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Power Tip: Create an Amenity RefNote with an Assigned SketchUp Component

Feature: Create an Amenity RefNote with an Assigned SketchUp Component

Were you aware that our manufacturer blocks are automatically associated with SketchUp components for when you export and import your design to 3D? Did you know you can also assign SketchUp components to your own custom RefNote amenity blocks when adding them to the system? Watch this short video to learn how!

 

Visit our Reference Note, SketchUp Amenity, and Save Block documentation sections.

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Power Tip: Enhancing Plants in a SketchUp Scene

Feature: Enhancing Plants in a SketchUp Scene

 

Want to use a SketchUp model to show off your design in 3D? This Power Tip demonstrates how to quickly set up high-quality "scenes" that will provide visually striking close-ups of specific parts of your design. Because these scenes will only affect the localized areas they depict, they won’t bog down the processing speed of the file as a whole. Pick up some valuable tips on setting up your model for these views while making everything look sharp and keeping your file responsive.

 

 

Visit our Land F/X SketchUp Connection documentation section.

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Power Tip: SketchUp Performance Tips

Feature: SketchUp Performance Tips

When you're trying to model a large plan with the Land F/X SketchUp Connection, the number of trees can sometimes bring your computer to a grinding halt. Free up the lag with these tips to get back up to working speed.

 

Visit our SketchUp Connection documentation section.

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Power Tip: Assign a Custom Sketchup Component to a Plant

Feature: Assign a Custom Sketchup Component to a Plant

Want to make your SketchUp models as realistic as possible? If so, you'll need to assign your own highly realistic tree components to the plants you specify. This Power Tip will walk you through where and how to to save your components, as well as how to assign them to your plants.

 

Visit our Sketchup documentation section, and get started with our Sketchup workflow webinars. You can also find some of our recommended sources on this page.

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Power Tip: Section Cut Details from Sketchup

Feature: Section Cut Details from Sketchup

Save time on detail edits by adding SketchUp into the mix. Keep your details of structures, fences, and other features accurate by using SketchUp. Make them easy to read by using AutoCAD linework and Land F/X annotations that match your standards.

 

Visit our Save Details documentation section for more on the detail saving tools within AutoCAD and Land F/X.

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Power Tip: Importing And Exporting Plants To SketchUp

Feature: SketchUp Plugin-Importing and Exporting design

Land F/X offers a seamless connection between SketchUp and CAD through the SketchUp Connection tool. Accessed in CAD, this feature allows you to export a CAD design and an associated Land F/X project into SketchUp. Watch as we go over how to Import and Export your design between AutoCAD and SketchUp.

Visit our SketchUp documentation section.

 

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Power Tip: Spline Support

Feature: Spline Support

Suggested by: John Vann of LandTech Design.

Here is a Land F/X Power Tip, suggested by a user through a support ticket.  Land F/X now offers Spline Support when converting a 2D drawing into a SketchUp model. Using the Land F/X SketchUp connection, create closed faces out of Splines with the click of a button. Let me show you how! 

 

1 Create a layer for your linework to go on.

2 Create your spline or apply current spline to the layer you have created.

3 Use the SketchUp Connection tool to send a specific layer over to SketchUp

4 Open SketchUp and assign the correct project folder.

5 Using the Import Layer function, select the desired layer and Land F/X will automatically import your layers and create closed faces for manipulation.

 

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Power Tip: Import Layer

 

Features: Send Layer, Import Layer

Suggested by: Amanda Berry, HKLA

Ever struggle with bringing your AutoCAD base file into SketchUp?  Suggested by Land F/X Power User, Amanda Berry, the import layer feature does the hard work for you.  Here is how it works:

    1. After double checking your ucs and units are matching, select send layer from the SU Connection.  
    2. Select each layer that you would like to send.  
    3. After each layer is sent, the layer is temporarily turned off, to eliminate any chance of duplication.
    4. Once in SketchUp, verify that you have the correct project selected.  
    5. Then start importing layers one by one

The line work is imported as an edge, so be sure your lines are closed in AutoCAD first.  When closed, surfaces will be created, so you can start pulling up your vertical elements.  The import layer feature respects layers, so you maintain control of your layer organization when modeling.

Ready to send your design into SketchUp?  Try the import layer feature found in the Land F/X SketchUp Connection, so you can start modeling more quickly.  You may think it’s magic.  It’s really Land F/X.

This is another power tip brought to you by your friends at the Land F/X Labs.  We are here to make your workflow more efficient, so you can spend less time documenting and more time… modeling.

 

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Power Tip: SketchUp Concept Lines

 

Hello! Welcome to another Power Tip by your friends here in the Land F/X Labs. This week’s power tip was inspired by Land F/X user Chris Lazarek on the use of Concept Lines. We thought we’d save him some time, so we rolled the feature right into our SketchUp toolbar.  

 

 

Here’s how it works:

1. From the SketchUp toolbar, select the Concept Line icon.

2. You will see several line types to choose from.

3. Pick the one you find most enticing, then select your favorite color.

4. A single block will appear that you are able to scale. The scale you set for this first component will determine the size of all of the remaining components.

5. Move your cursor to determine the direction of the line

6. Start drawing

7. Notice that the line will cut through slopes, until you pick a point along the slope. Then, the concept line will actually follow the slope.

8. When your done, click enter and select your arrow.

9. The concept line is now a group of components that are editable. Triple click and you will see that global edits can be made.

Each line is it’s own group of component, so you have the flexibility to edit each line independently. Give it a try! We’d love to see what you do with this feature.

This is another Power Tip brought you by your friends at the Land F/X Labs. We’re here to make your workflow more efficient, so you can spend less time documenting and more time dreaming.

 

Learn more about the Concept Line feature in our documentation section, here.

 


Image: Chris Lazarek's profile on Land8 courtesy of Cooper Carry

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