- Step 1: Create a New Project
- Step 2: Choose a Preference Set
- Step 3: Set the Scale & Units
- Disassociating a Drawing from a Project
- Related Webinars
The first step in working with our software is creating a new Land F/X project. Each project is essentially a database that you associate with an AutoCAD drawing. The project is where you store your plant palette, your irrigation equipment inventory, and all other items and data you need to use in your drawings.
A project is not the same thing as a CAD drawing (DWG file). You'll build your palette by adding plants, site amenities, and/or irrigation components to the project. You'll then place those items in your drawing.
Step 1: Create a New Project
Before you can create a project, you'll need to open a CAD drawing. Open our Projects tool:
F/X Admin ribbon, Project List button
Admin Data toolbar
F/X Admin toolbar
F/X Admin pull-down menu
or type FX_ProjectFiles in the Command line
The Land F/X Projects dialog box will open.
Click New to start a new project.
The New Project dialog box will open. Set up your project by entering accurate information in the required data fields. You can edit these fields at any time throughout the project.
1. Number: Enter a project number in this field. You can base the project number on your office's numbering standards. The project number has to be a unique number in relation to the other projects in the office. It can have up to eight characters, and be any combination of letters, numbers, or symbols (other than an apostrophe).
2. Name: Enter a project name in this field. This will come in handy for identifying the project in the future as business picks up and your project list grows. The project name is simply your office name for the project, and does not necessarily need to be unique from one project to another. For example, you may have several “Smith Residence” projects.
3. Based On: If you want, you can base the new project on an existing Template. A template is nothing more than a previous project that, when completed, you believe would apply to many other projects, and have therefore saved it as a Template& in the Land F/X Projects dialog box. If you find yourself using the same plants, details, notes, etc. for a specific client, you may find project templates useful. You can use this pull-down menu to select an existing project as a template. See our Project Templates page for more information.
4. Check these boxes to select items you want to import from the template: Planting, Concept Plants,Details, Sheets, Ref Notes.
5. Select a Preference Set from this pull-down menu. This will determine the type of units you would like to set as your default for this specific project.
Click OK once you've entered all the necessary information for your new project.
The Project Manager will open.
The Project Manager is essentially your control panel for the project you currently have open. Here, you can change the project number, name, and description, as well as define a detail folder. See our Project Manager page for more information.
You may feel tempted to open an existing project and rename it, rather than simply opening a new project. DO NOT DO THIS. Renaming existing projects with the intention of retaining their properties for a new project can cause a number of file issues. If you want to create a new project with similar properties to an existing project, save the existing project as a template. Then open a new project based on that template. For more information, see our Templates page.
Step 2: Choose a Preference Set
Our six Preferences screens provide a centralized way to customize everything from fonts and label styles to layer colors. Once you've congifured your Preferences the way you want them, you can save those settings in what's known as a Preference Set. You can create as many Preference Sets as you need – one for each client, each type of project, each consultant you work with, etc.
For more information about Preference Sets, see our Preference Sets page.
When you create or open a project, you should get into the habit of making sure you have the correct Preference Set assigned to that project, or set as active. When you start working in a drawing with a project active, the active Preference Set will govern the appearance of fonts, layer colors, label styles, and any other settings that are configured and saved within that Preference Set. That's why it's extremely important to have the correct Preference Set active.
To set a Preference Set as active, just open any of the six Preferences screens and select it from the menu pictured to the right. You can then close the Preferences and start working on your project.
Note that your installation comes with our two default Preference Sets – Imperial and Metric (one for each measurement system you're likely to use).
However, if your office creates a large number of Preference Sets, you'll have a longer list of Preference Sets to choose from.
Important: When you open or create a project, the first Preference Set in alphabetical order will be set active by default. If you have one Preference Set that you anticipate using most often, you might think about giving it a name that puts it first alphabetically. That way, that Preference Set will always be set active by default and you won't have to worry about selecting one each time you open or create a project.
Step 3: Set the Scale & Units
Once you've set up your project, it's a good idea to use our Scale tool to set up your plot scale and drawing units. You'll want these important settings dialed in before you start drawing.
You can find our Scale tool on most of our ribbons:
F/X Admin ribbon
F/X Irrigation ribbon
F/X Site ribbon
F/X Planting ribbon
Disassociating a Drawing from a Project
In some cases, a drawing may become locked into a project, so to speak. To free a project from a drawing, follow our steps to disassociate drawing from a project.
- 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)
- 101: First Steps with Land F/X: Learn what Land F/X is, how and why it works, and how you can navigate through your first steps, including starting a project. (1 hr 1 min)