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Advanced CAD in Chief Architect Tutorial

Knowing how to use all of the CAD tools that Chief Architect has to offer is important because you will need them to draft all of the detail drawings needed in a set of residental building plans. You were introduced to CAD in Chief Architect in the book, “Residential Design Using Chief Architect”© or in […]

Advanced Ceilings in Chief Architect

Creating ceilings in Chief Architect is easy. You can create a variety of diffent types of ceilings, including cathedral ceilings, vaulted and curved ceilings, tray ceilings, grid and tile suspended ceilings. When you finish going through this tutorial you will be able to: Recognize the three basic ceiling types and how they get their materials. […]

Architectural Trends of 2018

Architectural Trends of 2018

If there’s one thing we know about at Chief Apprentice, it’s architecture and the upcoming trends each year. Our services provide architects with professional tools and training, based on our market insight and knowledge. Wondering what this year has in store for architecture? Here’s a look at the trends of 2018.   Recreating Outdoor Space […]

Draw Order of Objects

Chief Architect X9 introduced a new set of tools that give you a lot more control over the draw order of objects when drawn in the plan view. What this means is that when objects overlap you have complete control over what is visible or not visible. For example if you place a chair that […]

Advanced Floors in Chief Architect

In this tutorial you will work with the more advanced techniques in dealing with floors in Chief Architect. You will learn more about setting platform depths, not just by floor but also by area.  There is even a section on dealing with floors in multi-level commercial building.   After reading and doing the exercises in […]

Chief Architect’s Room Planner Application

 The Room Planner application is a Chief Architect program that makes it easy to create realistic floor plans and 3D models in minutes for a room or a home design project using your IPad, IPhone, or an Android device. You can download the Room Planner app. from You can also download it from the […]

Adjusting the Size of Tool Buttons

INTRODUCTION Preference settings control how Chief Architect acts and the way the interface looks. For example, in Chief Architect X9, you can now control the size of the tool buttons in the tool bars, using a preference setting. ADJUSTING THE SIZE OF TOOL BUTTONS. 1. If you have Chief Architect running select File ► New […]

New Options for Cabinet Toe Kicks and Countertops

INTRODUCTION Chief Architect X9 added new options for base cabinet toe kicks and countertops. You can change countertops so that the amount of overhang for the sides, back, and front are different from each other. You can also add closed toe kicks to each end of a series of cabinets or to each side of […]

Changing the Material on Multiple Components at One Time

INTRODUCTION In Chief Architect there are several different ways to change the materials that are applied to the surfaces of objects in your plan. Chief Architect X9 has added the capability to multi-select different components in an object and change their material at one time. CHANGING THE MATERIAL ON MULTIPLE COMPONENTS AT ONE TIME 1. […]

Using Annotation Sets Part 4

In Annotation Sets Part 4 we will continue to work with annotation sets.
This will complete this series of tutorials on Annotation Sets. This is a powerful tool to get to know. I hope that this series of tutorial tips will help you gain proficiency in using Annotation Sets.

Using Annotation Sets Part 3

An annotation set is basically a collection of defaults and layers, which can be saved as a single group. This makes it easy to change display properties for several objects at once by simply choosing from a menu. For example, one of your saved dimenison defaults can be grouped with one of your saved arrow defaults, and one of your saved text defaults, and a saved callout default. This combination can be used in …

Using Annotation Sets Part 2

In Annotation Sets Part 1, I showed you one way to create a new annotation set. In Annotation Sets Part 2, I will show you another way to create a new annotation set. We will create the same annotation set (½” Scale IN ONLY Annotations) that was created in Annotation Sets Part 1. I will also show you how to save this new annotation set for future drawings.

Using Annotation Sets Part 1

Chief Architect users have always been able to create default settings for many objects and then save the settings with the plan. Default settings can be created for dimensions, doors, windows, walls, text, and other objects. Beginning with Chief Architect X3, there are some objects that you can create and save multiple default settings for. You can create multiple default settings for manual dimensions, text, and other objects as you will soon learn in this section.