3D Viewer models are interactive virtual reality models that can be viewed on a phone, tablet, or web page. 3D Viewer models can be shared or embedded on your website. These models are a great way to help your clients or subcontractors visualize your designs.
To view on phones or tablets, download our free 3D Viewer app — available for both Apple and Android devices. To embed on your website 1) export the 3D Viewer model to your Chief Architect cloud account 2) from your cloud account use the embed button and copy the code to your website. Learn more with our 3D Viewer support article.
To export a model from your Chief Architect or Home Designer desktop software to the 3D Viewer app, you'll need to start by creating your specific 3D view. For example, you may choose a framing view to share with your subcontractor, or perhaps a kitchen view to send to your client. Once you export the 3D Viewer model, it will be placed in your Chief Architect cloud account. From your cloud account you can then view, share, or embed the 3D Viewer model. For more information on sharing and embedding your models, please see our 3D Viewer support articles: for Chief Architect | for Home Designer.
At the bottom of the screen, you will find controls for Overview and Room mode. When you are in the Room mode, the Sojourn® controls are available. There are also controls for High Definition (HD) and Low Definition (LD) mode. The LD mode does not display textures and uses less memory which may help to view home designs with high surface counts or on older mobile devices.
Use the Cross-Section Slider with six different cutting planes to view all angles and aspects of the home design. In the settings panel, there are controls for displaying a mini-map, aiding in the navigation of large models, defining your step length for the Sojourn® Walk-Thru mode, and using a game controller for navigation.
To export a 3D Viewer model from Chief Architect you will need current SSA and your software must be Chief Architect Premier or Interiors, 18.3 or newer. To export a 3D Viewer model from Home Designer requires version 2019 or newer. Models can be exported to the Chief Architect Cloud for a period of one year without added fees. Home Designer Essentials is not able to export 3D Viewer models.