General Preferences
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General Preferences

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Our Preferences settings allow you to configure our software quickly to work closer to the way you work. Although we recommend reviewing the Preferences early in the process of using our software, you can make changes to the Preferences at any time.



The General Preferences include settings for Text Styles used (such as for schedules, callouts, titles), as well as license information and several other options.

Changing a setting in the Preferences does not affect any existing projects. We engineered this preventive measure to keep users from altering the contents of current projects unintentionally. If you make a change in your Preferences and want to apply it to an existing drawing, you'll need to delete and purge any items that would be affected by the new Preferences settings. When you place these items back in the drawing, the new Preferences will be applied.

Do You Work in an Office With Multiple Land F/X Users? Read This First!

Preferences are saved in what's known as a Preference Set. If you work in an office where multiple people access your installation of our software using an office server or shared online folder, it's extremely important to realize that your office's Preference Sets are shared by everyone. That means if you make changes to an active Preference Set, you're making those changes for everyone who uses that Preference Set. Before delving into changing your Preferences, make sure you have a good understanding of what Preference Sets are and how they work.

If you're not sure whether you should be making changes to a Preference Set, ask your CAD manager.

Accessing the Preferences Screen

Preferences on FX Admin ribbon


F/X Admin ribbon




Preferences on FX Planting ribbon


Preferences flyout buttons on any of the other F/X ribbons



Preferences on FX Admin toolbar


Several toolbars (FX Admin toolbar pictured)

Preferences on FX Admin menu


Any of the F/X pull-down menus

(F/X Admin, F/X Site, F/X Planting, F/X Irrigation, or F/X Details)






or type *FXPreferences in the Command line




The Preferences screen will open. (See below.)

General Preferences: Overview

General Preferences, overview

1. License Information: This area displays your Land F/X Support ID and your version of Land F/X. Toupdate to the latest version, follow our update steps.


2. Work with your Land F/X licenses and look up your installation information.

  • Use the Release License button to check in or release a Land F/X license.
  • Click License to open the License Management screen to manage your Land F/X licenses.
  • Click Install Info to view information about your Land F/X installation, including your server name, Local or Cloud Data status, and the location of your LandFX folder. More information


3. Layers: This list displays the Land F/X hard-coded layers, which you can choose to customize using the Edit button.


4. Select a layer and click Edit to change a layer's name, color, linetype, and lineweight. You can also set a layer as plot or non-plot.


5. Click Block Colors to change the Land F/X line colors to meet your office standards.


6. Text Styles: This area lists the Text Styles used by our software that can be edited for font type and size. Select a Text Style, and click Edit to open the Text Manager.


7. Schedules Upper Case: Check this option to put all schedules (Planting, Irrigation, Reference Notes, etc.) in all capital letters when placed in your drawing.


8. ACAD Support Paths: Jump to the Support File Search Paths to verify that they are set correctly for your installation.


9. Numeric Display: Configure the display style of numbers, as well as currency symbols.


10. Language Strings: Add a secondary language to the titles of several possible items in the software.


11. Schedule Integration: Option to automatically send our RefNotes, Planting, and Irrigation Schedules directly to another service provider – for instance, your company’s estimating and invoicing system.


12. Save Dimstyle: Save a Dimension style (DimStyle) and apply it to the active Preference Set.


13. Update Options: Configure your settings for updating your installation.


14. Preference Set: Save a specific set of preferences to apply to a number of drawings. If desired, you can create and save several Preference Sets.

Install Info

Click Install Info to see key details about your Land F/X installation.

General Preferences screen, Install Info button




Installation dialog box

The Installation dialog box displays the following crucial information about your Land F/X installation:

  • Local office Support ID: You'll need to enter this 12-digit code when carrying out specific processes such as installing Land F/X.
  • Licensing: This section displays whether or not your office is using Cloud Licensing.
  • Use cloud data: If this option is selected, your office is using Cloud Data. If not, your office is using Local Data. More information:
  • Project Data Server: Your Project Data Server houses your Land F/X database, which stores your project data (including your plant palettes and your site amenity and equipment inventories), Preference Sets, and other important items. More information
  • Install location: The location of your LandFX folder, a crucial component of your installation. More information

The image above shows an example of what you might see in the Installation dialog box in an office that's using Cloud Licensing and Cloud Data.

Editing Text Styles

The Text Styles listed in the General Preferences are included in your installation. The most common styles to review early on are the Schedule Text and Schedule Title styles, which control the text for Planting, Irrigation, and Reference Notes Schedules.


