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  1. On Thursday, May 21 at noon, our trainer and renderer extraordinaire, Kay Lockhart, wants to talk to you about rendering in Chief Architect! Reference this plan and video from Kay's presentation. Rendering Video
  2. Join us and remember to take notes! We'll give you homework with our #ChiefChallenge. If you missed the webinar, watch the recording here: Find the reference files here: Make sure to register and join us at high-noon on Thursdays!
  3. Learn how to use the Trey Ceiling, Ceiling Planes, and Automatic Ceiling Vaulting tools to create customized spaces in your designs. Join Scott Harris and Al Frey this Thursday at noon to learn more about these powerful Chief Architect tools! Register today! Use this downloadable plan file for your work reference: Review this video to learn about ceiling editing techniques: Ceilings: Vaults, Barrels & Treys See all of the upcoming webinars here:
  4. On Thursday, April 30th, we hosted a webinar featuring Roofs! We'll take you through the process of putting together roofs using Chief Architect, and this week we are also sending you away with a fun Homework Challenge! Download these plans and create your own version of the roofs. We will continue to offer free live Demos along with Question and Answer sessions on Thursdays at noon. Check out the schedule to see what's coming!
  5. Congratulations to our 3 winners in the Residential Design Contest! 1st Place – Bobby McFadden 2nd Place – Steve Johnsen of @HOME Custom Design 3rd Place – Gisela Weissman-Everhard View all of the amazing 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!
  6. The free Thursday webinars have been a big hit! We are excited to continue to offer recurring free Thursday trainings! If you haven't attended one of these, visit our website to see the scheduled topics. These webinars are slated for 2 hours where we provide a 30min live demo, then open the floor to live questions and answers. If you have general questions on any of these topics, make sure you attend the webinar to have an opportunity to get your questions answered!
  7. Virtual Classrooms allow us to provide a little more flexibility with schedules because there isn't travel involved! We've broken these training sessions into 4 classes, two days a week, so that it is easier for you to schedule them into your day. Check out our updated post above for dates, or visit the website to get more information!
  8. We've updated the Remodeling page on our website to include some resources for taking As-Build Measurements and a Checklist for the process. Come and see what you think!
  9. We are excited to continue to offer free webinars for the next few Thursdays at noon PST. Check out these topics, then register to join us. 4/09/2020 - Productivity Tips, with Scott Harris 4/16/2020 - Dimensioning Tips, with Adrean Stephenson 4/23/2020 - Saved Plan Views, Layer Sets, and Default Sets, with Scott Harris
  10. If you are familiar with the work of Architect Frank Lloyd Wright, you likely are familiar with his iconic School of Architecture at Taliesin. Chief Architect user, Michael Rust, apprenticed at the school getting his Master of Architecture degree. We took some time with Michael to learn what life was like at the school while he attended and put together this post on Chief Blog to share with you! We love understanding the stories and experiences that created the threads that have woven us all together. Share yours too!
  11. Congratulations to March's Kitchen, Bath, and Interiors Design Contest Winners! Visit our Blog to see the submissions by Giuseppe Rispoli, Abe Neufeld, and Adam Gibson. You can get your own moment of victory in April's contest focusing on Residential Design - we are taking submissions now! Learn how to enter.
  12. The results are in! See what your peers had to say about design trends on our latest post on the Survey Results. We also dive into some trending styles in our 2020 Interior Design Trends post. We've even created a companion catalog for the trending styles in our Design Trends No.1 Maximalism / Biophlia catalog.
  13. We are in this together! Learn about the actions Chief Architect is taking in regards to the following topics: Chief Architect Student Licenses Software Sale Virtual Training Classes Chief Architect Employees
  14. Even though we can't travel to your part of the country right now, you can still join us in our Virtual Classrooms to build your Chief Architect skills! We can't wait to hear from you!
  15. We are offering FREE STUDENT LICENSES to allow more flexibility for students to complete coursework outside the classroom. Licenses will be valid March 17 - June 30, 2020. We are happy to extend this invitation to the children of current Chief Architect customers as a way to help keep your kids engaged during their time away from school. Learn more and download the application on our website.
