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  1. Our Next Contest is Kitchen, Bath, and Interiors! Share one of your Kitchen, Bath, or Interior Designs for a chance to win Chief Gear. Use any Chief Architect software product to create your original design. You have the chance to win 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place in this contest. Discover how to enter and more through our blog: The entry deadline is March 19.
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    A Good Desktop for X13

    Hello, Thank you for the question. We have an in depth blog article with tips on buying a computer to run Chief Architect that you may find helpful. Below is a link to the article and feel free to contact us if you need any assistance at 208-292-3400 or email Kind regards, Derek Pedersen Chief Architect Software
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    Trousdale Layout Plan

    Hello, Thank you for the question about the Trousdale sample plan. You can download this plan from our website and open it in a Chief Architect product. You are free to use the plan as inspiration for your own project. This house was used on the product packaging for one of our Home Designer products. A full plan set was not created for this sample and it was created by Chief Architect staff from a stock photograph. The best we can do to help you is provide you with the sample plan so that you can open it in one of our products. A zip file of this plan is attached to this post and I have attached an image so you can see what the floor plan looks like. I hope this helps. Kind regards, Derek Pedersen Chief Architect Software trousdale (2).zip
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    March 4 Free Webinar - Stair Basics

    Stair Basics for Straight & Curved Stairs — Free Live Webinar Thursday, March 4, 2021, at 12:00 PM PST Review the best practices for using the interior stair tool and how to define various stair characteristics. Learn how to place straight and curved stairs, define the attributes for the treads, risers, railings, and other settings to customize stairs. One of our design professionals will be hosting this session, covering the following outline and taking your live questions. Time-saving stair defaults Placing stairs and setting heights Stair styles, stringers, treads, and risers Stair railings Sign Up!
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    Sales FAQ

    Can I install the software on more than one computer? How do I switch computers? Chief Architect programs can be installed on multiple computers for personal use, but only one computer can be active at a time. Learn how to switch between computers in our Knowledge Base article. What type of computer do I need to run Chief Architect? Chief Architect is both Mac and PC compatible. For more details, visit our system requirements page or visit our blog post about how to choose a new computer to run Chief Architect Do you have a free trial? What are the limitations and how long does it last? Yes. The Chief Architect Trial Version has all of the same tools and features as the paid version with the exception of saving, printing, exporting, and virtual tours. The trial version does not expire. What training resources are available for learning to use the software? Chief Architect Software is known for being easy to use and having a very low learning curve. There are many training resources to aid in learning the software. All of the free resources are available with the trial. Free Resources • 600+ Training Videos: • 800+ How-to Article: • Getting Started Resources: • Free Webinars: Additional Resources • Personal Training: • Classroom Training: • On-Demand Training: What is the backup USB? The optional backup USB is a memory stick/thumb drive that contains a copy of the software installer and core library content. The backup USB provides a long term option for installing the software should you need it in the future. The USB may be a good option for installing the software if your internet service is slow. I use specific manufacturers in my designs, will they be available in Chief Architect? The Chief Architect 3D Library offers catalog downloads of both manufacturer specific and generic content. You can also import 3D objects, materials and colors into Chief Architect from third-party sources including directly from manufacturer’s websites if they are available. What is Support and Software Assurance (SSA)? Support and Software Assurance (SSA) includes the following services: upgrades, tech support, catalog downloads, and discounts on additional licenses & select training. SSA is included for 1 year with new license purchases and version upgrades. SSA can be renewed annually (optional) and is the most economical way to stay current with the software. What is the difference between the Premier and Interiors products? Chief Architect Premier is for full residential or light commercial design and includes all of the features of the Interiors product. The Interiors product was created specifically for kitchens, baths, and interior design—everything inside the house. Structural components such as framing and exterior tools such as terrain, decks, and lanscaping are excluded from the Interiors product. A full comparison is available at What is the difference between the software rental and an outright purchase? The outright purchase option is a one-time payment for the software license. The rental option allows you to rent monthly as-needed or rent-to-own. See our Rental FAQ for more details. What happens once I purchase a license? If you are purchasing a new license or rental, your order is processed immediately and you receive an email with instructions on how to log into your online account and download the software. If you are purchasing an upgrade or additional license, your order is subject to existing license verification. These orders are processed within one business day. Once the order is verified and processed, you will receive a confirmation email notifying you that your software is available in your online account. How does upgrading to the newest version work? If your SSA is active upgrades are included at no additional charge. If your SSA is expired you can purchase an upgrade to the newest version, which includes one year of SSA. Upgrades are downloaded through your online account. What is your return policy? Chief Architect has a 30-day Satisfaction Guarantee on most purchases. Have more questions? Feel free to contact Chief Architect Sales.
  6. Creating Custom Schedules & What's Coming Next — Free Live Webinar Thursday, February 25, 2021, at 12:00 PM PST Schedules are commonly used for doors, windows, and cabinets. Learn the best practices on creating schedules and customizing them for specific items — like moldings for a plan or a specific room. Save your schedules in a template plan, so you have them ready to go for all your projects! One of our design professionals will be hosting this session, covering the following outline, and taking your live questions. Schedule basics Customizing schedules Creating a molding schedule Saving schedules in a template plan Sign up!
  7. Tray and Custom Shaped Ceilings & What's Coming Next — Free Live Webinar Thursday, February 18, 2021, at 12:00 PM PST Ceilings can greatly change the look and feel of a room. This session will review the automatic and manual tray ceiling tools to create unique and custom ceilings. Finally, we'll cover creating a ceiling plan for your layout and construction documents. One of our design professionals will be hosting this session, covering the following outline, and taking your live questions. Using the automatic tray ceiling tool Creating manual tray ceilings Saved plan views and layer sets for ceilings Creating a ceiling layout page Download the project file: Trey Ceiling.plan Watch the video
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    Designer's Ink Commercial Gallery

