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When I first open a plan file sent to me from a Chief Architect or Home Designer Professional user, I get a message telling me that I can't make modifications. Why does this occur?
If the plan you received was created in Chief Architect Premier, Chief Architect Interiors, or Home Designer Professional, you might receive the following message:
"This plan was created by a different product version than you are currently using. You will only be able to view this plan and can't make any modifications. You can edit this plan fully using another Chief Architect product. Visit our website at https://www.chiefarchitect.com for more information on our professional series of products."
This message means that while you can view the plan and create various camera views, you will not be able to make any modifications to the plan (for example, place or move objects, walls, doors/windows, etc.), other than creating text annotations.
If this particular plan was sent to you by a professional, and they want to allow you to edit this .plan file, then they must enable the checkbox titled "Allow Editing in Select Home Designer Products" within the Plan Defaults before sending the file.
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If the plan you received has been set to allow editing in Home Designer products, then you will instead receive the following message:
"This plan was created by a professional version of Chief Architect and has been enabled for editing in select Home Designer Products. You will be able to make modifications, but they may be limited by the person who created this plan. You can edit this plan fully using another Chief Architect product. Visit our web site at https://www.chiefarchitect.com for more information on our professional series of products."
This message is purely informative and is simply telling you that this plan has been configured to allow you to modify certain aspects of the plan. Click OK to continue and work with the plan.