Field Artist Help

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If you are new to Field Artist, click the "Start Here" link below to get started.

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                    Start Here
                    Concepts
                    Screen Panels
                    Dialogs
                    Toolbar Buttons
                    Menus
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>> Field Artist Help

Start Here

This section is to get you familiar with the basic concepts of forms, cast and animation in Field Artist. Once you understand how this part works, the rest should be pretty easy. Just click on the links below and do each task in order, and you will know how to produce pictures, forms, and animation.

                    Start Here -- Draw A Form
                    Start Here - Add Cast To A Form
                    Start Here - Transition A Form
                    Start Here - Finish The Transition
                    Start Here - Create A Pivot Transition




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>> Field Artist Help >> Start Here

Start Here -- Draw A Form

The largest panel in the middle of your screen is the main field view. When you begin Field Artist for the first time, it opens a demo show. Every other time you start Field Artist, it opens the same show that you had open when you were last using it. If you choose New from the File menu, it displays an empty field. The status panel near the bottom tells you that you are on step 0 ( the first step in your show ).

The row of iconic buttons near the top is the toolbar. It allows you to choose the tools you need to do most things in Field Artist. The buttons are grouped together by function.

If you hover over the buttons with the mouse, each one shows a short text window that tells you what it is used for. This also works for most other controls in Field Artist.

Find the toolbar button that looks like a line segment with two handles on the ends. This is the line tool.

To draw your line, just click and drag anywhere in the football field. Click and hold with the left button, drag the mouse to where you want the line to end, and release. Now you have a line.

To select your line, choose the forms selection tool from the toolbar. It's the one that looks like an arrow.

Now click anywhere on the line. You will see it in a different color. If you click on the open area, you will deselect the line and it goes back to its normal color.

Notice that the handles on the end of the line only appear when it is selected. Those are for resizing the line using your mouse.

Click on the Start Here link near the top of this topic, to go back to the Start Here section. Or click here to go to the next step.






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Start Here - Add Cast To A Form

To add cast members to the form you drew, right click on the line. You can right click anywhere along its length, as long as it is not on a handle. You can see the color of the form change when your mouse is positioned so as to be touching it - this behavior is called rollover - this helps you know where to right click.

When you right click, you see a popup menu with choices that only apply to forms. Choose "Add Cast" from the menu.

The dialog that appears has a number of cast members filled in, based on the length of the form you drew and the default spacing. You can change the number if you want. Then press the OK button to add your cast members.

Click here to go to the next step.






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Start Here - Transition A Form

Right click on the form you just added cast members to and choose "Transition" from the popup menu.

There are different transition modes you can choose. The default mode is Float. Just leave it as the default for now.

You will see the default number of steps for the transition is set to 32. Just leave it as 32 for now.

Press the OK button to complete the maneuver. You will notice that some things have changed. In the timeline panel at the bottom, there are some vertical marks that indicate 32 steps. The status panel has changed to show step 32, which is where you are now.

Instead of having one form in your show, you now have two forms, one on step 0 and one on step 32. If you move the new form, you can see some dashed lines that indicate the paths your cast members will follow for this transition. If you do not see the dashed lines, you can turn on paths from the View Options Menu Choice

Choose the link at the top to return to the Start Here section and do the next step. Or click here to go to the next step.






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Start Here - Finish The Transition

The transition chooses a default location for your new form, but you can move it to where you need it to go.

To move your form, click and drag it with the mouse, to any location on the field.

As you move the form, you will see that the paths get updated to show where the cast members will travel.

If you move the form too far from where the previous form was, the paths turn a different color to indicate that you have exceeded the maximum step.

Once you have the form where you want it, hit the rewind button on the toolbar to return to step 0. Then hit the Play button to show the animation from step 0 to step 32. The animation will stop when it gets to the end.

Use the mouse to drag back and forth in the timeline at the bottom. You can see how, using the timeline at the bottom, you can review the motion you have created.

Go to the File Menu and choose Save As, to save your new show.

Click here to go to the next step.






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Start Here - Create A Pivot Transition

Make sure you go to the end of your new show, at the end of the last picture you created. Do this by clicking on the final picture in the history panels at the top.

Choose the rotate tool from the toolbar by pressing the Rotate Forms Toolbar Button.

Choose a form to rotate. If the form is not already selected, click anywhere along its length to select it.

You should see a circle within a circle somewhere at or near the form. This is the rotation point.

Right click on the form and choose the popup menu command that says "Center Rotation Point"

The rotation point should now be at the center.

Notice that when you roll over either the rotation point or the form outline with your mouse pointer, both the outline and the rotation point turn a different color.

Plan a pivot transition that will keep your form on the field. You are going to rotate the form about the pivot point you define by moving the rotation point. Drag the rotation point to any spot you want to pivot about. Plan to pivot the formation either clock wise or counter-clockwise.

Now right click on the form and choose Transition from the popup menu. Choose the radio button for Pivot and fill in the number of degrees you want to rotate. If you want to go clockwise, then check the box for clockwise. Otherwise leave it unchecked.

Enter a number of steps you want this transition to take. Notice that when you enter the number of steps in the dialog, the ending step automatically changes.

Now press ok. You will have a pivot manuever.






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>> Field Artist Help

Concepts

This is an overview of some of the concepts you need to know to get around Field Artist.

                    Mouse
                    Forms
                    Cast
                    Pictures
                    Transitions
                    Paths
                    Animation
                    Drawing
                    Uniforms
                    Songs
                    Sections
                    Step Instructions
                    Printing
                    Comments
                    Field
                    Performance And Speed




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Mouse

In Field Artist, almost all of your drawing and editing is done with the mouse. So this section will review basic mouse techniques.

There are several different tools you can use to perform different tasks. The mouse pointer will change shape to help let you know what tool you have chosen.



                    Mouse Tools
                    Click
                    Double Click
                    Dragging
                    Right Click
                    Rollover
                    Hover




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Mouse Tools

Mouse Tools allow your mouse to do different jobs in Field Artist.

All of the tools can be selected by using buttons on the toolbar, but not all the toolbar buttons invoke a mouse tool.

When a tool is in effect, the toolbar button for that tool stays pressed down until you choose a different tool.

The mouse pointer changes shape to let you know which tool is in effect.

Here is a list of the mouse tools:


                    Select Forms Mouse Tool
                    Rotate Forms Mouse Tool
                    Select Cast Mouse Tool
                    Lasso Select Mouse Tool
                    Shift Cast Members Mouse Tool
                    Custom Path Mouse Tool
                    Tape Measure Mouse Tool
                    Draw Line Mouse Tool
                    Draw Ellipse Mouse Tool
                    Draw Rectangle Mouse Tool
                    Draw Arc Mouse Tool
                    Draw Arc 2 Mouse Tool
                    Draw Open Polygon Mouse Tool
                    Draw Closed Polygon Mouse Tool
                    Draw Bezier Curve Mouse Tool
                    Draw Hermite Curve Mouse Tool
                    Text Notes Mouse Tool
                    Slider Mouse Tool
                    Select Area Mouse Tool




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>> Field Artist Help >> Concepts >> Mouse >> Mouse Tools

Select Forms Mouse Tool

This tool allows you to select, scale, and move forms.

To change to the Select Forms tool, press the toolbar button for selecting forms, which looks like an arrow. You can hover your mouse over each toolbar button to see a short description of what each one does. Most of the buttons are grouped together by similar function.

Note the shape the mouse pointer changes to when this tool is selected.

Click this link for a description of how to use the tool.







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Rotate Forms Mouse Tool

This tool allows you to rotate and scale forms.

To change to the Rotate Forms tool, press the toolbar button for rotating forms, which looks like a circular arrow. You can hover your mouse over each toolbar button to see a short description of what each one does. Most of the buttons are grouped together by similar function.

Note the shape the mouse pointer changes to when this tool is selected.

Click this link for a description of how to use the tool.







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Select Cast Mouse Tool

This tool allows you to select and move cast members.

To change to the Select Cast tool, press the toolbar button for selecting cast, which looks like a cartoon face. You can hover your mouse over each toolbar button to see a short description of what each one does. Most of the buttons are grouped together by similar function.

Note the shape the mouse pointer changes to when this tool is selected.

Click this link for a description of how to use the tool.







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Lasso Select Mouse Tool

This tool allows you to select cast members by drawing a lasso around them.

To change to the Lasso tool, press the toolbar button for Lasso, which looks like some tiny blocks with a line around two of them. You can hover your mouse over each toolbar button to see a short description of what each one does. Most of the buttons are grouped together by similar function.

Note the shape the mouse pointer changes to when this tool is selected.

Click this link for a description of how to use the tool.







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Shift Cast Members Mouse Tool

This tool allows you to shift cast members on a form.

To change to the Shift Cast tool, press the toolbar button for shifting cast, which looks like 4 tiny blocks with arrows on them. You can hover your mouse over each toolbar button to see a short description of what each one does. Most of the buttons are grouped together by similar function.

Note the shape the mouse pointer changes to when this tool is selected.

Click this link for a description of how to use the tool.







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Custom Path Mouse Tool

This tool allows you to draw custom paths.

To change to the Custom Path tool, press the toolbar button for Custom Paths, which looks like an arrow in a square loop. You can hover your mouse over each toolbar button to see a short description of what each one does. Most of the buttons are grouped together by similar function.

Note the shape the mouse pointer changes to when this tool is selected.

Click this link for a description of how to use the tool.







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Tape Measure Mouse Tool

This tool allows you to take measurements on the field.

To change to the Tape Measure tool, press the toolbar button for tape measure, which looks like portion of a ruler. You can hover your mouse over each toolbar button to see a short description of what each one does. Most of the buttons are grouped together by similar function.

Note the shape the mouse pointer changes to when this tool is selected.

Click this link for a description of how to use the tool.







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Draw Line Mouse Tool

This tool allows you to draw straight lines.

To change to the Draw Line tool, press the toolbar button for drawing lines, which looks like a line with two control points on the ends. You can hover your mouse over each toolbar button to see a short description of what each one does. Most of the buttons are grouped together by similar function.

Note the shape the mouse pointer changes to when this tool is selected.

Click this link for a description of how to use the tool.







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Draw Ellipse Mouse Tool

This tool allows you to draw ellipses.

To change to the Draw Ellipse tool, press the toolbar button for drawing ellipses, which looks like a circle with control points. You can hover your mouse over each toolbar button to see a short description of what each one does. Most of the buttons are grouped together by similar function.

Note the shape the mouse pointer changes to when this tool is selected.

Click this link for a description of how to use the tool.







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Draw Rectangle Mouse Tool

This tool allows you to draw rectangles.

To change to the Draw Rectangle tool, press the toolbar button for drawing rectangles, which looks like a rectangle figure. You can hover your mouse over each toolbar button to see a short description of what each one does. Most of the buttons are grouped together by similar function.

Note the shape the mouse pointer changes to when this tool is selected.

Click this link for a description of how to use the tool.







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Draw Arc Mouse Tool

This tool allows you to draw arcs.

To change to the Draw Arc tool, press the toolbar button for drawing arcs, which looks like an arc with 7 control points. You can hover your mouse over each toolbar button to see a short description of what each one does. Most of the buttons are grouped together by similar function.

Note the shape the mouse pointer changes to when this tool is selected.

Click this link for a description of how to use the tool.







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Draw Arc 2 Mouse Tool

This tool allows you to draw circular arcs.

To change to the Draw Arc 2 tool, press the toolbar button for drawing circular arcs, which looks like an arc with 3 control points. You can hover your mouse over each toolbar button to see a short description of what each one does. Most of the buttons are grouped together by similar function.

Note the shape the mouse pointer changes to when this tool is selected.

Click this link for a description of how to use the tool.







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Draw Open Polygon Mouse Tool

This tool allows you to draw open polygons.

To change to the Draw Open Polygon tool, press the toolbar button for drawing open polygons, which looks like a polygon figure. You can hover your mouse over each toolbar button to see a short description of what each one does. Most of the buttons are grouped together by similar function.

Note the shape the mouse pointer changes to when this tool is selected.

Click this link for a description of how to use the tool.







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Draw Closed Polygon Mouse Tool

This tool allows you to draw closed polygons.

To change to the Draw Closed Polygon tool, press the toolbar button for drawing closed polygon, which looks like a polygon with its interior filled. You can hover your mouse over each toolbar button to see a short description of what each one does. Most of the buttons are grouped together by similar function.

Note the shape the mouse pointer changes to when this tool is selected.

Click this link for a description of how to use the tool.







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Draw Bezier Curve Mouse Tool

This tool allows you to draw curves.

To change to the Draw Bezier Curve tool, press the toolbar button for drawing curves, which looks like a curved figure. You can hover your mouse over each toolbar button to see a short description of what each one does. Most of the buttons are grouped together by similar function.

Note the shape the mouse pointer changes to when this tool is selected.

Click this link for a description of how to use the tool.







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Draw Hermite Curve Mouse Tool

This tool allows you to draw Hermite curves. Hermite curves are different from Bezier curves in that the control points lie on the curve. Hermite curves can also be open or closed.

To change to the Draw Hermite Curve tool, press the toolbar button for drawing Hermite curves, which looks like a curved figure with the handles on the curve. You can hover your mouse over each toolbar button to see a short description of what each one does. Most of the buttons are grouped together by similar function.

Note the shape the mouse pointer changes to when this tool is selected.

Click this link for a description of how to use the tool.







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Text Notes Mouse Tool

This tool allows you to add and edit text notes on your charts.

To change to the Text tool, press the toolbar button for text, which looks like a capital letter 'T'. You can hover your mouse over each toolbar button to see a short description of what each one does. Most of the buttons are grouped together by similar function.

Note the shape the mouse pointer changes to when this tool is selected.

Click this link for a description of how to use the tool.







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>> Field Artist Help >> Concepts >> Mouse >> Mouse Tools

Slider Mouse Tool

This tool allows you to do panning, zooming, and rotation of your view of the field.

To change to the Slider tool, press the toolbar button for slider, which looks like a four headed arrow. You can hover your mouse over each toolbar button to see a short description of what each one does. Most of the buttons are grouped together by similar function.

Note the shape the mouse pointer changes to when this tool is selected.

Click this link for a description of how to use the tool.







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Select Area Mouse Tool

This tool allows you to select an area to zoom in on.
To change to the Select Area tool, press the toolbar button for select area, which looks like rectangle and a tiny magnifying glass. You can hover your mouse over each toolbar button to see a short description of what each one does. Most of the buttons are grouped together by similar function.

Note the shape the mouse pointer changes to when this tool is selected.

Click this link for a description of how to use the tool.







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>> Field Artist Help >> Concepts >> Mouse

Click

To click on an object ( a form or a cast member ) is to position the mouse pointer over that object and click once ( press and release ) with the left mouse button.

You can select forms in Field Artist by clicking on them. If you hold down the Shift key or the Ctrl key, it will not deselect forms that are already selected. This allows you to select more than one form by using the Shift or Ctrl key when you click on them. The same thing works for cast members.

When clicking on forms, you have to click on the OUTLINE of the form, not the area in its middle. When you click on a cast member, you can click anywhere on the cast member shape.






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Double Click

To double click is to click twice in rapid succesion with the left mouse button.

You can double click on a point handle of a curve or polygon to delete the point.

You can double click on a segment of a curve or polygon to add a point.

You always double click to end when you are drawing a polygon or curve.






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Dragging

Dragging objects is a way to move forms around the screen or change their shape. It is also a way to move cast members to different forms.

To drag an object, position it over the form or cast member and press and hold down with the left mouse button, then move the object to where you want it to go and release the mouse button.

Moving Forms

Assigning Cast To Forms






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Right Click

If you right click on a form or a cast member, you get a popup menu of option that allow you to change its properties or perform other actions.

To right click on an object ( a form or a cast member ) is to position the mouse pointer over that object and click once ( press and release ) with the right mouse button.

When clicking on forms, you have to click on the OUTLINE of the form, not the area in its middle. When you click on a cast member, you can click anywhere on the cast member shape.

Cast Popup Menu

Forms Popup Menu






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Rollover

Field artist has rollover colors to let you know when your mouse pointer is over a cast member or form.

When your mouse is positioned over the form outline, the form handles, or the cast members, they turn a different color. This makes it easier to see where to position your mouse pointer when you want to select and move forms or cast members, or to drag and drop cast members.

Select Forms Toolbar Button

Select Cast Toolbar Button






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>> Field Artist Help >> Concepts >> Mouse

Hover

To Hover is to position the mouse over an area and leave it in one place. Many of the buttons, fields and panels in Field Artist will display information about what they are used for, if you hover over them with the mouse.





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Forms

Forms are the shapes on the field that make up pictures. A picture is made up of one or more forms. Cast members are assigned to forms and maintain equal spacing along the length of the form ( except on Free Forms ). You can select cast members to drag and drop them between other cast members to change their order on the form. You can also drop cast members from one form to a different form using the Select Cast Toolbar Button

If you right click on a form, you can change its properties.

You can select one or more forms with cast members and use the Transition command to create transitions.


                    Closed And Open Shapes
                    Form Shapes




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>> Field Artist Help >> Concepts >> Forms

Closed And Open Shapes

Closed shapes are shapes that have an enclosed area, such as a rectangle, ellipse, or a triangle or other closed polygon.

Open shapes do not enclose an area. Lines, curves, and open polygons are open shapes.

In follow transitions, the leader and trailer must be cast members on either end of the open shape.

You can choose a fill color for forms which are open shapes. This might be useful if you want a form to portray a prop in you show such as a large flag or banner.






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>> Field Artist Help >> Concepts >> Forms

Form Shapes

This section reviews the different form shapes that are available and how they are edited with the mouse.

                    Line
                    Rectangle
                    Ellipse
                    Arc
                    Arc 2
                    Polygon
                    Closed Polygon
                    Bezier Curve
                    Hermite Curve
                    Blocks
                    Free Forms




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Line

This form shape has two size handles, one at either end. You can drag either handle to change the shape, length, or orientation of the line. To move the entire line, you can drag it with the mouse. To move the line, you have to touch it anywhere along its length, but not on a handle.

Click the Draw Line Toolbar Button to draw lines.






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Rectangle

When selected, this shape has 6 square size handles. The corner handles change the horizontal size and vertical size simultaneously. The 2 side handles change only the horizontal size. The top and bottom handles change only the vertical size.

Click the Draw Rectangle Menu Choice to draw this shape.






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Ellipse

When selected, this shape has 6 square size handles. The corner handles change the horizontal size and vertical size simultaneously. The 2 side handles change only the horizontal size. The top and bottom handles change only the vertical size.

Click the Draw Ellipse Toolbar Button to draw this shape.






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Arc

This Arc shape is good for making arcs which are segments of an ellipse or a circle. The Arc 2 shape is good for making shallow arcs, but cannot make arcs which are part of an ellipse.

When selected, this shape has 6 square size handles and two endpoint handles. The corner handles change the horizontal size and vertical size simultaneously. The 2 side handles change only the horizontal size of the ellipse. The top and bottom handles change only the vertical size of the ellipse.

The other 2 handles are on the endpoints of the arc, and they change the sweep of the arc but do not affect the size of the ellipse. They affect what part of the ellipse the arc is tracing.

Click the Draw Arc Toolbar Button to draw this shape.






