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SKETCHUP WEBINAR

SketchUp Connection: Intermediate Webinar

Presented by: Amanda Berry


Build on the skills you gained after watching the SketchUp Connection Basics webinar. This second segment in our three-part series will show you how to create a more complex 3D model using the Connection. We’ll include some simple grading, custom plant components, and a primer on using photos in SketchUp. 

Friday, August 14, 2015 @ 10am PT / 1pm ET

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Resource of the Week:
Basic Irrigation System Design

IRRIGATION TRAINING
Interested in a step-by-step primer for laying out an irrigation system in CAD? We’ve recently broken down basic irrigation design into an eight-step process. Follow along, and get to know irrigation design and our software all at once!
Training Steps
 

Power Tip: Convert Imperial Details to Metric
Suggested by: Michael Magnan, O2 Planning + Design Inc

POWER TIP
It’s common to find yourself in a situation where you need to convert a detail from Imperial to metric units in order to have it scale properly in a metric plan. Here’s a short video on how to take that detail and quickly rescale it to metric.
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Celebrating 5 Years Working for Land F/X!

Krystal's 5 Years
Celebrating her five-year anniversary with Land F/X, Krystal is the longest-serving employee among our ranks. Her meticulous eye for detail and unending dedication have seen the company transform from just two employees to eight – but more importantly, from 500 clients to more than 2,000. Among her successes is the stewardship of these weekly newsletters. We extend our deepest gratitude to Krystal for helping make Land F/X what it is today. 
 

Get Ready to Learn!

STUDENT LICENSES
It’s the start of a new academic year for most of our academic license users, and that also means everything is starting fresh on our end. All old Support IDs have been wiped and replaced with a brand new Support ID. Amanda has exciting news, contests, and projects for you to practice your Land F/X skills. 
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"Landscaping is living space that just happens to be outdoors."
-Greg Southhard
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CONTEST
PHOTO
CONTEST

Get Free Renewals or more Licenses: 
Submit Project Photos! 

Submissions due by August 31st

We love to highlight the potential of Land F/X by showcasing our customers' project shots in our brochures and on our website. Have an awesome project you designed using Land F/X? Send us an image! We encourage you to send as many images as you want. The more you send, the better your chance of selection.
All submissions receive compensation and winners will be chosen in September. View Contest Details.

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Power Tip: How to Save a Dimscale Block

Suggested by: Tim Wood, B+C Studio
POWER TIP
What do you do when a symbol is too big for small scales, but too small for larger scales? You make a Dimscale block! We'll show you to save a block that will automatically scale to the right size, regardless of the scale in your layout.
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Posted: SketchUp Connection Basics

SKETCHUP BASICS WEBINAR
Just getting started with SketchUp? Then you want to be sure to watch last week's webinar on our SketchUp basics covering some entry level SketchUp skills along with our Connection tool. 
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SKETCHUP WEBINAR


SketchUp Connection: Basics Webinar

Presented by: Amanda Berry

Are you looking to integrate 3D modeling into your existing design process? In this basic workflow, we will go over the procedure to export a basic site and planting plan from AutoCAD over to SketchUp. We'll also show you how to use some basic SketchUp tools, as well as additional features included in the Land F/X tool available from the SketchUp Extension Warehouse.

We encourage that you to prepare for the webinar with these training tools:
· Watch our Sketchup Basics with Daniel Tal webinar first.
· Know to use the basic planting and site tools in Land F/X.

