Chief Architect X2 Step by Step Series

Chief Architect X2 Step by Step Series

Recorded Series Online and On DVD

Discover the best ways to use Chief Architect to create great plans in as little as 30 hours with this complete online training series.

Produced and recorded by verteran Chief Architect user and trainer Dan Baumann you get immediate access to this 15 part, fully indexed online series. Members can simply login and access each workshop at any time.

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   15 Full Indexed Chief Architect Workshops

  1. Chief Architect X2 TrainingSetting Up Chief the Right Way!
  2. Templates, Libraries and Quick Tips
  3. Layout Plans the Right Way
  4. Draw Your Plans Like You Build Them
  5. Setting Up 3D Models That Stay Put
  6. Configure Elements In Your Plan
  7. Drawing Shortcuts With The CAD Tools
  8. How to Make Automatic Roofs Do More
  9. Using Manual Roofs To Get More Done
  10. Creating Exteriors That Stand Out
  11. Add Details To Make Your Plans Stand Out
  12. Renderings That Sell The Job
  13. Create 3D Structural Views
  14. Using Layers To Create your Details
  15. Assembling Your Plans 

    Chief Architect X1 Workshop
Downloads and Other Links:
  • Zoomit - The tool I use to zoom and draw on the screen.
  • Google 3D Warehouse- Search andfind SketchUp symbols. Download the Sketchup model (skp) and drag it onto your Chief X1 and X2 screen for great, detailed symbols.
  • Laptop Stand to use while measuring the As-built. LaptopTripods.com. Get the Ultra version. Cost is $150 plus shipping. It's worth every penny!

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X2 Workshop Index

Chief Architect X2 Recorded Training Series

1. Introduction
1 hour 41 minutes, Play Video - Fixed Left Index or Hidden Index

  1. Introduction
  2. Zoomit - Screen Drawing Tool Download
  3. X2 Webinar Course Description
  4. User Poll - 3 Questions
  5. Welcome to the X2 Training Series
  6. Dan Baumann's History
  7. What is Chief - 4 Programs in 1
  8. What Chief Does as You Draw
  9. The many Functions of Your Mouse
  10. Mouse - Left Button Function
  11. Mouse - Right Button Function
  12. Mouse - Scroll Wheel Function
  13. Tool & Icon - Changing & Navigating
  14. Temp Dimensions & Line Weight
  15. Layer Painter Tool - Add to Toolbar
  16. Paste & Hold Position - Add to Toolbar
  17. Library Browser - Customizing
  18. Preferences - Settings
  19. Default Settings
  20. Fonts & Arrows - Setting the Default
  21. Functions in the Program
  22. CAD - Snap Tools
  23. What it Does - Creates Boxes
  24. Boxes - 2D to 3D and Back
  25. CAD Tools - Important Functions
  26. Point to Point Snap - CAD Tools
  27. Multiple Copy - CAD Tools
  28. Trim and Extend - CAD Tools
  29. Edit Object Parts - CAD Tools
  30. Transform/Replicate - CAD Tools
  31. Move Objects with the TAB Key
  32. Number style
  33. Reflect About Object
  34. Offset Object Function
  35. Expand or Reduce a Building
  36. Layers and Layersets - Overview
  37. Open Below - Q&A
  38. Templates - Moving to Another Computer - Q&A
  39. Toolbars - Rearrange and Add Icons - Q&A
  40. AsBuilts - Working with Layers - Q&A
  41. Walls - Drawing Continuous Over Walls - Q&A

2. Saving, File Management, Templates, Symbols, Text, Callouts
1 hour 58 minutes, Play Video -  Fixed Left Index or Hidden Index

