Become familiarized with Chief Architect's User Interface; learn how to use and customize toolbars and hotkeys, customize program preferences and plan defaults.
An overview of the user interface, highlighting the different regions
Easily see your plan and a camera view at the same time by tiling your views.
Get the best camera views by becoming familiar with the different camera movement tools.
Dock and undock side windows use multiple monitors and customize your workspace.
Tabs make it easy to switch between views, dock and undock views, tile views, and create multiple windows.
Right clicking on an object will bring up a contextual menu with edit tools for that object. You can control how these menus work
Choose to have drop down toolbars or parent child tools. You can move and customize your toolbars to your liking.
Several different toolbar configurations are included with Chief Architect, but your toolbars are totally customizable.
Placing and editing objects can be done in a variety of different 2D and 3D views.
Most of the frequently accessed tools are within easy reach in the toolbars.
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Add your most frequently used tools to your toolbars and arrange them as you want.
You can change the size of the tool buttons on your tool bars in the Preference Settings.
Your mouse cursor changes appearance to indicate different editing functions or tool selections.
When a wall is accidentally drawn at an off angle, you will see an indicator on the wall to let you know that it isn't drawn at an allowed angle.
Several different tools are available to zoom and change your view position in both 2D and 3D views.
Using the right or left mouse buttons to select objects in your plan
When working on your plan, it's often convenient to have a camera or elevation view showing along with your plan view
Creating your project in the proper sequence is important for ease of completion and productivity.
Hot Keys, or keyboard shortcuts are an excellent way to improve your productivity when using Chief Architect.
A look at using your mouse to select, edit, move and place objects as well as navigate in your plan and 3D views.
Control layer display and properties for all your views with this side window
Snaps are essential to working with CAD and Architectural tools.