Using the Reference Display


Reference Number: KB-00475
Last Modified: February 7, 2019

The information in this article applies to:

Chief Architect Premier or Chief Architect Interiors



QUESTION

Is there a way to superimpose or reference the contents of Floor 1 on top of Floor 2 in a way that would allow me to edit Floor 2 while seeing where objects are located on Floor 1? 


ANSWER

Although a given plan can have multiple floors, only one can be active for editing at a time. However, a reference floor can be superimposed on the working floor to help you keep walls and rooms aligned between floor levels or even different plans. This article describes some of the basics of the Reference Display tool.

Begin by opening a Chief Architect plan file.

In floor plan view, select Tools> Floor/Reference Display to display the Floor/Reference Display sub-menu.

In Chief Architect X10 and prior program versions, this was called Reference Floors.


Reference Display

This option displays a floor as a reference superimposed over the current floor plan. The contents of the reference plan cannot be edited; however, they can be used to position walls, stairs and other items in the plan.

In Chief Architect X10 and prior program versions, this was called Reference Floor Display.


Change Floor/Reference

This option allows you to specify your reference display layer settings, along with the ability to change what floors and which plans are referenced when using the Reference Display.


Up One Floor

This option changes the active floor level to be the floor level above.


Down One Floor

This option changes the active floor level to be the floor level below.


To modify which items display

  1. In floor plan view, select Tools> Floor/Reference Display> Change Floor/Reference.

    In Chief Architect X10 and prior program versions, navigate to Tools> Reference Floors> Change Floor/Reference.

    Note: The floor number displayed will be equal to the currently active floor


  2. Verify that the Reference Display Layer Set is active for the reference display row you'd like to modify, then click Define located under the Define column. Note that the row containing the red arrow in the Current column is the active plan, floor, and layer set you're working in.

    In Chief Architect X10 and prior program versions, click on the Define button in the Reference Floor Layer Set section.

    Click on the Define option in the Define column located in the Change Floor/Reference dialog

    Note: In Chief Architect X11 and newer program versions, you can reference floors from different plan files by selecting the Plan drop-down option.


  3. In the Layer Display Options dialog that opens:

    Adjust how items and layers display when the Reference Display is active by accessing and modifying the Reference Display Layer Set

    • Focus on the Disp column, and proceed to add or remove checkmarks for layers you may or may not want to display when the Reference Display is enabled.

    • You can also change the Color, Line Weight, Line Style, and Text Style of layers that are part of the Reference Display Layer Set here. 


  4. Once all desired changes are made, click OK and OK once again to close the dialogs and save your changes.


  5. Navigate to Tools> Floor/Reference Display> Reference Display to turn on the Reference Display.

    In this example, the currently active floor level is Floor 0, but Floor 1 reference lines appear in red for windows, doors, stairs, and walls.

    Reference Floor Display showing red reference lines on Floor 0