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Feature Description Premier Interiors Lite Pro 2015

3D Rendering &
Visualization
Perspective&Orthographic3DCameratools.Orthographicisidealforcrosssection
andelevationviews.PerspectiveisidealforFullOverview,FloorOverview(Doll
House),FloorCamera,FullCamera,andFramingViews.Cameraviewscanbenamed,
edited,andsaved.Use3DSettingsControlstoadjustthedisplayoptionsand
settings.

IsometricViewTools.ViewdesignsfromanyoftheeightstandardIsometricviewing
angles.

3DNavigationtools&VirtualTours.Create3Dviewsandnavigate,spin,rotate,pan,
orbit,tilt,andmoveforwardorbackward.UsetheViewDirectionToolstoquickly
settheviewtotopdown,leftside,rightsideorbottomangles.Recordvirtualwalk
throughtourswhilenavigatingin3Dviews.Pausetherecordingorsaveframesas
desired.Drawalineorsplineandrecordalongthatdesignatedpath.Definethe
framerateforrecordingtoavideofile.

iOSCompatibleMovies.Recordwalkthroughsandanimationsthatyoucanshareto
watchonyouriOSdevices.AvailableintheMacversiononly.
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WalkthroughTools.Createdetailedwalkthroughrecordingsalongpaths.Addkey
framesatanypointonthesplinetocontrolviewdirectionandspeed;walkupor
downstairsandtospanwalkthroughbetweenfloors.

ReflectionsandFastShadowsinRenderViews.Quicklygenerateviewswheremirrors
showreflections,sunlightstreamsthroughwindows,andobjectscastshadows.
Navigatethesescenesinrealtime.
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PhotoRealisticRendering.TheChiefRayTracerofferssignificantperformance
improvementwithitsabilitytousemultiplecoreprocessors.Lightingandmaterials
havespecificpropertiesthatcanbesetforveryphotorealisticrendering.Export
commonimageformatsforpresentationsandmarketinguse.

Reflectivematerialtype.Creatematerialdefinitionstorepresentreflectivesurfaces
forraytraceviews.

RayTraceAssistant.RayTraceAssistantwithpredefinedandeditablesettingsfor
indoorandoutdoorscenesjumpstartyourphotorealisticraytracerenderings.

ProgressiveRayTracing.Previewraytracerendersastheyrefineanditerateimage
quality;exporttheimageatanytimeordefinetheamountoftimefortheraytrace
from1minuteto24hoursoranunlimitedtime.

SpecifyRayTraceSizeinInchesorMillimeters.Setthenumberofpixelsperinchto
specifyHighorLowResolution.

LightingthroughwindowsinRayTraceviews.Generatesceneswithbothnaturaland
manmadelighting.

3DFocalBlur&Enhancedcontrolofambientlight.UsedepthoffieldinRayTraced
views,justlikearealcamera.Createrenderingsthatexhibitsimilardetailasreal
photography.EnhancedcontrolofambientlightwithinRayTracing.

SaveImageSettingswithRayTraceConfigurations.Preservesettingsliketone
mapping,intensity,contrast,andsaturationtoreuseinraytraces.
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GeneratedSkyModel.Createarealisticskythatupdateswithtimeofday;control
thelevelofhaze.

EnhancedLabelsforCameras.Labeltabforcamerasallowmorecontroloverthe
displayofthelabels.

ArtisticRenderingWatercolor,LineDrawing..ArtisticRenderingtechniques
include,3DStandardRender,Watercolor,SquiggleLineDrawing,Technical
Illustration,Painting,VectorView,GlassHouse,andDuoTone.

Limitedto
Standard,Vector,
andGlassHouse
Limitedto
Standard,Vector,
GlassHouse,
Technical
Illustration,and
Watercolor
SpeedImprovementsinRenderTechniques.FasterVector,GlassHouse,and
TechnicalIllustrationrenderviews.
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ImprovedControlofRenderTechniqueSettings.GranularityinWatercolor,Line
Drawing,andGlassHousecontrolsgivesawiderrangeofsettingoptions.
*
GlassHouseOnly GlassHouseOnly
AdvancedRenderTechniqueDefaults.UsePresetattributesorcustomizeyourown
forthedifferentRenderTechniquestyles.Forexample,setthesquiggleamountfor
LineDrawingorthecolorsforTechnicalIllustration.

CrossSectionRenderTechniquecontrols.AccesstherendertechniquesforCross
Sectionviewsthroughthecameraspecificationdialog.

3DViewsareoptimizedformultiplecoreprocessorsandenhancedmemoryusagein
3Dviews.Significantlyenhancedmemoryusage,faster3Dviews,andSendToLayout
withmulticoreprocessors.Adjustrendersettingsforoptimalprocessingspeedand
qualityresults.

Chief Architect
Feature Comparison
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Feature Description Premier Interiors Lite Pro 2015
CrossSectionSlider.Showviewsbeingcutfromthetop,bottom,front,back,leftor
rightside.Adjusttheamountcutawayfromthemodel.

Delete/RemoveSurfacetool.Temporarilyremovesurfacesin3Dviewstoexpose
andvisualizetheunderlyingmodel.

Cross Sections &
Elevations
CrossSections,BackClippedCrossSections&Elevations.Usetheorthographic
cameratocreateanelevationorcrosssectionview.BackClippedCrossSection
viewscontrolthecutdistancegeneratedforacrosssection.CrossSectionscanalso
beclippedatthesidestocontrolthewidthofview.

NudgeMoveinElevationCameras.Moveitemsincrementallyusingthearrowkeys.
*

AutogenerateExterior&InteriorRoomElevations.
Dimension,AnnotateandDetailCrossSections&ElevationViews.Usethetext,
arrow,dimension,andCADtoolstoaddcompletedetailstoyourCrossSectionand
Elevationviews.Selectandedit,delete,resize,ormoveobjects.Addnotesand
dimensionsorinsertCADdetails.

AutomaticLabelsinElevations.Generateschedulecalloutsandlabelsforwindows,
doors,cabinets,andotheritemsinCrossSectionandElevationviews.

ShowCamerasasCallouts.Easilysetupviewcalloutsdirectlyfromthecamera
object.ShowElevation,Section,andCrossSectioncamerasasCalloutsinPlanViews.
Addcalloutlabelsanddescriptions;calloutremainwhensenttolayout.

AutomaticallyPopulateCameraCalloutswithLayoutPageInformation.Chooseto
includelayoutpagelabelincameracalloutsecondlinetext.Calloutinformation
automaticallyupdatesiflayoutlabelischanged.
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ControlPlanDisplayofCrossSectionCameraCallouts.ChoosetodisplayCross
SectionCameraCalloutsonallfloorsoroncameraownerflooronly.
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CADDetailsCatalog&AutoDetailingtool.Togglebetweendisplaysforinsulationand
fillpatterns.Choosefromover500CADDetailsinthepremiumSSAcatalogto
overlayonyourdesign.

OpeningIndicatorsDoors,Windows&Cabinets.Showorhideopeningindicators
forhingesideofdoors,windowsandcabinetusingLayersinElevation,CrossSection,
andPlanviews.

Plans & Layouts
Layouttoolforconstructiondocuments.Layoutsheetsareusedtoorganizeplans,
elevations,CADdetails,schedules,siteplans,andotheritemsforconstruction
documents.Thedrawingscanbescaledandprintedatanysize.Allviewsare
dynamicallylinkedtotheoriginalmodelreflectinganyupdateyoumake.Reorderthe
Layoutpagesforconstructiondocuments.CreatetemplatesforLayoutswithborders
andtitleblocks.
18"x24"max
SetupmultiplePagesperLayoutFile. 1000Pages 200Pages 200Pages 1Page
AdvancedLayoutEditing.Editlineviewssenttothelayout,rescaleviewssentto
layout,relinkviewsonthelayouttoreferencedifferentfiles.

ChangeLineStyleusingEditLayoutLinesTool. *
DisplayandPrintNonSolidLineStylesinLayoutElevations.Elevationviewssentto
Layoutretainlinestyles;printfoundationfootingsasdashedlinesonLayouts.
*

CenterObjectsinLayout.UsetheCenterObjecttooltoquicklyorientitemsonlayout
pages.
*

DisplayUpperorLowerPortionofPonyWallinLayoutperView.Retainthestateof
ponywalldisplayfromthetimetheviewissenttoLayout.
*

LayoutPageInformationDialog.Accessandcontrolinformationspecifictoeach
layoutpagelikepagelabelandrevisioninformation.
*

LayoutPageTable.Createdrawingschedules,likeTableofContents,forlayoutsby
controllingeachpagesattributessuchasLabel,Title,Description,andComments.
*

LayoutPageMacros.Createmacrosforpagelabel,title,description,andcomments
forindividuallayoutpages.Macrosmovewithpagesastheyareeditedandre
ordered.
*

AutomaticLayoutPageNumbering.Usethe#characterinaLayoutPageNumber
Labeltoautomaticallynumberthepagessequentially.
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DocumentRevisionsforLayouts.Revisionscanbenotedforchangestoanylayout
pageanddisplayedinaRevisionTablewithinformationsuchas;revisionnumber,
authorsinfo,date,description,andlabel.Current(orlast)revisioncanbedisplayed
usingmacros.
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ControlLayoutTemplatePages.SpecifymultipleTemplatepagesinaLayoutand
assignindividualpagestoreferenceatemplate.
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ReferenceDisplayDrawingOrder.Controlwhetherthereferencedisplaysentto
Layoutisdrawnontoporbeneaththeactivefloor.
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UpdateReferenceDisplayandAnnotationSetsUsedinLayoutViews.UsethePlan
ViewcontrolsintheLayoutBoxSpecificationdialogtoupdatetheReferenceDisplay
andAnnotationSetsused.
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DeleteActiveLayoutPages.Deleteanyunneededlayoutpagewhetherornotit
containsanycontent.
*

CatalogLibraryBrowser.Choosefromthousandsofitems.Downloadnewcontent
fromChiefArchitectorfromthirdpartysources.TheLibraryincludesgenericand
manufacturerbrands.

Excludes
Manufacturer
Catalogs

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Feature Description Premier Interiors Lite Pro 2015
ProjectBrowser.Aprojectorganizationtooltomanageandnavigate,projectfiles,
floors,elevations,crosssections,3Dviews,cameras,andCADdetails.Rename
cameras,viewmultipleprojectsatonce,easilyaccessdetailsandsharethem
betweenprojects.

