A collection of CAD elements can be blocked together and added to the Library Browser for use in future plans.
Create detail drawings in your plan using the Auto Detail tool, CAD blocks from the library or manually using the CAD tools.
Individual CAD lines and arcs can be snapped together end-to-end to form a polyline.
Use the Export tools to convert a Chief Architect plan file into a two-dimensional AutoCAD compatible DXF or DWG file. 3D models can also be exported in a DXF or DWG format while within a 3D camera view.
Cabinet elevations can be easily created using the Wall Elevation and CAD Detail From View tools. Trim unnecessary lines using the Trim Objects tool.
Use the CAD tools to create a closed polyline of the desired arch shape and convert it to a polyline solid.
Create a plot plan polyline by imputing distance and angles into the New CAD Line dialog, then convert the polyline into a terrain perimeter.
Create an Isometric cutaway view by using invisible walls to separate the areas and different floor structures to show the layers.
Custom molding profiles can be drawn in either floor plan view or in a CAD detail window and added to the Library Browser. Existing molding profiles can also be modified further by placing them and editing their shape.
You can use the special line styles and custom layers in Chief Architect to draw your Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning (HVAC), and Plumbing plans.
The CAD Blocks library category contains generic drawings that are intended to be a starting point for you to create the exact detail drawing that you need.
You can customize any light fixture in Chief Architect so that it represents an LED light or other specialty lighting type.
The CAD Block Management feature allows you to view a list of all CAD blocks referenced in the current plan. You can also rename, insert, edit, or purge CAD Blocks.
Displaying any shadow for a building in plan view is easy when you design with Chief Architect.
Create a custom gutter profile by using CAD lines, arcs and splines, then add the molding to the library for future use.
Architectural objects in the library are represented in floor plan view by 2D CAD blocks which can be modified.
If the CAD block has been stretched so that it no longer has the same aspect ratio, it cannot be unblocked. The Height and width factor must be reset first.
Molding polylines can be used to create HVAC ductwork in your plans for display in both 2D and 3D.
Grey water recycling is an excellent way to reduce water usage because it offers a means to use some water - specifically, grey water - more than once.
It is possible to block a shaped countertop hole with an imported sink so that the countertop hole matches the shape of the sink.
The Line Style Specification dialog allows you to create new line styles in the library that include dashes, dots, and text. Additionally, line styles can be managed by accessing the Line Style Management dialog.
Use a temporary CAD Point to create the necessary snap point and then use the Point to Point Move edit tool to reposition a CAD block with accuracy.
A great way to show the as-built condition on a remodel project is to create an As-Built Mask CAD block of the existing structure following these easy instructions.
Missing data from .dwg or .dxf imports can be a result of version compatibility, paper space, x referencing or unsupported formats.
In some cases, it may be helpful to position a CAD block using an insertion point other than its center. In these instances, you can use the Select Insertion Point edit tool to replace the insertion point at the center with a different point.
The CAD to Walls tool can be used to convert CAD lines in floor plan view into architectural objects like walls, windows and doors.
One way to create a Revision Cloud is to select CAD> Revision Cloud , then click and drag to draw a rectangular shape with edges that display a series of arcs.
The Fillet Two Lines and Chamfer Two Lines edit buttons allow you to add fillets, or curves, and chamfers, or angled edges, to the corners of CAD objects.
This article demonstrates how Point to Point Move can be used with Object Snapping behaviors to precisely position a footing, stem wall, and treated sill plate.
The Project Browser is a convenient way to access all of the views that are present in a plan or layout file.