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Admin Documentation

Welcome to our Admin (Administration) documentation section. Here, you'll find links to documentation pages covering the administrative features of our software. Learn how to do everything from working with Land F/X projects to cleaning your drawings, preparing your drawings and sheets, and customizing your Text Styles, layer settings, and much more.

Resources for Admin

Power Tips

We recommend installing Land F/X with Cloud Data and a shared online folder using a service such as Dropbox. Find out why, and how, by watching this Power Tip.

 

Want to see other two- or three-minute videos? Check out our Admin Power Tip videos.

 

Webinars

Want to go more in depth? We provide free hourlong training sessions on almost every topic related to our software. Browse our webinars.

 

  • Land F/X Admin & Setup: This webinar will show you what you need to know about Land F/X admin processes and project setup. (1 hr 1 min)
  • Transitioning to Land F/X: If you’re thinking about introducing Land F/X into your office, this webinar is the perfect place to start. We'll show you how to set up your first design project and how to use our software to improve your office standards. (1 hr 2 min)
  • The Ribbon: Are you still using toolbars? It’s time to join the rest of us and start using the ribbon for all of your CAD endeavors. This week’s webinar will not just cover why the ribbon is superior to toolbars but will showcase the additions we have made to the default AutoCAD ribbon that benefit our clients’ specific needs. (47 min)
  • Cloud Data: With our Cloud Data option, we provide security and convenience by giving you the freedom to access to your data no matter where you are – and you’ve been using it for years without even knowing it. Learn all about it here. (59 min)
  • Land F/X Installation Best Practices: This webinar will help you understand what to do first and foremost before installing Land F/X, including backing up your data . (1 hr 9 min)

Customization & Preferences

Whether you need to enforce or build on your existing office standards – or even create an entire set of standards and preferences from scratch – our software is fully customizable.  

 

View our Customization Overview section: Build your office standards from the ground up, or use our customization tools to enforce your existing office standards.

 

Quick videos

Working with Layer States

 

Set Your Preferences:

Our six Preferences screens offer customization across the board:

  • General Preferences: Options range from dimension styles (DimStyles) and numeric displays to text styles and layers. 
    This article includes a video.
  • RefNote Preferences: Organize your Reference Notes (RefNotes)
    This article includes a video.
  • Planting Preferences: Customize plant-related items such as symbols and labels. 
    This article includes a video.
  • Plant Sizes Preferences: Format your Plant Schedules. 
    This article includes a video.
  • Irrigation Preferences: Control your valve callouts, irrigation symbol families, pipe classes, symbol scaling, and more. 
    This article includes a video.
  • Details Preferences: Organize your details, and customize your detail templates and callouts. 
    This article includes a video.
  • Preference Set: Store and save your office standards in one central location, known as a Preference Set. Create a different Preference Set for each client, project type, region ... it's all up to you. 
    This article includes a video.

 

Customize Your Text Styles:

Our Text Styles system automates your selection of fonts and point sizes for all text you place in your drawings. Text Styles are highly customizable, allowing you to tailor each one to your office standards.

 

  • Our system of Text Styles: We've assigned specific Text Styles to different functions of our software (such as the text in your labels or schedules). You can customize the following styles:
    • Callout Light: Text associated with detail callouts, Reference Notes (RefNotes), RefNote callouts, and irrigation equipment symbols.
    • Callout Text: Text associated with detail callouts, Reference Notes (RefNotes), and RefNote callouts.
    • Callout Title: Detail numbers within detail callouts, as well as RefNote codes within RefNote callouts.
    • Concept Schedule: Text within the Concept Plant Schedule (not the schedule title).
    • Detail Text: Text that appears within details.
    • Dimension Text: Text that appears within dimensions.
    • Lateral Size: Lateral size labels.
    • Mainline Size: Mainline size labels.
    • Photo Label: Text within Photo Callouts.
    • Plant Label: Text within plant labels.
    • Schedule Text: Text (not schedule titles) within most schedules, including all site schedules (including the RefNote Schedule), planting schedules, Irrigation schedules and reports, as well as the Critical Analysis.
    • Schedule Title: The titles of all schedules.
    • Zone: Zoning callouts.
  • Customize our default Text Styles (Fonts): Use these steps on any of the Text Styles listed above to dial in your fonts, point sizes, and more.
  • Create your own custom Text Styles and add them to our system.
  • Reload all Text Styles (REAT): Changed your Text Style standards? Use this tool to apply them instantly to your current drawing.

