Backing up Library Content


Reference Number: KB-00091
Last Modified: May 15, 2017

The information in this article applies to:

Chief Architect Premier or Chief Architect Interiors


QUESTION

I have downloaded a lot of Chief Architect Bonus Catalogs and Manufacturer Catalogs and would hate to lose them if my computer were to crash. How can I back these catalogs up, along with my Core Catalogs and User Catalog?

ANSWER

It is a very good idea to back up the contents of your Chief Architect program library along with the User catalog and other user specific data. This article discusses the process.

 

To back up the Core, Bonus, and Manufacturer library catalogs

  1. Browse to the location of your program version's library content:

    • If you are using Windows Vista or Windows 7, 8 or 10, press the Windows key and R on your keyboard at the same time to open the Run dialog. Type %programdata% and then click OK to open your Program Data folder.

    • If you are using a Mac, open Finder, select Go > Go to Folder and then type in /Library/Application Support and click Go to open your Application Support folder.


  2. Look for a folder with the name of the program version you are using and open it.

    For example, "Chief Architect Premier X9"


  3. On your keyboard, hold the Ctrl key if you are using Windows, or Command if you are using a Mac, and click to group select the following folders:

    • Bonus Libraries
    • Core Libraries
    • Manufacturer Data
    • Manufacturer Libraries
    • Referenced Files

    Do NOT copy or back up the Program_Data folder or the dont_change.dat file. They contain unique, encrypted registration information and if you try to use a copied and pasted version of either, your license registration will no longer be recognized by our registration server.

  4. When the folders are selected as a group, copy them to the Clipboard by pressing Ctrl + C on your keyboard.

    On a Mac, use
    Command + C.


  5. Browse to the location that you would like to save your back ups, and paste the selected folders at that location by pressing Ctrl + V on your keyboard.

    On a Mac, use Command + V.


Unlike the Core, Bonus, and Manufacturer catalogs, the User Catalog is saved in your Documents directory.  To ensure that all material textures are included in your backup, you should begin by exporting the contents of your User Catalog.

 

To back up the User Catalog

  1. Launch the version of the program that you are using and open a plan or layout file.


  2. Select View> Library Browser Library> Library Browser to open the Library Browser if it is not already open.


  3. Right click the User Catalog folder and select Export Library from the contextual menu.

    It is also possible to export just individual items or secondary folders by right clicking on those items.


  4. In the Export Library Data dialog:

    • Choose an easy to find location on your local hard drive, like your Documents directory or Desktop;

    • Type a short, descriptive name for the folder or item being exported;

    • Click Save.

    • Folders can take some time to export, depending on their size.

      Note: If you have an extensive User Catalog and it is taking a considerable amount of time to export it may be necessary to separate the catalog into smaller folders to export.

To restore the Core, Bonus, and/or Manufacturer library catalogs

  1. Browse to the location where you saved the backup copies of your libraries.


  2. Select the folder or folders you wish to restore, making sure to copy the Referenced Files folder, regardless of what other libraries are being restored.


  3. When the folders are selected as a group, copy them to the Clipboard by pressing Ctrl + C on your keyboard.

    On a Mac, use 
    Command + C.


  4. Browse to the location of your program version's library content:

    • If you are using Windows Vista, or Windows 7, 8 or 10, press the Windows key and R on your keyboard at the same time to open the Run dialog. Type %programdata% and then click OK to open your Program Data folder.

    • If you are using a Mac, with the Finder, go to Go > Go to Folder and then type in /Library/Application Support and click Go to open your Application Support folder.


  5. Look for a folder with the name of the program version you are using--for example, "Chief Architect Premier X9" and open that folder.


  6. Paste the copied folders to that location by pressing Ctrl + V on your keyboard.

    On a Mac, use 
    Command + V.


  7. If any folders with the same name exist in this location it will prompt you to replace existing files. Choose the option to replace.

  • In Windows, you will see:

     

  • On a Mac, you will see:




To restore the User Catalog

  1. Launch the version of the program that you are using and open a new blank plan file.


  2. From the menu click Library> Import Library.


  3. Browse to the location where you saved the backup copies of your libraries


  4. Select the exported library file and click Open


  5. Once imported an Information message will display saying that the library has imported successfully.