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Power Tip: Advanced Labeling Techniques

Feb 11, 2016
Recommended By:  Christina Ahlers with Girvin Associates
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

Feb 03, 2016
Recommended By:  Jeremiah Farmer
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

Jan 28, 2016
Recommended By:  Allan Darwent with Talma Mill Studios Ltd.
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

Jan 19, 2016
Recommended By:  Jeremiah Farmer
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

Jan 14, 2016
Recommended By:  Jeremiah Farmer
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

Dec 21, 2015
Recommended By:  Eric Stanley with GSBS
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

Nov 02, 2015
Recommended By:  Jeremiah Farmer
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

Oct 22, 2015
Recommended By:  Jeremiah Farmer
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

Oct 19, 2015
Recommended By:  David Farmer
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

Sep 30, 2015
Recommended By:  Jeremiah Farmer
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

Sep 28, 2015
Recommended By:  Danah with Madrone Landscape
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

Sep 17, 2015
Recommended By:  Casey with GC, Inc.
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

Sep 05, 2015
Recommended By:  Aaron Emerson with Mills Design Group
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

Aug 27, 2015
Recommended By:  BMLA
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

Aug 25, 2015
Recommended By:  Michael Magnan with O2 Planning + Design Inc
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

Aug 18, 2015
Recommended By:  Tim Wood with B+C Studio
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

Aug 10, 2015
Recommended By:  Jinna Cooper with Prevost Stamper.
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

Aug 04, 2015
Recommended By:  Amanda Berry
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

Jul 22, 2015
Recommended By:  David Farmer
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

Jul 16, 2015
Recommended By:  Caltrans
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

Jul 06, 2015
Recommended By:  Amanda Berry
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

Jun 25, 2015
Recommended By:  Jeremiah Farmer
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

Jun 18, 2015
Recommended By:  Jeremiah Farmer
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

Jun 12, 2015
Recommended By:  Amanda Berry
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

Jun 10, 2015
Recommended By:  Jake Lott
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

Jun 01, 2015
Recommended By:  Stephanie Kennedy with WDI
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

May 23, 2015
Recommended By:  Jon Howard with PEC
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

May 19, 2015
Recommended By:  Ian Douglas Robinson
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

May 05, 2015
Recommended By:  Allison with Inside Out
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

Apr 17, 2015
Recommended By:  Jeremiah Farmer
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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Power Tip: Importing And Exporting Plants To SketchUp

Apr 10, 2015
Recommended By:  Dave Farmer
Feature: SketchUp Plugin-Importing and Exporting design 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 Land F/X project into SketchUp. Watch as we go over how to Import and…
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Power Tip: Copy Along Polyline

Mar 25, 2015
Recommended By:  Don Irving
Feature: Copy Along Polyline 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. For example, try it with one of our vehicle Plan Graphics to test the usability of…
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Power Tip: Grass Mix

Mar 18, 2015
Recommended By:  Kim with Allee Landscapes
Feature: Grass Mix 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 mix, and plug mix – using the Land F/X Concept Plant Manager.    Visit our Concept Plants…
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Power Tip: Lateral And Mainline Piping

Mar 13, 2015
Recommended By:  Eric Stanley and Dave Farmer
Feature: Lateral And Mainline Piping 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.   Visit our Irrigation Piping documentation section. Want your suggested feature published?  Feel free…
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Power Tip: Detail Sheets

Mar 09, 2015
Recommended By:  Bill Curtis
Feature: Detail Sheets 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…
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Power Tip: Colorize Irrigation

Feb 19, 2015
Recommended By:  Jake Young with Civil Solutions Group
Feature: Colorize Irrigation 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 in your design. Watch as we show you how to create an easily readable irrigation plan using…
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Power Tip: MenuLoad

Feb 17, 2015
Recommended By:  Forrestt Williams
Feature: MenuLoad 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.   Visit the Landfx.com/menuload documentation section. Want your suggested feature published?  Feel free to share it in our community forum.
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Power Tip: How to Map a Network Drive in Windows 7 or 8

Feb 12, 2015
Recommended By:  Forrestt Williams
Quickly learn how to map a network drive in either Windows 7 or Windows 8.   Want your suggested feature published?  Feel free to share it in our community forum.
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Power Tip: Planting Plan Variations

Feb 06, 2015
Recommended By:  Hilton Landmarks
Feature: Planting Plant Variations 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 to copy a complete planting plan within a drawing.   Keep in mind that when you…
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Power Tip: Allow installer access to letter drive

Feb 02, 2015
Recommended By:  Forrestt Williams
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 be able to select that letter drive.    
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Power Tip: Valve Callouts

Jan 29, 2015
Recommended By:  Steve Cook of Stantec
Feature: Valve Callouts 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 a valve callout now offered by Land F/X.   Visit our Valve Callouts documentation section. Want your…
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Power Tip: Plant Photo Callout

Jan 23, 2015
Recommended By:  Jeremiah Farmer
Feature: Plant Photo Callout 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. Want your suggested feature published?  Feel free to share it in our community forum.
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Power Tip: Spot Elevations

Jan 20, 2015
Recommended By:  Chris Larouche with Urban Systems
Feature: Spot Elevations This week's Power Tip originated from a suggestion by Chris Larouche of Urban Systems, who wanted an easier way to place Spot Elevations on existing topography. Now, when you snap to a point, Land F/X will read the Z elevation of any object at that point. You…
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Power Tip: Keyboard Commands

Jan 13, 2015
Recommended By:  Jeremiah Farmer
Feature: Keyboard Commands 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 your workflow even faster.   Visit our Keyboard Commands documentation section. Want your suggested feature published?  Feel…
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Power Tip: Batch Detail Save

Dec 29, 2014
Recommended By:  David Farmer
Feature: Batch Detail Save 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 – yet another feature that makes Land F/X fun and easy to use!   Visit our Editing and…
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Power Tip: Tree Ring Irrigation

Dec 17, 2014
Feature: Tree Ring Irrigation 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 pots. Having this flexibility allows you to put the water right where you need it, giving…
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Power Tip: Adding Plants with BatchMan

Nov 13, 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 quick and effective way to import an entire set of symbols at one time! Give it a try; we know…
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Power Tip: Print Details

Nov 13, 2014
Recommended By:  Amanda Berry of Henry Kortekaas and Aaron with Mills Design Group
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 users Amanda Berry of Henry Kortekaas, and Aaron with Mills Design Group, we have integrated a powerful printing…
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Power Tip: Paint Mode

Nov 13, 2014
Recommended By:  Jeff Morosky with Walt Disney Imagineering
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 Support Ticket and edit your ZIP file

Nov 11, 2014
Recommended By:  Forrestt Williams
Learn how to easily create a Land F/X Support Ticket and how to edit your .zip file.   Want your suggested feature published?  Feel free to share it in our community forum.
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