Importing a PDF File

Reference Number: KB-00940
Last Modified: July 16, 2015

The information in this article applies to:

Chief Architect Premier or Chief Architect Interiors


I have a PDF document that I need to import into Chief Architect. How do I do this?


It is possible to import PDF files in to Chief Architect X5 and newer programs in floor plan view, cross section/elevation views, CAD Details, and the layout.

Importing large, or multiple PDF files into a plan or layout file can result in program slowness.

To import a PDF file

  1. From the drawing that you need to bring the PDF file into click File> Import> PDF

  2. Select the PDF file that you wish to import and click Open to display the Import PDF dialog.

  3. Select which pages you wish to import, and click OK.

    When multiple pages are imported, a separate PDF box is created for each one.

  4. Once imported, PDF boxes behave, and can be edited, similar to imported pictures and metafiles.

  5. If you would like to trace over your imported PDF, send the picture to the back of the screen so that your drawing and editing will show in front of the PDF. To do this, select the pdf, open object and on the PDF Box Specification Dialog on the Line Style panel under Drawing group, choose the radio button for back group.

    Note: Some .pdf files can contain both 2D and 3D information; however, Chief Architect can only support 2D data in an imported .pdf file. When a 3D .pdf file is imported, it may display text, a static image of the 3D model, or it may not import at all.