December 20, 2016
The information in this article applies to:
I have a Chief Architect plan file that I need to open in AutoCAD®. How do I convert it from a .plan to a .dwg or .dxf file type?
Converting a Chief Architect plan file into either a two- or three-dimensional AutoCAD® compatible .dwg or .dxf file can be done easily using the export functions.
Line drawings, such as Plan view, elevation views, and CAD Details can be exported as to-scale .dwg or .dxf files.
To export to a 2D DWG or DXF
- Select File> Export> Export Current View (DWG, DXF) from the menu.
- In the Export Drawing dialog:
- From the Compatible Version drop-down list, select the version of AutoCAD that you want the exported DWG or DXF file to be compatible with.
- Select the Layer Set that you would like to export.
- Click the Export button.
- For additional information about the options in the Export Drawing File dialog, click the Help button on the bottom of the dialog box
- A dialog will appear prompting for a save location:
- Specify a file name.
- Choose the location where you'd like to save this file to. Make sure to select an easy to find location, such as your Desktop or the project's folder.
- Use the drop-down menu to change the Save as type to either .dwg or .dxf
- Click Save to save the file
Any perspective or orthographic camera view can be exported as a 3D model, including AutoCAD compatible .dwg or .dxf files.
To export a 3D DWG or DXF
- Enter a 3D view by selecting 3D> Create Perspective View> Perspective Full Overview .
- Select File> Export> Export 3D Model (DWG, DXF) .
- Set the location and file name of the model in the Save 3D Drawing File dialog, and press Save.