Our Text Styles apply default settings such as font and point size to specific types of text you place in your drawings. For detailed information, see our documentation on:

  • Our Text Style System
  • List of Default Text Styles
  • Customizing the Default Text Styles
  • Creating Your Own Text Styles


    Reload (Update) All Text Styles

    Our REAT (Reload All Text Styles) keyboard command updates all text in the current drawing to reflect your Text Style settings in the active Preference Set. Learn more about the REAT command.


    We've also added a Text Styles option in our BatchMan batch file processing tool that updates all Text Styles in multiple drawing files to match your default Preference Set.

    Editing Individual Layers

    The General Preferences screen provides an option to edit individual layers to set a new name, color, linetype, and lineweight, as well as to set the layer to plot or non-plot. You would use this feature if you had a particular thing (such as a label or pipe sleeve) that you wanted to appear thicker or thinner than we've set it to be, or to have a different default linetype from the one we've chosen.



    To edit a layer, select a layer in the Layers area, then click Edit to open the Edit Layer dialog box.


    Editing layer information

    For specific instructions on editing individual layers, please see our Edit Layer Information documentation page.

    You can now assign a Truecolor to a layer.

    Line Colors and Layers

    Do our default line colors or other layer settings conflict with your office standard? If so, we offer an easy way to change your layer settings suit your preference. See our documentation on editing layer information.


    You can also explore our documentation on:

    Schedules Upper Case

    The Schedules Upper Case checkbox controls whether or not the text in your schedules appears in all capital letters.


    Check this option to place your schedules in all caps:

    Schedules Uppercase, checked



    Uncheck this option to include lowercase letters in your schedules:

    Schedules Uppercase, unchecked

    The Schedules Upper Case option will affect all schedules you place using our software, including:

    • Plant Schedule
    • Irrigation Schedule
    • Site Schedules, such as:
      • Reference Notes Schedule
      • Concept Schedule
      • Zoning Schedule
      • Site Development (Estimator) Schedule
      • Site Amenities Schedule
      • Lighting Schedule
      • Grading Schedule

    Numeric Display

    Use the Numeric Display settings to configure the style of numbers as they appear in your drawings.

    Numeric Display settings




    Numeric display settings 2

    1. Numeric Display: Select whether numbers in the millions will include commas.


    2. Currency Symbol: Select a currency symbol for all costs reflected in your drawings (dollars, euros, etc.)

    Language Strings

    Click Language Strings to add a value in a secondary language to a number of possible titles and headings in the software.

    Language Strings button




    Language Strings dialog box

    The Language Strings dialog box will open.


    The left column lists all the terms in the software that can have secondary values.


    For example, if you need the word Cost to appear in both English and French when listed in your schedules, add the value Coût (French for Cost) in the Value column to the right of the default term Cost..


    Click OK when finished adding secondary language values.




    Any schedules you place in your drawings will now include your secondary language values.


    In our example, the schedule heading Cost will be followed by the secondary heading Coût in the Reference Notes Schedule.

    Schedule with second-language term, example

    Update Options

    You can use the Update Options settings to control automatic updates of our software.

    Update Options button




    Update Options settings

    1. Automatically check for updates: Check this box to set automatic updates. Selecting this option will make the two menus available.



    2. Frequency: Select whether the system will check for updates daily, weekly, or monthly.



    3. Select User: Apply the automatic update settings to a specific user on your network.

    Saving Your Preferences in a Preference Set

    Preferences control the look and feel of your usage of our software to match your office standards. However, some projects may require different preferences, such as those produced for a client whose requirements differ from your office standard. These projects may require different text styles, or callout looks, or schedule setups, different colors, or any of the various items covered in Preferences.



    Once you've configured your Preferences, you can save them as a Preference Set. You can create multiple Preference Sets – one for each client, project type, region ... the choice is yours. When starting a job for a particular client, for example, open the Preference Set you've created for that client. Your standards for that client will be applied automatically as you draft.



    Preference Set options

    In all six Preferences screens, the Preference Set options are in the bottom left corner.




    For detailed information on creating a Preference Set, visit our Preference Sets documentation page.

    Other Preferences Categories

    • RefNotes: Customize how your office organizes Reference Notes (RefNotes).
    • Planting: Customize plant codes and plant labels.
    • Plant Sizes: Customize the list of plant sizes, default plant size, the number and type of fields in the schedule, and the default cost for each plant in your project.
    • Irrigation: Customize the valve callouts, pipe data, and irrigation schedules.
    • Details: Customize the Detail Module size and callout

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    Issue: You are unable to open any of the Preferences screens, and your office has our Cloud Data option


    Issue: You opened the Preferences, and the buttons and options are grayed out, and you are not able to make changes



    Issue: You want to use custom linetypes for different pipe sizes in your irrigation design

    Preference Sets troubleshooting

    Last modified on Wednesday, 09 August 2023 13:01

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