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Power Tip: Create a Discipline Block with Attributes

Recommended By:  Luis Terrazas with Greenway Studios
July 14, 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 the steps in this Power Tip to create a smart symbol of your own!   Visit our Discipline Graphics, Save…
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Power Tip: Paint Mode

Recommended By:  Jeff Morosky with Walt Disney Imagineering
July 07, 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.   With a mix of trigonometry and AutoCAD wizardry, we present ... Paint mode.   Just one more way in…
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Power Tip: Create a Larger Gap between Shrubs and Groundcovers

Recommended By:  Land F/X
June 29, 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. In this Power Tip, we’ll show advanced uses of Exclude Shrubs and Plant Outlines to define an offset between your…
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Power Tip: Switch to Cloud Data

Recommended By:  Forrestt WIlliams
June 24, 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 our tools. Whether you’re switching from a server installation to a cloud folder or protecting your files from loss in…
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Power Tip: Getting the Latest Land F/X Blocks

Recommended By:  Jeremiah Farmer
June 16, 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 know is that we're constantly improving and adding to this library, which is cloud based. That means each time you…
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Power Tip: Saving Hatches

Recommended By:  Jeremiah Farmer
June 06, 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. You’ll be able to scale your hatches automatically, change their rotation, and place them on an already-designated layer. In this…
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Power Tip: Show a Phased Planting Plan

Recommended By:  Harold Hoyte with The City of Deerfield, and Robert Bias of Verlander Landscape Architecture LLC
May 26, 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 several different ways. In our next Power Tip, we’ll show you a highly efficient method for creating a phased planting…
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Power Tip: Using our Customized AutoCAD Ribbons

Recommended By:  Amanda Berry
May 10, 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 2016 ACAD Ribbon documentation section. Want your suggested feature published?  Feel free to share it in our community forum.
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Power Tip: Exclude Shrubs

Recommended By:  Jeremiah Farmer
May 06, 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 even more challenging when your groundcover areas also include individual shrubs. Our Exclude Shrubs tool makes placing groundcovers infinitely easier…
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Power Tip: Printing Your Entire Plant Palette

Recommended By:  Paul Houchin
April 29, 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 for your own reference. Our Plant Schedule feature makes it happen in seconds. In our latest Power Tip, we'll show…
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Land F/X featured on the TV Show 'World's Greatest'

April 25, 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
April 22, 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 a high level of rendering. These tips are designed to reduce or even eliminate the time you spend fine-tuning in…
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Power Tip: Secret Keyboard Commands

Recommended By:  Land F/X
April 15, 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 available to you via keyboard-only commands. These commands carry out a variety of helpful automated processes – from repairing problematic…
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Power Tip: Sharing the Land F/X Folder

Recommended By:  Alden Wilson
April 12, 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 one of your colleagues customizes a block or detail, those changes will be instantly accessible to everyone in your office…
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Power Tip: Match Properties Window Selection

Recommended By:  Andrew Spiering
April 01, 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 – inspired by Andrew Spiering – will help make your life easy. Watch this Power Tip to see how Match Properties…
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Power Tip: Replace Details

Recommended By:  Jeremiah Farmer
March 24, 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 change, you may need to change out some or even all of your details. That's where our Replace Detail feature…
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Power Tip: Show Context with New Viewport

Recommended By:  Brad Sikes with Sikesdesign
March 20, 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 in relation to the plan as a whole. In this Power Tip, we'll show you how to use our New…
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Power Tip: Superjoin

Recommended By:  Aaron Smith, Insight Irrigation
March 02, 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 Tip on a great time- saving tool! Whether you choose to select a single segment to join with adjacent segments,…
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Power Tip: SketchUp Performance Tips

Recommended By:  Amanda Berry
February 29, 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 halt. Free up the lag with these tips to get back up to working speed.   Visit our SketchUp Connection…
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Power Tip: fxREF

Recommended By:  Jeremiah Farmer
February 18, 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 through the Xref system, avoiding many of these issues. In this Power Tip, we'll give you a tour of the fxREF dialog…
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Power Tip: Advanced Labeling Techniques

Recommended By:  Christina Ahlers with Girvin Associates
February 11, 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 plan out in half the time and, consequently, claim your office's CAD wizard title. If so, we won't blame you.…
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Power Tip: Planting Schedule Variations

Recommended By:  Jeremiah Farmer
February 03, 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 tool. In this Power Tip, we'll share some valuable features that help you build your schedules with all the information…
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Power Tip: Use QSELECT for Complicated Land F/X Scale Changes

Recommended By:  Allan Darwent with Talma Mill Studios Ltd.
January 28, 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, with the help of this Power Tip. We'll handle a tricky scale change issue with some quick QSELECT tricks.  …
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Power Tip: Technical Support

Recommended By:  Jeremiah Farmer
January 19, 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 the issue, we'll need to look at your drawing and the associated Land F/X project. That's why we need you…
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Power Tip: Set a Viewport Scale with Land F/X

