Here’s my wish list, in no real order of priority, and no expectation of quick (or any) implementation, and some might even be ridiculous:
- 1. Show application rate along with total flow with the Highlight Station button. I’m constantly comparing the app rates of various areas, which requires a valve, pipe, and pipe sizing before I can click on the “Analysis” button to get the app rate.
- 2. MP Rotators: Allow use of 30 psi heads when first setting up a project, instead of manually setting the design pressure and editing each head’s text to show PRS30 heads, etc. Allow a lot more MP’s than currently allowed—sometimes I need multiple pop-up heights and multiple pressures, and I’ve run into the “max number of this head type allowed” message.
- 3. Show reduced flow as well as radius on MP rotators. Might be a good idea for other nozzle types, too, if that’s even possible.
- 4. Irrigation schedule/more on the MP Rotators. If you allow setting up 30 psi MPs at the beginning, would this mean that the heads, when listed in a spreadsheet schedule, would be grouped together? Currently, 30- and 40-psi heads are jumbled together. I have to move them around to get proper totals. I do LOTS of material take-offs for my clients.
- 5. Critical analysis: show the critical station flow as well as the pressure.
- 6. When reducing symbol sizes in Preferences, have that include other items, like pipe hops, pipe size and valve call-outs, etc. I reduce symbol sizes to reduce drawing clutter without having to scale the drawing smaller. Big pipe hops (comparatively) look weird, and big valve call-outs get in the way of things.
- 7. Also, when setting a custom symbol size, have it stick with only the drawing you’re working on. It’s a pain to set 70% reduced heads on a 20-scale drawing, then move to a 10-scale drawing which I set at 100%, only to find I’ve laid out a few dozen heads reduced in size.
- 8. Symbols with text don’t properly reduce, so I have to manually scale them.
- 9. When piping and forming a perpendicular (tee) connection, the system will sometimes suck over the pipe to the end of the pipe I’m about to connect, ruining my perfectly orthogonal layout. Can this be fixed?
- 10. Matchlines: Have the matchline text appear at the midpoint of the match line (instead of the originating end), on the clear side of the bubble (instead of ON the line).
- 11. I often use small drip line areas with application rates similar to spray zones (.9gph x 12” x 12” is about 1.5”/hr, same as a typical fixed spray zone) and connect them together, to save a control valve when irrigating an annoying 10’ x 2’ strip, for example. When I do this, and size a spray zone, the check arcs on all heads all get highlighted by a Layer 0 entity, which I have to delete. This little trick solves many problems with areas too small for sprayheads, and dedicating an entire control valve to a 1gph zone is excessive.
There you have it! Land FX is great, so even if none of these ever happen, it’s still the best irrigation design program ever. Thanks for looking.