The information in this article applies to:
I have a number of older plans I created using 3D Home Architect® Deluxe. Will Chief Architect or Home Designer software open these older plans?
I receive a warning message of:
"This version of Chief Architect can only read plans written by Chief Architect 97 or later, Home Designer 6.0 or later, or 3D Home Architect 3.0 or 4.0"
How can I resolve this warning?
The current version of Chief Architect will support opening drawings only from Chief Architect '97 (version 5.0) or newer.
Plans created in Chief Architect version 4.0 and earlier cannot be opened directly in the current version of Chief Architect.
The current version of Home Designer will support opening drawings from 3D Home Architect® Deluxe versions 3.0 and 4.0 only.
Please bear in mind that after an older version file has been opened in the newer program, the plan will not appear exactly as it did when it was initially created.
For example, textures and 3D symbol objects from the discontinued version will not be recognized, there will be missing electrical and other object defaults, and warning messages will display on opening the file, as well as taking 3D camera views, regarding these objects.
While you could try to replace all of the missing textures, objects, and defaults using materials and symbols from your current Home Designer Library Browser, the real advantage to be being able to view the older file to reference dimensions and object placement.
In order to have all of the capabilities available in a current version plan, such as Wall Types and other features, recreating the plan in the current version of Chief Architect will be necessary.