IndependentControlofLibraryBrowserandProjectBrowser.ViewtheLibrary
BrowserandtheProjectBrowserastabsofthesamewindow,ordisconnectthemto
viewthemsimultaneouslyandindependently.
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ManageLayoutPagesthroughtheProjectBrowser.Delete,insertnew,andedit
layoutpageinformationfromtheProjectBrowser.Layoutpagesdisplaywith
differenticonsintheProjectBrowserfortemplatepages,blankpages,andpages
thatwillprint.
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CreateCADDetailsfromwithintheProjectBrowser.Rightclickcontextmenuallows
newCADDetailstobecreatedandnamedasneeded.
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DesignStructureswithmultipleFloors.Excludesatticandbasementorfoundation. 30Floors 10Floors 10Floors 3Floors
PlanTemplates.ChoosepredefinedPlanTemplatesorcreateyourown.
TimeTrackertool.Measureworkingtimeperproject,perclient,orpertask.Start
andstoptheTimeTracker.View,edit,andexportatimelog,andaddnotesforeach
project.TimeTrackerautomaticallyrestartswithyouasyouworkinadesign.
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PlanDatabasetool.Createaplandatabasetoorganizingyourplanportfolio.
PlanChecktool.Providesareviewforbasicroomegress,roof,walllayout,andmore.
Rotate&FlipPlantools.UseFlipPlantocreateamirroredversionofyourdesign.
UseRotatePlantochangetheorientationofthefloorplanonyourscreen.

CropPictureImagesAddedtoPlanandLayout.Crophandlesallowpicture
boundariestobereducedorenlarged.
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Insert&ExchangeFloors.UsetheFloorAbove/Belowtooltoinsertandexchange
floors.InsertnewFloorsorlevelsbetweenexistingfloors.

RValueControls.SpecifyRvaluesforwalls,floors,ceilings,andplatforms. *
SpacePlanningAssistant.Draganddroproombubblesandarrangethembefore
convertingthemtowalls.Providesaquickwaytolayoutroomsthatadjointhe
projecttoillustratehowthecompletedprojectwouldlook.

ModelMaker.Printdesignsthatcanbeassembledinto3DModels.
LoanCalculatortool.Calculatemortgagepayments.
HomeDesignerPlanShare.ShareChiefArchitectplanswiththeconsumer/DIY
HomeDesignerproductsofthesamereleaseversion.Yourclientscanusethisfor
floor/spaceplanningandchangecolors,materialsandtextures.FeaturesaPlanLock
topreventHomeDesignerfromeditingthePlanfile.See
http://www.homedesignersoftware.com/products/matrix.htmlformoreinformation
aboutHomeDesigner.

ChiefArchitectViewerfilecompatibility.ShareyourChiefArchitectdesignfileswith
clientsusingthefreeChiefArchitectViewersoftware.

Rooms
RoomDefaultsceilingheight,style,moldings,wallcovering,floormaterials.Control
theinitialbehaviorbyspecifyingdefaultvalues.Defineroomattributesbyroom
type.

SpecifywhenaroomiscalculatedintheLivingArea.Forexample,specifythegarage
orattictobeincludedorexcludedinthelivingareacalculation.

DefineConditionedorUnconditionedSpaces.Specifyroomsasconditioned,
unconditioned,orusetheroomtypesdefaulttogenerateinsulationcalculationson
thematerialslist.
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NameindividualRooms.Nameindividualroomsfromadefinedlistoftypesorcreate
newnames.CustomRoomLabelcontrolsassignroomtypesaswellascustomroom
labels.Roomsdisplaydimensionswithinteriorareameasurements.MultipleRoom
SelecttogroupedittheRoomattributes.

CustomRoomLabelcontrols.Assignroomtypesaswellascustomroomlabels.
RoomLabelDimensionFormatDefaults.Definethedisplayofthedimensions
suppliedwitharoomlabel.Editunits,franctionordecimaldisplyandothersetting
muchlikestandarddimensionformats

ImprovedCalculationofRoomSize.Roomdimensionsdisplayedinroomlabelsmore
accuratelycalculatesizebasedofffloorfinishchangesatinvisiblewalls.
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ControlovernewRoomspecificationswhenadditionalfloorsareadded.Usethe
FloorDefaultsdialogtosetupanewfloorsattributes.

DisplayanycombinationofRoomLabelSizeLayers.DisplaytheDimensionalSizeand
theSquareFootagelabelsforaroomatonetime.

AccuratelyLayeredFloor&CeilingPlatforms.3DmodelincludesFinishedFloorand
FinishedCeilinglayers.Usetheselayerstoadddimensiondetailsanddefinefloor
coverings,finishes,andsublayers.

FloorMaterialRegionTool.Createfloorinlaysandotherfloorfinishconfigurations
withoutroomboundaries.
*

*Denotesneworimprovedfeatures. 3 LastUpdatedApril2014
Feature Description Premier Interiors Lite Pro 2015
RaisedFloorPlatforms.Specifyraisedfloorplatformsthatareautomaticallyframed.
MoldingdisplaycontrolbyRoom.Specifyheight,width,andorientationofmoldings
fromfloororceiling.Controlthedisplayofmoldingsinanyroomtype.

RoomMoldingPolyline&3DMoldingPolylinestool.Automaticallygeneratea
moldingpolylinederivedfromtheroom'sperimeter.Reshapethepolylineasdesired
andattachmultiplemoldingprofiles.Designatesizesforeachprofileandspecifyits
heightoffthefloor.3DMoldingPolylinescreatehorizontalandverticalmoldings.

Excludes3D
MoldingPolylines

RoomPolyline.Automaticallygenerateapolylinederivedfromtheroom'sperimeter.
UsethepolylinetoolstogenerateaMaterialsList,viewthearea,orconverttoa
molding,slab,andothercustomoptions.

RoomPolygontool.CreateaRoomautomaticallywithprespecifieddimensions.
RoomDivideTool.CreateseparationsofroomswithoutwallsusingtheRoomDivide
Toolgreattodifferentiateflooringforrooms.
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Walls
Walltools.WallStylesincludeinterior,exterior,railing,pony,halfwall,curved,
angled,raked,stepped.Allstylesarecustomizablewithuniquelayers.WallTypes
includestructuralwood,stucco,steel,ICF,SIPS,glassblock,railings.

DrawandeditWallsin2Dand3D.
CreatecustomWallstyleswithmultiplelayers.AlltheWalllayerscalculateintothe
MaterialsList.

StoreWallsinLibraryBrowser.AddcustomwalldefinitionstotheLibraryforreuse.
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CurvedWallcontrolsforradius,center,andends.
HalfWalltool.Drawhalfwallsandspecifytheirdefaultvalues(alsoknownassolid
railings).Includewallassemblylayersandcontrolthemjustasyouwouldastandard
wall.

ImprovedCaponSolidRailings.Railingcapoverhangisequalonalledgesnot
attachedtoanotherwall.
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WallMaterialRegionTool.Designwallareasspecifyingdifferentmaterialsand
assemblies.
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RailingTools.Specifyinteriorandexteriorrailingstyleswithuniqueattributeslike
newels,balusters,materials,handrails,andheights.

InteriorRailings
Only

Rail&ShoeControlsonRailings.Specifysize,shape,andcustomprofilesfortoprail,
middlerail,bottomrailandbeam.Controltheheightoffoffloorforthebottomrail
(shoe)forRailingsandRampRailings.

ControltheThicknessofRailingPanels.Separatecontrolsforthethicknessof
balustersandrailingpanelsthatareinsertedintorailings.
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PonyWalls.ForatwosectionWall,definematerialsforeachsection.Controlwindow
anddoordisplay,dimensions,alignmentbetweenfloors.Adjusttheheightof
individualPonyWallsbytypingthelowerwallsheightintothedialog.

SeparatelyPaintUpperandLowerPonyWallsin3D.UsetheMaterialPainterto
separatelycontroltheupperandlowerportionofPonyWalls.
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DoubleWallsformarriagewallsandmultifamilyunits.Includeswindowanddoor
control.

ThruWallcontrols.Specifywallintersections/framingonaperwallendbasisusing
theThruWallattribute.TurnONorOFFThruWallconnectiondisplayinplanview.

SupportforICFandSIPWallConnections.Specifymultiplemainlayersforwalltypes
torepresentconstructiontypessuchasICFandSIPwalls.
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ControlWallConnectionLayerIntersections.Manuallycontrolwallintersectionsby
draggingtheintersectingwalltosnaptoaspecificlayerofanotherwall.
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CreateRaked&SteppedWalls.Controlheightsofwalls,addbreaksandadjustin
CrossSectionandElevationviews.Definesteppedfoundationswithverticalfooting
control.

WallAligntool.Alignwallsonanotherfloor(individuallyorgroupselected).Toggle
thefloorreferencetoseethroughtotheflooraboveorbelow.

AutomaticAtticWalls.Controlcreationandoptions.
SteelFramingwithCChannels&UChannels.Specifysteelframingmembersand
showthemin3DFramingviews.

SetupdesignsforRemodeling.PlaceNew,Existing,DemolitionandRemodeling
Wallsonuniquelayers.

EnhancedWallEditing.Adjustwalllengthsbyselectingdimensionsortemporary
dimensionsthatrunparalleltothewall.

ContinuousWallDrawmode.Rightclicktoenablecontinuouswalldrawingmode
speedsupwalldrawtime.

TerrainWalls.TerrainWallsfollowterraincontours.
WallCornerBoards&Quoins.PlaceCornerBoardsandQuoinsatwallintersection
corners.Setdefaultsizeandmaterialattributes.

*Denotesneworimprovedfeatures. 4 LastUpdatedApril2014
Feature Description Premier Interiors Lite Pro 2015
AutoPlaceandDeleteCornerBoardsandQuoins.Automaticallyaddtrimdetailsto
wallcorners.Optiontodeleteallcornerboardsandquoinsonaperfloororperplan
basisthroughtheDeleteObjectsdialog.

