The Site Amenities Stage of the Scenery Phase allows you to place a wide variety of items, equipment, structures, rockwork, lighting, furniture, and more in your design. In this stage you will primarily use the Library to insert items into your design.
Features of Site Amenities
Fully Rendered in 3D: All site amenities are fully rendered in 3D to create a visually stunning presentation of your project.
Over 1000 3D Items for your Project: VizTerra offers a wide selection of library items for use in your design. Site Amenities include large structural items such as gazebos, sheds, patio covers, gates, and playsets as well as small accessories such as plates, silverware, wine bottles, and ice buckets. The library has the full range of items to complete your design including equipment, furniture, rockwork, fountains, lighting elements and more. There are even animals to position in the design, including animated ducks and fish which swim through the water. There are also items from leading manufacturers and vendors.
Animations: Some items in the library are animated. Animated items are clearly labeled and are located in animated groups in the library. In the 3D view and in the Presentation mode, animated items will move in a set pattern. For example, animated fish swim in the water while animated ceiling fans spin around.
You can turn off the animation for a selected item by using the Play/Pause button located under Parameters. In the Presentation mode you can stop all animations by pressing the Enter key or by pressing the Play/Pause button in the Presentation menu. You can default item animations on or off for new items you insert with the Default New Item Animations On checkbox located in the library options.
Site Amenities in the Library
Items Tab: All site amenities are located under the Items Tab in the library.
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 name. The item may be inserted by double left clicking on the name 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 Site Amenities Stage. This tab also contains many products from vendors and manufacturers.
Replace Selected: This button replaces the item 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 tan dark wood chairs in your design with red dark wood chairs.
Library Item Options
Random Rotate: Select this option when you want to insert multiple items. As you insert the selected item, VizTerra automatically randomizes 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, 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 to display as symbols.
Default New Landscaping to Symbols: Library 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: This option does not have any effect on items. It is used for plants and trees.
Searching for Site Amenities in the Library
Search Tab: The Search Tab allows you to search for items in the Library by name. This allows you to find the item you are looking for by searching under its name.
Searching for Site Amenities: To search for a 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 Equipment. 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 item name. The item may be inserted by double left clicking on the name or using the Insert or Insert One buttons below.
Items found by the search are listed alphabetically by 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.
Moving Site Amenities in 3D
Moving in 3D: Items can be moved in 3D by using the 3D gizmo. The blue arrow will elevate the item up and down while the red and green arrows will move it left to right and back and forth. You may move a single item multiple items, or groups of items.
Rotating in 3D: Items can be rotated in 3D by using the 3D gizmo. This allows you to not only rotate the item but also tilt the item at an angle. You can tilt items to properly place them on elevated terrain such as hills. The blue rotate arrow will rotate the item while the red and green arrows will tilt it. Items will rotate according to the Snaps and Constraints you have set.
Lights in the Library: Lights in the Library are located in the Lights Category. This category includes interior and exterior lights as well as fixtures such as ceiling fans. Specialized lights such as landscaping lights are also found in this category.
Illumination of Lights: Lights will actually create illumination and light up the design. Lights will only turn on when the time of day is set to night. Lights will illuminate the design in the 3D view and in Presentation Mode.
Light Settings in Configuration: Lights will only turn on if you have the proper setting tuned on in Configuration. In Configuration go to the Presentation tab and select More 3D Options. Make sure that Artificial Night Lighting is checked. If your computer hardware is unable to display lights this setting will be grayed out. See Configuration for more details.
Lights and Computer Performance: Lights may affect your computer performance. Each light increases the demand on your computer hardware. If your computer performance slows down, you may need to reduce the number of lights in your design.
Rockwork in the Library: Rockwork in the Library is located in the Rockwork Category. This category includes different types of individual rocks and stones as well as rock waterfalls. This category also includes dynamic rockwork.
Rock Waterfalls: Rock waterfalls are used to add rock water features to your design. Some of the slides and waterfalls are premade with animated water flowing over the rocks. Other rock items are designed so that water features may be added from the Visual Effects stage.
