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Down ArrowDesign Tools

Design Templates aid in quickly beginning a new project60+60+35+40+20+15+
Enhanced editing feedback - preview the placement and orientation of objects while moving your cursor makes adding and moving items easy and fastYesYesYesYesYesYes
Free Sample home plans for design inspiration5,0002,5001,500-1,000+500
Create Billboard Image tool allows you to import a photo of your home and add LandscapingYesYesYesYesYesYes
Reference Display Tool - Turn on a Reference of adjacent floors to aid in designing multi-tiered decks or room layout between floorsYesYesYesYesYesYes
Name individual rooms from a defined list of types or create new names. Custom Room Label controls - assign room types as well as custom room labelsYesYesYesYesYesYes
Display the Dimensional Size and the Square Footage labels for a room at one timeYesYesYesYesYesYes
Multiple Select & Edit Rooms. Group select multiple rooms and edit their attributes at onceYes-----
Multiple-select editing. For example, select all your cabinets and change them all with one commandYes-----
Center Objects tool – center objects in 2D & 3D. Center cabinets under windows, windows in walls, dormers on a roof, and several other items 3D and 2DYesYesYesYesYesYes
Make Parallel tool. Use the Make Parallel tool to align objects parallel or perpendicular to other objectsYesYes----
Use Edit Area to select, move, edit, and copy entire regions of your designYesYesYesYesYesYes
Rotate and Reverse PlanYesExcludes RotateExcludes Rotate--Excludes Rotate
Create blueprint layouts with 3D, CAD, Cross-Section / Elevation, and Plan Views. Define any scale for the drawingYes-----
Use callouts to reference between details, plans, and cross-sections in a blueprint layoutYes-----
Enhanced “Send to Layout” . Experience faster response times and improved line generationYes-----
Backup Entire Plan - exports a bundle of all the files referenced in your plan, good for sharing with other users who do not have your custom materials and imagesYesYesYesYesYesYes
House Wizard™ provides more control over choosing the room types for each floorYesYesYes-YesYes
Model Maker™ tool allows you to print 3D models for assemblyYesYesYes--Yes
Virtual Graph Paper™ displays a reference gridYesYesYesYesYes-
Plan Check™ reviews your design against basic building principlesYesYesYes--Yes

Down Arrow3D Tools

Import 3D Library objects in .3DS, .OBJ, & .SKP formatsYesYesYesYesYes-
Create photo-realistic 3D renderings with shadows in interior and exterior scenesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Use the Rendering Techniques tools to create artistic views of your designs like Watercolor, Technical Illustration, and Vector ViewsYesYes--Excludes Vector Views-
Create accurate day or night-time views of your lighting planYesYesYesYesNo Night ViewsYes
Define custom lighting with shadows, intensity, and moreYesYes--Yes-
Enhanced Adjust Lighting Dialog. Added information in dialog makes it easy to locate lights by label name or room locationYesYes----
Easily control lighting. New edit controls for lighting allow you to turn lights on or off with a single click.YesYesYesYesYesYes
Improved Lighting Units. Choose from common wattage/lumens values for lights or specify custom values.YesYes--Yes-
Save and load 3D and Render Views to quickly view your favorite camera imagesYesYesYesYesYes-
Improved Camera Control. Cameras no longer ‘save’ automatically. Modify a 3D view angle or orientation and close the view without saving to retain the original settingsYesYesYesYesYes-
Save Cross-Section Slider with Camera. Adjustments to views using the Cross-Section Slider are saved with the view when the camera is saved. Control the cut distance of the Cross-Section Slider with an input value in the dialog.YesYesYesYesYes-
Display Lower Levels with the Floor Overview camera. A 3D display option allows lower floors to be viewed under a current floor, such as open below rooms used for stairways or loftsYesYesYes-Yes-
Full control of render settings allows you to customize your photo-realistic rendering for speed or visual qualityYes-----
Delete Surface tool. Explore your structure in 3D by temporarily removing surfaces without changing your designYesYesYesYesYesYes
Define the North Pointer for Sun AnglesYes-----
Create 3D objects (countertops, slabs, terrain features, and more) from CAD objectsYes-----
Aerial View gives overview for fast navigation of plan while editingYes-----
Material eye-dropper and Color Chooser™ allow "drag-and-drop" application of materials and colorsYesYesYesYesYesYes
Blend Color tool allows you to change the color of any material while retaining its textureYesYesYesYesYesYes
Record Walkthroughs along a specified path. Create detailed walkthrough recordings along paths. Add key frames at any point on the spline to control view direction and speed; walk up or down stairs and to span walkthrough between floorsYesYesYesYesYes-
Record Walkthroughs with the stylized views of Rendering Techniques YesYes----

