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Plan Graphics

The Plan Graphics library contains blocks that exist on your site design outside the realm of buildings, plants, and irrigation equipment. Our Plan Graphics library is a series of DWG files, each of which contains a rendering of one of these blocks – also known as Site Amenity blocks. These blocks include site amenities (benches, bike racks, etc.), rocks, pagodas, vehicles, people, and anything else you could possibly imagine that could be included in your site plan.

 

The existing Plan Graphics library is included in your installation and stored in your LandFX folder under Blocks\Plan_Graphics. This folder contains a number of subfolders containing different types of Plan Graphics. You can place these Plan Graphics in your drawing quickly when, for example, you want to place a bench or a rock. You can also customize this library by adding your own blocks and subfolders or editing the existing Plan Graphics blocks.

Did you know you can quickly convert generic blocks into Amenity Reference Notes with data, costs, etc.? Find out how!

Plan Graphics Overview

Open the Plan Graphics library:

 

 

F/X Site ribbon, Plan Graphics flyout

 

 

 

F/X Details ribbon, Plan Graphics flyout

F/X Graphics menu, Plan Graphics option

 

 

 

 

 

Graphics toolbar

 

 

 

 

 

 

or by typing PlanGraphics in the Command line

 

 

 

The Plan Graphics dialog box will open.

 

1. The field on the left side of the dialog box shows the Plan Graphics library categories. Click the plus (+) sign next to a category to expand it and show its subcategories.

 

2. Click one of the subcategories to select it and show the blocks it contains.

 

3. The blocks within the selected subcategory appear as thumbnails in the area on the right side of the dialog box. Click a thumbnail to select the corresponding block. Click OK to place it in your drawing.

 

4. Click Edit to view and change information about the selected block.

The Plan Graphics Library

The list of categories and subcategories in the Plan Graphics dialog box is a mirror image of the contents of the Plan_Graphics folder in your LandFX folder. (The full path to this folder is LandFX > Graphics> Plan Graphics).

Because we now store all our default blocks and their folders on the Cloud, these folders may not appear until you select one or more blocks they contain.

 

 

 

Here's an example of one of the Site Amenities category in the Plan Graphics library:

 

The Site Amenities Plan Graphics library in the LandFX folder

 

 

 

 

The Site Amenities Plan Graphics library in the Plan Graphics dialog box

Because all our default blocks are now stored on the Cloud, you may not see each of these subfolders until you have selected one or more blocks contained in that subfolder.

The Plan Graphics tool is simply a block manager. As such, it provides a location and file system for this type of block.

Saving a Plan Graphic

If you have a graphic you've created that you want to save within the Plan Graphics library, you can use our Save Block tool. Save Block will automatically create a thumbnail preview of your new block.

 

 

If you choose to save a block into the Plan Graphics library, you'll save it within the Plan_Graphics folder to allow our software to recognize it as one of the Plan Graphics.

 

 

You can also create a new subfolder.

 

Editing a Plan Graphic

If a Plan Graphic is scaled incorrectly, or is set to an incorrect rotation, select it in the Plan Graphics dialog box and click Edit to make changes to it.

 

You can then view and edit information about how the selected block has been saved.

 

 

1. Larger preview of the selected block.

 

 

2. If you want, enter a Description for the block.

 

 

3. The block will be assigned a Scale. In the example to the left, the block is set for a Scale of 1:1, meaning it will go into the drawing at full size rather than Dimscale or Manual.

 

 

4. The block will also be assigned a Rotation, to be applied when you place it in a drawing.

  • In this example, the Rotation is set to Manual, meaning that when you place it, you will then rotate it manually to the desired angle.

 

  • Selecting No Rotation will place the item into a drawing with no rotation on your part.

If you change a block's units and then add the block as a Reference Note, you'll then need to change the units for the Reference Note as well.

Assigning Data to a Plan Graphic

What if you've you've already placed several Plan Graphics in your drawing, but you now want to assign those objects with data (such as cost) and call them out in a materials schedule? We've engineered a quick and simple way to do just that – by converting them into Amenity (Object) Reference Notes. For instructions, see our Assign Data to Generic Blocks documentation.

 

 

 

 

Expanded Block Libraries, Dynamic Blocks & Colored Blocks

We're constantly expanding our block libraries, updating our blocks, and adding dynamic block support. We've also added color fills to most of the blocks in our Plan Graphics and Elevation Graphics block libraries. For more information, please see our documentation sections on:

Related Webinars

  • Working With Blocks: Take a broad look into the role of blocks within Land F/X and how to integrate your personal set of blocks into our system. (1 hour 4 min)

Troubleshooting

Issue: Plan Graphics are missing, not installed, or unavailable

 

Issue: Plan Graphics preview slides (thumbnails) are incorrect – several slides are identical but have different names

 

Issue: You are experiencing a significant delay when attempting to add or place Plan Graphics

 

Issue: Your customized Plan Graphic blocks are a different color from their preview slides when placed in a drawing, or the preview slides are displaying the wrong colors

 

Issue: Error Message when placing Plan Graphics: Lighting – Non-photometric lights: Non-photometric lights are not supported by the current render engine

 

Issue: Bad DXF group (10) error when placing a Plan Graphic

 

Issue: Outside Limits error message in the Command line / you are unable to place Plan Graphics / can't see Plan Graphics in Model Space

 

Issue: When attempting to place a block, you receive one or more of the following error messages: Block [NAME] References Itself *Invalid*, Unable to Reload *****.dwg. Automation Error. Self Reference, or 1 Block Deleted

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