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Power Tips

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.

Power Tip: Creating a Quick Elevation Drawing

Recommended By:  Paul Houchin
Monday, 20 November 2017
Feature: Creating a Quick Elevation Drawing Plan view is just part of the story. Showing your site design in elevation view provides valuable insight into the spatial relationships between objects…...

Power Tip: Plant Outlines

Recommended By:  Amanda Berry
Wednesday, 15 November 2017
Feature: Plant Outlines When learning CAD, our resident landscape architect was also taught to print plans on paper and outline groups of plants with a thick black marker to identify…...

Power Tip: Splitting An Irrigation Zone

Recommended By:  Jeremiah Farmer
Thursday, 13 July 2017
Feature: Splitting An Irrigation Zone With irrigation plans, quick design changes are imperative. In this Power Tip, watch how we adjust on the fly to a typical revision need. We’ll…...

Power Tip: Head Layout Using Copy Along Line And Polyline

Recommended By:  Ed Wranosky with Hines Inc.
Feature:  Head Layout Using Copy Along Line And Polyline
Monday, 09 October 2017
  With our Copy Along Polyline and Copy Along Line tools, you can copy a head in your drawing and paste it along a specific path. We’ve added keyboard shortcuts…...

Power Tip: Training Resources

Feature:  Training Resources
Friday, 11 August 2017
Are you learning our software for the first time, or just trying to get a better handle on all of its capabilities? We offer a vast collection of training resources…...

Power Tip: What’s New with F/X CAD 2018

Recommended By:  Jeremiah Farmer
Feature:  What's New with F/X CAD 2018
Tuesday, 03 October 2017
This year's version of F/X CAD is a must-have upgrade full of long-awaited improvements that make everyday drafting more intuitive and less time-consuming. Do you select lines often? How about…...

Power Tip: Irrigation Tools In 3 Minutes

Recommended By:  Land F/X
Feature:  Irrigation Tools In 3 Minutes
Tuesday, 03 October 2017
Has anyone ever asked you why you use our software for irrigation – or you are still contemplating it yourself? This video will lay it out for you, or anyone…...

Power Tip: Work Areas

Recommended By:  David Dahlke with WDI
Tuesday, 11 July 2017
Work Areas allow Land F/X users to create areas within a drawing so that they can be worked on individually but still be part of the whole drawing. Using Work…...

Power Tip: Site Area Callouts

Recommended By:  Michael Astram with Northern Designs LLC
Feature:  Site Area Callouts
Friday, 07 July 2017
Area Callouts are a dynamic mleader-type tool that opens up to allow the user to not only instantly show an area callout at the right scale, but also to manipulate…...

Power Tip: Automated Server Migration

Recommended By:  Michael Cota
Feature:  Automated Server Migration
Wednesday, 05 July 2017
Maintaining your data and making sure it's secure/accessible/safe is always a big concern for every business, but what happens when its time to move the data to a new server?…...

Power Tip: Detail Templates

Recommended By:  WDI
Feature:  Detail Templates
Friday, 16 June 2017
Detail Templates play a vital part in your ability to create and save your details into our software. In this Power Tip, we'll show you some cool new features to…...

Power Tip: Planting Tools in 3 minutes

Recommended By:  Land F/X
Feature:  Planting Tools in 3 minutes
Friday, 02 June 2017
You're looking for a software that has a complete plant library, smart plant blocks and hatches ready to use, plus the ability to count and label plans automatically and create…...

Power Tip: Calculate Edging Using RefNotes

Recommended By:  Epic Plastics
Feature:  Calculate Edging Using RefNotes
Thursday, 18 May 2017
Have you ever wondered how to show edging in your plan – and how to calculate it properly? We'll teach you an easy way to specify a specific manufacturer's edging…...

Power Tip: Using Layer Filters to Organize Layers

Recommended By:  Paul Houchin
Wednesday, 17 May 2017
If you want to work efficiently in AutoCAD, layer organization is key. Using layer filters can be a huge help in keeping your layers organized. This Power Tip will show…...

Power Tip: How to purchase Land F/X via Paypal Credit

Recommended By:  Shonda Merrill
Thursday, 11 May 2017
If you are in a difficult financial situation, or you would like to split your purchase into multiple payments, Land F/X offers our clients the ability to finance their purchases…...

