How to Download and Install Chief Architect X5 Bonus Catalogs
If you are a user of Chief Architect X5, you may want to enhance your design capabilities with the bonus catalogs that are available for download from the Chief Architect website. Bonus catalogs are collections of additional library objects that can be used in your plans, such as furniture, appliances, lighting, landscaping, and more. Some bonus catalogs are free, while others require active Support & Software Assurance (SSA) or a purchase fee.
In this article, we will show you how to download and install the bonus catalogs for Chief Architect X5 using two methods: using the Chief Architect website or using the Library Browser within the software.
Method 1: Using the Chief Architect Website
Launch your web browser and navigate to: https://www.chiefarchitect.com/.
Click on My Account in the top right corner of the webpage.
Enter your e-mail address and password, then click SIGN IN. Note: If you cannot remember your password, click on Forgot My Password to reset your password.
Once you have signed in, mouse over the Chief Architect tab at the top and select Catalog Downloads to access the 3D Library webpage. You can also get to the 3D Library webpage from within the software by navigating to Library> Get Additional Content Online from the menu.
Catalogs with Free next to the download arrow do not require SSA and are free to download. Catalogs with SSA next to the download arrow require active Support & Software Assurance (SSA) to download. Note: If your Support & Software Assurance is not active, please contact our Sales team . Catalogs with a dollar amount (e.g. $3.99) listed are for Home Designer and Chief Architect users that don't have SSA, but want access to catalogs that are typically only available to SSA users. Place your mouse cursor over the Info symbol for a summary of details.
Click on the catalog thumbnail image to go to the full overview of the catalog. Feel free to Like the catalog if you think it is as described, of good quality, and worth recommending to others.
To download a bonus or manufacturer catalog, click on the Download Arrow symbol or the Download button. You will be prompted to select a version. Click on the Chief Architect X5 version you want to download the catalog for.
Depending on your web browser, you will be prompted to either Open or Save the .calibz file. Choose Open if you want to install the catalog immediately, or Save if you want to install it later.
If you choose Open, the catalog will be automatically installed in your Library Browser and a confirmation message will display. Click OK.
If you choose Save, make a note of where you save the .calibz file on your computer. To install it later, launch Chief Architect X5 and select Library> Import Library from the menu. Browse to the location of the .calibz file and click Open. The catalog will be installed in your Library Browser and a confirmation message will display. Click OK.
Method 2: Using the Library Browser
Launch Chief Architect X5 and create a New Plan or open an existing one.
Select Library> Update Library Catalogs from the menu. This will check for any updates for your installed catalogs and download them automatically.
Select Library> Get Additional Content Online from the menu. This will open your web browser and take you to the 3D Library webpage.
Follow steps 5-10 from Method 1 above to download and install the bonus catalogs of your choice.
We hope this article has helped you learn how to download and install the bonus catalogs for Chief Architect X5. For more information on how to use the library objects in your plans, please refer to the Help menu within the software or visit our Knowledge Base at https://www.chiefarchitect.com/support/. aa16f39245