Dynamic Rockwork: Dynamic rockwork uses the same variation system that plants and trees use. When you insert a piece of dynamic rockwork, one of 77,000 different variations of the rock piece will be inserted. This allows the rockwork to appear more natural and realistic. You may change the variation of a piece of dynamic rockwork that has already been inserted by using the new variation button located under Parameters.
Animated Items in the Library: Some items in the library are animated. These items are easy to identify because they are be located in animated groups. For example, the animated koi fish are located in the Characters category under the Animated Fish group. Animated items insert exactly the same as regular items.
Movement of Animated Items: Each animated item has unique movement depending on the type of item. For example, animated animals will walk or swim while animated fixtures such as ceiling fans will rotate.
Items which move, such as walking or swimming animals, move in a set pattern starting from the point where they are placed in the design. When placing animated items it is important to understand that animated items will move in their set pattern regardless of other objects in the design. For example, an animated koi fish which swims in a circle will swim in the same size circle regardless of the size of the pond the koi fish is placed in. If the animated koi fish is not placed properly, it will swim through the wall of the pond and into the ground to complete the set circle it swims in. Therefore when using animated items, you must be aware of the pattern of their movement and place them properly within the are you wish them to be animated.
It is also important to note that Auto Elevation will snap animated items to the bottom of a body of water like a pond, not to the surface of the water. When placing items such as swimming animated ducks, you will want to manually elevate them to the surface of the water.
Animated Items in 3D: Animated items will animate in the 3D view. You can turn off the animation of a selected item by pressing the Play/Pause button found under parameters. Pause will stop the animations while Play will turn them back on. The Play/Pause button may be used on a selected animated item in both the 2D and 3D views. You can set the default for new animated items you insert with the Default New Item Animations On checkbox located in the library. Items whose animations are turned off here will not be animated in the Presentation Mode. You must turn on the animations for the item here before it will be animated in the Presentation mode.
Animated Items in Presentation: Animated items will animate in the Presentation mode. You can turn animations on and off for all animated items in the Presentation Mode by pressing the Enter key on your keyboard or using the Play/Pause button in the Presentation Mode Menu. This will start or stop animations for every animated item as well as all animated plants and trees in the design. Items whose animations were turned off in the 2D or 3D view will not be animated in Presentation. You must go back and turn the animations back on before the items will be animated.
Animated Items and Computer Performance: Animated items may affect your computer performance. Each animated item increases the demand on your computer hardware. If your computer performance slows down, you may need to reduce the number of animated items in your design.
Show Landscaping as Symbols: This check box allows you to show a selected item as a 2D symbol instead of as a 3D marker in the 2D view. This allows you to change how a item you have already placed into your design appears. Uncheck the box to show the selected landscaping as a 3D marker again.
Reset Object: This button allows you to reset a selected item that has been rotated. The item will reset to its default from the library.
Play/Pause: This button allows you to turn animations on and off for a selected item. Pressing Play will turn on animations for a selected item while pressing Pause will stop animations. With animations on, the item will move according to its set animation.
New Variation: This button will change the variation of a selected item. This allows you to change the variation of a item you have already placed in your design. While this button is primarily used for plants and trees, some yard accessories such as Dynamic Rock use it as well.
Auto Elevation: With this box checked, a selected item will automatically snap to the surface underneath it. This means that items will be set to the elevation of the ground or if placed on a surface like a house piece, the height of the house piece. The item will even snap to a surface that has a negative height such as a sunken deck or planter. All library items by default are set to Auto Elevation when you insert them.
Elevation Box: You can manually enter an elevation for a selected item here. Moving a item in 3D with the 3D gizmo will also set a manual elevation.
Select Matching: This button will automatically select every item in the design matching the currently selected item. For example, this allows you to select every pine tree inserted in the design
Assigning Custom Symbols
You can assign landscaping symbols to the items in the library by using the Edit button.
Edit Object: If a library item under the Items Tab is selected, pressing the Edit button will bring up the Edit Object box and allow you to change the symbol.
Assigning Custom Symbols to Items: 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.
Creating Your Own Symbols: You can create your own symbols in the Construction Stage. 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.