Home Designer 2019

Home Designer 2019 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 2019.

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Home Designer 2019 New Features Summary

Detailed Features List (PDF)

Productivity Features

Home Designer productivity features - Chief Architect 3D Viewer

  • Interiors
  • Suite
  • Architectural
  • Pro

3D Viewer Export. Save designs to the cloud and share them for using on mobile devices and websites using the Chief Architect 3D Viewer App.

  • Yes
  • Yes
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  • Yes

Library Search Bar and Context Menus. Quickly search for library items by keyword, object type, or style. Choose to search for items in an entire catalog or in specific folders only. Customize search attributes for User Catalog content.

  • Yes
  • Yes
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  • Yes

Find in Plan from the Materials List. Select items from the materials list and choose to Show in Plan to identify and locate them in your designs.

  • Yes
  • Yes
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  • Yes

3D Tools

View Home Designer 360 Interactive Panorama in Chief Architect’s 360° Panorama Viewer.


  • Interiors
  • Suite
  • Architectural
  • Pro

Save 360° Renderings to the Cloud. Easily save your 360° renderings to the Chief Architect Cloud, and share them or embed them into web pages.

  • Yes
  • Yes
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Multiple Camera Defaults. Specify default values for each camera type; control, layer assignment, active Rendering Technique, and more.

  • Yes
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Group Select and Edit Cameras. Select multiple cameras at one time and edit their properties, like height off floor or the Rendering Technique used.

  • Yes

Plan Features

Home Designer plan features

  • Interiors
  • Suite
  • Architectural
  • Pro

Custom Watermarks. Create watermarks and display them on your work. Control location, size, angle, transparency, and include images in your watermark design.

  • Yes

Automatic Dutch Gable Roofs. Easily create a Dutch Gable style roof using the Automatic Build Roof tools; simply set the wall properties as “Dutch Gable”, adjust the values and build the roof.

  • Yes
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Multiple Framing Types. Choose from a wide selection of framing types when designing your structure; from lumber to steel, to engineered materials like LVL, PSL, and VSL. Framing labels reflect the type of material specified.

  • Yes

Access to Full Selection of 3,600+ Plant Images.

  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes

General

Home Designer general features

  • Interiors
  • Suite
  • Architectural
  • Pro

Rotate Symbols in 3D. In 3D views easily rotate symbol objects around the X, Y, or Z axis using the rotate edit handles for the selected side. Choose to automatically refresh the CAD Block for symbol objects as they are rotated or modified.

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Insert Items Inside Cabinets. Attach custom shelves, storage, and hardware items into cabinet boxes and specify their behavior per face item.

  • Yes

Specify Number of Lights Used per Scene. Choose to display more than 8 light sources in your 3D views. Set the maximum number of lights used in the Camera Specification dialog.

  • Yes
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Editing Tools

Home Designer editing features.

  • Interiors
  • Suite
  • Architectural
  • Pro

Stretch CAD Tool. Similar to Edit Area; create a marquee that contains or excludes CAD endpoints and move the selection to stretch and scale the components within the selection area.

  • Yes

Selected Edge Highlight Indicator. See visual cues to identify the active edge of a selected object with highlight colors along the edge and filled edit handles.

  • Yes
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Reshape Views Sent to Layout. Like other Polyline based items, add breaks and curved edges to Layout viewports to control cropping of their display on a layout page.

  • Yes

Railing Over Solid Wall. Generate Pony Walls with a railing as the upper wall type.

  • Yes

Turn off Posts for Railings. Easily specify whether railings or fences include posts with the “No Posts” control.

  • Yes