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Arc 2

The Arc 2 is a second kind of arc shape that is more suitable for making arcs that are segments of a round circle ( not elliptical ). This second type of arc has fewer handles and is more suitable for making shallow arcs.

This shape has 3 handles. Two of the handles are endpoints. The third endpoint determines the depth of the arc.

Click the Draw Arc 2 Toolbar Button to draw this shape.






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Polygon

To make this shape, select the polygon tool and click once for each point you want to add. For the last point, double click to end the polygon.

You can also make a polygon by dragging the mouse over the field.

You can combine the two techniques above when making your polygon.

When selected, polygons have a round point handle for every point on the polygon. If you double click on a round point handle, it deletes the point. If you double click on a segment, it adds a point to that segment.

You can drag the round point handles to change the shape of the polygon.

When selected, this shape has 6 square size handles on the sides and corners. You can scale the polygon size using the corner and side handles. The corner handles change the horizontal size and vertical size simultaneously. The 2 side handles change only the horizontal size. The top and bottom handles change only the vertical size.






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Closed Polygon

The closed polygon shape works just like the open polygon, except that when you double click to finish, it automatically adds a segment from the last point to the first point.

To make this shape, select the closed polygon tool and click once for each point you want to add. For the last point, double click to end the polygon.

You can also make a polygon by dragging the mouse over the field.

You can combine the two techniques above when making your polygon.

When selected, polygons have a round point handle for every point on the polygon. If you double click on a round point handle, it deletes the point. If you double click on a segment, it adds a point to that segment.

You can drag the round point handles to change the shape of the polygon.

When selected, this shape has 6 square size handles on the sides and corners. You can scale the polygon size using the corner and side handles. The corner handles change the horizontal size and vertical size simultaneously. The 2 side handles change only the horizontal size. The top and bottom handles change only the vertical size.






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Bezier Curve

To draw Bezier curves, you select the curve tool from the Toolbar.

Bezier Curves are smooth lines that are defined by control points. It is easier to handle your curves if you have fewer control points. The control points are only visible when the curve is selected. Each control point is a point handle that you can drag to move or double click to delete.

The Bezier curve line doesnt touch the control points except on the ends, but it is attracted by them and curves toward them. You can define the shape of the curve by adding, deleting, or moving control points.

Bezier Curves are best drawn by clicking once for each control point you want. You can move the control points by dragging them with the mouse when the curve is selected. Always double click to finish drawing the curve.

You can also draw a Bezier curve by dragging the mouse across the field. This method produces more points. You can combine the two methods, dragging and clicking, to produce a curve. But curves are really easier to work with when they have fewer control points, and the single click method is better.

If you want to delete a control point, you can double click on it. If you want to add a new control point, you can double click on a part of the curve line to add a point there.

The curve has 6 square sizing handles that appear when it is selected. These show the entire boundary of the curve and can be used to scale its size larger or smaller.






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>> Field Artist Help >> Concepts >> Forms >> Form Shapes

Hermite Curve

To draw Hermite curves, you select the curve tool from the Toolbar.

Hermite Curves are smooth lines that are defined by control points. It is easier to handle your curves if you have fewer control points. The control points are only visible when the curve is selected. Each control point is a point handle that you can drag to move or double click to delete.

The Hermite curve differs from the Bezier curve because the control points always lie on the curve. You can define the shape of the curve by adding, deleting, or moving control points.

Hermite curves can be open or closed. To change from open to closed, right click the form and click the menu choice for the Form Properties dialog, then click the Closed check box there.

In the form properties, you can also the the curve tension number, which affects the shape of the curve.

Hermite Curves are best drawn by clicking once for each control point you want. You can move the control points by dragging them with the mouse when the curve is selected. Always double click to finish drawing the curve.

You can also draw a Hermite curve by dragging the mouse across the field. This method produces more points. You can combine the two methods, dragging and clicking, to produce a curve. But curves are really easier to work with when they have fewer control points, and the single click method is better.

If you want to delete a control point, you can double click on it. If you want to add a new control point, you can double click on a part of the curve line to add a point there.

The curve has 6 square sizing handles that appear when it is selected. These show the entire boundary of the curve and can be used to scale its size larger or smaller.






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>> Field Artist Help >> Concepts >> Forms >> Form Shapes

Blocks

You can make a block from any closed shape.

To make a shape into a block, right click on the form to see the properties dialog. Check the box for Block and enter the desired horizontal spacing and vertical spacing.

The cast members that are assigned to that form will fill up the shape in rows and columns according to the spacing you provide.






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>> Field Artist Help >> Concepts >> Forms >> Form Shapes

Free Forms

Free forms are groups of cast members that don't maintain regular spacing. Instead, the cast members on a free form stay wherever you place them individually.

On most forms, you change the shape of the form and the people move to stay on the form outlines and maintain their spacing. On the free form, you move the people and the form changes its shape to stay connected to all of its cast members.

To select a free form, you click on its outline or drag a box that encloses part of it, as with any other form. You can also rotate or scale free forms like any other form.

The outline of the free form automatically adjusts to connect the cast members that belong to it. The order of the connecting line does not really matter - the line only exists to show you which cast members are grouped together.

Unlike with other forms, you can individually move the people in a free form. There are two ways to do this. The first way is with the selection pointer. When the free form is selected ( you can see its scaling handles ), just click and drag individual people with the selection pointer to move them around. They will stay in the positions you moved them to and the free form outlines will conform to their new positions.

The other way to move cast members within a free form is by selecting them with the cast selection pointer and then clicking and dragging to move the selected cast members. The free form will reshape itself to conform to the new cast positions. In this way you can move one or more selected cast members all at once.

To move cast members off of a free form and reassign them to another form, you have to use the cast selection pointer while holding the Shift key down.

Unlike the other forms, you cannot draw a free form directly using the tools. There are a few different ways to create a free form. One way is by selecting some existing cast and using the Create Formation From Selected Cast command. The Create Form From Cast Dialog that appears will allow you to choose a free form type.

Another way is by using the Add / View Cast Menu Choice which adds new cast members. When the cast members are added, a dialog will appear which allows you to choose a type of form to add them to. Free form is one of the choices.

Yet another way to create a free form is by drawing another type of form and adding cast members to it - then, right click on the form and use the Form Properties Popup Menu Choice to display the properties. When the Form Properties Dialog appears, you can choose Free Form as the shape.

You can arrange cast members on free forms into shapes by using the commands on the Cast Arrange Menu, all of which can also be accessed by keystroke shortcuts.






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>> Field Artist Help >> Concepts

Cast

Your cast is the personnel who will perform your show. In Field Artist, the cast members are represented by square symbols. You can change the size and colors of the symbols, or you can allow the cast to be represented by letter symbols instead of squares.

Cast members are usually on a form. When you move a form, the cast members automatically stick to their correct places on the form and maintain equal spacing. On a Free Form, the you move the cast members and the form will rearrange itself to connect them.

You can select cast members and change their properties using the Properties command on the Cast menu.

Use the Cast Select tool to select cast members.


                    Adding Cast
                    Adding Cast To Forms
                    Selecting Cast Members
                    Assigning Cast To Forms
                    Changing Cast Order On Forms
                    Defining Cast Names
                    Letter Symbols




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>> Field Artist Help >> Concepts >> Cast

Adding Cast

You can add cast to the show using the Add / View Cast Dialog which is available from the Add / View Cast Menu Choice.

Unassigned cast members appear at the top of the field. You can assign cast members to a form by selecting them with the cast selection tool and dragging them onto that form. If you are moving cast members from a Free Form to another form, you have to hold the shift key down while using the cast selection tool.

Select Cast Toolbar Button

Assigning Cast To Forms

Lasso Toolbar Button






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>> Field Artist Help >> Concepts >> Cast

Adding Cast To Forms

To add new cast members to a form, first select one form on your picture.

Then choose the Forms Add Cast Menu Choice from the Forms menu at the top.

The Add Cast Members Dialog will appear. It defaults to the number of people for that form's length at normal spacing, but you can change the number of people you want to add.

This is a way to create and add NEW cast members to a form.

To assign existing cast members to a form, see Assigning Cast To Forms






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>> Field Artist Help >> Concepts >> Cast

Selecting Cast Members

You have to use the Cast Selection tool or the Lasso tool to select cast. You can't select them with the same tool you use to select forms.

The cast selection tool is the toolbar button that looks like a face. To select cast members with this tool, you can click on the cast member you want to select. Hold the shift key down to select multiple cast members. You can also drag a box with the Cast tool to enclose cast members you want to select.

You can also use the Lasso tool to select cast members. You choose the Lasso from the toolbar. ( If you hover your mouse over the toolbar buttons, they will display messages to tell you what they are ).

To use the Lasso, draw a path with the lasso tool which encloses the people you want to select. This is useful for selecting odd groups of people that do not fit well within a box. To draw a shape with the lasso tool, either drag the mouse or make a series of single clicks. You can combine drags and single clicks. Always use double click to finish.

To deselect all cast members, just single click on an open area with the Cast tool.






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>> Field Artist Help >> Concepts >> Cast

Assigning Cast To Forms

To assign existing cast to a form, first choose the Cast tool.

Then select the cast members you want to assign and drag them to the form. The form outline will be highlighted when your pointer is positioned right over it. This is how you will know exactly where to drop the cast members.

When moving selected cast from a Free Form to another form, you have to hold the shift key down.

To add brand new cast to a form, right click on the form and choose "Add Cast".







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>> Field Artist Help >> Concepts >> Cast

Changing Cast Order On Forms

Often you need to change the order of cast members on forms.

There are several ways to do this.

You can use the Forms Reverse Cast Menu Choice to reverse the order of cast members on a selected form.

You can select several cast members and use the Reverse Selected Cast Menu Choice to reverse the order of only those cast members you selected.

You can select a form and use the Forms Sort Cast Menu Choice to invoke the Sort Cast On Form Dialog. The dialog has several choices of different ways you can sort the cast members on the form.

You can use the Shift Cast Toolbar Button to shift the cast on the form.

Finally, you can select cast members and use the mouse to drag and drop them between other cast members. You do this by positioning the mouse between the two cast members you cant to drop them between. When you have the mouse positioned between two cast members, those two cast members will change colors and a color rectangle will be drawn which encloses the two cast members and tells you this is the place to drop the cast members you are moving. Sometimes the rectangle will be large - this can happen when the cast members are, for example, on opposite ends of a form - the cast members you drop will end up on the end of the form.









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>> Field Artist Help >> Concepts >> Cast

Defining Cast Names

You can define an individual first and last name for every cast member.

If you want to define names for all your cast members, the easiest way is to use the Define Cast Menu Choice






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>> Field Artist Help >> Concepts >> Cast

Letter Symbols

Cast members can have letter symbols.

Instead of displaying as a shape, cast members can display as letter symbols if you want. Choose this option from the View Options dialog.

If a cast member has no letter symbol defined, they use the letter symbol for their Section.

Use the Cast Properties dialog, the Add/View Cast dialog, or the Define Cast dialog to change letter symbols for cast members.






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>> Field Artist Help >> Concepts

Pictures

Your show consists of a number of pictures which appear one after another.

Every picture can have one or more forms in it. A picture consists of a number of forms at all appear on the same step of your show.

The Next Picture and Previous picture toolbar buttons allow you to travel to the Next and Previous pictures.

The history panels ( small field views ) at the top show every picture in your show. If you use the arrow buttons to the right and left of the history panels, you can scroll back and forth to see earlier or later pictures. If you click on a history panel, it takes you to that step.

If you want to make a picture occur on an earlier or later step of the show, use the Insert / Delete Steps Dialog






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>> Field Artist Help >> Concepts

Transitions

A transition is what happens when cast members move from one picture to another picture.

A transition occurs between two pictures separated by one or more steps.

When you use the Transition Dialog to create a transition, you can select a transition mode on the dialog.

After a transition is created, you can change the transition mode by selecting the cast members on the ENDING formation, and using the Transition Mode dialog.

When you choose a transition, the paths for your cast members to follow are automatically generated and shown on the screen. As you move your forms around, the paths will automatically update and if they are too long ( exceed the maximum step ), they will be shown in a different color.

If you want to alter the paths your cast members take, you can choose the Custom Path transition mode. This allows you to completely specify the paths your cast members follow for a transition, using the Custom Path Toolbar Button


                    Transition Modes




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>> Field Artist Help >> Concepts >> Transitions

Transition Modes

The transition mode choices are explained below.

                    Float
                    Follow
                    Pivot
                    Custom




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>> Field Artist Help >> Concepts >> Transitions >> Transition Modes

Float

Float mode means for each cast member to follow a straight line from his position on the previous form to his position on the next form.

If you choose the "Flex" check box for float, it means the cast members will try to maintain a minimum spacing from one another through the entire transition.






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>> Field Artist Help >> Concepts >> Transitions >> Transition Modes

Follow

For a follow transition, all the cast members on the starting form and the ending form have to be part of the follow transition, and all cast members must start on the same form, and they all must end on the same form.

You can choose follow transition from the Transition dialog, or, if you select cast members on the ending form, you can change their transition mode using the Transition Mode form.

If you change cast members on a form to the Follow transition mode, you have to change all cast members on that form to follow mode.


                    Follow Leader
                    Follow Trailer




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>> Field Artist Help >> Concepts >> Transitions >> Transition Modes >> Follow

Follow Leader

The leader in the follow transition is the one in the front of the line who everyone else follows.

When you specify a follow transition, you can fill in the ID numbers of the cast members you want to be leader and trailer.

You can also right click on a cast member with the mouse and use the popup menu to make it a leader or trailer.

If the follow transition is beginning or ending on an open form, the leader and trailer must be the cast members at either end of the form.







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>> Field Artist Help >> Concepts >> Transitions >> Transition Modes >> Follow

Follow Trailer

The trailer in the follow transition is the one in the rear of the line.

When you specify a follow transition, you can fill in the ID numbers of the cast members you want to be leader and trailer.

You can also right click on a cast member with the mouse and use the popup menu to make it a leader or trailer.

If the follow transition is beginning or ending on an open form, the leader and trailer must be the cast members at either end of the form.






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>> Field Artist Help >> Concepts >> Transitions >> Transition Modes

Pivot

The pivot transition means that a form will be rotated through some number of degrees either clockwise or counter-clockwise.

For a pivot transition, you have to fill in a number of degrees between 1 and 360. It doesn't matter if you don't know the exact number of degrees -- you can adjust it by rotating the second form of your transition. You do have to check the box for clockwise or leave it unchecked for counter-clockwise pivots.

There are check boxes for "Use 1st" and "Use 2nd" beside the Pivot radio button. If you are pivoting a form without moving it across the field at the same time, you should choose "Use 1st". That way, the position of the rotation point of the form you are coming FROM, determines the pivot point. The rotation point of the second form doesn't matter.

If you want to do a complex pivot transition where you move a shape down the field as you are rotating it, then you can check both boxes to use the rotation points of both the source and target forms.






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>> Field Artist Help >> Concepts >> Transitions >> Transition Modes

Custom

Custom transition lets you draw an exact path from one form to the next.

To make a custom transition, choose the Custom radio button on the Transition Dialog. If you check the Curve check box, the custom paths will be curves. Otherwise they will be polygons.

The transition will make paths which move straight to the ending form.

Using the Custom Path Toolbar Button, you can edit the paths by moving, deleting, or adding points to them. The cast members will follow the paths you create.

To use the Custom Path Toolbar Button, you must be on the ending picture of a transition that uses custom paths.






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>> Field Artist Help >> Concepts

Paths

Field Artist shows you the paths your cast members will travel from one picture to the next.

It shows both the past paths ( from the previous form ) and the future paths ( to the next form ).

If a path is too long and exceeds the maximum defined step size, it will show in red.

Path drawing may be slow on pivot transitions when you have a large number of people and/or a large number of steps. If the paths are drawing too slow, or you just don't want to see paths, you can turn them off using the View Options command or the Paths commands on the View Menu.

You can also define custom paths for your cast members to travel. This is done by choosing Custom as your transition mode in the Transition Dialog or the Transition Mode Dialog. You can edit custom paths using the Custom Path Toolbar Button






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>> Field Artist Help >> Concepts

Animation

You can animate your show using the animation buttons on the tool bar.

If you add music files to your show, the animation will synchronize to the music.

If you don't want to synch to music files, the show animation speed is determined by an internal timer. You can change the speed of the internal timer on the Animation Options dialog.

Animation Toolbar Buttons

Music Dialog

Midi Device Dialog


                    Animated View Changes




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>> Field Artist Help >> Concepts >> Animation

Animated View Changes

View changes allow you to add automatic camera motions ( panning, zooming, and rotation effects ) to your show. The effects only happen during animation of the show to an internal timer or a music file ( in other words when you hit the play button ). You can turn playback of view changes on or off using the Play View Changes Menu Item.

For more information on how to record animated view changes for your show, see the Record View Changes Menu Item






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>> Field Artist Help >> Concepts

Drawing

You create a picture in Field Artist by drawing one or more shapes in the main field view. These shapes are your formations ( Forms ) that can have cast members assigned to them.

You can use the drawing tools ( accessible from the toolbar ) to draw different shaped forms, and then add cast to the forms.

You can also use the Cast tool to select cast members and drag them to different forms or different spots on the same form.

Drawing Shapes Toolbar Buttons

Selection And Editing Toolbar Buttons

Selecting Forms

Selecting Cast Members


                    Selecting Forms
                    Moving Forms
                    Rotating Forms
                    Zoom
                    Panning
                    The Grid
                    Measuring
                    Drawing Form Shapes
                    Handles




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>> Field Artist Help >> Concepts >> Drawing

Selecting Forms

To select a form, your current tool needs to be the Form Selection tool. You can choose it by using the Form Selection toolbar button. Its the first button on the left.

All the toolbar buttons will display a message telling what they are for, if you hover over them with the mouse.

To select a form, click on it with the mouse. You have to click on the outline of the form, not in its middle.

When you select a form by clicking on it, all the other forms become unselected. If you hold down the shift key however, the other forms don't become unselected. So to select multiple forms, hold down the shift key when you click.

Another way to select multiple forms is to drag a box which encloses those forms. You can drag a box on the field using the Forms Selection tool. Any forms which are completely within the box will be selected.

If you right click on a form, it becomes the only form selected. You will see a popup menu then. The commands on the popup menu only apply to the one form you right clicked on.






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>> Field Artist Help >> Concepts >> Drawing

Moving Forms

You move a form by clicking and dragging on its outline.

You cannot move a form unless it is first selected.

You can select more than one form and move them all as a group by dragging on the outline of any one of the selected forms.

Forms can only be moved using the forms selection tool chosen by clicking the Select Forms Toolbar Button






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>> Field Artist Help >> Concepts >> Drawing

Rotating Forms

You can rotate your forms using the rotation.tool.

Choose the rotation tool using the Rotate Forms Toolbar Button

When a form is selected and the rotation tool is the current tool, you will see a rotation point for the form, which looks like a circle within a circle. If you are not sure where the rotation point is for a form, you can bring it home to its form by using the Forms Center Rotation Point Menu Choice

You rotate a form by clicking and dragging on the outline of the form using the rotation tool. The form always rotates around the rotation point. If you want to move the rotation point, you can also drag the rotation point with the rotation tool.

