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My draftsman drawing my house in autocad 98 LT. I am considering purchasing of pro to do 3d renderings. Will it import a file from autocad 98LT as usable and editable data or will I have to start from scratch on home designer?

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Michael

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Hello Michael,

Thank you for the question and for your interest in Home Designer.  You can import a 2D .dxf file into Home Designer Pro. Once the CAD file is imported you can then trace over the floor plan to recreate it in Home Designer.  Here is a bit of information from our help manual about .dxf files.

 

Importing 2D Drawings

2D drawings are imported by reading entities from a.dxf file and creating the equivalent CAD objects in Home Designer Pro.

Home Designer Pro 2016can import 2D.dxf files compatible with AutoCAD through version 2014.

A .dxf file can be imported into floor plan view, a Wall Elevation or Cross Section/Elevation view.

Only drawings created in AutoCAD’s Model Space can be imported into Home Designer Pro. Entities drawn in Paper Space are not recognized.

External references (xrefs) are not recognized by Home Designer Pro, either.

In general, all Z coordinates are mapped to zero. If an entity in an imported drawing has thickness, Home Designer Pro ignores it.

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As to your concerns about compatibility, I believe that this shouldn't be a problem. Home Designer supports DXF files all the way back to Release 11/12.

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You can actually try it in the Trial version if you have it installed already, which I didn't think of this morning .  (Can't save anything till you activate is all)

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Wow This is great info. Is there a video tutorial on tracing over Cad 2D plans?  I looked but could not find it.

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Other than HD Videos Robyn , there are a few other sites that have some Free Chief Videos too , which since you have Pro can be useful too

 

such as Chief Tutor  http://www.chieftutor.com/chiefx1.html

 

DXF vids at above site http://www.chieftutor.com/scotthall2/dxf1.html

 

Scott Hall also has a Youtube Channel here https://www.youtube.com/user/dshall44/videos

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No Home Designer title will import AutoCAD .dwg files, only .dxf files as has been indicated with import properly.

 

DJP

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I imported a autocad dxf drawing of a kitchen and while in 3D mode there are not walls.  I looking out into a field, how do I get pro to recognize walls?

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An imported DXF is just lines, it doesn't have anything 3D.

You'll have to trace over the lines with walls, place windows, doors, cabinets etc to create an actual 3D plan in Pro.

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