  1. Introduction
  2. Topics for this Session
  3. Saving a Plan & File Management
  4. Saving Your Plan
  5. File Extensions - Turning On
  6. Saving Plans to a New Folder
  7. Default Directory Settings
  8. Archive Plans in Chief
  9. Undo Function Settings
  10. Layout Page Link to a Plan
  11. Save As - Making Copies
  12. Save As Versus Export Entire Plan
  13. Templates
  14. Templates from a Current Plan
  15. Templates Supplied with Chief
  16. Setting the Plan Information
  17. Cameras in Chief
  18. Vector View versus Render View
  19. Changing Material Colors
  20. Toggle Low Detail Mode
  21. Cross Section Slider
  22. Types of Views Available
  23. Cross Section Cameras
  24. Library Browser
  25. Symbols from Google 3D Warehouse
  26. Symbols at Chief Architect
  27. Backdrops
  28. CAD Details
  29. Text and Callouts
  30. Text - Copy &  Paste Word & Excel
  31. Text - Copy & Paste from a Detail
  32. Callouts
  33. Elevation Markers
  34. Best Undo Settings Q&A
  35. Default Dimensions Surface Q&A
  36. Menu Setup Q&A
  37. Callout Arrows Q&A
  38. Do Formulas from a Spreadsheet Transfer Q&A

3. Dimensioning, Starting a Plan, As-Built Versus New Process
1 hour 57 minutes, Play VideoFixed Left Index or Hidden Index

Here are two webinars related to the As-Built Process:

Creating the As-Built Plan - Process and Procedures
Creating the As-Built Drawing Using Chief Architect

  1. Introduction
  2. Topics for this Session
  3. Dimensioning Overview
  4. Basics of Dimensioning a Plan
  5. Dimension Dialog Explanation
  6. Dimension - Locate Objects
  7. Auto Dimension
  8. Dimensioning Goals
  9. Dimensioning - Function
  10. Dimensioning - Process
  11. Dimension - Screen Pixels
  12. Goal - Remove Fractions
  13. Temporary Dimensions
  14. Add & Remove Dimensions
  15. Dimension Wall Bump Outs
  16. Adding Manual Dimensions
  17. Deleting Dimensions
  18. End to End Dimension
  19. Angular Dimensions
  20. Interior Dimensions
  21. Point to Point Dimension
  22. Baseline Dimension
  23. Centerline Dimension
  24. Dimension Kitchen Window
  25. Move & Resize a Sink
  26. Show Casing
  27. Delete Groups of Items
  28. Dimension in Elevation
  29. Elevations to CAD
  30. Moving Dimension Numbers
  31. Dimension a Deck
  32. Dimension Floor to Floor
  33. Doing Final Dimensions
  34. Starting a Plan Overview
  35. List Plan Views Needed
  36. Set Basic Defaults
  37. Sketch Ideas
  38. Start with a Cross Section
  39. Summary - Starting a Plan
  40. As-Build versus New
  41. Types of CAD Boxes Q&A

4. Walls and Rooms
1 hour 48 minutes, Play Video
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  1. Introduction
  2. What is a Wall
  3. Layout Walls - Right Mouse Button
  4. Same Wall Type Handle
  5. Angle Snaps - On/Off
  6. Draw Walls Clockwise
  7. Room Names - Effect on Model
  8. Double Click to Open Dialog
  9. Creating Room Types
  10. Connect Corner Tool
  11. Room Names - Function
  12. Room Name Attic
  13. Q&A - Attics, Invisible & Knee Walls
  14. Working with Walls
  15. Multi Angled Rooms
  16. Curved & Round Rooms
  17. Copying Walls
  18. Working with Walls - cont'd
  19. Wall Materials
  20. Defining Wall Layers
  21. Wall Fill Style
  22. Interior Wall Materials
  23. Main Layers
  24. Change Ext to Int Wall - Q&A
  25. Cathedral Ceiling - Q&A
  26. Window Between 2 Floors - Q&A