Cabinets
SmartCabinetTools.CreateanystyleofCabinetusingthesmartparametrictools
includingFramed,Frameless,Curved,AngledandBow.Adjustdrawers,faceframes,
doors,styles,shapes,shelves,moldings,backsplashes,appliances,countertopsand
severalotheritems.UseaspecificationdialogtodefineandcustomizeyourCabinets.

ExcludesBowFront
Cabinets
ManufacturerCatalogs&SmartParametricCabinets.Cabinetcatalogsincludedoor
anddrawerstyles,colors,woodspecies,andaccessories.
Parametric Parametric
DefineCabinetdefaults.Controltheinitialbehaviorbyspecifyingdefaultvalues
define,colors,sizes,doorsanddrawerstyles,moldings,materials,countertops,
hardware,andseveralotherattributesforthecabinetsasyoubeginanewdesign.

NationalKitchen&BathAssociation(NKBA)Standardized.Cabinetdisplayoptions
conformtoNKBAstandardsincludingcountertops,linestyles,labelsandmore.NKBA
approvedsoftwareforprofessionalcertificationtesting.

NotApprovedfor
Certification
Testing

PlaceMultipleAppliancesinacabinet.Addanovenandawarmingdrawertothe
samecabinet;adjustorreplacetheappliancetypebyeditingitintheCabinet
Specificationdialog.

MultipleDoorandDrawerstylespercabinet.Assigndifferentdoorordrawerstyles
toasinglecabinet;wallcabinetswithglassdoorsontop;basedrawerbaseswithslab
andpaneldrawers.

SeparateMaterialControlsforShelves.Applyaseparatematerial,likeglass,tothe
shelvesinsideacabinet.
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DisplayCountertoplinesinPlanViewandcontrolthedisplaywithaLayer.
CustomCountertoptoolcreatescountertopsofanyshapeorsize.Drawandedit
countertopsmanually.Addcountertopholes,edgeprofiles,adjustthethicknessand
heightoffthefloor.

ConvertAutomaticCountertopstoCustomCountertops.Changetheautomatically
generatedcountertoptoacustomcountertopthatcanbeeditedandresized
independentlyfromthecabinet.

CountertopEdgeMolding.Controlthedisplayofedgemoldingappliedtocustom
countertops.

RoundedCabinetandCountertopCorners.Specifyroundedorchamferedcornerson
acabinetboxandAutomaticCountertops.

CustomBacksplashTool.ClicktogenerateaCustomBacksplashthatautomatically
fitsaroundcabinets,openings,andappliances.
*

CabinetMoldings.Addcrownmoldings,lightrails,dentilandropemoldingdetailsto
Cabinets

EasilycreateStackedMolding.Addmultiplemoldingstoobjectsandspecifyvertical
andhorizontaloffsetdistanceswithdifferentMoldingProfilestocreatestacked
moldings.

CabinetMillwork&EndPanels.Pilasters,feet,legs,andmoldings.Allresize
automaticallyasthecabinetchanges.AttachEndPanelstothesidesandbackof
cabinets.Panelscanbesettobeautomaticallygeneratedwhenanendorbackis
exposed,ortheycanbemanuallyturnedonoroff.Controlmaterialsbyspecifying
finished,unfinished,orautomaticsides.Theautomaticfeaturecandetermineifthe
cabinetisexposedoragainstanothercabinet.
ExcludesEndPanels
SetDefaultsforCabinetSidePanels.SpecifycabinetsidepanelstoUseDefaultto
quicklyupdateandchangesidepanelstyle
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CabinetFillers.Createcabinetfillersautomaticallybetweencabinets,oraddthem
manually.

ExcludesManual
Fillers
ExcludesManual
Fillers
FramelessandFramedCabinetControls.Changethecabinetstyleinoneclickwith
theFramelessandFullOverlayoptionsforcabinets.

BlindCornerCabinetControls.TurnOnorOffAutomaticBlindCornerCabinet
behavior.

ArchitecturalBlocks,savecustomizedCabinetstotheLibrary.SaveanyCabinet,
groupofCabinets,oranentireroomofCabinetsasanArchitecturalBlockandstore
intheLibraryforfutureuse.Unblockthecabinetgroupingandmodifyasneeded.
Forexample,storekitchenislandsoranentirekitcheninyourlibraryforfuture
designs.

ArchitecturalBlocksactasCabinets.MorecontroloverArchitecturalBlocks,suchas,
defaultlayer,librarypreviewdisplay,floortobottomheight,planviewdisplay,and
boundingboxsizeallowArchitecturalBlockstoactasbetterrepresentationsof
cabinetunitslikebathroomvanities.
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DefineCabinetstosubfloororfinishfloorheight.Defineelevationforcabinets,
furniture,fixturesandstairsrelativetofinishedfloororsubfloor.

ExcludesFloor
Layers
FinishFloorOnly FinishFloorOnly
AttachCabinetDoors,Drawers,andEndPanelstoCabinetsorplaceasstandalone
objects.

Regular&SlopedSoffits.Generateslopedsoffitsthatautomaticallymatchroofor
ceilingpitch,ormanuallyadjustslope.Controltheinitialbehaviorbyspecifying
defaultvalues.

*Denotesneworimprovedfeatures. 5 LastUpdatedApril2014
Feature Description Premier Interiors Lite Pro 2015
Doors &
Windows
CustomDoor&Windowtools.CreateanystyleofDoor,Doorway,andWindow
includingArched,ShapedandMulled.UsetheSmartParametrictools.Doorsstyles
includeinterior,exterior,sliding,pocket,bifold,atrium,doubleswing,andgarage.
HardwareLibraryHinges,HandlesandLocks.Windowsstylesincludeinterior,
exterior,single/doublehung,sliding,casement,corner,recessed,bay,andbox.

ManufacturerCatalogsandSmartParametricDoors&Windows.CatalogDoorshave
interiorandexteriormaterialsettings.Definecolorsandwoodspecies.

ParametricItems
Only
ParametricItems
Only
DoorDefaultsbyDoorType.Setuniquedoordefaultsfordifferenttypesofdoors:
hinged,pocket,bifold,sliding,andgarage.

PassThrutool.Createanopeningbetweentworooms.
GlassLouverwindowtype.ChoosetheGlassLouverwindowtypeandadjustlouver
sizetocreateJalousieWindows.
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AtriumDooroptions.CreateCenterSwingDoubleDoors,alsoknownasatriumpatio
doors.Defineavarietyofotherwaystoopenthedoors.

MulledUnits,savecustomizedDoors&WindowstotheLibrary.Createcustom
Mulleddoorandwindowblocks.Move,dimension,andlabelthemassingleunitsand
addthemtotheLibrary.MulledUnitsthatcontainDoorsareautomatically
recognizedasDoorobjectsforSchedulesandScheduleLabels.

VisualDoorPlacementfeedback.Visualizedoorplacementpriortoactuallyplacing
thedoorwithintuitivecontrolofthehingeandswing.

3DDoorDisplayoptions.EdittoolsShowDoorOpenin3DandShowDoorClosed
in3Dmakeitfastandeasytocontrolthestateofdoorsin3Dviews.Adjustthe
Hinge/SwingAmountforBifolddoors.

SpecifyDoorsasSafetyorFireDoors.Usesettingtoindicateifadoorisafiredoor,
whichwillbereflectedinthedoorschedule.
*

SpecifyNumberofHingesforDoors.Controlthenumberofhingesdisplayedforall
doortypes.
*

DoubleWalls/Window/DoorControlformarriagewallsandmultifamilyunits.
WindowandDoorCasingsDisplayinPlanView.Displayorhideinteriorandexterior
casingsusingtheCasings,InteriorandCasings,Exteriorlayers.

ControlPlanDisplayofSymbolWindows.AssigncustomCADBlockstosymbol
windows,likeGardenWindows,tocontroltheirdisplayinPlanView.
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ImprovedDoorDisplayinPlanView.Doorjamb/framedisplaysaspartofthe2Dview
ofthedoorobjectwhenaddedtoawall.
*

ControlTrimforInteriorDoorsandWindows.Separatelyspecifythematerialsand
trimassignedtoeachsideofanopening.
*

AutomaticFrameDepth.Setwindowframedepthtoautomaticallyfitintowall.
UnlimitedDividedLitesforglass.CreateWindowsandGlassDoorswithanunlimited
numberoflites.

CustomMuntins.DesignyourownmuntinsusingtheCADtoolsandattachthemto
windows.

WindowTreatments&Shutters.Adjustcurtainsbytheheightofffloorandheight
abovecasing.Specifyshuttersoneithersideofawindow.Blindsfitinsidecasing
whenattachedtoWindows.

SymbolBasedShuttersforDoorsandWindows.Attachshutterobjectsfromthe
LibraryBrowsertodoorsandwindowsthroughtheShuttertabofthespecification
dialogcontroltheirheightandverticalposition.
*

Door&WindowLintels&Sills.Specifysills,lintels,andapronsforopeningsandset
theheight,width,andoverhang.AttachcustomsymbolstoWindoworDoorcasing
andsettheheightandwidth.

Bay,Box,BowWindows.Selecttheneditagroupofbay,boxorbowwindows.
Specifywidth,depth,andheightfromfloorandceilingofBay/Box/BowWindows
withindialog.
*

SpecifyWallMaterialforBay/Box/BowWindows.Independentlycontroltheinterior
andexteriorwallmaterials.
*

FloorandCeilingMaterialandThicknessControlforBay/Box/BowWindows.Specify
floorandceilingfinishandplatformthicknessinthewindowsspecificationdialog.
*

WindowGlazingAreaandUFactorforDoorsandWindows. *
Roofs & Ceilings
BuildRoofoptions.Specifypitch,overhang,raiseoffplateforenergyheels,curved
roofinformation,framingdetails,fascias,gutters,exposedraftersandroofreturns
andmanyotheroptionsIncludesroofandceilingframingandtrusses.Seethe
Framingsectionfordetails.

ControlsforCustom
CeilingsOnly

ExcludedCurved
Roofs,Custom
Gutters,&Exposed
Rafters
BuildAutomaticRoofsgable,hip,shed,gambrel,mansard,andseveralothers.
Generatetheroofforanydesignautomatically.UsetheAutoRebuildRoofsfeature
toautomaticallyupdatetheroofasyourdesignchanges.