When you do a pivot transition, it pivots around the rotation point for the forms.






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>> Field Artist Help >> Concepts >> Drawing

Zoom

You can zoom in to see your drawing in a larger size, or zoom out to see more of your drawing.

To zoom in or out, use these toolbar buttons:

Zoom In
Zoom Out
Zoom Normal
Zoom Select






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>> Field Artist Help >> Concepts >> Drawing

Panning

Panning means moving your picture around so that you can bring different parts of it into view when you are zoomed in.

To pan to different parts of the picture, use the scroll bars on the side and bottom of the field view panel.

Or, use the Slide View Toolbar Button to slide the view around.

If you click the Zoom Normal Toolbar Button, it returns the drawing to its normal position.

View Toolbar Buttons






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>> Field Artist Help >> Concepts >> Drawing

The Grid

You can turn on the grid by using the View Options menu command.

Just check the box for Grid and enter the size you want.

When the grid is in use, all your forms stick to the nearest grid point when you move them. Its a way to help you line things up evenly.






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>> Field Artist Help >> Concepts >> Drawing

Measuring

You can use the tape measure tool on the toolbar to measure the distance of any path you trace on the field.

The path can be a straight line, a ploygon, or any shape you want to trace.







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>> Field Artist Help >> Concepts >> Drawing

Drawing Form Shapes

You can draw form shapes which can hold cast members.

The shapes are chosen by using the shape toolbar buttons at the top.

All the shape toolbar buttons look like the shapes they represent.

Click here for a list of the shape toolbar buttons: Drawing Shapes Toolbar Buttons

Click here for a list of form shapes and how to edit them: Form Shapes






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>> Field Artist Help >> Concepts >> Drawing

Handles

Handles are small squares or circles on a form that you can drag in order to change its shape.

Handles change color when you roll over them with the mouse pointer, which helps you see where to click and drag them.

There are two types of handles used in this program:


                    Size Handles
                    Point Handles




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>> Field Artist Help >> Concepts >> Drawing >> Handles

Size Handles

Size handles are the small squares that appear on the selected forms on your drawing. You can drag the handles around with the mouse to change the size, shape, and location of your forms.





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>> Field Artist Help >> Concepts >> Drawing >> Handles

Point Handles

Curves and Polygons have round Point Handles which you can drag with your mouse in order to change the shape of the curve or polygon.

Handles turn a different color when you roll over them with your mouse. This helps you to click and drag them.

If you double click on a point handle, it deletes it.

If you want to add a new point handle, double click on a segment of the curve or polygon.






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>> Field Artist Help >> Concepts

Uniforms

You can add a more realistic appearance to your cast using uniforms.

There are flat uniforms that are used in draft 3D mode and can be edited using the Draw Uniforms Menu Choice.

In True View mode, cast members use 3D uniforms that can be customized using the Uniform Designer Dialog which is invoked from the True View Options menu item.

The uniforms only appear in draft 3-D mode and only if you have checked the option to draw uniforms on the View Options dialog.

You can use the default uniforms that are built into the program, or draw your own.

Each cast member can have a uniform and equipment defined. Each uniform or equipment type is considered a uniform drawing. Equipment types are for flags, instruments, drums, etc. Each cast member is drawn in draft 3D mode by first drawing the uniform and then drawing the equipment on top of it.

Cast members also can have True View uniforms and equipment defined. These are 3D models that are displayed in True View mode and give more dimensionality and realism to the characters.

Displaying uniforms makes the program run a little slower in draft 3-D mode, especially if you have a large cast. So if you need more speed, you can turn off uniforms using the View Options dialog.

Each section can have a uniform and equipment. Each cast member can also have a uniform and equipment. If you don't want to define uniforms and equipment for each cast member, you can let them default to the uniforms and equipment for their section.

If you are showing uniforms and there is no uniform defined for a cast member, then he displays as the uniform for his section ( default ). If there is no uniform defined for the section either, then the cast member shows as the first uniform in the list by default.

When you apply animations to cast members, the equipment drawings are automatically manipulated to simulate flag tosses, spins, etc. In previous releases these types of animations were accomplished by using lists of uniform changes and making different drawings for each frame. But now flag spins and tosses and rifle spins and tosses can be done automatically.

Spin and toss animations that you apply to cast members will display in draft 3D mode and also display in True View mode.

You can also still define custom uniform changes for cast members to simulate flags up or down, horn flashes, props, etc. Custom uniform changes are only available for draft 3D mode, but you can still define custom uniforms for props and check the "Prop" check box on the uniform, and this will cause it to be drawn in True View mode.

The program comes with a built-in set of flat uniforms. You can use the default set, or you can add your own uniforms. To draw your own, use the Draw Uniforms Menu Choice to take you into uniform drawing mode. You can alter, add, or delete uniforms using the buttons on the Draw Uniforms Dialog

To customize your True View uniforms, go into the True View options under the Options menu and click the button to open the Uniform Designer. There you can define multiple uniforms for True View mode and choose different colors, hats, etc.


                    Cast Changes
                    Drawing Uniforms




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>> Field Artist Help >> Concepts >> Uniforms

Cast Changes

Cast changes are animations, uniform changes, or equipment changes which alter the appearance or motion of cast members at various specific points in the show.

Uniform changes cause the current uniform for a cast member to change at certain steps in the show ( in draft 3D mode ).

Equipment changes cause the current equipment type for a cast member to change at certain steps in the show ( in draft 3D mode ).

A change list is a series of animations, uniform, or equipment types with the step associated with each one where it is supposed to appear in the show. You can uniform changes and equipment changes to simulate props or other custom animations.

If you want to use uniform changes, you first define a change list and give it a name. You can have as many change lists as you want, so what you end up with is a list of change lists, each with a different name. Then for any cast member, you can assign a change list to that cast member.

You can also apply animations by selecting cast members and using the "Apply Animations command" which will allow you to choose uniform or equipment changes ( for draft 3D mode ) or animations ( draft 3D mode and True View mode ) or other effects such as horns up / carry / present / stands and facing direction and mark time ( seen in True View only ). When you apply animations to selected cast members, it automatically applies them to the change list for those members and then they can be edited or removed by editing the change list for that cast member.

Define uniform changes using the Uniform Changes Menu Choice

Once you have built a library of cast changes using the Cast Change Library Dialog, you can assign them to cast members using the Cast Properties Dialog






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>> Field Artist Help >> Concepts >> Uniforms

Drawing Uniforms

Drawing uniforms is done the same way drawing forms is done. A uniform is merely a set of forms that are grouped together and displayed where cast members appear.

To draw your own custom uniforms, go into uniform drawing mode using the Draw Uniforms Menu Choice and use the buttons on the Draw Uniforms Dialog to display, save, change or delete the uniforms in the list.

You draw your uniforms in the area on the left. Draw the image whatever size you want, because each uniform will always be automatically scaled to the height of a cast member. Use the same shapes that you use to draw forms: Form Shapes

Displaying uniforms on cast members takes up more computer time, so it is better to keep the uniforms simple, since they will drawn many times. Uniforms are drawn fairly small, so very small details are hard to see. You may also find that your uniforms look better if you set the shapes to have no outlines, only fills. Do this by right-clicking on the shapes and using the Form Properties Dialog

For best results, draw your uniforms using only ellipses, rectangles, and especially closed ( filled ) polygons. Avoid lines, arcs, and curves. Use the least number of shapes possible for each uniform. You can slide the uniform around in the draw area using the Slide View Toolbar Button

You can rotate shapes for uniforms using the rotation tool, but only if they are polygons - ellipses and rectangle cannot be rotated, for uniforms.

To change the outline color or fill color of a shape, right click on the outline of the shape and choose "Properties" from the popup menu. This will give you the Shape Properties Dialog which allows you to set the colors of a shape or even change it to a different shape ( it is advisable only to use closed polygons, ellipses, and rectangles ). You can use any color you choose for your shape, or you can choose from among pre-defined uniform colors. The advantage in using pre-defined colors is that you can change them on the Colors Dialog and they will automatically apply to all uniforms in the current show.

When shapes overlap, draw order ( front to back ) will be very important when designing uniforms. You can move a shape to the front or back of the drawing using the Shapes Send To Back Menu Choice and the Shapes Bring To Front Menu Choice

When you have changed the uniform in any way, it is important to set its boundaries by Dragging the Size Handles on the boundary guide rectangle. If you don't have a boundary guide for your uniform, you can turn it on by checking the Bounds Guide check box on the Draw Uniforms Dialog. The bounds guide is a dotted line rectangle. It does not display when the uniforms are displayed. Its purpose is to show the outlines of the cast member's body. Make your bounds guide rectangle just slightly taller than the distance from bottom of the cast member's shoes to the top of their head. Make it just slightly wider then their shoulder width. Flags, instrument bells, and other things that project higher than the cast member's head or past their shoulders, should not be included in the guide rectangle. When you move the guide rectangle, the width and height factors are changed automatically.

If you check the box marked "Prop" you uniform can be drawn in True View mode as a flat prop. If you do this, make sure to use only convex shapes and draw the points in clockwise order so the drawings will translate correctly into true 3D shapes.






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>> Field Artist Help >> Concepts

Songs

You can add songs to your show even if you dont have MIDI or audio files for the songs. The current song is always show in the Status Panel.

If you add songs that have MIDI or audio files to go with them, the marching can be synchronized to the music.

There are two players in Field Artist that can play your songs. The built in MIDI player only works for MIDI files. It does not require you to enter a count map for the songs. Or you can use the built in Windows Media Player. This player can play most types of songs including midi, wav files, mp3 files, and more. It does require you to enter a count map to keep your marching synchronized to the music.

To add songs to your show, use the Music Dialog available from the Animate Music Menu Choice

If using the built in MIDI player, you should create your MIDI files with a resolution ( ticks per beat ) of 256 or less. Higher resolutions can play incorrectly.

The built in Windows Media Player feature only works if you have Windows Media Player installed on your computer.


                    Count Marker
                    Song Count Map




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>> Field Artist Help >> Concepts >> Songs

Count Marker

A Count Marker is a marker that is added to a song you want to synchronize to.

You add one or more count markers to a song to indicate the number of counts that correspond to various elapsed times during the song.

You have to add a count marker to the end of the song. Other count markers are optional depending on how much the tempo of the song changes or drifts.

This lets the computer keep the marching synchronized to the music, even if the tempo changes or drifts.

Count markers are needed when you are using the built in Windows Media Player, which only works if you have Windows Media Player installed on your computer.

Count markers are added by using the Count Marker Dialog, which is invoked from the Song Count Map Dialog.






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Song Count Map

A song count map is a series of one or more Count Markers that you add to a song to keep the marching synchronized to the song. These are necessary when playing song with the Windows Media Player, but not with the MIDI player.

A song count map is created using the Song Count Map Dialog, which is invoked from the Song Dialog.






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>> Field Artist Help >> Concepts

Sections

You have default sections when you begin Field Artist. You can define your own sections if you want to. Each section has a name and a symbol associated with it.

Symbols can be one letter, but they are not limited to one letter and you can make your symbols more than one letter if you want to.

Each cast member should be a member of a section. When cast members are being displayed as symbols, if no symbol is defined for that cast member, it displays them as the default symbol for their section.

You can also define uniforms and equipment for a section. If you are displaying uniforms in draft 3D mode and the cast member does not have his own uniform defined, he will display as whatever default uniform is defined for his section.

Each section also has True View equipment and uniforms. These are the uniforms and equipment displayed within True View ( as opposed to the flat uniforms and equipment displayed in the draft 3d mode ).







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>> Field Artist Help >> Concepts

Step Instructions

You can see step instructions for one or more cast members by selcting them and Choosing Show Step Instructions from the Cast Menu.

There are options that apply to how step instructions are shown and printed. You can choose your options on the Step Options Dialog.






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>> Field Artist Help >> Concepts

Printing

Use the File Print Menu Choice to print cast, show charts, step instructions, forms lists, or uniforms.

When you print uniforms or show charts, they print directly to your Windows supported installed printer from Field Artist.

When you print cast lists, step instructions or forms lists, they are saved in a document which is then displayed using whatever application is installed on your system for viewing documents.

When you print, you have a choice to save as .txt, .doc, or .rtf files. Usually Word will display .doc files and usually Notepad will display .txt files. Whatever file extension you choose, when the document is displayed you can alter it within the application it comes up in, and then print it from that application. This allows you more choices about the appearance and contents of your documents.


                    Printing The Current Step
                    Printing All Steps
                    Printing Step Instructions
                    Printing Cast Members
                    Printing the Forms List
                    Printing Uniforms




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>> Field Artist Help >> Concepts >> Printing

Printing The Current Step

To print the current step of the show, merely go to that step and the choose current step from the Print Options Dialog





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>> Field Artist Help >> Concepts >> Printing

Printing All Steps

To print the charts for every picture of the show, just choose this option from the Print Options Dialog





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>> Field Artist Help >> Concepts >> Printing

Printing Step Instructions

To print step instructions, you must first select one or more cast members.

Then choose the File Print Menu Choice and choose the radio button for Step Instructions on the Print Options Dialog.

The step instructions will be saved to a file and opened in an application that your computer uses for viewing documents. You can make any changes you want to the document before printing it from within the application provided.






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>> Field Artist Help >> Concepts >> Printing

Printing Cast Members

To print a list of cast members, just select that option from the Print Options Dialog





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>> Field Artist Help >> Concepts >> Printing

Printing the Forms List

To print a list of all the forms in your show, just choose that option from the Print Options Dialog





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>> Field Artist Help >> Concepts >> Printing

Printing Uniforms

The print all uniforms and print current uniform options on the Print Options Dialog are only available when you are in uniforms drawing mode, which is reached from the Draw Uniforms Menu Choice on the View menu.





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>> Field Artist Help >> Concepts

Comments

You can add a comment to any step of your show.

Comments are displayed at the top of the main field panel, and they also appear on the printouts of the drill charts.

Comments are added, changed or deleted by using the Comments command under the View menu.






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>> Field Artist Help >> Concepts

Field

All your action takes place on a picutre of a field that you can view in 2D or 3D.

The default is a regulation football field, but other shapes are available or you can define your own.

Use the Field Options Dialog to define your field shape.

Whenever you change your field shape, it is very important to adjust your step instruction offsets reference points so that they match the new field dimensions. They do not change automatically when you change the field size. You can adjust them using the Step Instruction Options Dialog






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>> Field Artist Help >> Concepts

Performance And Speed

There are a few ways to increase performance and speed if you are noticing sluggish behavior.

If you notice a small delay when drawing or editing with the mouse, you can turn off the undo option. The price for doing this is that you can't undo editing operations. Turn undo off or on using Allow Undo menu choice.

If you have a large show, undo will get very slow because it saves the entire file each time you use the mouse. If this happens, you really need to turn undo off.

One way to increase performance overall is to save your show as more than one file instead of a large single file. You might want to consider having a different file for each song in the show, or at least breaking it up into sections.

To increase performance when saving or reading in your show, delete any uniforms that you know you are not going to use. To delete uniforms, use the Draw Uniforms Menu Choice to go into uniform drawing mode, select the uniforms you do not need from the list and use the delete button to erase them one at a time. This only erases those uniforms from the current show. If you want to use those uniforms in a different show, you must first save them to a uniforms file using the File Save Uniforms Menu Choice and uncheck the box for displaying uniforms in 3D.

If in 3D mode you find that the program operates too slowly on your computer, you can turn off uniforms and display your cast only as rectangles in 3D mode. Go to the View Options Dialog

If you are drawing your own custom uniforms, avoid curves, circles and ellipses because they slow the drawing down. Try to stick to polygons when possible.

In the View Options dialog, there is a check box for "Smooth Lines." This makes the display draw prettier with less jagged lines, but it makes the program run slower. If you have this on and you notice slowness, turn it off by unchecking the box.






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>> Field Artist Help

Screen Panels

The Field Artist screen is divided into square functional areas called panels.

If you hover the mouse over each panel, a text message will appear that tells what it is for.

Below is a list of the panels with a description of what each one is for.


                    Main Field View Panel
                    History Panels
                    View Height Panel
                    View Rotation Panel
                    View Perspective Panel
                    Overview Panel
                    Overview Time Line Panel
                    Time Line Panel
                    Status Panel




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>> Field Artist Help >> Screen Panels

Main Field View Panel

This is the large panel in the center of your screen. This is where the field is displayed and where you draw and animate your show.

Most of the toolbar buttons allow you to select tools which operate on this main field view.

There are 3 types of views that can be displayed in the main view. The first is an overhead 2D view that looks like a drill chart. The second type is a draft 3D view that allows you to animate and edit the show in 3D. Invoke the draft 3D view by clicking the 3D View Toolbar Button

The third type of view is a True View option which looks similar to a video game. There is no editing available in True View but you can see your show animated with dimensional characters and more realistic motion and environments. To invoke True View, click the True View Menu Item on the View menu, or type CTRL+X






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>> Field Artist Help >> Screen Panels

History Panels

The History panels are miniature versions of the main field view panel that appear at the top.

The history panels show the pictures in your show. You can click on a history panel to go to that picture of the show.

When you have more pictures in your show than will fit on the number of history panels at the top, use the arrow buttons to the right or left of the history panels to see earlier or later pictures.






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>> Field Artist Help >> Screen Panels

View Height Panel

This is the narrow panel to the right of the main field view panel. It only appears when in 3D mode. Click or drag the mouse in this panel to change the height of the 3D view.





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>> Field Artist Help >> Screen Panels

View Rotation Panel

This is a thin horizontal panel that appears under the main field view panel, only in 3D mode.

You can click or drag your mouse in this panel to rotate the field in 3D mode so that you can see it from all sides.






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>> Field Artist Help >> Screen Panels

View Perspective Panel

This thin vertical panel appears to the left of the main field view panel, and it only appears when you are in 3D mode.

To change the perspective of your 3D view, click or drag the mouse on this panel. You can change the view from a telephoto lens ( flatter perspective ) to a fisheye lens ( more exaggerated perspective ).







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>> Field Artist Help >> Screen Panels

Overview Panel

This panel provides an overview of your show. There are two different views available.

You get to this panel by pressing the Overview Toolbar Button.

The first view shows a history of all the pictures in your show. The panels showing the pictures are arranged from left to right and top to bottom.

If there are songs in your show, then each song appears on a new line with all the pictures for that song appearing below it. That way you can always tell which pictures belong to a song.

If you click on a picture panel, it takes you back to the main view on that step of the show for that picture.

If you click on the open area, it takes you to the second kind of overview -- the Overview Time Line.






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>> Field Artist Help >> Screen Panels

Overview Time Line Panel

This is a panel that shows a time line of your entire show.

Unlike the time line on the main view, this time line always has a vertical mark for every step. As the show grows longer, the timeline grows longer as necessary, and you will have to scroll to the right to see the entire timeline.

Below the timeline will appear history panels showing each picture in your show, below its corresponding step on the time line. If you click on a history panel, it takes you back to the normal field view, on that picture.

Each picture in the show is represented by a small button on the time line. If you want to insert steps before that picture, drag the button to the right to insert steps. This will make the picture happen on a later step in the show. If you want to delete steps ( make the picture happen on an earlier step ), drag the button to the left.

