Learn more about using Home Designer with this collection of help and how-to articles. Browse Knowledge Base articles by content category or by searching for a specific topic. See our glossary for common home design and construction terms. Be sure to explore the getting started resources for a variety of other support tools.
In Chief Architect, you have the ability to choose from a list of currently installed video codecs to be used while recording a walkthrough.
Ceiling and Floor heights can be changed and controlled on a room by room basis. This is useful if you have a split level or multi-level plan.
The Soffit tool is ideal for creating a wide variety of coffered ceiling patterns and styles.
Use a supported DISTO™ measuring device to enter real world measurements into a Chief Architect plan file.
Follow these instructions to resolve most Chief Architect software crashes on a Microsoft Windows operating system.
Your Home Designer software's Product Key is a unique identifier for your software license. You can locate yours in the Help Menu or in your digital locker.
Home Designer makes it easy to import and create custom materials using image files.
Saving a design into a PDF is a common practice. In this article we will show you how you can create a PDF file of your plan.
Save your Room Planner designs up on the Cloud, then import them into Chief Architect or Home Designer for additional editing.
To learn more about the activation process and how many computers Home Designer can be installed on, please visit this article.
Creating construction documents in Home Designer Pro is easy. This article will show you how to use the layout feature to prepare your designs for printing.
Learn how to add a custom image for use in a picture frame, a desktop wallpaper, or a painting.
Home Designer is a robust 3D editing and design program. To get the best possible performance from your software, make sure your system has the resources.
The Reference Manual, User's Guide, HomeTalk, Training Videos, Webinars, Knowledge Base, and Personal Training are great resources for creating a complex roof plan.
When you need to create a loft area or a grand entry, you can use an Open Below room type on the floor above to remove the floor platform from that area.
The Chief Architect and Home Designer trial versions can be converted to full working versions when you purchase the same version as your trial, which allows you to keep the plan you have been working on.
Stair rake walls can easily be created in X11 and newer program versions by specifying a railing to be a pony wall and having it follow the slope of the stairs.
The stair tools in Home Designer allow you to easily create a staircase that can automatically adjust it's height to reach the next floor.
If you are having trouble installing your Chief Architect or Home Designer software program, or are receiving an error message or program crash working in the program, submit your technical issue to Technical Support using the online Support Center. If you have a question on how to accomplish a particular task in the software, check out these other resources for Training help.