Down ArrowCost Estimating / Materials List

Standard Project Cost Estimator automatically generates a materials list for budgeting and planning an entire projectYesYesYesDeck & Landscaping MaterialsInterior MaterialsHouse Materials
Advanced Project Cost Estimator automatically generates a materials list for budget planning, by room, by floor, or by entire projectYesYesYes---
Specify when a room is calculated in the Living Area. For example, specify the garage or attic to be included or excluded in the living area calculationYesYesYesYesYesYes
Deck and Framing Cut & Buy Lists. A Structural Lumber Table can be used to calculate lumber materials for a Cut & Buy List. This calculation is in addition to square feet and lineal feet calculations and can be especially helpful for your framing and decking board calculations YesYes----
Export Materials Lists to spreadsheet programs including Microsoft® ExcelYesText File OnlyText File OnlyText File OnlyText File OnlyText File Only
Save snapshot Materials Lists for different stages of the project. Allows you to evaluate different ideas, compare cost differences, and plan stages of constructionYes-----
Add detail to each individual component in the materials list for a comprehensive cost estimate breakdown. For example, assign components to your cabinets, such as doors, pulls, and hinges and assign costs for each itemYes-----
Master List allows you to store and manage commonly-used material pricesYes-----

Down ArrowDimensioning

Manual and Automatic dimensioning. Includes One-Click™ Automatic dimensionsYesYesYesYesYesYes
Automatic Interior Dimensions. Automatically dimension interior rooms. Set defaults for locating objectsYesYesYes-Yes-
Delete Automatic Dimensions. Use the Delete Objects tool to delete Automatic Dimensions from a Floor or the Entire Plan. Manually edited or modified dimensions will remainYes-----
Temporary dynamic wall dimension - displays temporary dimensions as walls are drawnYesYesYesYesYesYes
Advanced dimensioning tools including angular, end-to-end, and interior dimensionsYesInterior DimensionsInterior Dimensions-Interior Dimensions-
Fully editable dimension lines, and configurable dimension editing. Change where dimensions locate walls, windows, doors, and other objects, both when generating dimensions automatically or manuallyYesYes----
Input Accurate Dimensions using a DISTO™ or other Laser Distance Meter. Use a Bluetooth or Wireless compatible device to automatically measure a space then input the distances directly into dimension strings.YesYesYesYesYesYes
Wall Editing with Dimensions. Adjust wall lengths by selecting dimensions or temporary dimensions that run parallel to the wall.YesYesYesYesYesYes
Box and Bumpout Extension Snaps. Snap to projected 90° intersectionsYesnot visualnot visualnot visualnot visualnot visual
Dimension Location Snaps for Furniture Items. Set dimensions to snap to the centers and/or sides of furniture objects for Manual and Automatic DimensionsYes-----
Manually enter dimensions (lengths or angles) to precisely position walls and objects. Use dimensions to quickly position objects with precisionLengths & AnglesLengthsLengthsLengthsLengthsLengths
Tape Measure tool. Use the Tape Measure Tool to find the measurements of any itemYesYesYesYesYesYes
End-to-End Dimension tool. Drag dimension from start to finish creating a single dimension stringYesYesYesYesYesYes
Dimension Number Height Control. Adjust the number height for dimensions on a per-dimension basisYesYesYesYesYesYes
Default Dimension Format & Arrows. Control the unit formatting, arrows for the default dimensions. Quickly change the look of the dimensions in your design through a single dialogYesYesYesYesYesYes

