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Developed by landscape architects for landscape architects, our planting design plugin works within AutoCAD and SketchUp. With just a few clicks, place plants as “smart” blocks and hatches embedded with all the data you need. We automate all your tedious and error-prone tasks – like error checking, counting plants, labeling, and scheduling – and make them available in easily accessible dialog boxes within CAD. And because Land F/X doesn’t use Proxy Objects, you can share drawings with consultants who don’t have Land F/X, allowing them to see all your linework and objects instantly.
Users like you have made Land F/X what it is today! Each week, we produce a new Power Tip video showing off tools and techniques suggested by Land F/X clients. Use these brief but informative educational videos to see some of our greatest planting features in action – and add efficiency and speed to your workflow.
It's as easy as clicking this button and then clicking your block. It’s instantly saved into the system, ready to be placed as a smart block.
Use our Preferences screens to customize every layer and every color, dial in your text settings, and much, much more.
Your Land F/X installation comes with a set of default Text Styles. Each of our Text Styles applies your chosen standards to specific applications of text in your drawings – like plant labels and schedule text. Set each Text Style to your chosen font, point size, width, and more.
We don’t just give you thousands of plant and site amenity symbol blocks – we also give you the source block drawings. That means you can easily edit any of our plant symbols by opening and editing the DWG file that contains the linework for that symbol.
Want to use your own symbols? It’s a snap. Just draw them and use our Save Block tool. Your plant symbol is saved right into our software, along with a thumbnail slide, for easy viewing and access from within a dialog box in CAD.
Like our plant symbols, our plant label styles are blocks sourced from DWG drawings that we provide with your installation – one for the left version of a label, and one for the right. You’re free to edit these source blocks to give our default label styles exactly the look you want. Save them, and they’ll be available for your use – also from a dialog box in CAD.
We provide a wide variety of hatch patterns to represent your groundcovers and hardscaping areas. Have your own hatch pattern you want to use? Our Save Hatch tool allows you to access your hatch from – you guessed it – a CAD dialog box.
Layers and layer settings are the most basic elements of customization in CAD. We make it easy to control your layer settings.
Our General Preferences screen includes an Edit button that allows you to revise the name, color, linetype, and lineweight of each of your layers.
It also includes a Block Colors button that allows you to customize all 255 colors used by AutoCAD as index colors for plotting. Edit each color that conflicts with your office standards, and you’ll be sure to draw and plot exactly how you want.
Create your virtual plant palette from a list of more than 20,000 plants while still working in AutoCAD. Our searchable plant library includes practically every genus, species, and variety you can think of. Don’t see it? You can add it. Need more information? Wiki-based plant data is built right into the software!
The real power of Land F/X lies in our extensive collection of virtual plants. Any user can add any plant variety – including climate and character data – to our wiki-style database.
Don’t worry; our staff landscape architects review every submission for accuracy. After approval, each added plant is available for all users worldwide, allowing the community of Land F/X users to help and be helped by each other.
Here’s how it works: Pick a plant genus, species, and variety from our vast database of trees, shrubs, and groundcovers. Don’t see the plant you need? Just let us know, and we’ll add it.
Add your plant to your palette with a click. All plants in your palette are consolidated into a single dialog box, organized by four plant categories – Trees, Shrubs, Shrub Areas, and Groundcovers. The plants in each category are alphabetized by genus, allowing you to find each one quickly when you want to edit or place it.
Once a plant is in your palette, you can assign it with data. What does “data” mean in this context? It’s any information you want to communicate to your client, employer, or contractor about that plant, from width and height to rootball size, per-unit cost, water usage, and, if you want, tons of other specific info about that plant – growth rate, sun or shade needs, optimal soil, and more. These stats are all wiki-based for each plant, which gives you the opportunity to educate and be educated by the entire community of Land F/X users.