If you drag your mouse on the timeline, the portion of the show you drag on will animate in a popup window that is translucent. The window will go away when you release the mouse button.

If you single click in the open portion of the time line overview, it changes back to the regular overview. If you double click in the open portion, it takes you back to the field main view.







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>> Field Artist Help >> Screen Panels

Time Line Panel

This is a thin horizontal panel that appears near the bottom of your screen.

When you have more than one picture in your show, the panel will have vertical marks in it, which indicate the number of steps.

If you click or drag your mouse in this panel, it will change the step of the show. So you can use this panel to jump to a different part of the show, or drag your mouse back and forth to preview parts of the animation for a show.

The time line will have alternating colors for the background when you have pictures defined in your show. Each boundary where the background color changes, indicates a step where there is a picture in the show.

If you have songs in your show, a different set of alternating colors is used to indicate where the songs begin and end. If you have songs, the alternating colors for pictures will take up the top half of the timeline, and the alternating colors for songs will take up the bottom half of the timeline.






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>> Field Artist Help >> Screen Panels

Status Panel

This thin panel appears near the bottom and contains in formation about the show such as the current step and the number of cast members. If a form is selected, it shows information about that form.

If you move the mouse around the field, the status panel shows the location of the mouse. The offsets and units it uses to describe the location are similar to what are used for step instructions for cast members. You can define options for these on the Step Instructions Options Dialog.






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>> Field Artist Help

Dialogs

Dialogs are little screens that pop up in Field Artist which allow you to enter information or execute commands.

Sometimes these are called forms, because using them is like filling out a form. But because forms are formations in FIeld Artist, we will call them dialogs in this help file.


                    Show Wizard Dialog
                    Forms Dialogs
                    Cast Dialogs
                    Common and Miscellaneous Dialogs
                    Animation Dialogs
                    View Dialogs
                    Options Dialogs
                    Edit Dialogs
                    Online Dialogs




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>> Field Artist Help >> Dialogs

Show Wizard Dialog

This dialog is a wizard with panels that display one at a time.

The panels take you through all the steps necessary to make the basic outlines of a show.

By using the wizard you cant define music, sections, cast, a field, and basic pictures for your show.

But you will still have to edit the show to move the forms in the pictures to the right places.

Here is a list of the panels in the show wizard:


                    Add Picture Dialog ( Show Wizard )
                    Add Forms Dialog ( Show Wizard )
                    Wizard Title Page Panel
                    Wizard Field Panel
                    Wizard Sections Panel
                    Wizard Cast Panel
                    Wizard Music Panel
                    Wizard Pictures Panel




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>> Field Artist Help >> Dialogs >> Show Wizard Dialog

Add Picture Dialog ( Show Wizard )

This dialog is displayed in the Show Wizard. It allows you to add pictures to your show.





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>> Field Artist Help >> Dialogs >> Show Wizard Dialog

Add Forms Dialog ( Show Wizard )

This dialog is displayed by the Show Wizard. It allows you to add a number of forms to a picture in your show.





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>> Field Artist Help >> Dialogs >> Show Wizard Dialog

Wizard Title Page Panel

This wizard panel lets you define title page information for your show. It displays the Title Page Dialog





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>> Field Artist Help >> Dialogs >> Show Wizard Dialog

Wizard Field Panel

This wizard panel lets you define the field type and step instruction options for your show. It displays the current field picture and lets you change the field options by displaying the Field Options Dialog and the Step Instruction Options Dialog





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>> Field Artist Help >> Dialogs >> Show Wizard Dialog

Wizard Sections Panel

This wizard panel lets you define the sections for your cast members. It displays the Sections Dialog





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>> Field Artist Help >> Dialogs >> Show Wizard Dialog

Wizard Cast Panel

This wizard panel lets you define the cast members for your show. You can add cast members to the list or delete cast members from the list.





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>> Field Artist Help >> Dialogs >> Show Wizard Dialog

Wizard Music Panel

This wizard panel lets you enter songs for your show. If you have the MIDI or audio files available you can add them, or you can just enter the song titles without the music files.





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>> Field Artist Help >> Dialogs >> Show Wizard Dialog

Wizard Pictures Panel

This panel let you build a skeleton of your show. You will still have to edit the show to set up the transition modes, assign cast members properly, and edit the shapes and positions of forms. But it does allow you to make a basic definition of where you want the main pictures in your show to appear.

You have to first add a picture and then you can add forms to the picture.






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>> Field Artist Help >> Dialogs

Forms Dialogs

These are dialogs having to do with forms and their properties

                    Combine Forms Dialog
                    Transition Dialog
                    Sort Cast On Form Dialog
                    Forms List Dialog
                    Form Properties Dialog
                    Split Forms Dialog
                    Create Form From Cast Dialog




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>> Field Artist Help >> Dialogs >> Forms Dialogs

Combine Forms Dialog

This dialog appears from the Forms Combine Menu Choice. Just select the radio button for the shape you want the combined form to become.





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>> Field Artist Help >> Dialogs >> Forms Dialogs

Transition Dialog

This dialog comes from the Transition menu item.

You select one or more forms with cast members on them, to create a transition.

You fill in the number of the steps for the transition or the step you want to end on. If you change either value, the other one changes automatically.

To choose a transition mode, just check the radio button for the mode you want.

For a pivot transition, you have to fill in a number of degrees between 1 and 360. It doesn't matter if you don't know the exact number of degrees -- you can adjust it by rotating the second form of your transition. You do have to check the box for clockwise or leave it unchecked for counter-clockwise pivots.

There are check boxes for "Use 1st" and "Use 2nd" beside the Pivot radio button. If you are pivoting a form without moving it across the field at the same time, you should choose "Use 1st". That way, the position of the rotation point of the form you are coming FROM, determines the pivot point. The rotation point of the second form doesn't matter.

If you want to do a complex pivot transition where you move a shape down the field as you are rotating it, then you can check both boxes to use the rotation points of both the source and target forms.






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>> Field Artist Help >> Dialogs >> Forms Dialogs

Sort Cast On Form Dialog

This dialog comes from the Sort Cast menu command on the Forms menu.

ID -- sorts the cast members by their ID numbers

Last position -- sorts the members by their order on the previous form.

Next position -- sorts the members by their order on the next form.

Last Horizontal -- sorts the members by their previous horizontal position on the field.

Last vertical -- sorts the members by their previous vertical position on the field.

Last Layout -- this sort works in the following way: It first finds the 2 people on the form who are the farthest apart in the previous picture. It then chooses one of those people to become the first member in the sort, and continues on adding the person closest to him, then the person closest to that person, and so on. This is useful for sorting people coming from more than one formation, where neither the vertical nor the horizontal sort will give good results.

Shortest Path -- this sort works by repositioning each cast member so that they have the shortest possible path to follow from the previous form. This sort is especially useful for transitions where the shape changes radically, for example when going from a circle to a square block. Note that this sort does not give perfect results, because each person greedily attempts to find their shortest possible path, which may force other people to assume a path which is longer than necessary. So usually it is going to be necessary for you to manually reorder some people on the target formation after using this sort.

To reverse the results of a sort, use the Reverse Cast command on the Forms menu.






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>> Field Artist Help >> Dialogs >> Forms Dialogs

Forms List Dialog

This dialog allows you to see a list of all the forms in your show.





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>> Field Artist Help >> Dialogs >> Forms Dialogs

Form Properties Dialog

This dialog comes from the Properties item on the Forms menu, or the Properties item on the Form Popup menu ( right click on a form ).

On this form you can change the color, outline color, shape, spacing, and other properties of the form.

You cannot change the current step of the form by using the Formation Properties. Instead, use the Insert / Delete Steps dialog.

You can, however, change the ending step of the form. This is to create forms which persist over several steps ( useful for representing flat props ).

Names for forms are optional.

Any shape form that is a closed shape can become a block by checking the block check box. The cast members are spaced to fill the available space inside the shape, according to the spacing you provide.

The "Tension" item applies to curves. Bezier Curves are gravitationally attracted to their control points. The higher the tension factor, the closer they stick to their control points. To make sharper curves, enter a higher number. To make gentler curves, enter a smaller number.

Hermite Curves also respond to the tension factor. The Hermite curve is smoother when the tension number is higher. When the tension number is lower, Hermite Curves are closer to straight lines.






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>> Field Artist Help >> Dialogs >> Forms Dialogs

Split Forms Dialog

This dialog comes from the Forms Split Popup Menu Choice or the Forms Split Menu Choice.

If the forms contain cast members, you can split the forms by the equipment type or the section of the cast members by selecting the "By Equipment" or "By Section" radio buttons.

If you want to split the form into a certain number of forms, select the "By Number" radio button.

To split by number, just enter the number of forms you want to split to, and select the shape from the shape radio buttons. If there are any cast members, they will be divided equally among the resulting forms.






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>> Field Artist Help >> Dialogs >> Forms Dialogs

Create Form From Cast Dialog

This form is invoked from the Create Formation From Selected Cast command.

To create a form from the selected cast members, choose the type of form shape you want and click OK.






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>> Field Artist Help >> Dialogs

Cast Dialogs

                    Select By Equipment Dialog
                    Select Sections Dialog
                    Merge Change List Dialog
                    Add Cast Members Dialog
                    Transition Mode Dialog
                    Add / View Cast Dialog
                    Cast Properties Dialog
                    Define Cast Dialog
                    Cast Change List Dialog
                    Cast Change Library Dialog
                    Cast Member Change Dialog
                    Create Cast Dialog




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>> Field Artist Help >> Dialogs >> Cast Dialogs

Select By Equipment Dialog

This dialog shows a list of the cast uniforms/equipment. You can choose one or more cast equipment types to select.

If you press OK, only those cast members with the equipment you chose will be selected.

To choose more than one equipment type, press the Ctrl key while clicking on the equipment name.

This dialog is invoked from the Select By Equipment Menu Choice






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>> Field Artist Help >> Dialogs >> Cast Dialogs

Select Sections Dialog

This dialog shows a list of the cast sections. You can choose one or more cast sections to select.

Each cast member belongs to a section. You can define sections using the Define Sections Dialog that you invoke from the Sections Options Menu Choice on the Options Menu

If you press OK, only those cast members belonging to the sections you chose will be selected.

To choose more than one section, press the Ctrl key while clicking on the section.

This dialog is invoked from the Select Sections Menu Item






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>> Field Artist Help >> Dialogs >> Cast Dialogs

Merge Change List Dialog

This dialog allows you to choose a cast change list to merge with another cast change list.

For instance, you may have a short uniform change list called "Rifle Toss" . Then you have a cast member whose uniform change list is called "Rifle Number Four".

To add rifle tosses at various points in the show for this cast member, you edit the uniform change list for that cast member and use the Merge button to merge in the "Rifle Toss" list at various points in the show.

This way, you don't have to keep adding every single change for the rifle toss to every cast member who has rifle tosses at different points in the drill.

You invoke this dialog by pressing the Merge button on the Cast Change List Dialog

From this dialog, you also have Add, Change, and Delete buttons that allow you to edit the change list library.






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>> Field Artist Help >> Dialogs >> Cast Dialogs

Add Cast Members Dialog

This dialog allows you to add cast members.

You can fill in the number of cast members you want to add.

If you want to choose properties for the cast members you are adding, press the Properties button.







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>> Field Artist Help >> Dialogs >> Cast Dialogs

Transition Mode Dialog

After you already have created a transition, you may want to change the transition mode from one form to another.

If you select cast members on the ENDING form of a transition, you can change their transition mode using this dialog by choosing the Transition Mode menu item from the Cast menu.

If you change the transition mode to follow, you have to select all the cast members on the form.

You cannot specify the degrees of rotation for a pivot transition on this dialog, because that is determined by the amount of rotation of the ending form. To change the amount of pivot degrees, you have to use the Rotation Tool and rotate the ending form.

For a pivot transition, you have to fill in a number of degrees between 1 and 360. It doesn't matter if you don't know the exact number of degrees -- you can adjust it by rotating the second form of your transition. You do have to check the box for clockwise or leave it unchecked for counter-clockwise pivots.

There are check boxes for "Use 1st" and "Use 2nd" beside the Pivot radio button. If you are pivoting a form without moving it across the field at the same time, you should choose "Use 1st". That way, the position of the rotation point of the form you are coming FROM, determines the pivot point. The rotation point of the second form doesn't matter.

If you want to do a complex pivot transition where you move a shape down the field as you are rotating it, then you can check both boxes to use the rotation points of both the source and target forms.

If you want to change the number of steps a transition should take, use the Insert / Delete steps command.






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>> Field Artist Help >> Dialogs >> Cast Dialogs

Add / View Cast Dialog

This dialog comes from the Add / View Cast menu item on the Cast menu.

You can use this dialog to enter or edit your entire cast, instead of adding cast to a particular form.

You can select existing cast members in the list and change their properties or delete them using the buttons provided.

Cast members that are not assigned to a form on a particular step, appear at the top of the field. You can use the Cast Selection tool to assign cast members to a form.

When you add cast members using this dialog, you can choose to add the new cast to a form automatically. A dialog appears that will allow you to choose the type of form you want to add the new cast memebers to.






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>> Field Artist Help >> Dialogs >> Cast Dialogs

Cast Properties Dialog

This dialog appears from the Properties menu choice on the Cast menu.

If you right click on a cast member with the Cast Selection tool, you can choose Properties on the popup menu to make this dialog appear.

If you want to change properties for multiple cast members, select the cast members and choose Properties from the Cast menu at the top.

A good way to define the names and symbols for your cast is to use the Define Cast Dialog dialog instead of the properties dialog.






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>> Field Artist Help >> Dialogs >> Cast Dialogs

Define Cast Dialog

This dialog is an easy way to define the names and letter symbols for your entire cast.

If a cast member has no letter symbol, they default to the symbol for the section they belong to.

This dialog appears by choosing Define Cast from the Cast menu.

To use the dialog, just type the first and last names of the cast members whose names you want to change. When you press OK, the names of those cast members will be changed.

The letter symbols work the same way. You can change names and letter symbols at the same time.

It does no good to type in section names or ID numbers; those are ignored. You can only change names and symbols in this dialog.






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>> Field Artist Help >> Dialogs >> Cast Dialogs

Cast Change List Dialog

This dialog allows you to define a uniform change list.

A uniform change specifies a uniform and a step of the show on which to change to that uniform. Uniform change lists, contain a list of uniform changes which can then be applied to one or more cast members.

Uniform changes can be used to show flags up or down, horn flashes, and other changes in appearance of cast members.

A uniform change goes into a Uniform Change List.

Use the buttons on this dialog to add, delete, or alter the uniform changes in the list. You have to give the list a name to save it.

Lists of uniform changes then go into a Uniform Change Library.

Each cast member can then be given a uniform change list from the library which will cause that cast member's appearance to change during the show animation.

You can use the Merge button to invoke the Merge Change List Dialog, which allows you to merge the uniform changes for another list into this list. This feature is for adding short change lists like rifle tosses that may occur at more than one point in the show. You create the short list for the rifle toss, and then merge that list into the change lists for the rifle cast members at various points.






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>> Field Artist Help >> Dialogs >> Cast Dialogs

Cast Change Library Dialog

This dialog allows you to define a library uniform change lists.

A uniform change specifies a uniform and a step of the show on which to change to that uniform. Uniform change lists, contain a list of uniform changes which can then be applied to one or more cast members.

Uniform changes can be used to show flags up or down, horn flashes, and other changes in appearance of cast members.

A uniform change goes into a Uniform Change List.

Lists of uniform changes then go into a Uniform Change Library.

Each cast member can then be given a uniform change list from the library which will cause that cast member's appearance to change during the show animation.

Use the buttons on this dialog to add, delete or alter uniform change lists in the library. There is only one library per show, and when you save your show, the library is saved as part of it.







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>> Field Artist Help >> Dialogs >> Cast Dialogs

Cast Member Change Dialog

This dialog allows you to define an animation, uniform change, or equipment change for a cast member.

Animations can include flag and rifle spins and tosses, facing directions for cast members, backwards marching, horn positions, and more.

A uniform change specifies a uniform and a step of the show on which to change to that uniform.

An equipment change specifies an equipment type and a step of the show on which to change to that equipment type.

Uniform and equipment changes can be used to custom animations, and other changes in appearance of cast members that cannot be done with the built in animation types. Uniform and equipment changes only display in the draft 3D view. Animations display in both draft 3D view and True View.

A cast change goes into a Cast Change List.

Lists of cast changes then go into a Cast Change Library.

Each cast member can then be given a cast change list from the library which will cause that cast member's appearance or movement to change during the show animation.

Cast changes can also be accomplished by selecting cast members and using the Apply Cast Changes Menu Choice






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>> Field Artist Help >> Dialogs >> Cast Dialogs

Create Cast Dialog

Use this dialog to create cast where you want to add a certain number of each section.

To create a cast, fill in beside the name of each section the number of cast members to create of that section type.

You can also choose a color for the cast members from each section. To do that, click on the button in the color column and choose a color from the color picker dialog.

The symbols chosen for each cast member will be the symbol defined for each section. If you check the box for "Number Symbols," each person will have a number added to the end of their symbol, for example trumpets symbols would be "T1, T2, T3" etc.

This dialog is invoked from the Create Cast menu item on the Cast menu.






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Common and Miscellaneous Dialogs

These are common function dialogs that are used in different places in the program

                    About Field Artist Dialog
                    Colors Dialog




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About Field Artist Dialog

This dialog displays the version number of Field Artist that you have.

If you click on the link, it will take you to the Raven Labs website if you are online.






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>> Field Artist Help >> Dialogs >> Common and Miscellaneous Dialogs

Colors Dialog

This dialog allows you to change various colors in Field Artist. To get back to the original colors, just press the Defaults button.

To change a color, press the button and use the color dialog provided. The current color displays in the panel beside the button.

The Uniform Colors are used in uniform drawing - they allow you to change uniform colors in one place instead of changing each uniform individually. When drawing uniforms, the uniform color can be chosen from the Shape Properties Dialog






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Animation Dialogs

These are dialogs having to do with show animation

                    Count Marker Dialog
                    Song Count Map Dialog
                    Edit View Changes Dialog
                    Go To Step Dialog
                    Music Dialog
                    Song Dialog
                    Video Dialog




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>> Field Artist Help >> Dialogs >> Animation Dialogs

Count Marker Dialog

This dialog allows you to enter a count marker for a song you want to synchronize to.

The elapsed time in seconds is filled in automatically by the Media Player. You have to fill in the number of counts reached at that point in the song. This should be the song count, not the show count.

You invoke this dialog from the Song Count Map Dialog






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>> Field Artist Help >> Dialogs >> Animation Dialogs

Song Count Map Dialog

This dialog allows you to enter count maps for songs in your show. Field Artist can synchronize to wav files, mp3 files, and other media that are playable by the Windows Media Player. A count map is needed to keep the marching synchronized to the counts in the music.

You invoke this dialog from the Song Dialog after you have entered the path for the song you want to play. You only need a count map if you are using the Media Player to play the song.

You have to have Windows Media Player installed on your computer for this feature to work.

To build a count map, use the Media Player controls to play the song and click the Add button to add a count marker at important points.

You always have to add one count marker for the end of the song. Let the player play the song to then end, then click the Add button. Here you should enter the total number of counts in the song. The dialog itself will enter in the elapsed time in seconds as counted by the Media Player.

