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Create a Custom Color Plant Symbol

Recommended By:  Laurent Pamela
Saturday, 18 February 2017
Feature: Create a Custom Color Plant Symbol Your installation includes a wide selection of colored plant symbols, which you can use in the quick rendering of your planting plan. Some…

Power Tip: Spot Elevations and Slope Callouts

Recommended By:  Don Irving with Donald Irving Pty Ltd
Friday, 10 February 2017
Feature: Spot Elevations and Slope Callouts If you draft grading plans, you'll love our grading tools. This Power Tip goes through improvements we've made to our Spot Elevation and Slope…

Power Tip: Creating General Notes Using RefNotes

Recommended By:  Jake Lott
Tuesday, 10 January 2017
Feature: Creating General Notes Using RefNotes Every plan will include a general notes section, as well as separate notes for disciplines such as planting, irrigation, and grading. Our Reference Note…

Power Tip: Changing Line Colors

Recommended By:  Jeremiah Farmer
Friday, 06 January 2017
Feature: Changing Line Colors Land F/X makes it convenient to customize the line colors in a single or multiple drawings. Not only can you change the line colors in a…

Power Tip: Quickly Move Plants to Unique Layers

Recommended By:  Rachel Katzman with Belt Collins Hawaii
Friday, 11 November 2016
Feature: Land F/X places all tree and shrub symbols on default layers. In this Power Tip, we’ll go through how to grab all your placed plants and put them on layers…

Power Tip: Customizing Irrigation Equipment Symbols

Recommended By:  David Farmer
Wednesday, 09 November 2016
Feature: Customizing Irrigation Equipment Symbols   Each irrigation symbol in our vast library is already predefined in the system and assigned to each manufacturer, so you don't have to worry…

Power Tip: Create an Amenity RefNote with an Assigned SketchUp Component

Recommended By:  Stephanie Kennedy with WDI
Thursday, 27 October 2016
Feature: Create an Amenity RefNote with an Assigned SketchUp Component Were you aware that our manufacturer blocks are automatically associated with SketchUp components for when you export and import your…

Power Tip: Manual Cleaning Steps

Recommended By:  Amanda Berry
Monday, 10 October 2016
Feature: Manual Cleaning Steps Drawing cleanup is an essential part of working with AutoCAD drawings across multiple users and platforms. Without this process, drawings can become corrupt, potentially costing you…

Power Tip: Detail Enlargements

Recommended By:  WDI
Wednesday, 14 September 2016
Feature: Detail Enlargements When building details, you'll often find yourself needing to provide a close-up view of a detail component that shows a more intricate and detailed view of that…

Power Tip: Enhancing Plants in a SketchUp Scene

Recommended By:  Jeremiah Farmer
Friday, 09 September 2016
Feature: Enhancing Plants in a SketchUp Scene   Want to use a SketchUp model to show off your design in 3D? This Power Tip demonstrates how to quickly set up…

Power Tip: Create a Change Order Schedule Using Refnotes

Recommended By:  Jimmy Mcaninch with AECOM
Wednesday, 24 August 2016
Feature: Create a Change Order Schedule Using Refnotes Do you have a large, dynamic project under construction, where you'd like to improve how you keep track of change orders? We're…

Power Tip: Cleanup Zoom Extents

Recommended By:  Jeremiah Farmer
Friday, 19 August 2016
Feature: Cleanup Zoom Extents Aside from drawing cleanup, perhaps the most important step to take with a drawing you receive from a colleague, consultant, or client – or any drawing,…

Power Tip: Cloud Details

Recommended By:  Jeremiah Farmer
Tuesday, 16 August 2016
Feature: Cloud Details Land F/X provides an extensive library of details that are all based in the cloud and instantly downloadable. You can use the details as they are, edit…

Power Tip: X Marks the Angle – The Xhair Tool

Recommended By:  Dave Farmer
Thursday, 28 July 2016
Feature: Power Tip: X Marks the Angle: The Xhair Tool   Need to match a specific angle in your drawing when drawing a line or placing a line of plants,…

Power Tip: Create a Discipline Block with Attributes

Recommended By:  Luis Terrazas with Greenway Studio
Thursday, 14 July 2016
Feature: Create a Discipline Block with Attributes Our Discipline Graphics blocks provide some helpful attribute-driven symbols, but what if you want to make your own block with customized attributes? Follow…

Power Tip: Paint Mode

Recommended By:  Jeff Morosky with Walt Disney Imagineering
Thursday, 07 July 2016
At our very first meeting with Walt Disney Imagineering, the talented Jeff Morosky asked whether there was a way to “paint” a swath of plant symbols into a planting area.…