Friday, August 14, 2015 @ 10am PT / 1pm ET

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Power Tip: Customizing Drip Hatches

Suggested by: Jinna Cooper
POWER TIPS
As you place your area for dripline or area for drip emitter, you'll notice that we've already taken the time to set up and provide you with several hatches to depict this equipment in your drawing. Learn how easy it is to make your own custom drip hatch to use on your projects!
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Hunter's New Clik-Delay Available in Land F/X

HUNTER CLIK-DELAY
Just yesterday Hunter released their new Clik-Delay Sensor Accessory, which you can find in our Irrigation Equipment Database! The Clik-Delay attaches to Hunter Mini-Clik and Rain Clik sensors to prevent watering for 48 hours after a rain event. This is just another way Land F/X helps improve the communication of products. 
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Previous Webinar Posted: Details Tips & Tricks

DETAILS TIPS & TRICKS
Last Friday, Amanda taught how to take your detailing skills to the next level. This video will cover some advance techniques to create details that communicate your design intent clearly. It's just another way Land F/X helps save you more time! 
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Have fun making great designs! 
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DETAIL WEBINAR


Details Tips & Tricks Webinar

Presented by: Amanda Berry

You've watched our Master Detail Tools webinar to get started with your detail library in Land F/X, and now you need to watch this webinar to take your detailing skills to the next level. We'll go over some advanced techniques and best practices to create details that communicate your design intent clearly. We'll also show you how to use all the available Land F/X tools for creating smart details.

Friday, August 7, 2015 @ 10am PT / 1pm ET

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You must register before Friday. 

Power Tip: Advanced Detail Callouts

Suggested by: Amanda Berry
POWER TIP
De-clutter your detail callouts with some simple yet effective methods offered by Land F/X. In this Power Tip, we'll show you how to build upon the default information for detail callouts, how to customize the callouts themselves, and how to link the callouts with Reference Notes. 
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F/X CAD, AutoCAD 2016, Subscription, & The Future

SUBSCRIPTION
Many have been asking about AutoCAD, F/X CAD, and the changeover to subscription with the release of the 2016 version.

Here's the scoop: F/X CAD will be changing over to subscription with the 2016 version release. Our new contract is under development, so pricing is still unknown. However, the good news is that F/X CAD has always been more affordable than AutoCAD, so it should remain so. 
With that being said, F/X CAD 2015 will be the last version of perpetual licensing that you will be able to use without having to upgrade. Land F/X will work with the five latest versions of AutoCAD, so you will have five years to use F/X CAD 2015 to the fullest. Pricing on F/X CAD 2015 has been reduced to $1595 (that does not include the Land F/X platform). 

Video Posted: Improving CAD Standards 

CAD STANDARDS WEBINAR
Last week's webinar takes a glimpse into how our software can enforce your office standards when it comes to layers, blocks, labeling, and schedules – all while being flexible where needed. Take the challenge of possibly improving your standards! 
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Customization Guide

CUSTOMIZATION GUIDE
Our software is all about customization! Ready to tailor Land F/X to your office standards? Follow along with our new Customization Guide. From configuring layer colors and text styles to adding your own plant symbols and callout styles, Land F/X helps you put your unique stamp on landscape and irrigation design.
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Have fun making great designs!
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IMPROVING CAD STANDARDS WEBINAR


Improving CAD Standards Webinar

Presented by: Jake Lott

Land F/X gives your office incredible capability of developing and maintaining your CAD standards. This webinar will take a glimpse into how our software can enforce your office standards when it comes to layers, blocks, labeling, and schedules – all while being flexible where needed. Think of it as an opportunity to take a deeper look at why your standards are the way they are – and improve upon them for the better! 

Friday, July 31, 2015 @ 10am PT / 1pm ET

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You must register before Friday. 

Power Tip: Circuiting

Suggested by: David Farmer
POWER TIP
Want a quick and flexible method of grouping your irrigation head types into valve stations? Watch how to use Circuiting to see where your stations will be and, if needed, adjust their locations – all before you even begin piping. 
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Equipment Update: Rain Bird

RAIN BIRD

Land F/X made some updates to the Rain Bird equipment database. They have discontinued the ESP-ET Controller Series and STP Plus Controller Series. You will no longer find those in the Manufacturer Database. 
We have added a bunch of their new equipment as well. Some things you'll see are: 
  • ESP-LXD Decoder Controller- 50-200 station 2-wire controller, exterior stainless steel metal cabinet with Flow sensing capabilities.
  • ESP-LXD Decoder Controller- 50-200 station 2-wire controller, exterior stainless steel pedestal with Flow sensing capabilities.
  • ESP-LXMEF -12-48 station Commercial Controller. Stainless Steel Metal Cabine with Flow Sensing capabilities
  • ESP-RZX 4-8 Station outdoor controller
You are able to use any of the new equipment at any time!