Now it’s time to choose an AutoCAD block that will represent your plant in your drawing. Your Land F/X installation comes with an extensive library of thousands upon thousands of plant symbol blocks for trees or shrubs, and hatches for groundcovers. Once you’ve tied a symbol to a plant, it won’t just represent that plant variety in your planting plan – it will be embedded with all the data you’ve assigned to that plant. In other words, it will be a “smart” block.
Pick your plant, and click to place it. It’s that simple. Want an even quicker option? Our specialized tools give you numerous methods for placing multiple plants in one go.
Watch just a few in action: Copy along Line, Copy along Arc, and Plant Shotgun:
We make it astoundingly easy to place plants in your drawing. Just pick a plant, and click to place it. Fill a closed polyline with a groundcover hatch instantly – or draw your groundcover area on the fly.
Those are the basics, but we offer much, much more. We offer enough creative and efficient ways to place plants to make CAD-based planting design feel like a video game. (Well, maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration.)
Instantly draw a line or arc of trees or shrubs, or snap a row of plants to an existing polyline in your drawing. First set a specific spacing pattern between the plants, including the exact number of feet or meters between them. Then place a uniform row of plants.
See the Plant Shotgun tool demonstrated below:
Label individual plants, or several at a time, with just a click using our “smart” plant labeling tools.
No landscape design software would be complete without a powerful plant labeling system. Ours is the fastest in the world. Label single plants, or a whole group of the same variety with either multiple leaders or a connecting line or arc. Then use our error-checking and highlighting tools to ensure all plants are labeled correctly – all automatic, all instantaneous. Move labels around, and change your label styles with a click. Your plans have never been this accurate and legible.
Want to customize your labels to meet your office standards? No problem. Our labeling styles come with a few easy presets – including styles for plant names, codes, and quantities – but the labels are all fully customizable. From text styles and colors to leaders, arrows, and callout boxes, you can make it all your own.
It’s 4:58, and you need to turn in your plan NOW! How do you ensure that your plants are tallied and labeled correctly (and still be home in time for dinner)? Use our error-checking tools, and never count by hand again.
Why, oh why, would anyone ever want to count plants by hand? Aside from the sheer tedium, the worst part of manual error checking is the potential for miscalculation. Our error-checking tools are like an assistant whose only job is to scan your design – as many times as you ask – and ensure that everything is 100% accurate. We’ll save you literally hundreds of hours.
Make life easy for both yourself and the contractor! Instantly catalog your entire palette in a plant schedule that includes quantities, container sizes, costs, and as much – or as little – info you need to communicate.
Say goodbye to manual calculations, and never count plant quantities or costs again. Place an accurate plant schedule that contains all the data you need – in just seconds.
How does it work?
Click a button, and place an instant plant schedule. It’s that simple.
Send your schedule to your drawing, or to a spreadsheet for further editing. Run a schedule on your entire palette or just a portion of your plan – even include plants in your Xrefs. Plus the data you include in your schedule is all under your control. List plant sizes, quantities, or costs – or don’t. It’s all up to you. List your plants by common or botanical name, or both. Include plant symbols or codes. Make the settings uniform or completely different for trees, shrubs, and groundcovers. Then sort your plants in each category by code or by common or botanical name.
Easily regenerate your schedule after revisions – that's how easy it is. Say goodbye to all the headaches and frustration of manual scheduling.
Give your plan a new level of vibrancy by clicking a button. We’ve created thousands of unique color plant symbols, and our library is constantly growing. Make a splash with your presentation, then dive back into construction mode in a flash.
Time to present your design? Spice it up with our Color Render tool. We’ve created thousands of unique color plant symbols in our ever-expanding library. Choose from a wide variety of tree and shrub symbols, as well as colors and textures for your groundcovers and shrub areas. Select a symbol with multiple colors, interior foliage or linework, flowers, or multiple trunks. Our library also includes evergreens and conifers, palm trees, tropical shrubs, and vines. Then choose a color from anywhere on the prism. Turn your color symbols on and off with a single click, and fly seamlessly between presentation and construction documents.