5. Platforms, Pony Walls, Stairs
1 hour 58 minutes, Play Video -  Fixed Left Index or Hidden Index

  1. Introduction
  2. Setting Floor Defaults
  3. Setting Platform Heights
  4. Adding Rooms
  5. Select Same Type Tool
  6. Changing Platform Thickness
  7. Creating Foundations
  8. Adjusting Foundation Heights
  9. Foundation - Crawl Space
  10. Foundation Walk Out Footing
  11. Monolithic Foundations
  12. Polyline Union
  13. Pony Walls In a Foundation
  14. Using Slab Tool with Pony Walls
  15. First Floor Pony Wall
  16. Creating Garage Foundations
  17. Double Walls
  18. Foundation Furred Double Wall
  19. Other Double Walls
  20. Adding a Deck
  21. Stairs
  22. 2 Story Entry - Open Below
  23. Starter Treads
  24. Adding Landings and Winders
  25. Ledge with Molding Line Q&A 

6. Windows, Doors and Cabinets
1 hour 56 minutes, Play VideoFixed Left Index or Hidden Index

  1. Introduction
  2. Setting Your Defaults
  3. Adding Different Door Styles
  4. Door Specifications
  5. Window Sizing
  6. Door and Window Labels
  7. Door and Window Schedules
  8. Show Both New & Existing Windows
  9. Creating Stacked & Corner Windows
  10. Adding Side Lites to Doors
  11. Creating Bay Windows
  12. Custom Shaped Windows
  13. Adding Lites to Windows
  14. Setting Cabinet Defaults
  15. Working with Cabinet Fronts
  16. Wall Cabinets
  17. Adding Fixtures to Cabinets
  18. Q&A - Recessed Cabinet in Knee Wall
  19. Adding Countertops
  20. Using Callouts
  21. Q&A - Adding Oven & Microwave
  22. Q&A - Tile Your Viewing Windows

7. Chief CAD Tools
2 hours 3 minutes, Play Video
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  1. Introduction
  2. X Y Z Plane in CAD
  3. When to Use Chief CAD Tools
  4. Working with Camera Views
  5. Auto Detail Tool
  6. Line Weights
  7. How CAD Behaves in Chief
  8. Concentric Tool
  9. Fillet Tool
  10. Edit Polyline Parts Tool
  11. CAD Tools Menu
  12. Tab Key To Move Items
  13. Convert Polyline
  14. Layer Painter
  15. Convert to Spline
  16. Create Line Style
  17. CAD Block Management
  18. Fillet & Chamfer Tools
  19. Convert Line to Arc Tool
  20. Trim & Extend & Copy Tools
  21. Break Tool
  22. Point to Point Move
  23. Parallel and Perpendicular
  24. Snap Settings
  25. Draw a Cross Section
  26. Multiple Copy Tool
  27. Move CAD Items to Front/Back
  28. Add Framing Details
  29. Rafter at Specific Angle
  30. Copy and Reflect
  31. Make Block - Add To Library
  32. Setting Line Weights
  33. Adding CAD Details to a Library
  34. Rich vs Regular Text Q&A
  35. Auto Detail in Section Q&A
  36. Export to CAD Q&A
  37. Adding Icons to Toolbar Q&A
  38. Insulation Hatch Pattern Q&A
  39. Creating Rafter Tails Q&A
  40. Glass Doors on Cabinets Q&A

8. Roofs - Part 1
2 hours 3 minutes, Play VideoFixed Left Index or Hidden Index

  1. Introduction
  2. Why Are Roofs So Confusing?
  3. What is a Roof Plane?
  4. Starting the Roof
  5. Edit All Roof Planes Tool
  6. Adjusting Auto Roofs
  7. Adjusting Baseline Height
  8. Roof Settings in Wall Specification
  9. Raise Off Plate
  10. What the Auto Roof Tool Does Not Do
  11. Key Features in Auto Roof Menu
  12. How to Get Better Roof Results
  13. Add Settings to Wall Sections
  14. Add Different Roof Pitches
  15. Use Temporary Ceiling Heights
  16. Add Automatic Returns
  17. Auto Dormer Settings
  18. Using Lower Wall Type
  19. Adding Auto Frieze Boards
  20. Working with Rafter Tails
  21. Making Changes to Roof Plan
  22. Framing on Materials List Q&A
  23. Birds Mouth Q&A
  24. C Cut Rafters Q&A