Last Week's Webinar: Tools at an Early Stage

TOOLS AT EARLY STAGE VIDEO
Last week, Amanda showed the capabilities of Land F/X producing fast, professional-looking concept designs and generating accurate quotes. Exceed the expectations of your clients with these amazing tools! 
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Have fun making great designs! 
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WEBINAR IMAGE

Tools at an Early Stage Webinar 

Presented by: Amanda Berry

In this webinar, we'll go over how to customize the tools you use all the time – Plant Manager, Reference Note Manager, and other tools - to create quick and accurate basic concepts. In the time it takes to present the webinar, you can use these techniques to go from a client's request for a quote to an early but professional-looking concept design with inspirational photos – and an accurate quote. 

Friday, July 24, 2015 @ 10am PT / 1pm ET

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You must register before Friday. 

Power Tip: Customizing Plant Labels

Recommended by: Caltrans
POWER TIP
Land F/X allows full customization of your plant labels. From the style of your callout boxes to fonts, colors, leaders, and plant codes, you can adapt your plant labels to match your office standards. Learn how by watching our latest Power Tip! 

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Last Week's Webinar: Existing Irrigation 

IRRIGATION WEBINAR
If you are an Irrigation designer, this is a must-see video! Last week, Jake covered how to add or alter an existing system. 




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Project Photo Contest - Deadline August 31st

BROCHURE IMAGE
This could be your project. Help us convey the results of Land F/X. We understand that it's not all about the software, it's about the beauty you can create. 

We are looking for photos of finished projects. All submissions will receive compensation, and awards will be given in eight categories! 

Contest Details >
Have fun making great designs,
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EXISTING IRRIGATION WEBINAR

Existing Irrigation Webinar

Presented by: Jake Lott


At some point, every irrigation designer will need to add to or alter an existing system. This type of project can be among the most difficult. This week's webinar will cover a few different scenarios you might encounter as you design based on an existing irrigation system – we'll show you some valuable tools, tricks, and tips. We'll also review graphic options on adding to or altering existing irrigation systems, such as placing caps, adding custom P.O.C.’s, and representing the effect of existing irrigated areas with our Schematic Irrigation tool.
 


Friday, July 17, 2015 @ 10am PT / 1pm ET
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Power Tip: Plant Shotgun

PLANT SHOTGUN

Suggested by: Jeremiah Farmer


Who doesn't want to be a cowboy in the Wild West! Saddle up, and watch how easy it is to place and arrange multiple plants at once. 

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New Website Activities

NEW WEBSITE
By now, you've probably seen our newly updated website. We've added a lot of new interactive features, including an improved communication forum and the ability to add comments and ratings to webinar videos. Access it all with the same login information you use for the forum

Get a login – go here >

Terrain Modeling Video

TERRAIN MODELING VIDEO

 

Last week, Daniel Tal presented a fantastic webinar on terrain modeling in SketchUp. Don't miss the opportunity to learn from the best!

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TERRAIN MODELING WEBINAR

Terrain Modeling Webinar

Presented by: Daniel Tal 

This week, Daniel Tal returns to teach us about terrain modeling in SketchUp. Daniel will model a terrain site plan live, carefully reviewing the tools and steps required to achieve a digital elevation model. 

Friday, July 10, 2015 @ 10am PT / 1pm ET

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You must register before Friday. 
POWER TIP

Power Tip: Save Details by Jurisdiction

Suggested by: Amanda Berry

Take a moment to watch how you can take standard City or Municipality details and save them into the detail explorer for quick access during a routine project. We go over saving a CAD, PDF or JPG format detail, and recommend a filing method through CSI Masterformat.