Down ArrowCAD / Elevations

Create Elevation, Wall Elevation, and Cross Section Views for the interior and exterior of your designYesYesYes--Yes
Create back-clipped Cross Section/Elevation Views to limit your view to relevant details for precise plan editingYes-----
Clip Cross-Section Views at Sides. Turn on clipping for sides of cross-sections viewsYes-----
Create Rendered Cross-Section Views with photo-realistic texturesYesYesYes--Yes
Import / Export files in DXF file formatYesExport OnlyExport Only---
Standard CAD tools to detail your designsYesYesYes---
Advanced CAD tools to detail cross-section views with insulation, cross-boxes, and moreYes-----
Close Polyline tool, Filleted Polylines radius. Select any polyline and choose Close Polyline to automatically connect the start and end points. Editing of filleted polylines retains fillet radiusYes-----
Advanced CAD editing tools such as replicate, line weights, point-to-point move, custom patterns, and more. Compatible with AutoCAD® patternsYes-----
CAD-to-Walls™ - Convert CAD lines from DXF file format to walls. Convert plans created in other CAD programsYes-----
Visual CAD Snaps™ feature with setup dialog and snap options to controlYes-----
Toggle control for Angle Snaps & Object SnapsYesYesYesYesYesYes
Layers can be used to separate key building components such as electrical or framing. Display or hide features of your design, set colors, lock layers, and use reference layers for precise editingYesLimitedLimitedLimitedLimitedLimited
Use layers to control the display of labels in plan views - Architectural Blocks, Cabinets, Electrical, Fixtures, Furniture, Shapes, Hardware, Millwork, Plants, and SprinklersYesYesYesYesYesYes
Control Placing Objects on Hidden and Locked Layers. Ability to override the placement of objects on layers that are turned Off or that are hiddenYesYesYesYesYesYes
Layer for Camera Labels. Label display for cameras is now independent from the camera displayYesYesYesYesYesYes
Automatic Roof Labels. Display labels for roofs, skylights and holes. Label includes pitch direction arrow and the roof angle in pitch or degrees. Modify the arrow style and text style of the roof labelsYesYes----
Labels for Layout Boxes. Automatic labels for layout views will display the camera name for elevation and section views or the floor plan name for plan views. Create custom labels that will move with the views and you set up you layout .Yes-----
Specify labels for Light Source or “added light” objects. Uniquely name light sources in your scenes for easy recognition.Yes-----
Soffit, Shelf, and Partition Labels. Assign custom labels through the new Label Tab for soffits, shelves, and partitionsYes-----
Labels for Bay, Box, and Bow Windows. Customize labels through the Label Tab of the Bay, Box, and Bow Window dialogs.Yes-----
Primary and Secondary Terrain contour labels. The primary and secondary labels are now independent of each other. Control the highlight for negative value contour labels.Yes-----
More control over arrowhead style. Specify the arrowhead type used for Joist Directions, Sun Angles, Roof Labels, and Stairs and Ramps.Yes-----
Text Style tools. Create Text Styles and assign them per layer, per default, or per object to control the appearance of labels, dimensions and other text in your design.Limited-----
Show or hide Electrical Connections, Architectural Blocks, Hardware, Plant Schedules, and Light Sources using layer controlsYesYesYesYesYesYes
Improved control over plant schedules. Manage multiple schedules of the same type and independently control their display of labels. Improved schedule updating when items in the plan are added to or removed from the schedule display.Yes-----
Specify Line Style and Fill Style for Schedules. Change schedule grid color and overall background color on a per schedule basis.Yes-----
Automatic GFCI outlets in Kitchens. Use the Auto Place Outlet tool to add GFCI outlets to your kitchen rooms.YesYesYes--Yes
Stair and Ramp Up/Down Arrow layer control. New layer for stair and ramp arrow allows you to control the display separately.YesYesExcludes RampsExcludes RampsExcludes RampsExcludes Ramps