9. Roofs - Part 2
1 hours 57 minutes, Play VideoFixed Left Index or Hidden Index

  1. Introduction
  2. Manual Roofs are Faster
  3. Recommended Plan Procedure
  4. Roof Plane - Overview
  5. Tools Used to Edit Roofs
  6. Things to Know about Roofs
  7. Join Tool Overview
  8. Ceiling Planes & Roof Symbols
  9. Adding Manual Roof Planes
  10. Create a Dutch Gable
  11. Moving a Roof Plane in 3D
  12. Creating Valleys
  13. Turn Off Auto Attic Walls
  14. Valleys - Continued
  15. Add Gable Manually
  16. Understand Baseline Height
  17. Making Roof Move Decisions
  18. Joining Ridge to Fascia
  19. Creating a Mansard Roof
  20. Eliminate Beam on Deck - Q&A
  21. Fillet Tool to Fix Roof Edges
  22. 1-1/2 Story Roof
  23. 1st Floor Joins 2nd Floor Roof
  24. Creating a Vaulted Ceiling
  25. Adding a Scissors Truss
  26. Adding a Manual Dormer
  27. Dormer Side Walls - Dotted Lines
  28. Manual Shed Dormer
  29. Set Walls Back to Default - Q&A
  30. Clear Story Wall - Q&A

10. Importing and Terrain
1 hours 35 minutes, Play Video
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  1. Introduction
  2. Importing CAD Files
  3. Cleaning Up Imported CAD Files
  4. Q&A - Rotate Around a Reference Point
  5. Q&A - Importing a Plot Plan
  6. Importing Pictures
  7. Tracing Over a Plot Plan
  8. Creating a Plan Footprint
  9. Draw Plot Plan Using Coordinates
  10. Q&A - Terrain Perimeter
  11. Creating 3D Terrain
  12. Creating Terrain Contours
  13. Adding a Retaining Wall
  14. Creating a Window Well
  15. Adding a Fence
  16. Completing the Deck
  17. Adding Roads & Sidewalks
  18. Creating a Flower Garden
  19. Q&A - Mulch to Garden
  20. Adding Images to Your Plan
  21. Q&A - Sending Plans

11. 3D Slabs and Moldings
2 hours 10 minutes, Play VideoFixed Left Index or Hidden Index

  1. Introduction
  2. Slabs are 3D Objects
  3. All 2D CAD Items can Become 3D
  4. Corner Boards
  5. Adding Quoins
  6. Painting Material on Ext. Walls
  7. 3D Slab Examples
  8. Slabs on an Elevation
  9. Chimney with a Slab
  10. Ceiling Beams
  11. Ceiling Soffits & Ductwork
  12. Ceiling Beams with Crown
  13. Custom Backsplash
  14. Tile and Grout Backsplash
  15. Entry Columns
  16. Tapered Column
  17. Curved Ceiling
  18. Molding Polylines
  19. Post Footing
  20. Crown Moldings
  21. 3D Logs
  22. Adding a Room Molding Polyline
  23. Shower Pan out of Solids
  24. Nook in a Wall
  25. Explode a CAD Detail
  26. Rim Boards and Soldier Course
  27. Double Angle on a Chimney
  28. Continuous Sill on Door/Window
  29. Selecting Automatic Roof Moldings
  30. 3D Molding Polyline

