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  1. ChiefArchitect

    Print size limitations

    Hello, Thank you for taking the time to pass on your suggestions about print size. I think this is a good idea and will pass this on to our features team for consideration. Kind regards, Derek Pedersen Chief Architect Software
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    Home Designer Customer Loyalty Sale

    As a special thank you to our customers, we are offering a Customer Loyalty Sale. Save 50% when you purchase another Home Designer Product. Learn More: https://www.homedesignersoftware.com/loyalty/
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    2019 Design of the Year Contest

    It's time once again to show your support for your fellow Chiefers and vote for 2019's Designs of the Year! Chief Architect holds a monthly design contest to showcase our users' work. Designers from all around the world, with vastly different backgrounds and design styles, compete head-to-head each month in the following three categories: Residential, Remodel / Additions, and Kitchen/ Bath & Interiors.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. Residential: http://bit.ly/2O9imin Remodel/Additions: http://bit.ly/2D6zlLS Kitchen/Bath & Interiors: http://bit.ly/37tk6KU Learn more: https://chiefarchitectblog.com/design-of-the-year-contest-2019 We'll re-boot the monthly contests early in 2020. Stay tuned and start curating your Kitchen & Bath, Remodeling, and Residential projects for next year's submissions. We love to show off your work and share your design/build stories with our community. Good Luck, Contestants!
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    GPS Data Acquisition in IPhone

    Thank you for the question. I am not aware of a specific iPhone app for capturing elevation data and I have heard that the accuracy of the elevation data from a smartphone may not be accurate enough to produce acceptable results (particularly with complex terrain). Most that are capturing elevation data are using a higher end GPS unit. Note that the app or GPS unit you use will need to be able to export the points you capture in a GPX file type. Here is a training video with information about the terrain data import process. https://www.homedesignersoftware.com/videos/watch/2265/terrain-elevation-gps-import.html Consider posting this in the Q&A section of the Home Talk forum. There may be some users out there that have direct experience with an iPhone app that can plot and export terrain data. Most users are not looking at the "Sales Related Questions" area of the forum. Kind regards, Derek Chief Architect Software
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    Room Planner App

    Tiffany, Thank you for the question. If you are already using Room Planner, you will be able to continue using it. It is not available to purchase or download a s new app, but existing users can still access and download Room Planner. We received feedback from customers that the Room Planner app was lacking in detail and accuracy for capturing as-builts. Chief Architect is if focusing development resources on the desktop apps for OSX and Windows and the 3D Viewer on mobile to ensure we continue to lead the market with these products. Many are using Home Designer on a laptop or tablet computer such as the Microsoft Surface to capture as-builts. Leica offers Bluetooth compatible laser devices that will interface with the computer and Home Designer, so that the measurements will go directly into the Home Designer similar to Room Planner. Here is a help article on how to hook up a Leica device with Home Designer. https://www.chiefarchitect.com/support/article/KB-01846/using-a-leica-disto-device-with-chief-architect-software.html Kind regards, Derek Chief Architect Software
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    Mac OS Catalina

    Michael, Thank you for the question. Yes, Home Designer 2020 and Chief Architect X11 will support the Mac OS Catalina. Feel free to contact us with any questions. 208-292-3400 or sales@chiefarchitect.com Kind regards, Derek Chief Architect Software
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    End user License

    Thank you for the question. If you purchased an upgrade from Home Designer Pro to Chief Architect ($500 discount off the price of Premier), we add Premier to your existing Product Key for Home Designer Pro. The Pro version will still work and can be used for archival purposes, but you will not be able to run Pro and Premier on different computers at the same time. For example, if Pro is running on "Computer A", you will not be able to open Premier on "Computer B" until you make the license available. Here is a Knowledge Base article about using Chief on multiple computers. The software security is described in this article applies to managing the license when you upgrade from Pro to Premier. https://www.chiefarchitect.com/support/article/KB-00956/installing-chief-architect-on-multiple-computers.html Feel free to contact Sales with any questions at 208-292-3400 or email sales@chiefarchitect.com Kind regards, Derek Chief Architect Software
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    2019 Customer Survey

    The quality of our products and services is very important to Chief Architect. Please complete a brief survey so that we may better serve you in the future. Submit your survey for a chance to win a Chief Architect Care Kit. See details on this giveaway at the end of the survey. Take the Survey
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    Vale - 'Print Model' feature.

