Some recent videos
We show how to set preferences in Google Earth to ensure that any image captured is a true top view. We export the image as a jpg file and edit using IrfanView to create an image suitable for import to gCADPlus. The image in gCADPlus is scaled such that the distance command reports reasonably accurate values. The drawing color is changed to red and a base map created.
This movie describes a gCADPlus user approach to generating landscape plans. All design jobs in a single file. While this can be an efficient way to work, the file size necessarily builds up over time and will inevitably compromise performance. Not only that but keeping a single file with all work runs the risk of losing all access to historical design work if the file becomes corrupt.
A gCADPlus user wants to control the strength of the osnap magnet. As you get close to an object the various object snap grips appear. But just how close do you need to get? A gCADPlus user asks how to turn up their magnetic strength. So the answer is to change the setting of the system variable APERTURE. This setting controls how close (in pixels) to the object you need to get before the object snap grips appear. The minimum value is 1 (way too low) the maximum value is 50. Reach the setting via Tools – Global parameters.
In answer to a user question, we show how to avoid distorting images after inserting them into a plan using Draw > Insert raster. We demonstrate using an image in both portrait and square views and show that changing size using the wrong handle can lead to different levels of distortion.
We survey the use of different fonts to create a range of text styles in various landscape drawings and show how different font and style combination can be used to change the look and feel of drawings. Particular attention is paid to the selection and use of hand lettered fonts.
Using some of the specialist tools in the gCADPlus Plant Schedules and Lists drop down menu, we show how to manipulate an attached gcp plant database file to find an appropriate species for a particular location in a design. We then use tools to show symbols currently assigned to species, view the current plant schedule, update that schedule etc.
We take a design for a contemplative space in a public park and provide enough dimensional information for a construction team to complete the job. Illustrates the use of multiple dimension styles in the one design. The designer had set the drawing properties such that the cursor in layout space did not show clearly. We show how to overcome that problem.