Use the instructions in this article to backup Chief Architect content in the event a computer malfunction occurs. Additionally, it's helpful to have this same content backed up so that it can be transferred to another computer.
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.
There isn't a way to convert a digital image into a 3D model in Chief Architect; however, you can use an image or of a floor plan, or a PDF, as a template to trace over.
Learn how to install core content, along with bonus and manufacturer catalogs, by following the instructions in this article.
Learn how to restore your Chief Architect program, and all of your User Content by following the instructions in this resource.
Reasons why materials would flicker when a camera is rotated include: structure placement, large terrain, materials occupying the same space, and video card specific issues.
The CAD to Walls tool can be used to convert CAD lines in floor plan view into architectural objects like walls, windows and doors.
If you have a DXF or DWG drawing that was not drawn at 1:1, then it needs to be imported using a custom unit of measurement that converts it to a 1:1 drawing.
Missing data from .dwg or .dxf imports can be a result of version compatibility, paper space, x referencing or unsupported formats.
Creating a screenshot is easy to accomplish by following the instructions applicable for your operating system linked here.
Saving your houses or other structures as 3D symbols allows you to place multiple buildings in a single plan to create 3D views of an entire neighborhood, subdivision, or lot with multiple structures.
Using the Export Picture tool is similar to creating a screen capture of everything in the current view window. Pictures can be saved in various file formats and used in other applications.
Images of plants can be imported into Chief Architect and modified to display in your camera views just as the plant images contained in our library catalogs.
It is not possible to use .shx fonts in Chief Architect, these fonts are used exclusively by AutoCAD. Chief Architect can make use of .TTF fonts, and .FON fonts.
Many surveyors save their surveys into a DWG, or DXF, file that contains the elevation information about a lot. Chief Architect can import and use this data.
You can import .pdf files into Chief Architect in floor plan view, cross section/elevation views, CAD details, and into the layout. Once imported, PDF boxes behave and can be edited similar to imported pictures.
Default/Annotation Sets include defaults for: manually-drawn Dimensions, Text, Revision Clouds, Callouts, Markers, Notes, Arrows, the Layer Set, as well as the Current CAD Layer. Multiple Default/Annotation Sets can be saved in any plan, each for a specific purpose, and you can quickly switch from one set to another by utilizing Saved Plan Views.
Save your Room Planner designs up on the Cloud, then import them into Chief Architect or Home Designer for additional editing.
Chief Architect can export some REScheck Project data, including the R-Values for floors, ceilings, walls, slabs, and doors/windows.
Since mobile devices have different capabilities, it is wise to simplify your design prior to exporting your Chief Architect plans for use in the 3D Viewer.
View, manage, and share 360° Panorama renderings all within your Chief Architect Online Account.
3D Viewer Models can be viewed directly in a web browser, on a social media profile such as Facebook or Twitter, or be embedded directly into a website.