Using Fonts Found in an AutoCAD File

Reference Number: KB-00682 Last Updated: 07-30-2014 09:00 AM

The information in this article applies to:

Chief Architect Premier or Chief Architect Interiors or Chief Architect Lite


I have a number of fonts that I have used with AutoCAD in the past, and would like to know how to make use of these fonts with Chief Architect. These fonts have a number of different names and a file extension of .shx. Can I use any of these .shx fonts in Chief Architect?


AutoCAD can use two different kinds of fonts: Native AutoCAD SHX (compiled Shape) fonts and Windows TTF (TrueType) Fonts.

Unfortunately, it is not possible to use .shx fonts in Chief Architect, as these fonts are used exclusively by AutoCAD.

Chief Architect can, however, make use of .TTF (TrueType) fonts, and .FON (Non-True Type) fonts. Before Chief Architect can use them, they must be installed in the Fonts folder within your operating system. 

  • The Mac operating system has 2 ways to manage fonts. using Font Book or by managing the fonts manually. More information on managing the fonts on your Mac can be found here: