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Design Tools

Design Templates aid in quickly beginning a new project.
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  • 60+
Editing Feedback. Preview the placement and orientation of objects while moving your cursor makes adding and moving items easy and fast.
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Set Heights by Absolute or Relative Position. When editing objects, specify heights or offsets based on Absolute location in plan, or the object’s relative position to other plan locations.
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Create Billboard Image. Import a photo of your home as a background scene then design landscaping like plants and pathways.
  • -
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Reference Display Tool. Turn on a Reference of adjacent floors to aid in designing multi-tiered decks or room layout between floors.
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Custom Room Label Controls. Name individual rooms from a defined list of types or create new custom room labels. Display the Dimensional Size and the Square Footage labels for a room in its label.
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Multi-Line Labels. Include line returns in customized labels to create wrapping effects and multi-line label text.
  • -
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Multiple-Select Editing. For example, select all your cabinets and change them all with one command.
  • -
  • -
  • -
  • Yes
Architectural Blocks. Multi-Select and group items together to create architectural blocks that can be moved as one, stored in the library, and unblocked for editing.
  • -
  • -
  • Yes
  • Yes
Object Painter™ / Eyedropper. Use eyedropper functionality to match properties from one object and apply them to another object. Use Scoping controls to apply changes to groups of objects at once.
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Lock Aspect Ratio for Resizing Symbols and Moldings. Choose to retain the scale of symbol based items and moldings when modifying one dimension.
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Center Objects Tool. Center cabinets under windows, windows in walls, dormers on a roof, and several other items 3D and 2D.
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Make Parallel Tool. Use the Make Parallel tool to align objects parallel or perpendicular to other objects.
  • -
  • -
  • Yes
  • Yes
Edit Area Tool. Use Edit Area to select, move, edit, and copy entire regions of your design.
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Rotate and Reverse Plan. Quickly change the orientation of your design for alternate versions or to better fit the lot.
  • -
  • Excludes Rotate
  • Excludes Rotate
  • Yes
Printable Layout Sheets. Create blueprint layouts with 3D, CAD, Cross-Section / Elevation, and Plan Views. Define any scale for the drawing.
  • -
  • -
  • -
  • Yes
Live Layout Views. Specify views that have been sent to layout to update in real time or use edit tools and menu commands to update the view directly from the layout page. Select multiple layout views and modify their display modes and updating properties at once.
  • -
  • -
  • -
  • Yes
Send Colorized Elevations to Layout. Generate fully detailed Section and Elevation views and send them to layout in color mode; views will retain scale, can reflect Render Techniques, and can be automatically updated in real-time.
  • -
  • -
  • -
  • Yes
Perspective Layout Views. Create perspective views and send them to a layout and retain the view’s link to the plan; easily transition to camera view and update it to the layout. Unlike an image sent to layout, these views can be printed at high resolution.
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  • -
  • -
  • Yes
Plot Line Layout Views with Shadows. Send views to layout as Plot Line views with controls over line weights; choose to include shadows and color fill in the view.
  • -
  • -
  • -
  • Yes
Labeled Callouts. Use callouts to reference between details, plans, and cross-sections in a blueprint layout. See callout previews in specification dialog.
  • -
  • -
  • -
  • Yes
Backup Entire Plan. Export a bundle of all the files referenced in your plan, good for sharing with other users who do not have your custom materials and images.
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Create Archival .ZIP files. Export an archive of a project that combines all files into a single .ZIP for easy storage.
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Improved Missing Graphic File Handling. Interface to aid in updating, replacing, deleting, and ignoring missing graphics files.
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Space Planning Assistant. Layout out room boxes in a bubble diagram to quickly create a floor plan. Convert diagram into walls, windows, and doors to finalized and furnish the design.
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Model Maker™ Tool. Using the Print Model feature allows you to print paper models that are tabbed for assembly.
  • -
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Virtual Graph Paper™ displays a reference grid.
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Plan Check™ reviews your design against basic building principles.
  • -
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Room Planner Import. Create designs on your mobile device using Chief Architect Room Planner, and then import the rooms for detailed modification.
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Import Adobe® PDF Files. Retain print resolution and quality when printing final documents with embedded PDF files.
  • -
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes

3D Tools

Import 3D Library objects in .3DS, .OBJ, .SKP, & .DAE formats.
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
STL Import and Export. Use the .STL format to use with 3D Printers.
  • -
  • -
  • Yes
  • Yes
Rendering Controls. Set up camera angles and locations to create realistic 3D renderings with shadows in interior and exterior scenes.
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Reflections and Fast Shadows in Render Views. Quickly generate views where mirrors show reflections, sunlight streams through windows, and objects cast shadows. Navigate these scenes in real-time.
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Rendering Technique Tools. Create artistic views of your designs like Watercolor, Technical Illustration, and Vector Views.
  • Excludes Vector Views
  • -
  • Yes
  • Yes
Export image files of your designs to share. (.JPG, .PNG, .BMP).
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
HD Picture Export. Create and export high-quality, larger than screen resolution renders.
  • -
  • -
  • -
  • Yes
Crop Picture Images Added to Plan. Crop handles allow picture boundaries to be reduced or enlarged.
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Export Images with Transparent Background. Export .PNG and .TIF images that treat the backdrop as transparent, making it easy to overlay the graphics on other artwork without the need for additional photo manipulation.
  • -
  • -
  • -
  • Yes
Create accurate day or night-time views of your lighting plan.
  • No Night Views
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Custom Lighting. Define shadows, intensity, and more. Locate lights by label name or room location with the Adjust Lighting Dialog.
  • No Adjust Lighting Dialog
  • -
  • Yes
  • Yes
Sun and Shadow Controls per Camera. Optionally specify that the sun is anchored to the active camera and illuminates the scene from the same angle as the view or choose to save the orientation of the sunlight for each camera in your design; preserve the sun angle in views sent to layout. Control whether shadows are generated through defaults for perspective and orthographic cameras, or toggle them ON or OFF and save the state with a particular view.
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Easily Control Lighting. Edit controls for lighting allow you to turn lights on or off with a single click.
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Lighting Units. Choose from common wattage/lumens values for lights or specify custom values.
  • Yes
  • -
  • Yes
  • Yes
Saved Cameras. Save and load 3D and Render Views to quickly view your favorite camera images.
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Opaque Glass in Camera Views. Set glass to appear as solid fill (non-transparent) in camera views. Choose to show glass as opaque or transparent by default per Render Technique, or adjust individual views.
  • -
  • -
  • -
  • Yes
Cross-Section Slider with Multiple Cutting Planes. Choose up to six cutting planes in the Cross-Section Slider view and adjust the cutting distance for each plane to create unique and detailed views.
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
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.
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
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 lofts.
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Full control of render settings allows you to customize your photo-realistic rendering for speed or visual quality.
  • -
  • -
  • -
  • Yes
Delete Surface Tool. Explore your structure in 3D by temporarily removing surfaces without changing your design.
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Define the North Pointer for Sun Angles. Create Sun Angles with accurate longitude, latitude, date, and time; use North Pointer as bearing for sun angle. Easily identify Sun Angles to be used for saved cameras or to be adjusted by their date and time naming.
  • -
  • -
  • -
  • Yes
Convert Polyline Tool. Create 3D objects (countertops, slabs, terrain features, and more) from CAD objects.
  • -
  • -
  • -
  • Yes
Aerial View. Secondary view window gives overview for fast navigation of plan while editing close up.
  • -
  • -
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  • Yes
Material Eye-Dropper and Color Chooser™. Quick "drag-and-drop" application of materials and colors.
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Apply Plan Materials using Material Painter. Choose from a list of materials from the Library Browser or Plan Materials to quickly select new materials or reuse those that are used in your design.
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  • -
  • -
  • Yes
Blend Color Tool. Change the Color of any material while retaining its texture, similar to applying stain to wood.
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
3D Mouse Support. Use a 3Dconnexion Mouse as your input device to efficiently navigate camera views.
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
3D Navigation. Easily navigate 3D views in and intuitive way. Use the 3D Focus on Object tool and select an object to make it the target of the camera’s view to fill the screen, or select an object first then use the Focus on Selected edit tool to make the selected object the target; use [ALT + Middle Mouse] button controls to enter Orbit mode; system returns to previous edit state when buttons are released.
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Record Walkthroughs Along a Specified Path. 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 floors.
  • -
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
iOS Compatible Movies. Record walk-throughs and animations that you can share to watch on your iOS devices. Available in the Mac version only.
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Record Walkthroughs with the stylized views of Rendering Techniques.
  • -
  • -
  • Yes
  • Yes

Cost Estimating / Materials List

Standard Project Cost Estimation. Automatically generate a materials list for budgeting and planning an entire project.
  • Interior Materials
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Advanced Project Cost Estimator. Automatically generate a materials list for budget planning, by room, by floor, or by entire project.
  • -
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
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 calculation.
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
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.
  • -
  • -
  • Yes
  • Yes
Export Materials Lists to spreadsheet programs including Microsoft® Excel.
  • Text File Only
  • Text File Only
  • Text File Only
  • Yes
Save snapshot Materials Lists for different stages of the project. Allows you to evaluate different ideas, compare cost differences, and plan stages of construction.
  • -
  • -
  • -
  • Yes
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 item.
  • -
  • -
  • -
  • Yes
Master List allows you to store and manage commonly-used material prices.
  • -
  • -
  • -
  • Yes

Dimensioning

Manual and Automatic dimensioning. Includes One-Click™ Automatic dimensions.
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Auto Refresh Exterior Dimensions. Keep Auto Exterior Dimensions up-to-date as you move walls and openings in your design.
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Exclude Interior Walls from Auto Exterior Dimension. Set up Auto Exterior Dimension Default to exclude interior walls.
  • -
  • -
  • -
  • Yes
Automatic Interior Dimensions. Automatically dimension interior rooms. Set defaults for locating objects.
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • 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 remain.
  • -
  • -
  • -
  • Yes
Temporary Dynamic Wall Dimension. Display temporary dimensions as walls are drawn.
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Advanced Dimensioning Tools. Includes angular, end-to-end, and interior dimensions.
  • Interior Dimensions
  • Interior Dimensions
  • Interior Dimensions
  • Yes
Fully Editable Dimensions. Change where dimensions locate walls, windows, doors, and other objects, both when generating dimensions automatically or manually.
  • -
  • -
  • Yes
  • Yes
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. *Requires Leica plugin and is compatible with PC only.
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Adjust Position using Dimensions. Use dimensions to quickly position objects with precision. Use simple arithmetic formulas while editing dimensions to easily move objects in a design.
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Wall Editing with Dimensions. Adjust wall lengths by selecting dimensions or temporary dimensions that run parallel to the wall.
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Dimension Location Snaps for Furniture Items. Set dimensions to snap to the centers and/or sides of furniture objects for Manual and Automatic Dimensions.
  • -
  • -
  • -
  • Yes
Tape Measure Tool. Use the Tape Measure Tool to find the measurements of any item.
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
End-to-End Dimension Tool. Drag dimension from start to finish creating a single dimension string.
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Dimension Number Height Control. Adjust the number height for dimensions on a per-dimension basis.
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
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 dialog.
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes

CAD / Elevations

Create Elevation, Wall Elevation, and Cross Section Views for the interior and exterior of your design.
  • -
  • No Cross Section
  • No Cross Section
  • Yes
Create back-clipped Cross Section/Elevation Views to limit your view to relevant details for precise plan editing.
  • -
  • -
  • -
  • Yes
Clip Cross-Section Views at Sides. Turn on clipping for sides of cross-sections views.
  • -
  • -
  • -
  • Yes
Create Rendered Elevation and Cross-Section Views with photo-realistic textures.
  • -
  • No Cross Section
  • No Cross Section
  • Yes
Import / Export files in DXF file format.
  • -
  • Export Only
  • Export Only
  • Yes
Standard CAD tools to detail your designs.
  • -
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Advanced CAD tools to detail cross-section views with insulation, cross-boxes, blocking box, and more.
  • -
  • -
  • -
  • Yes
Polyline Editing. Select any polyline and choose Close Polyline to automatically connect the start and end points. Editing of filleted polylines retains fillet radius.
  • -
  • -
  • -
  • Yes
Advanced CAD editing tools such as replicate, line weights, point-to-point move, custom patterns, and more.
  • -
  • -
  • -
  • Yes
Edit CAD using Same Line Type Control. Quickly create new line, spline, or arc segments at the end of existing objects using the Same Line Type handle.
  • -
  • -
  • -
  • Yes
Visual CAD Snaps™ feature with setup dialog and snap options to control.
  • -
  • -
  • -
  • Yes
Box and Bumpout Extension Snaps. Snap to projected 90° intersections.
  • not visual
  • not visual
  • not visual
  • Yes
Toggle control for Angle Snaps & Object Snaps.
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
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 editing. Use layers to control the display of labels in plan views like: Architectural Blocks, Cabinets, Electrical, Fixtures, Furniture, Shapes, Hardware, Millwork, Plants, and Sprinklers.
  • Limited
  • Limited
  • Limited
  • Yes
Control Placing Objects on Hidden and Locked Layers. Ability to override the placement of objects on layers that are turned Off or that are hidden.
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
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 labels.
  • -
  • -
  • Yes
  • Yes
Truss Labels. Label controls for trusses in specification dialog.
  • -
  • -
  • -
  • Yes
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 as you set up your layout.
  • -
  • -
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  • Yes
Specify labels for Light Source or “added light” objects. Uniquely name light sources in your scenes for easy recognition.
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  • -
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  • 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
Control Over Arrowhead Style. Specify the arrowhead type used for Joist Directions, Sun Angles, Roof Labels, and Stairs and Ramps.
  • -
  • -
  • -
  • Yes
Text Tools and Customization. Add custom text as notes and modify text in plan with attributes and treatments like font, bold, underline, caps, size, and color.
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • 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 controls.
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Plant Schedules. Manage multiple schedules of the same type and independently control their display of labels. Schedules update when items in the plan are added to or removed from the schedule display.
  • -
  • -
  • -
  • Yes
Automatic GFCI Outlets in Kitchens. Use the Auto Place Outlet tool to add GFCI outlets to your kitchen rooms.
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes

Windows / Doors / Cabinets

Standard Cabinet Tools. Place base, wall and full height cabinets, partitions and shelves, and soffits and edit them to suit your design.
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Advanced Cabinet Tools. Attach moldings & hardware, angled front cabinets, and more.
  • Moldings Only
  • -
  • Yes
  • Yes
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
Evenly Space Doors and Drawers on Cabinet Fronts. Use the Equalize Layout button on Horizontal and Vertical Layouts to space their components equally.
  • -
  • -
  • -
  • Yes
Multiple Faced Cabinets. Use the Split Items button to add horizontal and vertical layout of doors and drawers on any cabinet. Create Entertainment Centers and Vanity cabinets with doors on one side and drawers on the other.
  • -
  • -
  • -
  • Yes
Cabinet Face Item Locking. Lock editing on cabinet face items as you modify a cabinet to more easily control the manipulation of the cabinet front. Size of appliances inserted into cabinet fronts are given higher priority, preventing them from being resized less frequently as the cabinet’s face items are modified.
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Edit Multiple Cabinets’ Configuration at Once. Group select cabinets and modify their face items at one time to create similar cabinets easily.
  • -
  • -
  • -
  • Yes
Dynamic Cabinet Face Defaults. Configure the default cabinet front to automatically update cabinets in the design that are set as “Use Default".
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Top and Bottom Hinged Cabinet Doors. Design cabinets with awning and hopper style doors.
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Cabinet Doors on Narrow Cabinets. Specify doors or drawers on cabinets narrower than 6”.
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Specify Cabinet Top Height. Quickly adjust wall cabinet heights to the same level using the floor to top control in the Cabinet Specification Dialog.
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Control Cabinet Hardware. Use the Center option to adjust cabinet drawer hardware location, also specify cases where two knobs will be used.
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Control Soffit Molding. Specify whether soffits interact with room molding from within the Soffit Specification dialog.
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Custom Backsplash Tool. Click to generate a Custom Backsplash that automatically fits around cabinets, openings, and appliances.
  • -
  • -
  • Yes
  • Yes
Dimension to Cabinet Toe Kicks, Moldings, Backsplashes and Countertops. Set up locate configuration for dimensions; use the automatic dimension tools in elevation views to automatically include these dimensions.
  • -
  • -
  • -
  • Yes
Rounded Countertop Corners for Automatic Countertops.
  • -
  • -
  • -
  • Yes
Frameless Cabinet Settings. Change the cabinet style in one click with the Frameless and Full Overlay options for cabinets.
  • -
  • -
  • -
  • Yes
Specify a Separate Material for Cabinet Toe Kicks. Assign different materials to cabinet boxes and toe kicks.
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Design and edit Custom Countertop shapes and styles.
  • -
  • -
  • Yes
  • Yes
Pass-Thru Tool. Create an opening between two rooms.
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
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 swing.
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Window and Door Casings Display in Plan View. Display or hide interior and exterior casings using the “Casings, Interior” and “Casings, Exterior” layers.
  • -
  • -
  • -
  • Yes
Lintel and Sill Control. Separately display Lintels or Sills for windows.
  • -
  • -
  • -
  • Yes
Automatic Frame Depth. Set window frame depth to automatically fit into wall.
  • -
  • -
  • -
  • Yes
Door Defaults by Door Type. Set unique door defaults for different types of doors: hinged, pocket, bifold, sliding, and garage.
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Control Trim for Interior Doors and Windows. Separately specify the materials and trim assigned to each side of an opening.
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Objects Bump at Casings. Move cabinets, furniture, or other objects and bump to stop their movement when encountering door and window casings.
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
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.
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Place Windows and Doors at Wall Joints. Span windows and doors at the intersection of multiple walls or at wall breaks to accurately represent the placement of openings in a variety of construction situations .
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Adjust the Hinge/Swing Amount for Bi-fold doors.
  • -
  • -
  • -
  • Yes
Parametric Window Tools. Create Double-Hung, Fixed, Casement, Hopper, and other windows styles and change a window's style on the fly using parametric tools.
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Bay, Box, Bow Window Tools. Click and drop bay, box, and bow windows in a wall. Resize and customize the unit as a whole.
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Floor and Ceiling Material and Thickness Control for Bay/Box/Bow Windows. Specify floor and ceiling finish and platform thickness in the windows’ specification dialog.
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Adjustable Louver Sizes. 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 curvature.
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Angled Top Window Controls. Adjust the angle of window tops. Apply changes to the left, right, or center of the window.
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Corner Windows. Bump windows together at wall corners and choose to include or remove the corner post at the sash joint to create a glass corner.
  • -
  • -
  • -
  • 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 windows.
  • Yes
  • -
  • Yes
  • Yes

Libraries / Catalogs

Library Items to customize and create designs.
  • 4,800+
  • 6,500+
  • 8,800+
  • 8,800+
Catalog Migration. Core, Bonus, Manufacturer and User Catalogs from previous installs automatically migrate and update to latest version at install time. Use the catalog migration dialog to specify which catalogs to bring forward.
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Automatic Catalog Updates. Check for updates for catalogs distributed by Chief Architect and automatically update to the latest version.
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Advanced library items - Cabinet/Door Hardware, and molding profiles.
  • Moldings Only
  • Moldings Only
  • Yes
  • Yes
Ability to Add items to the Library Browser.
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Ability to Export Custom Libraries. Share your libraries with other Home Designer Users.
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Export Entire User Library. Easily backup and transfer User Library at the top level of the User Library Tree.
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Library Search Bar. Quickly search for Library items by keyword, object type, or style. Search results instantly display and update as you type. Customize search attributes for User Catalog content.
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Library Browser filtered views. Choose to show or hide entire library catalogs in the Library Browser tree.
  • -
  • -
  • -
  • Yes
Library Tree Categories. Manufacturer, User, Home Designer Core, and Bonus catalogs are grouped into separate categories for easier navigation.
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Import New 3D Objects from Library Browser. Use the Right-Click contextual menu in the Library Browser to import new 3D Objects directly into their Library folder.
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Library Object Shortcuts. Create shortcut items to any object in the Library Browser to customize your organization.
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
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.
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Multiple Select Library Items. Use the Shift or Ctrl keys to copy, move, and edit groups of objects.
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Symbol Object Specification Editable from Library. Edit specifications like Height Off Floor and Label for unlocked library items and save with the object in the Library Browser.
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
3D Preview of Lights in Library Browser. Library objects defined as Lights display 3D preview in Library Browser instead of 2D, allowing for easier identification of individual objects.
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
View number of Objects in Library Catalog. Select any folder to view on the Status Bar the number of items.
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes

Stairs / Ramps / Railings

Stairs and Ramps. Draw stairs or ramps in designs and modify length, raisers, treads, and style of stairs. See stair preview in dialog to preview your modifications
  • Excludes Ramps
  • Excludes Ramps
  • Yes
  • Yes
Advanced stair tools allow control of shape, starter treads, flaring, tread width, and more. Full control over curved staircases.
  • -
  • -
  • Limited
  • Yes
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.
  • Excludes Ramps
  • Excludes Ramps
  • Yes
  • Yes
Define Stair Starting Elevation. Specify whether stairs and ramps are located at the sub-floor or the finished floor elevation.
  • -
  • -
  • -
  • Yes
Wrap Around Stairs. Join stairs on outside or inside corners.
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
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 edge.
  • Excludes Editing and Auto Adjust
  • Excludes Editing and Auto Adjust
  • Excludes Editing and Auto Adjust
  • Yes
Shoe Control for Railings. Control the height off of floor for the bottom rail (shoe) for Railings and Ramp Railings.
  • Railings Only
  • Railings Only
  • Yes
  • Yes
Control Railing Beam Materials. Set the material assigned to beams above railings separately from other railing components.
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Assign symbol Railing Balusters, Newels, and Panels. Specify railings, balusters, and newels from the Library Browser for railing walls.
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Ramp Tool. Default Ramp is ADA compliant. Specify length, slope rise and run for non-traditional ramps such as skateboard ramps.
  • -
  • -
  • No Rise and Run Controls
  • Yes