    Very impressive work! Thank you for sharing, Designer's Ink. We've chosen a selection of these renderings to be featured on our Facebook page. You can see your work here: Thank you! Chief Architect Sales
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    Commercial Design Gallery

    Share examples of your commercial projects designed using Chief Architect Software. Include a description of the project and images, along with other interesting insights; we will periodically feature commercial designs like this on our Social Media channels to show off your efforts!
  10. We are excited to be announcing the Design of the Year Contest winners for 2020! Chief Architect holds a monthly design contest every year. There are 3 categories: Kitchen/Bath and Interiors, Residential, and Remodel/Additions. Each monthly winner is entered into the Design of the Year Contest, and our Facebook community votes for their favorite. Kitchen/Bath and Interiors Grand Prize Winner – Giuseppe Rispoli of Rispoli Design and Build, LLC Residential Grand Prize Winner – Michael Burt Remodel/Additions Grand Prize Winner – Jorge Arreola of Greymark Construction Co. Thank you so much to everyone who participated this year. We enjoy seeing your work and love seeing what you can do with Chief Architect, and thank you to everyone who voted on our Facebook page. We couldn’t do it without you!
  11. We've shared this blog post in an effort to help identify some of the hardware and features that will make your Chief Architect and graphic intensive software work to its full potential. Check it out:
  12. Sign up to learn Chief Architect with a live trainer and peers in these online classroom sessions. Training Dates: 8:30 AM–12:30 PM Pacific Residential Introductory - Jan. 20, 22, 27, 29 (Wed/Fri) Residential Intermediate - Jan. 20, 22, 27, 29 (Wed/Fri) Kitchens, Baths & Interiors - Feb. 3, 5, 10, 12 (Wed/Fri) Learn more about classroom training.
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    Design of the Year Contest

    Design of the Year Contest! Throughout the year, Chief Architect holds a monthly design contest to showcase our users' work. Designers worldwide, with vastly different backgrounds and design styles, compete head-to-head each month in the following three categories: Kitchen/ Bath & Interiors, Residential, and Remodel / Additions. These inspiring designs have been shared here on Facebook, and we are excited to combine the winning designs into our Design of the Year Contest. Vote for your favorite in each category. The winners will be announced Thursday, January 9th. Kitchen/Bath & Interiors: Residential: Remodel/Additions: Learn more:
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     Residential Design Contest- Entry Deadline November 16th

    The results are in! Congratulations to our 3 winners in the Kitchen, Bath, and Interiors Design Contest. 1st Place – Michael Burt 2nd Place – Cody Corbin of Drafting & Design Solutions 3rd Place – Norman Frye View all of the great submissions: We enjoyed viewing everyone’s design and want to thank you all for sharing with us and our community! Varying prize packages will be awarded.
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    September Contest - Kitchen, Bath, and Interiors

    The results are in! Congratulations to our 3 winners in the Kitchen, Bath, and Interiors Design Contest. 1st Place – Savanna Beyer of Twenty One Design 2nd Place – Kelly Collett of Marc Christian Fine Cabinetry 3rd Place – Stephanie Mazzetta of Christino Kitchens & Remodeling View all of the great submissions: We enjoyed viewing everyone’s design and want to thank you all for sharing with us and our community! Varying prize packages will be awarded.