RoofAssemblycontrols.Specifythethicknessofroofcomponents.
Framing
ThicknessesOnly
*Denotesneworimprovedfeatures. 6 LastUpdatedApril2014
Feature Description Premier Interiors Lite Pro 2015
Drawandeditroofsin2Dand3D.Designwithboththe2Dand3Dviewsupatthe
sametimetovisualizethechangesindesign.

CustomRoof&Ceilingtools.DrawRoofandCeilingplanesandshapeandeditthem
toproduceanycustomstyle.

ConvertFlatRoofs&CeilingstoCurved.Specifyanyrooforceilingplaneascurvedin
itsspecificationdialog.Setanglesandradiusforplane

ActualandProjectedAreaofRoofPlanes.MacrosandreferencestoboththeActual
andtheProjectedsquarefootageofRoofPlanesintheroofdialogsPolylinetab
ExcludesMacros
ControlRafterSpacingperRoofPlane.Specifyrafterspacingvaluesforindividual
roofplanesinadesign.

Gable&HipRoofToggletool.Toggletheroofbetweenthesetwostylesusingthe
Gable/Hiptoolin3Dand2D.

DefineRoofattributesperwallincludingmultipleRoofPitches&Overhangs.
ShadowBoards.ApplyShadowBoardstothefasciaofroofplanesautomatically.
Specifymoldingprofilesandstackmoldingstocreatethedesiredmoldingbuildup.

RidgeCaps.AutomaticallygenerateRidgeCapsonroofs;turnridgecapson/offona
perroofbasis;assigncustomridgecapprofiles.

NonEditableRidge
Caps
NonEditableRidge
Caps
NonEditableRidge
Caps
Fascia&SubFasciacontrol.Controlthesizeanddisplayoffasciaboards.
Gutters&FriezeMoldings.Createcustomprofilesforguttersandfriezes.Attach
themtoroofssothattheyupdateandresizeastheroofdesignchanges.
ExcludesFrieze
AutoRoofReturnsforGableWalls.Gable,Hip,Full,SlopingandFlat.
RoofGableLinetool.Drawalineoveradoororwindowandtheprogramwill
automaticallygenerateGableroof.

AutoDormertool.Generatefloating(false)andstructuraldormersautomatically.
Setthedormersize,roofpitch,andaccuratelyplacethemonaroof.Dormerstypes
eyebrow,gable,hip,shed,gambrel,mansard,barrel,andhipcurved.

AutomaticCeilings&Ceilingtoolscreatecustomstylesincludingcathedral,trey,
coffered,andbarrel.Automaticceilingsarecreatedoncearoofisgenerated.Manual
Ceilingscanbedrawnandmodifiedtoreflectnonstandardceilingdesigns.
ExcludesBarrel
Skylights.Automaticallycuttheroofwithcorrectstructuralframing.DefineSquareor
Plumsidesandframewidthandheight.

Stairs & Ramps
Stairtool.Specifytreadwidth,length,treadnumber,overhang,andthickness.Set
riserheight,topandbottomheight.Specifydetailsaboutstringers,open
underneath,runners,railingdetails,balusterandnewelstylesandshapes,brackets,
handrailsonwallsnexttostairs,aroundcorners,andhandrailprofile.Specifyriser
heights,treadwidth,startheight,andbottomheight.

ExcludesHandRail
Profile
OneClickStairs&Ramps.Autoplacestairsfromplatformtoplatform.Platformto
terrainStairsandRampsautomaticallyconnecttotheterrainwhendrawnfromthe
groundtothestructure.
ExcludesTerrain
AdvancedStairtools.Customizecurvedsections,flaredtreads,startertreads,
winders,definablewalkline,maintainabletreadwidth,andlandings.

WrapAroundStairs,connecttreadsaroundcorners.
AutoStairwell.Createsstairwellandtheplatformtomatchthestaircase.
StairDefaultsforInterior&ExteriorStairs.
DefineStairstartingelevation.Specifywhetherstairsandrampsarelocatedatthe
subfloororthefinishedfloorelevation.

Ramptool.DefaultRampisADAcompliant.Specifylength,sloperiseandrun.Specify
overhangs,railings,treadsurface,openunderneath,balusterandnewelstyles,
shapes,andhandrailprofile.

RampDefaults.Setupdefaultattributesforramps.
Landingtool.CreateCustomLandingstoautoconnectStairsectionsorRamp
sectionstogether.Chooseautoadjustfeaturesfortheheightandthicknessbasedon
stairorrampconnection.TurnrailingsonoroffperLandingedge.

CustomNewels&Balusters.ChoosefromnewelsandbalustersintheLibraryCatalog
orimportyourown.

AutomaticHandrailwidthfromwallwidth.DefinetheHandrailwidthbasedonthe
widthofthewall.

IndependentRailings.Createcustomrailingstylessuchasglass,cable,orpanels.
RailingOpening&Wallsurfaceoffset.Controlwhetheranautomaticopeningis
createdwhenattachingaStairorRamptoawallorrailing.Controltheoffsetofthe
automaticwallsurfaceunderaStair.

EnhancedmaterialscontrolsforLandings&Stairs.Individuallycontrolthematerial
assignmentsforstairandlandingcomponents.

*Denotesneworimprovedfeatures. 7 LastUpdatedApril2014
Feature Description Premier Interiors Lite Pro 2015
Foundations
FoundationtoolsforSlab,Pier,Crawlspace,FullBasement,StemWalls,Footings,
Post&Beam,GradeBeam.Setupadefaultfoundationtype,controllingstemwall
height,footingsize,slaborpierinformation.Editthefoundationssettingsafterithas
beenbuilt.

ExcludesPier
Foundationsand
customcontrols
overfootingsand
slabs

FoundationDefaults.Moredetailedcontroloverthefoundationautomatically
generatedforGaragerooms.

AutoRebuildFoundations.Automaticallyupdatethefoundationplantoalignwith
the1stfloorasthedesignprogresses.

MonolithicSlabtechnology.Designingslabfoundationsisnowfaster,easier,and
moreaccurate.

MonolithicSlabInsetLedges.Createmonolithicslabfoundationswithinsetledges
formasonrywallconstruction.

MonolithicSlabCurbing.Specifycurbingformonolithicslabfoundations. GarageOnly
EnhancedGarageSlabswithmonolithicfoundations.Selectcomponentsoftheslab
andadjustgaragespecificsettingstosuityourdesign.

Wall/FootingBelowattribute.Generateafooting,orfoundationwall+footing
below,whenautomaticfoundationsarecreatedbysettingawallasaBearingWall.

Slabfootingspecification.Controlfootingsforslabsonaperedgebasis;resize,
dimension,orexcludethefooting.

VerticalFootingControl.Definesteppedfoundationswithverticalfootingcontrol.
Choosetoshoworhideverticalfootingsforsteppedfoundations.

RebarcalculationsforPosts&Beams.Specifytheamountofrebarrequiredfor
foundationssothatitiscalculationontheMaterialsList.

SlabVolumelistedintheslabspecificationdialogforeasyreference.
WallFootingOffset.ChoosetocenterfootingsonWall'smainlayerorspecifyan
offsetvalue.

SlabFootingOffsetDefault.Specifyadefaultoffsetdistancesforfootingsunderslab
foundations.
*

Framing
AutomaticFramingfloors,walls,ceilings,roofs,openings,headers.Turnon/off
automaticframingmoveawindowandtheframingupdates.DefineTrimmersand
Headersbasedonopeningsizes.

ManualFramingtools.Drawindividualframingmembersorselectandedit
automaticallygeneratedmembers.

SeparateLayersforFramingTypes.Framingitemsareautomaticallyseparatedonto
layersbytype(SillPlates,Posts,Beams,Joists,Blocking,etc.).
*

Trussesautomaticallyconfiguredtofitthespace.Floor,ceiling,androoftrusses.
Createtrussesthatautomaticallyconformandfitbetweenplatforms;manuallyedit
andcustomizethem.Trussoptionsincludescissor,attic,stepdown,girder,sub
girder,drophip,jacks,kingpost,gableend,reducedgable,energyheel.

TrussDetails.Automaticallygeneratedtrussdetailsforfloor,ceiling,androof
trusses.Eachtrussislabeledforeasyidentification.

RoofFramingoptions.HandStackorTrussFrame.Definerafters,ridges,lookouts,
subfascia,blocking,bridging.Valleyfillrooftrusses.ExposedRafterTailsand
customraftertailcutschooseamoldingprofileordrawyourownprofile.

ExcludesExposed
RafterTailsand
CustomRafterTail
Profiles
ControlRoofLookoutframing.Turnonorofftheautomaticgenerationoflookout
framingintheFramingdialog.

ControlofBirdsmouthcutsforRafters.Turnoffautocalculationofbirdsmouthand
manuallyspecifythebirdsmouthseat.

FramingforCustomCeilings.Framingpaneladdedtoceilingspecificationdialog
allowsyoutodefinecustomceilingsframingindependentlyfromroofframing.
*

WallFramingoptions.Definenumberofplates,studthickness,spacing,bridging,
miterends,framingforshortwallsandkneewalls.BalloonWallFramingplatforms
extendthroughwallsorwallsthroughplatforms.SteelFramingforwalls,headers,
joists,andraftersautomaticallycreatesCChannelandUChannelshapedframing
membersfortypicalsteelframing.DefinethenumberofRimJoistsgeneratedona
perwallbasis.

ExcludesSteel
Framing
WallFramingdetailsonaperWallbasis.Foreachwall,viewandeditwallframing,
adddimensionsorcallouts.Usetoproduceframingschedulesorwalldetails.

RebuildFramingforasingleWallorRoofPlane.Choosetogenerateframingfora
singleobjectwithoutrecreatingtheframingfortheentireplan.
*

ControlWallFramingonaPerOpeningBasis.Specifythatwindowanddooropenings
usecustomordefaultsettingsforHeaders,Trimmers,Sills,andotherframingrelated
componentsontheFramingtabofthespecificationdialog.
*

CreateBuiltupHeaders.Specifyheaderswithupto10membersand5trimmersfor
eachopening.
*

SpecifyWallsasBearing.Automaticallycontrolthegenerationofbuttorlapframing
overawallwiththeBearingattribute.
*

*Denotesneworimprovedfeatures. 8 LastUpdatedApril2014
Feature Description Premier Interiors Lite Pro 2015
WallFramingforPonyWallsandSolidRailings.Planviewdisplayofframing
generatedforponywallsandsolidrailings.
*

Post&BeamframingtoolsspecifyRoundorSquareposts.SettheDefaultMaterial
forPostsintheframingdefaults.