In addition, you can add markers at various points in the song in case the tempo of the performance tends to drift.

When playing the song in the media player, you will see the elapsed seconds displayed on the dialog. When you click the Add button, the song playback stops and the Count Marker Dialog is invoked with the elapsed time filled in. You have to then fill in the count of the song that you were on when you clicked Add. This is the song count, not the show count.

To help you total the counts in the song, there are some buttons: Count, 4 Counts, and Clear. A counter is displayed near the media player controls. You click Clear to clear the counter, Count to increment it by 1 count, and 4 Counts to increment it by 4 counts.

If you want to delete a count marker you have already entered, select it in the list and use the Delete button.

If you want to change an existing count marker, select it in the list and click Change. You can only change the count. If you want to enter a different time, you have to erase that count marker and use the media player to seek or play to the point in time where you want to add the count marker. You will see the elapsed time change as the song plays.

You have to include at least one count marker for the end of the song. Other count markers are optional. You should include count markers at the END of every section that has a constant tempo. Where the tempo changes, add a marker there. You can include other more frequent count markers as needed if the tempo of the song tends to drift. Never enter a count marker on count 0, because count markers are added at the END of every section that has a constant tempo.

If you press the Play button on the dialog instead of the play button on the media player control, there will be a 2 second delay before the song plays. This is to allow you to position the mouse if you are going to use the count buttons to total your song counts.

As a shortcut for adding tempo markers, there are some other buttons called "Auto 4", "Auto 8", et cetera. When you click these buttons it increments the counter by the number indicated and adds a count marker for the current elapsed time of the song. These should be used only while the song is playing.






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>> Field Artist Help >> Dialogs >> Animation Dialogs

Edit View Changes Dialog

This dialog is displayed by clicking the Edit View Changes Menu Item on the Animate menu.

You can see the existing view changes for your show in the list.

To delete a view change, select it and click the Delete button.

To clear the entire list, click the Clear button.






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>> Field Artist Help >> Dialogs >> Animation Dialogs

Go To Step Dialog

This dialog comes from the Go To Step menu item.

Just fill in the step number you want to go to and press OK.






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>> Field Artist Help >> Dialogs >> Animation Dialogs

Music Dialog

This dialog comes from the Music choice on the Animation menu.

It has a list of songs in your show.

You can add, change or delete songs by using the buttons provided.

For songs that use the internal MIDI player, you should create your MIDI files with a resolution ( ticks per beat ) of 256 or less. Higher resolutions can play incorrectly.

MIDI files, wav files, mp3 files, and many other types of audio files can be used by playing them using the built in Windows Media Player. You can choose the type of playback you want for each song on the Song Dialog






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>> Field Artist Help >> Dialogs >> Animation Dialogs

Song Dialog

This dialog is invoked from the Music Dialog when adding or changing a song.

You use this dialog to enter a song name for your show. Just enter the starting step, number of counts, and the name.

You can browse for a MIDI file or an audio file for the song, but you do not have to include music files for your song names if you don't want to. Even if you don't have music files, it is still useful to know where your songs begin and end when you are writing your show.

You have a choice to play your MIDI files using the internal MIDI player, or the built in Media Player. The Media Player works as long as you have Windows Media Player installed on your computer. You should check the radio button on the song dialog to indicate whether is is going to use the MIDI player or the Media Player.

If using the MIDI player, you should create your MIDI files with a resolution ( ticks per beat ) of 256 or less. Higher resolutions can play incorrectly.

The Media Player can play MIDI files, wav files, mp3 files, and many other kinds of audio.

If using the Media Player to play a song, you have to click on the Count Map button to enter a count map. This button invokes the Song Count Map Dialog which allows you to play the song and stop at various points to enter step counts for the corresponding elapsed time.






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>> Field Artist Help >> Dialogs >> Animation Dialogs

Video Dialog

This dialog is invoked from the Animate Video Menu Choice on the Animation menu.

From this dialog, you can create an AVI video file of your currently open show.

You will see a list of the existing videos you have created. You can select an existing video from the list and play it or delete it.

To play video on your computer, you have to have a video player such as Real Networks or Windows Media Player installed.

The list of existing videos gives the file path for each video you have created. If you upload a video to YouTube, you will have to browse to the file path for your video to upload the video file.

When you create video for a show, any view changes that exist for the show will be incorporated into the video.

To fit within YouTube size limits, you may have to make a video of smaller dimensions. The width and height of your video will be determined by the width and height of your Field Artist screen.

So, to make smaller video files, you can first make your Field Artist screen smaller ( by dragging the corner of the window ) and this will produce smaller files.

You can also adjust the amount of compression in your video files by using the scroll bar on the video options dialog. This dialog will appear just before your video is created. You can choose from a list of compression formats. It is recommended that you choose "Windows Video 1" from the list.






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>> Field Artist Help >> Dialogs

View Dialogs

These are dialogs having to do with your view of the show

                    Comment Dialog
                    Comments Dialog
                    Show Tree View Dialog
                    Draw Uniforms Dialog
                    Title Page Dialog




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>> Field Artist Help >> Dialogs >> View Dialogs

Comment Dialog

This dialog appears from the Comments dialog ( list ).

This dialog will allow you to add text and specify the step on which the comment should appear.

You can only add a comment to a step of the show where a picture appears, so specify the step by choosing a picture from the list.

To change a comment, double click on it in the list, or select a comment in the list and press Change.






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>> Field Artist Help >> Dialogs >> View Dialogs

Comments Dialog

This dialog appears from the Comments menu item on the View menu.

It shows a list of the comments in your show. To delete a comment, select it in the list and press Delete.

To add a new comment, press Add and you will see a Comment Dialog. This dialog will allow you to add text and specify the step on which the comment should appear.

You can only add a comment to a step of the show where a picture appears, so specify the step by choosing a picture from the list.

To change a comment, double click on it in the list, or select a comment in the list and press Change.






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>> Field Artist Help >> Dialogs >> View Dialogs

Show Tree View Dialog

This dialog shows a tree view of your show. It comes from the View Tree View menu item.





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>> Field Artist Help >> Dialogs >> View Dialogs

Draw Uniforms Dialog

Thsi dialog is shown when you choose the Draw Uniforms item from the View menu.

This puts you in Uniforms Drawing mode, in which you can only do certain actions that pertain to drawing uniforms. To get out of Uniforms Drawing mode, either press the End button on the dialog or, select the Draw Uniforms menu choice again to uncheck it. This gets you back into normal mode.

In this mode, the dialog is shown at the right while a drawing area containing the current uniform is show at the left.

You can draw the uniform using the same tools and techniques that you use to draw forms on the field.

When you are finished with your changes to the uniform drawing, use the Save button to save the changes to the current uniform.

When you select a name of a uniform in the list box, that uniform becomes the current one and its drawing appears in the drawing area on the left. The history panels at the top will show small pictures of the uniforms, and clicking on one of the panels will take you to that uniform. Click the arrow buttons to the left or right of the panels to show more uniforms.

To start a completely new uniform, press the new button to clear the drawing area. You have to give the uniform a name in order to save it into the list.

To copy a uniform, click on that uniform in the list to bring it up, and then type a new name in the name field and click Save. This will cause a copy of that uniform to be saved with a different name. This is important to know when you want to make a new uniform that is similar to an existing one.

You cannot change the name of a uniform by typing a new name in the name field. What happens when you save the uniform is that it will create a new uniform with that name and the old one will remain. You can, however, delete the old uniform name after doing this.

The bounds guide check box lets you create a body boundary rectangle for your uniform. If you check the Bounds Guide, the dotted rectangle appears. Resize the rectangle so it just contains the cast members head, feet, and both shoulders.

Whenever you change the uniform, it is important to adjust the sides of the bounds guide rectangle so it enclosed the head, feet, and shoulders of the cast member. This will make sure the cast member is displayed at the right size and position.

Always make sure to click the Save button when you have changed a uniform.

Click on the End button to get out of uniforms mode.

When you save your show, the uniforms are saved as part of the show. If you want to save your uniforms separately to use later in a different show, you can use the Save Uniforms command on the File menu.

Drawing Uniforms






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>> Field Artist Help >> Dialogs >> View Dialogs

Title Page Dialog

This dialog allows you to store information about your show.

All you do is enter the information you want to store. All fields are optional. When you save your show, the information you entered is saved with the show.

This dialog comes from the View Title Page Menu Choice

When printing a show, you can check the box on the Print Options Dialog which will cause the information you entered on the Title Page dialog to be printed as a title page before your drill charts.






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>> Field Artist Help >> Dialogs

Options Dialogs

These are dialogs for setting up options in the program.

                    Password Protect Show Dialog
                    Enter Show Password Dialog
                    Step Instruction Reference Dialog
                    Step Reference Defaults Dialog
                    Print Options Dialog
                    Step Instruction Options Dialog
                    Animation Options Dialog
                    Field Options Dialog
                    Sections Dialog
                    Midi Device Dialog
                    View Options Dialog
                    Uniform Designer Dialog
                    Flag Designer Dialog
                    TrueViewOptionsDialog




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>> Field Artist Help >> Dialogs >> Options Dialogs

Password Protect Show Dialog

This dialog allows you to password protect your show.

You might want to password protect a show if you are storing it on your Field Artist Central web site. This allows users to preview the show but not print or save it. You might do this if you want to allow users to preview a show that you are offering for sale.

When you password protect your show, certain actions are restricted unless the user first enters a password. Users cannot save the show cast or uniforms, print the show, or alter the password protection unless the password is entered first.

To password protect the show, enter the password and then enter it again to confirm it. Passwords can contain only letters and numerals.

When you password protect a show, you have to remember the password (write it down) or you wont be able to save your show. It is a good idea to use the Save As command so you can save your show to a new file. That way, you will have a non-password protected copy of the show, in case you forget the password.

If you want to remove password protection from a show, check the box that says "Remove Password Protection". You have to enter the show password before you can remove password protection.






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>> Field Artist Help >> Dialogs >> Options Dialogs

Enter Show Password Dialog

This dialog appears when users try to save or print a password protected show. If you invoke the Password Protect Show Menu Item, this dialog also appears.

You have to enter the password and click OK to continue.






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Step Instruction Reference Dialog

This dialog comes from the Step Instruction Options dialog. You see this dialog when you are adding or changing an item on the list of step instruction references.

The step instructions you can print for cast members give the exact position of the cast member on every picture. This position is expressed in terms of the cast member's offset from the nearest vertical and horizontal references.

On the dialog, you can enter a name and offset position for the step reference. The reference can be either vertical or horizontal. The offsets for vertical references are measured from the left side of the field. The offsets for horizontal references are measure from the top of the field.

You can choose the units you want to use to enter the offset in either inches, steps, yards, or feet.

The display label is the label that is drawn on the field for this reference. Only vertical references can hae display labels. In practice, this is used to display the yard line numbers for vertical yard lines which are used as step references. However you can make the display label anything you want.







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>> Field Artist Help >> Dialogs >> Options Dialogs

Step Reference Defaults Dialog

This dialog appears when you press the defaults button on the Step Instruction Options Dialog to set default step references for your show.

The dialog lets you choose what kind of field you are writing your show for. The default step references for that kind of field will then be added when you click OK.

You can edit your step references further after choosing defaults, but these choices can give you a good starting point if you have changed the field dimensions for your show.

The choices you have correspond to the default field options available from the Field Options Dialog.

The regulation football field corresponds to the regulation dimensions and markings for a high school football field. The ideal football field is an idealized representation which has the field height set to 84 steps of 22.5 inches and the hash marks are 28 steps apart. This is more usual for designing marching band shows.






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>> Field Artist Help >> Dialogs >> Options Dialogs

Print Options Dialog

This dialog comes up whenever you are printing.

If you use the File Print Menu Choice on the File menu, this dialog will appear.

Just check the radio button for the type of item you want to print.

You can't print uniforms unless you are in Uniforms Mode. This happens when you have chosen the Draw Uniforms Menu Choice from the view menu.

When in Uniform Mode, you can't print the show pictures. You have to exit from uniforms mode to print show pictures.

The cast list, forms list, and step instructions don't print directly to a printer. Instead they save to a document and then display the document in whatever document viewing application is installed on your computer. Usually this will be Word, Wordpad, or Notepad. You can then make any editing changes you want to the document and print it from there.






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Step Instruction Options Dialog

The step instructions you can print for cast members give the exact position of the cast member on every picture. This position is expressed in terms of the cast member's offset from the nearest vertical and horizontal references.

The default step instruction references are for a regulation football field. If you click the defaults button it reverts to these standard default reference points.

If you want to, you can define your own reference points. Use the buttons to add, delete or change items in the list of reference points.






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Animation Options Dialog

This dialog comes from the Animation Options Menu Choice

This dialog is used to change the tempo of the internal timer which is used to set the speed of animation when not synching to a MIDI file.

You can also set the default form spacing, default step size and the maximum step size here. Fixed spacing for individual forms can also be set on the Form Properties Dialog

The "Play Songs" check box allows you to turn off music play. If you uncheck the "Play Songs" check box, your show music won't play. Check the box to play songs you have included in the show.

The maximum step size is used to determine whether your paths should display in red when showing the transition paths from one picture to the next. When the maximum step size is exceeded on a transition, the paths show in red. Then you can use the Insert / Delete Steps Menu Choice to insert more steps as needed.

If you enter a new value into Highest Step, you can increase the number of steps in your show.






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>> Field Artist Help >> Dialogs >> Options Dialogs

Field Options Dialog

This dialog comes from the Field Menu item on the Options menu.

Use this dialog to define the shape and size of your field and the spacing of lines on the field.

You can specify your units in inches, yards, meters, feet, or steps. To change to a different type of units, just check the radio button. Existing measurements will be converted to the new units.

There are default field types available for regulation football, indoor guard, and others. To revert to a default field type, check the radio button for that default field type.

The regulation football field corresponds to the regulation dimensions and markings for a high school football field. The ideal football field is an idealized representation which has the field height set to 84 steps of 22.5 inches and the hash marks are 28 steps apart. This is more usual for designing marching band shows.

When printing step instructions, the coordinates for each position are given in terms of offsets from the nearest reference point ( hash mark, field line, sidelines ). The default ones match the dimensions of a regulation football field. So if you change to another type of field it is very important to change your step instruction reference points, or else the step instructions that are printed will not match the lines on the field. Do this by using the Step Instruction Reference Dialog

On the top portion of the Field Options dialog, specify the width and height of the field. The border is the blank portion on the top and sides of the field. if you have a nearly square field, define the border so the field remains visible in the window.

If you have a long field such as a parade, define it with longer width rather than a longer height. This will make it scale better in your window.

You can define lines and hash marks for your field. You get 8 possible types of lines, each of which repeats the length or width of the field at the spacing you specify. You can specify vertical lines or horizontal lines by checking or unchecking the Vertical check box. You can also specify the weight ( thickness ) and color of each line, and whether it is dashed, dotted, or both.

For hash marks, you get 4 marks which may repeat. Check the repeat box for each hash mark to make it repeat. You can specify the horizontal and vertical coordinates of the hash mark ( it will be centered on these coordinates ) and the length. You can also specify the weight ( thickness ) Hash marks are always drawn horizontally. Repeating hash marks repeat horizontally according to the horizontal interval you specify.

When defining hash marks and lines, make sure you check the Visible check box for each one you want to see. Uncheck the box to hide the line.






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>> Field Artist Help >> Dialogs >> Options Dialogs

Sections Dialog

This dialog comes from the Sections menu item on the Options command.

Your new show starts with default section names and symbols. You can accept these, edit them or add new ones of your own choosing. You can define as many sections as you want.

You can make the sections more or less detailed depending on your needs. For instance, you could have different sections for Baritones, Tubas, Trumpets, Trombones and Mellophone, each with its own equipment defined. Or instead, you could choose to have one section for upper brass and one section for lower brass, each with its own default uniforms and equipment. Then within each cast member, you can choose to let them use the default uniforms and equipment for their section, or override the section values and choose their own uniforms and equipment.







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Midi Device Dialog

Some computer systems have more than one MIDI driver installed.

If you want to play MIDI, you may have to use this dialog to choose the MIDI driver you want to use.

Just select the driver in the list box and press OK.

This dialog comes from the MIDI Device Options Menu Choice

The driver chosen in this box only affects the internal MIDI player. It does not affect playback using the Media Player.






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>> Field Artist Help >> Dialogs >> Options Dialogs

View Options Dialog

This dialog comes from the View item on the Options menu.

It allows you to change various options about how cast members, paths, drawing grids, etc. display on your field.

If you hover your mouse over each element on this dialog, a note will appear describing what the element is for.

The options on the dialog are divided into sections which group them together according to similar function.

Here is a description of what the options do, grouped by area:

Cast Captions

Show Cast Captions: check this box if you want to show a caption beside each cast member on the field. This is a caption that goes next to the cast member, it is distinct from the ability to display the cast members themselves as letter symbols.

As Index: choose this radio button if you want to display each cast caption as their numeric index on a form.

As Symbol: choose this radio button if you want to display each member's caption as their letter symbol which can be assigned in the Cast Properties Dialog

As ID Number: Field Artist assigns a unique ID number to each cast member you create. Choose this radio button if you want that ID number to display as the caption.

Caption Font: click this button to choose a font style for your captions.

Caption Size: enter a larger or smaller number in this box to control the caption size for your cast members.

Drawing Grid

Grid Inches: enter the number of inches you want the grid size to be. The grid will display as a dot ever X inches on the field.

Show Grid: check this box if you want to display the drawing grid.

Snap To Grid: check this box if you want to have your forms snap to the grid when you are drawing.

Cast Appearance

Show Cast As Symbols: check this box if instead of showing your cast members as squares in 2D, you want to show the letter symbols. You can define letter symbols for each cast member in the Cast Properties Dialog or in the Define Cast Dialog

Symbol Background: check this box if you want to include a background behind your letter symbols for cast members.

Symbol Font: click this button to choose a font style for your cast members when displaying them as symbols.

Letter Symbol Size: this number controls the size of the letter symbols used when you are displaying cast members as letter symbols.

New cast size: the default width in inches for cast members you create is 22.5 inches. Enter a different value in this box to affect the default width for new cast members you create. This does not affect cast members you have already created.

Cast Outline Width: this controls the thickness of the outline around each cast member when you are displaying them as squares.

Sideline The Homeless: If this checkbox is checked, people who do not have a next place to be will always be put on the sideline. If the box is not checked, people who do not have a next place to be will stick in whatever formation they were on a previous step. This can make show writing more convenient. People who have no assignments on any formation past or future, will always be placed on the sideline.

Smooth Lines ( slower ): If this box is checked, the display draws cleaner, with less jagged lines. It does make the program run slower though, so if you are experiencing sluggishness, uncheck this option.

Forms

Size Handle Size: this number controls the size of the drawing handles you use when editing forms.

Point Handle Size: this number controls the size of Point Handles used when drawing forms.

Show Paths: check this box if you want to see the path each cast member has followed from the previous form.

Show Future Paths: check this box if you want to see the path each cast member will follow to the next form.

New Form Line Width: this number controls the line thickness of new forms that you draw. It does not affect existing forms.

