Chief Architect Help Database - Article Number: 87
Missing Files error messages when opening older plansThe information in this article applies to:
- Chief Architect X5
- Chief Architect X4
- Chief Architect X3
- Chief Architect X2
- Chief Architect X1
When I open a plan that was created in an earlier version of Chief Architect than the one I am now using, I get a "Missing File" error message.
What does this mean, and how can I prevent the error message from displaying?
When opening an existing plan, the Chief Architect program will search for the electrical objects, textures, backdrops, and image files referenced in the plan. If it does not find one or more of these files on your system, a Missing Files error message will display.
There are several reasons you may be getting this message. Some of the most common reasons are:
You may be referencing a custom graphic file that you had on an alternate system that you have not yet moved over to the computer that you are attempting to open the file on.
You may be referencing a custom graphic file installed in the previous program version but is not present in the current version.
You may be referencing older texture files in your Defined Materials. This is a common problem with plans that were generated with Chief Architect version 6.0 or prior.
In Chief Architect 9.0 and newer, all file references are checked when the plan is opened. In Chief Architect 8.0 and prior, the program only presented the missing file error message when generating a 3D view in which the graphics file is actually used.
In Chief Architect X3 and later, when you receive this warning you have the options to either Replace File or Choose Folder.
Replace File - Allows you to replace the missing texture with another image file on your system.
Choose Folder - Allows you to browse your computer in order to try to locate the missing texture on your system.
If the missing files are those provided by Chief Architect and you have not yet downloaded the materials into your Library Browser on this machine, you may want to select Cancel, then download them and continue.
In Chief Architect X2 and prior versions, you can solve this problem by either locating and replacing the image, backdrop or material texture reference in the plan or by copying the graphics from the previous version into the appropriate library directory for the current program version.
Article Number 562: Guide to file management for Chief Architect files
Last updated on: Aug 07, 2012