Limitations of the Home Designer Trial Software

Reference Number: KB-02946
Last Modified: May 1, 2024

The information in this article appliesto:

Home Designer Professional or Home Designer Architectural or HomeDesigner Suite


I have been looking at the Home Designer Trial software but have noticed some of tools are limited. Is there a problem? 


The Home Designer Trial versions are designed to let you explore the software's powerful tool set, but they do have a few restrictions to prevent users from producing files that could be used as final production documents or presentation materials. 

Specifically, the Trial versions do not allow: 

  • File Saving
  • Printing
  • File Exporting
  • Recording of Walkthroughs
  • Printing or Exporting of Material Lists
  • Library Browser Restrictions

If you have questions about any of the restricted tools in the Trial version, there are a number of resources available for you to gain more information:

  • Select Help> Launch Help  from the menu to view the Home Designer Help content.
  • Select Help> View Reference Manual to open the complete Home Designer Reference Manual in digital format.
  • Contact our sales team.


If you try to use a feature that is unavailable in the trial version, a Trial Restriction dialog will appear. Clicking PURCHASE FULL VERSION NOW will take you to the Chief Architect website where you will be able to purchase the full version of the software. If you already have a full version product key, you can click the Activate Full Version button to activate the trial, converting it to the full version.

Trial Restriction dialog