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Katarina Ollikainen

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  1. Hi Steve, are you using the data tags or the landscape area's tags? If you use the LA's own tags, they'll take on whatever setting you have on the area you're 'dropping from'. If you use the data tags, they'll stay where you've put them. Does this help?
  2. Hi Steve, no, unfortunately they're gone. The plants are associated to the landscape area through the Plant Style name (not the Botanical name). If you change the style name, you break 'the chain'. Do you have a safety copy of the file since before you changed the name? If so, open that version as well, remove the landscape areas from the newer file, copy the old ones over and you'll have the landscape areas with the all the plants back. When you copy them over, you'll get the prompt 'A format named "Additional Plant Record" already exists in the current document. What do you want to do?' Tick the 'Replace the Format in the current document' and click ok. The landscape areas are now back in their original form and if you're recalculating the schedules, they'll be back there as well. The other way you can do the same thing (if the affected landscape areas all contain the same mixture) is to create a single landscape area with the correct mix, then select all the 'wrong' areas, and use the eyedropper tool to transfer it (the eyedropper tool has to have the 'Plug-in Parameters' selected). Recalculate the schedules.
  3. That the landscape areas are NOT showing the individual plants is actually a request which came from Landmark users. It's an extra step put in just because designers didn't want the individual plants visible - they wanted clean, large areas without the fuzziness of all the plants. However, we have received this request before and it is put in as an enhancement request.
  4. Mixed hedging doesn't work when using the plant tool. The idea with the plant tool is that it only places one kind of plant at the time, either in single mode or in a poly-vertex/edge or array mode. This is the nature of the tool. To place a mixture of plants, you have the Landscape area tool. This is a powerful tool, where you can set up mixes of plants you use all the time (either for planting beds or, as in this case, hedges). This tool works the way you say that you want to work - you create a geometry, either directly with the tool or by converting existing geometry, and you then tell it what plants you want it to contain and it will then give you the numbers. An example: If you say that you want to plant a mixed hedge with staggered rows and you use 5 plants per linear meter (per row), what you have to do is calculate how wide that double row would be, create a landscape area in this width and populate it with the mixture of your choice. In the example below, I've first created a hedge according to this specification (as a comparison), then drawn a polygon to the size you want the hedge and converted it to a landscape area, in which I have put in several different species. (You can also see that it would go 25 plants in a m2 if you used the 5/lm size). This way you also avoid having the individual plants showing. You can use the plant line on the landscape area to make the edge 'wiggly', and use any fill you'd like. Here I've just used a simple gradient, but you could use anything your practice normally use for hedging. (If you'd prefer, you can create yo your own line style specific for hedging and use that instead of the plant line in the landscape area). If it would help you, I'll gladly send over the standard widths for different hedge units that I've collected over the years. Then you only need to use the double line polygon tool, set to the width needed to create your hedge area and then convert it to a landscape area. This is a very effective way to work when making a lot of hedges- you create the hedge mixture for the landscape area once, saving it and then apply it to all the areas you want it on. Once you have created one area with your mix of plants, you can then select all the other areas and use the eye dropper tool to fill them all in one go. After that, remember to save the Landscape area mix so you can use it in your next project.

 

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