Model Import Wizard
The Model Import Wizard makes it easy to import models that
you have downloaded from the Internet or created using a 3D CAD (Computer Aided
Design) program such as Google SketchUp.
Thousands of models can be downloaded for free from
Google’s 3D Warehouse. Realtime Landscaping Photo can import these models
directly. SketchUp (available for free from www.sketchup.com) is not required unless you
want to create your own custom 3D models.
The following file formats are supported:
Google SketchUp (skp)
AutoDesk 3D Studio (3ds)
To download a model from the Google 3D Warehouse:
Find the model you want to download and click Download to Google
You will be asked if you want to open or save the file. Click Save.
Navigate to the directory where you want to save the file and click Save.
This directory can be anywhere, such as your desktop.
When the download is complete, click Close.
Follow the steps below for importing a model.
To import a model:
Select Tools > Model Import Wizard.
Select which type of model you want to import and click Next.
To import a model of a plant, select Accessory. Realtime
Landscaping Photo currently only supports extended information (such as
botanical name, mature age, or mature size) for plant pictures, not 3D
Navigate to the model you want to import and click Open.
The model you selected will then be displayed. To select a different model,
click the model and repeat the previous step.
Click Next. The following dialog will be displayed:
If needed, change the size and/or orientation of the model by entering the
desired values. Then click Next.
Click Next. Then click Finish to finish the wizard.
You can then place your newly imported model into your
landscape using the type of object you selected in step 3. For example, if you
selected Door, then you would use the Door tool to add your new door.
A new category, Custom, will appear in the Choose Artwork
dialog after a model has been imported.
The following are some general guidelines for creating
meshes in the file must be triangles.
Position the model at the origin, with the bottom at y=0.
the model using 1 unit = 1 inch.
texture filenames that are limited to 8 characters for the name, and 3
characters for the extension (8.3 format).
the number of vertices and polygons per mesh to 32000. (The entire model can
have as many meshes as needed.)
The palm tree in the following landscape design was
downloaded from the Google 3D warehouse (http://sketchup.google.com/3dwarehouse/)
and imported using the Model Import Wizard.
model and all textures it uses will be copied. Therefore, if you make any
changes to the model or its textures, you’ll need to re-run this wizard.
can edit the materials on your imported models. See Editing Materials for details.
a model has been imported, you can easily add additional copies to your
landscape design using the appropriate tool – you don’t have to import it each
time. For example, if you imported a landscape light, then you would use the Add Landscape Light command to add the
Picture Import Wizard