In Chief Architect, you can change the both the line color and the line style used to represent nearly all objects in floor plan view - including walls, floors, furniture, terrain features, and many other objects.
Use the Save As Template tool to create a custom template from an existing plan or layout file.
Printing a foundation floor plan that includes plumbing fixtures from floor one is easy with Chief Architect.
To see framing in elevation views make sure framing has been generated and that the appropriate layers are set to display in those views.
Turn on the display of the Active Layer Set Control by accessing the Toolbar Customization dialog. Additionally, you can enable the Layer Set Control to display in the Active Layer Display Options (ALDO) side window for ease of access.
Objects on layers with a lock symbol in the Lock column cannot be selected by the user and new objects cannot be drawn on a locked layer. Layers with objects that you need to see as a reference while working, but not select, are good candidates for locking.
The layers of one plan file can be made to exactly duplicate the layers of a second drawing using Chief Architect.
Placing an object on a layer that is currently not displayed in the current view will generate this message.
If you lock a layer and then attempt to draw a new object on that layer, a message box will ask you to unlock the layer.
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.
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.
Changing the layer for multiple objects within a Chief Architect plan can be accomplished very quickly using this method.
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.
If you do not see all of your wall layers displayed in the plan view, you have checked the 'Walls, Main Layer Only' layer to display in your Layer Display Options dialog. Remove the checkmark for this layer to turn the display of all wall layers back on.
The display of foundation walls, slabs, curbs, piers and footings is controlled in the Layer Display Options dialog. The Foundations layer controls the display of all objects on Floor 0 in camera views, but does not affect floor plan view.
Layer Sets are used to control the layer settings for different views in a plan or layout file. All views associated with a plan file - including views sent to layout - make use of layer sets stored in that plan file. A layer set consists of a complete list of the layers in the current plan or layout along with the display settings for each layer as set for a particular type of view or purpose. These display settings can be modified, and can be different for each layer set.
When there is more than one floor in a model, it is often helpful to see how they relate to each other. Any floor can be shown as a Reference Floor along with the current floor.