 

Manage Your CAD Layers:
  • AutoCAD layer settings: The AutoCAD Layer Properties Manager allows you to configure a number of layer settings. See our recommendations. 
    This article includes a video.
  • Edit layer information: We've consolidated a number of important layer settings into our General Preferences screen. These include: 
    This article includes a video.
    • Line colors: Match our default line colors to those your office standards. 
      This article includes a video.
    • Layer Names: We provide the ability to edit the names of layers in your drawings, although we highly recommend using our default system of layer names, which we've based on CAD best practices. 
      This article includes a video.
  • Layer States: Once you've configured your desired layer settings, save them into a Layer State to apply to future drawings. You can also use one of our default Layer States. 
    This article includes a video.
  • Layer colors: Match a single drawing's layer settings to a client's standards or your own. 
    This article includes a video.

 

Customize Your Blocks and Hatches:

 

Colorization Tools:
  • Site Color: Colorize your design and create your own custom color palettes. 
    This article includes a video.
  • Add color to blocks placed in your drawings. 
    This article includes a video.
  • Color Render: Liven up your trees, shrubs, and groundcovers with our extensive collection of color plant symbols and hatches. 
    This article includes a video.

 

And Don't Forget:

 

Webinars
  • Customize for Office Color Standards: This webinar covers the necessary tools and techniques for a black belt in the art of office standards – from CTB plotting files to valuable Land F/X tools that enable instant layer color conversions and office color setup. (1 hr 2 min)
  • The Ribbon: Are you still using toolbars? It’s time to join the rest of us and start using the ribbon for all of your CAD endeavors. This week’s webinar will not just cover why the ribbon is superior to toolbars but will showcase the additions we have made to the default AutoCAD ribbon that benefit our clients’ specific needs. (47 min)
  • Customizing Land F/X: Learn how to work with specific blocks, layer names, sheet protocols, and other distinct elements that make up your firm’s practices and preferences. (1 hr 3 min)
  • Setting up Templates and Preferences for Repeat Clients: To save time and increase your accuracy, learn how to deliver a consistent drawing package for your repeat clients by setting up project templates and Preference Sets. (50 min)

Project Setup & Backing Up Your Data

A Land F/X project contains your plant palette and your inventory of site amenities, irrigation equipment, and other important data that you'll use in your site design. Each time you start a new design job, you'll create a new project for that job. To spec plants, materials, amenities, and equipment for the drawing where you create your design, you'll add these items to your project.

 

Quick videos

How to start a Project in Land F/X

 

Scale/ Align Images, PDFs, and Linework

 

Articles

 

Webinars
  • Land F/X Admin & Setup: This webinar will show you what you need to know about Land F/X admin processes and project setup. (1 hr 1 min)
  • Transitioning to Land F/X: If you’re thinking about introducing Land F/X into your office, this webinar is the perfect place to start. We'll show you how to set up your first design project and how to use our software to improve your office standards. (1 hr 2 min)
  • Working With Scale: Scale is the most fundamental Land F/X feature. In this webinar, we'll start with the basics of scale in both Imperial and Metric systems. We'll then continue into advanced tips and tricks for creating a perfect-looking sheet. (1 hr 1 min)

Drawing & Sheet Setup Tools

You most likely need to account for several different drawings within a single design, such as survey, civil, planting, hardscape, and irrigation plans. From attaching external references (Xrefs) to setting up your various layout sheets, you have your work cut out for you when it comes to integrating all these different items. We're here to help!  

