Spinning the Model in a Camera Overview

Reference Number: KB-00067
Last Modified: July 16, 2015

The information in this article applies to:

Chief Architect Premier or Chief Architect Interiors


I would like to spin my model in an overview. Can this be done? 


Chief Architect has the capability to maneuver the camera in various ways allowing a model to be spun or rotated. 

To create and spin the overview

  1. Select 3D> Create Perspective View> Full Overview .

  2. Once the view is generated, press Ctrl + Alt + S on your keyboard to spin the Overview.

    • Alternately, with the Mouse-Orbit  camera tool active, you can also click in the 3D view, drag the mouse, and release the mouse button to "throw"  the view. This second method allows better control for the speed at which the view will spin.

  3. Press the Esc key to stop the spinning.

In some cases, such as if you have an oblong lot with the house not located in the center, then you may not want the focal point of your overview camera to be in the middle of the terrain. 

Instead, you may want it to be at the actual structure. You can either change the focal point of the camera in floor plan view, or there is also a tool that will allow you to do this while still having the Overview active.

To change the focal point in the Overview

  1. While in the Overview, select 3D> Move Camera with Mouse> 3D Center Camera on Point .

  2. Click on any object in the overview to move the focal point to that location.

  3. In addition to controlling how it will spin, this also sets the camera center so that future use of Mouse-Orbit Camera tool rotates around that point.