Power Tip: Detail Tools in 2 Minutes

Recommended By:  Jeremiah Farmer
Feature:  Detail Tools in 2 Minutes
Monday, 01 May 2017
Once you start working with details using our software, you'll discover a whole new world of time savings in your office workflow. Save your office detail library into a design-…...

Print Details

Recommended By:  Amanda Berry and Aaron with Mills Design Group
Feature:  Print Details
Friday, 14 April 2017
The Land F/X Detail system can organize all your details under a single, cross-referential hierarchy. But what good is that if you can’t maintain a classy Detail Binder? Working with…...

Power Tip: Customizing Rotary Symbols

Recommended By:  Jeff with BGB
Feature:  Customizing Rotary Symbols
Tuesday, 28 March 2017
Each block in our vast library of irrigation symbols is already predefined in the system and assigned to a manufacturer, so you won't even have to think about setting it…...

Power Tip: What's New with F/X CAD 2016

Recommended By:  Jeremiah Farmer
Feature:  What's New in F/X CAD 2016
Sunday, 19 March 2017
F/X CAD 2016 came with many performance improvements, including smooth copying of linework, the ability to snap to the center of a polygon, polyline revision clouds, multi-line text additions for…...

Power Tip: What's New with F/X CAD 2015

Recommended By:  Jeremiah Farmer
Feature:  What's New in F/X CAD 2015
Sunday, 19 March 2017
F/X CAD 2015 was a big year for interface improvements. Key features include a new start screen, multiple drawing tabs within the program, a dark color scheme for eye strain,…...

Power Tip: Customizing Plant Labels

Recommended By:  Caltrans
Feature:  Customizing Plant Labels
Monday, 20 March 2017
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…...

Power Tip: What’s New with F/X CAD 2017

Recommended By:  Jeremiah Farmer
Monday, 20 March 2017
Feature: What's New in F/X CAD 2017 You have many reasons to upgrade to F/X CAD 2017. This Power Tip goes through a few useful features, including PDFIMPORT, CENTERMARK, CENTERLINE,…...

Power Tip: Customizing Drip Symbols

Recommended By:  Mia Leher
Feature:  Customizing Drip Symbols
Wednesday, 22 February 2017
It's no secret that you have a lot of options for showing drip equipment on your plan. To give you even more flexibility, we've organized our drip symbols into families…...

Create a Custom Color Plant Symbol

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

Power Tip: Spot Elevations and Slope Callouts

Recommended By:  Don Irving with Donald Irving Pty Ltd
Feature:  Spot Elevations and Slope Callouts
Friday, 10 February 2017
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 Callout features. These powerful tools allow…...

Power Tip: Creating General Notes Using RefNotes

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

Power Tip: Changing Line Colors

Recommended By:  Jeremiah Farmer
Feature:  Changing Line Colors
Friday, 06 January 2017
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 drawing, but you can…...

Power Tip: Quickly Move Plants to Unique Layers

Recommended By:  Rachel Katzman with Belt Collins Hawaii
Feature:  Quickly Move Plants to Unique Layers
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
Feature:  Customizing Irrigation Equipment Symbols
Wednesday, 09 November 2016
  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 about setting things up. In…...

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

Recommended By:  Stephanie Kennedy with WDI
Feature:  Create an Amenity RefNote with an Assigned SketchUp Component
Thursday, 27 October 2016
Were you aware that our manufacturer blocks are automatically associated with SketchUp components for when you export and import your design to 3D? Did you know you can also assign…...

Power Tip: Manual Cleaning Steps

Recommended By:  Amanda Berry
Feature:  Manual Cleaning Steps
Monday, 10 October 2016
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 many hours of work.…...

Power Tip: Detail Enlargements

Recommended By:  WDI
Feature:  Detail Enlargements
Wednesday, 14 September 2016
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 component. One of…...

Power Tip: Enhancing Plants in a SketchUp Scene

Recommended By:  Jeremiah Farmer
Feature:  Enhancing Plants in a SketchUp Scene
Friday, 09 September 2016
  Want to use a SketchUp model to show off your design in 3D? This Power Tip demonstrates how to quickly set up high-quality "scenes" that will provide visually striking…...

