Activating the Trial Version

Reference Number: KB-02849
Last Modified: September 30, 2015

The information in this article applies to:

Chief Architect Premier or Chief Architect Interiors

Home Designer Professional or Home Designer Architectural or Home Designer Suite


While evaluating the trial version I have created a full plan. How to I activate the trial and not lose my work?


In order to activate a Chief Architect or Home Designer Trial version you must first purchase a full version product key. Follow the steps below to purchase a key and activate the trial version. 

Trial versions can only be converted to fullprograms of the same title.  A copy of the Home Designer Pro Trial, forexample, CANNOT be converted to a full version of Home Designer Suite.

To purchase a Full Version product key

  1. From within the Trial Version click Help> Purchase Chief Architect / Home Designer...  to open a web browser to the Buy Now web page.

  2. Choose your desired options on the product selection, billing and Shipping pages. When the order is complete you will receive an email with your login information. 

  3. With this information you will be able to log into your My Account and retrieve your Full Version Product Key from the Digital Locker.

To activate the Trial Version with a Full Version product key

  1. Once you have a Full Version Key, within the Trial version click Help> Activate Full Version

  2. In the Product Activation dialog input the Full Version Product Key that you received after purchase and the email address associated with your Digital Locker and click the Activate button.

  3. You will receive a confirmation message thanking you for activating.

  4. The Trial version installed will be converted into the full version of Chief Architect, Home Designer Pro or Home Designer Architectural, and you will no longer have limitations on saving, printing or exporting.