Show Forms In 3D: check this box if you want your forms to be displayed when you are viewing the show in 3D.

Show While Animating: check this box if you want forms to be displayed when you are viewing the animated show.

Show When Printing: if this box is checked, form lines appear on your printouts. If not, the form lines do not appear on printouts.






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>> Field Artist Help >> Dialogs >> Options Dialogs

Uniform Designer Dialog

This dialog is invoked from the True View Options dialog. It allows you to customize the appearance of uniforms in the True View window.





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>> Field Artist Help >> Dialogs >> Options Dialogs

Flag Designer Dialog

This dialog is invoked from the True View Options dialog. It allows you to customize the appearance of flags in the True View window.





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TrueViewOptionsDialog

This dialog allows you to enter settings which influence the appearance of the True View window.

From this dialog you can also access the Uniform Designer and Flag Designer which allow you to customize the appearance of uniforms and flags in TrueView.

You can invoke this dialog from the True View Options menu item on the Options menu.






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>> Field Artist Help >> Dialogs

Edit Dialogs

These are dialogs having to do with editing the show

                    Shape Properties Dialog
                    Tape Measure Result Dialog
                    Text Note Dialog
                    Insert / Delete Steps Dialog




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>> Field Artist Help >> Dialogs >> Edit Dialogs

Shape Properties Dialog

This dialog is displayed when you right click on a shape in Uniforms Drawing Mode and choose Properties from the menu, or when you select multiple shapes and choose Properties from the Shapes Menu on the main menu.

The dialog allows you to change the type of the selected shape, as well as its colors, outline thickness, etc.

The Uniform Colors drop down on the shape properties dialog allows you to choose a pre-defined uniform color for the shape you are drawing. The pre-defined uniform colors can be viewed or changed by going to the Colors Dialog on the Options Menu. If you do not want to use a pre-defined uniform color for the shape you are drawing, choose "None - Use Fill Color" and the shape will be filled with the color you choose from the Color dialog from the Fill Color button.

The advantage of using pre-defined uniform colors is that, if you decide to change your uniform colors later on, you can change them in one place ( the Colors Dialog ) instead of having to change every single uniform.






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>> Field Artist Help >> Dialogs >> Edit Dialogs

Tape Measure Result Dialog

This dialog appears when you have double-clicked to end a measurement using the Tape Measure tool.

It displays the length of the path you measured, in inches, feet, steps, and yards.






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>> Field Artist Help >> Dialogs >> Edit Dialogs

Text Note Dialog

This dialog comes from using the Text Note tool.

To add a text note to a step, choose the Text Note tool from the toolbar, and then double click to view the Text Note dialog.

You can type in the text for the note you want to add, and choose a font, color and size for the note.

If you want the note to appear for more than just one step, you can fill in an end step.

If you check the check box for Fixed Position, the text note will always stay in the same relative position in the window, regardless of how you pan and zoom the field. If you do not check the fixed position text box, the note is affixed to a position on your show field, and the note moves when you move the field. Notes with the Fixed Position attribute display in 3D mode, but others do not.






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>> Field Artist Help >> Dialogs >> Edit Dialogs

Insert / Delete Steps Dialog

This dialog comes from the Insert / Delete Steps Menu Choice.

To use this dialog, first select the radio button for either inserting or deleting steps. Enter the number of steps you want to insert or delete.

The dialog defaults to the current step when it comes up.
If you want a different step, you have to enter the step before which you want to insert or delete steps.

Instead of typing in the number of the step, you can select a picture from the list of pictures provided on the dialog and the step number of that picture will be entered automatically.






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>> Field Artist Help >> Dialogs

Online Dialogs

These are dialogs having to do with internet functions of the program

                    Settings Dialog
                    Online Validate Dialog
                    Publish Show Dialog




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>> Field Artist Help >> Dialogs >> Online Dialogs

Settings Dialog

This dialog lets you change some parameters that affect the operation of Field Artist online.

If your online operations are timing out too often, you can increase the timeout value here.







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>> Field Artist Help >> Dialogs >> Online Dialogs

Online Validate Dialog

Invoke this dialog from the Online Validate Menu Item

This dialog lets you enter your usename and password to validate your software features and check for new versions that are available.

Your username and password are picked by you when you create a free account on the Field Artist Central website.

Trial users need an account, too. When you buy the software your account level is set to full user which enables all the software features.






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>> Field Artist Help >> Dialogs >> Online Dialogs

Publish Show Dialog

This dialog lets you publish your show online on our web site where it can be viewed using our online player.





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>> Field Artist Help

Toolbar Buttons

The toolbar is the horizontal row of buttons right under the main menu, near the top. From here you can choose the viewing, drawing and selecting tools which allow you to do most of your work in Field Artist.

The toolbar buttons are more or less grouped into functional areas, which are described below.

If you hover your mouse pointer over each toolbar button, a description of what it is for will appear.

A lot of the toolbar buttons have menu choices that correspond to them. Some of those menu choices have keyboard shortcuts. You can always tell the keyboard shortcut for a menu command by looking beside it on the menu. Menu items that have keyboard shortcuts will have the shortcut spelled out beside the name.

If a menu command has a shortcut, you can invoke it just by pressing the key. Make sure the Field Artist window has the focus when you do that. For the toolbar buttons that have corresponding menu choices, you can press the key shortcut if it exists, instead of pressing the button.


                    Selection And Editing Toolbar Buttons
                    Drawing Shapes Toolbar Buttons
                    Animation Toolbar Buttons
                    View Toolbar Buttons
                    Help Toolbar Button




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>> Field Artist Help >> Toolbar Buttons

Selection And Editing Toolbar Buttons

These buttons help you to move cast and forms around the screen, edit and change forms, and make measurements.

If you hover your mouse pointer over each toolbar button, a description of what it is for will appear.


                    Select Forms Toolbar Button
                    Rotate Forms Toolbar Button
                    Select Cast Toolbar Button
                    Lasso Toolbar Button
                    Shift Cast Toolbar Button
                    Custom Path Toolbar Button
                    Tape Measure Toolbar Button




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>> Field Artist Help >> Toolbar Buttons >> Selection And Editing Toolbar Buttons

Select Forms Toolbar Button

Clicking this button causes the Forms Selection tool to be the current tool. Your mouse pointer changes to an arrow when in the field view.

This tool is for selecting and moving forms.

Related topics:

Selecting Forms






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>> Field Artist Help >> Toolbar Buttons >> Selection And Editing Toolbar Buttons

Rotate Forms Toolbar Button

Click this button to get a tool for Rotating Forms

In uniform drawing mode, you can also use this tool to rotate drawing shapes, but only if they are polygons.

Click this link for more about rotating forms.






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>> Field Artist Help >> Toolbar Buttons >> Selection And Editing Toolbar Buttons

Select Cast Toolbar Button

Click this toolbar button to choose a tool for Selecting Cast Members





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>> Field Artist Help >> Toolbar Buttons >> Selection And Editing Toolbar Buttons

Lasso Toolbar Button

Use this button to choose the Lasso tool. This tool allows you to select cast members by drawwing a path around them. The cast members on the inside of the path you draw will become selected.

Click in an open area to deselect all the cast.

To use the Lasso, draw a path with the lasso tool which encloses the people you want to select. This is useful for selecting odd groups of people that do not fit well within a box. To draw a shape with the lasso tool, either drag the mouse or make a series of single clicks. You can combine drags and single clicks. Always use double click to finish.

For more information, see Selecting Cast Members






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>> Field Artist Help >> Toolbar Buttons >> Selection And Editing Toolbar Buttons

Shift Cast Toolbar Button

This button selects a tool that allows you to shift the position of cast members on a form.

To use the tool, click and drag on the cast members along the outline of the form they are assigned to.






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>> Field Artist Help >> Toolbar Buttons >> Selection And Editing Toolbar Buttons

Custom Path Toolbar Button

This button gives you a tool that is used to draw custom paths.

A custom path is a path you can define which a cast member follows from one picture to the next.

To use the custom path tool, you must be on a picture that has some ending forms for some cast members who are in custom path transition mode.






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>> Field Artist Help >> Toolbar Buttons >> Selection And Editing Toolbar Buttons

Tape Measure Toolbar Button

Choosing this button allows you to draw a polygon anywhere on the field.

To draw, either make a series of single clicks, or click and drag to draw continuously.

Double click to end your line.

If you want to draw a single line, click once for the beginning, then double click for the end.

When you double click, a small dialog pops up which tells you the length of the path you drew, in inches, steps, feet, and yards.






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>> Field Artist Help >> Toolbar Buttons

Drawing Shapes Toolbar Buttons

These buttons let you draw forms.

If you hover your mouse pointer over each toolbar button, a description of what it is for will appear.


                    Draw Line Toolbar Button
                    Draw Ellipse Toolbar Button
                    Draw Rectangle Toolbar Button
                    Draw Bezier Curve Toolbar Button
                    Draw Hermite Curve Toolbar Button
                    Draw Closed Polygon Toolbar Button
                    Draw Polygon Toolbar Button
                    Draw Arc Toolbar Button
                    Draw Arc 2 Toolbar Button
                    Text Note Toolbar Button




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>> Field Artist Help >> Toolbar Buttons >> Drawing Shapes Toolbar Buttons

Draw Line Toolbar Button

Use this tool bar to choose a tool which can draw lines





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>> Field Artist Help >> Toolbar Buttons >> Drawing Shapes Toolbar Buttons

Draw Ellipse Toolbar Button

Use this tool bar to choose a tool which can draw ellipses





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>> Field Artist Help >> Toolbar Buttons >> Drawing Shapes Toolbar Buttons

Draw Rectangle Toolbar Button

Use this tool bar to choose a tool which can draw rectangles





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>> Field Artist Help >> Toolbar Buttons >> Drawing Shapes Toolbar Buttons

Draw Bezier Curve Toolbar Button

Use this tool bar to choose a tool which can draw Bezier curves





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>> Field Artist Help >> Toolbar Buttons >> Drawing Shapes Toolbar Buttons

Draw Hermite Curve Toolbar Button

Use this tool bar to choose a tool which can draw Hermite curves





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>> Field Artist Help >> Toolbar Buttons >> Drawing Shapes Toolbar Buttons

Draw Closed Polygon Toolbar Button

Use this tool bar to choose a tool which can draw closed polygons





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>> Field Artist Help >> Toolbar Buttons >> Drawing Shapes Toolbar Buttons

Draw Polygon Toolbar Button

Use this tool bar to choose a tool which can draw polygons





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>> Field Artist Help >> Toolbar Buttons >> Drawing Shapes Toolbar Buttons

Draw Arc Toolbar Button

Use this tool bar to choose a tool which can draw arcs





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>> Field Artist Help >> Toolbar Buttons >> Drawing Shapes Toolbar Buttons

Draw Arc 2 Toolbar Button

Use this tool bar to choose a tool which can draw the Arc 2





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>> Field Artist Help >> Toolbar Buttons >> Drawing Shapes Toolbar Buttons

Text Note Toolbar Button

Use this tool bar to choose a tool which can add text notes to your picture.

Double click anywhere on the field to get the Text Note Dialog, which allows you to enter the text and properties for your text note.

You can move existing text notes around the field by clicking and dragging them with the text note tool.

If you single click on a text note, it will become selected, and you can delete it using the delete key.






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>> Field Artist Help >> Toolbar Buttons

Animation Toolbar Buttons

These buttons let you animate your show, or just go to a different step or a different picture.

If you hover your mouse pointer over each toolbar button, a description of what it is for will appear.


                    Previous Picture Toolbar Button
                    Next Picture Toolbar Button
                    Step Back Toolbar Button
                    Step Forward Toolbar Button
                    Rewind Toolbar Button
                    Stop Toolbar Button
                    Play Toolbar Button




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>> Field Artist Help >> Toolbar Buttons >> Animation Toolbar Buttons

Previous Picture Toolbar Button

This button takes the show to the previous picture.





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>> Field Artist Help >> Toolbar Buttons >> Animation Toolbar Buttons

Next Picture Toolbar Button

This button takes the show to the next picture.





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>> Field Artist Help >> Toolbar Buttons >> Animation Toolbar Buttons

Step Back Toolbar Button

This toolbar button looks like a foot pointing left. It brings the show one step backward.





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>> Field Artist Help >> Toolbar Buttons >> Animation Toolbar Buttons

Step Forward Toolbar Button

This toolbar button looks like a foot. It advances the show by one step.





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>> Field Artist Help >> Toolbar Buttons >> Animation Toolbar Buttons

Rewind Toolbar Button

This button takes you back to the beginning of the show and then stops.





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>> Field Artist Help >> Toolbar Buttons >> Animation Toolbar Buttons

Stop Toolbar Button

This button stops the animation and song playback.





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>> Field Artist Help >> Toolbar Buttons >> Animation Toolbar Buttons

Play Toolbar Button

This button begins the animation. If you are on a step in your show that has a midi or audio song, it will start the song at the proper point for the current step, and synchronize in time with the music playback. If no midi or audio song exists for the current step, it will synchronize to the internal timer. You can change the speed of the internal timer on the Animation Options Dialog





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>> Field Artist Help >> Toolbar Buttons

View Toolbar Buttons

These buttons change your view of the field.

If you hover your mouse pointer over each toolbar button, a description of what it is for will appear.


                    Slide View Toolbar Button
                    Zoom In Toolbar Button
                    Zoom Out Toolbar Button
                    Zoom Normal Toolbar Button
                    Zoom Select Toolbar Button
                    3D View Toolbar Button
                    Overview Toolbar Button




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>> Field Artist Help >> Toolbar Buttons >> View Toolbar Buttons

Slide View Toolbar Button

If you choose this toolbar button, it changes your mouse pointer to a tool that looks like the four-headed arrow on the button.

To slide your view of the field around, touch the main view panel at any point and click and drag. You can slide the view by doing this. When you are zoomed in, this allows you to pan to different parts of the view without using the scroll bars.

If you use your right mouse button instead of the left mouse button with this tool, it allows you to change the height and rotation of the 3D view without usng the height and rotation panels. This only works in 3D mode. You hold down the right mouse button and move the mouse from side to side in order to rotate the 3D view. You hold down the right mouse button and move the mouse up and down to change the 3D view height.

If you hold down the shift key and the left mouse button and move the mouse, you can zoom your view in or out using the Slide View tool. to zoom in, move the mouse right and/or down while holding down the shift key and the left mouse button. To zoom out, move the mouse up and/or left while holding down the shift key and the left mouse button.

If you double click with the Slide View tool, it zooms you to normal zoom.






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>> Field Artist Help >> Toolbar Buttons >> View Toolbar Buttons

Zoom In Toolbar Button

Click this button to zoom in a small amount. To zoom in further, click the button multiple times.






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>> Field Artist Help >> Toolbar Buttons >> View Toolbar Buttons

Zoom Out Toolbar Button

Click this button to zoom out by a small amount. To zoom out further, click the button multiple times.





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>> Field Artist Help >> Toolbar Buttons >> View Toolbar Buttons

Zoom Normal Toolbar Button

This button returns the field to its normal view after zooming in.

IT also returns the field to its normal orientation if it has been rotated or panned.






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>> Field Artist Help >> Toolbar Buttons >> View Toolbar Buttons

Zoom Select Toolbar Button

If you click this button, you get a tool that lets you drag a box with your mouse pointer in the field view. This causes the view to zoom in to show the area you selected in the box.





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>> Field Artist Help >> Toolbar Buttons >> View Toolbar Buttons

3D View Toolbar Button

This button toggles between the 2D view and the draft 3D view.

The draft 3D view displays cast members with flat uniforms that are always facing the viewer. You can still select and edit forms and select and edit cast members in draft 3D mode.

There is also a True View which is invoked by selecting the View True View Menu Item and which shows dimensional characters in a more realistic environment. You can also press CTRL + X to invoke the True View.






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>> Field Artist Help >> Toolbar Buttons >> View Toolbar Buttons

Overview Toolbar Button

This button toggles between the normal view and the Overview Panel





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>> Field Artist Help >> Toolbar Buttons

Help Toolbar Button

The Help toolbar button is a question mark which brings up this help file.





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>> Field Artist Help

Menus

Menus are commands you can select that are identified by text.

The main menu is near the top of the screen.

There are also popup menus that can appear if you right click on cast members or forms.


                    Main Menu
                    Popup Menus
                    Key Shortcuts




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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus

Main Menu

The main menu is the horizontal menu near the top of the Field Artist application. A lot of commands can only be performed by choosing them from this main menu.

                    File Menu
                    Edit Menu
                    Cast Menu
                    Draw menu
                    Forms Menu
                    Animate Menu
                    View Menu
                    Options Menu
                    Help Menu
                    Shapes Menu
                    Online Menu




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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu

File Menu

                    File Exit Menu Choice
                    File New Menu Choice
                    File Save Menu Choice
                    File Save As Menu Choice
                    File Open Menu Choice
                    File Print Menu Choice
                    File Save Uniforms / Equipment Menu Choice
                    File Open Uniforms / Equipment Menu Choice
                    File Merge Uniforms / Equipment Menu Choice
                    File Default Uniforms Menu Choice
                    File Save Cast Menu Choice
                    File Open Cast Menu Choice
                    File Show Wizard Menu Choice




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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> File Menu

File Exit Menu Choice

This menu item will close the program.





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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> File Menu

File New Menu Choice

This menu item creates a new empty show.





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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> File Menu

File Save Menu Choice

This menu item will save your current show.

When you make a brand new show, you have to do a File Save As Menu Choice command the first time, so you can give the show a name. Each time after that, you can use the Save command ( Ctrl+S ).






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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> File Menu

File Save As Menu Choice

Use this to save a show and give it a new name, or to save a brand new show that does not yet have a name.





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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> File Menu

File Open Menu Choice

Use this command to open an existing show.





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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> File Menu

File Print Menu Choice

Using this command will display the Print Options Dialog, which allows you to choose the kind of items you want to print.





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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> File Menu

File Save Uniforms / Equipment Menu Choice

If you have defined custom uniforms, this command allows you to save them to a file so that you can use them later on in other shows.





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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> File Menu

File Open Uniforms / Equipment Menu Choice

This menu command allows you to open a file containing a set of uniforms that you have previously saved.

If you open a set of uniforms, it replaces any uniforms you have defined in your current show.






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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> File Menu

File Merge Uniforms / Equipment Menu Choice

If you choose this option, you can open a uniforms file and merge it with your current uniforms instead of replacing them.

Where an existing uniform has the same name as a uniform from the file you are opening, the name of the added uniform will have one or more "1"s appended to the end as needed to make all the names unique.






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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> File Menu

File Default Uniforms Menu Choice

This command loads the built-in default uniforms into your current show. If you use this command, any current uniforms you have defined for the current show will be lost.





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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> File Menu

File Save Cast Menu Choice

This menu item allows you to save just the cast for your show. This might be useful if you want to write a different show later using the same cast.

When you save a cast, you are saving the properties for all the cast members, as well as the current uniforms and uniform list library. The section names are also saved.

Your forms are not saved, nor are the cast assignments on the forms.






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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> File Menu

File Open Cast Menu Choice

This command lets you open a cast you have previously saved. If you already have a show with cast, using this command will cause you to lose any cast members in that show, as well as all their form assignements. The cast members you open will not be assigned to any form.