Power Tip: Create a Change Order Schedule Using Refnotes

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

Power Tip: Cleanup Zoom Extents

Recommended By:  Jeremiah Farmer
Feature:  Cleanup Zoom Extents
Friday, 19 August 2016
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, for that matter –…...

Power Tip: Cloud Details

Recommended By:  Jeremiah Farmer
Feature:  Cloud Details
Tuesday, 16 August 2016
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 them or even…...

Power Tip: X Marks the Angle – The Xhair Tool

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

Power Tip: Create a Discipline Block with Attributes

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

Power Tip: Create a Larger Gap between Shrubs and Groundcovers

Recommended By:  Land F/X
Feature:  Create a Larger Gap between Shrubs and Groundcovers
Wednesday, 29 June 2016
Exclude Shrubs is a key tool for keeping your quantities exact, and our Plant Outlines tool keeps your plan looking sharp. In this Power Tip, we’ll show advanced uses of…...

Power Tip: Switch to Cloud Data

Recommended By:  Forrestt WIlliams
Feature:  Switch to Cloud Data
Friday, 24 June 2016
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 our tools. Whether you’re switching…...

Power Tip: Getting the Latest Land F/X Blocks

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

Power Tip: Saving Hatches

Recommended By:  Jeremiah Farmer
Feature:  Saving Hatches
Monday, 06 June 2016
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. You’ll be able…...

Power Tip: Show a Phased Planting Plan

Recommended By:  Harold Hoyte with The City of Deerfield, and Robert Bias of Verlander Landscape Architecture LLC
Feature:  Show a Phased Planting Plan
Thursday, 26 May 2016
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 several different ways. In our next…...

Power Tip: Using our Customized AutoCAD Ribbons

Recommended By:  Amanda Berry
Feature:  Using our Customized AutoCAD Ribbons
Tuesday, 10 May 2016
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 2016 ACAD Ribbon documentation section. Want…...

Power Tip: Exclude Shrubs

Recommended By:  Jeremiah Farmer
Feature:  Exclude Shrubs
Friday, 06 May 2016
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 even more challenging…...

Power Tip: Printing Your Entire Plant Palette

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

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.…...

Power Tip: Site Color

Recommended By:  Jeremiah Farmer
Feature:  Site Color
Friday, 22 April 2016
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 a high level…...

Power Tip: Secret Keyboard Commands

Recommended By:  Land F/X
Feature:  Secret Keyboard Commands
Friday, 15 April 2016
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 available to you via…...

Power Tip: Sharing the Land F/X Folder

Recommended By:  Alden Wilson
Feature:  Sharing the Land F/X Folder
Tuesday, 12 April 2016
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 one of your colleagues customizes a…...

Power Tip: Match Properties Window Selection

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

Power Tip: Replace Details

Recommended By:  Jeremiah Farmer
Feature:  Replace Details
Thursday, 24 March 2016
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 change, you may…...

Power Tip: Show Context with New Viewport

Recommended By:  Brad Sikes with Sikesdesign
Feature:  Show Context with New Viewport
Sunday, 20 March 2016
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 in relation to the plan as…...

Power Tip: Superjoin

Recommended By:  Aaron Smith, Insight Irrigation
Feature:  Superjoin
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
Feature:  SketchUp Performance Tips
Monday, 29 February 2016
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 halt. Free up the…...

Power Tip: fxREF

Recommended By:  Jeremiah Farmer
Feature:  fxREF
Thursday, 18 February 2016
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 through the…...

Power Tip: Advanced Labeling Techniques

Recommended By:  Christina Ahlers with Girvin Associates
Feature:  Advanced Labeling Techniques
Thursday, 11 February 2016
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 plan out in half…...

Power Tip: Planting Schedule Variations

Recommended By:  Jeremiah Farmer
Feature:  Planting Schedule Variations
Wednesday, 03 February 2016
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 tool. In this Power…...

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

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

Power Tip: Technical Support

Recommended By:  Jeremiah Farmer
Feature:  Technical Support
Tuesday, 19 January 2016
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 the issue, we'll…...

