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The Vectorworks Landmark Plant Database

Overview
TheplantdatabaseprovidedwiththeVectorworksLandmarkproductmanagesanextensivelistofplantnamesand botanicalinformationwhichcanbeusedtoassociatespecificplantdatawithplantdefinitions. TheplantdatabaseisastandaloneFileMakerapplicationthatopensinaseparatewindow.Thebenefitsofusingthe FileMakerdatabaseforplantdatamanagementincludeimprovednavigation,editing,searching,andfiltering,aswell astheabilitytoimportdatafromindustrystandardsources.Atinstallation,alargesetofplantrecordsisprovided. FileMakerisacomprehensivedatamanagementprogram.Thedetailsofeverymenucommandandoptionare beyondthescopeofthismanual.However,allrelevantinformationforusingFileMakerinconjunctionwiththe VectorworksLandmarksoftwareispresented.FamiliaritywithFileMakerisnotrequiredtousethedatabaseorto managebotanicaldata,ortousethatdatawiththeLandmarksoftware.ThefullversionofFileMakercanalsobeused whenworkingwiththeplantdatabase.ForindepthinformationaboutFileMaker,includingproductdocumentation, visitwww.filemaker.comandnavigatetotheSupportarea.(Theplantdatabasemaynotcontainallthefunctionality documentedforthefullversionofFileMaker.) Thegeneralworkflowconsistsofmanagingthebotanicalinformationintheplantdatabaseapplication,andfrom there,creatingtheplantliststobeusedintheLandmarksoftware.

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Accessing the Plant Database


Accessingtheplantdatabaseforthefirsttimerequiresinitialsetup. Toaccesstheplantdatabaseforthefirsttime: 1. SelectLandmark>VWPlantsDatabase. TheChoosePlantDatabaseLocationdialogboxopens.

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2. Indicatewheretheplantdatabaseinformationistobelocated.Bydefault,theplantdatabaseisstoredlocally,in theuserfolderofthecomputerwhereVectorworksisinstalled.Largerofficesthatwishtosharetheplant databaseamongseveralcomputerscanstoreandaccesstheplantdatabasefromaworkgroupfolderlocatedona centralcomputerorserver.Alternatively,selectBrowsefordatabasefolderandthenclickBrowsetospecifythe desiredlocation. Ifthisisthefirsttimetheplantdatabaseisbeingaccessedanditdoesnotyetexistinthespecifiedlocation,the databaseisautomaticallycreatedinthatlocation.Whenevertheplantdatabaseisopenedinthefuture,itwilluse thedatafromthatlocation.ThelocationcanbechangedatanypointbyselectingLandmark>ChooseVW Plants.Itispossibletomaintainseveralplantdatabasesandswitchamongthemwiththiscommand. 3. ClickOK.Thecreationofanewplantdatabaselocationmaytakeafewmoments. TheVWPlantsdialogboxmayopen.SpecifyausernamefortheFileMakerapplication.

4. ClickOK. TheVectorworksLandmarkplantdatabaseopens,inaseparatewindow.

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Oncetheplantdatabasehasbeensetup,itisaccessedimmediatelywhenselectingLandmark>VWPlants Database.Theplantdatabasecanalsobeaccessedwhencreatingaplantdefinition,byclickingOpenVWPlants fromtheGetPlantDatadialogbox.

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Importing Plant Database Information


Adefaultsetofplantdatabaserecordsisprovidedatinstallation.Theplantdatabasesupportsseveraldataformatsfor import,includingtabdelimitedfiles,Excelspreadsheets,.xmlfiles,andmanyothers.Theimportfolderfeature allowsmoviesandimagestobeimported.Inaddition,plantlistsfrompreviousversionoftheVectorworkssoftware canbeimported. Toimportplantdatabaseinformation: 1. OpentheplantdatabaseasdescribedinAccessingthePlantDatabase. 2. SelecttheFile>ImportRecordsdatabasecommand,andchoosetheimportoption.Files,folders,or.xmlfiles canbeimported.SelectthiscommandtoimportplantlistsfromVectorworksversionspriorto12.

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ToimportplantlistsfromVectorworkssoftwareversion12.x,selecttheFile>ImportVectorworks12PlantList databasecommand. 3. Afterspecifyingthelocationofthefile(s)toimport,fieldmappingisrequiredtoimportthedatacorrectlyinto thecurrentdatabase.(ForVectorworks12.xplantlists,fieldmappingisautomaticallyperformed.) TheimportantmappingfieldsforproperusearedescribedinPlantDatabaseFieldMappinginthe VectorworksHelpsystem.ConsulttheSupportareaofwww.filemaker.comifmoreinformationisrequired.

Adding Additional Plant Data


AdditionalplantdatasetsmaybelocatedinthePlantDatabase\VWPlants\AdditionalDatasetsfolder.Thesefiles typicallycontainregionalplantsetsprovidedbyadistributororotherplantsetsinstalledwiththeVectorworks Landmarksoftware.Thefieldmatchinghasalreadybeenperformedforthesedatasets,andtheyareeasytoaddtothe plantdatabase. ToaddplantdatafromtheAdditionalDatasetsfolder: 1. OpentheplantdatabaseasdescribedinAccessingthePlantDatabase. 2. SelecttheFile>AddAdditionalPlantDatadatabasecommand. Selectthefiletoimport.Fieldmappingisautomatic,andtheplantinformationisaddedtotheplantdatabase.

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Viewing Plant Database Records


EachplantentryanditsassociatedbotanicalinformationisconsideredarecordinFileMaker.Severalviewmodes displaytherecordsinwaysdesignedtofacilitateperformingrelatedtasks.Whentheplantdatabasefirstopens,the recordsoperateinBrowsemode,withFormsdisplayed. Tofamiliarizeyourselfwiththedifferentdisplaymodes,andviewtheplantrecordsinavarietyofways: 1. OpentheplantdatabaseasdescribedinAccessingthePlantDatabase. 2. SelecttheView>StatusAreadatabasecommandtoenableviewingcontrolsandstatustotheleftoftherecord form. TheseitemscanalsobefoundontheViewmenu.
Toggle among the view modes Displays the current view mode Toggle between the data and the web views View the previous or the next record (Browse or Preview modes) Displays the total number of plant records and their sort status

Scroll through the records Displays the current record number; enter a record number to display

3. Selecttheviewmodeandlayoutdependingonthetasktoaccomplish.

Searching for Plants | Mode or View


Browse Find Preview Form List Table DataView WebView

Description
Displaysplantrecordinformationandallowsediting Displaysablankformforspecifyingsearchcriteria Displaysplantrecordinformationasitwillbeprinted Displayseachrecordasanindividualformorpage Displaysrecordsconsecutivelyinascrollablelist Displayseachrecordasaniteminatable,forsortingandreordering Displaysplantrecordinformation Displaysaspecialbrowser(usingthedefaultsystembrowser)forlocatingplant imagesandinformation

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Searching for Plants


TheplantdatabasecanbesearchedwheninFindmode(seeViewingPlantDatabaseRecords).Flexible,sophisticated searchescanbeconductedbycombiningsearchcriteria. Tosearchforplants: 1. OpentheplantdatabaseasdescribedinAccessingthePlantDatabase. 2. SelecttheView>FindModedatabasecommandorclickFindmodefromtheStatusAreacontrols. Ablankformopens. 3. Enterthecriteriaforsearching. ExamplesincludesearchingfortheLatinnameLiatris,LightRangeSun,withaHeight>35ft. ClicktheOmitbuttonintheStatusAreatoexclude,ratherthansearchfor,thecriteria.UsetheSymbolslistfor evenmorespecificsearches. 4. ClickFind. 5. TheviewmodeautomaticallyswitchestoBrowse,andtherecordsthatmeetthesearchcriteriaaredisplayed. TheresultsofasearchcanbesavedtoaplantlistintheVectorworksLandmarksoftware.Toreturntoviewingall theplantrecords,selecttheRecords>ShowAllRecordsdatabasecommand.

