Using the Project Browser


Reference Number: KB-03003
Last Modified: July 19, 2021

The information in this article applies to:

Chief Architect Premier or Chief Architect Interiors



QUESTION

I would like to quickly access a saved view, such as a plan view, cross section, CAD Detail, or layout page. How can I accomplish this task?  


ANSWER

The Project Browser is a convenient way access to all of the views saved with an open plan or layout. 


To use the Project Browser

  1. First, choose to Open  the plan file that you would like to modify.


  2. If it's not displayed next to the Library Browser, select View> Project Browser  from the menu to display the Project Browser side window.

    The name of the plan and/or layout file displays, and below it, the types of views you can open.


  3. Double-click on a view or object it open it. You can also right-click on a view, page, or object to see a list of available options.

    Note: On a Mac, hold down the Control key while clicking to initiate a right-click command. More information about right-click commands on Apple input devices can be found in the following Apple resource: Right-click on Mac.

  4. Starting in X13, a preview pane displays at the bottom of the Project Browser. This allows you to see a preview of each view when selected, but does not apply to materials lists. Use the Show/Hide Preview Panel  button at the bottom of the side window to toggle the preview on and off, as desired.


  5. For plan files, the following categories display in the Project Browser:

    Plan file in the Project Browser showing many different view types

    • CAD Details - All CAD Details and truss details saved with the plan are listed in this folder. Right-click on a CAD detail to access the following options: Open View, Edit View, Delete, Update Preview(s)*, Rename, and Duplicate. You can also right-click on the main folder in order to create a New CAD Detail.

    • Cameras - All cameras and overviews saved with the plan are listed here. Right-click on a camera or overview to access the following options: Open ViewEdit ViewDeleteUpdate Preview(s)*, Rename and Duplicate.

    • Cross Sections - All saved cross sections and elevation views are listed. Right-click on cross section or elevation view to access the following options: Open ViewEdit ViewDelete, Update Preview(s)*, Rename, and Duplicate*.

      Deleting a saved camera will delete the view it represents along with any text, dimensions, or CAD objects you have created in that view. Likewise, if the camera view is a cross section/elevation view that has been sent to layout and you choose to delete it, the link between the layout and plan will be broken.


    • Floor Levels - All floors in the plan are listed, including the foundation and attic. Right-click on a floor level to access the following options: Open View and Update Preview(s)*

    • Plan Views - All the saved plan views in the plan are listed here. Right-click on a plan view to access the following options: Open ViewEdit ViewDelete, Update Preview(s)*, Rename, and Duplicate. You can also right-click on the main folder in order to create a New Saved Plan View.

      Note: Changing your saved plan views can adjust your layer set, default sets, and other display options. Please refer to our resources on saved plan views to learn more.

    • Materials Lists - All materials lists saved in the plan are listed. Right-click on a materials list to access the following options: Open View, Edit View, Delete, Rename, and Duplicate.

    • Schedules - All the schedules in the plan are listed. Right-click on a schedule to access the following options: Find in Project, Open Object, Delete, Update Preview(s)*, and Rename.

    • Wall Details - All wall details saved with the plan are listed by floor. A wall detail view for each framed wall in your plan is automatically created by the program when its wall framing is built. Right-click on a wall detail to access the following options: Open View, Edit View, Delete, Update Preview(s)*, and Rename.

      Note: Wall Details are a special type of wall elevation view in which only the studs, plates and headers used to frame a selected wall will display. They are also the only views in which Wall Bridging can be created. In addition to accessing these via the Project Browser, to view the Wall Detail associated with a specific wall, select the wall and click the Wall Detail edit button.


    *Applies to Chief Architect X13.


  6. For layout files, the following categories display in the Project Browser:

    All the pages of the layout shown in the Project Browser

    • CAD Details - Any CAD details saved in the layout itself are listed. Right-click on a CAD detail to access the following options: Open View, Edit View, Delete, Update Preview(s)*, Rename, and Duplicate. You can also right-click on the main folder in order to create a New CAD Detail.

    • Layout Pages - Any pages or layout page templates that are in use in an open layout display in numeric order. The three types of pages can be distinguished by the icon to the left of their names, as shown in the image below.

      Layout page icons in the Project Browser distinguish what the page is.

      Right-click on a page to access the following options: Show Page, Open Page View, Edit Page Information, Delete Page, Update Preview(s)*, Insert Page Before, Insert Page After, Duplicate Page, Exchange With Previous Page, and Exchange With Next Page.

      Layout page templates allow you to create a title block and border in one place, and then assign them for use on any other layout pages that you wish. Multiple page templates can be created in the same layout file. Add anything to a page template that you want on some, or all, of your printed layout pages, such as a title block, borders, text macros, and imported images such as for a company logo.

      If a layout page is specified as a page template, it will not print as part of a print range. For more information on layout page templates, please see the Related Articles section below.


    • Tables - Any layout page tables in your layout file will be listed in alphabetical order. Right-click on a table to access the following options: Find in ProjectOpen ObjectDelete, Update Preview(s)*, or Rename.

    *Applies to Chief Architect X13.


  7. Once you understand the views available and how to use the Project Browser, you may want to move it, such as to dock it to the top, bottom, or other side of the Chief Architect window, or even let it float freely undocked.

    You can move the Project Browser around by clicking and then dragging on the tab labeled Project Browser.