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

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

Power Tip: Verify Mainline

Recommended By:  Eric Stanley with GSBS
Feature:  Verify Mainline
Monday, 21 December 2015
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 step in mere…...

Power Tip: Import Plant

Recommended By:  Jeremiah Farmer
Feature:  Import Plant
Monday, 02 November 2015
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 plants in other…...

Power Tip: Intro To Nuke

Recommended By:  Jeremiah Farmer
Feature:  Intro To Nuke
Thursday, 22 October 2015
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 lead to lost work…...

Power Tip: Section Cut Details from Sketchup

Recommended By:  Amanda Berry
Feature:  Section Cut Details from Sketchup
Friday, 12 June 2015
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…...

Power Tip: Plant Color Render

Recommended By:  David Farmer
Feature:  Plant Color Render
Monday, 19 October 2015
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, you can turn your…...

Power Tip: Colored Blocks

Recommended By:  Jeremiah Farmer
Feature:  Colored Blocks
Wednesday, 30 September 2015
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 new feature that…...

Power Tip: Including Flow For Existing Planting

Recommended By:  Danah with Madrone Landscape
Feature:  Including Flow For Existing Planting
Monday, 28 September 2015
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 handy Power Tip on using irrigation…...

Power Tip: Assign a Custom Sketchup Component to a Plant

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

Power Tip: Dynamic Block Support

Recommended By:  Aaron Emerson with Mills Design Group
Feature:  Dynamic Block Support
Saturday, 05 September 2015
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 way to place blocks…...

Power Tip: RefNote Object In Drawing

Recommended By:  BMLA
Feature:  RefNote Object In Drawing
Thursday, 27 August 2015
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 equipment – early in your…...

Power Tip: Convert Imperial Details to Metric

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

Power Tip: How to Create a Dimscale Block

Recommended By:  Tim Wood with B+C Studio
Feature:  How to Create a Dimscale Block
Tuesday, 18 August 2015
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…...

Power Tip: Customizing Drip Hatches

Recommended By:  Jinna Cooper with Prevost Stamper.
Feature:  Customizing Drip Hatches
Monday, 10 August 2015
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…...

Power Tip: Advanced Detail Callouts

Recommended By:  Amanda Berry
Feature:  Advanced Detail Callouts
Tuesday, 04 August 2015
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…...

Power Tip: Circuiting

Recommended By:  David Farmer
Feature:  Circuiting
Wednesday, 22 July 2015
Want a quick and flexible method of grouping your irrigation head types into valve stations? Try our Circuiting tool! This Power Tip shows you how to use Circuiting to see…...

Power Tip: Save Details by Jurisdiction

Recommended By:  Amanda Berry
Feature:  Saving Details by Jurisdiction
Monday, 06 July 2015
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…...

Power Tip: Plant Shotgun

Recommended By:  Jeremiah Farmer
Feature:  Plant Shotgun
Thursday, 25 June 2015
We've transformed placing plants into a quick, easy, and, dare we say, fun experience. Watch as we show you how this valuable tool takes the tedium out of plant placement…...

Power Tip: Work Areas In Xrefs

Recommended By:  Jeremiah Farmer
Feature:  Work Areas In Xrefs
Thursday, 18 June 2015
In previous versions of Land F/X, the software would only recognize Work Areas within the main drawing. We now offer the ability to also respect Work Areas within inserted Xrefs!…...

Power Tip: Training Resources

Recommended By:  Jeremiah Farmer
Feature:  Training Resources
Friday, 17 April 2015
Take a look at the immensely valuable training resources we have to offer. From our trainer to webinars and documentation, we are here to make learning the software easy and…...

Power Tip: Tree Remediation

Recommended By:  Allison with Inside Out
Feature:  Tree Remediation
Tuesday, 05 May 2015
Have you ever needed to show the locations of existing trees on a site? Or had to show the removal or relocation of a certain tree? Let Land F/X show…...

Power Tip: Creating Hedges

Recommended By:  Ian Douglas Robinson
Feature:  Creating Hedges
Tuesday, 19 May 2015
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,…...

