This guide will help you get started with Realtime Landscaping Pro.
When you start the program, the following Welcome menu will appear:
This menu shows you all the basic options to start your landscape design. To start a design from scratch, click Start a New Design, or load a previously created design by clicking Open a Saved Design. If you need ideas or inspiration, clicking Open a Sample Design takes you to a large selection of sample landscapes.
Realtime Landscaping Pro helps you design your landscape in real-time 3D. Click Start a New Design using the Wizard to create a quick basic landscape design.
If you do not wish to create a design in full 3D, you can also create a landscape in 2D over an imported picture. To do this, click Design over a Photo using Realtime Landscaping Photo. Using this software, you can take a picture of your property using a cell phone or digital camera, import it, and then create a custom landscape design on top. See Realtime Landscaping Photo for more information.
The image below shows the Realtime Landscaping Pro 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 of the program is where you can find the Menu Bar, and below it are the Object Category Tabs which gives you all the tools you will need for creating your custom landscape design.
If you wish 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.
You may choose to design in either Top-Down or Perspective view and switch between views while adding or editing an object. 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.
Note that 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 landscape design.
An Object Properties panel will appear to the right when adding an object. You can customize your object using the different menus shown. Press the F1 key on the keyboard while editing your object to open the help menu for additional information.
Alternatively, you can access the help menu by clicking this 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.
If you hover your mouse over a button, a help dialog box will appear. Note that there is a link you can click at the bottom of the dialog box for more help. For example, in the image below you will see the help box that appears when the mouse cursor hovers over the Rotate button.
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