  16. Chief Architect X12 Now Available! We are excited to announce the release of Chief Architect X12! Visit our website to discover the new features: Are you current with your Support and Software Assurance? If so, just log into your Digital Locker to download X12 at no additional cost. Our sales team can also help you with any questions: 208-292-3400, M-F 7 am – 5 pm
  17. We want to understand how design trends (and which ones) impact your work. Share your experiences via our survey:
  18. We've canceled travel to Boston, but will still be providing Virtual Training throughout the month of May, join us to improve you drafting skills! We'll be hosting the following virtual classroom trainings: Residential Intro (Mon/Wed) - May 4, 6, 11, 13 Residential Intermediate (Tues/Thurs) - May 5, 7, 12, 14 Kitchens, Baths, Interiors (Wed/Fri) - May 20, 22, 27, 29 Get the details here.
  19. Jeff, Wow, thank you for the feedback and I am happy to hear that we are doing a great job of supporting our customers. Thank you for being a valued Chief Architect customer and for sharing your story with other people evaluating Chief Architect as a design solution . Feedback from our customers is our most valued advertising! Thanks again and congratulation on your new software. Kind regards, Derek Chief Architect Software
  20. Hello, Thank you for posting this question. SSA is only available for our Chief Architect products (Premier and Interiors). The cabinet catalogs are only available to download with SSA on these Chief Architect versions. Cabinet catalogs are not available for Home Designer products, however, you can still use the cabinet tools in Home Designer for cabinet design. There are door and drawer styles included in the library software that you can apply to your cabinets. The cabinet styles are very similar across the manufacturers, so you can generally get exactly or very close to the cabinet style offered by stock and semi custom cabinet companies. Kind regards, Derek Chief Architect Software
  21. SNestor, Yes, there are hundreds of architecturally correct CAD details both in the Core Library and in a Bonus Library. Here is the file path to find them in the Core Library: Chief Architect Core Catalogs>CAD Blocks>CAD Details Here is a link to the Bonus Library (Note that you need SSA to download this, so it's not available in the Trial Version): CAD Download - "CAD Blocks and Details" Kind regards, Derek Chief Architect Software
  22. Jeff, Thank you for the question and for your interest in Chief Architect. SSA provides access to Priority Tech Support. The Support Team is there to help with technical problems with installing the software and program errors. That being said, Tech is also available to steer you to existing resources for help with how-to questions and they can help you find where tools or settings are located in the software. We have hundreds of training videos, Knowledge Base articles and webinars in addition to our comprehensive documentation to help with learning the software. We also offer formal training services for a fee such as classroom training, training webinars and one-on-on personal training. Below is a link to explore the training services. Here is the full list of benefits of Support and Software Assurance (SSA): Updates, Major Releases, and New Versions Priority Technical Support Download Library Catalogs Discounts on Select Training Discounts on Secondary Licenses Feel free to reach out to our Sales Department with any questions at 208-292-3400 or email Kind regards, Derek Pedersen Chief Architect Sales
  23. Congratulations to the winners of the 2019 Design of the Year Contest! Residential Design- Sean Bulman of Bulman Designs Remodel/Addition Design- Gabriele Pizzale of Pizzale Design Inc. Kitchen/Bath & Interior Design- Nathan Ensminger of Heartland Home Improvements Inc. We enjoyed viewing everyone’s design this last year and want to thank you all for sharing with us and our community! Prize packages will be awarded to the winners. Check out our announcements: Video: Blog:
  24. Hello Randy, Feel free to reach out to our Sales Department if you have any questions about the differences between our products or if you have questions on renting versus purchasing a license. We can be reached by phone at 208-292-3400 or email Kind regards, Derek Pedersen Chief Architect Software
  25. Are you itching to get an idea of the new features available in the coming release of Chief Architect X12? Visit the website to see the list and watch an overview video detailing new features! We'll be demonstrating the new release of Chief Architect at the IBS/KBIS show January 21-23 at booth N1155. If you are attending the show, make sure to stop in and learn about the new version!