The best time to use this command is if you are writing a brand new show with a cast you have previously defined for another show.






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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> File Menu

File Show Wizard Menu Choice

This menu choice invokes the Show Wizard Dialog. It has several panels you can work through which help you to build a show from scratch.





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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu

Edit Menu

                    Select Forms Tool Menu Choice
                    Rotate Tool Menu Choice
                    Select Cast Tool Menu Choice
                    Lasso Tool Menu Choice
                    Shift Cast Tool Menu Choice
                    Custom Path Tool Menu Choice
                    Tape Measure Menu Choice
                    Undo Menu Choice
                    Redo Menu Choice
                    Insert / Delete Steps Menu Choice
                    Trim To Last Picture




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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> Edit Menu

Select Forms Tool Menu Choice

This menu choice chooses the Forms Selection tool.

It has the same effect as the Select Forms Toolbar Button






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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> Edit Menu

Rotate Tool Menu Choice

This menu choice selects the rotation tool for rotating forms.

It has the same effect as the Rotate Forms Toolbar Button






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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> Edit Menu

Select Cast Tool Menu Choice

This menu choice chooses the cast selection tool. It has the same effect as the Select Cast Toolbar Button





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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> Edit Menu

Lasso Tool Menu Choice

This menu item selects the Lasso tool.

It has the same effect as the Lasso Toolbar Button






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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> Edit Menu

Shift Cast Tool Menu Choice

This menu item selects the Shift Cast tool.

It has the same effect as the Shift Cast Toolbar Button






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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> Edit Menu

Custom Path Tool Menu Choice

This menu choice selects the Custom Path tool.
It has the same effect as the Custom Path Toolbar Button






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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> Edit Menu

Tape Measure Menu Choice

This menu item selects the tape measure tool.

It has the same effect as the Tape Measure Toolbar Button






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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> Edit Menu

Undo Menu Choice

This menu choice will undo the most recent action that can be undone.





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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> Edit Menu

Redo Menu Choice

This menu choice will redo the last action that was undone, if possible.





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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> Edit Menu

Insert / Delete Steps Menu Choice

This menu item invokes the Insert / Delete Steps Dialog to insert or delete steps from the show.





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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> Edit Menu

Trim To Last Picture

This menu item trims to show so that the highest step of the show corresponds to the step of the last picture in the show.





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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu

Cast Menu

                    Cast Properties Menu Choice
                    Cast Transition Mode Menu Choice
                    Cast Delete Menu Choice
                    Reverse Selected Cast Menu Choice
                    Add / View Cast Menu Choice
                    Define Cast Menu Choice
                    Edit Cast Changes Menu Choice
                    Apply Cast Changes Menu Choice
                    Show Step Instructions Menu Choice
                    Add Default Cast Menu Choice
                    Select Sections Menu Item
                    Select By Equipment Menu Choice
                    Select On Selected Forms Menu Choice
                    Cast Clone Menu Choice
                    Create Formation From Selected Cast
                    Cast Arrange Menu
                    Create Cast Menu Item




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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> Cast Menu

Cast Properties Menu Choice

If you select cast members and choose this menu choice, the Cast Properties Dialog appears which will allow you to change properties for the cast members.

If you choose one single cast member, all the properties are enabled.

If you choose multiple cast members, the first name field and last name field are disabled. So setting properties for multiple cast members will not affect their first and last names.

The outline color for a cast member is also the color that will be used when the cast member is displayed as a letter or number symbol instead of a shape symbol in 2D mode. Use the View Options Dialog to choose how cast members are displayed.






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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> Cast Menu

Cast Transition Mode Menu Choice

You can use this command to change the transition mode of selected cast members.

You have to selected cast members on the ENDING form of a transition.

If you are changing the cast members to follow mode, you have to select all the cast members on the form.






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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> Cast Menu

Cast Delete Menu Choice

Choose this menu choice to delete selected cast members.

Selecting Cast Members






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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> Cast Menu

Reverse Selected Cast Menu Choice

Use this menu choice to reverse the order of selected cast members on a form.

Selecting Cast Members






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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> Cast Menu

Add / View Cast Menu Choice

This menu choice invokes the Add / View Cast Dialog, which allows you to define properties for your cast members.

This menu choice allows you to edit the cast in your show or to add new cast to your show. It doesn't assign the new cast to any particular form. Cast that are not assigned to a form appear on the top of the field.

Assigning Cast To Forms






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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> Cast Menu

Define Cast Menu Choice

This menu choice gives you the Define Cast Dialog, which allows you to change the names and letter symbols of all your cast members at once.





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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> Cast Menu

Edit Cast Changes Menu Choice

This menu choice invokes the Uniform Change Library Dialog, which allows you to define a library of animations, uniform changes and equipment changes which you can then apply to cast members.





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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> Cast Menu

Apply Cast Changes Menu Choice

This menu choice invokes the Cast Change dialog, which allows you to apply a cast change ( animation, uniform change, or equipment change ) to the selected cast members to take effect on the current step.





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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> Cast Menu

Show Step Instructions Menu Choice

This menu choice opens a document showing the step instructions for the selected cast members.

You can print the contents of the document from the application it displays in.

Selecting Cast Members

Step Instruction Options Dialog






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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> Cast Menu

Add Default Cast Menu Choice

If you choose this menu item, it adds a pre-defined cast to your show.

The pre-defined cast will have sections and uniforms already defined. You can alter the cast, or delete or add members, until you have something suitable for your needs.

Starting with a default cast may sometimes be easier than building a cast from scratch.






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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> Cast Menu

Select Sections Menu Item

This menu item invokes the Select Sections Dialog, which allows you to choose cast sections.

You can select all the brass section cast members, by choosing this menu item, selecting the Brass section in the dialog, and clicking OK.






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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> Cast Menu

Select By Equipment Menu Choice

This menu choice allows you to select cast members by their equipment ( for example flags, trombones, clarinets ).

It invokes the Select By Equipment Dialog






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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> Cast Menu

Select On Selected Forms Menu Choice

This menu choice causes only those cast members that are on the selected forms, to become selected.





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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> Cast Menu

Cast Clone Menu Choice

To use this command, select one or more cast members you want to clone. Then choose this command. You will end up with copies of the cast members you chose. The new cloned cast members will have the same colors, sections, and uniforms as the ones you selected.





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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> Cast Menu

Create Formation From Selected Cast

To use this command, select 1 or more cast members and then click on the command.

You will see the Create Form From Cast Dialog which will allow you do choose a shape.

Choose a shape and click OK, and a new form will be created at the current step which has the selected cast members on it.






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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> Cast Menu

Cast Arrange Menu

This menu item contains submenu items that allow you to arrange cast members that are on free forms.

All of the menu items can be accessed with keystrokes. For a list of keystrokes, see Keystroke Shortcuts


                    Cast Arrange Arc Increase Menu Item
                    Cast Arrange Arc Decrease Menu Item
                    Cast Arrange Rotate Clockwise Menu Item
                    Cast Arrange Rotate Counterclockwise Menu Item
                    Cast Arrange Block Menu Item
                    Cast Arrange Circle Menu Item
                    Cast Arrange Line Menu Item
                    Cast Arrange Expand Menu Item
                    Cast Arrange Shrink Menu Item
                    Cast Arrange Expand Horizontal Menu Item
                    Cast Arrange Shrink Horizontal Menu Item
                    Cast Arrange Expand Vertical Menu Item
                    Cast Arrange Shrink Vertical Menu Item
                    Cast Arrange Reverse Order Menu Item
                    Cast Arrange Cycle Order Menu Item
                    Cast Arrange Even Spacing (Open) Menu Item
                    Cast Arrange Even Spacing (Closed) Menu Item




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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> Cast Menu >> Cast Arrange Menu

Cast Arrange Arc Increase Menu Item

This menu item arranges selected cast members into an arc. Repeat this key to change the depth of the arc. All selected cast members must be on free forms.





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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> Cast Menu >> Cast Arrange Menu

Cast Arrange Arc Decrease Menu Item

This menu item arranges selected cast members into an arc. Repeat this key to change the depth of the arc. All selected cast members must be on free forms.





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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> Cast Menu >> Cast Arrange Menu

Cast Arrange Rotate Clockwise Menu Item

This menu item rotates selected cast members clockwise, provided they are on free forms.





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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> Cast Menu >> Cast Arrange Menu

Cast Arrange Rotate Counterclockwise Menu Item

This menu item rotates selected cast members counterclockwise, provided they are on free forms.





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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> Cast Menu >> Cast Arrange Menu

Cast Arrange Block Menu Item

This command arranges selected cast members into a block if they are on free forms.







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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> Cast Menu >> Cast Arrange Menu

Cast Arrange Circle Menu Item

This command arranges selected cast members into a circle if they are on free forms.







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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> Cast Menu >> Cast Arrange Menu

Cast Arrange Line Menu Item

This command arranges selected cast members into a line if they are on free forms.







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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> Cast Menu >> Cast Arrange Menu

Cast Arrange Expand Menu Item

This command expands the relative spacing of selected cast members if they are on free forms.







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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> Cast Menu >> Cast Arrange Menu

Cast Arrange Shrink Menu Item

This command shrinks the relative spacing of selected cast members if they are on free forms.







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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> Cast Menu >> Cast Arrange Menu

Cast Arrange Expand Horizontal Menu Item

This command expands the relative horizontal spacing of selected cast members if they are on free forms.







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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> Cast Menu >> Cast Arrange Menu

Cast Arrange Shrink Horizontal Menu Item

This command shrinks the relative horizontal spacing of selected cast members if they are on free forms.







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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> Cast Menu >> Cast Arrange Menu

Cast Arrange Expand Vertical Menu Item

This command expands the relative vertical spacing of selected cast members if they are on free forms.







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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> Cast Menu >> Cast Arrange Menu

Cast Arrange Shrink Vertical Menu Item

This command shrinks the relative vertical spacing of selected cast members if they are on free forms.







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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> Cast Menu >> Cast Arrange Menu

Cast Arrange Reverse Order Menu Item

This command reverses the order of selected cast members if they are on free forms.







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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> Cast Menu >> Cast Arrange Menu

Cast Arrange Cycle Order Menu Item

This command cycles the order of selected cast members if they are on free forms.







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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> Cast Menu >> Cast Arrange Menu

Cast Arrange Even Spacing (Open) Menu Item

This command evens out the spacing of selected cast members if they are on free forms. This is for open shapes.







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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> Cast Menu >> Cast Arrange Menu

Cast Arrange Even Spacing (Closed) Menu Item

This command evens out the spacing of selected cast members if they are on free forms. This is for closed shapes.







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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> Cast Menu

Create Cast Menu Item

This dialog invokes the Create Cast dialog, which lets you create a certain number of cast members of each section type.





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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu

Draw menu

                    Draw Line Menu Choice
                    Draw Rectangle Menu Choice
                    Draw Ellipse Menu Choice
                    Draw Arc Menu Choice
                    Draw Arc 2 Menu Choice
                    Draw Polygon Menu Choice
                    Draw Closed Polygon Menu Choice
                    Draw Bezier Curve Menu Choice
                    Draw Hermite Curve Menu Choice
                    Draw Text Note Menu Choice
                    Center Drag Menu Choice
                    Thin Points Menu Choice
                    Draw Non-Rotate Menu Choice




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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> Draw menu

Draw Line Menu Choice

This menu choice chooses the tool to draw a Line





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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> Draw menu

Draw Rectangle Menu Choice

This menu choice chooses the tool to draw a Rectangle





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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> Draw menu

Draw Ellipse Menu Choice

This menu choice chooses the tool to draw an Ellipse





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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> Draw menu

Draw Arc Menu Choice

This menu choice chooses the tool to draw an Arc





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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> Draw menu

Draw Arc 2 Menu Choice

This menu choice chooses the tool to draw an Arc 2





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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> Draw menu

Draw Polygon Menu Choice

This menu choice chooses the tool to draw a Polygon





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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> Draw menu

Draw Closed Polygon Menu Choice

This menu choice chooses the tool to draw a Closed Polygon





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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> Draw menu

Draw Bezier Curve Menu Choice

This menu choice chooses the tool to draw a Bezier Curve





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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> Draw menu

Draw Hermite Curve Menu Choice

This menu choice chooses a tool which allows you to draw Hermite Curves





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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> Draw menu

Draw Text Note Menu Choice

This menu choice chooses the tool to draw a text note, the same as the Text Note Toolbar Button





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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> Draw menu

Center Drag Menu Choice

This menu choice turns on center drag behavior for shape handles.

Center drag behavior only affects size handles for Ellipse and Arc ( not Arc 2 ) shapes.

If the menu choice is checked, then selecting the menu choice turns center drag off.






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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> Draw menu

Thin Points Menu Choice

This menu choice deletes every other point in a Closed Polygon, Polygon, or Curve.





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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> Draw menu

Draw Non-Rotate Menu Choice

This command works on selected polygons or curves that are rotated. It adjusts the position of points in the polygon or curve such that the shape is in exactly the same position, but is no longer rotated.

If you rotate some polygon shapes when drawing a uniform, it is a good idea to non-rotate the shapes once you get them in their final position. This causes the program to work faster.






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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu

Forms Menu

                    Forms Clone Menu Choice Choice
                    Forms Delete Menu Choice
                    Forms Properties Menu Choice
                    Forms Transition Menu Choice
                    Forms Add Cast Menu Choice
                    Forms Split Menu Choice
                    Forms Combine Menu Choice
                    Forms Reverse Cast Menu Choice
                    Forms Sort Cast Menu Choice
                    Forms Align Menu
                    Forms Center Rotation Point Menu Choice
                    Forms Flip Horizontal Menu Choice
                    Forms Flip Vertical Menu Choice
                    Forms Make Same Size Menu
                    Forms Draw Order Menu
                    Forms View List Menu Choice
                    Forms Copy Menu Choice
                    Forms Paste Menu Choice




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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> Forms Menu

Forms Clone Menu Choice Choice

This menu choice makes copies of each selected form.





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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> Forms Menu

Forms Delete Menu Choice

This menu command deletes the selected forms.





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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> Forms Menu

Forms Properties Menu Choice

This menu command displays the Form Properties Dialog which allows you to change properties for the selected forms.





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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> Forms Menu

Forms Transition Menu Choice

This menu item invokes the Transition Dialog which allows you to transition the selected forms and create a new picture.





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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> Forms Menu

Forms Add Cast Menu Choice

This menu item invokes the Add Cast Members Dialog which allows you to create and add new cast members to one selected form.





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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> Forms Menu

Forms Split Menu Choice

This command will split the selected forms into a number of forms and assigned any cast members evenly among the split forms.

A dialog will appear which allows you to select the number of forms to split to and the type of shape you want.

Split Forms Dialog






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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> Forms Menu

Forms Combine Menu Choice

This command will combine two selected forms. If they are of different shapes, it will take the shape of one of the forms. All cast members on selected forms will be assigned to the one form.

Combine Forms Dialog






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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> Forms Menu

Forms Reverse Cast Menu Choice

This menu item will reverse the order of the cast on a selected form.





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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> Forms Menu

Forms Sort Cast Menu Choice

This menu choice invokes the Sort Cast On Form Dialog, which allows you to sort the cast on a selected form.





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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> Forms Menu

Forms Align Menu

These menu choices align the selected forms.

                    Forms Align Tops Menu Choice
                    Forms Align Bottoms Menu Choice
                    Forms Align Lefts Menu Choice
                    Forms Align Rights Menu Choice
                    Forms Align Horizontal Center Menu Choice
                    Forms Align Vertical Center Menu Choice
                    Forms Align Make Horizontal
                    Forms Align Make Vertical




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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> Forms Menu >> Forms Align Menu

Forms Align Tops Menu Choice

Align the tops of selected forms.





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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> Forms Menu >> Forms Align Menu

Forms Align Bottoms Menu Choice

Align the bottoms of selected forms.





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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> Forms Menu >> Forms Align Menu

Forms Align Lefts Menu Choice

Align the left sides of selected forms.





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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> Forms Menu >> Forms Align Menu

Forms Align Rights Menu Choice

Align the right sides of selected forms.





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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> Forms Menu >> Forms Align Menu

Forms Align Horizontal Center Menu Choice

Center the selected forms horizontally.





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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> Forms Menu >> Forms Align Menu

Forms Align Vertical Center Menu Choice

Center the selected forms vertically.





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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> Forms Menu >> Forms Align Menu

Forms Align Make Horizontal

This menu choice only applies to selected lines. It makes them horizontal.





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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> Forms Menu >> Forms Align Menu

Forms Align Make Vertical

This menu choice only applies to selected lines. It makes them vertical.





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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> Forms Menu

Forms Center Rotation Point Menu Choice

This command places the rotation point for a form in the center of the shape.

Rotating Forms

Rotate Forms Toolbar Button






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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> Forms Menu

Forms Flip Horizontal Menu Choice

Flip the selected forms horizontally.





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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> Forms Menu

Forms Flip Vertical Menu Choice

Flip the selected forms vertically.





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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> Forms Menu

Forms Make Same Size Menu

                    Forms Make Same Size Vertical Menu Choice
                    Forms Make Same Size Horizontal Menu Choice




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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> Forms Menu >> Forms Make Same Size Menu

Forms Make Same Size Vertical Menu Choice

This command causes selected forms to be scaled to the same horizontal dimension. All the selected forms will be scaled to the average selected horizontal width.





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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> Forms Menu >> Forms Make Same Size Menu

Forms Make Same Size Horizontal Menu Choice

This command causes selected forms to be scaled to the same vertical dimension. All the selected forms will be scaled to the average selected vertical width.





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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> Forms Menu

Forms Draw Order Menu

When using the fill property for forms, if you want overlapping forms to display in a certain order, use the command to send them to the front ( display on top ) or the back ( display behind ).

                    Forms Draw Order Send To Back Menu Choice
                    Forms Draw Order Bring To Front Menu Choice




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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> Forms Menu >> Forms Draw Order Menu

Forms Draw Order Send To Back Menu Choice

This menu command is used to move the selected form to the back of the picture so that other shapes will be drawn after it and so will overlap it. The drawing order only matters when using overlapping shapes that are filled, which is usually the case when drawing uniforms.






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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> Forms Menu >> Forms Draw Order Menu

Forms Draw Order Bring To Front Menu Choice

This menu command is used to move the selected form to the front of the picture so that other shapes will be drawn before it and so it will overlap them. The drawing order only matters when using overlapping shapes that are filled, which is usually the case when drawing uniforms.






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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> Forms Menu

Forms View List Menu Choice

This menu choice invokes the Forms List Dialog which shows a list of all the forms in the current show.





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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> Forms Menu

Forms Copy Menu Choice

This menu choice allows you to copy the selected forms into a buffer so that you can paste them to another spot in the show.





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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> Forms Menu

Forms Paste Menu Choice

This menu choice will paste any forms that you have saved in the buffer using the Forms Copy menu choice.





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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu

Animate Menu

                    Animate Start Menu Choice
                    Animate Stop Menu Choice
                    Animate Step Forward Menu Choice
                    Animate Step Back Menu Choice
                    Animate Rewind Menu Choice
                    Animate Next Picture Menu Choice
                    Animate Previous Picture Menu Choice
                    Animate Go To Step Menu Choice
                    Animate Music Menu Choice
                    Record View Changes Menu Item
                    Play View Changes Menu Item
                    Clear View Changes Menu Item
                    Edit View Changes Menu Item
                    Animate Video Menu Choice




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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> Animate Menu

Animate Start Menu Choice

This menu choice starts the animation going.

