Using the Online Support Center

Reference Number: KB-00717
Last Modified: July 30, 2018

The information in this article applies to:

Chief Architect Premier or Chief Architect Interiors

Home Designer Professional or Home Designer Architectural or Home Designer Suite or Home Designer Interiors or Home Designer Essentials


I need to submit a trouble ticket to the Chief Architect Technical Support Department. How can I do this?


The Online Support Center is a website that allows you to communicate securely and directly with a Chief Architect Technical Support Analyst and send or receive any plan, layout, or other files that the Analyst may need in order to best help you resolve your issue. It also gives you the opportunity for you to review past technical support inquiries.

If you haven't done so already, we would encourage you to first search the Knowledge Base for Chief Architect or Home Designer, the Chief Architect or Home Designer online tutorial training videos, and the threads on the ChiefTalk or HomeTalk user forums, since most questions on how to use the software, as well as resolutions to common technical issues, can be located by searching these resources.

This article outlines how to do important tasks in the Online Support Center so that you can use it effectively:

Note: The sample images in this article reference the Google Chrome web browser. If you use a different default web browser, some elements on the page may look different - but the functionality will be the same.

To access the Online Support Center

  1. Navigate to

    You can also get to this page by clicking the My Account link in the upper right corner of the Chief Architect or Home Designer webpages.

  2. Log in with the email address and password you used to purchase the software.

    • If you do not remember your password use the Forgot My Password link to have your password reset.

    • If you are using a trial version, or have not yet purchased a Chief Architect product, click the Don't have an account yet? Create One link to create a Chief Architect Account.  

  3. Once logged in, click on the Technical Support Center link listed in the Available Services section.

To submit a new ticket

  1. Click the New Case button to start a new Technical Support case.

  2. At the top, using the drop down menus, choose the Chief Architect product that you need assistance with.

    Note: If you do not see your version listed here, your product is no longer eligible for free live support. Please contact our Customer Service department if you'd like to purchase a paid support case or would like to look into upgrading.

  3. In the Type a short Subject field, type a short, but descriptive summary of the problem you are encountering.

  4. In the Type a detailed question box, type your question or a description of your issue in as much detail as possible:

    • Include the exact wording or any error or warning messages that you are receiving.

    • Provide detailed, step-by-step instructions on how to reproduce the message, or incorrect functionality, that the program is exhibiting.

    • If you suspect that the problem may be related to your system, be sure to include the version of Windows or Mac, video card, and any other relevant information on the computer.

  5. If you want to attach one or more files to your ticket, click the Browse button below the text box.

  6. When you are finished, confirm that all fields are filled in and then click the Submit Case button at the bottom of the form.

Chief Architect Technical Support strives to answer all Online Support Center tickets within two business days; however, they are often able to answer a ticket within standard business hours.

When your ticket is answered, you will receive an email letting you know. Simply log back in at your convenience to read the reply.

One of the benefits of using the Online Support Center to contact Chief Architect Technical Support is that you can attach files to your tickets, which are often very helpful for answering questions and troubleshooting problems.

To attach a file to an Online Support Center ticket

  1. If you want to attach a copy of a plan or layout to your ticket, use the Backup Entire Plan/Project  tool to save a copy of the file along with all associated image files in their own folder. 

  2. After using Backup Entire Plan/Project Tool , save your work and exit out of Chief Architect.

  3. In Windows Explorer, browse to the location where the file you wish to attach is saved.

  4. In order to upload a folder, it must be zipped. Instructions for creating a zipped file are included in Using the Backup Entire Plan/Project tool article.

    • We recommend compressing all large files before attaching them to make the upload process quicker, and to protect the integrity of the original file while it's being uploaded and downloaded.

  5. Once the file is ready to be attached to your ticket, click the Browse button near the bottom of the form.

  6. In the Open dialog:

    • Navigate to the location of the file you wish to attach to your ticket.

    • Click on the name of the file to select it and click the Open button to attach it.

  7. Confirm that all fields in your Online Support Center case are filled in and click the Submit Case button at the bottom of the form.