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Project Photo Contest - Deadline August 31st

PROJECT PHOTOS
This time of the year is incredibly busy, but by taking some time to review photos of projects you've done using Land F/X, you could go down in Land F/X history! Every year we run this contest and we'd like to build it into more of a competition, but we need you! Your office can win one of our many Awards, along with receiving compensation. 

*Compensation is offered for anyone who submits into the contest.
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June 24, 2015
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LAND PLANNING WEBINAR

Land Planning & Site Builder Webinar

Presented by: Amanda Berry

Friday, June 26, 2015 @ 10am PST / 1pm EST

We've made some recent improvements to the Land Planning and Site Builder capabilities of our software. This webinar will cover the effective use of our Zoning and Concept Graphics tools, such as generating a Zoning Schedule to calculate density, area, and number of units. These tools are especially handy for planning the initial stages of larger designs, such as residential/commercial developments, large parks, or master community plans. Or use them for simple visualization and initial cost estimates of smaller projects.
Registration
Please register before Friday.
**This webinar will be recorded and posted the following week.**
 
POWER TIP: WORK AREAS IN XREFS

Power Tip: Work Areas in Xrefs

Inspired by: Jake Lott

Previous versions of Land F/X would only recognize Work Areas within the main drawing. We now offer the ability to also respect Work Areas within inserted Xrefs! Learn how to streamline your Work Areas across all your drawings by using Work Areas in Xrefs!

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METRIC SHEET SETUP

Metric Sheet Setup Video Posted

Missed Amanda Berry's Metric Sheet Setup webinar from last week? We've posted it on our website. Prepare your template the right way by learning proper metric scaling in both Model and Paper Space. 

Watch Now >
 

5th Annual Project Photo Contest

Have an awesome project you designed using Land F/X? Send us an image for our 5th Annual Photo Contest! We accept formats ranging from photos of completed projects, as well as SketchUp models, colorization drawings, and irrigation plans with construction photos. Winners will receive a handsome trophy, as well as compensation in the form of free renewal support, cash, discounts, or free licenses. 

For details, visit our Project Photo Contest page.
Submit Photos
 

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Land F/X Team

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June 16, 2015
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METRIC SHEET SETUP WEBINAR

Metric Sheet Setup Webinar

Presented by: Amanda Berry

Friday, June 19, 2015 @ 10am PST / 1pm EST

In this webinar, we'll go over the metric side of our recommended basic methods for setting up your drawing template. This method is a great way to prevent imported Xrefs from corrupting your drawing. We'll also go over setting up your Model Space and Paper Space for proper scaling in metric units for many metric standards, as well as using the Land F/X Sheet Index tool.
Registration
Please register before Friday.
**This webinar will be recorded and posted the following week.**
 
POWER TIP: SECTION CUT DETAILS FROM SKETCHUP

Power Tip: Section Cut Details from SketchUp

Inspired by: Amanda Berry

Save time on detail edits by adding SketchUp into the mix. Keep your details of structures, fences, and other features accurate by using SketchUp. Make them easy to read by using AutoCAD linework and Land F/X annotations that match your standards.

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Quote of the Week

"This software is awesome! Just did my first color tree plan in an hour. This used to take a day or two. It's wonderful."

Sean Lockyer
Studio AR+D Architects
 
INTRO TO IRRIGATION

Intro to Irrigation Video Posted

We've posted last week's Intro to Irrigation webinar. Take a look, and learn the essentials of irrigation layout with Land F/X, from schematic to head placement, and pipe layout and sizing. 

Watch Now >
 

5th Annual Project Photo Contest

Have an awesome project you designed using Land F/X? Send us an image for our 5th Annual Photo Contest! We accept formats ranging from photos of completed projects, as well as SketchUp models, colorization drawings, and irrigation plans with construction photos. Winners will receive a handsome trophy, as well as compensation in the form of free renewal support, cash, discounts, or free licenses. 

