In the event of an improper shutdown or crash, you may be able to recover some of your work by restoring an Archive of the file.
Your operating system controls what programs open a particular file type. Follow the instructions for your version of Windows or Mac to change the file association for plan, layout, and library files to the version of Chief Architect or Home Designer that you want to open them when you double click on them.
It is a good idea to back up your Chief Architect library along with your user catalog so they can be easily restored if your computer crashes.
In Chief Architect, you can specify where on your computer the program looks when an existing plan or layout is opened or saved using Save As.
It is best to use the unit of measure that was assigned to the plan by the template, however, it is possible to show both metric and imperial dimensions in a plan by following these instructions.
A Plan Database is a special list that stores information such as the type of construction, number of rooms, and price of each plan in the database.
In order to use your computer effectively, it is vital to know how to save your work properly, where it is saved on your computer, and how to find it again.
If you cannot remember where you saved your file simply click the Windows Start button and type your search in the search box.
Every time a drawing is saved, Archive files that keep a historical archive of your plan are automatically created or updated. Files can be archived by hour, day, or most recent save. They are renamed according to which archiving option is selected in the Preferences dialog. Archive files are meant to be for emergency use only. If you must access an archive file, open it as you would any other file. then as soon as the file is open, use Save As to save this file with a new name to another valid location.
Chief Architect can no longer find one or more plan files from which views have been sent. You may have moved or renamed the plan files(s) resulting in the broken link so that views sent from the plan can no longer be displayed in the layout.
Chief Architect's Trial software allows you to try out nearly all of the tools in the program; however, there are restrictions in place that prevent you from saving your work.
Plans created in newer titles are unable to be opened with older versions of Chief Architect and Home Designer software.
Use the instructions in this article to locate Chief Architect files that should be moved from one computer to another when migrating to a new system.
Opening legacy files require a Chief Architect X8 or Home Designer 2017 product.
Turn on the Plan Default setting to Allow Editing in Select Home Designer Products in order to share your Chief Architect plan with a Home Designer User and allow them to modify the file within the capabilities of their version.
The Time Tracker utility, located in the tools menu, enables you to accurately track the amount of time spent on a particular plan or layout file.
Follow these instructions to resolve most Chief Architect software crashes on a Microsoft Windows operating system.
Follow the detailed instructions in this Knowledge Base article to correct exceptions, assertions, null pointer, and SEH error messages. If none of the instructions in the article resolve your specific issue, follow the steps to send the System Information, Message Log, and other relevant files to our Technical Support team for advanced troubleshooting.
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.
Send a plan file and include all associated materials to someone using the Chief Architect Desktop Viewer by using the Backup Entire Plan tool.
The Project Browser is a convenient way access to all of the views saved with an open file.