Down ArrowWindows / Doors / Cabinets

Standard Cabinet ToolsYesYesYes-YesYes
Advanced Cabinet Tools - attach moldings & hardware, angled front cabinets, and moreYesYes--Moldings Only-
Place Multiple Appliances in a cabinet. Add an oven and a warming drawer to the same cabinet; adjust or replace the appliance type by editing it in the Cabinet Specification dialog.Yes-----
Multiple Door and Drawer styles per cabinet. Assign different door or drawer styles to a single cabinet; wall cabinets with glass doors on top; base drawer bases with slab and panel drawers.Yes-----
Double False Drawer item type. Show double false drawers for sink base cabinetsYesYesYes-YesYes
Rounded Countertop Corners for Automatic Countertops. Yes-----
Improved Corner Cabinet Hardware. Single knob hardware for pie-cut corner cabinets.YesYesYesYesYesYes
Frameless Cabinet settings. Change the cabinet style in one click with the new Frameless and Full Overlay options for cabinets.Yes-----
Design and edit Custom Countertop shapes and stylesYesYes----
Pass-Thru tool. Create an opening between two roomsYesYesYesYesYes-
Atrium Door options. Create Center Swing Double Doors, also known as atrium patio doors. Yes-----
Visualize door placement prior to actually placing the door with intuitive control of the hinge and swingYesYesYesYesYesYes
Window and Door Casings Display in Plan View. Display or hide interior and exterior casings using the “Casings, Interior” and “Casings, Exterior” layersYes-----
Lintel and Sill Control. Separately display Lintels or Sills for windowsYes-----
Improved Window Display in Plan View. More accurate display of window sill, frame size, and mullions in Plan view. Better representation of multi-pane windows in Plan viewYesYesYesYesYesYes
Automatic Frame Depth. Set window frame depth to automatically fit into wallYes-----
Improved smoothing of arched Windows, Doors, and DoorwaysYesYesYes-Yes-
Improved representation of doors recessed into masonry walls. YesYesYesYesYesYes
Door Defaults by Door Type. Set unique door defaults for different types of doors: hinged, pocket, bifold, sliding, and garage.YesYesYes-YesYes
3D Door Display options. Edit tools “Show Door Open in 3D” and “Show Door Closed in 3D” make it fast and easy to control the state of doors in 3D views.YesYesYesYesYesYes
Adjust the Hinge/Swing Amount for Bi-fold doors.Yes-----
Adjustable Louver Sizes. New louver attribute allows you to control their size in windows and doors.Yes-----
Arched Top Windows & Doors. Specify Round Top, Gothic Arch, or Broken Arch shapes to windows and doors. Adjust the amount of curvatureYesYesYes-Yes-
Angled Top Window Controls. Adjust the angle of window tops. Apply changes to the left, right, or center of the windowYesYesYes-Yes-
Window Treatments & Interior Shutters. Adjust curtains by the height off floor and height above casing. Specify shutters on the interior of a window. Blinds fit inside casing when attached to WindowsYesYes--Yes-