For details, visit our Project Photo Contest page.
Submit Photos
 

Thank you,
Land F/X Team

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June 8, 2015
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ADVANCED PLANNING & SITE TOOLS WEBINAR

Intro to Irrigation Webinar

Presented by: Jake Lott

Friday, June 12, 2015 @ 10am PST / 1pm EST

Although our upcoming webinar will cover the basic Irrigation capabilities of Land F/X, this is one webinar that even advanced users will not want to miss. We'll show how to use the Schematic Irrigation tool to lay out a project at the conceptual level. We'll then go over the essentials of adding equipment such as drip, sprays, and rotors to a project, as well as placing, piping, sizing, and scheduling. Plus, we'll provide a few tips and tricks you might not know about.
Registration
Please register before Friday.
**This webinar will be recorded and posted the following week.**
 
POWER TIP: DOCKABLE PLANT PALETTE

Power Tip: Detail Blocks

Inspired by: Land F/X

Creating details has never been easier – especially when you use our detail blocks as a starting point. Learn more by watching our latest Power Tip.  

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Save Your Standards Into Land F/X

Land F/X can take ownership of your office standards. In fact, you can save all your standard blocks, hatches, plotting standards, and more into our system for quick and easy access. Learn all about it from our Save Your Office Standards Into Land F/X documentation section.
 
CUSTOMIZING LAND F/X

Advanced Planting & Site Tools Posted

We've posted last week's webinar, Advanced Planting & Site Tools, to our website. Learn how to use the basic tools included in your Land F/X installation to design and calculate your plan to meet your needs. 

Watch Now >
 

5th Annual Project Photo Contest

Have an awesome project you designed using Land F/X? Send us an image for our 5th Annual Photo Contest! We accept formats ranging from photos of completed projects, as well as SketchUp models, colorization drawings, and irrigation plans with construction photos. Winners will receive a handsome trophy, as well as compensation in the form of free renewal support, cash, discounts, or free licenses. 

For details, visit our Project Photo Contest page.
Submit Photos
 

Thank you,
Land F/X Team

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June 1, 2015
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ADVANCED PLANNING & SITE TOOLS WEBINAR

Advanced Planting & Site Tools Webinar

Presented by: Amanda Berry

Friday, June 5, 2015 @ 10am PST / 1pm EST

In the first of a new series of "Advanced" webinars, we'll show you how to solve some interesting, out-of-the-box, advanced problems using in-the-box Land F/X tools. With the right kind of inventive thinking, you can use the basic tools included in your Land F/X installation to design and calculate your plan to meet your needs. Plus we'll provide as many examples as we can fit inside of an hour. This webinar will be a must-see for established Power Users, up-and-coming experienced users, or new users looking to get some big ideas while they explore the tools!
Registration
Please register before Friday.
**This webinar will be recorded and posted the following week.**
 
POWER TIP: DOCKABLE PLANT PALETTE

Power Tip: Dockable Plant Palette

Inspired by: Stephanie Kennedy of WDI

We've recently added several new features to the Plant Manager. Have a quick look at the new Plant Manager features, including a new Copy tool, double-click plant placement, dynamic columns, and the ability to dock the Plant Manager into a palette. 

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Quote of the Week

"Just wanted to say THANKS for creating the Power Tip on the Excel macro! I think that this is going to save us tons of time! Please tell everyone that all of us at PEC are very thankful for your great customer service and support."

Jon Howard
Planners & Engineers Collaborative
 
CUSTOMIZING LAND F/X

Customizing Land F/X Recording Posted

Did your miss our webinar on customizing Land F/X to respect and enhance your office standards? Don't worry – as with all our webinars, we've made it available as a link on our website! 

