Standard tools ArchiCAD allow you to create your own objects.
However, this process requires additional routine procedures and experience in using the tools.
To quickly and easily create new or modify existing objects in LabPP_Landscape a special handy feature.

Button to save new object in ARCHICAD

For your own objects for simplicity, using Windows Explorer, create their own directory "My objects".
In this directory, select the site (create a subdirectory) for photos of their plants, the elements of landscape design, etc.
Let's call this directory, for example, "Photo".
Put your pictures with alpha channel. Recall that the alpha channel is what specifies which portions of the images are transparent and which are not. For example, place the new file azaliya_v_gorshke.tif.

The dialog box for saving a new element in plants ARHICAD

ArchiCAD works well with tif files. How to create a tif file with alpha channel will be described later. This is not a complicated procedure. Players can find on the Internet a huge number of video tutorials on this topic.
As soon as we put a new photo ArchiCAD got to see her for our use. This is standard procedure for ArchiCAD.
Sign in library Manager, click the arrow and select "Reboot libraries and apply all changes".

Button select picture in ARCHICAD

ArchiCAD works well with tif files. How to create a tif file with alpha channel will be described later. This is not a complicated procedure. Players can find on the Internet a huge number of video tutorials on this topic.
As soon as we put a new photo ArchiCAD got to see her for our use. This is standard procedure for ArchiCAD.
Sign in library Manager, click the arrow and select "Reboot libraries and apply all changes".

Search picture dialog for new object in ARCHICAD

Select and set the 2d or 3d view any object LabPP_Landscape.
For example, the object Azalea Kilian.gsm, as shown in the first picture.
Open the dialog to edit the object by means of standard ArchiCAD

Object selection on ARCHICAD

Make the necessary changes that should contain the new library object.
For example, change the name of the plant, its icon in 2d, replace the file photos on our azaliya_v_gorshke.tif.
Picture of our pink azaleas in a pot should appear on the dialog editing.
Click Ok. The dialog to edit the properties of the plant closes.
Now when the selected item, press the button with the floppy disk (see picture above).
In the dialog that appears, save the file, locate the directory of the library LabPP_Landscape.

The save dialog object ARCHICAD

Set the file name of the new object. Can Russian letters and spaces.
Click "Save".
A new object with the name "Azalea pot is MY NEW 1.gsm is created and stored in the directory "My objects".
In this case, a new object of plants, the icon is automatically created on the basis of the image file.

Change object settings ARCHICAD

If you save changes to select an object that already exists, it is overwritten with new data that You have changed.
Thus, you can quickly create any number of its facilities in pots and pots without (cut in photoshop in one motion), with different sizes, proportions, shades. To call them understandable words in their own language.
Using this function, within a very short time you can create a large number of objects, plants, elements of landscape design and etc to create attractive professional projects.



Many times everyone is faced with the need to accommodate a significant number of elements on the predetermined trajectory.
This tedious task is compounded if you also need to rotate these elements at each location at the appropriate angle.
Such work may be delayed for a long time.
LabPP_Landscape allows you to place elements along a complex trajectory automatically.
In each case, the installation element is calculated the rotation angle in accordance with the course of the trajectory at a given point.
As the trajectory is specified polyline. A polyline can consist of lines and arcs - no matter how much and how located.
As an example, consider the case when you need to place the lights next to the road.

streetlights along the road

We can easily draw a polyline that runs next to the road (see picture).
This polyline will set the trajectory of the location of the lights.
Put on box 2d object light, which will be replicated.
At the same time choose a lantern and path.
Caused by panel replication of elements along a complex polyline.
In the settings put a checkmark next to "turn on the highway plus (grad.)". In the box next to this checkbox set the angle at which you have to turn of the flashlight object so it was facing the road.
In our case it is 180 degrees.
Can be set to 0, then lights will be turned off from the road.
But if the lamp-the original is immediately rotated 180 degrees then the value of turn is 0 degrees - the lights will be turned to the side of the road.
This cost to poeksperimentirovat to better understand this useful function.

rotate objects by path in ARCHICAD

The result is one click placement of the lights.
This can be done interleaved with other objects, and in different combinations.
Here we have considered a very simple example so as not to clutter the narration for better understanding.
 View of the sreetlights that rotated to road in ARCHICAD

Anyone who has faced the real design can easily imagine your own situations where this feature will be very useful and save a lot of time.
With the ability to execute multiple rooms with different settings the result is not only faster but also more efficiently.

Complete LabPP_Landscape comes with a convenient template sheet plants.
To use it, use regular means of ARCHICAD.
Start the dialog "customize" and click "Import".
In the dialog that appears, navigate to the directory Your distribution LabPP_Landscape, locate the file "List of plants in the project (LabPP_Landscape).xml".
This statement will appear in the list.
Place the objects on the layer "Plants Layer".
From this layer the list is creating.
Of course, You can always reconfigure the regular means of ARCHICAD and the layer name and add columns, etc.

Automatic plants list in ARCHICAD
For more information about import schedule scheme read this

In the life of even the same plants have differences in form and not exactly correspond to the landing site.
In order to make the project more attractive and more realistic, LabPP_Landscape provides a new feature that allows you to randomly influence the parameters of the selected objects.
The limits of variation of parameters and the list of parameters that will impact specified by the user.
The new function is called by button with playing dice on the tool palette LabPP_Landscape.
The function applies to objects that are selected in the ArchiCAD window.

 Adjust random object changing on ARCHICAD

In the following dialog you can specify the following settings:
"mirroring" - when enabled, allows the program randomly flipping objects.
"length and width" - allows you to randomly change the size of objects. The maximum change specified in the box next to the percentage of the current value of the object.
"(xy)" - if the flag is set, then the x and y coordinates will change to a random value, if the flag is not set, then for each coordinate will be calculated own random number.
"the height of the object" - changes the height of the objects ArchiCAD or the ratio of width to height (for objects LabPP_Landscape).
"object position" - the position of the object in the plan. The limits of variation are given in percentage of the current width of the object.
"rotate object" - objects and elements in the sample will be randomly rotated around its axis.
The minimum and maximum change in the parameters input field you can specify in the range from 0 to 100%.
By pressing "OK" the function starts executing.

creating realistic landscape with random function 

For best result you can start the function again, or again any number of times.

With LabPP_Landscape easy to create such beds in ARCHICAD

To use variation of parameters, you should select the objects on which You want to perform this operation.
Not only objects, plants may be subject to occasional change. However, there are often situations when you want to select only objects of plants. For example, if You set the plant on a pedestal, it is desirable that in contrast to plants, the object of the pedestal changes were not exposed.
To select plants quickly and easily use the special button in the following order.
Select the regular means of ArchiCAD objects. Let in grouped objects and other.

Select all objects first

By pressing the button in the sample will be only objects of plants.
Then you can immediately perform any operations including automatic variation of parameters.

press button for lieve only trees in selestion