Message: Unable to import .SKP file in X5

Reference Number: KB-01238
Last Modified: July 16, 2015

The information in this article applies to Chief Architect X5:

Chief Architect Premier or Chief Architect Interiors


Note: This article only applies to Chief Architect version X5. Chief Architect version X6 now supports .SKP import with both the 64-Bit and 32-Bit versions.

SKP import is not available in the Mac version of X6.

When I try to import some 3D symbols in .SKP format, this message appears:

"Warning: Unable to import .SKP file. The .SKP file format standard does not offer support for 64-bit applications. You may import this .SKP file using the 32-bit version of Chief Architect."


This warning message will display in the 64-bit version of Chief Architect X5 when you try to import a 3D symbol created in Sketchup.

When Chief Architect X5 was created, Sketchup was only available only as a 32-bit application and as such its files cannot be imported into a 64-bit program. SKP files can be imported into 32-bit versions of Chief, however, so if you need to import a symbol, you can do so by installing the 32-bit version of Chief Architect X5.

Both 32-bit and 64 bit versions can be installed on the same computer at the same time.  Please note that the two program versions will share some data - notably, library content. If you add or remove content using one version, the changes will be reflected in the other as well.