Watch Now >
 

5th Annual Project Photo Contest

Have an awesome project you designed using Land F/X? Send us an image for our 5th Annual Photo Contest! We accept formats ranging from photos of completed projects, as well as SketchUp models, colorization drawings, and irrigation plans with construction photos. Winners will receive a handsome trophy, as well as compensation in the form of free renewal support, cash, discounts, or free licenses. 

For details, visit our Project Photo Contest page.
Submit Photos
 

Latest Tech Update: Land F/X 11.52


As always, we've been busy adding tons of new Land F/X functionality. To take advantage of all the latest features, don't forget to stay current on your updates. We recommend updating your Land F/X installation weekly. Visit our Check for Land F/X Updates page to find out which features we've added.

How to update Land F/X >
 

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May 26, 2015
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Customizing Land F/X Webinar

Presented by: Jake Lott

Friday, May 29, 2015 @ 10am PST / 1pm EST
   
Since our inception, we've designed our software to respect – and even enhance – each office's standards. In our upcoming webinar, we'll demonstrate how Land F/X allows you to use specific blocks, layer names, sheet protocols, and other distinct elements that make up your firm’s practices and preferences. For more than a decade, we have successfully accounted for hundreds of offices – many with some wildly unique standards.
Registration
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**This webinar will be recorded and posted the following week.**
 
POWER TIP: CREATING AN EXCEL MACRO

Power Tip: Creating an Excel Macro

Inspired by: Jon Howard of WDI
Sending a schedule to a spreadsheet allows for almost unlimited editing and customization. The necessary formatting can become tedious, however. Learn to automate this process by creating a macro!

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Quote of the Week

"I finally watched the video on customizing AutoCAD. You guys are amazing and I can now use my new computer in town. I know... you were telling me this all along. You guys are awesome. Thank you for making our daily lives better." 

Marion Weaver
Environmental Planning & Design
Salinas, CA
 
Hardscape Design Webinar

Hardscape Video

Last week, Amanda Berry's webinar covered creating a masterful hardscape site using Reference Notes (RefNotes). Topics included placing RefNotes, calling out features, and generating materials schedules.

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5th Annual Project Photo Contest

Have an awesome project you designed using Land F/X? Send us an image for our 5th Annual Photo Contest! We accept formats ranging from photos of completed projects, as well as SketchUp models, colorization drawings, irrigation plans with construction photos. Winners will receive compensation in the form of free renewal support, cash, discounts, or free licenses. 

For details, visit our Project Photo Contest page.
 

Thank you,
Land F/X Team

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May 19, 2015
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HARDSCAPE WEBINAR

Hardscape Webinar

Presented by: Amanda Berry

Friday, May 22, 2015 @ 10am PST / 1pm EST    

Hardscape design with Land F/X is all about Reference Notes (RefNotes). Learn about the myriad options available within our RefNotes tool that will streamline your project's workflow. We'll go over all the basics of RefNotes, including setting up and placing a RefNote, calling out your features, and placing a schedule. We'll also showcase a few other tools you can use along with RefNotes to keep your drafting fast and your edits faster.
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Power Tip: Creating Hedges

Inspired By: Ian Douglas Robinson 
Spend two minutes to learn a few fast tricks for drawing hedges that are visually clean, spaced to your preference, and accurate on quantity. Once you've seen our Power Tip, you can stop spending valuable time experimenting with the spacing and width of your plant areas. 

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SKETCHUP EXTENSIONS VIDEO

SketchUp Extensions Video

Last week Daniel Tal did a webinar on covering the SketchUp Extension Warehouse. There were some audio issues, but everything has been time stamped at the bottom and explained. 

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Discontinued RainBird 5500 Series

RainBird has discontinued the 5500 series of rotors, and has since replaced that line with the 5000 series.

A few Land F/X users have been under the impression that we have the incorrect line in our system, showing the "old" 5000 instead of the 5500. In reality, we do in fact have the correct lineup in our system, showing the 5000 instead of the old 5500.
 

