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  1. Our Next Contest is Residential! Share one of your Residential 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: https://www.chiefarchitect.com/blog/design-contest-residential/ The entry deadline is November 12.
  2. The results are in! Congratulations to our 3 winners in the Kitchen, Bath, and Interiors Design Contest. 1st Place – Chris De Martino of Elite 3D 2nd Place – Rene Costabile of Design Line Kitchens 3rd Place – Alexandra Aldrich of Envizion Designs View all of the great submissions: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?vanity=ChiefArchitect&set=a.5024218334274045 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.
  3. Did you know we host an occasional "Takeover Tuesday" on our Instagram Account? We hand over the reins to an experienced Chief Architect user and let them guide us through their day via Instagram Stories. Not only do they share how they leverage the software, but also give a peek into business operations, design processes, and their general industry story. We love seeing what our customers are doing! You can see past takovers on IGTV. Stay tuned for upcoming shares! Shout out to fellow Chief Architect users who have put themselves into the Takeover seat: Guthrie Design Co. Koda Interiors Virtual Design by Natasha Goesling Group Willaby Way Eckstrom Home Designs Liz Walton Home Studio M Kitchen & Bath Tiny Anchor Studios The Hayhurst Brothers
  4. Our Next Contest is Kitchen/Bath and Interiors! Share one of your Kitchen/Bath and 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: https://chiefarchitectblog.com/design-contest-kitchen-bath-interiors/ The entry deadline is October 15.
  5. The results are in! Congratulations to our 3 winners in the Remodel/Additions Design Contest. 1st Place – Alan Lehman of Lehman Design Studio 2nd Place – Cody Corbin of Drafting & Design Solutions 3rd Place – Mark Lemond of Sinatra Homes View all of the great submissions: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?vanity=ChiefArchitect&set=a.4939941859368360 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. Hello and thank you for the question. The new rendering engine has migrated from being based on OpenGL over to Direct X 12 for Windows and Metal for Mac. If your graphics card supports real time raytracing you will see benefits in the rendering quality. Specifically, there will be improved ambient occlusion. This provides more realistic shadows, soft shadows and enhanced detail that result from shadows created by ambient light in the scene. There are also speed improvements to the watercolor rendering technique (this process has been moved over to the graphics card rather than the CPU) and there are general speed improvements to rendering if your graphics card supports real time raytracing. You can test our the new 2022 version by downloading the trial. In the 2022 trial version, you can see if your video card supports the enhanced rendering by clicking on the dropdown menu "Edit>Preferences" then click on the "Video Card Status" panel. In this panel you will see a listing for "Hardware Ray Tracing." If there is a "yes" next to this item you will see the ambient occlusion improvements. There are significant improvements to the walkthrough feature including efficiencies in producing walkthrough videos, the ability to preview the video and edit keyframes more efficiently. You can't record a walkthrough in the trial but you can see the new walkthrough preview and editing features. Feel free to contact us in sales at 208-292-3400 or email sales@chiefarchitect.com with any questions. Kind regards, Derek Chief Architect Software
  7. Our Next Contest is Remodel/Additions! Share one of your Remodel/Addition 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: https://www.chiefarchitect.com/blog/design-contest-remodel-addition/ The entry deadline is August 13.
  8. The results are in! Congratulations to our 3 winners in the Residential Design Contest. 1st Place – John Rahall of JHR Design 2nd Place – Alan Lehman of Lehman Design Studio 3rd Place – Aaron Swearengin of Oak River Design Group View all of the great submissions: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?vanity=ChiefArchitect&set=a.4859551820740698 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.
  9. Hello, Thank you for the question. Yes the Home Designer Pro version 6 is still eligible for upgrade pricing. To purchase online, you would need your original CD Key found on the product package to receive the upgrade discount. Here is the link to the upgrade page. https://www.homedesignersoftware.com/whats-new/?from-version=6&from-product=pro&to-product=pro If you can't find your CD Key, you can call our sales department and we can try to look up your product in our database. You can call us at 208-292-3400. Kind regards, Derek Chief Architect Sales
  10. We are excited to announce the latest release of Home Designer Software products! See What's New Ready to Upgrade? New user, or looking to change product, check out the Product Chooser. Visit our website, or give us call (208-292-3400), to learn more!
  11. Our Next Contest is Residential! Share one of your Residential 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: https://www.chiefarchitect.com/blog/design-contest-residential/ The entry deadline is July 16.
