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Chief Architect X8: New Step-by-Step Training Book

Residential Design Using Chief Architect X8

Terry Munson has come out with yet another useful guidebook for those who want to learn to use Chief Architect X8, the most recent version of the great Chief Architect Premiere professional 3D modeling software.  This is the software I have been using in my 3D rendering and home visualization work since 2007.  I and many others have found Terry’s books extremely helpful in getting the most out of a complex piece of software, so I’m happy to publicize his latest version.

Here’s what the new book has to offer (in Terry’s words):


Residential Design Using Chief Architect X8 book

Terry Munson’s latest step-by-step guide, available on Amazon.com

First off, I want to thank all of you that have continued to buy my books, year after year. Because of your patronage, I have continued to write the Chief Architect Step By Step Learning Books. This began with Chief Architect X3 and has continued to X8. I have also written 3 advanced books and a roof book, all still available for sale.

“Residential Design Using Chief Architect X8” is now available for sale!  This is the latest addition to the Chief Architect Step By Step Learning Books. What can I say? After countless hours of research and writing, I believe this is my best work yet! Not only does this book include all of the new tools and enhancements of Chief Architect X8, it also includes a different home design project than that used in any of my previous books.  Unfortunately, the price for the book is going up, slightly. Sorry about that, but its the same old story you’ve heard before, costs go up, so price has to go up. But read on to see the extra value you will be getting with the DVD that is included with each book.

Residential Design Using Chief Architect X8 DVD

Chief Architect X8 Workbook and a New Study Guide Included

I have really loaded this DVD. It now includes the X8 Workbook (a $40 value), and a new Study Guide (easily a $40 value). The Workbook has been rewritten and includes additional projects. The Workbook not only solidifies the user’s ability to use Chief Architect proficiently but also presents new tools and concepts through numerous step by step projects. I wrote the Study Guide because of several requests from teachers who teach Chief Architect. They wanted a more condensed version of my main book in order for their students to learn more quickly due to time restraints. So the Study Guide takes you quickly through laying out a floor plan, adding floors, adding a roof and decks, and touches a little on interior design.

Residential Design Using Chief Architect X8 project example

A Great Value for 3 Books in One

Even though you will now get “Residential Design Using Chief Architect X8” plus the workbook, plus the Study Guide, the price is only $74.95! But hurry! Only a limited number of books were published in the first printing. The price will need to go up for future printings of the book.


You can learn more about all of Terry Munson’s Chief Architect Step By Step Tutorial Learning Books at www.chiefapprentice.com.


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“Learning Chief Architect X4 Step by Step”

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Start the New Year off right:  Learn something!

Today I’m featuring a guest post by Chief Architect software user and author Terry Munson.  Terry’s latest book for Chief Architect, “Learning Chief Architect X4 Step by Step,” has recently been published and is available at www.chiefapprentice.com/Downloads.html.


Terry says:

Learning Chief Architect X4 Step by StepMy first book, Learning Chief Architect Step by Step, was based on Chief Architect X3. I then decided to write a new book focusing on the more recent version, X4 [released in July 2011], so that all the new features and enhancements could be included. So I now have two books for CA out, all in one year!  And I’ve almost finished a third book, Becoming a Chief Architect X4 Expert Step by Step, which I hope to publish by March 2012.

My intent with these books was to provide myself with readily available reference material on how to use the different tools and functions of Chief Architect software.  I kept forgetting how to do certain processes and was always spending time searching for answers in Chief’s help materials.  I’m a draftsman, not a writer, but as I got more and more into writing the book, I realized that others might appreciate something like this as well, which gave me even more incentive to keep writing.

The book is a step-by-step tutorial that takes the user from setting up defaults and templates to actually designing a house from start to finish. The user will draw a floor plan for a 2-story house, add cabinets, fixtures, appliances, stairs, roof, dormers, floor and ceiling platforms, foundation, site plan, terrain features, and whatever else is necessary for a complete home design. The book takes the user from setting up construction documents to presenting the model in 3D. They work with materials, trim and moldings, etc. It is a complete and comprehensive book for beginning and intermediate level users.

Material for the book came from various sources, such as Architectural Design Presentations (by Donald A. Totter), Working with Chief Architect (by Star Training Institute), CA’s reference manual and training videos, as well as from my own experience with using the software for the past 7 years.

After a frustrating search for a publisher, I decided to self-publish the book through Gorham Printing. The books are very high quality print (black and white), with a very secure binding — good quality work.

The softcover book comes with a CD that contains a PDF of the book (in full color), and includes the files needed for the exercises.  Both books are also available in e-book format. One nice thing about the e-book is that I was able to price it much lower than the softcover book.

When the first book became available, I got a rush of orders and was pretty excited. I got nothing but positive feedback for the book. Then Chief Architect’s academic dealer, Debbie Gray of Gray Technologies, called me.  She sounded even more excited than I was about the book. She told me that it was just what the academic market — high school and college teachers — needed to teach CA to their home design and drafting classes.  Because of her efforts, my book is now used in home design classes throughout the U.S. She also got me hooked up with CA’s authorized academic dealers, who are marketing the book.

I created a website, www.chiefapprentice.com, to help market the books, and plan to add an affiliate program as another method of marketing.  This is a very selective market, so it’s important to get the word out that these books are available.  If you have questions about the book, you can contact me directly at (253) 852-4022 or terrymunson2@msn.com.


Thanks, Terry. If you’re a Chief Architect user or student, I strongly encourage you to visit Terry’s website, www.chiefapprentice.com, to buy his book, and please spread the word to any other Chief users you know. If you’re already familiar with Terry’s books, please leave a review here in the Comments to assist others who are searching for help with learning Chief Architect.


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