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May 12, 2015
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SketchUp Extensions Webinar

Presented by: Daniel Tal

Friday, May 15, 2015 @ 10am PST / 1pm EST    

Join Land F/X and Daniel Tal for a webinar covering the SketchUp Extension Warehouse. This webinar was originally scheduled a few months ago and had to be postponed until now. The Extensions comprise a wide range of powerful tools designed to streamline and enhance the modeling process by vastly increasing SketchUp's functionality. Downloadable directly from SketchUp, these custom tools are easy to locate and install. From utility plugins that make it quick and easy to place objects, to powerful terrain modeling tools for sculpting landform and grades, the SketchUp Extensions help you perform unique tasks – and save hours of work time.

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POWER TIP: SKETCHUP

Power Tip: Importing & Exporting Plants to SketchUp

Suggested by: David Farmer
Accessed in CAD, this feature allows you to export a CAD design and an associated Land F/X project into SketchUp. Watch as we go over how to import and export your design between AutoCAD and SketchUp. 

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Colorization Update 

COLORIZATION
COLORIZATION
COLORIZATION
Have you seen our updated Plant Colorization library? We've recently overhauled our entire collection of color Tree and Shrub symbols. The tree symbols are now reorganized for quick access to the most popular symbols. We've also completely revamped the shrub symbols, adding new colors and phasing out gradients that were too taxing for AutoCAD. Look for updated Groundcover options – and all-new Shrub Area colorization – in coming weeks. For more information, including a look at our updated library, check out our Colorization documentation section.
 
PLANTING PLAN BASICS

Planting Plan Basics Video

From new users to seasoned vets, anyone can benefit from our Planting Plan Basics video! This webinar gives an insightful look into Land F/X presentation tools such as colorization, outlines, and the SketchUp Connection.

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April 29, 2015
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SHEET SETUP WEBINAR

Sheet Setup Webinar

Presented by: Jake Lott

Friday, May 1, 2015 @ 10am PST / 1pm EST  

Setting up your sheets correctly is the key to maximizing your workflow from the start of any project. Join us this week for some basics in proper sheet setup. We'll go over cleaning your base files, as well as best practices for Xrefing, creating templates, using the Land F/X Sheet Index, and more. 

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ASIC WEEKEND

Upcoming News


Watch out for next week's newsletter with a brand-new Power Tip video, along with fun pictures from the ASIC Minneapolis event from over the weekend! 

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April 7, 2015
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POWER TIP

Power Tip: Copy Along Polyline

Suggested by: Don Irving, Australia 

Don Irving wanted to use our Copy Along Polyline tool for placing generic blocks. Learn how this handy tool can speed up your process of placing multiple blocks within your design. For example, try it with one of our vehicle Plan Graphics to test the usability of a curved driveway! 

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AUTOCAD 2016

AutoCAD 2016

Two weeks ago, AutoCAD released the new 2016 version. Land F/X is compatible with the five latest versions of AutoCAD. You may run the workstation installer to test Land F/X on AutoCAD 2016, but we do not officially support or recommend updating to the newest version of AutoCAD until the first service pack releases.

Land F/X will end Support of AutoCAD 2010 December 2015. If you are running AutoCAD 2010 or 2011, and wish to consider our F/X CAD, please contact Krystal for a free trial. 

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DETAILS WEBINAR VIDEO REDO

Details & Specification Video Posted

A few weeks ago, Tyson Carroll of Urban Tree Foundation presented a webinar about industry leaders in the creation of landscape architectural details and specifications that satisfy the best possible construction documentation standards. We've re-recorded the webinar and posted it to our website, so you can enjoy all his research! 

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March 24, 2015
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POWER TIP GRASS MIX

Power Tip: Grass Mix

Suggested by: Kimberly Alexander, Allee Landscapes

Have you ever needed to mix a specific combination of grasses to fill one of your groundcover areas? Find out how to create accurate mixtures using the Land F/X Concept Plant Manager. 