    Hello, Thank you for the feedback about the print model feature. This feature was removed in the Home Designer 2020 version. I will submit your request about the print model feature as well as your feedback about the Loan Calculator and Reverse Plan features. Kind regards, Derek Pedersen Chief Architect Software
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    HDP 2020 to Chief Architect Interiors

    Thank you for the question. Yes, you can upgrade Home Designer Pro to Chief Architect Interiors or Premier. You get a $500 discount off the price of Chief Architect (the discount applies to both versions). Below is a link to make the upgrade purchase to the Chief Architect Premier version (note you will need to enter your Pro product key during the checkout process). If you would like to upgrade to Interiors, you will need to give our sales office a call at 208-292-3400. The upgrade to Interiors is not available for online purchase. Pro to Premier Upgrade: https://www.homedesignersoftware.com/discounts/?from-version=21&from-product=professional&to-product=premier Kind regards, Derek Pedersen Chief Architect Software
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    upgraded

    Hello, Thank you for the question. The version you upgraded from is no longer a valid license and can't be sold. It can continue to be used by you for archival purposes but it can't be transferred, sold or used by another party. Also, note that the Suite and Pro version that you have share the same product key so if someone else was using the Suite version it would interfere with your use of Home Designer Pro. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions at 208-292-3400 or email sales@chiefarchitect.com Kind regards, Derek Pedersen Chief Architect Software
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    Upgrading from 2018 t0 2020

    Thank you for posting a question and sorry you were not able to access your upgrade download. If the email you used in your recent order is different than the email we had previously for your prior product, it is possible that the new product was put in a different digital locker. Please contact our Customer Service if you have not found your upgrade product in your digital locker. We will be happy to assist you. We can be contacted at 208.292.3400 or email customerservice@chiefarchitect.com Kind regards, Derek Pedersen Chief Architect Software
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    Home Designer 2020 Now Available!

    We are excited to announce the release of Home Designer 2020! We've added many new features across the board! View all the new features. If you purchased one of our Home Designer products within the past 30 days, we offer a Current Version Guarantee. Learn more.
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    3d plumbing design software

    Hello, Thank you for the question. Plumbing is typically handled with 2D cad lines in our Home Designer products (Note that different line styles and colors can be set to represent different plumbing runs). There is not a tool specifically for adding 3D plumbing, but you could use our basic shapes such as the horizontal and vertical cylinder shapes that are in the library to add 3D plumbing lines. It would, however, be difficult to see the plumbing runs if they are placed inside wall cavities or in attic or floor structure spaces. Glasshouse rendering view would be one way to see the plumbing 3D objects that are inside the structure. Feel free to contact us in Sales if you have any questions at 208-292-3400 or email sales@chiefarchitect.com Kind regards, Derek Pedersen Chief Architect Software
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    The correct channels

    Hello, Thank you for the question. You can contact our Sales department to cancel your software rental. They can be reached by email at sales@chiefarchitect.com Kind regards, Derek Pedersen Chief Architect Software
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    Product key

    Hello, Thank you for the question. You will need to contact Customer Service so that we can track down your software Product Key. You can reach us by phone at 208.292.3400 or email customerservice@chiefarchitect.com. Kind regards, Derek Chief Architect Software
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    Computer Graphic card MacPro

    Thank you for the question. If you are looking at purchasing a new Mac Book and a primary use of the computer is to run Home Designer, I would consider getting a Mac Book that has a dedicated graphic card (Nvidia) rather than the integrated graphics setup such as the Intel Iris. The Nvidia (dedicated) graphics set up will be more expensive, but will run Home Designer more efficiently and with faster performance. With that said, the Intel Iris setup you have listed is supported and should run Home Designer just fine. I only mention the difference because you are looking at buying a new computer. Feel free to contact us in Sales if you need any assistance or would like to discuss in more detail. We can be reached at 208-292-3400. Kind regards, Derek Pedersen Chief Architect Software
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    Design Contests!

    We have begun our monthly Design Contests on our Facebook page! Chief Architect Design Contests are a fun way to share your designs, build credibility and expose your brand. You have the chance to win 1st, 2nd or 3rd place in this contest and win Chief Gear. Use any Chief Architect or Home Designer software product to create your original design. Discover how to enter and more through our blog.
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    A which product question

    Hello, Welcome to the forum and thank you for the question. I will try to give you some summary difference between the Home Designer Pro and Home Designer Architectural. I will also provide a link to our comparison matrix that shows the differences feature by feature. 1. Pro has manual controls over things like framing and roofs. The manual roof control gives you the ability to control the roof instead of relying on what the automatic roof tools provide. This gives you more accuracy and the ability to handle more complex roof designs. The manual framing tools allows you to specify framing while the Architectural version provides automatic framing with no control over things like headers, and other framing members. 2. The Pro version is the only Home Designer product with tools to help you to create constructions drawings. Pro can create a layout page that is up to 18" x 24". Architectural and the other products below it do not have the layout features. 3. As you move up the product line, you get more design flexibility. Pro will have the most flexibility out of the Home Designer products to incorporate custom design elements into your project. There are many other feature differences. Here is the comparison matrix with more detail. https://www.homedesignersoftware.com/products/product-chooser.html I hope this helps. Feel free to contact our sales department if you have questions. We would be happy to assist with the product differences and help you to determine the best fit for you. We can be reached at 208.292.3400 or email sales@chiefarchitect.com Kind regards, Derek Pedersen Chief Architect Software
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    Catalogs