FloorJoistsFlushwithStemWallTop.Automaticallygeneratefloorframingplatforms
insidethefoundationwhichhangfromstemwalls.
*

RimJoistControl.Controlthematerialtypeandsizeofrimjoistsindependentlyfrom
theplatformframing.
*

Automaticallyproduceplatformholes,foundationholes.Usepolylinetoolsto
generateholesforthefloororceilingandautomaticallygenerateframingaround
them.

DeckFramingoptions.DefinePlankoverhang,width,gap,direction,borderplanks,
beamsandjoists.Definewidths,spacing,directionandtypeofplanks.Automatically
rebuildframingasthedesignchanges.Includeorexcludebeams,posts,and
footings.

CAD Tools
CADtools.ComprehensiveCADobjectsandeditingtools:Points,Lines,Polylines,
Splines,Arcs,Circles,Ovals,Boxes,Arrows,Fence,TrimExtend,Parallel,
Perpendicular,Reflect,Replicate,Transform,Fillet,Chamfer,andseveralothers.

ExcludesTrim
Extend
3DPrimitive,AdvancedPolyline&Facetools.Createcustomsolidswithavarietyof
shapes.EditpolylinesusingPolylineSubtract,PolylineUnion,andPolyline
Intersection.Createsolidfaces,extrudeandrevolvethemtocreatecustomobjects.

PolylineSolidtools.Create3DshapesusingthePolylineSolidtool.Createcustom
countertopshapes,backsplashes,tubplatforms,etc.

PolygonCADtool.Createsregularlyshapedpolylinesofprespecifieddimensions.
Specifythenumberofsidesandspecifythepolygonsizebylengthofsidesoroverall
radius.

Convert2DCADlinesandpolylinestootherChiefobjects.QuicklyconvertCADto
PolylineSolids,MoldingPolylines,Countertops,Slabs,Landings,HolesinRoofsand
Platforms.ConvertArcsandCirclestoPolylines.ConvertpolylinestoRevisionClouds
andMaterialListAreas.ConverttoElevationandTerraindata,Sprinklers,Roads,
RoadMarkings,andSidewalks.

ExcludesElevation
andTerrainObjects

ExcludesMoldings,
Holes,Revision
Clouds,Materials
Areas,Roads,and
Sidewalks
CADDetailFromViewtool.GenerateaCADDetailfromanyview.Addorremove
lines,adddimensions,fillpatterns,text,andcallouts.UseCADdetailsinyourLayout
andsavetotheLibraryforfutureuse.

CADtoWalls.ImportCADfiles,suchasAutoCAD,andconvertCADlinestofully
configured3Dwalls,windows,anddoors.
LimitedtoDXF
ArchitecturalCADDetails.Detailsforresidentialstructuralelements.Detailed
assembliesforfloors,roofs,decks,wallsandfoundations.Over500detailsare
includedinthepremiumSSAcatalogs.

Includesasubsetof
CADDetails
Includesasubsetof
CADDetails

Accuratelycreateobjectsusingcoordinates.UsetheEnterCoordinatesdialogand
specifyabsoluteorrelativecoordinatesforobjectscreatedbyclickinganddragging.

Align/DistributeObjectstool.DefinedistributionandautomaticalignmentofCAD
objects.

CreateandmanageCADDetails&Blocks.Drawcustomizeddetailsanddiagrams,
printthemtoscale,andsaveforreuseintheLibrary.

AutoPurgeCADBlocksoption.UnusedCADBlockscanbeautomaticallypurgedfrom
planswhentheprogramisclosed.

SpecifyInsertionPointsforCADBlocks.Defineanexactlocationforinsertingand
placingCADBlocks.

CustomLineStyleEditortool.Designyourownlinesstylesarereusethem
throughoutyourprojects.

ClosePolylinetool,FilletedPolylinesradius.SelectanypolylineandchooseClose
Polylinetoautomaticallyconnectthestartandendpoints.Editingoffilleted
polylinesretainsfilletradius.

ArcCreationModes.Choosefromanumberofmethodstopreciselydrawarcs.
IncludesFreeForm
ArcandArcAbout
Centertoolsonly
CurrentCADLayer&CADPointssavedwithplansandlayouts.Whenaplanisclosed
andreopened,theCADLayerusedintheprevioussessionisactive.

SelectSame,LoadSame&MakeSametools.Matchpropertiesbetweenitemsofthe
sametype.Editsimilaritems,includingElectricalandImages.

VisualCADSnaps.Snapindicatorscenter,endpoint,tangent,andseveralothers.
Snaptoobjectsoragrid.SnaptoReferenceFloorlayer(aflooraboveorbelowthe
currentfloor).

ExcludesExtension
Snaps
AngleSnappreviewwhiledrawing.
MultipleCopytool.Replicateobjectsatpredefinedincrements.Setdefault
incrementsfordifferenttypesofframingobjects,aswellasgeneralobjects.

PasteHoldPositiontool.Copyanitembetweenlayers,plansorfloorswhile
maintainingorientationandexactposition.

PointtoPointMovetool.Accuratelymoveorcopyobjects.
*Denotesneworimprovedfeatures. 9 LastUpdatedApril2014
Feature Description Premier Interiors Lite Pro 2015
Layers
LayerSets.Setupuniquelayergroupingsfordisplayandprinting.Createseparate
LayersetsforElectricalPlans,FramingViews,orSpacePlanning.UsetheLayerSet
toolbartoquicklyswapactiveLayerSets.SwapLayerSetsusingAnnotationSets.

UserDefinedLayers.InadditiontothedefaultLayers,add,changeanddelete
customLayers.

FilterLayersinDisplayOptionsDialog.Searchforkeywordsoflayerstoquicklyaccess
relevantinformationintheDisplayOptionsDialog.
*

AssignobjectstoLayersforDisplay&MaterialsList.Choosewhichobjectsdisplayin
2Dand3DandiftheyaretobeusedinMaterialList.Changethedefaultlayerused
forindividualobjectsandassignthemasnecessary.

LayerEyedropper&LayerPaintertool.Selectalayerassignedtoanobjectusingthe
LayerEyedroppertool,thenapplythatlayertoadifferentobjectwithLayerPainter.

LayerHidertool.Clickonanobjectinplanviewtoturnoffitslayerdisplay.
ControldisplayattributesbyLayer.Setcolor,weight,andlinestyleonaperlayer
basis.Locklayersasnecessarytopreventediting.

ObjectLayerPropertiesedittool.Quicklyandeasilymodifythelayerpropertiesfor
anyobject.

LayerSetDefaultsdialog&Managementdialog.Assign2Dand3DviewstoLayer
Sets.Forexample,assigntheCrossSectioncameratoaWallCabinetsonlyview.
ManageLayerSetsimport,export,copy,edit,delete,andcreatenewlayersets
fromonedialog.Setthecurrentlyactivesetandthereferenceset.

AssignCamerastoLayers.
LayerSetDefaultsforCameraTypes.Specifyuniquelayersetsforeachcameratype;
FullCamera,FloorCamera,FullOverview,FloorOverview,CrossSection,Back
ClippedCrossSection,andWallElevation.Controlthelayersdisplayedforanyof
thesecameraswhentheyareinitiallycreatedbyassigninglayersetsintheLayerSet
Defaultsdialog.

StairandRampUp/DownArrowlayercontrol.Newlayerforstairandramparrow
allowsyoutocontrolthedisplayseparately.

NewFootings,StepMarkerslayer.Controlthestepmarkersdisplay,linestyle,
color,lineweight,andtextstyle.

LayerandLineStyleInformationarestoredwithcabinets,CADblocks,andother
objectsstoredintheLibrary.

ReferenceLayerSets.ReferenceLayerSetsareretainedforeachviewsenttoLayout
pages.

Dimensions
Dimensioningtools.Baseline,Centerline,Angular,EndtoEnd,Interior,Pointto
Point,andTemporarydimensions.UseOneClickAutoDimensionsforexteriors.
ExcludesBaseline
ExcludesBaseline,
Centerline
ExcludesBaseline,
Centerline
RunningDimensionTool.Drawdimensionwithcumulativevaluesfrombaseitemto
eachdimensionedobjectinasingledimensionstring.

DisplaySecondaryDimensions.Definethedisplayofsecondarydimensions.
SpecifyDimensionUnits,Accuracy,&Display.UseImperialandMetricsystems.
Controltheunitsdisplayedfordimensions,numberheightandfont,arrowsizeand
style,accuracyindecimalsorfractionsto1/128"or0.0078125.
Accurateto1/16"
DimensionLabelFilloption.Specifysolidortransparentfillfordimensions'text.
Appendtexttodimensions.Insertadditionaltextbeforeorafterthedimensionvalue
foranydimensionstring.Choosethedimensionnumbertowhichtextisadded.

DefinewhereDimensionslocate.Locatetocenters,roughopenings,casing,interior
layer,mainframinglayer,sides,andseveralotherlocations.

InputAccurateDimensionsusingaDISTOorotherLaserDistanceMeter.Usea
BluetoothorWirelesscompatibledevicetoautomaticallymeasureaspacethen
inputthedistancesdirectlyintodimensionstrings.

NationalKitchen&BathAssociation(NKBA)AutomaticDimensions.Automatically
dimensioninteriorroomsandelevationstotheNationalKitchenandBath
Associationdimensioningstandards.

AutomaticInteriorDimensions.Automaticallydimensioninteriorrooms.Setdefaults
forlocatingobjects.

AutomaticElevationDimensions.UsetheAutoElevationDimensiontooltoadd
dimensionstoElevationandCrossSectionviews.

AutoExteriorDimensions.Adddimensionstothedesignexteriorwithasingleclick.
Definethedefaultbehavior,likeincludedobjectsanddistanceoffsets,ofAutomatic
ExteriorDimensions.

AutoRefreshExteriorDimensions.KeepAutoExteriorDimensionsuptodateasyou
movewallsandopeningsinyourdesign.
*

DeleteAutomaticDimensions.UsetheDeleteObjectstooltodeleteAutomatic
DimensionsfromaFloorortheEntirePlan.Manuallyeditedormodifieddimensions
willremain.

