Online & Mobile Training Videos



Number   Title Duration
5400
Residential Design Project Overview

This is an overview of the topics and tools we will be taking a look at in this video training series.

00:38
5401
Controlling Pop-up Contextual Menus

Right clicking on an object will bring up a contextual menu with edit tools for that object. You can control how these menus work

02:21
5402
General Mouse Commands

A look at using your mouse to select, edit, move and place objects as well as navigate in your plan and 3D views.

05:37
5403
The Chief Architect Interface

Adjust your preference settings for how your Chief Architect works and looks.

06:22
5404
Changing the Toolbar Style

Choose to have drop down toolbars or parent child tools. You can move and customize your toolbars to your liking.

03:06
5405
Working With the Toolbars

Several different toolbar configurations are included with Chief Architect, but your toolbars are totally customizable.

05:24
5406
The Many Working Views of Chief Architect

Placing and editing objects can be done in a variety of different 2D and 3D views.

08:32
5407
Customizing the Toolbars

Add your most frequently used tools to your toolbars and arrange them as you want.

09:21
5408
Understanding the Snapping Functions

Snaps are essential to working with CAD and Architectural tools.

08:48
5409
Cursor Behaviors and Crosshair Choices

Your mouse cursor changes appearance to indicate different editing functions or tool selections.

05:12
5410
Learning Keyboard Commands

There are many keyboard shortcuts you can use to improve your productivity.

05:21
5411
Saving and Storing Plan Files

Good file management is essential for your plan and layout files.

08:37
5412
Defaults and Preferences

Setting up your personal preferences and plan defaults can significantly improve your productivity.

03:39
5413
Choosing Edit Behavior Options

There are 6 major edit behaviors you can use to quickly edit objects in different manners.

09:35
5414
Using Templates for New Plan Files

Create your own template files with pre-set defaults to speed up your design work.

08:37
5415
The Plan Development Sequence

Creating your project in the proper sequence is important for ease of completion and productivity.

03:21
5417
Setting Defaults for Your Plan - Part 1

When starting a new plan it is important to get your plan and wall defaults.

16:07
5418
Setting Defaults for Your Plan - Part 2

When starting a new plan it is important to get your door and windows defaults set.

12:34
5419
Setting Defaults for Your Plan - Part 3

When starting a new plan it is important to set defaults for Floors, Rooms and your Foundation.

26:28
5420
Setting Defaults for Your Plan - Part 4

Save time by setting up your default settings for Framing, Schedules and your Text before starting your project.

14:11
5421
Creating a Plan From A Template File

Plan Templates are available for many different home styles and you can create your own templates.

02:07
5422
Drawing and Editing Walls

Walls can be defined to have the exact materials and thicknesses they will be built with.

10:07
5423
Room Definition and Room Properties

Each room in your plan can be edited to have it's own unique materials, moldings and other properties assigned.

15:54
5424
Drawing the Initial Walls and Rooms

Once walls have connected to create a room, you can make many changes to the room's properties.

04:55
5425
Zooming, Panning and Using the Aerial View

Several different tools are available to zoom and change your view position in both 2D and 3D views.

05:37
5426
Creating Exterior Dimensions Automatically

With a single click you can generate exterior dimensions for your entire plan.

09:42
5427
Updating Your Template Plans

Templates you have created can be updated with new defaults from other plans as well as wall types and many other settings.

06:56
5428
Selecting Objects with the Mouse

Using the right or left mouse buttons to select objects in your plan

02:22
5429
Positioning Walls Precisely Using Dimensions

You can place your walls in exact positions using dimensions.

13:52
5430
Using the Manual Dimension Tools

You can create dimensions manually using a variety of different dimension tools.

16:19
5431
Working With Layers and Layer Sets

Control the displayed layers of your plan to simplify your view.

08:17
5432
Editing Dimensions and Extension Lines

The location and appearance of your dimension lines and text can be easily edited.

09:58
5433
Working with Additional Floors

Easily add new floors as well as exchange one floor with another, make an exact copy or even delete a floor.

05:51
5434
Setting Second Floor Defaults

When creating your second and additional floors, you will want to set the defaults for that floor's structure.

08:36
5435
Using the Reference Display Layer Set

Turning on the Reference Display allows you to see objects on a floor below or above the one you are working on.

07:25
5436
Working with the Camera Tools

You can create a wide variety of different views of your plan with our Camera Tools.

16:40
5437
Using the Cross Section and Elevation Cameras

Use the Orthographic Camera tools to create elevations and cross section views.

06:35
5437.1
Generating Automatic Interior and Elevation Dimensions

You can generate interior dimensions for your entire plan or a single room with one click. There is a similar tool to dimension your elevations as well.

10:37
5437.2
Generating Automatic NKBA Dimensions

You can add dimensions to your plan view and elevation views with a single click, that are drawn to NKBA standards.

10:13
5438
Changing Materials in Camera Views

Modify and change material assignments to all types of objects in a 3D camera view.

11:54
5439
Choosing Material Painter Modes

The material painter allows you to change materials on a single component, whole objects and even entire rooms and floors.

06:03
5440
Working with CAD tools

Chief Architect's CAD tools allow you to do more than add detail to your plans. You can use CAD to create 3 dimensional objects as well.

09:04
5441
Drawing CAD Points, Lines and Splines

Take a deeper look at using the CAD tools for lines, splines and points.

