Library

The Library is located in the Panel. It contains templates, items, plants and trees, and vendor products. The seven Tabs at the top of the library are Design, Items, Landscaping, Favorites, Currently Used, New Items Added, and Search. There are two ways to view the library, Tab View and Outline View.

Tab View

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Tab View is the default view for the Pool Studio library.
You can switch into Tab View by pressing the “1” button located under the library. In this view, items are sorted under Type bars which can be collapsed and expanded as necessary. The items are represented by pictures under each bar.

You can right click on each picture for an enlarged image of the item.

Outline View

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Outline View is the default view for the VizTerra library.
You can switch into Outline View by pressing the “2” button located under the library. In this view, the items are sorted in brackets by Type name. Variations are bracketed under the item name. An image of each item will appear to the left of the list when the item name is selected.

You can right click on each picture for an enlarged image of the item.

Design Tab

VizTerra Library Panel Design TabPool Studio Library Panel Design TabThe Design Tab contains templates and items for use during the Design Phase.

The Design Tab contains a row of Category buttons. Left clicking on a Category button will bring up pictures of the templates and items organized by type.

Library items under the Design Tab may be selected by left clicking on the item picture. The item may be inserted by double left clicking on the picture or using the Insert or Insert One buttons below. Items can be edited or deleted by using the Edit and Delete buttons.

The Design tab contains templates such as house and pool shapes as well as design items such as house decor items and drains. This tab also contains products from vendors and manufacturers.

Items Tab

VizTerra Library Panel Items TabPool Studio Library Panel Items TabThe Items Tab contains templates and items for use during the Pool Studio Yard Accessories Stage and VizTerra Site Amenities Stage.

The Items Tab contains a row of Category buttons. Left clicking on a Category button will bring up pictures of the items and templates organized by type.

Library items under the Items Tab may be selected by left clicking on the item picture. The item may be inserted by double left clicking on the picture or using the Insert or Insert One buttons below. Items can be edited or deleted by using the Edit and Delete buttons.

The Items tab contains accessories, equipment, furniture and other items for use during the Yard Accessories Stage. This tab also contains many products from vendors and manufacturers.

Landscaping Tab

VizTerra Library Panel Landscaping TabPool Studio Library Panel Landscaping TabThe Landscaping Tab contains plants and trees for use in landscaping.

The Landscaping Tab contains a row of Category buttons. Left clicking on a Category button will bring up pictures of the plants and trees organized by type.

Plants and trees under the Landscaping Tab may be selected by left clicking on the picture. The plant or tree may be inserted by double left clicking on the picture in Pool Studio or name in VizTerra, or by using the Insert or Insert One buttons below.

VizTerra Container Class: In VizTerra, this slider allows you to select the container class you would like to insert for the currently selected plant or tree in the library. The symbol for each container class can be set by using the Edit button. If you have Show Symbols in Library turned on, the symbol preview in the library will change as you select different container classes.

Favorites Tab

VizTerra Library Panel Favorites TabPool Studio Library Panel Favorites TabThe Favorites Tab allows you to create a list of items you commonly use for quick access. This makes it easy to find and insert the items you use most often into your designs.

Items in the Favorites list may be selected by left clicking on the picture. The item may be inserted by double left clicking on the picture or using the Insert or Insert One buttons below.

Items in the Favorites list are listed alphabetically by item name. The location of the item in the Library is displayed underneath the Tab row. The Tab, Category, Type, and Name of the item is listed.

Adding Items to Favorites: Any item in the library may be added to this list by selecting the item in the library and clicking on the Favorites Button located beneath the library list.

Removing Items from Favorites: When viewing the favorites list under the Favorites Tab you may remove any item by selecting the item in the list and clicking on the Favorites Button located beneath the library list.

Favorites Button: The Favorites Button is the star button located underneath the library list.

Currently Used Tab

VizTerra Library Panel Currently Used TabPool Studio Library Panel Currently Used TabThe Currently Used Tab displays a list of all the library items currently inserted into the design. This makes it easy to see which items have been inserted into the design and insert additional copies.

Items in the Currently Used list may be selected by left clicking on the picture in Pool Studio or item name in VizTerra. The item may be inserted by double left clicking on the picture or item name, or by using the Insert or Insert One buttons below.

Items in the Currently Used list are listed alphabetically by item name. The location of the item in the Library is displayed underneath the Tab row. The Tab, Category, Type, and Name of the item is listed.

As with other items in the Library, items in the Currently Used list may be added to Favorites by selecting the item and clicking on the Favorites button.

New Items Added Tab

VizTerra Library Panel New Items Added Tab

The New Items Added Tab displays a list of all the new library items added in the most recent update to the program. This makes it easy to see all the new items and start using them in designs.

Items in the New Items Added list may be selected by left clicking on the picture. The item may be inserted by double left clicking on the picture in Pool Studio or item name in VizTerra, or by using the Insert or Insert One buttons below.

Items in the New Items Added list are listed alphabetically by item name. The location of the item in the Library is displayed underneath the Tab row. The Tab, Category, Type, and Name of the item is listed.

