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Sources for digital assets (entourage) 6 Replies

Started by Jennifer Nitzky, RLA, ASLA, ISA. Last reply by Jennifer Nitzky, RLA, ASLA, ISA Mar 30, 2014.

Pro Landscape software 12 Replies

Started by Alba Villacampa Sanz. Last reply by Alba Villacampa Sanz Aug 30, 2012.

Vectorworks Landmark vs Land F/X 1 Reply

Started by S Osaka. Last reply by Ben Langford Mar 16, 2012.

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Comment by Chris on August 24, 2012 at 2:00am

I use autocad other than sketchup Pro in my work now. How is  Landmark compared to Autocad. Which is better for a landscape architect? How easy is it to switch?

Thanks for your help

Comment by Jennifer Nitzky, RLA, ASLA, ISA on October 25, 2011 at 12:47pm
Does anyone know where I can find HQ real world plant images that include vegetables?  Anyone know a free site for downloading plant images without the background?
Comment by Robin Alyse Doyle on December 24, 2009 at 7:32pm
Comment by Robin Alyse Doyle on December 24, 2009 at 7:28pm
Hey all you SketchUp users out there! There's a hands-on all-day workshop on Modeling Residential Sites with Slope in Google SketchUp (for intermediate/advanced users) coming to San Francisco Feb. 20th, 2010
Includes rubyscripts and tips for smoothly integrating your CAD files.
Comment by MJ on August 26, 2009 at 11:02am
I've used Auto Cad for 7years and I have to move on Vector Works for a new Company. It's so confusing and not so much information so far.. Tutorials don't really give me right answers and I have many problems to figure out, but it's difficult ask somebody.. Not so many people are using this..
Comment by Bob Luther on June 5, 2009 at 2:39pm
Land F/X is a great tool if you are going to do a concept to working drawings set and are looking for real world ability to create and modify a great set of plans, it is functional within Autocad and now BricsCad ( a cheeper version of ACAD, which looks very powerful for the price), and LandF/X functions with SketchUp (which is not a TOY as stated earlier). SketchUp is often overlooked for design but with the ability to inmport and export to DWG/DWF formats it is quite productive in design development, I have also had a good bit of luck with contours and landscape surface work with autocad and sketchUp in combination. The question is what are you trying to accomplish artwork, concepts, or working drawings, the solution changes for eachof these end products.
Comment by Shimi Dahan on April 7, 2009 at 2:19am
Whilst I am glad you all find the discussion useful - let's avoid blank statements and overlooking the progress some applications had achieved. Every release of each application brings many new and sometimes very good features. Some of these upgrades make a huge difference and change the appeal of the software.
So for 2D – AutoCAD LT is great.
Rhino is great for complex curvy forms but is not an architectural (and certainly not a landscape) design application. Coupled with VRay – it can produce high quality renderings. Rhino Terrain sounds ideal on paper but probably requires a few more years to mature and address our needs in a convincing way.
Full AutoCAD is a fine general 3D modelling. If you want a step further, then AutoCAD Architecture is a powerful object-oriented 3D modelling and drawing tool. It will deal with almost anything from complex forms to dynamic sections, simple terrains and rendering. It is my tool of choice and far more appropriate than 3D Max.
Planting design is a thorny issue and I am interested in your opinion. In essence, what is your preferred application or AutoCAD add-on – ideally something that does not cost like another AutoCAD license.
I am intrigued by the new release of Vectorworks and will give it thorough trial too.
Comment by Tom Fitzgerald on April 6, 2009 at 7:51pm
I've been using Rhino and just a word of caution, it is primarily an industrial design 3D modeling program and I've found that it does not work well for large scale applications. It exceeds in designing small elements, which can then be exported into other programs that work better with land manipulation.

I think this conversation is great because for the past month I’ve also been trying to figure out what programs work best for Landscape Architects. I see CAD continuing as the industry standard but as firms begin to work in 3D and complex rendering programs I find myself a bit lost trying to figure out what programs work best for what I need. We often have to use programs that were not necessarily designed for what we are using them for and it can be frustrating. Anymore it seems like we need the following programs
1) Auto Cad to design in 2D
2) A 3D site land manipulation program
3) A 3D model building program for smaller site elements (like Rhino)
4) A rendering program (like V-Ray)

I’ve heard a lot of good things about Vector Works and it sounds like it may accomplish all the above items in one program, hope to give it a test drive soon.
Comment by Eric Gilbey on April 6, 2009 at 8:40am
After using AutoCAD for about 12 years of drafting, and then switching over to Vectorworks Landmark, I would say without hesitation that the advantages of working in Vectorworks over AutoCAD are immense. The only reason why I had been using the "industry standard" is because I didn't seek anything better. Many take their work out of AutoCAD to do 3D easier, or to illustrate their plans or presentation drawings, or utilize another program because they have need of GIS. In Vectorworks, this absolutely is not necessary. You can "draft" in Vectorworks, if that is all you want to do, but for those who want to design, and test their ideas out in 3D, in an environment that allows you you easily create 2D and 3D at the same time (directly related), and illustrate it while you work, and create a site model that can calculate cut/fill, and work with shapefiles and world referenced image files, and do animated walkthroughs, as well as schedules and reports, including budgeting....you really have to take a look at Vectorworks Landmark. Lastly, if you need to work import and/or export DWG or DXF files, Vectorworks does it well, and the data that DWG and DXF files is not lost.
Comment by jeffreyrreiser on April 4, 2009 at 9:22pm
Has anyone looked at Viz Terra?
 

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Sources for digital assets (entourage) 6 Replies

We have a pretty extensive digital graphics library of plants, people, cars, ect. but sometimes I need a specific plant or angle/pose of entourage for Photoshop and Illustrator that I can't find in the library or online.  Where do you find…Continue

Started by Jennifer Nitzky, RLA, ASLA, ISA. Last reply by Jennifer Nitzky, RLA, ASLA, ISA Mar 30, 2014.

Pro Landscape software 12 Replies

Hi!Has anyone used "Pro Landscape" software? I´m starting to collaborate with a new firm and they are asking me about the use and results of this program, but I haven´t heard about it before. In internet the images obtained using this software are a…Continue

Started by Alba Villacampa Sanz. Last reply by Alba Villacampa Sanz Aug 30, 2012.

Vectorworks Landmark vs Land F/X 1 Reply

Would like comments on the above two products--trying to decide which to move to.Background:I've used AutoCAD for years and am getting proficient at SketchUp but need a program that does more seamless integration between 2D and 3D, along with less…Continue

Tags: Landmark, FX, F/X, Land, Vectorworks

Started by S Osaka. Last reply by Ben Langford Mar 16, 2012.

Let's not re-invent the wheel... 5 Replies

Let's talk about how we can spend more time designing and less struggling with tools. I am happy to answer any question.

Tags: lisps, libraries, templates, graphics, 3D

Started by Shimi Dahan. Last reply by Mark L Miller Sep 14, 2010.

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