Down ArrowLibraries / Catalogs

Library Items to customize and create designs8,800+8,800+6,500+6,500+4,800+5,000+
Download Additional Library Catalogs from in the 2014 formatYesYesYesYesYes-
Catalog Migration. Core, Bonus, Manufacturer and User Catalogs from previous installs automatically migrate and update to latest version at install time; User Catalog automatically migrates from previous installs. Use the catalog migration dialog to specify which catalogs to bring forwardYesYesYesYesYesYes
Automatic Catalog Updates. Check for updates for catalogs distributed by Chief Architect and automatically update to the latest versionYesYesYesYesYesYes
Advanced library items - Cabinet/Door Hardware, and molding profilesYesYesMoldings Only-Moldings OnlyMoldings Only
Ability to Add items to the Library BrowserYesYesYesYesYes-
Ability to Export Custom Libraries - Share your libraries with other Home Designer UsersYesYesYesYesYes-
Library Search & Instant Search bar integrated into the Library. Search for Library items by keyword, object type or style. Instant Search bar is integrated into the Library, just start typing in the search bar to find objects in the Library Browser. Customize Library Search Attributes, view or modify key words for searching on Library objectsYesYesYesYesYesYes
Improved speed of deleting objects from the Library Browser. YesYesYesYesYesYes
Library Browser filtered views. Choose to show or hide entire library catalogs in the Library Browser tree. Improved library load times as hidden items are not loaded into the Library Browser.Yes-----
Library Tree Reorganization. Manufacturer, User, Home Designer Core, and Home Designer Bonus catalogs are now grouped into separate categories for easier navigation.YesYesYesYesYesExcludes Manufacturer and Bonus categories.
Library Object Shortcuts. Create shortcut items to any object in the Library Browser to customize your organization.YesYesYesYesYesYes
Faster and more reliable catalog downloads. Downloaded content automatically installs (no pre-subscription required).YesYesYesYesYesYes
Enhanced feedback for Library Catalog downloads status. Options to Continue or Cancel downloads when Home Designer closes. Catalog Downloads automatically restart if Home Designer is closed then re-launched.YesYesYesYesYesYes
Multiple Select Library Items. Use the Shift or Ctrl keys to copy, move, and edit groups of objectsYesYesYesYesYesYes
View number of Objects in Library Catalog. Select any folder to view the number of items contained there. Displayed on the Status BarYesYesYesYesYesYes

Down ArrowStairs / Ramps / Railings

Shoe Control for Railings. Control the height off of floor for the bottom rail (shoe) for Railings and Ramp RailingsYesYesRailings OnlyRailings OnlyRailings OnlyRailings Only
Control Railing Beam Materials. Set the material assigned to beams above railings separately from other railing componentsYesYesYesYesYesYes
Assign symbol Railing Balusters, Newels, and Panels. Specify railings, balusters, and newels from the Library Browser for railing wallsYesYesYesYesYesYes
Advanced stair tools allow control of shape, starter treads, flaring, tread width, and more. Full control over curved staircasesYesLimited----
Wrap Around Stairs - join stairs on outside or inside cornersYesYesYesYesYesYes
One-Click™ Stairs & Ramps. Auto place stairs from platform to platform. Place full length stairs with a single click. Stairs and Ramps automatically connect to the terrain when drawn from the ground to the structure YesYesYesYesYesYes
Define Stair starting elevation. Specify whether stairs and ramps are located at the sub-floor or the finished floor elevationYes-----
Landing tool. Create Custom Landings to auto-connect Stair sections or Ramp sections together. Choose auto adjust features for the height and thickness based on stair or ramp connection. Turn railings on or off per Landing edgeYesExcludes Editing and Auto AdjustExcludes Editing and Auto AdjustExcludes Editing and Auto AdjustExcludes Editing and Auto AdjustExcludes Editing and Auto Adjust
Ramp tool. Default Ramp is ADA compliant. Specify length, slope rise and run. Use for non-traditional ramps such as skateboard rampsYesYes----

