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Copy Plants Along a Path (Polyline, Line, or Arc)

With our Copy tools, you can copy any plant in your drawing and arrange the duplicates into a customized line, arc, or polyline. We've added some commands that allow you to fine-tune your plant spacing in a dialog box and with keyboard commands.

You can use our Array Plants tools to copy plants in an arrayed pattern. You can also copy a group of plants into a mirrored arrangement using our Plant Mirror tool.

Copy Along a Polyline

The Copy Along Polyline tool copies a plant you select and places the copies along a polyline in your drawing, such as the border of a pathway or planter.

 

 

 

 

 

Access the Copy Along Polyline tool using one of the following methods:

 

F/X Planting ribbon, Copy Along Polyline flyout

 

Plant Label toolbar

 

 

Plant Copy toolbar

 

 

 

typing FX_PlantCopyPLine in the Command line

You DO NOT have to snap this plant to the end of the polyline – only NEAR THE END of the polyline.

The cursor will turn into a pickbox, and the Command line will prompt you to Select block.

 

 

Click the plant you want to copy.

 

 

 

The Copy Spacing dialog box will open.

 

 

Spacing between plants: Type a plant spacing value in the units you've set for your drawing (feet, meters, etc.). In this example, we've set a spacing value of 20 feet.

 

 

Copy Options: Select an option for how the plants will copy along the polyline.

  • Best fit: Fit the maximum number of plants along the polyline within the spacing you set.
  • Exact: Copy the selected plant along the polyline at exactly the spacing you set, from center to center.

 

 

 

 

 

Click OK to accept the spacing and options. The Command line will now prompt you to Select polyline.

 

 

 

Click any polyline in your drawing.

 

 

The plant will be copied along the polyline at the spacing you set.

Copy Along a Line

With the Copy Along a Line tool, you can copy a plant in your drawing and then place a line of the copies that originates from the original plant.

 

 

Access Copy Along a Line using one of the following methods:

 

 

F/X Planting toolbar, Copy along Line flyout

Plant Label toolbar

 

 

 

Plant Copy toolbar

 

 

typing FX_PlantCopyLine in the Command line

 

 

The cursor will turn into a pickbox.

 

 

Click the plant you want to copy.

 

 

Keyboard Commands

When Copy along Line is active, you can type K to see the available keyboard commands. (These commands apply to both Copy along Line and Copy Along Arc.)

You don't need to type K to use the keyboard commands – it's just a quick way to reference each of the commands in the dialog box pictured below. To use the keyboard commands, just press the corresponding keys on your keyboard.

 

Type any of the following commands on your keyboard. (Remember: The Keyboard Commands dialog box is only informational – the key buttons won't actually fire the commands.)

  • 1: Specify a spacing distance in the Copy Spacing dialog box.
  • W: Toggle between Exact and Best fit.
  • A: Toggle the plant spacing down to 50% of its current value in five 10% increments.
  • S: Reset back to 100% spacing, block to block, regardless of what was selected previously. (So if you have plants with a symbol width of 5 meters, pressing S will restore them to 5-meter spacing center to center, meaning the blocks will touch each other.)
  • D: Toggle the current plant spacing outward in a gently increasing arc up to infinity. (The approximate increments are 103%, 113%, 128%, 150%, 178%, 213%, 300%, 353%, 413%, 478%, 550%, 628%, 713%, 803%, etc.)
  • C: Switch to Copy along Arc.
  • V: Switch back to Copy along Line.

 

An example:

If you copy a plant with a 5-meter symbol width, it will default to a 5-meter copy distance. Let's say you press D a few times and then press 1 (note that the current distance will be listed in the Copy Spacing dialog box), and you specify 25-meter spacing in the dialog box. If you copy that plant again, it will default to copying at 25-meter spacing. At that point, the A key will toggle the spacing down to 12.5 meters only. The D key will increment up to infinity from 25 meters. Then, if you press the S key, everything will be restored back to the original 5-meter spacing.

Note also that when you press the A or D key to change the spacing, you'll see both the spacing percentage and distance in the Command line.

 

Our Suggestion for the Best Use of the Keyboard Commands (Also Applies to Copy Along Arc)

We chose the keys for these commands carefully, basing them on the keys you'd use in any number of computer games that require some sort of movement up, down, left, and right.

 

Think of the W, A, S, and D keys as your home keys, where you should be keeping your hand while copying and placing heads. Then think of the A and D keys as the left and right arrow keys. A will toggle you "left" (decrease the plant spacing) and D will toggle you "right" (increase the plant spacing). While your hand is in that location, you also have easy access to the keys that toggle between best and exact fit (W) and reset back to 100% spacing (S).

 

So if you use W-A-S-D as your home base, you'll begin to realize that the commands are built intuitively around this axis. Start here, and you'll have all the commands memorized in no time.

 

 

Copy Spacing

 

If you type 1, the Copy Spacing dialog box will open.

 

Spacing between plants: Type a plant spacing value in the units you've set for your drawing (feet, meters, etc.). In this example, we've set a spacing value of 20 feet.

 

Copy Options: Select an option for how the plants will copy along the line (or arc).