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Managing Plant Database Records


Editing Plant Records
PlantdatabaserecordscanbeeditedinBrowsemode,whetherinform,list,ortableview(seeViewingPlantDatabase Records). Toeditplantrecords: 1. OpentheplantdatabaseasdescribedinAccessingthePlantDatabase. 2. SelecttheView>BrowseModedatabasecommandorclickBrowsemodefromtheStatusAreacontrols. 3. Selecttheplantrecordtoeditbyscrollingorsearching. 4. Changesmadetothefieldsandcheckboxesareautomaticallysaved. Usefuleditsinclude: MarkingaplantasaFavorite(tosearchforfavoriteplantslater) IndicatingtheProjectInformation(totrackplantsbyproject) Addingcustominformationtodropdownlists Placinganimage,video,audio,pastedtext,orlinktoanembeddedobjectintooneofthreecontainers; rightclickonanimagecontainertoaccesstheoptions Addingimagecreditsanddatasourceinformationtoavoidcopyrightissues AddingextraplantorprojectinformationthatisusefulintheVectorworkssoftware

SwitchbetweenmetricandimperialunitsfortheHeightandSpreadfieldswiththeEdit>Options>Use ImperialValueListsorUseMetricValueListsdatabasecommands.

Image container

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ProjectIDnumbersandfavoritescanbeeasilybeaddedtoallplantsfoundbyasearch,withtheRecords>Add ProjectIDandRecords>MarkAsFavoritedatabasecommands.ThesefieldscanbeaccessedintheVectorworks softwareandareusefulfortrackingandfindingplants.IftheProjectIDisnolongerneededatthecompletionofa project,searchforallplantswiththatIDandthenselecttheRecords>DeleteProjectIDdatabasecommandto removeit.

Adding Plant Records


Toaddaplanttotheplantdatabaselist: 1. OpentheplantdatabaseasdescribedinAccessingthePlantDatabase. 2. SelecttheView>BrowseModedatabasecommandorclickBrowsemodefromtheStatusAreacontrols. 3. SelecttheRecords>NewRecorddatabasecommand. Newrecordsareappendedtotheendoftherecordset. 4. Entertheplantinformation.Informationissavedautomatically.

Deleting Plant Records


Toremoveaplantfromtheplantdatabaselist: 1. OpentheplantdatabaseasdescribedinAccessingthePlantDatabase. 2. Locatetherecordorrecordstodelete,bysearchingorscrolling. 3. SelecttheRecords>DeleteRecorddatabasecommandtodeleteanindividualrecord,orRecords>Delete FoundRecordstodeleteafoundsetofrecords. Confirmthedeletion;thisactioncannotbeundone.

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Accessing Plant Information from the Internet


IfaccesstotheInternetisavailable,plantimagesandinformationareeasilyobtainedfromwithintheplantdatabase window.Imagescanbecopieddirectlyintothedatabase(imagecreditscanalsobespecified). ToaccessplantinformationfromtheInternet: 1. OpentheplantdatabaseasdescribedinAccessingthePlantDatabase. 2. Locatetheplantrecordthatrequiresimagesorinformation. 3. SelecttheView>SwapDataView/WebViewdatabasecommandtotoggletowebview. Inwebview,asearchisautomaticallyconductedforthecurrentplant,anditsinformationandimagesare displayed.

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4. Clickonthewebviewtabstofindplantinformationfromfourdifferentsources. 5. Clickthebuttonstonavigatethroughthewebpagesofeachtabortoresettheviewtotheinitialsearch(basedon Latinname).


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6. ToeasilycopyanimagefromtheInternettotheplantdatabase,selectCopy(Windows)orCopyImage (Macintosh)fromtheimagecontextmenu.ThenselectPasteBitmap(Windows)orPaste(Macintosh)fromthe imagecontainercontextmenu.ImagecreditscanbeaddedintheImageCreditsareaundertheimages,toavoid copyrightissues. Imagefilescanalsobesavedandinsertedintothedatabaselater,asdescribedinEditingPlantRecords.

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7. SelecttheView>SwapDataView/WebViewdatabasecommandtoreturntothedatabaseview.

