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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.
In Chief Architect, you have the ability to choose from a list of currently installed video codecs to be used while recording a walkthrough.
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.
Use the Soffit tool to create a coffered ceiling. Moldings can easily be applied to soffits and the soffits can easily be replicated along a ceiling using the Transform/Replicate or Multiple Copy edit tools.
Use a supported DISTO™ measuring device to enter real world measurements into a Chief Architect plan file.
Use the Doorway and Pass-Through tools to create an irregular shaped opening in a wall.
Follow these instructions to resolve most Chief Architect software crashes on a Microsoft Windows operating system.
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.
Save your Room Planner designs up on the Cloud, then import them into Chief Architect or Home Designer for additional editing.
The minimum system requirements for Chief Architect are described here for all current and past versions.
Click here to learn how to upgrade to the most current version of Chief Architect.
Here's how you can install Chief Architect on multiple computers, using only a single license, quickly and easily.
Core, bonus, and manufacturer library content can be moved to a custom location in Chief Architect Premier, Chief Architect Interiors, and Home Designer Pro.
You can use light sources to help produce dramatic, realistic 3D views. The three types of light sources in Chief Architect are Point, Spot, and Parallel lights.
The Chief Architect and Home Designer trial versions can be converted to full working versions when you purchase the same version as your trial, which allows you to keep the plan you have been working on.
Stair rake walls can easily be created in X11 and newer program versions by specifying a railing to be a pony wall and having it follow the slope of the stairs.
You can have a temporary password sent to your e-mail address if you have forgotten or cannot log in using your old password.
If you are having trouble installing your Chief Architect or Home Designer software program, or are receiving an error message or program crash working in the program, submit your technical issue to Technical Support using the online Support Center. If you have a question on how to accomplish a particular task in the software, check out these other resources for Training help.