Recommended By:  Jeremiah Farmer
January 14, 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 is to assign a viewport with any scale you want – with no math necessary.   Visit our Setting Scale…
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Power Tip: Verify Mainline

Recommended By:  Eric Stanley with GSBS
December 21, 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 step in mere seconds. With added features suggested by Eric Stanley of GSBS, this powerful feature scans your drawing for…
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Power Tip: Import Plant

Recommended By:  Jeremiah Farmer
November 02, 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 plants in other projects without doing the same work twice. Check out the Import button in your Plant Manager. This…
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Power Tip: Intro To Nuke

Recommended By:  Jeremiah Farmer
October 22, 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 lead to lost work and hours, days, and even weeks of lost time. In response, Land F/X has established a,…
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Power Tip: Plant Color Render

Recommended By:  David Farmer
October 19, 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, you can turn your masterpiece on and off with a single click.   Visit our Plant Color Render documentation section,…
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Power Tip: Colored Blocks

Recommended By:  Jeremiah Farmer
September 30, 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 new feature that adds some vibrance to your presentations. Our latest Power Tip shows you how to use our Site…
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Power Tip: Including Flow For Existing Planting

Recommended By:  Danah with Madrone Landscape
September 28, 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 handy Power Tip on using irrigation caps to ensure accurate flow numbers for your planting design.     Visit our…
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Power Tip: Assign a Custom Sketchup Component to a Plant

Recommended By:  Casey with GC, Inc.
September 17, 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 components to the plants you specify. This Power Tip will walk you through where and how to to save your…
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Power Tip: Dynamic Block Support

Recommended By:  Aaron Emerson with Mills Design Group
September 05, 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 way to place blocks and add them into your Land F/X library. Take a look at this Power Tip, and…
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Power Tip: RefNote Object In Drawing

Recommended By:  BMLA
August 27, 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 equipment – early in your design. You might show this initial array of objects to a client to help determine…
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Power Tip: Convert Imperial Details to Metric

Recommended By:  Michael Magnan with O2 Planning + Design Inc
August 25, 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 it scale properly in a metric plan. Here’s a short video on how to take that detail and quickly rescale…
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Power Tip: How to Create a Dimscale Block

Recommended By:  Tim Wood with B+C Studio
August 18, 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 block! We'll show you to save a block that will automatically scale to the right size, regardless of the scale…
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Power Tip: Customizing Drip Hatches

Recommended By:  Jinna Cooper with Prevost Stamper.
August 10, 2015
Feature: Customizing Drip Hatches 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…
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Power Tip: Advanced Detail Callouts

Recommended By:  Amanda Berry
August 04, 2015
Feature: Advanced Detail Callouts 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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Power Tip: Circuiting

Recommended By:  David Farmer
July 22, 2015
Feature: Circuiting 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 where your stations will be and, if needed, adjust their locations – all before you even begin piping.…
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Power Tip: Customizing Plant Labels

Recommended By:  Caltrans
July 16, 2015
Feature: Customizing Plant Labels 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!   Visit our Edit Plant…
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Power Tip: Save Details by Jurisdiction

Recommended By:  Amanda Berry
July 06, 2015
Feature: Saving Details by Jurisdiction 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…
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Power Tip: Plant Shotgun

Recommended By:  Jeremiah Farmer
June 25, 2015
Feature: Plant Shotgun 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 and arrangement!   Visit our Plant Shotgun documentation section. Want your suggested feature published?  Feel free to…
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Power Tip: Work Areas In Xrefs

Recommended By:  Jeremiah Farmer
June 18, 2015
Feature: Work Areas In Xrefs 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! Learn how to streamline your Work Areas across all your drawings by using Work Areas…
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Power Tip: Section Cut Details from Sketchup

Recommended By:  Amanda Berry
June 12, 2015
Feature: Section Cut Details from Sketchup 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.   Visit our…
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Power Tip: Detail Blocks

Recommended By:  Jake Lott
June 10, 2015
Feature: Detail Blocks 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 should be a fun task – and we are here to help. We will even create blocks…
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Power Tip: Dockable Plant Palette

Recommended By:  Stephanie Kennedy with WDI
June 01, 2015
Feature: Dockable Plant Palette 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 a CAD-style palette, which you can keep open as you fly around your planting plans. Have…
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Power Tip: Creating An Excel Macro

Recommended By:  Jon Howard with PEC
May 23, 2015
Feature: Creating An Excel Macro 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 extra columns to account for the caliper unit values, percentage of new trees, and other…
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Power Tip: Creating Hedges

Recommended By:  Ian Douglas Robinson
May 19, 2015
Feature: Creating Hedges 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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Power Tip: Tree Remediation

Recommended By:  Allison with Inside Out
May 05, 2015
Feature: Tree Remediation 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 you a cool way to accomplish those goals with very little effort, with the help of our…
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Power Tip: Training Resources

Recommended By:  Jeremiah Farmer
April 17, 2015
Feature: Training Resources 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 fun.   Visit our Trainer documentation section. Want your suggested feature published?  Feel free to share it…
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