KeySCAPE LT software gives landscape architects more time for thoughtful design by automating menial tasks, improving accuracy and easing revisions when collaborating with architects and civil engineers. KeySCAPE LT provides commands and workflows specific to the needs of landscape architects and designers, and comes complete with its own AutoCAD (OEM) Engine.
KeySCAPE LT is a standalone solution designed to cover a variety of landscape design functions. From concept and detailed design, to contract documentation and more, KeySCAPE LT is a suite of tools compiled to make your life easier. Our approach is fully flexible, allowing you to customize the system as much as you would like, managing your processes and streamlining your workflows with pinpoint accuracy.
KeySCAPE LT supports BIM, By providing all the tools a Landscape Architect requires in a single application, you have the ability to create and edit your designs as often as you want. This helps improve accuracy, speed of modification, and minimizes errors KeySCAPE LT encourages the perfect combination of artistic capability and compliance to standards. Our software allows you to compile all of your data in one place, rather than rely on different applications..
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KeySCAPE LT includes its own AutoCAD (OEM) engine. This allows for easy collaboration with DWG.
Start with a customizable database of over 8000 plants, import or create preferred plant lists specific to your region or project type. Dynamic planting callouts and schedules ensure your drawing is always up to date.
Object libraries contain typical hardscape elements such as benches, bollards and various site furniture. Customize your database with commonly used blocks or data from your preferred manufacturers
Layout detailed paving areas, edging and pathways with accurate area and unit takeoff. Visualize actual brick, block or modular paving patterns with callouts and schedules that update as you design.
Input and annotate property lines from legal descriptions, layout building footprints, sports fields, golf courses, parking lots and other site elements through a selection of site tools.
Create ground models direct from any 3D data and analyze your site for elevation, slope or aspect. Calculate volumes and optimize your site design to balance cut and fill.
Design and perform calculations on any size irrigation project, from residential to golf course scale.
Share planting designs with collaborators using Revit using our free Revit Plugin. Exchange surface models with many design platforms (i.e Civil 3D, Carlson, Revit) through the open LandXML format. Export BIM planting design data to CSV, SHP or IFC formats.
KeySCAPE’s Softworks ribbon contains every tool you could want to layout and envision your planting scheme. Insert plant material as individual specimens, linear hedges, planting beds and grass areas. Specify plants or plant mixes from a customizable database pre-loaded with over 9,900 species or import your preferred plant lists from popular spreadsheet formats. Labels and schedules update automatically as your design evolves, allowing you to globally modify plant specifications and symbology as you progress from schematic design through construction documentation. Plant material can easily be placed at the correct z-elevation by linking a surface model and swapping 2D for 3D blocks.
Sometimes a hatch pattern isn’t enough to accurately communicate your paving design intent. KeySCAPE’s Paving ribbon allows you to delineate and specify continuous, brick, or modular unit paving intelligently. Use the area paving, edging, and pathway tools to automatically calculate quantities and to accurately communicate the layout. Report quantities as area, linear, or “number of units” takeoffs. Use standard laying patterns and brick sizes or add your own and share with your team by networking your KeySCAPE database.
A variety of site and layout tools exist in the KeySCAPE to aid in base drawing setup and site planning workflows. Create schematic designs with a library of symbology and annotation objects. Easily layout property lines based on legal descriptions. Quickly mock-up building massing in 3D or establish spatial requirements for parking, sports fields, or golf courses using intelligent tools.
Sure, through years of experience you can now visualize a site in your mind based on 2D contours and spot elevations, but what about your clients or design partners? Never mind trying to calculate cut/fill volumes by hand! KeySCAPE includes built-in surface modeling capability that can generate 3D representations of existing or proposed conditions. Any geometry with a z-elevation can inform your model: spot elevations, contours, or feature lines. Use volumetric calculation tools to quickly determine optimal finish floor elevations early in the site development process. Easily import and export surface data with your surveyor or engineer through DWG, point clouds, or LandXML formats.
Get to grips with your site constrains quickly and early in the design process with KeySCAPE’s Site Analysis ribbon. Create a 3D surface from survey data, point clouds, or publicly available data then analyze for elevation, slope, and aspect. Determine flow lines and potential ponding areas for existing or proposed surfaces. Handy tools help you manage contour z-elevations, fix broken contours, or automatically create annotation.
Not every landscape design firm does irrigation design in-house, but if you do, we’ve got you covered. Layout heads, pipes, and equipment from the database (or specify your preferred equipment) and let KeySCAPE do the rest. Automate zoning, pipe sizing, and watering schedules then generate a bill of materials. Any landscape irrigation project, from residential to golf course scale, can be designed with KeySCAPE’s irrigation ribbons. Even if you don’t do irrigation design in-house, use our irrigation tools to get a handle on project feasibility and costs.
Own your data! Unless you are a sole-proprietor you will inevitably want to share your custom database with your team. The KeySCAPE database contains your proprietary product data, CAD standards, symbol libraries, and detail libraries that are specific to your firm’s needs. Place the KeySCAPE database on a shared, secured, backed-up network location and anyone in the office can design, create specification labels, and generate schedules all to your signature look and feel. The KeySCAPE database is YOUR database to customize to support YOUR workflows within YOUR practice. And our support team is just an email or phone call away to help you work with your data as efficiently as possible.
Block and Detail Libraries
All the major KeySCAPE toolsets arrive out-of-the-box with preloaded default data, symbols, and specification styles. But, all these libraries are open to include your preferred information. For example, import your preferred plant symbols and create a unique menu for quick access for your design team. Or, utilize one of the open symbol libraries to store other symbols, notes, and detail blocks.
The workflows enabled by KeySCAPE are inherently BIM (Building Information Management) capable. By creating relationships between data, geometry and graphic representation, you are already on your way to a BIM workflow. See, not so scary after all! Continue down your BIM journey by sharing your information internally (with your team) and externally with design partners, contractors, and owners. KeySCAPE enables this through exports to open formats such as IFC, LandXML, CSV, and SHP. Additional project collaboration formats include Export to BIM (DWG with blocks and attribute information) or the Keysoft-exclusive Export to Revit plugin.
We offer the following recommended specification for the PC.
This is based on the requirements from Autodesk for the latest version of KeySCAPE LT and KeyTREE LT, which is powered by the latest AutoCAD 2019 (OEM) engine.
If you are running an earlier version of KeySCAPE LT or KeyTREE LT, it may be possible to run with a reduced specification.
Supported operating systems:
• Microsoft® Windows® 7 SP1 with KB4019990 (64-bit only)
• Microsoft® Windows® 8.1 with Update KB2919355 (64-bit only)
• Microsoft® Windows® 10 Anniversary Update (64-bit only) (version 1607 or higher)
Basic • 2.5-2.9 GHz processor
• 3+ GHz processor
Basic • 8 GB Recommended • 16 GB
1920x1080 with True Color
High Resolution & 4K Displays:
Minimum 1024x768. Resolutions up to 3840x2160 supported on Windows 10, 64 bit systems (with capable display card)
Should be supported by the application
• 1 GB GPU with 29 GB/s Bandwidth and DirectX11 compliant
• 4 GB GPU with 106 GB/s Bandwidth and DirectX11 compliant
KeySCAPE LT and KeyTREE LT is available for 64-bit operating systems only.