As with other items in the Library, items in the New Items Added list may be added to Favorites by selecting the item and clicking on the Favorites button.

Search Tab

VizTerra Library Panel Search TabPool Studio Library Panel Search TabThis tab allows you to search for items in the Library by name. This is the fastest way to find an item and insert it into the design.

Searching for Items: To search for an item, simply type the name of the item into the Search bar and press the Search button. The results of the search will appear below. Single words or groups of words may be entered into the Search bar. You may type in a specific item name such as Gas Meter or type in a category name such as Groundcovers. The search feature will search item names, categories, types, and subtypes.

Search Options: The drop down box to the left of the Search bar allows you to choose from three different search options, All Words, Any Words, and Exact Phrase. All Words will return items that that match all of the words typed into the Search bar. Any Words will return items that match any of the words typed into the Search bar. Exact Phrase will only return items that exactly match the words typed into the search bar.

Items Found by the Search: Items found by the search may be selected by left clicking on the picture in Pool Studio or item name in VizTerra. The item may be inserted by double left clicking on the picture or item name, or by using the Insert or Insert One buttons below.

Items found by the search are listed alphabetically by item name. The location of the item in the Library is displayed underneath the Tab row. The Tab, Category, Type, and Name of the item is listed.

As with other items in the Library, items found by the search may be added to Favorites by selecting the item and clicking on the Favorites button.

Library Buttons

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The Library Buttons allow you to perform many different actions with the library. We will consider each of the different buttons and their functions.

View Buttons

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Tab View: The “1” button will switch the library into Tab View.

Outline View: The “2” button will switch the library into Outline View.

Favorites Button: The star button allows you to add the item currently selected in the library to your Favorites list. All Favorites are listed under the Favorites Tab. Any item in the library including items in the Currently Used and New Items lists as well as Search results can be added to Favorites. Pressing this button with an item selected in the Favorites list will remove the item from Favorites.

Replace Selected: The button replaces the item or items you currently have selected in the design with the item you have selected in the library. This command works well when combined with Select Matching found under Parameters. For example, combining both commands allows you to quickly exchange all the maple trees in your design for cedar trees.

Insert Buttons

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Insert: Insert will insert the currently selected item into the project. It allows you to insert as many copies of the item as you wish. Each time you left click, the currently selected item will be inserted. To stop inserting copies of the item, right click or switch to the Move tool to reset your cursor. Insert is perfect for adding multiple plants and trees to the design.

Inserted items will remember the stage they were created in. Therefore a deck template [or VizTerra hardscape template] inserted into the House Stage will still be a deck

and not a house piece. Most templates will insert into the project as a group. To ungroup the template, click the Ungroup button located in the Panel under Parameters.

Insert One: Insert One will insert one copy of the currently selected item into the project.

Save

VizTerra Library Panel Save to Create TemplatePool Studio Library Panel Save to Create TemplateClicking save will bring up the Create Template box. You may select the Tab, Category and Type you would like the item to be saved under in the Library. You may also enter a Name and Description for the template. All selected objects will be saved in the template, including objects drawn in different stages as well as visual effects and library items. Houses saved as templates will include house decor items and roofing. In order to add a new Category or Type to the drop down list, enter the new name in the Category or Type lines when you are saving the item. In VizTerra, Save will save the currently selected objects as an item in the library.

Edit

[PoolStudio]Pool Studio Library Panel Edit TemplateEdit: The Edit button is used to edit templates you have saved to the library. If a template you have saved to the library is selected, Edit will bring up the Edit Template box and allow you to edit the Tab, Category, Type, Name, and Description of the saved template. The Edit button allows you to move saved templates between Tabs, Categories, and Types.[/PoolStudio][VizTerra]VizTerra Library Panel Edit TemplateEdit: In VizTerra, edit allows you to make changes to saved templates and some library items. Edit has two different features based on the item selected in the library. If a template you have saved to the library is selected, the Edit Template box will come up. If an item under the Item or Landscaping Tabs is selected, the Edit Object box will come up.

Pool Studio Library Panel Edit Template

Edit: The Edit button is used to edit templates you have saved to the library. If a template you have saved to the library is selected, Edit will bring up the Edit Template box and allow you to edit the Tab, Category, Type, Name, and Description of the saved template. The Edit button allows you to move saved templates between Tabs, Categories, and Types.

VizTerra Library Panel Edit Template

Edit: In VizTerra, edit allows you to make changes to saved templates and some library items. Edit has two different features based on the item selected in the library. If a template you have saved to the library is selected, the Edit Template box will come up. If an item under the Item or Landscaping Tabs is selected, the Edit Object box will come up.

Edit Template: If a template you have saved to the library in VizTerra is selected, Edit will bring up the Edit Template box and allow you to edit the Tab, Category, Type, Name, and Description of the saved template. The Edit button allows you to move saved templates between Tabs, Categories, and Types.

VizTerra Library Panel Edit Object Window
Edit Object: If an item under the Item or Landscaping Tabs is selected in VizTerra, Edit will bring up the Edit Object box and allow you to change the item’s symbol.

