Creating a PDF Document

Reference Number: KB-00768
Last Modified: February 13, 2019

The information in this article applies to:

Chief Architect Premier or Chief Architect Interiors


How can I create a PDF document to send to my print shop or client?


Portable Document Format, or .pdf files, are one of the most universally compatible and efficient file formats and can be viewed and printed on most computer platforms.

With Chief Architect, you can save any view as a 2D .pdf file by selecting Save as PDF as the Destination printer Name in either the Print View, or Print Image dialog.

To print a PDF file in Chief Architect

  1. Click File> Print> Print  to open the Print dialog.

    In Chief Architect X11 and newer program versions, you can also navigate to File> Export> Export PDF .

  2. In the Destination Name drop-down, choose Chief Architect Save As PDF.

    Choose the Chief Architect Save As PDF option from the Destination Name drop-down menu in the Print dialog

  3. Choose your desired options and click the Save As PDF button located under the preview image. 

  4. In the Choose PDF file name dialog, type in a short, descriptive name for the PDF and click Save.

    Specify a name and location to save the PDF file to

Chief Architect X5 and prior programs cannot inherently export to PDF files, although you can quickly and easily configure your computer to print to PDF files by installing a PDF Printer driver and converter. There are many of these programs available, such as Adobe® Acrobat®, however searching online for PDF print drivers will provide results for a number of free PDF printer drivers.

For your convenience, Chief Architect has compiled a list of some of the more popular options available. To view this list, please see the Knowledge Base article "PDF Print Driver Information" located in the Related Articles section below.