:

    • If you are using Windows 7, 8 or Vista, use Windows Explorer and browse to C:\ProgramData\

    • If you are using a Mac, use Finder and browse to /Library/Application Support/


  5. Look for a folder with the name of the program version you are using--for example, "Chief Architect Premier X6"--and open the folder.


  6. Paste the copied folders to that location by pressing Ctrl + V on your keyboard if you are using Windows, or Command + V if you use a Mac.


  7. If any folders with the same name exist in this location it will prompt you to replace existing files. Choose the option to replace.

    • In Windows, you will see:

       

    • On a Mac, you will see:




To restore the User Catalog

  1. Launch the version of the program that you are using and open a plan or layout file.


  2. From the menu click Library> Import Library




  3. Browse to the location where you saved the backup copies of your libraries


  4. Select your exported library file and click Open


  5. Once imported an Information message will display saying that the library has imported successfully.