Updates

These application upgrades and improvements are completely free, and users can download them to keep the product updated and continue using it with new Windows or AutoCAD versions that come out on the market.

The download is done from the application. When Lands detects an available update, it shows the user a message with the link to the corresponding download page. For more information on this process, please see the Online Help. Below you can see the update history with the new features:

16 / 6 / 2016

What’s new in Lands Design 4.9 Service Release 2:

General:

  • AutoCAD 2017 support.
  • Lands Studio, the install package that included both Lands and nXtRender, is no longer available. Now you can get the same by downloading Lands Design and nXtRender separately. The “Lands Design nXt” buy option offers licenses for both plugins at a reduced price.
  • User Interface:

  • New icons.
  • New toolbar and menu configuration.
  • Plant Database and Urban Furniture Library redesigned.
  • Better thumbnails for nXt Plants and Groundcovers.
  • Scrollbar in the Edit Panel Property tabs.
  • Planting:

  • New set of “Favorites” in the Plant Database, more representative of the variety of plant types.
  • Plant Photos from Google to label the plants in the drawing.
  • Now you can add holes to Parterres.
  • Walk and SetViewpoint commands:

  • Now you can walk and fly using the mouse buttons, with no need of a keyboard. Try it! Though, keyboard controls are still available and offer the best movement possibilities.
  • Improvements in SetViewpoint: terrain elevation is used during the selection of the observer position, and now you can see a representation of the field of view while you are choosing the target point.
  • Urban furniture:

  • Urban Furniture Library now includes a list of Providers classified by product categories.
  • Civil work:

  • Now you can scale the posts and planks in a Fence non-uniformly.
  • Watering:

  • Now you can add holes to Sprinkler matrices.
  • GIS:

  • GIS data import (SHP files).
  • 30 / 3 / 2015

    What’s new in Lands 4.9:

    General:

  • AutoCAD 2016 support.
  • Image Filters Application:

  • Lands now incorporates some Image Filters to get more spectacular results from the rendered images or from the view capture. The effects available include: Soften Portrait, Ink Sketch and Oil Painting, each one with its own parameters. You can apply more than one filter to the image, change the application order and activate/deactivate them individually. You can access the Image Filters Application from the Lands Design drop-down menu, or directly calling the _laImageFilters command.
  • Plants Paint:

  • New command to insert single Plants like if you were painting. As you move the cursor, the Plants are automatically placed in a triangular grid. You can change at any moment the Plant properties, like if you were changing the brush. You can also apply a Natural variation percentage on the size of the inserted Plants. And there is an option to Erase instead of Paint. Fun and useful! You can access it from the Lands Design drop-down menu, or directly calling the _laPlantsPaint command.
  • Walk mode:

  • New Walk mode, “FPS” style, that let’s you walk over the Terrain or fly free.
    • Move the mouse to control the look at direction and use the keyboard arrows (or A/D, W/S keys) to control the position.
    • Press SPACE to switch between Walk and Fly.
    • Press “+” and “-” to control the walker’s height.
    • Press the mouse wheel to increase/decrease the walking or flying speed. Press the center button to set the default speed.
    • Keeping the right button pressed the mouse wheel will zoom in/out and the center button will set the default lens length.
  • Zonify:

  • Zones can now be shown in 2D (hatch) and 3D (solid surface), so that you can use render materials on them.
  • Now you can create a Zone from a set of selected curves or regions, and not only by picking an interior point.
  • Now you can choose whether to show or hide the Zone label, and if the label will include the area value.
  • Label’s text can now have multiple lines.
  • Plant Shadows:

  • Hatch properties in Plant Shadows. Now you can use any hatch pattern for Plant Shadows to get more kinds of shadows and not only a solid color.
  • Terrains:

  • New commands to tag/untag as Terrain any existing mesh object. You can access them through the Lands edit panel, in the context menu section.
  • Forests:

  • Now it’s possible to add/remove holes to the Forest boundaries in order to get areas without trees.
  • Lands objects:

  • New command to copy an existing object over a different path curve. It can be used to create new Fences, Walls, Rows, Pahs, Stairs, etc. using the properties of the source object. You can access them through the Lands edit panel, in the context menu section.
  • 26 / 6 / 2014

    What’s new in Lands 4.7:

    General:

  • AutoCAD 2015 support.
  • Plant database:

  • Google Images in the plant database. Now you can enable image search on Google for the images shown in the plant database.
  • Terrains:

  • New tab in the Terrain properties to customize the output contour curves shown as a 2D representation of the terrain. You can now specify the Contour interval by directly entering the value or by calculating it from the desired number of contour curves. You can also create Index contours with a text that specifies the dimension value, as well as specify the color, line type, text height and distance between texts.
  • Plant groups:

  • New option in Forest, Plant rows and Shrubs to specify the percentage of “natural variation”, i.e. the random variation in the height of the different specimens.
  • Species:

  • New option in the Species properties to change the Setting out symbol.
  • Now Setting out symbols are drawn using the Species color.
  • Lands objects:

  • Now you can change the color of any Lands object, including Species, from the “General” tab in Lands Edit Panel.
  • Now you can change the layer of any Lands object in the drawing from the “General” tab in Lands Edit Panel.
  • Layers:

  • The number of layers used for plants has been reduced to just one. The 2D/3D visibility of plants is now controlled through the Document Properties, together with and the display mode. The “Trees” layer is no longer used for the plant 3D display.
  • New tab in Document Properties to change the layers assigned to the different types of Lands objects, including the option of not using any specific layer. The layer assigned to an object type is used as the default layer to insert new objects of that type.
  • From Lands Options you can now choose which layers will be created as Lands objects are inserted into new drawings.
  • nXtRender:

  • Includes latest nXtRender build (337).
  • 15 / 10 / 2013

    What’s New in Lands 4.5 Service Release 3:

    Google Earth terrain import:

  • Now you can reference the imported data by geolocating the drawing coordinate origin.
  • Forests:

  • New option to specify the array distribution origin.
  • 12 / 9 / 2013

    What’s New in Lands 4.5 Service Release 2:

    User interface:

  • Integration with AutoCAD ribbon: new tab “Lands” added which includes the main features.
  • Insert and edit objects:

  • Preview of Lands objects during the insertion and preview of the grip dragging result.
  • Now you can edit Lands object properties during the insertion.
  • Terrains:

  • New option to model earthworks using boolean operations instead of elevating the grid points, thus obtaining a more precise result.
  • New earthworks operation to model a path on an existing terrain.
  • New option in the terrain properties dialog to link the X and Y values of the grid cell size.
  • Urban furniture block library:

  • New option to add urban furniture block custom folders to the block library dialog.
  • nXtRender:

  • Includes latest nXtRender build (329).
  • 21 / 2 / 2013

    What’s New in Lands 4.4 Service Release 1:

    Select and edit objects:

  • Lands objects now have their own grips to edit the curves that control the object shape. It’s not necessary to show or hide the curves.
  • Plants:

  • .ArPlantX files are used by default for species that can’t be rendered.
  • Three different 3D display modes for plants: Conceptual, Detailed and Realistic.
  • Parterres:

  • More .ArGroundcoverX files are included.
  • Now parterres also have a 3D representation based on the 3D representation mode selected for the document (Conceptual, Detailed and Realistic).
  • Options:

  • You can set the maximum values allowed for object editing (maximum number of plants in rows and forests, maximum number of grid points in a terrain, etc..)
  • AccuRender nXt:

  • Includes latest AccuRender nXt build (321).
  • 19 / 9 / 2012

    What’s New in Lands 4.2:

    Plants:

  • Two different 2D display modes for plants: Planting and Setting out.
  • Two different 3D display modes for plants: Realistic and Conceptual.
  • When editing the properties of a species, you can specify whether a nXt plant or dwg block will be used for the 3D display.
  • Several detail levels for the 3D display of nXt plants on the drawing.
  • Fences:

  • Ability to use any object in the drawing as a fence plank or post.
  • Ability to edit the post and plank dimensions of a fence.
  • AccuRender nXt:

  • Includes latest AccuRender nXt build (310).
  • 6 / 6 / 2012

    What’s new:

    Plant database:

  • New group “Assigned” with species that can be rendered.
  • 23 / 5 / 2012

    What’s new in Lands 4.1:

    General:

  • AutoCAD 2013 support.
  • AccuRender nXt:

  • Includes latest AccuRender nXt build (308).
  • Shrub:

  • Cloud-shaped 2D contour.
  • Cross-shaped marks in the setting out layer to indicate the specimen locations.
  • Representation has been unified (setting out/planting/3d) for all arrangement types.
  • Now you can set a specific color for hatching.
  • Forest:

  • Now you can specify a rotation angle for the array arrangement.
  • Plant List:

  • The setting out icons are shown when the list is in the setting out layer.
  • You can choose the layer where you want to insert the list.
  • Terrain:

  • Contour curves calculation in 2D from the 3D shape.
  • Now you can specify a rotation angle for the rectangular grid.
  • Path:

  • The path profile edit curve adjusts to the path start.
  • More justification options.
  • Civil work objects (dwarf walls/hedges, paths, stairs, fences, terrains…):