  • Best fit: Fit the maximum number of plants along the line within the spacing you set.
  • Exact: Copy the selected plant along the line at exactly the spacing you set, from center to center.

 

Click OK to accept the spacing and options.

If you select the Exact option, new segments of the line of plants will begin from the last block rather than the last cursor position.

 

Placing the Line of Plants

Once you've set all your spacing preferences, move the mouse to copy the plant along a line. The farther you move the mouse, the more instances of the plant will appear along the line.

 

 

 

When you reach the number of plants you want to place, click again.

 

 

 

The plants will appear along the line at the spacing you set.

Copy Along an Arc

With the Copy Along Arc tool, you can copy a plant and then draw an arc consisting of copies of that plant.

 

 

Access Copy Along Arc using one of the following methods:

 

 

F/X Planting ribbon, Copy along Arc flyout

Plant Label toolbar

 

 

 

Plant Copy toolbar

 

 

typing FX_PlantCopyArc in the Command line

 

 

The cursor will turn into a pickbox. Select the plant you want to copy along an arc.

 

 

A “rubber band” line will appear between the plant and the cursor crosshairs, and the Command line will prompt: Arc midpoint.

 

 

Click to define the arc midpoint.

 

 

 


 

Keyboard Commands

When Copy along Arc is active, you can type K to see the available keyboard commands. (These commands apply to both Copy along Arc and Copy Along Line.)

You don't need to type K to use the keyboard commands – it's just a quick way to reference each of the commands in the dialog box pictured below. To use the keyboard commands, just press the corresponding keys on your keyboard.

 

Type any of the following commands on your keyboard. (The Keyboard Commands dialog box is only informational – the key buttons won't actually fire the commands.)

  • 1: Specify a spacing distance in the Copy Spacing dialog box.
  • W: Toggle between Exact and Best fit.
  • A: Toggle the plant spacing down to 50% of its current value in five 10% increments.
  • S: Reset back to 100% spacing, block to block, regardless of what was selected previously. (So if you have plants with a symbol width of 5 meters, pressing S will restore them to 5-meter spacing center to center, meaning the blocks will touch each other.)
  • D: Toggle the current plant spacing outward in a gently increasing arc up to infinity. (The approximate increments are 103%, 113%, 128%, 150%, 178%, 213%, 300%, 353%, 413%, 478%, 550%, 628%, 713%, 803%, etc.)
  • C: Switch to Copy along Arc.
  • V: Switch back to Copy along Line.

 

An example:

If you copy a plant with a 5-meter symbol width, it will default to a 5-meter copy distance. Let's say you press D a few times and then press 1 (note that the current distance will be listed in the Copy Spacing dialog box), and you specify 25-meter spacing in the dialog box. If you copy that plant again, it will default to copying at 25-meter spacing. At that point, the A key will toggle the spacing down to 12.5 meters only. The D key will increment up to infinity from 25 meters. Then, if you press the S key, everything will be restored back to the original 5-meter spacing.

Note also that when you press the A or D key to change the spacing, you'll see both the spacing percentage and distance in the Command line.

Remember to keep your left hand on the W-A-S-D keys, which will make it easy for you to begin tapping all of these keyboard commands from memory. Just like the commands for copying along a line, the A and D keys toggle you "left" (decrease the spacing) and "right" (increase the spacing) respectively, and the rest of the commands are assigned intuititively to the surrounding keys. Soon, it will feel automatic!

 

Copy Spacing

 

If you type 1, the Copy Spacing dialog box will open.

 

Spacing between plants: Type a plant spacing value in the units you've set for your drawing (feet, meters, etc.). In this example, we've set a spacing value of 20 feet.

 

Copy Options: Select an option for how the plants will copy along the arc (or line).

  • Best fit: Fit the maximum number of plants along the arc within the spacing you set.
  • Exact: Copy the selected plant along the arc at exactly the spacing you set, from center to center.

 

 

Click OK to accept the spacing and options.

If you select the Exact option, new segments of the arc of plants will begin from the last block rather than the last cursor position.

 

Placing the Arc of Plants

 

Once you've set all your spacing options, click to place the arc of plants.

 

 

The plant will be copied along the arc at the spacing you set.

Triangular and Square Array

We offer two array tools for plants: Triangular Array and Square Array. These tools will duplicate a plant in your drawing into an arrayed pattern.

For more information on arraying plants, see our Array Plants documentation page.

Plant Mirror

The Plant Mirror tool mirrors plants around an axis – much the same as the standard CAD Mirror command. However, Plant Mirror has an important advantage: Unlike the AutoCAD Mirror command, it allows plant symbols to retain the correct Plant Shadow orientations after being mirrored. For more information, see our Plant Mirror documentation.

The main reason to use Plant Mirror is to keep the shadows correctly oriented, assuming you are going to turn on Plant Shadows. If you don't plan to use our Plant Shadows tool, you can simply use the CAD Mirror command if you wish.

Troubleshooting

Issue: You copied a plant in the Plant Manager, but when you attempt to change the code, the code of the original plant changes

 

Question: Can I copy and paste plants and labels?

Last modified on Monday, 27 August 2018 11:01
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