Power Tip: Creating An Excel Macro

Recommended By:  Jon Howard with PEC
Feature:  Creating An Excel Macro
Saturday, 23 May 2015
Jon Howard of PEC needed to send his Plant Schedule to a spreadsheet to run calculations on a tree replacement plan. In order to do so, he needed a few…...

Power Tip: Dockable Plant Palette

Recommended By:  Stephanie Kennedy with WDI
Feature:  Dockable Plant Palette
Monday, 01 June 2015
We've recently overhauled the Plant Manager, equipping it with new capabilities designed to ease and speed up the drafting process. You can now dock your Manager and turn it into…...

Power Tip: Detail Blocks

Recommended By:  Jake Lott
Feature:  Detail Blocks
Wednesday, 10 June 2015
Creating details has never been easier – especially when you use our detail blocks as a starting point.  From using the existing detail library to saving your own, making details…...

Power Tip: Importing And Exporting Plants To SketchUp

Recommended By:  Dave Farmer
Feature:  SketchUp Plugin-Importing and Exporting design
Friday, 10 April 2015
Land F/X offers a seamless connection between SketchUp and CAD through the SketchUp Connection tool. Accessed in CAD, this feature allows you to export a CAD design and an associated…...

Power Tip: Allow installer access to letter drive

Recommended By:  Forrestt Williams
Feature:  Allow installer access to letter drive
Monday, 02 February 2015
If you are running the setup64 file and are unable to select the letter drive for Land F/X you'll need to cancell the installation and run these steps. Then you'll…...

Power Tip: Copy Along Polyline

Recommended By:  Don Irving
Feature:  Copy Along Polyline
Wednesday, 25 March 2015
Don Irving wanted to use our Copy Along Polyline tool for placing generic blocks. Learn how this handy tool can speed your process of placing multiple blocks within your design.…...

Power Tip: Grass Mix

Recommended By:  Kim with Allee Landscapes
Feature:  Grass Mix
Wednesday, 18 March 2015
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 – including seed mix, sod…...

Power Tip: Lateral And Mainline Piping

Recommended By:  Eric Stanley and Dave Farmer
Feature:  Lateral And Mainline Piping
Friday, 13 March 2015
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…...

Power Tip: Detail Sheets

Recommended By:  Bill Curtis
Feature:  Detail Sheets
Monday, 09 March 2015
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…...

Power Tip: Colorize Irrigation

Recommended By:  Jake Young with Civil Solutions Group
Feature:  Colorize Irrigation
Thursday, 19 February 2015
A graphically organized system of hydrozones plays a vital role in a clear irrigation plan. The Land F/X Colorize Zone feature helps you create a distinct visual arrangement of zones…...

Power Tip: MenuLoad

Recommended By:  Forrestt Williams
Feature:  MenuLoad
Thursday, 19 February 2015
If you have Land F/X installed but you can't see your Land F/X menus, ribbons or toolbars, watch this great little clip on how to load your menus manually.  …...

Power Tip: Planting Plan Variations

Recommended By:  Hilton Landmarks
Feature:  Planting Plant Variations
Friday, 06 February 2015
Our friends at Hilton Landmarks wanted to know how to make different versions of a design within the same DWG. Our answer: Use the COPYCLIP command along with Work Areas…...

Power Tip: Valve Callouts

Recommended By:  Steve Cook of Stantec
Feature:  Valve Callouts
Thursday, 29 January 2015
This power tip comes from a suggestion by Steve Cook of Stantec, who wanted different ways to place a valve callout. Take a look at the multiple options for placing…...

Power Tip: Plant Photo Callout

Recommended By:  Jeremiah Farmer
Feature:  Plant Photo Callout
Friday, 23 January 2015
Want to provide a more vibrant representation of an item in your design? Land F/X Photo Callouts make this process fast and fun.   Visit our Plant Photo Callout documentation section.…...

Power Tip: Keyboard Commands

Recommended By:  Jeremiah Farmer
Feature:  Keyboard Commands
Tuesday, 13 January 2015
Have you ever wondered how to make your own custom keyboard shortcuts? Let us show you how to create your own Land F/X commands using the ALIASEDIT Express Tool, making…...

