Limitations of the Chief Architect Trial Software

Reference Number: KB-00967
Last Modified: July 16, 2021

The information in this article applies to:

Chief Architect Premier or Chief Architect Interiors


I have been looking at the Chief Architect Trial software but have noticed some of tools are limited or I receive a message when I perform a specific action. Is there a problem?


The Chief Architect Premier and Interiors Trial versions are designed to let you explore the software's powerful toolset, but they do have a few restrictions to prevent users from producing files that could be used as professional construction documents or presentation material.

Specifically, the Trial versions do not allow:

  • File Saving
  • Printing
  • File Exporting
  • Recording of Walkthroughs
  • Printing or Exporting of Materials Lists
  • Use of the Time Tracker utility
  • Library Browser Restrictions
  • Use of the CAD Detail from View tool
  • Creating or saving of Plan Database files
  • Exporting of Layer Sets

If you have questions about any of the restricted tools in the Trial version, there are a number of resources available for you to gain more information:

  • Select Help> Launch Help  to view the Chief Architect Help menu. 
  • Select Help> View Reference Manual to open the complete Chief Architect Reference Manual in electronic format.
  • Contact our Sales Department.

To activate the trial version

  1. If you try to use a feature that is restricted in the trial version you will be given the option to purchase the full version or activate a full version.

  2. Clicking Purchase Full Version Now will take you to the Chief Architect website where you will be able to purchase the full version of the software.

    Trial Restriction dialog appears when attempting to save, export, or print

  3. If you already have a full version product key, you can click the Activate Full Version button to activate the trial, converting it to the full version.