Troubleshooting Library Download Issues

Reference Number: KB-02772
Last Modified: December 30, 2016

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 am having trouble downloading the Core Catalogs, where one of the following warnings display:

"Part of the catalog download/update has timed out. Please check your network connection and security settings. If connecting via wireless, try plugging directly into modem/router and then downloading again. Would you like to try downloading again?"


"Security software or a firewall is blocking the program from accessing the catalog download server. Please re-configure and try downloading the catalog again"

How can I resolve this warning?


There are a number of potential reasons this warning may occur, typically due to poor or no internet connection, or something blocking the download.

If you are receiving the warning that the connection has timed out and selecting "Yes" to retry downloading the Core Catalogs does not work after the first attempt, then the following are some of the most likely potential issues:

  • You may not be connected to the internet in order to complete the download.

  • There may be a third party application running on the computer blocking the download.

  • Your network may have permissions set in place for a firewall or proxy server which are blocking the download.

  • If you are using Mac OS X Mavericks or OS X Yosemite, App Nap may be preventing the download from continuing when you switch to another program.

    App Nap can be disabled by opening the Applications folder in Finder and selecting your Home Designer or Chief Architect product and selecting File> Get Info from the menu. Under General put a checkmark in the box that says prevent App Nap.

If you have verified your internet connectivity, third party applications, and network settings, but are still experiencing trouble with downloading the Core Catalogs, please contact Technical Support using the Online Support Center and attach the library error log file to continue troubleshooting.

Alternately, you can manually download and install the Core Catalog files for your specific product, or install them from the program's backup DVD if you purchased one.

To download and manually install the catalogs

For instructions on how to download and install the core catalogs manually, please follow the link below for your product version:

If you have a backup DVD, you can also install the core catalogs directly from the disk. These steps are very similar to the download and manual install instructions above, except that instead of downloading the files from the internet, you can copy them directly from the disk contents and them place them in the relevant locations.  Please see KB-01195: Installing library content from the program DVD for more details.

If you do not have a backup DVD and would like to purchase one, please contact our Customer Service team directly using the information from the Contact Us link under the Company Info section below.

To send the error information to Technical Support

  1. Exit out of your Chief Architect program completely, then within your operating system, navigate the program's Data folder, which is located in your Documents directory. For example: \Documents\Chief Architect Premier X8 Data

  2. Inside of your program's Data folder, open the Database Libraries folder and locate the errors.log file. 

  3. Compress the errors.log file. 

    • In Windows, right-click on the errors.log file and select Send To> Compressed (zipped) folder 

    • On a Mac, select the errors.log file, and from the menu select File> Compress "errors.log" 

  4. Attach the newly created file to a new ticket in the Online Support Center