2020 Recap
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2020 Recap

Dec 11, 2020
Video Length:  53:39
Presented By:  Jeremiah Farmer

A year without trade shows has provided an unexpected opportunity for us to focus even more on our development tasks. We'll show off a few of the numerous features we rolled out in 2020, and give you a sneak peek at what we have in store for next year. Join us as we put the year under wraps and look ahead to a fun and productive future.

Webinar Contents:

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  • Intro/TOC
  • Tour of Our Development Process
  • 2020 Accomplishments
  • Notable New Features

0:00 – 2:14: Intro/TOC

2:15 – 6:34: Tour of Our Development Process

  • Monthly development meetings
  • Dev ideas
  • Wishlist
  • Top priority
  • Code
  • Test
  • Document
  • Friday release
  • Power Tip


Our team (4:13)

6:35 – 18:58: 2020 Accomplishments

0 trade shows (6:50)

  • No arbitrary deadlines for development items
  • Contrasted with 2019, with everything put into our Lighting tools for the IA New Product Contest


60 newsletters (8:16)


47 Power Tip videos (8:50)


48 webinars (10:00)


5,000 new plants (10:30)


800 new blocks (11:55)


62 updates (plus 3 more pending as of presentation time) (12:32)

  • 5,942 lines of code
  • 33 lines of code per day


Lists of new features and hotfixes from 2020:

  • General features (14:15)
  • Details features (14:55)
  • RefNotes & lighting features (15:22)
  • Planting features (16:37)
  • Irrigation features (16:55)
  • Hotfixes (17:10)


Coming soon (18:35):

  • Site Amenities color picker
  • Plant database expansion
  • Revised Grading Manager
  • Revised Schematic Irrigation
  • Revit plugin

18:59 – end: Notable New Features

FX Admin features (20:08)

Organization tab in the Projects screen (20:08)


Ability to restore a UCS from an Xref (20:45)


Work Area callouts are now framed MLeaders (21:22)


FX Site features (22:17)

New Plan Graphics blocks (such as motorcycles) (22:17)


New keyboard commands for generic blocks, including cycling through different views and flipping a block (22:45)


Docked-only RefNotes Manager (22:55)


Default Callout and Default Schedule buttons added to RefNotes Preferences (24:40)


Importing RefNotes from another project automatically moves any assigned details to the detail folder for the present project (big time saver!) (25:09)


Details Features (26:00)

New cloud-connected options for standard detail division lists, managed by us (26:00)


Ability to search detail titles in the Detail Explorer (27:37)


Ability to add photos or other images to details (28:29)


Detail Viewport feature (command-only as of presentation time), which adds the viewport and its contents automatically to the detail sheet and allows it to be placed immediately as a detail (29:15)


Detail Renumber button in Detail Manager (31:30)


Naked detail callouts are now editable MText fields (32:00)


Planting features (34:00)

Ability to convert circles in a drawing to blocks, such as trees or shrubs using Match Properties (34:00)


Improved functionality of the Stipple hatch pattern (35:55)


New Shrub Area boundary options (37:20)


Restyled plant symbol selection dialog box (38:00)


Decimal point precision in coverage for Concept Design Groups (40:00)


Irrigation features (40:40)

Circuiting zone callouts are now framed MLeaders (40:40)


Locate Valve tool added to the ribbon, and now includes clickable headers for sorting, as well as a clickable entry for the water source (41:00)


Colorize Zones allows colorization of valves, which is saved with the valve (41:35)


Multiple symbol families added for rotary head symbol selection (42:30)


Question: Is it possible to set a landing distance for the Work Area callout box? (44:00)

Answer: Yes, through the Properties panel and the Select Similar menu option.


Recap of the Detail Viewport tool (45:05)


Revamped LTSCALE documentation (51:35)

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