   

Quick videos
 

BatchMan

 

Articles
  • Drawing and sheet setup outline: Want a basic step-by-step guide to setting up your drawings and sheets? Here's where to go. 
    This article includes a video.
  • Linetype Scale (LTSCALE) and Paper Space Linetype Scale (PSLTSCALE): Ensure that all your linetypes (such as solid and dashed lines) appear correctly and at the proper scale in both Model Space and Paper Space. 
    This article includes a video.
  • Working with Xrefs 
    This article includes a video.
    : Learn the best techniques for attaching Xrefs to your drawings, including:
    • Our fxREF tool: A super handy tool for attaching Xrefs and ensuring they're scaled correctly. 
      This article includes a video.
  • Drawing corruption 
    This article includes a video.
    is the source of many a headache for designers. Don't forget to prevent corruption by cleaning all drawings and all Xrefs you receive from others. You can either:
  • Need to divide your site into different areas? These tools will help:
    • Work Area: Create a "drawing within a drawing." 
      This article includes a video.
    • Viewport: Isolate part of your drawing, making only that portion visible. 
      This article includes a video.
  • User Coordinate System (UCS): Want to view your site from a specific angle or vantage point? Create a UCS. 
    This article includes a video.
  • BatchMan: Need to complete the same action on several drawings? Our BatchMan tool processes multiple files at once. Its capabilities include:
    • Cleaning drawings
    • Managing layers
    • Running a script or LISP file
    • Making thumbnail slides
    • Redefining blocks
  • SuperJoin: Clean up linework using this helpful tool. 
    This article includes a video.
  • The Align command: Match the linework in your main drawing to the same location, rotation, and scale as linework and other objects in your Xrefs.
  • Sheet Index: Use this handy feature to keep tabs on all the Paper Space Layout sheets in your drawing.
  • Sheet Sets (Sheetsets): You can also choose to use this native AutoCAD tool to manage sheet set.

 

Webinars
  • Transitioning to Land F/X: If you’re thinking about introducing Land F/X into your office, this webinar is the perfect place to start. We'll show you how to set up your first design project and how to use our software to improve your office standards. (1 hr 2 min)
  • Sheet Setup: Learn some basics in proper sheet setup. We'll go over cleaning your base files, as well as best practices for Xrefing, creating templates, using the Land F/X Sheet Index, and more. (1 hr 6 min)
  • Metric Sheet Setup: This webinar covers the metric side of our recommended basic methods for setting up your drawing template, which will help prevent imported Xrefs from corrupting your drawing. You'll also learn how to set up your Model Space and Paper Space for proper scaling in metric units for many metric standards, as well as how to use our Sheet Index tool. (1 hr)
  • Using Work Areas: Work Areas provide a perfect way to organize your schedules, scales, layers, and User Coordination Systems (UCSs). Whether you need to separate out phases in your schedules or show an area at a different scale and viewing angle, you need to know how to manipulate a Work Area. (1 hr 2 min)
  • Common Land F/X Questions: This webinar covers some of our lesser-known tools, including Work Areas, User Coordinate System (UCS), and REDEFINEBLOCK and other hidden commands. (1 hr)

Updates, Licensing & Support

Take advantage of our latest and greatest features, control your pool of licenses, and get help from our world-class tech support team when you need it. 

 

 

Articles

 

Webinars
  • Cloud Data: With our Cloud Data option, we provide security and convenience by giving you the freedom to access to your data no matter where you are – and you’ve been using it for years without even knowing it. Learn all about it here. (59 min)
  • Land F/X Installation Best Practices: This webinar will help you understand what to do first and foremost before installing Land F/X, including backing up your data. (1 hr 9 min)
  • Using Work Areas: Work Areas provide a perfect way to organize your schedules, scales, layers, and User Coordination Systems (UCSs). Whether you need to separate out phases in your schedules or show an area at a different scale and viewing angle, you need to know how to manipulate a Work Area. (1 hr 2 min)

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