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May 26, 2015
Video Length:  1:04:19
Presented By:  Amanda Berry

Hardscape design with Land F/X is all about Reference Notes (RefNotes). Learn about the myriad options available within our RefNotes tool that will streamline your project's workflow. We'll go over all the basics of RefNotes, including setting up and placing a RefNote, calling out your features, and placing a schedule. We'll also showcase a few other tools you can use along with RefNotes to keep your drafting fast and your edits faster.


Webinar Contents:

Note: The following catalog of content covered in this webinar is time stamped to allow you to follow along or skip to sections of the video that are relevant to your questions. You can also search for content on this page using the FIND command in your browser (CTRL + F in Windows, Command + F in Mac OS.)

  • Intro/TOC
  • F/X Ribbon
  • Reference Notes (RefNotes) Manager
  • Adding a RefNote
  • Placing RefNotes
  • Callouts
  • Checking/Highlighting
  • Running a Schedule
  • Saving a Template


0:00 – 7:00: Intro/TOC


7:01 – 8:17: F/X Ribbon

Overview of the F/X Site ribbon (7:12)



8:18 – 13:54: Reference Notes (RefNotes) Manager

The importance of creating templates that include Reference Notes (8:40)


The list of Reference Notes (sorted by number) (9:24)


Sorting RefNotes by type (10:10) …

…or by Division (10:25)


Buttons available in the RefNotes Manager (10:48):

  • New (create a new RefNote)
  • Edit (edit an existing RefNote)
  • Delete (delete a RefNote)
  • Import (import a RefNote from another project or template)
  • Place (place a Refnote in a drawing)
  • Callout (call out a RefNote)
  • Schedule (place a RefNotes Schedule)
  • Help (get help from our website)


The RefNote Divisions (11:15)

(Note: The Divisions are completely customizable.)


The RefNotes Preferences (11:40)

Adding custom Divisions and Subdivisions to the RefNotes Preferences (12:12)


Custom User Fields in the RefNotes Preferences (Note that you can also add these fields in the RefNotes Manager.) (13:35)



13:55 – 38:29: Adding a RefNote

How to add a new RefNote to an open project (14:40)


Adding a Notation RefNote (14:47)

(Notation RefNotes are best used for items you want to appear on a cost estimate, bid sheet, or schedule, but wouldn’t have any sort of calculation attached to them – things that might fall under the lump sum category.)


Adding a note to the RefNote (15:13)


Assigning a RefNote with a Division and Subdivision (15:45)


Assigning a cost to the RefNote (16:02)


Changing the callout type and leader, and adding a screen fill (16:17)


Adding an Amenity RefNote (16:50)


Selecting a Generic block or a specific block from a Manufacturer for the RefNote (17:05)


Setting a detail for a RefNote (18:37)


Adding your own block as an Amenity RefNote (22:35)

Adding a block to the Land F/X system using the Save Block tool, and saving it within the block system (22:35)


Editing the block, giving it a title, scale, and rotation (Manual or No Rotation) (24:21)


Adding the new block as an Amenity RefNote (25:48)


Adding a new Division for the new RefNote (26:20)


Editing a RefNote (27:10)


Adding a Length RefNote (27:45)

Assigning a cost per linear foot or meter (depending on the units you have set) (28:30)


Setting a layer for the Length RefNote (28:40)

(You can select an existing layer, or add a new layer.)


Adding an Area RefNote (29:55)

Selecting a hatch or Truecolor for the RefNote (30:05)


Make a RefNote an Area RefNote (as opposed to Volume) by not entering a Depth for the material (31:40)


Add custom fields (example: a finish or color), which will appear in a column in the RefNote Schedule (31:48)


Adding a Volume RefNote (32:50)

(Make a RefNote a Volume RefNote, as opposed to Area, by specifying a Depth for the material. Note that the measurement will automatically change to cubic units once you add a depth.)


Deleting a Refnote (34:05)


Note: To learn about CSI standards, we recommend going to the CSI website as well as purchasing a CSI binder.  Csinet.org Also, cost estimate books often use CSI. (And of course, use CSI a lot, and you’ll start to memorize it.)


Note: Please also note that we updated the RefNotes Manager in an update shortly before the creation of this webinar. We renamed Object RefNotes to Amenity RefNotes, merged Area and Volume RefNotes, and changed the order of the RefNote types in the Manager.


Note: We have plans to add an option in the Callout section of the New Reference Note dialog box that allows you to include the first few words of the note, rather than a code, within the RefNote callout. For now, the workaround is to use a Detail callout for this purpose.


38:30 – 46:56: Placing RefNotes

Placing an Amenity RefNote (38:30)


Placing an Area RefNote (39:14)

Selecting internal islands to exclude from a Refnote hatch (40:40)


Placing a Length RefNote and, if desired, selecting a fence type from the Land F/X Lines feature (42:10)


Placing a Volume RefNote (45:29) 45:52


46:57 – 47:49: Callouts


47:50 – 51:19: Checking/Highlighting

Locating objects or hatches using the Highlight tool (47:50)

Checking for RefNotes that have yet to be called out using the Verify Callouts tool (48:50)


The Land F/X Match Properties tool (49:20)

Note that the Land F/X Match Properties tool is a “smart” tool that turn any object into a Refnote if needed.


Copying RefNotes along a line using the Copy Along Line tool (51:05)


51:20 – 58:44: Running a Schedule

Options for running a RefNotes  schedule (51:35):

  • Entire Palette(Choose whether to include the entire palette of RefNotes.)
  • Include Xrefs(Include RefNotes from within Xrefs in the schedule.)
  • Renumber(Renumber your RefNotes.)
  • Column Widths(Adjust the widths of the columns in the RefNote Schedule.)
  • Division(Limit the schedule to a specific division.)
  • Include Title(Include, or don’t include, the default schedule title in the RefNote Schedule.)
  • Skip Unused User Fields(Include in the schedule, or don’t include in the schedule, user fields you have not filled out.)
  • Choose to use Codes or Symbols to denote RefNotes in the schedule.


Placing a schedule in the drawing (53:25)

Placing a schedule using Codes to denote RefNotes. (53:25)

Placing a schedule using Symbols to denote RefNotes (54:35)

Adding extra lines to allow space for the symbols (54:50)


Exporting a RefNotes Schedule to a Spreadsheet such as Excel (55:39)

Example of a schedule in Excel (57:43)


58:45 – end: Saving a Template

Creating a template from the Projects dialog box (59:27)


Importing RefNotes from a template (1:01:05)

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