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|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
|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.
|5403||The Chief Architect Interface |
Adjust your preference settings for how your Chief Architect works and looks.
|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.
|5405||Working With the Toolbars |
Several different toolbar configurations are included with Chief Architect, but your toolbars are totally customizable.
|5406||The Many Working Views of Chief Architect |
Placing and editing objects can be done in a variety of different 2D and 3D views.
|5407||Customizing the Toolbars |
Add your most frequently used tools to your toolbars and arrange them as you want.
|5408||Understanding the Snapping Functions |
Snaps are essential to working with CAD and Architectural tools.
|5409||Cursor Behaviors and Crosshair Choices |
Your mouse cursor changes appearance to indicate different editing functions or tool selections.
|5411||Saving and Storing Plan Files |
Good file management is essential for your plan and layout files.
|5412||Defaults and Preferences |
Setting up your personal preferences and plan defaults can significantly improve your productivity.
|5413||Choosing Edit Behavior Options |
There are 6 major edit behaviors you can use to quickly edit objects in different manners.
|5414||Using Templates for New Plan Files |
Create your own template files with pre-set defaults to speed up your design work.
|5415||The Plan Development Sequence |
Creating your project in the proper sequence is important for ease of completion and productivity.
|5417||Setting Defaults for Your Plan - Part 1 |
When starting a new plan it is important to get your plan and wall defaults.
|5418||Setting Defaults for Your Plan - Part 2 |
When starting a new plan it is important to get your door and windows defaults set.
|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.
|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.
|5421||Creating a Plan From A Template File |
Plan Templates are available for many different home styles and you can create your own templates.
|5422||Drawing and Editing Walls |
Walls can be defined to have the exact materials and thicknesses they will be built with.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|5426||Creating Exterior Dimensions Automatically |
With a single click you can generate exterior dimensions for your entire plan.
|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.
|5428||Selecting Objects with the Mouse|
Using the right or left mouse buttons to select objects in your plan
|5429||Positioning Walls Precisely Using Dimensions |
You can place your walls in exact positions using dimensions.
|5430||Using the Manual Dimension Tools |
You can create dimensions manually using a variety of different dimension tools.
|5431||Working With Layers and Layer Sets |
Control the displayed layers of your plan to simplify your view.
|5432||Editing Dimensions and Extension Lines |
The location and appearance of your dimension lines and text can be easily edited.
|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.
|5434||Setting Second Floor Defaults |
When creating your second and additional floors, you will want to set the defaults for that floor's structure.
|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.
|5436||Working with the Camera Tools |
You can create a wide variety of different views of your plan with our Camera Tools.
|5437||Using the Cross Section and Elevation Cameras |
Use the Orthographic Camera tools to create elevations and cross section views.
|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.
|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.
|5438||Changing Materials in Camera Views |
Modify and change material assignments to all types of objects in a 3D camera view.
|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.
|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.
|5441||Drawing CAD Points, Lines and Splines|
Take a deeper look at using the CAD tools for lines, splines and points.
|1442||Drawing CAD Arcs, Circles, Ovals and Ellipses|
Using Chief Architect's CAD tools to draw arcs, circles, ovals and ellipses
|5443||Drawing CAD Polylines and Boxes|
Explore using Chief Architect's CAD line and polyline tools
|5444||Editing CAD Polylines|
There are many edit tools available to use when working with CAD lines and polylines
|5445||Creating 3D CAD Objects|
CAD lines and polylines of any shape can be converted to 3D objects easily
|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
|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
|5448||Drawing and Connecting Roof Planes|
Connecting or joining manually drawn roof planes can be done with 3 mouse clicks
|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.
|5450||Preparing a Roof for Dormers|
Building a roof that you can add automatic dormers to
|5451||Creating a Staircase|
Drawing and customizing staircases is easily accomplished with the stair tool and the stairwell is just a single click!
|5452||Creating a Stair Landing|
There are several methods to create landings to join multiple stair segments together.
|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
|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
|5455||Creating Pony Walls for above Grade Brick|
How to use Pony Walls to have brick on your concrete wall above grade
|5456||Finishing and Refining Interior Walls|
You can customize your wall types or make your own to represent any look or building style
|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
When you place a door in a wall, you can control handing and swing direction with your mouse
|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
|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
Windows can be placed in your walls and accurately located and sized quickly
|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
|5463||Creating a Group of Blocked Windows|
Windows and doors can be grouped together to create a single mulled unit
|5464||Adding a Deck|
The deck tools allow you to create decks easily and modify framing and appearance easily
|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
|5471||Introduction to Framing|
You can frame your walls, floor platforms, ceilings and roofs automatically or manually
Manual edits can be made to automatically generated framing to get exactly the configuration you need
|5473||Creating Text and Callouts|
Chief Architect has a variety of text and callout tools to use to annotate your plans
|5474||Assigning Room Types and Using Plan Check|
The program applies specific structural and display properties to rooms depending on the assigned Room Type.
|5475||Placing Electrical Symbols and Circuits|
The electrical tools include recepticles, switches and light fixtures as well as an electrical connection tool
|5476||Creating a Window Schedule|
Create a schedule of all windows in your plan and modify the information displayed in the schedule
|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
|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
|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.
|5480||Site Plans and Annotation Sets|
Use the Plan Footprint tool to start your site plan CAD detail
|5481||Creating a Layout File for Working Drawings|
When your design is complete, use the layout to create your detailed construction drawings
|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.
|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
|5484||Creating 3D Presentation Views|
The Perspective Camera tools allow you to generate a wide variety of rendered and artistic views for presentation tools.
|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.