Power Tip: Create a Larger Gap between Shrubs and Groundcovers

Recommended By:  Land F/X
Wednesday, 29 June 2016
Feature: Create a Larger Gap between Shrubs and Groundcovers Exclude Shrubs is a key tool for keeping your quantities exact, and our Plant Outlines tool keeps your plan looking sharp.…

Power Tip: Switch to Cloud Data

Recommended By:  Forrestt WIlliams
Friday, 24 June 2016
Feature: Switch to Cloud Data Our Cloud Data option is a great way to ensure that anywhere you have Internet access, you can access your Land F/X projects and use…

Power Tip: Getting the Latest Land F/X Blocks

Recommended By:  Jeremiah Farmer
Thursday, 16 June 2016
Feature: Getting the Latest Land F/X Blocks   It’s no secret that Land F/X has a great database of blocks to use in your design process. What you may not…

Power Tip: Saving Hatches

Recommended By:  Jeremiah Farmer
Monday, 06 June 2016
Feature: Saving Hatches Saving a hatch into the Land F/X database makes that hatch accessible directly from our software. More importantly, it gives you more control over the hatching process.…

Power Tip: Show a Phased Planting Plan

Recommended By:  Harold Hoyte with The City of Deerfield, and Robert Bias of Verlander Landscape Architecture LLC
Thursday, 26 May 2016
Feature: Show a Phased Planting Plan In creating your construction drawings, you will inevitably need to divide your plan into different phases. Land F/X helps you accomplish this task in…

Power Tip: Using our Customized AutoCAD Ribbons

Recommended By:  Amanda Berry
Tuesday, 10 May 2016
Feature: Using our Customized AutoCAD Ribbons This week we bring you a Power Tip showing how to install the F/X CAD ACAD ribbons into AutoCAD.   Visit our F/X CAD…

Power Tip: Exclude Shrubs

Recommended By:  Jeremiah Farmer
Friday, 06 May 2016
Feature: Exclude Shrubs When placing groundcover hatches, you don't just need to provide an accurate visual representation – you need to ensure precision in your plant counts. The process becomes…

Power Tip: Printing Your Entire Plant Palette

Recommended By:  Paul Houchin
Friday, 29 April 2016
Feature: Printing Your Entire Plant Palette Your client may want to discuss the possible plant options for your design. Or you may just need a list of your project plants…

Land F/X featured on the TV Show 'World's Greatest'

Monday, 25 April 2016
Last year, the television show "World's Greatest" contacted us to express interest in filming a segment about us. The goal of the show to provide an in-depth look at products viewers know, as well as products they never knew existed. A small film crew from the show recently spent the day with our team, conducting interviews and capturing us hard…

Power Tip: Site Color

Recommended By:  Jeremiah Farmer
Friday, 22 April 2016
Feature: Site Color We've engineered an incredibly powerful addition to your palette of presentation tools: Site Color! Watch this short video covering some time-saving techniques you can use to achieve…

Power Tip: Secret Keyboard Commands

Recommended By:  Land F/X
Friday, 15 April 2016
Feature: Secret Keyboard Commands While you may know your way around all the Land F/X tools on our ribbons and toolbars, you may not have discovered the additional secret tools…

Power Tip: Sharing the Land F/X Folder

Recommended By:  Alden Wilson
Tuesday, 12 April 2016
Feature: Sharing the Land F/X Folder If you’re in an office with multiple Land F/X users, sharing a centralized company-wide Land F/X folder can be extremely beneficial. For example, whenever…

Power Tip: Match Properties Window Selection

Recommended By:  Andrew Spiering
Friday, 01 April 2016
Feature: Match Properties Window Selection Whether you need to switch out one head or valve in your drawing, or hundreds of plants at a time, our Match Properties tool –…

Power Tip: Replace Details

Recommended By:  Jeremiah Farmer
Thursday, 24 March 2016
Feature: Replace Details If CAD details play a significant role in your drawings, make sure you're familiar with how to replace your details efficiently. For example, if your project specs…

Power Tip: Show Context with New Viewport

Recommended By:  Brad Sikes with Sikesdesign
Sunday, 20 March 2016
Feature: Show Context with New Viewport If you need to show an enlarged or more detailed view of an area within your plan, it's important to maintain that area's context…

Power Tip: Superjoin

Recommended By:  Aaron Smith, Insight Irrigation
Wednesday, 02 March 2016
Feature: Superjoin Tired of dealing with other CAD users' messy linework, or spending hours cleaning up drawings that originated in other programs like SketchUp or Revit? Watch this handy Power…

Power Tip: SketchUp Performance Tips

Recommended By:  Amanda Berry
Monday, 29 February 2016
Feature: SketchUp Performance Tips When you're trying to model a large plan with the Land F/X SketchUp Connection, the number of trees can sometimes bring your computer to a grinding…