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Creating Plant Lists for Vectorworks Landmark


PlantlistsaretheconnectionbetweentheFileMakerplantdatabaseandtheVectorworksLandmarkproduct.Creating plantlistsfromtheentireset,orfromfoundsets,intheplantdatabaseallowsthatdatatobeattachedtoplantsinthe Vectorworkssoftware.Createasmanyplantlistsasnecessary;theappropriateplantlistisselectedfortheplant definition.Thedataattachedtoaplantbecomespartoftheplantdefinition,andcanbeaddedtoplantingplansand displayedbyplantIDtags. Plantlistsarecreatedfromtheplantdatabase;plantlistscanalsobecreatedautomaticallybasedonplantcategory. Tocreateaplantlistfromtheplantdatabase: 1. OpentheplantdatabaseasdescribedinAccessingthePlantDatabase. 2. Searchfortheplantstoincludeintheplantlist(seeSearchingforPlants).Theplantlistiscreatedfromafound setofrecords,orfromalltheplantrecords.LargerplantliststakelongertoloadintotheVectorworksLandmark product. 3. SelecttheFile>CreateVectorworksPlantListdatabasecommand. TheCreatePlantListdialogboxopens.Provideanamefortheplantlist.

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4. ClickOK. Theplantlistfileisatabdelimitedfilesavedinthelocationoftheplantdatabase.

Plant Lists from Categories


Tocreateplantlistsbasedonplantcategory: 1. OpentheplantdatabaseasdescribedinAccessingthePlantDatabase. 2. SelecttheFile>CreateCategoryPlantListdatabasecommand. Aplantlistiscreatedforeachcategory.Iftherearenoplantsfoundforacategory,nolistiscreatedforthat category.Plantswithoutacategoryassigned,orwithacustomcategory,arenotincluded.Inaddition,anAll plantlistcontainsallplantsregardlessofcategory. 3. Theplantlistsaretabdelimitedfilessavedinthelocationoftheplantdatabase.

Plant Lists for Existing Tree Species


Bydefault,allplantsinthetreecategoryofthedatabaseareincludedintheSpeciesDatadialogboxforaccessbythe ExistingTreetool.Ifdesired,searchtheplantdatabaseforthetreesyourequire,andthenaddonlythesetreestothe existingtreespecieslist.(SeetheVectorworkssoftwarehelpsystemforinformationonexistingtrees.) Tocreateacustomexistingtreespecieslist: 1. OpentheplantdatabaseasdescribedinAccessingthePlantDatabase. 2. Searchforthetreestoincludeintheexistingtreespecieslist(seeSearchingforPlants). 3. SelecttheFile>CreateExistingTreeListdatabasecommand.Thiscustomizestheexistingtreelisttouseonly theplantsfoundinthedatabasesearch.

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Using Plant List Data in Vectorworks Landmark


PlantlistinformationisavailabletoplantdefinitionsfromthePlantDatatab. Touseplantlistdatainaplantdefinition: 1. CreatetheplantdefinitionasdescribedinDefiningPlantsintheVectorworkssoftwarehelpsystem. 2. IntheEditPlantDefinitiondialogbox,clickGetPlantData. TheGetPlantDatadialogboxopens.

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Parameter
PlantList

Description
Selecttheplantlistthatcontainstherequiredplantinformation;allplantlistscreated fromtheplantdatabaseandsavedinthedatabaselocationarelisted.Aprogressbar indicatesthestatusoftheplantlistimportwhenitisusedforthefirsttime,andallows theimporttobecanceled. Openstheplantdatabase,forlocatingplantinformationandcreatingplantlists OpensExplorer(Windows)orFinder(Macintosh)tothefoldercontaininggenerated plantlists TogglesbetweenplantlistdisplaybyLatinnameorcommonname Findsaplantintheplantnamelistbymatchingtypedcharacters Liststheplantsincludedinthecurrentlyselectedplantlist.Selectaplanttoviewits botanicalinformationontheright,andtousethatdataintheplantdefinition. Displaysthebotanicalinformation(fromtheplantdatabase)fortheplantselectedin thenamelist

OpenVWPlants Explore NameListDisplay NameFind NameList PlantData

3. Selecttheplantnameanddatatoincludeintheplantdefinition,andclickOK.

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4. ThePlantDatatabdisplaysthedatafromtheplantdatabase.