Assigning Custom Symbols to Items in VizTerra: You can assign any of the over 2,000 symbols in the program or any custom symbols you have created to the library items located under the Items Tab. Select the item in the library and press the Edit button. A list of all available symbols will appear in the Edit Object box. Left click on the symbol name to select it. A preview image of the symbol will appear to the left of the list. The Symbol Already Assigned To list will tell you what other library items currently use the symbol. Press Ok the save your selection and change the symbol. You may reset the symbol to the VizTerra default by using the Reset button.

Assigning Custom Symbols to Landscaping in VizTerra: You can assign any of the over 2,000 landscaping symbols in the program or any custom landscaping symbols you have created to the plants and trees located under the Landscaping Tab. Select the plant or tree in the library and press the Edit button. A list of all available symbols will appear alongside the six container classes for the plant in the Edit Object box. Click the radio button to select the Container Class you would like to change. Left click on the symbol name to select it. A preview image of the symbol will appear to the left of the list and the new symbol will appear above the Container Class. The Symbol Already Assigned To list will tell you what other plants currently use the symbol. Select each Container Class to make your changes. Press Ok the save your selections and change the symbols. You may reset the symbols to the VizTerra defaults by using the Reset button.

Creating Your Own Symbols: You can create your own symbols in the Construction Stage in VizTerra. In the Construction Stage, draw the symbol in a block using the line and arc tools. Save the symbol to the Construction Template Library as a Selection in the Landscaping Symbols Category. Your custom symbol will now appear in the list in the Edit Object box. Please note, you must save your symbol to the Landscaping Symbols Category for it to appear in the list under Edit Objects. See the Construction Stage for more information.

Resetting Symbols: You may set the symbol for any item back to the VizTerra default by pressing the Reset button in Edit Object. This will set all symbols and container class symbols for the item back to the program defaults.

Delete

Pool Studio Library Panel Delete Template

Delete will permanently delete the item from the library. Please remember this will remove the item from the library for all projects and cannot be undone.

Item Options

VizTerra Library Panel Item OptionsContainer Class in VizTerra: This slider allows you to select the container class you would like to insert for the currently selected plant or tree in the library. The symbol for each container class can be set by using the Edit button. If you have Show Symbols in Library turned on, the symbol preview in the library will change as you select different container classes.
VizTerra Library Panel Item OptionsContainer Class in VizTerra: This slider allows you to select the container class you would like to insert for the currently selected plant or tree in the library. The symbol for each container class can be set by using the Edit button. If you have Show Symbols in Library turned on, the symbol preview in the library will change as you select different container classes.
Pool Studio Library Panel Item OptionsRandom Rotate: Select this option when you want to insert multiple items. As you insert the selected item, Pool Studio and VizTerra automatically randomize the rotation of the next item that you are going to insert. Thus, each time you insert an item, it will have a different rotation than the previously inserted item.

Random Scale: Select this option when you want to insert multiple items. As you insert the selected item, Pool Studio and VizTerra will automatically randomize the scale of each item you insert. Thus, each item that you insert will have a different appearance.

Show Symbols in Library: Checking this box will set the library items, especially plants and trees to display as symbols. In VizTerra, this makes it easy to place the proper container class symbol for the landscaping.

Default New Landscaping to Symbols: Landscaping items may be shown in the 2D viewport either as 2D symbols or as 3D markers. Check this box to have new items insert as 2D symbols or uncheck the box to have new items insert as 3D markers. Items that have already been inserted can be changed under Parameters.

Default New Animations On: Checking this box will default item animations on for animated items inserted from the library. This controls the animations for animated items such as animals and ceiling fans located under the Items Tab in the library. If you do not wish animated items you insert from the library to animate, uncheck this box to default animations to off. Animations for items you have already inserted may be turned on/off by using the Play/Pause button located under Parameters.

Default New Landscaping Animations On: Checking this box will default animations on for plants and trees inserted from the library. This controls the animations for plants and trees located under the Landscaping Tab in the library. Nearly all plants and trees in the library are animated. If you do not wish plants and trees to animate, uncheck this box to default animations to off. Animations for landscaping you have already inserted may be turned on/off by using the Play/Pause button located under Parameters.

Adding New Categories and Types to the Library

VizTerra Library Panel Create Template to Add Categories and Types

This may be done from the Create Template box when you are saving a new item. Instead of selecting an existing Category and Type from the drop down menu, enter the name of the new Category or Type you would like to create. Click Ok and the new Category or Type will be added to the library.

Saving Templates Made with Objects Created in Different Stages

Pool Studio Library Panel Save Templates Made with Objects Created in Different Stages

All selected objects will be created as a template when you use the Save button. These objects may have been created in different stages. Therefore a deck with water features, a pool feature with landscaping items, and many other groups of items may be saved together as a template. In VizTerra, a raised area with visual effects, a water feature with landscaping items, and many other groups of items may be saved together as a template.

Ungrouping Inserted Templates

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To ungroup the template, click the Ungroup button located in the Panel under Parameters. In VizTerra, most templates will insert into the project as a group.

Vendor Banner

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Vendor items will display the Vendor Banner in the description box. Single left clicking on the Vendor Banner will directly link you to the vendor’s web site.