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Realtime Landscaping Plus Landscape Design Software

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Quick Start

Below are some simple steps for quickly creating your first landscape design. These steps should be used to get a feel for how the software operates by automating some of the design process. If you wish to design your own landscape from the ground up, simply close the Welcome Menu that appears when you start Realtime Landscaping Plus.

1.   Start Realtime Landscaping Plus by clicking the icon on your Windows desktop. When the Welcome Menu appears, click Start a New Landscape using the Wizard. If the Welcome Menu does not appear, click File and Welcome Menu.

2.   Click the Next button.

3.   Select the desired width and length of your lot, which determines the dimensions of a fence that will be automatically place around your property, and then click the Next button.

4.   Click the picture of the house that appears, select the sample house that you would like to use, and then click the Next button.

5.   Click the picture of the fence that appears, select the fence style you would like to use, and then click the Next button. If you do not wish to add a fence, click the Do not add a fence checkbox.

6.   On the graphic that appears, move each landscape element to the desired position by clicking and holding the left mouse button and moving the mouse. When finished, click the Next button.

7.   Click the Finish button to create your first landscape.

Your first landscape is now ready for editing. New landscaping objects can be added, and existing objects can be edited. Switch between the Top-Down view and the Perspective view to see your landscape from different viewpoints, or enter the Realtime Walkthrough to walk through your landscape realistically.

Important: These Quick Start steps walked you through creating a landscape using the Landscape Wizard, the purpose of which is to allow you to quickly design your first landscape using pre-built objects. The landscape that is created using the wizard can be a great learning tool, but is not meant to closely match your design ideas. For a custom design, click File and New, or just close the Welcome Menu when Realtime Landscaping Plus first starts. Next, add your objects as needed, designing them exactly as you envision them.


      If you wish to use Metric measurements, click Settings and Program Settings. For more information, see Using Metric.

      When designing your landscape using the Landscape Wizard, as in the steps above, your landscape is limited to a maximum lot size of 500’ x 500’. However, when the wizard finishes you can set the lot size by clicking File and Page Setup.

      The fence that the wizard adds around the perimeter of your lot is rectangular by default, but can be changed to any size and shape after the wizard is completed.

      The prebuilt houses that are added by the wizard are grouped by default, but can be ungrouped to become fully editable.

After you create a quick landscape using the steps above, it is recommended to review the following topics to familiarize yourself with your new software:

Adjusting the View
Adding Objects
Editing Objects
Editing Points
House Wizard
Deck Wizard