Down ArrowBuilding Tools

Automatic building tools for roof generation, stairs, dimensioning, foundations, and moreYesYesYesYesYesYes
Automatic building tools for framing and electricalYesYesYes--Yes
Ceiling Plane tool - create custom ceilings of any slope and shape; vaulted, cathedral, and moreYes-----
Building tools to customize floors and ceilings. Control over ceiling height and vault. Use any floor materials you likeYesYesYes-YesYes
Automatic Roofs - gable, hip, shed, gambrel, and moreYesYesYesYesYesYes
Gable & Hip Roof Toggle tool. Toggle the roof between these two styles using the Gable / Hip tool in 3D and 2DYesYesYesYesYesYes
One-Click Auto Dormer™ - builds dormer on roof automatically while cutting a hole for the ceilingYesYesYes---
Automatic Structural Dormers - builds dormers automatically with walls that reach the floorYes-----
Dormer Overhang Controls. Separately control the eave and gable overhang distance for automatic dormersYesYesYes---
Unblock and manually edit Automatic DormersYes-----
Auto Place and Delete Corner Boards and Quoins. Automatically add trim details to wall corners. Option to delete all corner boards and quoins on a per floor or per plan basis through the Delete Objects dialogYesYes----
Auto Roof Returns™YesYesYes---
Ridge Caps automatically generate on roofsYesYesYesYesYesYes
Actual and Projected Area of Roof Planes. Find references to both the Actual and the Projected square footage of Roof Planes in the roof dialog’s Polyline tabYes-----
Create any custom roof plan with the Manual Roof tools. Edit and create roof planes. Start with an automatic roof and then add custom details, or create the entire roof manuallyYes-----
Control Rafter Spacing per Roof Plane. Specify rafter spacing values for individual roof planes in a designYes-----
Customize construction methods for walls, floors, ceilings, and foundations. Specify wall layers, floor structure, platform height, mudsills, framing methods, and moreYes-----
Design Multiple-Story buildings. Create structures with up to 3 floor levels plus basement foundation and atticYesYesYesYesYesYes
Custom Wall Types. Create, copy, and delete wall types with layers to match your projectsYesYes----
Half-Wall tool. Draw half walls and specify their default values (also known as solid railings)YesYesYes-Yes-
Create pony walls and edit wall shape in cross-section view. Add beadboard to a kitchen, add stone to the outside of your design, or create a stepped foundation for a hillside lotYesLimited----
Pony Wall height controls. Adjust the height of individual Pony Walls by typing the lower wall’s height into the dialogYesYes----
Improved railings clip to ceiling surface. Railings that intersect roofs and ceilings are automatically clipped to fit the slope.YesYesYesYesYesYes
Specify Foundation types by roomYes-----
Treated Bottom Plates. Any wall over concrete foundation or flooring automatically generates a treated bottom plateYes-----
Elevation and Cross-Section cameras show the foundation in the view - see your basement, slab, or crawlspace in a section viewYesYesYes--Yes
Vertical Footing Control. Define stepped foundations with vertical footing control. Choose to show or hide vertical footings for stepped foundationsYes-----
Specify Foundation Piers as Round or SquareYes-----
Enhanced Garage Slabs with monolithic foundations. Select components of the slab and adjust garage specific settings to suit your designYes-----
Improved foundations with Slab at top of Stem Wall. Yes-----
Display cutout indicators for Garage Doors in foundation stem walls and curbing.Show or Hide through DialogYesYesYesYesYes
Foundation Defaults. More detailed control over the foundation automatically generated for Garage rooms.Yes-----
Auto Rebuild Foundations. Automatically update the foundation plan to align with the 1st floor as the design progresses.YesYesYesYesYes-
Monolithic Slab technology. Designing slab foundations is now faster, easier, and more accurate.YesYesYesYesYesYes
Slab Volume listed in the slab specification dialog for easy reference. Yes-----
Control Roof Lookout framing. Turn on or off the automatic generation of lookout framing in the Framing dialog.Yes-----
Manual framing tools for fully editable framing, including joists, rafters, trusses, beams, posts, and more. Create any framing system for your designYes-----
Automatic Framing - set the program to update your framing as the design changesYes-----
Post & Beam framing tools - specify Round or Square posts. Set the Default Material for Posts in the framing defaultsYes-----
Specify the size and style (In Line, Stagger, or Cross) of Roof Blocking and BridgingYes-----
Advanced architectural object editing including replication, rotation, and reflectionYes-----