*Denotesneworimprovedfeatures. 10 LastUpdatedApril2014
Feature Description Premier Interiors Lite Pro 2015
MultipleDimensionDefaults.Definemultipledimensionstylesandattributesfor
yourspecificneeds,suchasdefaultsforfloorplans,cabinetelevationsandsiteplans.
ForeachDefault,definetheattributesfornumberheight,unitofmeasure,arrow,
fontsandmore.

Preciselypositionobjectsbyenteringadimension.Selectanyobject,andentera
correspondingdimensionnumbertomovetheobjectasetdistance.

EnhancedWallEditingwithDimensions.Adjustwalllengthsbyselectingdimensions
ortemporarydimensionsthatrunparalleltothewall.DisplayWalllengthasyou
draw;pressTABtoinputanexactdimension.

TapeMeasuretool.UsetheTapeMeasureTooltofindthemeasurementsofany
item.

Dimensionssnaptoobjects.SnaptotheCenterofCabinets,sidesandsidesof
AppliancesandFixtures,Furniture,Framing,andCalloutsandMarkers.

EnhancedControlofDimensionSnapping.Specifyhowdimensionsattachtowalls,
framing,andopeningswhendraggingnewdimensionstrings;excludewalls,snapto
sidesorcentersofframing,andchoosemultipleopeningoptions.
*

Dimension3DSolidPrimitivesandFaces.Snapdimensionstocenters,edges,and
corners;enable/disabledimensioningtotheseitemsintheLocateObjectsareaofthe
Dimensionsdialog.
*

DefineorconvertanydimensionextensiontoaCenterlineExtension.Openthe
specificationforanydimensionandselectanextensionnumbertochangeitsvalues
orchangeittoacenterline.

Dimensionlocationsforwalltops,bottomsandcrosssections.WallElevationViews
includedimensionlocationsandextensionforwalltopsandbottoms.CrossSection
Viewsincludedimensionlocationsandextensionlinesforfinishedfloorandceilings.

BoxandBumpoutExtensionSnaps.Snaptoprojected90intersections.
AutoExteriorDimensionsforSlabFoundations.Automaticallydimensionmonolithic
slabfoundationswithasingleclick.

DimensionsSnaptoFoundationFootings.Accuratelydimensionfoundationfootings
withmanuallydrawndimensions.

Lighting /
Electrical /
HVAC
Electrical&HVACtools.CreateElectrical,PlumbingandHeating/Ventilationplans.
Electricalplacelights,switches,outlets,lowvoltage,andwiring.CircuitConnection
toolsdrawtheconnectionsandcircuitsforyourelectricallayout.Connectelectrical
componentstogethertocreatecircuits.Adjustthelinesandarcsofthecircuitdesign.
Connectionswillautomaticallychangeswitchesfor3wayand4way.Specify
Electrical,Fixture,andFurnitureitemstoattachtoceilingsandroofsandautorotate
tomatchthepitchofroofsorvaultedceilings.

Excludeselectrical
autorotateto
matchthepitch
ElectricalDefaults.Controltheinitialbehaviorbyspecifyingdefaultvalues.Setup
defaultobjectstobeplacedwhenaddinglightsandoutletstoaroom,settheheight
foroutletsandswitchesoffthefloororcountertops.

AutoPlaceOutletstool.Placesoutletsatregularintervalsbasedonroomtype.Use
theAutoPlaceOutlettooltoaddGFCIoutletstoyourkitchensandbathrooms.

ElectricalLighting&LightingSources.UseLightSourcesinadditiontolightfixture
symbolstoenhancethelightinginascene.LightFixtureshavelightsourcesfor
RenderandRayTraceViews.

ExcludesRayTrace
properties
Definecustomlightingwithshadows,attenuationandintensity.Turnlightingonor
offperfixturetocontrolwhetheralightisusedfora3Dscene.

Excludes
Attenuation
LightingUnits.Choosefromcommonwattage/lumensvaluesforlightsorspecify
customvalues.

EditLightingpropertiesofelectricalobjectsdirectlyfromtheLibrary.
Easilycontrollighting.Turnlightsonoroffwithasingleclick.
AdjustLightingDialog.Locatelightsbylabelnameorroomlocation.
ContinuousdrawmodeforElectricalConnections.Quicklygenerateelectrical
connectionsforeachcircuitinyourdesign.

PhotorealisticlightingeffectswiththeRaytracerendering.SeetheRendering
sectionforadditionaldetail.

Terrain &
Landscape
Terraintools.Generatea3Dterrainmodelwithelevationdatayouenterorimport.
CreatePlotPlans,Siteplans,&Subdivisions.Inputaccuratelength,bearingand
setbackinformation.

AutomaticPlanFootprinttool.UsethePlanFootprinttooltoautomaticallygenerate
aCADDetailforaSitePlan.Turnononlythelayersyouneedvisibleforthesiteplan
suchasroofplanes,overhangandexteriorwalls.

ImportTerrainAssistant.ImportGPSdata:textfiles,DWG/DXF. ExcludesDWG ExcludesDWG
ImprovedGPXdataimportfromSmartPhoneApps.GenerateTerraininformationby
importingGPXdatafrommobiledevices.
*

*Denotesneworimprovedfeatures. 11 LastUpdatedApril2014
Feature Description Premier Interiors Lite Pro 2015
TerrainElevationSplines,Polylines,Regions&Points.Inputelevationsdatafor
Terrainbydrawingsplines,lines,andpoints.Attachelevationvaluetoeachobject,
thenautomaticallygeneratetheterraincontours.AClearTerraintoolisavailableto
removecontouringandadjustelevationdata.

TerrainModifiertoolsHills,Valleys,ElevatedRegions,FlatRegions.
DisplayLineAngleControls.DisplayanglesasAzimuthBearings,QuadrantBearings,
Degrees,Minutes,orMinutes+Seconds.

AdvancedTerraindialog.Usethedialogcontrolsforterrainsmoothness,triangle
generation,terrain'sskirt,clippingaroundstructures,andfullcontroloverterrain
contours.

RetainingWalls,TerrainBreaktools.Generateretainingwallswithbuiltinterrain
breakstoautomaticallycreatestepsintheterrainwiththewall.UsetheTerrain
Breaktoolforstepswithoutthewallstructure.

TerrainAccessorytools.SteppingStones,Streams,GardenCurbing,Predefined
GardenBeds,Blockedgardenbeds.

Road&Sidewalktools.ToolstocreateaRoad,RoadMedian,RoadStriping/Marking,
Curb,Gutter,Driveway,SidewalkandCuldesac.Automaticallyattachasidewalkto
theroadordrivewayobjectsyouaregeneratingandspecifycustomcurbprofiles.

LimitedRoad&
SidewalkTools
Spline&PolylineDrivewaytools.
Road&DrivewayDefaults.Presetsizes,types,andmaterialsforthesetoolstofit
yourstandarddevelopmentprocess.

NorthPointer&SunAnglesforshadows.DefineaNorthPointerandSunAngle.
Specifylatitude,longitude,dateandtime.Generateshadowsin2Dand3D.

DeckDesignertool.DesignStraightandCurvedDecks.Defineroofandceiling
attributesforacovereddeck.Controltheorientationandsizeofdeckplanking,gap,
width,overhang,direction,borderplanks,beamsandjoists.FullDeckframingsee
framingsectionformoredetails.PolygonDecktool,specifythenumberofsidesand
thesizeofadeck.

Fencetool.Createpicket,privacy,iron,andpanelfences.Choosegatestylesfromthe
LibraryCatalog.Fencesfollowtheterrain.

ExcludesCustom
Newelsand
Balusters
SprinklerDesignertool.Placesprinklerheadsandconnectthemtocreate
irrigationsrunsandzones.

LandscapingPlants.PlantsImagesTrees,Shrubs,andFlowerscanbeplacedin2D
and3Dviews.Over4,000plantsareincludedinthepremiumSSAcatalogs.
InteriorPlantsOnly 200+Plants 2,000+Plants
Create&ImportPlants.ImportphotosofplantsandaddthemtotheLibraryBrowser
touseinyourdesigns.Addplantgrowthinformationandadjusttransparency
attributes.

3DPlantsymbols.Use3DPlantSymbolsforaddeddetail.Generaterealistic3Dviews
whereplantscastshadows.
700+3DPlantsin
thePremiumSSA
Catalog

PlantChooserwithHardinessZoneMaps.PlantHardinessZonemapsshowplant
databyregion.

PlantEncyclopedia.Detailedplantinformationcommonandscientificname,
type,subtype,characteristics,heightrange,zones,sunandwaterneeds,bloom
time,andleafandflowercolor.

CreateLandscapingPlans.AssignfillcolorstoplantsinPlanviewanddisplayplant
labels,gardenbeds,andcontours.PlacetextandCADdetails.CreatePlantSchedules.

GrowPlantstool.Useslidingscaleandgrowtheplantsupto20yearsfromthe
currentmaturity.

3D Design &
Materials
3D&2DEditingofArchitecturalObjectsWalls,Windows,Cabinets,Roofs,Stairs,.
Placeandeditobjectsdirectlyin3Dand2DPlanVieworElevationView.Design
simultaneouslyin2Dand3Dforanyoftheviews.

CenterObjectstoolcenterobjectsin2D&3D.Centercabinetsunderwindows,
windowsinwalls,dormersonaroof,andseveralotheritems3Dand2D.

MaterialPainter&DefaultPainter.Applycolors,materialsandtexturestoobjects
orcomponentsoftheobject.Applycolorsassolidorstain.UsetheDefaultPainter
toolrestoreitemstotheirdefaultmaterial.

MaterialEyedropper&ColorChooser.MaterialEyedropper:copyamaterialfrom
oneobjectandapplytoanother.ColorChooser:capturecolorsandmaterialsfroma
photoorwebsite,suchastileforacustombacksplashorawoodstaincolorfora
floor.

MaterialPropertiesSettings.Makerenderedandraytracedviewsmorephoto
realisticwithPreDefinedMetals.SpecifyattributesforthesePreDefinedMetals:
Aluminum,Brass,Bronze,Chromium,Copper,Gold,Iron,Nickel,Sliver,Stainless
Steel,TinTitaniumTungsten,andZinc.

