Opening a Prior Version Plan File


Reference Number: KB-00410
Last Modified: September 29, 2015

The information in this article applies to:

Home Designer Professional or Home Designer Architectural or Home Designer Suite or Home Designer Interiors or Home Designer Essentials or Home Designer Landscape & Deck


QUESTION

I have a plan file created in an earlier version of Home Designer.  How can I open this file in the current version of the software?


ANSWER

Files created in earlier versions of Home Designer can be opened and modified in the current version of the equivalent program.  If the file was created in a more advanced version, however, it will only be able to be viewed in a less advanced version.

For example, if you have an old file created in Home Designer Suite 2015, that file can be opened and modified in Suite 2016, Architectural 2016, or Pro 2016.

If the file was originally created in Pro version 2014, however, then that file can only be opened and modified in Pro 2015, and if opened in a less advanced version, will only be able to be viewed and editing will be disabled.

Files created in the current version cannot be opened in an older one.  For example, plans created in any Home Designer 2016 version cannot be opened in a 2015 or earlier program.

 

To open a file created in an earlier version

  1. First, launch your Home Designer program, then select File> Open Plan .

  2. In the Open Plan File dialog, navigate to the location on your computer where the earlier version plan is located.

  • Files created in Home Designer version 7 and newer will have the .plan extension.

  • Files created in Home Designer version 6.0, and 3D Home Architect® Deluxe versions 3.0 and 4.0, will have a separate plans for each floor.  You will need to make sure to keep all files in the same folder, and open the first floor (.pl1) plan for files created in these earlier versions.


  • Select the appropriate file and click on the Open button.

  • After an older plan has been opened in Home Designer, the plan may not appear exactly as it did when it was created.

    For example, some textures, objects, and defaults may not be recognized, resulting in warning messages. You can replace the missing textures or objects using materials and symbols from your current Home Designer Library Browser, however, to gain access to all of the features, such as Wall Types, offered in newer version plans, recreating the plan in the current version of the software will be necessary.



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