    Hello, Thank you for the question. As mentioned above, the product you are asking about (X6) and service (SSA) apply to our Chief Architect products Premier and Interiors. There is a separate forum called Chief Talk for these products. Here is the link to this forum. https://chieftalk.chiefarchitect.com/ When you click the download button, you will get a menu of product versions. The catalog you choose to download will need to be listed as X6 as mentioned in the above post. Note that some catalogs that require SSA in order to download and some are free. Feel free to contact us with any questions at 208-292-3400 or email sales@chiefarchitect.com Kind regards, Derek Pedersen Chief Architect Software
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    Rental Duration

    Thank you for the question. You can start and stop the rental as much as you like on a monthly basis. Keep in mind that If you would like to own the software by renting, you need to have 12 consecutive payments. Feel free to contact our sales department with any questions at 208-292-3400 or email sales@chiefarchitect.com Kind regards, Derek Pedersen Chief Architect Sales
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    Gift for Handyman

    Hello Robert, Thank you for the question and for your interest in Home Designer for your friend. In general, if the primary goal of the software is to help him(your friend) and his clients visualize design ideas from a conceptual point of view then a lower product such as Home Designer Architectural may be a fit. For example, perhaps a client wants to remodel a kitchen and they want to take out a wall to open the space and reconfigure the layout of cabinets to take advantage of the more open floor plan. A product like Home Designer Architectural will do a good job of conveying this concept to the client with 3D views of the reconfigured room and new cabinet layout. If you are looking for something that will give you the ability to be more detailed and accurate with the 3D concepts or if you need to get into the structural aspects of framing and creating layout pages for acquiring a building permit then you would want to consider Home Designer Pro. This product has manual controls over things like framing and roofs and has a special feature for creating construction drawings on large format paper (up to 18" x 24"). One thing to consider is that if you would like to start at a lower price point, you can get a lower product like Home Designer Architectural and your friend can upgrade to Home Designer Pro in the future. When upgrading, you get a discount for the value of the product you have off the price of the product you are upgrading to. For example, Home Designer Architectural MSRP is $199. If you upgrade to Pro in the future, you get a $200 discount off the price of Pro. The plans done in Architectural will open in the Pro version and the learning will apply as well because all of our Home Designer and Chief Architect products are based on the same program code. Feel free to reach out to our sales department directly if you have any questions or if you would like to further discuss feature differences between our products. We can be reached.by phone at 208.292.3400 or email sales@chiefarchitect.com Kind regards, Derek Pedersen Chief Architect Software
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    Upgrade to 2019

    Thank you for the question. You do not need to purchase the versions in between. When you purchase the newest version, it will include the features that were introduced in all the versions between what you had and what you upgraded to. Feel free to contact us directly in sales should if you have any questions. We can be reached at 208-292-3400 or email sales@chiefarchitect.com Kind regards, Derek Pedersen Chief Architect Sales
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    very old version - have key

    Mike, Thank you for the question. You can contact our sales department for information on upgrade pricing. It will be helpful if you have the name and version number of your existing product. Also, it would be helpful if you have the product key or serial number so we can look up the license. You can contact sales by phone at 208-292-3400 or email: sales@chiefarchitect.com Kind regards, Derek Pedersen Chief Architect Software
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    FUNctional Options Home Design LLC

    Hello, Thank you for the question. The catalogs that are marked as "SSA Only" are available for our Chief Architect professional products (Premier and Interiors). Information about these products can be found on at www.ChiefArchitect.com. SSA (Support & Software Assurance) is included for the first year when you purchase one of these professional products. It is also included while you are renting a Premier or Interiors version. SSA is a service that gives you access to upgrades at no charge, access to premium catalogs and priority support. The "SSA Only" catalogs are not compatible with our Home Designer products including Home Designer Pro. There is an upgrade available to move up to either of the professional products. There is a $500 discount off of the purchase price if you upgrade from HD Pro to Premier or Interiors. Feel free to contact us with any questions by phone: 208-292-3400 or email: sales@chiefarchitect.com Kind regards, Derek Pedersen Chief Architect Software