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Customization Documentation

Welcome to our Customization documentation section.

 

As you customize your installation, we ask you to appreciate one simple piece of advice we’ve learned from doing what we do for more than a decade: Please consider what a standard is – as well as why it exists – and use this opportunity to update and improve upon your standards. Many offices make the mistake of not realizing that some of their standards are in place not because they are ideal, but because they were the only way the designers could get drawings done at the time. Rather than insisting that our software simply enforce your current standards, please consider using it to establish the standards you've always wanted.

Resources for Customization

Power Tips

Our Power Tips are two- to three- minute videos showing off techniques and features that will help you make the most of our software. Many of our Power Tips provide instructions on how to customize specific elements of your designs. Browse our Power Tip videos.

 

PDF (download & print)

 

Webinars

Below are our top webinars that feature instruction on the customization of our software. To see more, browse our webinar recordings.

 

  • 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)
  • 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)
  • Design F/X Setup: Join us for a complete demonstration on how our software helps you manage and use construction details. We’ll provide an overview of our entire system, from creating your detail drawings to compiling your detail library. (53 min)
  • Getting Started with the Detail Tools: We'll show you the basic tools you need to familiarize yourself with on the F/X Details ribbon, including setting your Details Preferences. (58 min)
  • 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)
  • Irrigation Tools – What You Need to Know: We'll show you the ins and outs of basic irrigation setup using our software, including how Preference Sets work with irrigation customization. (1 hr 6 min)

 

 

Configure Your Preferences

We've centralized many of our software's customization capabilities into our Preferences feature. Our six Preferences screens offer customization across the board.

 

Quick video

Preferences Overview

 

Articles
  • General Preferences: Control settings related to your general office standards, such as text and layer styles. 
    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.

 

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)
  • 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)
  • Browse our webinar recordings.

Customize General Office Standards (Admin)

In this section, we show you how to configure all the settings that affect your design work as a whole. In fact, all of our software modules (Site & Hardscape, Planting, Irrigation, and Details) are closely interrelated with your general office standards. For example, customizing your text styles will affect the appearance of all callouts you place – from plant labels to site, irrigation, and detail callouts. 

 

 

Preferences Overview

 

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
    This article includes a video.
    : We've consolidated a number of important layer settings into our General Preferences screen. These include: 
    • 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)
  • 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)
  • Browse our webinar recordings.

 

Customize Site & Hardscape

Site and hardscape design encompasses site planning, zoning, amenities, mulches, paving items, and much more.

 

 

Set Your Preferences for Site & Hardscape:
  • General Preferences: Customize options such as: 
    This article includes a video.
    • Dimension Styles (DimStyles): Give your site dimensions the exact look you want. 
      This article includes a video.
    • Text Styles (Fonts): Set the fonts and point sizes you want for all your annotation and callout text.
    • Line & block colors: Match our default line colors to your office standards. 
      This article includes a video.
    • Numeric displays: Configure how numerals appear in your drawings, including choosing a currency setting for monetary amounts.
    • Schedules Uppercase: Choose whether or not your schedules will appear in all uppercase (capital) letters.
  • RefNotes Preferences: Organize your Reference Notes (RefNotes) using Construction Specification Institute (CSI) divisions, or create your own classification system. 
    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 Site & Hardscape Text and Layers:

 

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.

 

Webinars

 

Customize Planting

Our software is, at its core, a landscape architecture tool, and our Planting module is filled with customization capabilities.

 

 

Set Your Preferences for Planting:
  • General Preferences: Customize options such as: 
    This article includes a video.
    • Text Styles (Fonts): Set the fonts and point sizes you want for your plant label and schedule text.
    • Line & block colors: Match our default line colors to your office standards. 
      This article includes a video.
    • Numeric displays: Configure how numerals appear in your drawings, including choosing a currency setting for monetary amounts.
    • Schedules Uppercase: Choose whether or not your schedules will appear in all uppercase (capital) letters.
  • Planting Preferences: Select styles for your plant labels, plant codes, and more. 
    This article includes a video.
  • Plant Sizes Preferences: Control the contents of your Plant Schedules. 
    This article includes a video.
  • Text Styles (Fonts): Fine-tune the fonts and point sizes in your labels and schedules.
  • 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 Planting Text and Layers:

 

Customize Your Plant Symbols and Groundcover Hatches:

 

Customize Your Plant Labels:

 

Customize Your Plant Schedules:
  • Format your Plant Schedules exactly how you want them, and include as much or as little information as you like. 
    This article includes a video.
  • Plant Schedule examples: Get a sample of the variety of Plant Schedule formats you can generate. 
    This article includes a video.
  • User-defined data fields: Create your own custom data columns for your Plant Schedules. 
    This article includes a video.
  • Send schedules to a spreadsheet: Did you know you can send Plant Schedules to a spreadsheet for further editing? Here's how. 
    This article includes a video.

 

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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • Browse our planting webinars.

 

Customize Irrigation

Communicate the intent of your irrigation design clearly while maintaining your office's unique standard for equipment symbols, pipes, and callouts.

 

 

Set Your Preferences for Irrigation:
  • Irrigation Preferences: Customize your valve callouts, irrigation symbol families, pipe classes, and symbol scaling. 
    This article includes a video.
  • General Preferences: Customize options such as: 
    This article includes a video.
    • Text Styles (Fonts): Set the fonts and point sizes you want for all your annotation and callout text.
    • Line & block colors: Match our default line colors to your office standards. 
      This article includes a video.
    • Numeric displays: Configure how numerals appear in your drawings, including choosing a currency setting for monetary amounts.
    • Schedules Uppercase: Choose whether or not your schedules will appear in all uppercase (capital) letters.
  • 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 Irrigation Text and Layers:

 

Customize Your Irrigation Equipment Symbols:

 

Customize Your Irrigation Callouts:

 

Customize Your Irrigation Schedules and Reports:

 

Webinars
  • Irrigation Tools – What You Need to Know: We'll show you the ins and outs of basic irrigation setup using our software, including how Preference Sets work with irrigation customization. (1 hr 6 min)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • Browse our irrigation webinars.

 

Customize Details

Your details play a significant role in your designs as you continue to use them over time. Make them your own.

 

 

Set Your Preferences for Details:
  • 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 Detail Text and Layers:

 

Customize Your Details

 

Webinars
  • Design F/X Setup: Join us for a complete demonstration on how our software helps you manage and use construction details. We’ll provide an overview of our entire system, from creating your detail drawings to compiling your detail library. (53 min)
  • Getting Started with the Detail Tools: We'll show you the basic tools you need to familiarize yourself with on the F/X Details ribbon, including setting your Details Preferences. (58 min)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • Browse our details webinars

Save Your Standards Into Our Software

Once you've gone through our numerous customization options, don't forget to save them and back them up: 

 

Articles

 

Webinars