*Denotesneworimprovedfeatures. 12 LastUpdatedApril2014
Feature Description Premier Interiors Lite Pro 2015
MaterialClassDefinitions.Useclassdefinitionstodefineyourmaterials:General,
Plastic,BrushedMetal,ShinyMetal,PreDefinedMetal,Matte,Mirror,Polished,
Transparent,andTranslucent.PreviewtheMaterialclassesforstandardrenderingor
raytrace.Raytracepreviewincludestheoptiontochooseasphere,cube,orteapot
shapetohelpvisualizetheattributesofmaterials.

ImprovedPreviewsinDefineMaterialDialog.Easilysetupmaterialpropertiesand
seeliveupdatesoftheeffectsofsettingsintheRayTracedialogpreview.Chooseray
tracequalitysettingswithindialogtopreviewmaterialsasyouwouldseeitinyour
scene.
*

ScreenCapturetoolcreatecustommaterials.Screencaptureanimageandapplyin
thedesign,suchasaphotooftileforacustombacksplash.

TogglePatternsonoroffinVectorView.
AssignCustomPatternstoMaterialsorObjectFill.Controlthescaleandrotation
angle,transparency,andcolorofPatterns.

ManagePlanMaterials.Manageallthematerialsusedinthedesign.Replace
materialsusedinaplanwithamaterialfromtheLibraryCatalog.Selectagroupof
materialstomerge.

ImportCustomSymbols.Createcustom3Dobjectsorimportfrommanufacturers.
RotatePreviewsinSymbolSpecificationDialog.Whileeditingorimportingsymbol
objects,dragandrotatethe3Dpreviewtoseeallanglesoftheitem.
*

LockAspectRatioforResizingSymbolsandMoldings.Choosetoretainthescaleof
symbolbaseditemsandmoldingswhenmodifyingonedimension.
*

CreateCustomMoldings.Drawyourownmoldingprofile.Thesoftwarewillextrude
themoldingin3D.

Library / Catalog
CatalogLibraryBrowser.AccessthousandsofObjects/Items,bothManufacturerand
generic.Download,importandcreatenewobjects.SearchforobjectsintheLibrary
orusetheadvancedsearchfeaturestofiltertheresults.NumberofLibraryItemsis
displayedinthestatusbar.

Excludes
Manufacturer&
BonusCatalog
Downloads
Limited
Manufacturer
Catalogs
LibrarySearch&InstantSearchbarintegratedintotheLibrary.SearchforLibrary
itemsbykeyword,objecttypeorstyle.InstantSearchbarisintegratedintothe
Library,juststarttypinginthesearchbartofindobjectsintheLibrary.Customize
LibrarySearchAttributes,viewormodifykeywordsforsearchingonLibraryobjects.

CatalogMigration.Core,Bonus,ManufacturerandUserCatalogsfromprevious
installsautomaticallymigrateandupdatetolatestversionatinstalltime;User
Catalogautomaticallymigratesfrompreviousinstalls.Usethecatalogmigration
dialogtospecifywhichcatalogstobringforward.

AutomaticCatalogUpdates.CheckforupdatesforcatalogsdistributedbyChief
Architectandautomaticallyupdatetothelatestversion.OptionstoContinueor
CanceldownloadswhenChiefArchitectcloses.CatalogDownloadsautomatically
restartifChiefArchitectisclosedthenrelaunched.Notificationdialoglistswhich
catalogshavebeenupdatedaftertheupdatedcatalogprocessiscomplete.
*

ReplaceFromLibrarytool.Selectobjectsintheplanandreplacewithanobjectinthe
Library.Replacesingleitemsorallidenticalitemsinaplan.

LibraryBrowserfilteredviews.Choosetoshoworhideentirelibrarycatalogsinthe
LibraryBrowsertree.Improvedlibraryloadtimesashiddenitemsarenotloadedinto
theLibraryBrowser.

LibraryTreeReorganization.Manufacturer,User,ChiefArchitectCore,andChief
ArchitectBonuscatalogsarenowgroupedintoseparatecategoriesforeasier
navigation.

LibraryObjectShortcuts.CreateshortcutitemstoanyobjectintheLibraryBrowser
tocustomizeyourorganization.

MultipleSelectLibraryItems.UsetheShiftorCtrlkeystocopy,move,andedit
groupsofobjects.

PreviewObjects/ItemsintheLibrarybeforetheyareplacedinadesign.Visual
feedbackforthesizeandorientationofobjectsbeingplacedfromthelibraryand
editedinplanand3Dviews.Rotate,SpinandZoomtheLibrarypreview.

CADBlockDimensionsStylePreservedintheLibrary.DimensionstylesusedwithCAD
BlocksandaddedtotheLibraryBrowserarepreservedsotheirattributesare
retainedwhenaddedtoanewplanorlayout.
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ConvertPlanMaterialstoLibraryMaterials.Materialsthatareinuseintheplancan
automaticallybeaddedtotheLibrary.

EditBackdropsfromtheLibraryBrowser.OpenBackdroppropertiesintheLibrary
Browsertoreassignreferencedimagesandadjustsphericalsettings.UsetheNew
BackdropmenuitemtocreateanewbackdropdirectlyfromtheLibrary.
*

Materials List &
Cost Estimating
AutomaticallygenerateMaterialsLists.AutomaticMaterialsListwithcolumnsfor
equipment,unitcosts,percentmarkup,andlaborcosts.Changeorderofthe
columns.Generatealistfortheentireplan,singleroom,ordefinedareausinga
polyline.

*Denotesneworimprovedfeatures. 13 LastUpdatedApril2014
Feature Description Premier Interiors Lite Pro 2015
MasterMaterialsList.TheMasterMaterialsListstoresmasterdata,suchasprice.
ChoosewhichdataisstoredinaMasterList,andwhentoloadsavedMasterList
informationintoyourproject'sMaterialsList.SaveandloadmultipleMaster
MaterialsLists.

SpecifyLayerswhencalculatingaMaterialsList.UseLayerstocontrolwhatis
includedintheMaterialsList.

MaterialsListComponents.Adddetailedinformationtoobjectssuchasglazingtoa
cabinetfinish.Componentsinformationisthenpostedtothematerialslist.Choose
whichdetailstoshoworhideonthefinalMaterialsListusingComponents.

MaterialSchedules.CreateSchedulesforDoors,Windows,Cabinets,Fixtures,
Appliances,Furniture,ElectricalHVAC,Plumbing,PlantsandRoomFinish.Exclude
specificitemsfromSchedulessuchascabinethardware.AutomaticallyCustomizethe
informationcontainedintheScheduleandlabelcontrolsforSchedules.

ControltheOrderofObjectsandColumnsinSchedules.Manuallydragandreorder
itemsinascheduletomoveitupordowninthelist.Reorder,rename,hide,and
duplicatecolumnsinschedulesasdesired.
*

ChoosetoDisplayIdenticalObjectsinGroupsorIndividuallyinSchedules.Group
SimilarObjectsoptionallowsschedulestobeorganizedsothateachobjectis
itemizedwithitsowncallout,orgroupedandcountedtogetherwithlikeitems.
*

RoomNameColumnaddedtoSchedules.DisplayRoomNamecolumnindoor,
window,cabinet,fixture,furniture,andelectricalschedules.
*

ReferenceHeightforElectricalSchedules.Displaythereferenceheightcolumnto
indicateinstallationheightonwalls,ordistanceofffloorandceiling.
*

MoreDetailinWindowandDoorSchedules.DisplaycolumnsforDividedLites,Finish
Type,Shutters,andTrimtoprovidefullinformationabouteachwindowanddoor.
*

IndicateDoorStyleinSchedules.Stylecolumncanbedisplayedtoshowthedoor
typepanel,glass,slab,orLibraryName.Choosetoincludecolumnsindoor
schedulesthatindicateswing,hingeside,andinterior/exteriordoors.
*

MultipleCalloutsforitemsDuplicatedbetweenSchedules.Seeadditionalcallouts
referencingeachscheduleinwhichanobjectisincluded.
*

ImprovedScheduleSizeFormatting.Bettervisualfeedbackwhileeditingcolumn
widthonschedules.Setscheduleattributetodisplaytextinallcaps,orleave
uncheckedtoshowtextasdisplayedindialogs.
*

Cut&BuyLists.TheStructuralLumberTablecanbeusedtocalculatelumber
materialsforaCutListandaBuyList.Thiscalculationisinadditiontosquarefeet
andlinealfeetcalculationsandcanbeespeciallyhelpfulforyourframinganddecking
boardcalculations.

ExcludesLumber
Table
Text / Annotation
/ Scripting
AnnotationSets.AnnotationSetscontrolasubsetofdefaultsincludingDimensions,
Text,Arrows,Markers,Callouts,andLayers.AnnotationSetscanbeusedtoquickly
changeyourdefaultsandstreamlinetheannotationprocess.

AnnotationSetsSavedwithView.AnnotationSetsareretainedfromviewtoviewso
thattheyautomaticallyswapasyouswapbetweenviews.
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FullyeditableTexttools.Controlfont,size,weight,color,position,justification,and
more.

AdvancedRichTexttools.Formattextwithvaryingcolors,font,andmore.Convert
plaintexttorichtext.

ExcludesPlainText
Conversion
TextStyletools.CreateunlimitedTextStylesandassignthemperlayer,perdefault,
orperobjecttocontroltheappearanceoflabels,dimensionsandothertextinyour
design.
Limited Limited
TextLeaderLinetoolquicklycreatescalloutsandnotes.CreateLeaderLinesusing
RichTextorPlainTexttypes.

Architecturalfonts:CityBlueprint,CountryBlueprint,ChiefBlueprint.Useanybuilt
infontincludedwithyouroperatingsystem.

SpellChecker.Usesabuiltinorcustomdictionary.Syntaxhighlightingandacontext
menuallowforquickcorrectionswhileeditingtext.
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EnhancedTextcontrol.Fontcontrol,fontdefaults,andtextmacrosforpagenumber,
date,andothers.

ExcludesText
Macros
CustomizableTextArrows.
Callouts&Markers.PlaceCalloutsandMarkersinPlan,Elevation,Layout,andDetail
views.Adjustfillcolor,linestyle,lineweight,anddoubleheadedCallouts.Callouts
andMarkershaveuniquelayers.UsemultipledefaultstylesforArrows,Markers,and
Callouts.

