Moving Library Content to the Cloud or Other Custom Location


Reference Number: KB-03090
Last Modified: April 19, 2019

The information in this article applies to:

Chief Architect Premier or Chief Architect Interiors

Home Designer Professional



QUESTION

I would like to host library content up on Dropbox, Google Drive, or another 3rd party cloud service. Is there a way to move or relocate the Chief Architect catalog database?


ANSWER

Libraries can be moved to a different file location by accessing the Folders panel located in the Preferences dialog.

Please keep in mind that moving your libraries to a location such as a server, network, or external drive may result in slowness and/or other unexpected behavior. Chief Architect Technical Support will be unable to support any 3rd party software, special hardware, or specific network configurations used for this purpose.


To specify a custom location for the User Library*

*Applies to Chief Architect X11, Home Designer Pro 2020, and newer program versions.

  1. From the menu, click on Edit> Preferences if you're on a Windows PC or Chief Architect> Preferences if you're on a Mac.


  2. Select the Folders panel, uncheck the Keep User Library in Data Folder box, then click the Browse button next to User Library Folder.


  3. Choose the folder location that you would like to move your User Library to, and then click on the Select Folder button.

    Select Your User Library Folder dialog

    In this example, the catalogs are going to be moved and hosted on Microsoft OneDrive.


  4. The User Library Folder should now show the new file path for the folder that you selected.

    Adjusting the User Library Folder on the Fodlers panel of the Preferences dialog


  5. Click OK to confirm the change and the dialog will close.


  6. The Migrating Library Content dialog will appear and the migration process will start.

    Migrating Library Content dialog

    Note: The migration process may take some time, depending on how large your User Library is, along with the location it's being moved to. 


  7. Once this dialog disappears from the foreground, the library database has been successfully moved to your specified location.


To specify a custom location for Core, Bonus, and Manufacturer Libraries*

*Applies to Chief Architect X10, Home Designer Pro 2019, and newer program versions.

  1. From the menu, click on Edit> Preferences if you're on a Windows PC or Chief Architect> Preferences if you're on a Mac.


  2. Select the Folders panel and click on the Browse button next to System Library Database Folder.


  3. Choose the folder location that you would like to move your library content to, and then click on the Select Folder button.

    Select Your System Library Database Folder dialog

    In this example, the catalogs are going to be moved and hosted on Microsoft OneDrive. 


  4. The System Library Database Folder should now show the new file path for the folder that you selected.

    Adjusting the System Library Database Folder on the Folders panel of the Preferences dialog


  5. Click OK to confirm the change and the dialog will close.

    You may see a Warning with the following: "Changing the system library database folder will stop any current library downloads. Files in the chosen folder may be overwritten."

    Click OK to proceed or close out of the dialog using the "X" in the top right corner if catalogs are downloading in the background.


  6. The Migrating Library Content dialog will appear and the migration process will start.

    Migrating Library Content dialog

    Note: The migration process may take some time, depending on how many catalogs are being moved, along with the location they're being moved to.  


  7. Once this dialog disappears from the foreground, the library database has been successfully moved to your specified location.