PDF Print Driver Information

Reference Number: KB-00483
Last Modified: December 12, 2018

The information in this article applies to:

Chief Architect Premier or Chief Architect Interiors


I need to print my documents remotely and am looking for a way to create a PDF because that is what my print shop will accept and can print. What software do I need to create a PDF file?

Starting in Chief Architect X6, you can save any view as a 2D .PDF file by selecting Save as PDF or Chief Architect Save as PDF from the drop down menu under destination in either the Print View or Print Image dialog. A third party PDF printer is not necessary.


A PDF, or Portable Document Format file, cannot be exported or saved from Chief Architect X5 and prior - it must be printed. In brief, the process is as follows: You open a drawing or layout in Chief; click File> Print, choose a PDF printer, and then click the Print button.

While this process will quickly and easily produce a PDF document, the one critical component that must be present is a PDF driver. The purpose of this article is not to endorse one particular PDF driver over another, but is intended to present you with several options. Other options not listed here might also be appropriate.

Chief Architect, Inc. provides this information for information purposes only. The third party information present in this document was verified at writing, however it is subject to change.

The information in this article is not intended to be an endorsement for the products or companies listed and listing these products and companies is for your information only, we will not provide any support for these products. 

CutePDF® Writer

Price: Free Download
Website: http://www.cutepdf.com/
Features: CutePDF® allows you to create professional quality PDF files from almost any printable document. Free for personal, commercial, gov or edu use. No watermarks. No popup Web ads. Now supports 64-bit Windows.


Price: Free Download
Website: http://www.primopdf.com/
Features: PrimoPDF® is the web's #1 free software for creating 100% industry-standard PDF files. Simple to use and free of ads, converting files to PDF has never been easier!


Price: Free Download, or you can purchase full version for a fee
Website: http://www.pdf995.com
Features: PDF995® makes it easy and affordable to create professional-quality documents in the popular PDF file format. Its easy-to-use interface helps you to create PDF files by simply selecting the Print command from any application, creating documents which can be viewed on any computer with a PDF viewer.

Bullzip® PDF Printer

Price: Free Download
Website: http://www.bullzip.com/
Features: The Bullzip PDF Printer works as a Microsoft Windows printer and allows you to write PDF documents from virtually any Microsoft Windows application. This program is FREEWARE with limitations, which means that it is FREE for personal and commercial use up to 10 users. It does not contain any advertising or popups.

Nitro PDF Professional®

Price: Free trial with the full version available for a fee
Website: http://www.nitropdf.com/
Features: Adds one-click PDF conversion for common office documents like Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Visio, Publisher, and offers a full suite of PDF editing capabilities.

Adobe® Acrobat Standard

Price: Purchase for a fee
Website: http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobatstandard.html
Features: Ideal for people who prepare and share PDF documents, Acrobat 9 Standard is the world's leading PDF writer and contains the capabilities needed to combine multiple files in a single PDF. Easily create fillable PDF forms. And apply basic document security features.

Note: While the free version of Adobe Acrobat Reader can be used to view .PDF files, it's not capable of creating them.

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