Building Tools

Automatic building tools for roof generation, stairs, dimensioning, foundations, and more.
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Automatic building tools for framing and electrical.
  • -
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Ceiling Plane tool - create custom ceilings of any slope and shape; vaulted, cathedral, and more.
  • -
  • -
  • -
  • Yes
Building tools to customize floors and ceilings. Control over ceiling height and vault.
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Automatic Roofs. Gable, hip, shed, gambrel, and more. Access roof defaults for each project.
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Gable & Hip Roof Toggle tool. Toggle the roof between these two styles using the Gable / Hip tool in 3D and 2D.
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
One-Click Auto Dormer™. Build dormer on roof automatically while cutting a hole for the ceiling.
  • -
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Automatic Structural Dormers. Build dormers automatically with walls that reach the floor.
  • -
  • -
  • -
  • Yes
Dormer Overhang Controls. Separately control the eave and gable overhang distance for automatic dormers.
  • -
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Unblock and manually edit Automatic Dormers.
  • -
  • -
  • -
  • Yes
Auto Place and Delete Corner Boards and Quoins. Automatically add or remove trim details to wall corners.
  • -
  • -
  • Yes
  • Yes
Auto Roof Returns™.
  • -
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Ridge Caps automatically generate on roofs.
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Manual Roof Tools. Create and edit any custom roof planes. Start with an automatic roof and then add custom details, or create the entire roof manually.
  • -
  • -
  • -
  • Yes
Control Rafter Spacing per Roof Plane. Specify rafter spacing values for individual roof planes in a design.
  • -
  • -
  • -
  • Yes
Customize construction methods for walls, floors, ceilings, and foundations. Specify wall layers, floor structure, platform height, mudsills, framing methods, and more.
  • -
  • -
  • -
  • Yes
Design Multiple-Story Buildings. Create structures with up to 5 floor levels in addition to an attic and basement foundation.
  • 3 Levels
  • 3 Levels
  • Yes
  • Yes
Wall Defaults. Default controls for interior and exterior walls.
  • -
  • -
  • -
  • Yes
Custom Wall Types. Create, copy, and delete wall types with layers to match your projects.
  • -
  • -
  • Yes
  • Yes
Easily Modify Wall Types. Use controls in the Wall Type Definition dialog to easily move wall layers toward the interior or exterior of the wall, set materials, and define individual properties of each wall layer.
  • -
  • -
  • Yes
  • Yes
Multiple Framing Layers in Wall. Create wall types with multiple framing layers and automatically generate framing for both layers; ideal for furred basement walls.
  • -
  • -
  • Yes
  • Yes
Paint One Wall. Quickly change the material on the surface of a single wall in a room.
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Wall Labels. Specify wall labels to identify individual walls.
  • -
  • -
  • -
  • Yes
Half-Wall Tool. Draw half walls and specify their default values (also known as solid railings).
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • 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 lot.
  • -
  • -
  • Limited
  • Yes
Pony Wall Height Controls. Adjust the height of individual Pony Walls by typing the lower wall’s height into the dialog.
  • -
  • -
  • Yes
  • Yes
Pony Wall Framing. Automatically generate framing of different sizes for upper and lower pony walls by specifying different wall types.
  • -
  • -
  • -
  • Yes
Specify Foundation types by room.
  • -
  • -
  • -
  • Yes
Treated Bottom Plates. Any wall over concrete foundation or flooring automatically generates a treated bottom plate.
  • -
  • -
  • -
  • Yes
Elevation and Cross-Section cameras show the foundation in the view - see your basement, slab, or crawlspace in a section view.
  • -
  • No Cross Section
  • No Cross Section
  • Yes
Vertical Footing Control. Define stepped foundations with vertical footing control. Choose to show or hide vertical footings for stepped foundations.
  • -
  • -
  • -
  • Yes
Specify Foundation Piers as Round or Square. Toggle between square and round with a single click.
  • -
  • -
  • -
  • Yes
Garage Slabs with Monolithic Foundations. Select components of the slab and adjust garage specific settings to suit your design
  • -
  • -
  • -
  • Yes
Foundations with Slab at top of Stem Wall.
  • -
  • -
  • -
  • Yes
Display cutout indicators for Garage Doors in foundation stem walls and curbing. Choose to show or hide foundation cutouts in Plan view through the window or door’s dialog.
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Show or Hide through Dialog
Foundation Defaults. Detailed control over the foundation automatically generated for Garage rooms.
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Monolithic Slab technology. Designing slab foundations is fast, easy, and accurate.
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
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 design.
  • -
  • -
  • -
  • Yes
Automatic Framing Control. Set the program to update your framing as the design changes.
  • -
  • -
  • -
  • Yes
Post & Beam Framing Tools. Specify Round or Square posts. Set the Default Material for Posts in the framing defaults.
  • -
  • -
  • -
  • Yes
Steel Framing. Steel framing with C-Channel and U-Channel studs frames straight and curved wall scenarios.
  • -
  • -
  • -
  • Yes
Specify the size and style (In Line, Stagger, or Cross) of Roof Blocking and Bridging.
  • -
  • -
  • -
  • Yes
Advanced architectural object editing including replication, rotation, and reflection.
  • -
  • -
  • -
  • Yes

