3D video cards can vary greatly in terms of features and
performance. Realtime Landscaping Architect will automatically detect your video
card and attempt to use the maximum supported quality settings. However, in some
cases you may want to reduce the quality level in order to improve performance,
especially when using an older video card.
The quality and speed of your video card will have a huge
impact on how fast Realtime Landscaping Architect looks and runs. Video cards
are becoming less expensive all the time, and upgrading to a modern one will
greatly improve your experience with the software.
Select the desired graphics
quality level, or select Auto for the quality level to be determined
Note: This setting only affects the quality
of the graphics while designing. It does not affect Realtime Walkthroughs.
To adjust the Realtime Walkthrough graphics settings, press F7 during the
walkthrough and enable or disable the desired settings. For more information,
see the section Graphics Settings in Realtime Walkthrough Controls.
The following Graphics quality levels are
maximum quality level supported by your video card will be enabled.
antialiasing, advanced texture filtering, and advanced surface detail.
has the same effect as Low.
features supported by your video card.
The following Realtime
Walkthrough engines are available:
your video card supports DirectX 11, then the standard Realtime Walkthrough
engine will be used. Otherwise, the legacy (DirectX 9-based) Realtime
Walkthrough engine will be used instead.
DirectX 9 (Legacy)
the legacy Realtime Walkthrough engine. The legacy engine will run on older
video cards, but does not support many of the advanced rendering features such
as 3D grass, dynamic lighting and shadows, water caustics, and bloom.
standard Realtime Walkthrough engine. This option is only available if your
video card supports DirectX 11.
Software (very slow)
your video card does not support DirectX 11, then many of the advanced graphics
features will not be available during a Realtime Walkthrough.
However, the Software engine is a
good alternative for taking screen shots and creating movies. The quality is
very high (essentially the same as a high-end 3D video card). However, it is
very slow (often several seconds per frame or more).
On computers with older video
cards, the Software engine will automatically be used when creating movies.
However, in order to use it for Realtime Walkthroughs, you must manually enable
it by setting the Walkthrough engine setting to Software.
Updating your Video Drivers
If you experience any problems such as flickering textures,
hangs, crashes, or other problems, then your video drivers most likely need to
Video drivers are free and can be downloaded from the
Internet. For desktop computers, the drivers are most often downloaded from the
video card manufacturer's website. For laptop computers, the drivers are often
specific to the make and model of laptop, and should be downloaded from the
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you need any assistance
locating the correct video drivers for your computer. Please send us the
make and model of your computer, as well as the video card information displayed
in the above dialog.