Who says color is just for plants? What about your site and hardscape plan? Our Site Color tool brings it alive. Select a color and hue, then apply it to a hardscape area or site amenity block. Create your own custom color wheels, and customize your color layers.
Have you tried SketchUp? This 3D modeling application brings your designs to life. We’ve developed a seamless channel between CAD and 3D rendering. Included with your Land F/X license, our SketchUp Connection maintains your exact plant palette, plant placements, and linework from CAD to SketchUp and back again.
The images below have been provided by Land F/X clients using our SketchUp plugin in conjunction with advanced rendering plugins such as Thea and Shaderlight.
SketchUp is an ideal 3D platform for most landscape architects. In fact, for 3D rendering, it blows AutoCAD out of the water. Plus it provides a great way to present a conceptual design early in the process. But the precision of AutoCAD and the ability to present your sites in plan view still makes it a superior platform for construction documents.
Land F/X connects these two valuable programs through the cloud to take advantage of the best parts of each. With the help of our SketchUp Connection tool, you can design in CAD and bring everything into a 3D SketchUp model. Need to make some changes while in SketchUp? You can add plants and site amenities to your palette and place them in your model. Bring it all back to CAD, then back to SketchUp again. Linework, layers, and blocks fly back and forth, maintaining their positions. Blocks and hatches retain their data as well. We make it possible to jump between dimensions.
When you install our software, you’re installing a set of additional AutoCAD functions designed just for you. It’s like your landscape architecture tool belt. Need a little help? We’ve got the learning resources you need. We strive to make CAD-based landscape design simple, intuitive, and fun.
Users like you have made Land F/X what it is today.
Our weekly Power Tip videos showcase features or techniques that maximize efficiency and accuracy in the design process. Presented by our in-house landscape architects and irrigation designers, these brief but insightful educational tools are based directly on client requests. Here are three of our most recent Planting Power Tip videos:
Just like riding a bike, learning our software might seem challenging at first – but you’ll be cruising in no time! Start with the fundamentals by watching our brief training videos. One step (roll?) at a time, we’ll guide you through the essential tools and techniques, from building your palette to placing plants, labeling, error checking, scheduling, and creating a dynamite presentation. Jump on!
Videos are great, but nothing can replace good old-fashioned reading. Our documentation section is extensive, meticulously organized, updated constantly, and completely searchable. Learn all about our software and pick up some valuable AutoCAD tips – all at your own pace.
Want a more in-depth look at our software? Our weekly hourlong webinars go beneath the surface to give you full immersion into techniques and best practices for Land F/X, AutoCAD, and SketchUp. Your license gets you into the live webinar. Can’t make it? We post each of our webinars on our website, allowing you to view them whenever you have the time.
We stand behind our product. Your Land F/X license includes unlimited support through phone, email, or our online ticket system. If you ever have an issue, our in-house landscape architects, irrigation designers, and computer specialists will be here to get you through it.
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Land F/X is designed from the ground up to be a multi-user platform. You can easily sync your Land F/X content between every user in your office. Have multiple offices? Use our Cloud Data service to sync through the cloud.
For more than 10 years, we’ve worked continuously, and with our clients’ input in mind, to make dramatic improvements to our software.
When it comes to development and troubleshooting, we’re a well-oiled machine. We never stop improving our software, from shiny new features to hyper-fast fixes in the event of the occasional bug. (Seriously – our standing record from reported issue to repair patch is two minutes.) On average, we write more than 10 lines of code per day and offer a new version once a week.
Our CEO and head developer started Land F/X with his father, a landscape architect. The goal was, and is, to adapt AutoCAD to meet the specific requirements of landscape and site design. Although the roots of our software extend back to code written in the 1990s, we’ve been streamlining our clients’ design process since our official launch in 2004.
How many software companies give you a say in the development process? Not a lot! Our guiding philosophy is based on listening to our clients and giving them the tools they need. That’s why every new feature we roll out is a direct response to a client’s request for added functionality. We also encourage our clients to vote on the priority of new features.