  • They can be converted from 3D to 2D individually.
  • All Lands objects:

  • Transformations done in AutoCAD (rotation, scaling…) are kept.
  • 27 / 2 / 2012

    What’s New:

    AccuRender nXt:

  • Includes latest AccuRender nXt build (294).
  • Fixed bugs:

  • “Edit plants” and “Update” options in the Species context menu didn’t work.
  • In some computers, AccuRender nXt didn’t load and the error “Invalid .ARX file” appeared.
  • In the Spanish version, an error occurred when converting an old AccuRender material library to nXt.
  • When entering AccuRender nXt CD-key, the license couldn’t be activated.
  • 31 / 1 / 2012

    What’s New in Lands 4 Service Release 2:

    2D shadows of plants:

  • New command to generate 2D shadows of plants. Shadow properties can be edited, including sun height and direction.
  • Lands layers:

  • 2D layers for civil work (Dwarf walls/Hedges, Paths, Fences and Stairs)
  • Lands layers can be turned on/off from the Document Properties in the Edit Panel.
  • Listings:

  • You can choose among different border formats in Listings.
  • You can choose not to show the header.
  • You can choose the Listing justification inside the drawing.
  • Plant List:

  • The common name of the species can be used as a Plant list field.
  • Species:

  • You can edit the common name and the maximum height of the species inserted in the drawing.
  • 2D and 3D plant blocks have been optimized.
  • Plant database:

  • The plant preview shows all display levels available.
  • .ArPlantX file can be assigned in the database properties.
  • The display (2D, 3D or nXt) can be edited by clicking on the preview image.
  • AccuRender nXt:

  • Includes latest AccuRender nXt build is (286 build).
  • Fixed bugs:

  • In Lands Studio, AccuRender nXt wouldn’t register correctly for automatic load in AutoCAD.
  • When starting Lands, the dialog to select AutoCAD version wouldn’t show correctly after clicking on “Show desktop”.
  • 18 / 11 / 2011

    What’s New

    Fixed bugs:

  • When working with AccuRender nXt plants, Lands failed to insert a plant if the corresponding .ArPlantX file didn’t exist.
  • By default, plants rendered in the maximum leaf density, which was very slow.
  • 20 / 10 / 2011

    What’s new:

    General:

  • Optimization of the 3D display of Dwarf walls/Hedges, Paths and Stairs: mesh-type AutoCAD objects were used instead of single faces.
  • Change in Lands template accuracy (metric unit system): from 0.0000 to 0.00 (centimeter accuracy).
  • Fixed bugs:

  • Some computers showed the message “License agreement error” when starting the program for the first time, without having the choice to try the 30-day evaluation version.
  • 6 / 9 / 2011

    What’s New

    Fixed bugs:

  • Path creation failed.
  • Lands templates in the metric system of units opened a view with an extension of thousands of units. The zoom has been improved.
  • 30 / 8 / 2011

    What’s New in Lands Service Release 4:

    Imperial system of units

  • New Lands templates specific to the Imperial system of units.
  • Option to select the system of units (Metric or Imperial) at Lands start.
  • Terrains:

  • Google Earth data import. You can easily obtain height data from the Google Earth window.
  • New option to smooth the terrain mesh (in grid mode)
  • Use of the new AutoCAD 2010 (or later) mesh type, which allows exceeding the limit of 32000 points and creating more extensive and detailed terrains.
  • Terrain generation is faster.
  • Cuts and fills and holes are applied by elevating the terrain grid (in grid mode) instead of using Boolean operations, obtaining intuitive and foolproof results.
  • Cuts and fills and holes are applied in the order they were added to the terrain, allowing a better control of the final result.

  • The terrain box takes on the terrain contour curve properties (material, color, and layer).
  • When the user edits the color, material or layer of a division, the terrain is updated without regenerating.
  • Plants:

  • Optimization of the plant 3D representation on the drawing. The “foliage density” property no longer affects the representation on the drawing and is only used in nXt rendering of plants. This reduces the DWG file size drastically and speeds up operations with plants.
  • Edit Panel:

  • When selecting a species in the edit panel, all the plants of that species are selected on the drawing.
  • New context option to edit all the plants of the same species.
  • General:

  • Error tab in object properties. When a complex object can’t be generated correctly, errors are reported in a separate property sheet to make it easier to fix them, and the object is shown schematically in red on the drawing.
  • New preset layer status.
  • The Update command keeps the object selection on the drawing.
  • AccuRender nXt:

  • The most stable AccuRender nXt build is included (271 build).