Down ArrowLandscaping / Decking / Terrain

Landscaping Plants3,600+3,600+1,500+3,600+Interior Plants Only500+
Plant Encyclopedia & Plant Chooser™YesYesYesYes--
Plant Hardiness Zone MapsYesYesYesYes--
Plant Schedules - Generate a list of all the plants used in your designYesYes-Yes--
Grow Plants Slider Tool - 0 - 20 yearsYesYes-Yes--
Distribute Objects in Garden Beds - auto-populate your garden beds automaticallyYesYesYesYes-Yes
Show plants with filled colors in your 2D landscape designYesYesYesYes-Yes
2D plant symbol types allow you to customize the look and feel of your landscape and plantsYesYesYesYes-Yes
Lock and Reset the aspect ratio for plants and images - choose to stretch or resize plants and images based on your design needsYesYesYesYesYesYes
Landscaping Style TemplatesYesYesLimitedYes--
Complete Deck & Fence ToolsYesYes-Yes--
Deck Designer™ tool. Design Straight and Curved Decks. Define roof and ceiling attributes for a covered deck. Control the orientation and size of deck planking, gap, width, overhang, direction, border planks.YesYes-Yes--
Auto Re-Build Deck Framing. Deck Framing updates as the deck design changesYesYes-Yes-Yes
Advanced Railing Tools - Custom Railing Panels, Control of Height & Railing Styles - Great for Custom DecksYesYesYesYes--
Polygon Deck tool creates deck shapes automaticallyYesYesYesYes--
Deck Planking Control - change angles, borders, and create patterns with deck plankingYesYes-Yes--
Advanced Fence Tools - Control Height of individual Fence ComponentsYesYes-Yes--
Pre-Arranged Garden BedsYesYes-Yes--
Standard Landscaping Terrain ToolsYesYesYesYes-Yes
Advanced Landscaping Terrain Tools - Hill and Valley tools for terrain featuresYesYesYesYes--
Terrain Hole Tool - Cut holes in Terrain - great for pools, spas, and advanced terrain featuresYesYesYesYes--
Define custom Terrain, including sloped lots and input elevation pointsYesYesYesYes--
Import Terrain WizardYesYesYesYes--
Create split-entry homes with daylight basementsYesYesYesYes--
Straight & Curved Terrain Walls, Curbs, & Retaining Wall toolsYesYesYesYes--
Straight & Curved Roads & Sidewalks, & Driveway & Parking Lot toolsYesYesYesYes-Straight Sidewalks Only
Stepping Stone toolsYesYesYesYes--
Water Feature tools - create various shaped ponds and water features or design a lake front homeYesYesYesYes-Round Only
Stream tools - add streams, creeks, and water features to your designYesYesYesYes--
Image/Plant Object Specification - set the X and Y coordinates for image and plant objects - for specific planting definitionYesYesYesYes--
Define Terrain Elevation Splines, Elevation Regions, and Terrain BreaksYesElevation RegionsElevation Regions---
Import GPS Wizard - quickly model your terrain with GPS dataYesYesYesYes--
Display angles as Azimuth BearingsYes-----
Dimension to Plants & ImagesYesYesYesYesYes-

Down ArrowGeneral / Support

Maximum Print SizeArchitectural C 18" x 24"12" x 18"12" x 18"12" x 18"12"x18"8.5" x 14"
Loan/Mortgage CalculatorYesYesYes---
Fully editable working environment including customizable toolbarsYes-----
Home Designer Pro compatibility with other Home Designer ProductsEdit, View & NotateView & Notate OnlyView & Notate OnlyView & Notate OnlyView & Notate OnlyView & Notate Only
Compatible with - 3D Home Architect® (Version 4.0 and prior)YesYesYesYesYesYes
Compatible with Chief Architect® (Version 10.0 and prior)Viewing Mode OnlyViewing Mode OnlyViewing Mode OnlyViewing Mode OnlyViewing Mode OnlyViewing Mode Only
Compatible with Chief Architect® (Version X1-X5). Edit plans created using Chief Architect.YesBasic Editing, Change Materials & Colors, Move FurnitureBasic Editing, Change Materials & Colors, Move FurnitureBasic Editing, Change Materials & Colors, Move FurnitureBasic Editing, Change Materials & Colors, Move FurnitureBasic Editing, Change Materials & Colors, Move Furniture
Online Training Tutorials with "How-To" videos90+ videos40+ videos30+ videos40+ videos40+ videos25+ videos
Searchable Training Videos - use keywords to find exactly the help you needYesYesYesYesYesYes
Windows® 8 / 7 / Vista / XP CompatibleYesYesYesYesYesYes
Chief Architect® 2014 TechnologyYesYesYesYesYesYes
Free Online Technical SupportYesYesYesYesYesYes