gCADPlus can be used to automate many repetitive landscape design tasks such as:
- Generating plant schedules by counting the number of plant species used in a design.
- Extracting costings from a design,
- Calculating the number of ground cover species required to cover a space,
- Automating the labeling of symbols for individual species,
- Substituting one species for another,
- Inserting images of plant species used in a design,
- Incorporating Google maps/Earth images and other aerial site data directly into CAD drawings,
- Adding extra value to design work by adding ‘extended data’ to entities for both ‘hardscape’ and ‘softscape’ data,
- Extracting data to spreadsheets for further manipulation.
In addition, with gCADPlus it is possible to:
- Utilize an extensive symbol library – choosing from hundreds of softscape and hardscape symbols
- Create landscape design plans in any size sheet at any scale. Automate the production of plant schedules. Plans can include plants, paving stones, ground cover grass, mulching and more for a quantity takeoff.
gCADPlus (aka gCAD, gCAD, GardenCAD Plus, gCAD Plus) is based on some earlier software called GardenCAD, a tool developed for groups of landscape design students at a local college in South Australia. Every dollar raised from the sale of gCADPlus are used to pay programmers to improve and add features. The first version of gCADPlus was published in 2012. There have been > 50 versions released in that time, each adding features requested by users. The current version of gCADPlus is termed 10.1.