Creating a Project Material List
One of the powerful features of Realtime Landscaping Plus is the ability to
automatically generate a list of objects used in your landscape design. This
Project Material List can aid in determining what needs to be purchased in order
to construct your design, as well as helping to determine the total cost.
Important: All quantities and measurements are
approximate. Always double check calculations for accuracy.
To view the Project Material List, click Tools and
Project Material List. The picture below shows an example
of a Project Material List.
Objects you have added to your landscape design will appear
on the list. To change the name of an item, simply click the name and enter a
The unit price for each object is set to zero by default.
To set the price for a particular object, click the unit price and enter the
If you make changes to item names or prices, the changes
will be saved when you save your landscape design. However, if you would like to
use your price and name changes in other landscapes, the price list will need to
be saved separately. To save the price list, click the Save Price List
button and enter a name for your list. To load the price list in another
landscape design, open the Project Material List and click the Load Price
List button. This can be done at any time.
Creating a Comprehensive Cost Estimate of your
The Project Material List only includes objects in your
landscape design, not additional items such as labor and excavation. To create a
more comprehensive cost estimate of your project, you can export the material
list to Excel or other spreadsheet program and add the additional items as
To export the project material list:
1. Within the
Project Material List, click the Export button.
In the dialog that appears, type a name for your material list and then click
the Save button.
If you have Microsoft Excel installed on your computer,
then Realtime Landscaping Plus will
automatically detect it and ask you if you would like to run it after the
material list has been successfully exported. In the picture below, an example
is shown of a Project Material List that was exported into Excel.
Important: The unit quantities shown on the
Project Material List, such as area, volume, and length, are estimates based on
the sizes of the objects that have been added to your landscape design. You
should always have an experienced contractor inspect your jobsite and double
check your measurements before purchasing materials.
Include hidden layers
By default, objects in hidden layers are included in the
Project Material List. If you want to exclude them instead, then uncheck the
Include hidden layers option
Include product information
Check this option to include additional product information
for branded products.
Use these options to determine how plant names are
displayed (common, botanical, or both).
To create a project material list that only includes
Move the objects you wish to be excluded from the Project Material List to a
hidden layer. See Using Layers for details.
Open the material list by clicking Tools and Project Material List.
Uncheck the Include hidden layers option and click
OK. The objects in all hidden layers will now be removed from the
To hide a layer, click the layer to the lower-right of the
screen that you wish to hide. Next, click the right mouse button on the layer
and select Hide objects in this layer.
For more information about layers, see Using Layers.