An in-depth look into customizing program preferences and plan defaults: learn how to set your defaults to place the right kind of cabinet, door, window, etc., the first time, and how defaults can be saved to create Plan Template files to be used in future jobs.
Setting up Preferences and Defaults before you start your plan can save you hours of work.
Setting Preferences will change the user interface to suit the way you want to work in Chief Architect.
Setting up defaults before beginning any project will improve your productivity and keep your project working smoothly.
Learn how to move walls using dimensions, change where dimensions locate objects and change the colors of the dimension lines and arrows.
Specify default settings for both interior and exterior wall types
Learn about cabinet defaults – what they are, how to define, how to import and how to set them so your cabinets have the look and style for your designs
Set new electrical object defaults using the Set As Default tool
Templates you have created can be updated with new defaults from other plans as well as wall types and many other settings.
Create your own template files with pre-set defaults to speed up your design work.
Create watermarks and display them on your work. Control location, size, angle, transparency, and include images in your watermark design.
When starting a new plan it is important to get your plan and wall defaults.
When starting a new plan it is important to get your door and windows defaults set.
When starting a new plan it is important to set defaults for Floors, Rooms and your Foundation.
Save time by setting up your default settings for Framing, Schedules and your Text before starting your project.
When creating your second and additional floors, you will want to set the defaults for that floor's structure.
Using custom macros for object labels gives you flexibility in the label format and still keeps them accurate when items are resized.
Labels can be added to any polyline based object in the specification dialog.
Migrating information from one plan to another and saving as a template is a great way to improve your productivity.
Description: How you can adjust your Defaults and Preferences to optimize Chief's Render settings.
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.
Annotation Sets allow you to change many defaults at once: Dimensions, Text, Rich Text, Callouts, Markers, CAD and Arrows.
Using Annotation Sets to be Productive in Setting Defaults and Layer Sets
You can change the size of the tool buttons on your tool bars in the Preference Settings.