Home Designer 2018

Home Designer 2018 is now available! Whether you have a PC or Mac, a single license will run natively on either platform. Scroll down the page to learn more about the new features in Home Designer 2018.

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Home Designer 2018 New Features Summary

Detailed Features List (PDF)

3D Tools

View Crafting Modern in Chief Architect’s 360° Panorama Viewer.

Render 360° Panoramas

360° Panoramic Rendering. Export 360° panoramas.

View 360° Images. Use Chief VR Cardboard or the new Chief Architect 360° Panorama Viewer to rotate and view panoramic images.

  • Interiors
  • Suite
  • Architectural
  • Pro

Enhanced Render Features. Ambient Occlusion, Bloom, Normal Maps and Bump Maps are all elements that can be leveraged in Rendered Views.

  • Yes
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Export 360° Spherical Views. Rendered cameras can be shared and embedded in websites for interactive navigation. Export Render Views at a resolution of up to 8192 x 4096.

  • Yes
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Copy Saved Cameras. Duplicate perspective and overview cameras in the same plan, or between existing plans, to easily replicate angle, direction, and other camera attributes.

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Windows / Doors / Cabinets

New cabinet features in Home Designer 2018
  • Interiors
  • Suite
  • Architectural
  • Pro

Cabinet Mounted Electrical. Attach outlets and switches to the sides of cabinet boxes, soffits, and panels. Outlets will automatically snap to, and move with, cabinets with which they are associated.

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Cabinet Hardware per Drawer. Control the hardware attached to any door or drawer on a single cabinet separately.

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Control Counter Overhang. Control the overhang distance of automatic countertops for each side of a cabinet.

  • Yes
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Comments and Notes per Object. Use the Object Information panel to easily add and manipulate Code, Comment, Description, and Manufacturer fields through item's specification dialog.

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Stairs / Ramps / Railings

New stair tools and features in Home Designer 2018
  • Interiors
  • Suite
  • Architectural
  • Pro

Auto L-Shaped and U-Shaped Stairs. Use the L and U stair tools to automatically drop stairs with landings into plans; stairs will orient and snap to adjacent walls.

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Stair Railings. Railings specified for stairs can be customized with different rail styles (balusters, open, middle rail, panels) and multiple rails.

  • Yes
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Landing Controls. Modify railings on landings independently from stairs. Dialog preview allows you to visualize your landing as you manipulate its properties.

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Railing Top and Bottom Rail. Specify railings and fences with symbol panels, then define whether a hand railing and shoe rail will be included.

  • Yes
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Building Tools

New roof features in Home Designer 2018
  • Interiors
  • Suite
  • Architectural
  • Pro

Flush End Boxed Eaves. Auto-generate boxed roof soffits that are flush at gable walls and control their materials.

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Customize Room Names. Customize the available rooms list to suit your most common needs and regional naming conventions.

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Short Ceilings for Rooms within Larger Rooms. Create plant shelves, shorter closets, or other rooms that have a lower ceiling than the greater space and control the ceiling platform and materials automatically.

  • Yes
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General / Support

  • Interiors
  • Suite
  • Architectural
  • Pro

Touch Screen Optimization. Smooth and accurate touch controls for pinch zoom, pan, rotate and other controls for Windows computers (not supported by macOS).

  • Yes
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Migration Tools. Easily bring forward settings from previous versions.

  • Yes
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  • Home Designer Suite
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  • Home Designer Professional