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Tape Measure Guide

VIP Guides MeasureThe Tape Measure is for marking arbitrary lengths which are not indicated automatically by the program, such as the distance between the house and the pool. Once a measurement is made, it can be adjusted by manipulating the ends with the Move Tool. Measurements made with the Tape Measure will appear when the 2D view is printed, but they are not represented in 3D or Presentation mode.

Using the Tape Measure: Position the cursor in the viewport and single-click the left mouse button to set the beginning of the tape. Move the cursor away from the start point; a straight line will be drawn from the start point to the cursor’s current position. Single-click the left mouse button to set the end of the measurement.

Offsetting the Tape Measure: Select the move tool and then left click and hold on the measurement text. Dragging the mouse will offset the tape measure.

Changing the Arrow Style: Different arrow styles for the measure tool may be selected from the Arrow Style drop-down under the Object Tab or the Line Styles Tab in Construction Markup.

Changing the Arrow Size: The arrow size may be adjusted with the control to the right of the arrow style drop-down.

Changing the Measurement Text Font: The measurement text font and font size may be changed by single left clicking the Font button under the Text/Font Tab.

Showing Measurements: To show measurements, check the Display Measurements box located under the Object Tab. To hide the measurements, uncheck the box and a red X will appear.

Text Tool

VIP Guides TextThe Text Tool is for inserting labels or notes into the drawing. Existing labels or notes can be moved using the Move Tool. They will appear when the 2D view is printed, but they are not represented in 3D or Presentation mode.

Using the Text Tool: Position the cursor in the viewport, and single-click the left mouse button to set the position of the text. Type the text using the keyboard and single-click the left mouse button to finish.

Callout Text: Pressing the Add Call-Out Arrow button will add an arrow to the text. With the move tool, the arrow may be adjusted to point to any location in the viewport. The center point of the arrow may also be adjusted to make it bend. The color of the arrow will be the same color as the text.

Label Text: Selecting label text will create form style text with lines for information. The information label will appear on the left and lines for information will appear to the right. Left click the default label to enter your own label. Left click the lines at any time to enter the information.

Label Underline: Add or remove the underline to the right of the label text.

VIP Text FontChanging Text Font: The text font and font size may be changed by single left clicking the Font button under the Text/Font Tab.

Changing Text Color (In Construction Markup Only): The text color may be changed by single left clicking the Color Square located to the right of the Font button in Construction Markup. The color will only be visible while in the Construction Phase, the default design color will appear in all other stages.

Align Tools: The text may be aligned left, center or right by single left clicking one of the Align buttons .  By default, text will align left.

U: The text may be underlined by single left clicking the U button.

Changing Text Border Style: The text border style may changed by selecting a different border style from the drop-down menu. If you do not wish to have a text border, select None from the drop-down menu.

Changing Text Border Size: The text border size may be adjusted with the control to the right of the border style drop-down.

Changing Text Border Color: The text border color may be changed by single left clicking the Color Square located to the right of the Border Style drop-down menu.

Changing Call-Out Text Arrow Style: Different arrow styles for the Call-Out Text Arrow may be selected from the Arrow Style drop-down under the Object Tab.

Changing Call-Out Text Arrow Size: The arrow size may be adjusted with the control to the right of the arrow style drop-down.

Rectangle Guide

VIP Guides RectangleThe rectangular guides are for creating sketch lines and are seen only in the 2D viewport. They will appear when the 2D view is printed, but they are not represented in 3D or Presentation mode.

Drawing Rectangular Guides: Position the cursor in the viewport, single-click the left mouse button to set one corner of the rectangle. The cursor then represents the opposite corner of the rectangle. Move the mouse to adjust size and shape of the rectangle. Single-click the left mouse button to set the rectangle guide.

Showing Measurements: To show measurements, check the Display Measurements box located under the Object Tab. To hide the measurements, uncheck the box and a red X will appear.

Circle Guide

VIP Guides CircleThe circular guides are for creating sketch lines and are seen only in the 2D viewport. They will appear when the 2D view is printed, but they are not represented in 3D or Presentation mode.

Drawing Circular Guides: Position the cursor in the viewport and single-click the left mouse button to set one point of the circular guide. Move the cursor away from the point to create a circle. Single-click the left mouse button to set the circular guide.

Showing Measurements: To show measurements, check the Display Measurements box located under the Object Tab. To hide the measurements, uncheck the box and a red X will appear.

Callout Label

VIP Guides CalloutThe callout tool allows you to automatically add the object name and material name of any drawn shape or library item.

Using Callout: Select a drawn shape or library item and click Callout guide. This will add automatically add a text label and arrow with the object name and material name.  With the move tool, the arrow may be adjusted to point to any location in the viewport. The center point of the arrow may also be adjusted to make it bend. The color of the arrow will be the same color as the text.

Callout Information: The object name is pulled from the name field in Object Properties.  The material name is the name of the material applied from the library.  To hide either the object or material name, uncheck the box on the Text/Font tab.

Image Callout Label (Vip3D and VizTerra Exclusive)

With the Callout Tool, you can also add photos to plants and site objects. This is a great way to share your plant palette and project details with your clients.

VIP Guides CalloutCallout ImageSelect the Plant, Tree or Library object, then Callout under Guides.

Check the box for Image. Double click on the image to access the menu, or click Edit in the Library.

 

Callout Image Click

Assigning an Image: You can select images saved on your PC, click Online Search to look for new images, or drag and drop images from your browser.​

  • Browse PC: Clicking on Browse PC will bring up a file selection box. Graphic files in the .BMP, .PNG, .JPG, or .TGA formats may be used.
  • Online Search: Clicking on Online Search will open your default browser, and search for the Botanical name or Template Name of the object. The image can be saved to the PC, or dragged into the “Drag image here” area in the object menu.
  • Note: You may need to view the original image before dragging. Click to view the larger preview of the image in your browser, then View Image. Some images cannot be dragged or saved, depending on the website’s security settings.

Change Label

VIP Guides Change LabelThe change label tool allows you to move your measurements to any location on the shape or even away from the shape.

Using Change Label: Click on the measurement with Change Label selected to change the location. A dotted line will appear linking it to the shape or segment.

Showing Measurements: To hide the measurements in Construction Markup, select the label and press the Hide Selected Button or CTRL + H.

Align Tools


VIP AlignAlign Left: 
Selected objects will align to the left most object.

Align Center: Selected objects will be centered vertically.

Align Right: Selected objects will align to the right most object.

Distribute Vertical: Selected objects will be evenly spaced on the vertical.

Align Top: Selected objects will align to the top most object.

Align Middle: Selected objects will be centered horizontally.

Align Bottom: Selected objects will align to the bottom most object.

Distribute Horizontal: Selected objects will be evenly spaced on the horizon.

Align to Slope: Selected objects will align to the slope of the terrain.