All About Templates
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All About Templates

Friday, 21 May 2021
Video Length:  1:04:46
Presented By:  Paul Houchin
The word "template" seems to be thrown around a lot, but it can refer to several components in the AutoCAD and Land F/X systems. We’ll break down the different types of templates available to you, including drawing templates (DWTs) and Land F/X project templates, and provide some helpful tips on using them to your advantage.

Webinar Contents:

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  • Intro/TOC
  • Drawing Templates (DWTs) vs. Project Templates
  • Drawing Templates Explained
  • Project Templates Explained
  • Demonstration of Creating Drawing Templates
  • Demonstration of Creating Project Templates

0:00 – 3:51: Intro/TOC

Template defined (2:45)

A template is a pre-created document that is already set up with preliminary tasks. You can use the template to save yourself a lot of time because it moves the starting point of a new document further along than if you were to start from scratch.


In word processing, a template might have formatting of the page and text style set up so you can start writing immediately when you start a new document.

3:52 – 5:02: Drawing Templates (DWTs) vs. Project Templates

In AutoCAD:

A drawing template is a copy of a drawing file (DWG file) that can include all kinds of AutoCAD objects and drawing settings.


A drawing template is saved as a DWT file. This is a copy of your AutoCAD drawing file that a new drawing can be created from.


In Land F/X:

A project template is a copy of your project data.


A Detail Template is like a title block for your details.

5:03 – 11:43: Drawing Templates Explained

What is a Drawing Template (DWT)?

  • A file that AutoCAD uses to create a new drawing file.
  • Essentially the same as a common AutoCAD format or DWG.


Why are DWTs useful?

  • Saves time by removing the need for preliminary drawing setup.
  • Ensures that the drawing setup is consistent across all your drawings and among your office team members.
  • Enforces office standards.


What can be saved in a DWT? (6:36)

Anything that can be saved into a DWG, including:

  • Drawing space settings
  • Block definitions
  • Annotation styles
  • Linework
  • Layer settings
  • Layouts


Example of an AutoCAD drawing template (7:07)


With Land F/X, what should be saved in a drawing template? (8:30)

  • Unit settings
  • Your preferred drawing space settings such as grid display
  • Layout page setup


You no longer need a cluttered drawing template because Land F/X provides resources to organize and store the clutter.


Land F/X resources to help manage template items (9:40):

  • Layer States: Store layer information into a .lay file for better organization and quick access.
  • Preference Sets: Easily manage Text Styles, default Land F/X layer settings, callout styles, dimension styles, schedule default settings, and more.
  • Block libraries: Access all our block content, and keep your own block content organized and readily available.

11:44 – 19:43: Project Templates Explained

What is a project template?

  • A project template is just a read-only version of project data.
  • The project data is the most important aspect of Land F/X. It's the information behind all Land F/X content allowing it to work intelligently with our tools.
  • A template can only be used for importing data into a new project.
  • The only way to make changes to a template is to create a project with those changes and overwrite the template.


What can be saved into a project template? (14:10)

  • Planting
  • Reference Notes (RefNotes)
  • Concept Graphics
  • Irrigation (not recommended)
  • Concept Plants
  • Details
  • Sheets


Why use project templates? (15:14)

  • Keep your standardized project data safe.
  • Quickly available for any project.
  • One-time setup.
  • Repeat clients.
  • Make changes as needed per project.
  • Get straight to designing.


Tips for creating project templates (17:51):

  • Wait to have at least a couple of projects completed.
  • Plan this out with your team so that everyone is on the same page.
  • Start a new project and use Import to add data from existing projects.
  • Remember that you can always alter the information as needed on a project-to-project basis.
  • You can create more than one template.

19:44 – 46:30: Demonstration of Creating Drawing Templates

Why you don't need a cluttered drawing template when you're using Land F/X (20:38)


Layer States (layer settings) (22:12)


Preferences settings, including Text Styles, Dimension Styles (DimStyles), Plant Schedule defaults, and plant label styles (25:42)


Saving custom symbols into our libraries (30:13)


Our block libraries, and saving custom blocks (33:19)


Our hatch libraries, and saving your custom hatches (34:19)


Setting up a new drawing template (37:05)


Setting your units and turning off the grid (39:31)


Setting LTSCALE and PSLTSCALE to 1 (40:03)


Setting UCSFOLLOW to 0 (40:36)


Why you shouldn't assign a Land F/X project to a DWT (41:06)


Saving your DWT (42:00)


Assigning a specific drawing template to open when you use the QNEW command when opening a new drawing (43:49)

46:31 – end: Demonstration of Creating Project Templates

See our Using Plant Templates webinar for a more in-depth look at working with project templates.


Setting up a Land F/X project template (47:19)

We recommend creating a template based on an existing project that contains all or most of the data you plan to use in multiple projects.


Creating a new project (49:45)


Importing plants, Concept Plants, and Reference Notes (RefNotes) from another project or template (50:30)


Why we don't recommend putting irrigation equipment in a template, even though we offer this option (53:43)


Using your template in a new project:

  • Creating a new project based on a template (not our recommended method) (54:58)
  • Creating a blank project and importing what you need from a template (our recommended method) (57:43)


Backing up and restoring projects and templates (59:30)

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