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)
Spectrum (ism) (created using Realtime Landscaping Plus, Pro, or Architect's
Model Creation Wizard).
To download a model from the Google 3D
1. Find the model you
want to download and click Download to Google SketchUp.
2. You will be asked if
you want to open or save the file. Click Save.
3. Navigate to the
directory where you want to save the file and click Save. This directory
can be anywhere, such as your desktop.
4. When the download is
complete, click Close.
5. Follow the steps
below for importing a model.
To import a model:
1. Select Tools >
Model Import Wizard.
3. Select which type of
model you want to import and click Next.
Accessory to import a model of a plant. Realtime Landscaping Photo
currently only supports extended information (such as botanical name, mature
age, or mature size) for plant pictures, not 3D models.
4. Navigate to the
model you want to import and click Open.
5. The model you
selected will then be displayed. To select a different model, click the model
and repeat the previous step.
6. Click Next.
The following dialog will be displayed:
7. If needed, change
the size and/or orientation of the model by entering the desired values. Then
8. 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
models for use in Realtime Landscaping Plus, Pro, or Architect.
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