Power Tip: Batch Detail Save

Recommended By:  David Farmer
Feature:  Batch Detail Save
Monday, 29 December 2014
Have you ever needed to make multiple changes to a set of details and then spent too long saving each of them individually? Try our Batch Detail Save tool –…...

Power Tip: Tree Ring Irrigation

Feature:  Tree Ring Irrigation
Wednesday, 17 December 2014
Suggested by: Land F/X This week, we bring you a Power Tip on how to create your own custom tree ring irrigation, which you can also use to drip irrigate…...

Power Tip: Create a Firewall Exception for MySQL / Land F/X

Feature:  Create a Firewall Exception for MySQL / Land F/X
Thursday, 02 October 2014
Watch this very short video on how to create a firewall exception for MySQL....

Power Tip: Adding Plants with BatchMan

Feature:  Adding Plants with BatchMan
Thursday, 13 November 2014
Although Land F/X has quite the extensive library of plant symbols to choose from, many users want the convenience of using their existing office standard symbols.   BatchMan provides a…...

Power Tip: Paint Mode

Recommended By:  Jeff Morosky with Walt Disney Imagineering
Feature:  Paint Mode
Monday, 07 July 2014
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: Zombie Pipe Labels

Recommended By:  Ed Dean of Kimley Horn
Feature:  Zombie Pipe Labels
Monday, 10 November 2014
In previous versions of Land F/X, deleting a section of pipe that had already been called out would turn the pipe labels into "zombies" and, as a result, make the…...

Power Tip: Adding Plants, Searching on Genus

Recommended By:  Patricia Cullinan Landscape Design
Feature:  Adding Plants, Searching on Genus
Tuesday, 04 November 2014
Can't remember the exact spelling of a plant genus name? No worries. With the new “sounds like” feature – made even better by a suggestion from Patricia Cullinan – searching…...

Power Tip: Rooftop Irrigation

Recommended By:  Tim Davis of Wilson Associates
Feature:  Rooftop Irrigation
Thursday, 21 August 2014
Suggested by: Tim Davis of Wilson Associates This week's power tip is a technique used by Wilson Associates and Tim Davis for designing multiple-story irrigation systems and laying out vertical…...

Power Tip: Detail Dimension Styles

Recommended By:  Land F/X
Feature:  Detail Dimension Style
Friday, 18 July 2014
Suggested by: Land F/X This week we bring you a Power Tip for setting the default dimension style for details drafted using Land F/X.   Visit our Detail Dimensions documentation…...

Power Tip: Scale / Align Images, PDFs, and Linework

Recommended By:  Land F/X
Feature:  Scale / Align Images, PDFs, and Linework
Friday, 11 July 2014
Suggested by: Land F/X This week, we bring you a Power Tip for scaling in AutoCAD and Land F/X. In this example, we will show you how to Xref images…...

Power Tip: Work Areas

Recommended By:  David Dahlke of WDI
Feature:  Work Areas
Friday, 27 June 2014
Suggested by: David Dahlke This week's power tip was suggested by David Dahlke with WDI and allows for designers to focus on a particular area of design rather than the…...

Power Tip: Place Bubbler Quickly

Recommended By:  Rob Hoogeveen with CID
Feature:  Place Bubbler Quickly
Friday, 20 June 2014
Suggested by: Rob Hoogeveen with CID This week's power tip was suggested by Rob Hoogeveen, who like many Land F/X users needed a quicker way to place irrigation bubblers at…...

Power Tip: Detail Window Templates

Recommended By:  David Fox
Feature:  Detail Window Templates
Friday, 13 June 2014
Suggested by: David Fox This week's power tip was inspired by David Fox, who was looking for a way to save details to a non-standard size. 1 Select the Insert Detail…...

Power Tip: Reference Note Screening

Recommended By:  Mills Design Group
Feature:  Reference Note Screening
Thursday, 15 May 2014
Suggested by: Aaron Emerson with Mills Design Group This weeks power tip comes from Aaron at Mills Design Group. Aaron was using the Reference Note tool featured in Land F/X…...

Power Tip: Watering Schedule

Recommended By:  Clark Irrigation Design
Feature:  Watering Schedule
Thursday, 08 May 2014
Suggested by: Michael Clark with Clark Irrigation Design This week, learn how to create a watering schedule that can be adjusted on the fly by clients.   1 After you have…...

