This guide will help you get started with Realtime Landscaping Plus.
Start the program and the following welcome menu will appear:
The welcome menu shows you all the basic tools to start your landscape design. To start a design from scratch, click Start a New Design. To load a previously created design, click Open a Saved Design. For ideas or inspiration, clicking Open a Sample Design will take you to a large selection of sample landscape designs.
Realtime Landscaping Plus helps you design your landscape in real-time 3D. To create a quick basic landscape design, click Start a New Design using the Wizard.
Users can also create a landscape in 2D over an imported picture if you do not wish to create a design in full 3D. Click Design over a Photo using Realtime Landscaping Photo to do this. Using the software, you can take a picture of your property using a cell phone or digital camera, import it, and create a custom landscape design on top. See our Designing Over a Photo tutorial for more information.
The image below shows the Realtime Landscaping Plus interface with each section labeled.
On the left-hand side you will find tools to move, rotate, scale, adjust your view, turn on and off the grid, and snap settings. The upper portion is where you can find the Menu Bar and below it are the Object Category Tabs which gives you all the tools you need to create your custom landscape design.
To undo your last action, click Undo as many times as you need or click Redo to add it back. These buttons are located on the upper right alongside the Object Creation Tools.
Users can choose to design in either Top-Down or Perspective view and switch between views while adding or editing an object as desired. Using the View Tabs located at the bottom, simply select your preferred view. There is also a Walkthrough mode where you can navigate your landscape design in full 3D.
There is Dynamic Help located at the very bottom of the screen that changes based on what you are doing to provide additional help while you create your design.
When adding a new object to your design, the Object Properties panel will appear to the right. You can customize your object using the different menus shown. Press F1 on the keyboard while editing your object, to open the help menu for additional information.
You can also access the help menu by clicking the following button:
Navigating the help menu is easy. You can use the drop-down menu in Contents, type what you’re looking for in the Index, or use the Search tool.
Hovering your mouse over a button will make a help dialog box appear. Note that at the bottom of the dialog box is a link you can click for more information. For example, see the help box that appears when the mouse cursor hovers over the Rotate button in the image below.
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