A quick look at many of the new features that have been added to Chief Architect this release.
Framing components for doors and windows can be specified in defaults and modified on an opening by opening basis where needed.
A more indepth look at many of the new features added to Chief Architect for this release
The Floor Material Region and Wall Material Region tools make it easy to add accent areas to your floors and walls.
Take a look at the rendering and ray trace tools in Chief Architect
How to apply a backsplash for base & wall cabinets; and using the custom backsplash tool
You can view and modify the defaults that are currently active by clicking the Active Defaults toolbar button. The Current CAD Layer and active Layer Set can be specified.
The Toolbar Configurations installed with the program are designed to help make tools quickly and easily accessible; however, for greatest efficiency, you may want to customize them to meet your own particular needs.
Tabs make it easy to switch between views, dock and undock views, tile views, and create multiple windows.
Dock and undock side windows use multiple monitors and customize your workspace.
Group multiple walls layers as one main layer and adjust wall connections to snap to different layers manually.
Save custom wall types to the library for quick access in all plans without exporting wall types.
Designate walls as bearing walls to have framing lap or but in that location.
Wall connection indicators are useful when resolving room definition problems.
Group similar objects, re-order columns and rows in the schedule, choose which objects to include in the schedule and modify their description.
Have more control over what objects dimensions locate by adjusting your dimension defaults.
Organize your layout pages by using page templates and the Project Browser.
Use this tool or generate framing for selected objects without modifying the unselected objects.
You can designate walls and beams as bearing to cut the joists that pass over them, and you can use bearing walls to automatically generate supporting foundation walls below them.
A sky model representing different atmospheric conditions can be used in your camera views instead of an image backdrop.