Specifying a Plan or Layout Thumbnail

Reference Number: KB-00123 Last Updated: 01-26-2015 12:55 PM

The information in this article applies to:

Chief Architect Premier or Chief Architect Interiors


When I close my plan, a thumbnail file is created for the plan database. However, it is not for the floor I want - how do I create a thumbnail file for the floor that I would like to display?


When a plan is closed, Chief Architect will automatically save a thumbnail of the floor that was visible when the session was closed. For example, if Floor 3 was the current floor when the plan was closed, the thumbnail file that was created will show the plan view of Floor 3.


To create a plan thumbnail image

  1. Open the Chief Architect plan for which you would like to create a custom plan thumbnail image.

  2. Select Edit> Preferences  from the menu if you're on a Windows PC or Chief Architect> Preferences  if you're on a Mac. On the File Management panel of the Preferences dialog,

    • Check the box beside Thumbnail Images to enable it.

    • Select either Small or Large thumbnail images. Large thumbnails produce higher-quality images.

    • Click OK to close the dialog and apply your changes.

  3. Open or create the view that you would like to use as your thumbnail for this plan. You can use the plan view of any floor in your plan or any 3D view.

  4. Select File> Save Thumbnail Image  from the menu.

    The current view will be saved as a .jpg file in the same directory on your computer as the plan file. This plan thumbnail image will display when the plan file is selected in the Open Plan File dialog and the Find Plan Wizard.

    Note: If the Save Plan Thumbnail option is grayed out, then the plan file that is currently open has yet to be saved.