Model Import Wizard
The Model Import Wizard makes it easy to import a model
that you have downloaded from the Internet or created using a 3D CAD (Computer
Aided Design) program. The model must be in either SketchUp (skp) or
3D Studio (3ds) format, which are both popular formats for exchanging
models over the Internet.
To import a model:
1. Select Tools >
Model Import Wizard.
3. Select which type of
model you want to import and click Next.
4. Navigate to the
model you want to import and click Open.
5. The model you
selected will then be displayed. To select a different model, click the model
and repeat the previous step.
6. Click Next.
The following dialog will be displayed:
7. If needed, change
the size and/or orientation of the model by entering the desired values. Then
8. Click Next.
Then click Finish to import the model and finish the wizard.
You can then place your newly imported model into your
landscape using the type of object you selected in step 3. For example, if you
selected Door, then you would use the Door tool to add your new door.
A new category, Custom, will appear in the Choose
Artwork dialog after a model has been imported.
The following are some general guidelines for creating
models for use in Realtime Landscaping Pro.
meshes in the file must be triangles.
Position the model at the origin, with the bottom at y=0.
the model using 1 unit = 1 inch (even when metric is selected).
3DS file format is limited to texture filenames in 8.3 format (8 characters for
the name, and 3 for the extension).
the number of vertices and polygons per mesh to 32767. (The entire model can
have as many meshes as needed.)
Advanced Instructions for 3DS Models
The following are some instructions for creating different
types of objects using the 3DS file format. These are optional, but will help
advanced users create some of the effects in Realtime Landscaping Pro such as
flowing water and reflective windows.
Note: These instructions do not apply to SKP files
because SketchUp does not support per-part naming.
create a bird landing spot, create a small polygon and name it fx_bird.
create a pool of water, such as a swimming pool or hot tub, create a low-density
polygon mesh for the water and name it fx_pool. To make the water ripple,
create a small polygon just above the water and name it fx_rip.
Doors & Windows
Ensure the model facing the –Z axis (based on the left-handed coordinate
and windows can automatically take on the trim color of the building that they
are attached to. They can also have reflective regions. This is done using
32-bit Targa (tga) files with special values in the alpha channel. Set the alpha
values as follows:
0 = fully
reflective (blend between color channel and environment map)
192 = blend
trim color with luminance of color channel
255 = opaque
(use color channel)
House and Landscape Lights
all glass in the light fx_glass. This will prevent it from getting
darkened due to shadows and ambient lighting.
spotlights, create a small polygon and aim it in the direction you want the
light to shine. If it is a wide-angle spotlight, name it fx_lt_sw. Or, if
it's a narrow-angle spotlight, name it fx_lt_sn.
omni lights, create a small polygon and name it fx_lt_sm. In this case
the polygon direction does not matter.
create flowing water, create a small polygon just above the nozzle and name it
create a stream of water, create four small polygons. Position two where the
water should start flowing (at the top), and two where the water should stop
flowing (at the bottom). Name the top two fx_wf0_0 and fx_wf0_1.
Name the bottom two fx_wf0_2 and fx_wf0_3. See the following
multiple streams of flowing water, repeat the above steps but replace
fx_wf0_0 through fx_wf0_3 with fx_wf1_0 through
fx_wf1_3. (The digit after "fx_wf" indicates the stream number,
starting at 0.)
shows the above model during a realtime walkthrough:
model and all textures it uses will be copied. Therefore, if you make any
changes to the model or its textures, you'll need to re-run this wizard.
a model has been imported, you can easily add additional copies to your
landscape design using the appropriate tool. For example, if you imported a
door, then you would use the Add Door command to
add a new door.
Model Creation Wizard
Grouping and Ungrouping