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I would like to be able to send my plans back and forth between myself and someone else who is using a different Chief Architect program. How can I accomplish this task?
Example: I am a Chief Architect Premier user, and would like to communicate back and forth with an individual using one of Chief Architect's Home Designer consumer software programs. How can I send them a plan that they can open and modify in their version?
If a Chief Architect user wants to be able to send a Home Designer user a file, first check to make sure that the versions that both users have are compatible. If the versions are compatible, then the Chief Architect user needs to allow for editing in the Home Designer programs before sending the file.
The first thing you will want to do is to configure the layers that you want the Home Designer user to have access to.
If a Chief Architect user wants to be able to send a Home Designer user a file, first check to make sure that the versions that both users have are compatible. If the versions are compatible, then, the Chief Architect user needs to allow for editing in the Home Designer programs before sending the file.
Please note that the editing abilities available to the Home Designer user will be within the limitations of their program. For example, Home Designer Suite does not have the capability to manually edit roof planes, create and modify custom counter tops, and has no layout tool.
If you are uncertain as to whether or not your version of Chief Architect is the same version as the individual using the Home Designer program, you can use the information below as a guide.
Files created in prior versions of Chief Architect cannot be edited in Home Designer products.
Keep in mind that, as a Chief Architect user, you can open a plan file created in an earlier version of a Home Designer program, you will be able to open and modify the file, however, if you send it back to someone using a prior version Home Designer program, they will not be able to reopen the file in their version.
For example, if the Home Designer person is using a Home Designer 2019 program, and you are using X11, then they will be able to send you their file, which you can open, modify and save, but they will not be able to reopen the file unless they upgrade to the equivalent 2020 software.
If you are using the current version of Chief Architect, but your client is using an older discontinued Home Designer program, they will need to upgrade to the current version of Home Designer, or instead request the Chief Architect Viewer program.
Now, you can send this zipped folder to a Home Designer user.