Land FX and Vectorworks Comparison

Land FX Landscape Design Software

Land FX Landscape Design Software

Hi,

I am a landscape designer and I just read your software reviews and would love to know more. Specifically I am looking at Vectorworks and Land FX and trying to decide between the two. I currently use AutoCAD and need to upgrade, and want to have the 3-D capabilities. Because I need to upgrade my CAD, both programs are in the $2500-$3000 range, so I am having a hard time jumping off the cliff. I'd love to know a little bit more about why you prefer Land FX to Vectorworks.
Many thanks for you time and help.

ANSWER

I'd be happy to tell you my thoughts.

I tried Vectorworks awhile back, probably about two years or so ago. I know it is supposed to work with AutoCad. I was using Eaglepoint LandCad at the time which just integrates with Acad.

I found the Vectorworks system very different than how I was working. I had the trial and worked on it for awhile because I had seen drawings by other designers and loved the graphics. But I gave up. It was just too different, too difficult, too complicated. So I decided to stay with Eaglepoint at that time (which I was becoming dissatisfied with).

I work with Sketchup also. Here are some of the designs I have done. I don't know if you do or not. (I believe Vectorworks has their own 3D program but I never got that far to see what the learning curve was.) I started looking to see if software existed where you could easily integrate your design into Sketchup, without having to bring in every single plant in Sketchup.

That is how I came across Land FX. If you use Sketchup, you can choose 3D components in Land FX and then import into Sketchup which is a great time saver, and that was what I was looking for.

However, I love the software beyond this feature. Here is what I like about it.

1. You can import Google plant images and place them right on the 2D drawing. I show a sample on my review page...you probably saw it. You can re-size the images and drag them where you like on the page. Great selling feature! The first time I showed this to a client (I am sure you can appreciate this), he said, "I don't know what I am looking at, but I love it!"

2. The program works right on top of AutoCad so there is not much of a learning curve. Of course you have to "learn" it, but it doesn't take that long. They have great tutorials and also customer support is always available. They are a nice company.

3. You can automatically create and place a plant list right into the drawing and update changes with a click of a button. You can also make it an Excel list if you like.

4. The 2D graphics are very, very nice. The 3D graphics...some are nice and others are just ok, but they are fine for my uses.

There are lots of other features too. I am not saying that Vectorworks does not have these features...I really don't know. Land FX does have a free trial, so you might as well try it out to see how you like it. Try them both. So that's my overview. Let me know if you have any other questions...I'd be happy to help.

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Feb 27, 2013
Land FX Plant Library
by: Susan

The first time you use Land FX you have to choose your plants and symbols for a particular drawing. You can, however, make this drawing a template. You can also make any other drawings templates. Then when you set up a new drawing, you just choose to use that template and all the plants and symbols are there for you.

I try to use a template from a large drawing so that a large palette of plants are shown. You can add plants to a drawing as you work. This can either be from "new" where there is a huge selections...very up to date. You can also add from another drawing and select one of more plants at one time. I find it very easy and versatile and the plant symbols quite attractive with a wide variety. They are now even adding a colorization option.

I can't comment on blocks because I have never used them.

The drawing shown here along with the plants is set up as a template. So if appropriate, I just choose that Client's name, and all the plants from that drawing appear. I can then add other plants if needed as I move along, but more often I use a template from one of my drawings that has a much larger palette.

I hope this helped.

Susan

Feb 27, 2013
The use of Land F/X
by: Anonymous

With all of the components of land f/x, could a dynamic block be of the same use. I have just started to us land f/x and see a lot of steps to create a library of plants when I feel as though a dynamic block with a tool palette will the exact same thing without spending the money for this program. Just looking for answers.

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