Power Tip: fxREF

Recommended By:  Jeremiah Farmer
Thursday, 18 February 2016
Feature: fxREF The process of attaching an Xref to a drawing includes some complexities that can cause problems related to scaling and origin point. Our fxREF tool helps you navigate more easily…

Power Tip: Advanced Labeling Techniques

Recommended By:  Christina Ahlers with Girvin Associates
Thursday, 11 February 2016
Feature: Advanced Labeling Techniques Spend less time labeling plants and Reference Notes by applying these efficiency hacks. You might be tempted to withhold how you were able to get the…

Power Tip: Planting Schedule Variations

Recommended By:  Jeremiah Farmer
Wednesday, 03 February 2016
Feature: Planting Schedule Variations We make it easy to run a plant schedule for your design. Still, you might not be aware of all the capabilities of our Plant Schedule…

Power Tip: Use QSELECT for Complicated Land F/X Scale Changes

Recommended By:  Allan Darwent with Talma Mill Studios Ltd.
Thursday, 28 January 2016
Feature: Use QSELECT for Complicated Land F/X Scale Changes Have you used QSELECT in your Land F/X workflow yet? Make sure you add this handy AutoCAD tool to your kit,…

Power Tip: Technical Support

Recommended By:  Jeremiah Farmer
Tuesday, 19 January 2016
Feature: Technical Support If you run into issues while using a Land F/X product, you can submit a support ticket directly from AutoCAD (or F/X CAD). Before we can diagnose…

Power Tip: Set a Viewport Scale with Land F/X

Recommended By:  Jeremiah Farmer
Thursday, 14 January 2016
Feature: Set a Viewport Scale with Land F/X Have you ever wanted a foolproof method for setting the Viewport Scale? Just use our Plot Scale tool! Watch how easy it…

Power Tip: Verify Mainline

Recommended By:  Eric Stanley with GSBS
Monday, 21 December 2015
Feature: Verify Mainline Before you size the mainline pipe in your irrigation design, we recommend checking for errors in your layout. Our newly updated Verify Mainline tool takes care of this crucial…

Power Tip: Import Plant

Recommended By:  Jeremiah Farmer
Monday, 02 November 2015
Feature: Import Plant If you've already saved and edited plants for a project, or spent time carefully setting up a plant template, you'll want to be able to use these…

Power Tip: Intro To Nuke

Recommended By:  Jeremiah Farmer
Thursday, 22 October 2015
Feature: Intro To Nuke Drawing cleanup is absolutely integral to designing with AutoCAD – yet too many CAD users know little or nothing about it. The unfortunate result? Complications that…

Power Tip: Plant Color Render

Recommended By:  David Farmer
Monday, 19 October 2015
Feature: Plant Color Render Check out all that our Plant Color Render tool has to offer! With Shrub Area coloring now available, and many more marker-style symbols to choose from,…

Power Tip: Colored Blocks

Recommended By:  Jeremiah Farmer
Wednesday, 30 September 2015
Feature: Colored Blocks As you may know, Land F/X offers quite an extensive selection of blocks, including our Plan and Elevation Graphics. We've recently updated these block libraries with a…

Power Tip: Including Flow For Existing Planting

Recommended By:  Danah with Madrone Landscape
Monday, 28 September 2015
Feature: Including Flow For Existing Planting Have you ever wondered how to account for additional flow requirements for existing plants when doing an irrigation/planting retrofit? Take a look at this…

Power Tip: Assign a Custom Sketchup Component to a Plant

Recommended By:  Casey with GC, Inc.
Thursday, 17 September 2015
Feature: Assign a Custom Sketchup Component to a Plant Want to make your SketchUp models as realistic as possible? If so, you'll need to assign your own highly realistic tree…

Power Tip: Dynamic Block Support

Recommended By:  Aaron Emerson with Mills Design Group
Saturday, 05 September 2015
Feature: Dynamic Block Support Land F/X now supports dynamic blocks! With the help of Aaron Emerson of Mills Design Group, we were able to come up with a great new…

Power Tip: RefNote Object In Drawing

Recommended By:  BMLA
Thursday, 27 August 2015
Feature: RefNote Object In Drawing Like many Land F/X users, you might like to use our Plan Graphics to place generic objects – such as benches, birdbaths, rocks, or play…

Power Tip: Convert Imperial Details to Metric

Recommended By:  Michael Magnan with O2 Planning + Design Inc
Tuesday, 25 August 2015
Feature: Convert Imperial Details to Metric 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…

Power Tip: How to Create a Dimscale Block

Recommended By:  Tim Wood with B+C Studio
Tuesday, 18 August 2015
Feature: How to Create a Dimscale Block What do you do when a symbol is too big for small scales, but too small for larger scales? You make a Dimscale…
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