  12. The results are in! Congratulations to our 3 winners in the Kitchen/Bath and Interior Design Contest. 1st Place – Rodante Bernabe of R. H. Bernabe Enterprises 2nd Place – Lara Wasylyshen of Lacey Homes 3rd Place – Petra Tobias of Pinnacle-Interiors with Love View all of the great submissions: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?vanity=ChiefArchitect&set=a.4755325767829971 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.
  13. Our Next Contest is Kitchen/Bath and Interiors! Share one of your Kitchen/Bath and 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: https://chiefarchitectblog.com/design-contest-kitchen-bath-interiors/ The entry deadline is June 18.
  14. The results are in! Congratulations to our 3 winners in the Remodel/Additions Design Contest. 1st Place – Javier Montenegro of DSGN Smith Studio 2nd Place – Rodante Bernabe of R. H. Bernabe Enterprises 3rd Place – Jorge Arreola of Greymark Construction Company View all of the great submissions: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?vanity=ChiefArchitect&set=a.4671056596256889 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.
  15. Our Next Contest is Remodel/Additions! Share one of your Remodel/Addition 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: https://www.chiefarchitect.com/blog/design-contest-remodel-addition/ The entry deadline is May 14.
  16. The results are in! Congratulations to our 3 winners in the Kitchen, Bath, and Interiors Design Contest. 1st Place – Nick Spokes 2nd Place – Ruth Jones 3rd Place – Michael Norpell of Michael Norpell Wall To Wall View all of the great submissions: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?vanity=ChiefArchitect&set=a.4583425205020029 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.
  17. Our Next Contest is Residential! Share one of your Residential 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: https://chiefarchitectblog.com/design-contest-residential/ The entry deadline is April 16.
  18. The results are in! Congratulations to our 3 winners in the Kitchen, Bath, and Interiors Design Contest. 1st Place – Tasnim Said 2nd Place – Justin Brey of Justin B Designs 3rd Place – Nidhi Shrivastava View all of the great submissions: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?vanity=ChiefArchitect&set=a.4502796333082917 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.
  19. Hello, Thank you for the question. Here is a help article link that shows you how to run Home Designer on more than one computer. https://www.homedesignersoftware.com/support/article/KB-01028/using-home-designer-on-multiple-computers.html If you have any trouble, feel free to reach out to us for assistance at 208-292-3400 or email sales@chiefarchitect.com. Kind regards, Derek Pedersen Chief Architect Sales
  20. Hello Matthew, Thank you for the question. Home Designer can utilize 2 GPU's if they are configured to operate as one. AMD has a feature called "CrossFire" that will configure the GPU's in this manner so that Home Designer can take advantage of the additional graphic card. Here is a link to the AMD page about this feature. https://www.amd.com/en/technologies/crossfire Kind regards, Derek Pedersen Chief Architect Sales
  21. Hello and thank you for the question. Your upgrade would span two version releases so there would be quite a lot of new features that have been introduced. We have a what's new in Home Designer 2021 page that shows highlights and details of the new features that were added (see links below). HD 2021 new features summary: https://www.homedesignersoftware.com/whats-new/#whats-new-summary HD 2021 new feature detailed list: https://cloud-hd.chiefarchitect.com/1/pdf/product-info/2021/new-features.pdf I have attached a PDF document that shows the new features we released in the Home Designer 2020 as well. I hope this helps. Feel free to reach out to our sales department with any questions. 208-292-3400 or sales@chiefarchitect.com Kind regards, Derek Pedersen Chief Architect Software New Feature Matrix2020.pdf
  22. 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: https://chiefarchitectblog.com/design-contest-kitchen-bath-interiors/ The entry deadline is March 19.
  23. Creating Custom Schedules & What's Coming in Chief Architect X13 — Free Live Webinar Thursday, February 25, 2021, at 12:00 PM PST Schedules are commonly used in Chief Architect Premier and Interiors 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! This webinar will be presented using Chief Architect Premier. Considering an upgrade? Join us to see how our professional software products work.
  24. Tray and Custom Shaped Ceilings & What's Coming in Chief Architect X13 — 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 Sign up! This webinar will be presented using Chief Architect Premier. Considering an upgrade? Join us to see how our professional software products work.
  25. Managing Files: Locally and on the Cloud — Free Live Webinar Thursday, February 11, 2021, at 12:00 PM PST File management is an important task in managing your work process. Maximize your file and content management workflows to be more efficient when working across more than one computer or with multiple staff members. Knowing how to use the archive folder and backups can help when you have computer issues. One of our design professionals will be hosting this session, covering the following outline, and taking your live questions. File management Archives, backups, and other important folders Library management Putting files on the Cloud Register Today This webinar will be presented using Chief Architect Premier. Considering an upgrade? Join us to see how our professional software products work.