CustomDoor,Window,&CabinetLabels.Typeyourowncustomizedlabelsforany
Door,Window,orCabinetobject.Controlcabinetlabelsizeandorientation.

ExcludesCabinet
Labelsizeand
orientation
RotateLabels.SelectandrotatelabelsindependentlyinPlanview.Setdefaultlabel
rotationandoffset;setlabelrotationtoberelativeorabsolutetotherotationofthe
object.

*Denotesneworimprovedfeatures. 14 LastUpdatedApril2014
Feature Description Premier Interiors Lite Pro 2015
AutomaticRoofLabels.Displaylabelsforroofs,skylightsandholes.Labelincludes
pitchdirectionarrowandtheroofangleinpitchordegrees.Modifythearrowstyle
andtextstyleoftherooflabels.

LabelsforLayoutBoxes.Automaticlabelsforlayoutviewswilldisplaythecamera
nameforelevationandsectionviewsorthefloorplannameforplanviews.Create
customlabelsthatwillmovewiththeviewsandyousetupyoulayout.

SpecifylabelsforLightSourceoraddedlightobjects.Uniquelynamelightsources
inyourscenesforeasyrecognition.

Soffit,Shelf,andPartitionLabels.AssigncustomlabelsthroughthenewLabelTabfor
soffits,shelves,andpartitions.

LabelsforBay,Box,andBowWindows.CustomizelabelsthroughtheLabelTabofthe
Bay,Box,andBowWindowdialogs.

RoomLabelbackgroundfill.Specifybackgroundfillcolororsolidortransparentfill
forroomlabels.

ControlthelocationofLabels.XandYoffsetsforlabelsallowyoutocontrolthe
orientationoflabelsinrelationshiptotheobject.

EmbedHyperlinksinText.Addlinkstowebsiteorotherfilesusingthetexttools.
RevisionCloudtool.Encircleobjectswithrevisionclouds,ordrawyourown.
TextMacros&UserDefinedTextMacros.Insertmacrosintotextobjects.Add
ContactInfo,FileInfo,PlanInfo,SpecialCharacters,andTimeandDatemacros.
CreatecustomMacros,suchasmacrosforContractor,Supplier,orRevisionNumber.

ExcludesUser
DefinedText
Macros
ExcludesUser
DefinedText
Macros

WindowMacros.UsemacrostoincludeWindowType,TopElevation,Bottom
Elevation,andFloortoHeaderheightinwindowlabels.

LabelmacrosforElectricalLights,Stairs&Ramps,RoofPitch/Slope,andLayout
Boxes.

CreateDynamicLabelMacros.UseTextMacrosincombinationwiththeRuby
Scriptingtoolstodynamicallyupdateobjectlabelsorotherannotationinyour
design.

TextMacroManagementdialog.CreateNew,Edit,Copy,Delete,andTestcustom
macrosfromwithintheTextMacroManagementdialog.

RubyScripting.UsetheRubyScriptingConsoleforwritingprogramscriptssuchasa
determiningroomvolume,customcabinetlabelsandseveralothers.Includesan
Interactivetutorialonhowtocreateuserdefinedmacros.

Printing
PrintedPapersizes.Specifyprintedpapersizestofityourdesignscale.
Limitedtothe
largespagesizeof
18"x24"
SavePrintsinPDFFormat.SavetoaPDFfileforoutsourcingaprintjobgreatwhen
youdonothavealargeformatprinter.
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PrintPreview.Displaysprintablearea,paperedges,andlineweights. *
ScaletoPageorPaperSize.
DrawingSheetSetup.Determineplansheetsizeandspecifyhowitprintstodifferent
papersize.

Spanprintingacrossmultiplepages.Printalargeformatsheetonasmallerpapersize
andtapetogethertomakethelargersheet.

SpecifyPagePrintingRangeandCollation.Choosetoprintall,selectedpageranges,
orspecificpagesfromyourLayout.

Controllinestylebeginandendsize.Forexample,foradashedlinedefinethestart
andenddashsize.

Import / Export
Import&ExportChiefObjects.Import/ExportAnnotationSets,LayerSets,HotKeys,
WallTypes,LineStyles,Defaults,Macros,andRubyScripts.Sharewithotherusersor
transferthemfromplantoplan.

ExcludesWall
Types,RubyScripts,
andLineStyles
ExcludesHotkeys,
RubyScripts,and
LineStyles

ExportMaterialsListtoMicrosoftExcel,CSV,TXT,orHTML.
ImportPDFfiles.ImportAdobePDFfileformatsintoplans,layouts,andCADDetails;
retainprintresolutionandqualitywhenprintingfinaldocumentswithembedded
PDFfiles.

Import&Export2DDXF.AdvancedLayerMappingtoassistwithimporting.
AutoCADCompatibility.ImportorExportDXFandDWGfiles. ExcludesDWG ExcludesDWG
Import&Export3Dfiles.Import3DDXF,DWG,OBJ,3DS,SKP.Export3DDXF,DWG,
3DS.

ExcludesDWG,
Excludes3DExport
ExcludesDWG,
Excludes3DExport
ColladaImportandExport.Importandexport3DColladaformatfiles(.DAE)and
referencedtexturefiles.
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ImportOnly ImportOnly
STLImportandExport.Importandexport3Dobjectsin.STLformat. * ImportOnly ImportOnly ImportOnly
SketchUp8objectimport.ImportSketchUpformatfilesinbothWindows32bitand
64bitoperatingsystems.SKPimportisnotavailableonMacOS.
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Importimagefiles:BMP,JPG,GIF,PCS,TIFF,PCX,PNG,Metafiles,TGA.Imageimport
specifytransparencycolorandaddplantdataorimageinformationformaterialsand
backdrops.DisplayMetafileonplan,elevation,andlayoutviews.Specifyfillstyleto
showthroughandtransparencyontheimage.

*Denotesneworimprovedfeatures. 15 LastUpdatedApril2014
Feature Description Premier Interiors Lite Pro 2015
ImportTerrainElevationdata.ImportsurveydatafromAutoCADorothersources.
3DMassImport.Groupimport3DDWG,DXF,3DS,OBJ,SKPfilesandconvertthemto
LibraryObjects.

CreateMaterialsfromTextures.Groupimporttextureimagefilesandconvertthem
tomaterialsautomatically.

Convert3DViewtoSymbol.CreateacustomobjectusingChiefArchitect'sdesign
toolsandthenroundtripcovertaviewtoaunifiedlibraryitem.

User Resources
UpdatedUserInterface.Dialogshavebeenupdatedwithanewlookandfeel,and
havebeenredesignedtooptimizetheaccesstocontrols.
*

Mac&PCcompatible.ChiefArchitectcanbeinstalledandrunnativelyeitheronMac
orWindowsoperatingsystemswithasinglelicense.
*

64bitversion.The64bitversionismoreefficientinmanagingmemoryandyouwill
seebetterperformanceonlargerplanfiles.A32bitversionisavailableandwillalso
runon64bitoperatingsystems.
*

SupportforMultipleMonitors.Tabbedviewwindowscanbetornorundockedfrom
mainuserinterfaceandmovedbetweenmonitorsindependently.
*

CustomizableToolbars.Modifythetoolbartomatchyourworkstyle.Addand
removebuttons,createtoolbargroupings,dockandundocktoolbars.CreateToolbar
Sets.Usethesearchbartoquicklylocatebuttons.
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ToolbarSets.Acollectionoftoolsonatoolbarsetorganizedbydiscipline:Default,
Terrain,Kitchen&Bath,SpacePlanning,andMechanicalElectricalPlumbing.

ExcludesTerrain,
SpacePlanning,and
MEPtoolbars
ExcludesSpace
Planning,MEP,
Kitchen&Bath
toolbars
ExcludesKitchen&
BathandMEP
toolbars
ToolPalettes.Easilyaccessallofthechildtoolsfortheselectedparenttoolthrough
thestaticToolbarPalette.
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DialogsRememberLastPosition.Locationandsizeofdialogscanberetainedforthe
nexttimetheyareaccessed.
*

RenderedPreviewsinDialogs.View,rotate,andspinpreviewsof3Dobjectsin
specificationdialogstogetabettersenseoftheirattributeswhilemaking
modifications.
*

CustomizableHotkeys.Assignandchangeshortcutkeymapping.SetupSequential
Hotkeys.Assigncombinationsofkeystrokes,upto4,tobeusedsequentiallyas
shortcutstotools.
*

UseGesturestoNavigate.ForMacTrackpadusers,gesturessuchasPanningand
Zooming,canbeusedtonavigateinaview.
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SpecifyPreferences&Defaults.SetupPreferencesfordisplayandeditingtoolsto
customizetheinterfacetoyourneeds.Specifydefaultsmostarchitecturalelements.

ImprovedDirectoryNavigationthroughPreferences.Easilyviewandaccessthe
locationoffilesstoredandreferencedthroughChiefArchitectinthePreferences
dialog.
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VirtualGraphPaperdisplay.Adjustgridtodisplayareferenceinanyincrement,
greatformodulardesign,spaceplanning,andasanindicationofscale.

AutoArchive.SetAutoArchivePreferencetoschedulehowfrequentlyprojectsare
backeduptoanarchivefile.
LimitedControls
REScheckSupport.ExportenergycalculationstoU.S.DepartmentofEnergys
RESchecksoftware.
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ChiefVieweraFreedownloadableviewer.Viewandannotate3Dcameraviews
andVirtualTours.

Support&SoftwareAssurance.Updates,MajorReleasesandNewVersions,Priority
TechnicalSupport,Over500OnlineTrainingVideoaccess,DownloadLibraryCatalogs
access,DiscountedTrainingSeminars,DiscountsonSecondaryLicenses.
N/A
ImprovedActivate/DeactivateOptions.DeactivatealicenseremotelyfromyourChief
Architectonlineaccount.
*

30DaySatisfactionGuarantee.Ifyouarenotcompletelysatisfied,ChiefArchitect,
Inc.willgladlyrefundyourpurchasepricewithin30daysofpurchase.

*Denotesneworimprovedfeatures. 16 LastUpdatedApril2014