Creating a Project Material List
A powerful feature of Realtime Landscaping Photo is its
ability to generate a comprehensive list of the objects used in your landscape.
This list, called a project material list, can help you determine what
you’ll need to purchase in order to build the landscape you’ve designed, as well
as help you estimate how much it will cost.
To create a project material list, select Tools and
click Project Material List. A dialog similar to the one shown below
The objects you are currently using in your landscape will
appear in the list. To change the description of an item, click the description
and enter a new one.
By default the unit prices are all set to $0.00. To enter a
price, click the price in the Unit Price column and enter the actual
price for the item.
Any changes to the prices or descriptions will be stored in
your current landscape design file. However, these changes will not be applied
to any other landscape design files. If you want to create a price list and use
it in another landscape file, click Save Price List. To load a previously
saved price list, click Load Price List.
From a practical standpoint, you will find it easier to use
a spreadsheet program such as Microsoft Excel to edit your material list. Each
landscape design project is unique, and you’ll probably have additional items
such as labor, excavation, and other expenses that you may want to account for.
To export the project material list:
Enter the destination filename and click Save.
Realtime Landscaping Photo will automatically detect if
Microsoft Excel is installed on your system and ask you if you want to run it.
The following is an example of the above project material list exported to
Include hidden layers
By default, objects in hidden layers are included in the
Project Material List. If you want to exclude them instead, then uncheck the
Include hidden layers option
Include product information
Check this option to include additional product information
for branded products.
Use these options to determine how plant names are
displayed (common, botanical, or both).
To create a project material list that only includes
Move the objects you wish to be excluded from the Project Material List to a
hidden layer. See Using Layers for details.
Open the material list by clicking Tools and Project Material List.
Uncheck the Include hidden layers option and click
OK. The objects in all hidden layers will now be removed from the
To hide a layer, click the layer to the lower-right of the
screen that you wish to hide. Next, click the right mouse button on the layer
and select Hide objects in this layer.
For more information about layers, see Using Layers.