Chief Architect X10

Chief Architect X10 runs on both Mac & PC. Regardless of whether you have Windows or Mac, you can run Chief Architect on either platform natively with a single license (so you don't need two separate copies).

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Chief Architect Premier DVD Box

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Watch the Chief Architect X10 software overview video
Overview Video

Chief Architect X10 New Features Summary

Detailed Features List (pdf)

Chief Architect physically based rendering – real time ray trace

3D Rendering Features

Physically Based Rendering models material properties and their effects on light, producing reflective surfaces in real time.

New Materials with high resolution textures and normal maps.

Backdrop images can now be saved per camera view. Imagine one backdrop for the front of the house and another for the back.

Lighting Management is more flexible and intuitive using the redesigned Adjust Lights dialog.

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Chief Architect House Rendering

Productivity

Saved Plan Views with unique layer and default settings can be opened simultaneously to show different floors and other information. Tile a foundation plan next to a framing plan, or a kitchen plan next to the electrical.

Layout views can now be Reshaped like other closed polylines.

Custom Watermarks add text or an image to plan views, renderings, or layout pages.

Views listed in the Project Browser can be group-selected and opened.

Objects on different floors can now be group-selected in 3D and Elevation views.

3D Viewer exports now include saved cameras and can be viewed using VR headsets.

The Project Browser and Annotation Sets are now included in Chief Architect X10 Interiors.

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Home Design Software CAD Detail

Editing Features

Stretch CAD Tool efficiently moves, lengthens, shortens, and changes the angle of groups of CAD objects.

Selected Edge Handle Fill has an improved highlight for visual clarity.

Improved Visual Snap Indicators for relevant snap points.

Symbol objects can now be Rotated in 3D using their edit handles.

Multiple Defaults for Text Tools, Doors, Cabinets, and Cameras can be selected and edited as a group.

Make Terrain Holes Around Buildings tool converts automatic cutout around buildings into editable Terrain Hole polylines.

Garden Beds and other Distributed Objects have improved spacing, orientation, and scaling options for more natural appearance.

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Kitchen and cabinet design software

Cabinet Features

Rollout Storage, organization, and special shelf objects can now be inserted into cabinets.

Refined control for drawing Cabinet Doors and Drawers open in 2D and 3D.

Cabinet Schedules can now include Soffits, Partitions, and Shelf objects.

Box Construction and Door Overlay can now be transferred from one cabinet to another using the Object Painter.

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Schedules & Materials Lists

Find & Edit Objects in the Plan directly from Schedules for added accessibility in making modifications

Find Objects in the Plan from the Materials List

Create custom formulas for calculations in the Materials List

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Home design software for cabinet schedules

Schedules & Materials Lists

Find & Edit Objects in the Plan directly from Schedules for added accessibility in making modifications

Find Objects in the Plan from the Materials List

Create custom formulas for calculations in the Materials List

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Library Catalogs & Content

Specify a Custom Location for Library catalogs including a network location or cloud drive.

Material Previews in the Library Browser are now shown on a selection of 3D shapes including a cube and sphere.

Search individual Folders in the Library Browser.

New Inserts into Wall option for symbol objects.

Migrate Library Filters when upgrading to Version X10.

New Catalogs in the 3D Library, including Rev-A-Shelf, SubZero, Wolf, and more.

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Chief Architect software – cloud catalog

Library Catalogs & Content

Specify a Custom Location for Library catalogs including a network location or cloud drive.

Material Previews in the Library Browser are now shown on a selection of 3D shapes including a cube and sphere.

Search individual Folders in the Library Browser.

New Inserts into Wall option for symbol objects.

Migrate Library Filters when upgrading to Version X10.

New Catalogs in the 3D Library, including Rev-A-Shelf, SubZero, Wolf, and more.

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Structural & Plan Display Features

Pony Walls can now have an upper railing.

Railing Heights can now be edited in 3D views.

Doorways have new plan view display options.

New Ignore All Off Angle Walls command.

Wall Elevations can now include No Room Definition walls.

Railings on stairs and adjacent walls can be controlled separately.

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Master bath shower wall in Chief Architect software

Structural & Plan Display Features

Pony Walls can now have an upper railing.

Railing Heights can now be edited in 3D views.

Doorways have new plan view display options.

New Ignore All Off Angle Walls command.

Wall Elevations can now include No Room Definition walls.

Railings on stairs and adjacent walls can be controlled separately.

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Dimension Features

Auto Story Pole Dimensions now have default Reach Parameters and improved labels.

Auto Story Pole Dimensions update when the roof is rebuilt.

Point-to-Point Dimensions snap to objects when possible instead of always placing point markers.

Snap Indicators for dimension lines only display when a dimension can locate a point.

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Home design software front elevation with dimensions

Dimension Features

Auto Story Pole Dimensions now have default Reach Parameters and improved labels.

Auto Story Pole Dimensions update when the roof is rebuilt.

Point-to-Point Dimensions snap to objects when possible instead of always placing point markers.

Snap Indicators for dimension lines only display when a dimension can locate a point.

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3D framing for residential construction

Roof & Framing Features

Dutch Gables can now be created automatically.

Roof Trusses can now be edited to any length, making girder trusses and other special trusses easier to create.

The Automatic Height setting is toggled off when framing members are manually raised or lowered.

Door and Window Headers now display in floor plan view and are drawn on their own layer.

Framing Labels now display nominal sizes for members specified as Lumber.

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