Creating a Windows Metafile

Reference Number: KB-00611
Last Modified: July 16, 2015

The information in this article applies to:

Chief Architect Premier or Chief Architect Interiors


How do I save my plan as an .emf, or Enhanced Windows Metafile?


Windows Metafiles are a type of vector graphics file that are very useful in situations where zooming in on the image is necessary. When other graphics file types, such as .jpg files, are resized, we often see pixelation because the images are pixel-based; however, this does not occur with Windows Metafiles.

An enhanced metafile (.emf) can be exported from any vector-based view - that is, any view except rendered and ray trace views.

Note: The Export Metafile option is not available on the Mac version of Chief Architect.

To export a Windows Metafile

  1. Launch Chief Architect and Open a Chief Architect plan that you would like to export as a metafile.

  2. Accurately position the view on screen.

  3. From the menu, select File> Export> Export Metafile (EMF) . The cursor will now display the select area icon.

    • Move the cursor to the upper left corner of the area to be exported, and then click and drag the cursor diagonally from the upper left corner to the lower right corner across the area to be exported.

    • A selection marquee will follow the cursor and show the selected area. Everything included inside the selection area will be included in the .emf file while everything outside the selection area will be excluded.

  4. In the Export Windows Metafile dialog:

    • Choose the location on your computer where you would like to save the metafile.

    • In the File name: field, type a short, meaningful name for the file.

    • Click the Save button to close the dialog and continue on to the Metafile Size dialog.

  5. In the Metafile Size dialog, specify the desired Width or Height of the metafile.

    When one value is edited, the other changes to maintain it's aspect ratio.

  6. Specify the described Dots Per Inch (DPI) for the metafile and click OK.

    Note: A larger value results in a higher quality metafile, but also a larger file size.