Online & Mobile Training Videos
|What's New In X5 Overview|
A brief tour of new features introduced in Chief Architect X5
|Migrating Prior Version Library Catalogs |
If you have a prior version of Chief Architect installed on your computer, you can automatically migrate the catalogs into your new library.
|Progressive Ray Tracing |
The Ray Trace tool is now progressive! Your view appears quickly and improves with time. Save the view once it has achieved the level of quality you desire.
|Line Drawing Over Watercolor Renderings |
The Line Drawing over Watercolor rendering technique has been enhanced to allow the line drawing to be in any color you choose.
|View Lower Floors in a Floor Overview |
Floor Overview cameras can display the current floor plus floors below it, allowing you to see down stairways and spaces below Open Below rooms.
|Backclipped Cross Section Controls |
Cross Section clipping distances can be precisely controlled by entering distances for clipping planes.
|Displaying Cameras as Callouts |
Single or double callouts can be used to replace the camera symbol in floor plan view.
|Displaying Labels in Elevation Views |
You can choose to display labels for many objects in cross section, elevation, and wall elevation views.
|Using a Generated Sky as a Backdrop |
A sky model representing different atmospheric conditions can be used in your camera views instead of an image backdrop.
|Creating Isometric Views |
All eight standard isometric view types can be generated from an Orthographic Overview.
|Using the Walkthrough Path Tool |
The Walkthrough Path tool lets you control camera angles and move between floors.
|Using Walkthrough Key Frames |
Camera angle, height and other attributes can be set for each key frame on a Walkthrough Path.
|Repositioning Saved Camera Views |
Changing the view angle of a saved camera does not necessarily have to be saved with that camera.
|Saving Cross Section Slider Views |
Set your Cross Section Slider to meet your needs and save the camera. The Slider settings will be saved with the view.
|Positioning and Rotating Labels |
The position and orientation of object labels can now be specified.
|Automatic NKBA Dimensioning |
With a single click you can generate dimensions for a room or an elevation view that are drawn to NKBA © standards.
|Automatic Interior and Elevation Dimensions |
Dimensions for interior rooms or any elevation view can be created with one click.
|Drawing Running Dimensions |
The Running Dimension tool allows you to draw dimension strings that show accumulative distances.
|Adding Multiple Appliances in a Single Cabinet |
Multiple appliances can be easily added to a single base, wall or full height cabinet.
|Multiple Door and Drawer Styles in a Cabinet |
Multiple door and drawer styles can be assigned to a single cabinet to create unlimited combinations.
|Placing Cabinet Feet |
Cabinet feet can be inserted into cabinets or placed independently for use with other objects.
|Double False Drawer Fronts for Cabinets |
Double false drawer fronts can be automatically added to sink bases.
|Bifold Door Swing Adjustments |
Adjust a bifold door's swing to any angle in 2D and 3D views.
|Displaying Door and Window Casing in Floor Plan View |
You can control the display of interior and exterior casings on doors and windows in floor plan view.
|Adjusting Window Frame Depth |
Window frames can automatically adjust to a wall's thickness.
|Modifying Door and Window Cutouts in Foundations |
Concrete cutouts for doors and windows can be adjusted and their display in floor plan view turned on or off.
|Automatic Corner Boards and Quoins |
Corner board trim and quoins can be placed on your entire structure with a single click.
|Including Moldings in Room Finish Schedules |
Information about moldings can be included in the Room Finish Schedule.
|Importing Plan Defaults |
Default settings from one existing plan file can be easily imported into another.
|Importing PDF Documents |
Single and multiple page PDF documents can be imported into your plan and layout files.
|Creating Objects on Hidden and Locked Layers |
When placing items in your plan that are on locked or hidden layers, several options are available.
|Using the Primitive Pyramid Tool |
The Pyramid tool can be used to create an assortment of objects. Vary the number of sides and truncate the top.
|Adding Ridge Caps to Roofs |
Custom ridge cap profiles can be added automatically to your roof planes.
|Adding Shadow Boards to Roof Fascia |
Multiple shadow boards can be added to both eave and gable fascia.
|Controlling Rafter Spacing |
Rafter spacing can be specified on a roof plane by roof plane basis.
|Controlling Dormer Roof Overhangs |
Eave and gable overhangs can be adjusted independently for automatic dormers.
|Determining Actual and Projected Roof Plane Areas |
Both actual and projected areas are listed in the Roof Plane Specification dialog.
|New Wall Features in Version X5 |
Several new wall features have been added including automatic treated plates for interior walls on slabs.
|Advanced Railing Controls |
Railing profiles for top, middle and shoe railings can be set independently and shoe height can be set.