Home Designer 2020

Home Designer 2020 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 2020.

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Home Designer 2020 New Features Summary

Detailed Features List (PDF)

View What's New - 2020 in Chief Architect’s 360° Panorama Viewer.

Studio image showing soffits that slope with the ceiling and the new Export Picture dialog options.
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Physically‑Based Rendering uses material, lighting, and shadow calculations to create high‑quality scenes in real time

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Image Exporting Specification Specify image size, set pixel resolution and image output measurements when exporting images

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Soffits Follow Ceiling Slope Soffits have an option to follow the slope of custom ceiling planes

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Multi-Select with Edit Select multiple objects, such as a group of cabinets, and make similar edits like adding crown molding

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Import DWG Files

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Export DWG Files

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Export Collada DAE Files

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Fill Style Painter Patterns and fill styles are integrated into the Library. Apply these fills with a new Fill Style Painter

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3D Walkthroughs 3D Walkthroughs include default settings for frames-per-second, compression, and resolution. Resolution is no longer tied to the active window size making it easy to record videos at standard sizes

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Walkthrough options dialog showing the 3D walkthrough resolution settings.
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Edit Parametric Items in Library Browser Once an item such as a cabinet, window or door is saved to the Library, you can open and edit the properties directly in the Library

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Edit Component Data in Objects Define the calculation methods and custom data that reports to the materials list directly from an object's specification dialog

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Find and Replace Text in Plan Quickly search for and replace words or strings of text used in your project

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Store Callouts and Markers in Library

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Stair Rake Walls Create a half wall with a top railing

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Staircase showing connected stair landings and rake walls.
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Architectural
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Connected Stair Landings Create complicated stair shapes and paths by leveraging the landing tool; auto-connect multiple landings together to update their height values to suit the staircase. Use landings to create custom winder stairs and starter treads

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Landing Railings Control which landing edges have railings by forcing them ON, OFF, or deferring to the automatic behavior. Marquee-selecting and editing landings allow you to turn all railings ON or OFF at one time

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Glass Wall Tool for Showers

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Half-Glass/Half-Tile Walls for Showers

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Shower Door Tool A new shower door tool, hardware typical for shower doors

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Glass shower wall featuring a sliding shower door.
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Architectural
Pro

Parametric Barn Door A new parametric barn door — define side and top overhangs, wall offset and typical barn door hardware

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Door Display Options Pocket, sliding and barn doors can display partially open in 2D and 3D

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"Fixed" Door Type Create non-operable doors, like sidelights for entryways, using the "Fixed" door type

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Invisible Wall Toggle An invisible wall toggle tool added to the Edit toolbar

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Control Moldings per Wall Specify whether a wall has moldings attached separately from the other walls in an associated room

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Molding Specification Easily manage moldings attached to an object through the Moldings panel, see a preview of their location, define and offsets

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Add Cabinet Moldings such as a crown molding and profile edge

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Turn Off Edge Profile Moldings per Countertop Edge

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Room Dialog Updates The Room Specification dialog now includes story pole preview and feedback with dimension

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Room Specification dialog showing the new story pole dimensions.
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Architectural
Pro

Window Frame Controls Full window frame controls in Pro. "Has Frame" checkbox in Suite and Architectural

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Door Frame Control Full door frame controls in Pro. "Has Frame" checkbox in Suite and Architectural

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Reverse Interiors/Exterior for Doors

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Custom Stylized Themes Set up Home Designer's user interface with color and style themes of your choosing. Set preferences for the look of dialogs, menus, buttons and other interface elements; import, export, and share saved themes

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