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CLOSED FRIDAY

Office Closed Friday

Land F/X will be moving our office this Friday, March 27, and will unfortunately need to close all day. We will try to answer emails and tickets intermittently. If you have a tech support issue or question, please submit a tech support ticket. Be sure to update your records to reflect our new address:

3165 Broad Street
Suite 114
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
 
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Packed House

At last week's LAbash, Jeremiah presented to a packed house of 75 students, and Jake hosted a Bike and Pedestrian Charrette with 20 students attending. It was a huge success of engaging students and being able to work with them on the same level. We took a few photos we wanted to share! 
CHARETTE
CHARETTE
 

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Brea - Jason - Jeremiah - Jake - Krystal - Forrestt

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March 17, 2015
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Power Tip: Lateral and Mainline Piping

Power Tip: Lateral and Mainline Piping

Suggested by: Eric Stanely, GSBS

Take a look at a few cool piping tools you might not have known about. From Head AutoSnap to flow tallying, Land F/X helps speed up your piping process even more.

 

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LAbash 2015

Land F/X Hanging Out with the Students!

Land F/X is excited to announce that LAbash 2015 will be held at Cal Poly, in our beautiful hometown of San Luis Obispo, California. Since this is a very big opportunity for us to reach out to the students, we will be in and out of the office Thursday and Friday. 

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TECH UPDATE DRAWING CLEAN UP
We've been receiving an increasing number of technical support tickets based on corrupt drawings. In fact, easily half of the issues that occur with basic Land F/X functionality are the result of drawing corruption. You can save yourself a great deal of time and stress by:
  • Making sure your Proxy Object Settings are configured correctly
  • Paying attention to file size. A typical CAD drawing is about 1 to 3 MB. Is yours a bigger file? You might be looking at drawing corruption.
  • Keeping each of your sheets in its own .dwg drawing.
  • Using the Land F/X Nuke tool on drawings you receive from colleagues or clients BEFORE you Xref them into your drawings. The Nuke tool zaps drawing corruption, giving you a clean file.
Take care of drawing corruption early, and let yourself get back to designing!
 

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SKETCHUP WEBINAR POSTPONED

SketchUp Extensions Webinar Postponed

We unfortunately have to postpone this morning's SketchUp Extensions webinar due to unforeseen circumstances. We apologize for any inconvenience, but we will be rescheduling the webinar. As soon as we know the date, we will post it in a newsletter.

Have a great weekend! 

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March 11, 2015
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SKETCHUP EXTENSIONS WEBINAR

SketchUp Extensions Webinar

Presented by: Daniel Tal

Friday, March 13, 2015 @ 10am PST / 1pm EST    

Join Land F/X and Daniel Tal for a webinar covering the SketchUp Extension Warehouse. The Extensions comprise a wide range of powerful tools designed to streamline and enhance the modeling process by vastly increasing SketchUp's functionality. Downloadable directly from SketchUp, these custom tools are easy to locate and install. From utility plugins that make it quick and easy to place objects, to powerful terrain modeling tools for sculpting landform and grades, the SketchUp Extensions help you perform unique tasks – and save hours of work time. 

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POWER TIP

Power Tip: Detail Sheets

Suggested by: Bill Curtis
Do you have a set of standard details that you tend to use in each of your projects? Placing each detail individually can become tedious and time consuming. Land F/X helps you place multiple details into your drawings quickly and easily. Learn to use detail templates and our Detail Manager to import your standard details in one go, and you'll give yourself more time to design. 

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DETAILS & SPECIFICATIONS WEBINAR VIDEO

Detail & Specifications Video

Due to a recording issue with last week's webinar, the video is not posted to our website – yet. We are hoping to re-record the webinar at a later date and will post when the video is up. We apologize for any inconvenience.  
 

Tech Update: Keep Your Existing CAD Settings When Upgrading to a New Version

MIGRATE CAD SETTINGS