18:28
1442
Drawing CAD Arcs, Circles, Ovals and Ellipses

Using Chief Architect's CAD tools to draw arcs, circles, ovals and ellipses

12:40
5443
Drawing CAD Polylines and Boxes

Explore using Chief Architect's CAD line and polyline tools

15:03
5444
Editing CAD Polylines

There are many edit tools available to use when working with CAD lines and polylines

03:55
5445
Creating 3D CAD Objects

CAD lines and polylines of any shape can be converted to 3D objects easily

06:25
5446
Displaying Multiple Views

When working on your plan, it's often convenient to have a camera or elevation view showing along with your plan view

02:17
5447
Introduction to Roofs

There are times you will want to manually create roof planes or edit the ones created by the automatic roof generator

09:07
5448
Drawing and Connecting Roof Planes

Connecting or joining manually drawn roof planes can be done with 3 mouse clicks

16:31
5449
Building an Entire Roof at Once

Chief Architect's automatic roof generator will build most any roof on your structure in one easy process.

15:55
5450
Preparing a Roof for Dormers

Building a roof that you can add automatic dormers to

12:53
5451
Creating a Staircase

Drawing and customizing staircases is easily accomplished with the stair tool and the stairwell is just a single click!

21:15
5452
Creating a Stair Landing

There are several methods to create landings to join multiple stair segments together.

07:40
5453
Building a Full Basement Foundation

Creating a foundation that will be used for living space can be done easily by setting appropriate stem wall heights

08:34
5454
Creating a New Wall Type with a New Material

You can create your own wall types or modify existing ones to create walls that reflect how you actually build them

10:58
5455
Creating Pony Walls for above Grade Brick

How to use Pony Walls to have brick on your concrete wall above grade

11:11
5456
Finishing and Refining Interior Walls

You can customize your wall types or make your own to represent any look or building style

07:13
5457
Creating and Copying Automatic Dormers

Automatic dormers are easy to add to your structure and can be copied and replicated across the roof easily

11:17
5458
Placing Doors

When you place a door in a wall, you can control handing and swing direction with your mouse

15:51
5459
Developing a Sliding Glass Door and Storing it in the Library

Once you modify a doors appearance and style, you can store it in the library for future use

08:53
5460
Adding a Doorway and Door Panel From the Library

Chief Architect's library contains many door styles you can add to your plans quickly

05:10
5461
Placing Windows

Windows can be placed in your walls and accurately located and sized quickly

06:22
5462
Working with Dynamic and Static Defaults

Many objects in your plans can be modified simply by changing default setting for that type of object

10:09
5463
Creating a Group of Blocked Windows

Windows and doors can be grouped together to create a single mulled unit

08:06
5464
Adding a Deck

The deck tools allow you to create decks easily and modify framing and appearance easily

10:05
5465
Placing and Merging Cabinets

Using the base, wall and full height cabinet tools to generate your kitchen or bath design.

10:57
5466
Adding Appliances

Single or multiple appliances can be added to your cabinets

06:19
5467
Working with Special Cabinet Types

A simple cabinet can be made into many different styles including a peninsula, end, corner, bow front style

06:18
5468
Adding Wall Cabinets and Soffits

Chief Architect's cabinet tools include wall cabinets and you can add soffits to your design as well.

10:01
5469
Blocking Cabinets and Adding Them to the Library

Once you have modified a group of cabinets or an island, you can block them and add them to the library for future use

04:07
5470
Adding Drawers to a Cabinet Front

Whether you want doors and drawers or all drawers, you can modify the cabinet to suit your needs

05:26
5471
Introduction to Framing

You can frame your walls, floor platforms, ceilings and roofs automatically or manually

20:46
5472
Editing Framing

Manual edits can be made to automatically generated framing to get exactly the configuration you need

14:02
5473
Creating Text and Callouts

Chief Architect has a variety of text and callout tools to use to annotate your plans

09:34
5474
Assigning Room Types and Using Plan Check

The program applies specific structural and display properties to rooms depending on the assigned Room Type.

12:20
5475
Placing Electrical Symbols and Circuits

The electrical tools include recepticles, switches and light fixtures as well as an electrical connection tool

13:13
5476
Creating a Window Schedule

Create a schedule of all windows in your plan and modify the information displayed in the schedule

14:53
5477
Adding CAD Details

Whether you make your own or use one of the hundreds supplied in the library, CAD details can be used to show construction details

13:32
5478
Creating Updatable Cross Sections and Modifying Layer Display

The cross section and elevation camera tools generate views that update as your make changes to your plan

08:33
5479
Creating Fully Editable Cross Sections

You can create a CAD Detail from your cross sections to allow you full control over display of each line.

06:19
5480
Site Plans and Annotation Sets

Use the Plan Footprint tool to start your site plan CAD detail

19:36
5481
Creating a Layout File for Working Drawings

When your design is complete, use the layout to create your detailed construction drawings

09:22
5482
Building a Terrain

A complete set of tools are available to create a 3 dimensional terrain for your project. Add elevation information to model the site.

18:34
5483
Working with Layers and Layer Sets to get the Views you Want

Turning on or off specific layers allows you to display only the items you want in a particular view

11:13
5484
Creating 3D Presentation Views

The Perspective Camera tools allow you to generate a wide variety of rendered and artistic views for presentation tools.

18:28
5485
Sending Plan Set Views to the Layout File

Camera views, CAD details, section views and plan views can all be sent to the layout sheets to generate your construction documents.

24:27
Some features in the training videos may not be applicable in the Lite or Interiors versions.