Landscaping / Decking / Terrain

Landscaping Plants
  • Interior Plants Only
  • 1,500+
  • 3,600+
  • 3,600+
Plant Encyclopedia & Plant Chooser™. Looks for special characteristic specific to available plants in the catalog, including common name, zone, water and light needs, and 2D or 3D available objects.
  • -
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Plant Hardiness Zone Maps
  • -
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Plant Schedules. Generate a list of all the plants used in your design; use different schedule callout shapes as reference labels to plants in designs.
  • -
  • -
  • Yes
  • Yes
Grow Plants Slider Tool - 0 - 20 years.
  • -
  • -
  • Yes
  • Yes
Distribute Objects in Garden Beds. Auto-populate your garden beds automatically.
  • -
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Show plants with filled colors in your 2D landscape design.
  • -
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
2D plant symbol types allow you to customize the look and feel of your landscape and plants.
  • -
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Lock and Reset the aspect ratio for plants and images - choose to stretch or resize plants and images based on your design needs.
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Landscaping Style Templates.
  • -
  • Limited
  • Yes
  • Yes
Complete Deck & Fence Tools.
  • -
  • -
  • Yes
  • 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.
  • -
  • -
  • Yes
  • Yes
Auto Re-Build Deck Framing. Deck Framing updates as the deck design changes.
  • -
  • -
  • Yes
  • Yes
Treated Deck Framing. Specify Deck Framing Members as “treated” to reflect the lumber type in your materials list.
  • -
  • -
  • -
  • Yes
Advanced Railing Tools. Custom Railing Panels, Control of Height & Railing Styles, great for custom decks.
  • -
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Polygon Deck tool creates deck shapes automatically.
  • -
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Deck Planking Control. Change angles, borders, and create patterns with deck planking.
  • -
  • -
  • Yes
  • Yes
Deck Support Controls. Specify size and type of deck posts and height, width, shape of deck footings for individual deck rooms or as project defaults.
  • -
  • -
  • -
  • Yes
Deck Framing Layers. Deck framing, posts, beams, and footings are each added to their own separate layers.
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Deck Post and Beam Defaults. Control defaults for fill, size, line style, and other attributes for deck structures.
  • -
  • -
  • -
  • Yes
Pre-Arranged Garden Beds.
  • -
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Standard Landscaping Terrain Tools.
  • -
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Advanced Landscaping Terrain Tools. Hill and Valley tools for terrain features.
  • -
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Terrain Hole Tool. Cut holes in terrain for pools, spas, and advanced terrain features.
  • -
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Define custom Terrain, including sloped lots and input elevation points.
  • -
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Import Terrain Assistant.
  • -
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Create split-entry homes with daylight basements.
  • -
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Straight & Curved Terrain Walls, Curbs, & Retaining Wall tools.
  • -
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Straight & Curved Roads & Sidewalks, & Driveway & Parking Lot tools.
  • -
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Stepping Stone Tools. Click and drop stepping stone shapes onto terrain to quickly create paths and hardscaping interest.
  • -
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Water Feature Tools. Create various shaped ponds and water features or design a lake front home.
  • -
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Stream Tools. Add streams, creeks, and water features to your design.
  • -
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Image/Plant Object Specification. Set the X and Y coordinates for image and plant objects for specific planting definition.
  • -
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Define Terrain Elevation Splines, Elevation Regions, and Terrain Breaks.
  • -
  • Elevation Regions
  • Elevation Regions
  • Yes
Import GPS Assistant. Quickly model your terrain with GPS data.
  • -
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Display angles as Azimuth Bearings.
  • -
  • -
  • -
  • Yes
Dimension to Plants & Images.
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes

General / Support

Mac & PC compatible. Chief Architect can be installed and run natively either on Mac or Windows operating systems with a single license.
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
64-bit Software Installation option. The 64-bit version is more efficient in managing memory and you will see better performance on larger plan files. A 32-bit version is available and will also run on 64-bit operating systems.
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Support for Multiple Monitors. Tabbed view windows can be torn or undocked from main user interface and moved between monitors independently.
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Unicode Special Character Support. User accounts and files using accented Western letters can be leveraged for most interactions in the software.
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
HD Interface Graphics and Icons. Toolbar buttons and high definition icons scale to fit screen resolutions and increased DPI (128px vs 20px).
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Rendered Previews in Dialogs. View, rotate, and spin previews of 3D objects in specification dialogs to get a better sense of their attributes while making modifications.
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Maximum Print Size
  • 12"x18"
  • 12" x 18"
  • 12" x 18"
  • Architectural C 18" x 24"
Save Prints in PDF Format. Save to a PDF file for outsourcing a print job.
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Loan/Mortgage Calculator.
  • -
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Fully editable working environment including customizable toolbars.
  • -
  • -
  • -
  • Yes
Home Designer Pro compatibility with other Home Designer Products.
  • View & Notate Only
  • View & Notate Only
  • View & Notate Only
  • Edit, View & Notate
Compatible with - 3D Home Architect® (Version 3.0 and 4.0).
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Compatible with Chief Architect® (Version 10.0 and prior).
  • Viewing Mode Only
  • Viewing Mode Only
  • Viewing Mode Only
  • Viewing Mode Only
Compatible with Chief Architect® (Version X1-X8). Edit plans created using Chief Architect.
  • Basic Editing, Change Materials & Colors, Move Furniture
  • Basic Editing, Change Materials & Colors, Move Furniture
  • Basic Editing, Change Materials & Colors, Move Furniture
  • Yes
Online Training Tutorials with "How-To" videos.
  • 60+ videos
  • 60+ videos
  • 80+ videos
  • 100+ videos
Searchable Training Videos. Use keywords to find exactly the help you need.
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Windows® 10 / 8 / 7. Mac OS X
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Free Online Technical Support
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes