Flamingo nXt is a photorealistic render plug-in for Rhino with which Lands can interface.
Flamingo nXt plants
Flamingo nXt stands out from other rendering plug-ins because of its ability to render very realistic three-dimensional plants just by using a series of values for the parameters that determine the appearance of the plant, for example the plant height, the arching and density of the branches, the thickness, and sinuosity of the trunk, etc. These values are saved as plant definition files with an “ArPlant” extension.
These plant definition files can be assigned to Rhino objects so that, at the moment of rendering, they will be rendered as a plant. To do this, before rendering, nXt will generate the geometry of the plant using the values of the plant definition. This makes it possible to render very complex plants, with dozens or even hundreds of thousands of leaves, without having to include all this geometry in the Rhino drawing.
Lands allows the user to use the realistic nXt plants by assigning an “ArPlant” file to the Lands plant species and Lands parterres.
The Flamingo nXt Plant Editor does not support seasonality changes, but Lands includes an extended Plant Editor to create “ArPlantX” files with seasonality support
The “ArPlantX” and “ArGroundcoverX” nXt plant definition files created with the Lands Plant Editor may contain information on changes that occur in the plant during the seasonal cycle: the falling of the leaves, the bloom of flowers and fructification, the colour change, etc.
Lands uses this information to render the landscape in nXt according to how it will appear in a particular season. The season can be selected for the global drawing and will apply by default to all the plants and parterres. But the user can change the season of a particular plant or parterre.
It is often interesting for the professional landscape architect to show to his clients a picture of what the designed landscape will look like at the time of planting the plant elements and after a few years when they reach maturity.
With the use of nXt plants, Lands will make it possible by globally defining the level of growth achieved for all the plant elements of the drawing, or for a particular ones.
Lands nXt Plant Library
Lands includes a library with over 200 “ArPlantX” files, corresponding to the species of the “Favorites” group in the database.