Using Fonts Found in an AutoCAD File

Reference Number: KB-00682
Last Modified: July 19, 2021

The information in this article applies to:

Chief Architect Premier or Chief Architect Interiors


I have a number of fonts that I have used with AutoCAD in the past, and would like to know how to make use of these fonts with Chief Architect. These fonts have a number of different names and a file extension of .shx. Can I use any of these .shx fonts in Chief Architect?


AutoCAD can use two different kinds of fonts: Windows TTF (TrueType) fonts and Native AutoCAD SHX (compiled Shape) fonts.

Chief Architect can make use of .TTF (TrueType) fonts, as well as .FON (Non-True Type) fonts. However, before Chief Architect can use them, they must be installed in the Fonts folder within your operating system. 

Unfortunately, it is not possible to use .shx fonts in Chief Architect, as these fonts are used exclusively by AutoCAD.