Gain a competitive edge from your computer

By Jennifer M. Holloway

Track office

ClockPoint Connect, a Web-based time clock from ExakTime, specializes in tracking office workers, activities and work locations on any computer connected to the Internet. Users login, specify their job activity and work site and press green to clock in or red to clock out. TimeSummit, ExakTime’s time tracking software, brings all of the field and office time records together in one place for quick and simple reviewing and reporting.

Create, model, present

The Vectorworks Landmark 2011 software has the tools to handle projects from design to documentation. It provides users with freeform 3-D modeling capabilities, efficient workgroups, file translation and advanced 2-D graphics and presentation details. Other features include accurate mapping and GIS, automatic data tracking, free landscape libraries and an improved Renderworks application powered by the 64-bit render engine Cinema 4-D.

Match colors

Structure Studios introduces a new stage for its VizTerra software. The Customize Materials Stage permits designers to modify the overall color, brightness and strength of each material applied in the design. The new stage also adds an additional layer of accuracy to VizTerra’s fully interactive 3-D presentations. The new feature will download automatically with the latest update to VizTerra.

Run business with one tool

Include Software’s Asset is a fully integrated business software program that tackles accounting, payroll, proposals, cost-estimation and more. By eliminating the need for multiple programs, users increase their efficiency and save on overhead costs. Landscapers who aren’t looking for as many features should try Censeo, an estimation software that is better suited for smaller businesses.

Expanded resources

Drafix Software released Pro Landscape Version 17 with new features to continue providing users a way to create and communicate designs. Features include an expanded library with more than 9,000 items, new cloning tools, EZScape tools for CAD drawings, new import/export options and a proposal setup wizard for creating quotes. Software is compatible with Microsoft Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7.

Collaborate in real time

Visual Impact Imaging released an update to its design software, Earthscapes 1.0. The release introduces the ConceptShare docker, an online tool that allows users to upload their photo or site plan designs and share and invite feedback. Other features include more library images, an expandable library window, increased search functionality by common and scientific name and an updated Estimator with custom templates.

Take measurements

Go iLawn is an online measuring service to help contractors deliver bids quickly to prospective and current clients. Combining aerial photographs, property information and a measuring toolkit, users can accurately measure residential, commercial and industrial properties from the office. Using these measurements, professionals can know the exact number of man-hours and materials needed to execute the job.

The Attachments Idea Book
Landscapers use a variety of attachments for doing everything from snow removal to jobsite cleanup, and regardless of how often they are used, every landscaper has a favorite attachment.
Attachments Idea Book Cover