There are times to when it is useful to store extra non-graphic information with symbols used in a landscape plan. For example, it might be advantageous to store the details of size, cost, manufacturer, material used in construction behind a furniture symbol. GPS and Google Earth and photographic information about species symbols might also be required. The CAD drawing then becomes something much more than a simple replacement for a drawing board.

Any entity in a gCADPlus drawing - lines, arcs, blocks etc. can contain stored information.

Although it is not obvious, the design shown below contains a considerable amount of extended information. Details of outdoor furniture, seating, paving, irrigation design are all there and only appear when required.

design

For example, you may have specified outdoor furniture from a particular manufacturer. It would be useful to store manufacturer name, type and cost of the furniture shown below.

Outdoor setting

The figure below shows a block in a gCADPlus drawing with extended entity information about that furniture set. This information is not printed, but can be displayed on cue.

Extended entity data

Paving

The design may well call for an area of paving outlined by a polyline. The STOREDATA feature is used here store information about the supplier, paver size/type, cost/paver etc.

Dolomite

Decking

The example here store information about a quotation for a custom build of some decking/seating around the base of a tree.

Custom decking

Irrigation

the length type and supplier of irrigation equipment is stored.

Irrigation

Grass

Total area to be grassed, the type and company contracted to lay the grass are available.

Storedata grass

Species

The species option allows storage of extended information about particular plants. Although not used in the example below, if GardenCAD Plus was being used in (say) a botanical gardens or arboretum, information on Google Earth location and GPS data can be recorded. 

Storedata species

Google Earth

We have now added the ability to store a URL, a link to an external location as part of extended entity data. In the example below, if a user clicks on the link to url button, they will be taken to an online database where information on propagation methods for the plant is stored.

Link to URL

Glinus

To display the information in real time, make sure that ENT tab is pressed and when your mouse hovers over the entity, much of the stored data becomes visible. It's just like a tool tip.

Extended Entity Data

Extended data  This movie shows how to import data from text files in CSV format and add extended data to the entity.

Extended data Adding extra data to a drawing from the USA constructed in Imperial units (decimal feet).

Extended data This movie shows the use of extended data in large scale landscape work.

Store non-graphic data in drawings