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Attribute Definitions for Plant Labels

An attribute is a piece of dynamic text that allows "smart" blocks, such as plant labels, to take on different values each time they're inserted into a drawing. Because plant label blocks contain atttributes, they are able to "read" information about plants in your drawing and reflect that information automatically.

 

Our plant labels rely on a specific set of attributes. If you create or edit plant labels, you'll need to make sure these attributes are included in the block files. Note that we've changed the plant label attributes to provide more clarity and ease of use. The new attributes are listed below.

We updated our default plant labels in MArch 2019, adding styles that use MLeaders and improving the block-based label styles. You may not have these updated label styles. To access these styles, you'll need to delete all existing default plant label blocks and slides. For instructions, see our Updated Plant Labels page.

Definitions

  • Attribute Tag: Identifies each occurrence of an attribute in the drawing.The tag is what the system looks for to put in the appropriate value (e.g., for plant code and plant quantity). Lowercase letters are automatically changed to capitals.

 

  • Attribute Prompt: Specifies the prompt that appears in your drawing when you insert a block containing this attribute definition. If you do not enter a prompt, the attribute tag is used as a prompt.

 

Note that you can use the TEXT2ATTRIB command – only available with our software – to convert text within a callout block to an attribute. Just type Text2Attrib in the Command line, press Enter, and select the text you'd like to convert.

How to Edit Our Label Styles and Apply These Attributes

The plant label attributes are included in the source DWG files of all our default plant label styles. You won't have the source file for one of our label styles until you place a label in a drawing using that style. The source file will then download to the folder LandFX/Blocks/Graphics/Callouts.

 

 

To edit any of these source files, open the file and make your edits, including making any changes to the attributes in that file.

 

For more information about editing our label styles, see our Edit Our Plant Label Styles page.

Plant Label Attributes

The revised plant label attributes for the six available prompts are listed in the table below. We've also listed the old attribute for each prompt.

Note that the old attributes still work, and you can still use them if you prefer. The new attributes are clearer as to what they represent, as well as easier to string together.

 

Prompt

 

Quantity

 

Botanical Name

 

Common Name

 

Size

 

Plant Codes

 

 

Remarks

 

Area

 

Density

New Attribute

 

QTY

 

BOTANICAL

 

COMMON

 

FIELD1, FIELD2, FIELD3, FIELD4, FIELD5, FIELD6

 

GEN_SPE or GS (depending on your setting in the Planting Preferences)

 

REMARKS

 

AREA

 

DENSITY

Old Attribute

 

###

 

BOTANICAL_NAME

 

COMMON_NAME

 

SIZE, SIZE2, SIZE3, SIZE4, SIZE5, SIZE6

 

XXX-XXX or XXX

 

 

REMARKS (This attribute did not change.)

 

N/A

 

N/A

Our system now allows you to merge three of these attributes into a single value.

Capitalize Attributes

In order to display attribute values as capital letters, you will need to use the (^) characters (Shift + 6) on both sides of the tag.

 

Standard display

All-caps display

We've added the ability to put remarks in all caps when you add them as attribute in your label styles. Just type ^REMARKS^ in the Tag field.

Apply Local Common Names

To apply a local common name, you can place a language tag at the end of an attribute. For example:

  • عربى (Arabic): COMMON(ara)
  • 中文 (Chinese): COMMON(chi)
  • Français (French): COMMON(fra)
  • Deutsch (German): COMMON(deu)
  • 漢字 (Japanese): COMMON(jpn)
  • Norsk (Norwegian): COMMON(nor)
  • Polskie (Polish): COMMON(pol)
  • Pусский (Russian): COMMON(rus)
  • Español (Spanish): COMMON(esp)

No language tag is necessary for using English.

Related Webinars

  • Planting F/X Setup: If you're trying to make Planting F/X work with your firm's existing style standards, this webinar is for you. (58 min)
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