Chief Architect® 3D Viewer

Web App / Mobile App to Share 3D Models

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.

Chief Architect Mobile 3D Viewer Overview video thumbnail
The kitchen from Contemporary Bungalow. A wine cabinet. Breckenridge design overview. Two kitchen islands side-by-side for comparison. GrandView spec home. A bungalow style house. The Albertson remodel project. A framing view of the Breckenridge project.

Viewing & Sharing Models

To export a model from your Chief Architect 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 article.

Navigation tools 3D Viewer

Sojourn® 3D Virtual Reality Navigation Controls — Available in the Mobile App

  • Thumbsticks to move (fly) and rotate
  • Gyro camera for free-form viewing
  • Background camera on/off
  • Walk-Thru — allowing you to physically walk through the model
  • Dynamic camera height while in fly mode
  • Manual camera height adjustment

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.

Cross-Section Slider

Cross-Section Slider

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.

File Management Options

Chief Architect 3D Viewer Requirements

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.

iOS

  • iOS 7 or newer
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 400MB Storage Space
  • iPad Air or newer (Air 2 or higher recommended)
  • iPad Mini 2 or newer (Mini 4 recommended)
  • iPhone 5S or newer (SE, 6S, 6S Plus, or newer recommended)
  • iPod Touch 6th Gen (not recommended since it has only 1GB RAM)

Android

  • Android 5.0 or newer
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 400MB Storage Space
  • Accelerometer and gyro with sensor fusion (Required for some Sojourn® features to function)
  • Back-facing camera (Required for some Sojourn® features to function)
  • Support for OpenGL ES 3 or higher
  • Samsung S Pen not supported

Web Version

  • Firefox 42 or later (preferred)
  • Chrome 46 or later
  • Safari 9 or later
  • Edge 13 or later
  • Windows or macOS
  • Browser must be able to allocate 1GB of contiguous memory
  • Mobile browsers are not supported