12. Lighting, Electrical and Rendering
2 hours 1 minutes, Play Video - Fixed Left Index or Hidden Index

  1. Introduction
  2. Electrical in the As-Built
  3. Existing Versus New Electrical
  4. Adding Electrical Items to a Plan
  5. Auto 3 Way Switching
  6. Copy and Paste Electrical Items
  7. 2D and 3D Electrical Options
  8. Rendering Introduction
  9. Rendering Dialog Explanation
  10. Test the Video Card Speed
  11. Material Reflectivity
  12. Interior Lighting
  13. Turn Lighting On and Off
  14. Lightening the Ceiling
  15. Light Maximum
  16. Raytrace Test Rendering
  17. Doing Fast 3D Views
  18. Rendering View Techniques
  19. Exterior Rendering
  20. Images in Render View
  21. Low Detail Mode
  22. Controlling the Sun Angle
  23. Backdrops
  24. Saving Render Views
  25. Print Views to PDF
  26. Adjusting Materials
  27. Fascia Not Showing Up
  28. Terrain Grass Material
  29. Neighbors House as Backdrop
  30. Summary 

13. 2D and 3D Framing
2 hours 1 minutes, Play Video - Fixed Left Index or Hidden Index
Handouts Available
Sample Plans Available

  1. Introduction 
  2. Methods to Detail a Plan 
  3. Sample Plan Overview 
  4. Solid White CAD Framing Boxes 
  5. Chief is Not a Structural Program 
  6. What are the Framing Tools 
  7. Setting Framing Defaults 
  8. Framing Tips to be Aware of 
  9. Floor Trusses and Joists 
  10. Wall Framing 
  11. As-Built Showing New Framing 
  12. Roof Framing and Trusses 
  13. "I" Beams and Posts 
  14. Framing for a Deck 
  15. Quick Section from the Model 
  16. Details from the Library 
  17. Install Detail Library 
  18. Overhang on a Gambrel Roof Q&A

14. Layers and Layer Sets
2 hours 1 minutes, Play Video - Fixed Left Index or Hidden Index
Handouts Available

  1. Introduction 
  2. Open Handout for Class 
  3. What are Layers 
  4. What Not To Do With Layers 
  5. Correctly Using Layers 
  6. Layer Display Options 
  7. Layer Definition Dialog 
  8. Modify All Layer Sets 
  9. Layer Dialog Details 
  10. Everything is Controlled by Layers 
  11. Line Weight 
  12. Sorting and Controlling Lines 
  13. Using & Adding Custom Line Styles 
  14. Where Line Style Starts 
  15. Finding Errors in a Plan 
  16. Invisible Walls - As-Built Walls 
  17. Setting the Current CAD Layer 
  18. Adding Text to Default Layer 
  19. Adding Groups of Items to a Layer 
  20. Adding Walls to Layers 
  21. Existing Versus New Electrical 
  22. Create a Plan with Future Rooms 
  23. Setting Up Layers and Sets 
  24. 1 Plan, 5 Different Views 
  25. Reference Display Layer set 
  26. Saved Cameras Layer 
  27. Dotted Ceiling Lines 
  28. Creating a Layer Set 
  29. Adding a Layer Set to a Layout 
  30. Exporting and Importing Layers 
  31. Paste and Hold Position Rules 
  32. Setting Default Layers for Text, Etc.

15. Layout Pages and Working Drawings
2 hours 1 minutes, Play Video - Fixed Left Index or Hidden Index
Handouts Available

  1. Introduction 
  2. What is a Layout Page 
  3. Things to Know About a Layout 
  4. Linking Views to the Files 
  5. Zip & Send Plans & Layout 
  6. Copy Views on the Layout 
  7. Layers on Views on the Layout 
  8. Add & Remove Pages 
  9. Layout Page Layers 
  10. Master Border Page 
  11. Setting Page Size on Layout 
  12. Insert Page Number Macro 
  13. Plan Disclaimers 
  14. Adding Library Details 
  15. What Goes on a Layout 
  16. Lines on the Layout 
  17. Floorplans on the Layout 
  18. Setting Scale for Views 
  19. Set Dimension Size Scale 
  20. Moving Views in a Layout
  21. Link Views from Other Plans 
  22. CAD Details on the Layout 
  23. Camera Views 
  24. Editing 3D Camera Lines 
  25. Elevation & Cross Section Views 
  26. Auto Detailing a Section 
  27. Pictures and Render Views 
  28. Creating 2 Sizes of Prints 
  29. Print to PDF