Power Tip: Tree Massing

Recommended By:  English Garden Group
Feature:  Tree Massing
Friday, 25 April 2014
Suggested by: English Garden Group This week, learn how to create a canopy coverage exhibit for your existing property site based on surveyor plans and tree locations.   1 Open the…...

Power Tip: Automated Grading

Recommended By:  David Fox
Feature:  Automated Grading
Thursday, 17 April 2014
Suggested by: David Fox Here is a Land F/X Power Tip, suggested by our friend David Fox. David was hoping to find a way to automate his manual grading process…...

Power Tip: Runtime Schedule

Recommended By:  Verdaus Landscape Architects
Feature:  Irrigation Runtime Schedule
Friday, 21 March 2014
Suggested by: Verdaus Landscape Architects. Here is a Land F/X Power Tip, suggested by Tarek Al Sheeti with Verdaus Landscape Architects of Dubai. He mentioned that it took a long…...

Power Tip: Truecolor Layer States

Recommended By:  Nick Meissner
Feature:  Truecolor Layer States
Thursday, 27 February 2014
Suggested by: Nick Meissner of Meissner Landscape. Here is a Land F/X Power Tip, suggested by new Land F/X user, Nick Meissner.  Land F/X now offers Layer States with Truecolor…...

Power Tip: Spline Support

Recommended By:  John Vann
Feature:  Spline Support
Monday, 24 February 2014
Suggested by: John Vann of LandTech Design. Here is a Land F/X Power Tip, suggested by a user through a support ticket.  Land F/X now offers Spline Support when converting…...

Power Tip: Schematic Irrigation

Recommended By:  Mark Pagano
Feature:  Schematic Irrigation
Monday, 17 February 2014
Suggested by: Mark Pagano at D.D. Pagano, Inc. Here is a Land F/X Power Tip, suggested by a user at a trade show back in 2010.  Schematic Irrigation is an…...

Power Tip: Detail Bubble Callouts

Recommended By:  Brian Frederick
Feature:  Bubble Callouts
Friday, 31 January 2014
Suggested by: Kimley Horn & Associates Ever miss a label in your detail? If your labels are ever out of order, or, you need to add a new one along the way,…...

Power Tip: Import Layer

Recommended By:  Amanda Berry, HKLA
Feature:  Import Layer
Tuesday, 28 January 2014
  Features: Send Layer, Import Layer Suggested by: Amanda Berry, HKLA Ever struggle with bringing your AutoCAD base file into SketchUp?  Suggested by Land F/X Power User, Amanda Berry, the import…...

Power Tip: Keyboard Commands + SmartArc

Recommended By:  PBR Hawaii
Feature:  Keyboard Commands + SmartArc
Monday, 20 January 2014
Power Tip: Keyboard Commands + SmartArc from Land F/X on Vimeo. Suggested by: PBR Hawaii   This week’s Power Tip highlights a time-saving set of irrigation keyboard commands used in…...

Power Tip: Highlight Plant

Feature:  Highlight Plant
Monday, 13 January 2014
This week’s Power Tip covers an original Land F/X feature that dates all the way back to 2004 in version 1.0!!!   Thanks to the suggestions of our Land F/X…...

Power Tip: Naked Callouts

Recommended By:  Jonathan Haigh
Feature:  Naked Callouts
Monday, 06 January 2014
Hello!  Welcome to another Power Tip by your friends here in the Land F/X Labs.  Based on a feature request by Land F/X user, Jonathan Haigh, this week's Power Tip…...

Power Tip: SketchUp Concept Lines

Recommended By:  Chris Lazarek
Feature:  SketchUp Concept Lines
Monday, 16 December 2013
  Hello! Welcome to another Power Tip by your friends here in the Land F/X Labs. This week’s power tip was inspired by Land F/X user Chris Lazarek on the use of…...

Power Tip: Delete Station

Recommended By:  Edward Wranosky
Feature:  Delete Station
Wednesday, 04 December 2013
Power Tip #2: Delete Station from Land F/X on Vimeo.   Hello, welcome to the Land F/X Power Tip on an irrigation feature we call, Delete Station.  Delete Station gives…...

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