The animation starts from the current step. If the current step is within a MIDI or audio song, the song playback will begin from that count of the song.

If the current step is not within a song, the playback speed will be determined by the internal timer.

You can set the internal timer speed from the Animation Options Dialog

You can add MIDI or audio songs for your show from the Music Dialog






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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> Animate Menu

Animate Stop Menu Choice

This menu choice stops the animation and music playback.





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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> Animate Menu

Animate Step Forward Menu Choice

This menu choice moves you one step forward.






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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> Animate Menu

Animate Step Back Menu Choice

This menu choice moves you one step back.





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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> Animate Menu

Animate Rewind Menu Choice

Thie menu choice returns you to the beginning of the show.





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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> Animate Menu

Animate Next Picture Menu Choice

This menu choice takes you to the next picture.





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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> Animate Menu

Animate Previous Picture Menu Choice

This menu choice takes you to the previous picture.





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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> Animate Menu

Animate Go To Step Menu Choice

This menu choice invokes the Go To Step dialog which allows you to go to a certain step in the show.





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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> Animate Menu

Animate Music Menu Choice

This menu choice invokes the Music dialog which allows you to add MIDI or audio songs to your show.





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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> Animate Menu

Record View Changes Menu Item

This menu item turns the recording of view changes on or off.

View changes allow you to add automatic camera motions ( panning, zooming, and rotation effects ) to your show. The effects only happen during animation of the show to an internal timer or MIDI music ( in other words when you hit the play button ). You can turn playback of view changes on or off using the Play View Changes Menu Item.

When recording of view changes is in effect, this menu item is checked. If the menu item is not checked, select the menu item to turn recording on. If the menu item is check, select the menu item to turn recording off.

You can use the view change feature to emphasize certain areas of the field during playback, to draw attention to certain actions or transitions, or to produce flyover effects.

To record view changes for your show, go to the step you want to set a view change for, and adjust your view by using the Zoom buttons, the 3D View Toolbar Button, the View Rotation Panel, and the View Height Panel. All of these aspects of a view can be recorded. When you have the view set the way you want it, click to the next step using the foot button ( Step Forward Toolbar Button ). The view change for the current step is recorded when you move to the next step.

To get smooth looking flyover, panning, and rotation effects, change your view a little bit at a time while clicking forward one step at a time. This way you can get gradual camera motions which you can make faster or slower depending on how much you change the view each time.






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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> Animate Menu

Play View Changes Menu Item

This item turns the playback of view changes on or off.

If playback is on, the menu item is checked. Select the menu item again to turn playback off.

Playback of view changes only occurs during animation to MIDI music or to the internal timer.

To record view changes for a show, turn on view change recording by choosing the Record View Changes Menu Item






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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> Animate Menu

Clear View Changes Menu Item

This menu item clears all view changes from the current show.





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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> Animate Menu

Edit View Changes Menu Item

This menu choice displays the Edit View Changes Dialog which allows you to see the existing view changes you have recorded for your show.

From this dialog box, you can delete individual view changes or clear the whole list.






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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> Animate Menu

Animate Video Menu Choice

This menu choice invokes a dialog which lets you produce a video animation of the currently open show.

The video produced will be a .AVI file which is in a compressed AVI format.

You can upload the videos you make to YouTube as long as they are less than the maximum size limit.






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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu

View Menu

                    Zoom In Menu Choice
                    Zoom Out Menu Choice
                    Zoom Normal Menu Choice
                    Zoom Select Menu Choice
                    3D Menu Choice
                    Slide Picture Tool Menu Choice
                    View Comments Menu Choice
                    View Title Page Menu Choice
                    Tree View Menu Choice
                    View History Panels Menu Choice
                    View Scroll Bars Menu Choice
                    Show Paths Menu Choice
                    Show Future Paths Menu Choice
                    Show Cast Captions Menu Choice
                    Draw Uniforms Menu Choice
                    Overview Menu Choice
                    Time Line Overview Menu Choice
                    View Capture Field Image Menu Item
                    View Capture Program Image Menu Item
                    View True View Menu Item
                    View Cycle Camera Position Menu Item
                    View Choose Camera Position Menu Item
                    View Refresh Menu Item




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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> View Menu

Zoom In Menu Choice

This menu choice zooms you in. It does the same thing as the Zoom In Toolbar Button





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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> View Menu

Zoom Out Menu Choice

This menu choice zooms the picture out. It is the same as the Zoom Out Toolbar Button





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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> View Menu

Zoom Normal Menu Choice

This menu returns to the normal view neither zoomed in nor panned. It does the same thing as the Zoom Normal Toolbar Button





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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> View Menu

Zoom Select Menu Choice

This menu choice chooses the Zoom Select tool. It does the same thing as the Zoom Select Toolbar Button





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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> View Menu

3D Menu Choice

This menu choice turns 3D on or off. It does the same thing as the 3D View Toolbar Button





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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> View Menu

Slide Picture Tool Menu Choice

This menu option chooses the slider tool for panning your view of the field. It does the same thing as the Slide View Toolbar Button





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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> View Menu

View Comments Menu Choice

This menu choice displays a dialog which allows you to add, delete, or change comments for your show.

Comments Dialog






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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> View Menu

View Title Page Menu Choice

This menu choice allows you to enter title page information for your show. It displays the Title Page Dialog





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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> View Menu

Tree View Menu Choice

This menu choice displays a tree view of your show which shows each picture, the forms that belong to each picture, and the cast members assigned to each form on each picture.

Show Tree View Dialog






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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> View Menu

View History Panels Menu Choice

Use this menu choice to turn the display of the history panels onor off.





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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> View Menu

View Scroll Bars Menu Choice

This menu choice will toggle the scroll bars for the main field view on or off.

You may not find that you need the scroll bars if you use the Slide View Toolbar Button to move the view around.






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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> View Menu

Show Paths Menu Choice

You can use this menu choice to turn on or off the display of paths from the previous picture to the current step.





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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> View Menu

Show Future Paths Menu Choice

You can use this menu choice to turn on or off the display of paths from the current step to the next picture.





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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> View Menu

Show Cast Captions Menu Choice

You can use this menu choice to turn on or off the display of cast member captions. The captions appear near the symbol for each cast member on the field. They can be the unique id number of that cast member, the cast member's letter symbol, or the index of that cast member on the form.





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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> View Menu

Draw Uniforms Menu Choice

Use this menu choice to change to Draw Uniforms mode, where you can define custom uniforms for your cast members.

Draw Uniforms Dialog






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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> View Menu

Overview Menu Choice

Using this menu choice will turn on the overview panel, which presents an overview of your show.

Choose the menu choice again to return to the normal field view.

If you double click on the open area of either overview panel, you will return to the main view.

Overview Toolbar Button

Overview Panel

Overview Time Line Panel






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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> View Menu

Time Line Overview Menu Choice

Using this menu choice will turn on the Time Line overview panel, which presents an overview of your show using a time line.

Choose the menu choice again to go to the overview panel.

If you double click on the open area of either overview panel, you will return to the main view.

Overview Toolbar Button

Overview Panel

Overview Time Line Panel






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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> View Menu

View Capture Field Image Menu Item

This menu item allows you to capture an image of the current field view and save it to a .gif file.





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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> View Menu

View Capture Program Image Menu Item

This menu item captures an image of the entire Field Artist program main window.





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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> View Menu

View True View Menu Item

The True View menu item ( CTRL+X ) shows your show in a more realistic view similar to a video game.

Click the True View menu choice again or type CTRL+X to get out of True View.

Within True View, the cast members are animated to music or the internal timer. They also move their feet and respond to instrument positions, flag movements, and other animations.

Within True View, drag the mouse on the view area to rotate the view or adjust the camera height. You can also use the rotation panel at the bottom and the height panel at the right side.

In True View, you can use the Cycle Camera Position menu item ( CTRL-Q ) to cycle the camera through some pre-defined views.






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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> View Menu

View Cycle Camera Position Menu Item

While in True View, use this menu item ( CTRL-Q ) to change camera angles. Hitting CTRL-Q will cycle through these views:

Home Pressbox

Visitor Pressbox

50 Yard Line ground level

Cast member point of view ( select a cast member outside of True View first )

Normal ( when it normal mode, drag the mouse in the view area to rotate the camera position and move the height up or down )






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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> View Menu

View Choose Camera Position Menu Item

While in True View, this menu choice lets you choose a camera position from a submenu. For more information, see Cycle Camera Position





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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> View Menu

View Refresh Menu Item

Click this item ( or use the keyboard shortcut, F5 ) to refresh the view if it is out of synch after you have edited something.

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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu

Options Menu

                    Sections Options Menu Choice
                    Field Options Menu Choice
                    View Options Menu Choice
                    Step Instructions Options Menu Choice
                    Colors Options Menu Choice
                    Animation Options Menu Choice
                    MIDI Device Options Menu Choice
                    Allow Undo
                    Password Protect Show Menu Item
                    True View Options




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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> Options Menu

Sections Options Menu Choice

This menu choice invokes the Sections Dialog which allows you to define sections for your cast members.





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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> Options Menu

Field Options Menu Choice

This menu choice invokes the Field Options Dialog which allows you to define your field lines and dimensions.





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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> Options Menu

View Options Menu Choice

This menu choice invokes the View Options Dialog, which allows you to set options about how the show is displayed, such as whether paths are displayed or whether cast member ID numbers are shown.





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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> Options Menu

Step Instructions Options Menu Choice

This menu choice invokes the Step Instruction Options Dialog, which allows you to define reference points for step instructions, as well as options which influence how the step instructions are made, such as what units to use for offsets, and what format to write the instructions in.





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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> Options Menu

Colors Options Menu Choice

This menu choice invokes the Colors Dialog, which allows you to set many colors that are used in the program. The colors you define are saved as part of a show and apply to that show.





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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> Options Menu

Animation Options Menu Choice

This menu choice takes you to the Animation Options dialog which allows you to set your timer tempo and other options.





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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> Options Menu

MIDI Device Options Menu Choice

This menu choice invokes the Midi Device Dialog, which allows you to choose the device for MIDI playback.





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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> Options Menu

Allow Undo

This menu item enables or disables undo.

If undo is enabled, this menu item is checked, and choosing it will disable undo.

If undo is disabled, this menu item is not checked, and choosing it will enable undo.

Turning off undo will allow your editing to work a little bit faster.






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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> Options Menu

Password Protect Show Menu Item

This menu item invokes the Password Protect Show Dialog, which allows you to add password protection to your show, or to remove password protection from a show.





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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> Options Menu

True View Options

This command invokes a dialog that lets you change options for the True View.

To switch to True View, choose True View from the view menu or type CTRL + X.

The True View is more similar to a video game with true dimensional characters who move their feet and instruments and face different directions, plus a simulated environment with textures, scenery and lighting.

The True View options dialog has two buttons which allow you to define the colors and appearance of flags and uniforms for your band in True View.






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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu

Help Menu

                    Help Menu Choice
                    About Menu Choice
                    Raven Labs Menu Choice
                    Register Menu Choice




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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> Help Menu

Help Menu Choice

Choosing Help from the Help menu brings up this help file in your browser. You can close the help file when you are finished reading, or leave it open while you work in Field Artist.





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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> Help Menu

About Menu Choice

This menu option brings up a dialog that shows the version of Field Artist you have. If you click on the link, it takes you to the Raven Labs website.





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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> Help Menu

Raven Labs Menu Choice

If you choose this menu option, it brings up the Raven Labs web site if you are connected to the internet.





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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> Help Menu

Register Menu Choice

This menu choice invokes the Register Dialog which allows you to register as a user.

This dialog allows you to enter you name, address, email and other information. This will allow you to be eligible for free bug fixes and upgrades to the software. You information is never shared or sold.

At a minumum you should enter your first and last name, mailing address, city and country, and especially your email address. This allows you to be verified as a valid user of Field Artist software.






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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu

Shapes Menu

This menu only appears when in Uniform Drawing mode.

                    Shapes Clone Menu Choice
                    Shapes Delete Menu Choice
                    Shapes Properties Menu Choice
                    Shapes Align Menu
                    Shapes Flip Horizontal Menu Choice
                    Shapes Flip Vertical Menu Choice
                    Shapes Make Same Size Menu
                    Shapes Draw Order Menu
                    Shapes Copy Menu Choice
                    Shapes Paste Menu Choice




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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> Shapes Menu

Shapes Clone Menu Choice

This menu choice makes copies of selected shapes, in Uniform Drawing mode.





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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> Shapes Menu

Shapes Delete Menu Choice

This menu choice deletes selected shapes, in Uniform Drawing mode.





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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> Shapes Menu

Shapes Properties Menu Choice

This menu choice displays the Shape Properties Dialog, which allows you to change colors and other properties for shapes in Uniform Drawing Mode.





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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> Shapes Menu

Shapes Align Menu

These menu choices allow you to align shapes in Uniform draw mode.

                    Shapes Align Tops Menu Choice
                    Shapes Align Bottoms Menu Choice
                    Shapes Align Lefts Menu Choice
                    Shapes Align Rights Menu Choice
                    Shapes Align Horizontal Center Menu Choice
                    Shapes Align Vertical Center Menu Choice




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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> Shapes Menu >> Shapes Align Menu

Shapes Align Tops Menu Choice

This menu choice Aligns the tops of selected shapes in Uniform draw mode.





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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> Shapes Menu >> Shapes Align Menu

Shapes Align Bottoms Menu Choice

This menu choice aligns the bottoms of selected shapes in Uniform draw mode.





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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> Shapes Menu >> Shapes Align Menu

Shapes Align Lefts Menu Choice

This menu choice left aligns selected shapes in Uniform draw mode.





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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> Shapes Menu >> Shapes Align Menu

Shapes Align Rights Menu Choice

This menu choice right aligns selected shapes in Uniform draw mode.





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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> Shapes Menu >> Shapes Align Menu

Shapes Align Horizontal Center Menu Choice

This menu choice horizontally aligns selected shapes in Uniform draw mode.





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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> Shapes Menu >> Shapes Align Menu

Shapes Align Vertical Center Menu Choice

This menu choice aligns selected shapes vertically in Uniform draw mode.





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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> Shapes Menu

Shapes Flip Horizontal Menu Choice

This menu choice flips selected shapes horizontally in Uniform draw mode.





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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> Shapes Menu

Shapes Flip Vertical Menu Choice

This menu choice flips selected shapes vertically in Uniform draw mode.





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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> Shapes Menu

Shapes Make Same Size Menu

                    Shapes Make Same Size Vertical Menu Choice
                    Shapes Make Same Size Horizontal Menu Choice




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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> Shapes Menu >> Shapes Make Same Size Menu

Shapes Make Same Size Vertical Menu Choice

This menu choice makes selected shapes the same height in Uniform draw mode.





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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> Shapes Menu >> Shapes Make Same Size Menu

Shapes Make Same Size Horizontal Menu Choice

This menu choice makes selected shapes the same width in Uniform draw mode.





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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> Shapes Menu

Shapes Draw Order Menu

                    Shapes Send To Back Menu Choice
                    Shapes Bring To Front Menu Choice




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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> Shapes Menu >> Shapes Draw Order Menu

Shapes Send To Back Menu Choice

This menu choice sends the selected shape to the back of the draw order in Uniform draw mode.





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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> Shapes Menu >> Shapes Draw Order Menu

Shapes Bring To Front Menu Choice

This menu choice brings the selected shape to the front of the draw order in Uniform draw mode.





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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> Shapes Menu

Shapes Copy Menu Choice

This menu choice allows you to copy the selected shapes into a buffer so that you can paste them into another uniform drawing.

This makes it easy to re-use shapes you have created for making different uniforms.

To re-use a shape or group of shapes in a different uniform, select the ones you want to re-use and choose the Shapes Copy menu item. Then select the uniform you want to copy them to from the list, and choose the Shapes Paste menu item.






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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> Shapes Menu

Shapes Paste Menu Choice

This menu choice allows you to paste shapes you have saved in the buffer using the Copy Shapes command, and add them to the current uniform.

This makes it easy to re-use shapes you have created for making different uniforms.

To re-use a shape or group of shapes in a different uniform, select the ones you want to re-use and choose the Shapes Copy menu item. Then select the uniform you want to copy them to from the list, and choose the Shapes Paste menu item.






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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu

Online Menu

This menu is for online features that are available to Field Artist Central members for a small monthly subscription fee.

The online features only work if you are connected to the internet. They work better if you have a broadband connection such as a cable modem or DSL.

The online features allow you to easily publish your shows on the internet. You can find out how to subscribe by going to www.RavenLabsInc.com and clicking on the Subscription section of the Field Artist page.

You don't need an online subscription to use Field Artist for writing and printing shows. You only need a monthly subscription if you want to publish a website.




                    Settings Menu Item
                    Publish Show Menu Item
                    Online Validate Menu Item




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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> Online Menu

Settings Menu Item

This menu item invokes the Settings Dialog, which allows you to change the default timeout for your network operations such as logging on to Field Artist Central and publishing your web site.





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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> Online Menu

Publish Show Menu Item

This command lets you publish your show on the web site where it can be viewed in the online player.

The online player plays the show right in your browser window but looks like the True View 3D scene. For people to view the online player, they must be on a Windows computer with the latest software updates from the Microsoft web site. It works on Internet Explorer 7.0 or greater, or Firefox 5.0 or greater.

To publish a show, you will be prompted to log on with your Field Artist user id and password. The show will be published and listed on the web site alongside other shows in your account.






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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Main Menu >> Online Menu

Online Validate Menu Item

This menu item invokes a dialog that lets you enter your username and password.

Trial users have to enter their username every time they use the software. For full users it's not necessary to enter your username every time you use the software, just every few days.







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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus

Popup Menus

Popup menus appear when you right click on a cast member or a form, and they give you choices that apply only to the object you clicked on.

                    Cast Popup Menu
                    Forms Popup Menu
                    Field Popup Menu
                    Shapes Popup Menu




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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Popup Menus

Cast Popup Menu

If you right click on a cast member, you get popup menu of commands that apply to that cast member. When you right click on a cast member, that cast member becomes the only one selected. So if you want to change the properties for multiple cast members, you have to select the cast members and then use one of the Cast menu options on the main menu.

                    Cast Trailer Popup Menu Item
                    Cast Leader Popup Menu Item
                    Cast Properties Popup Menu Item
                    Cast Step Instructions Popup Menu Item




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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Popup Menus >> Cast Popup Menu

Cast Trailer Popup Menu Item

This command causes the selected cast member to become the trailing member in a follow transition. This can only apply to a single cast member.





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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Popup Menus >> Cast Popup Menu

Cast Leader Popup Menu Item

This command causes the selected cast member to become the leader in a follow transition. This command can only apply to a single cast member.





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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Popup Menus >> Cast Popup Menu

Cast Properties Popup Menu Item

This popup menu choice shows a dialog that allows you to change the properties for a cast member.

When you right click on a cast member, only that cast member becomes selected, so you are only changing his properties.

If you want to change properties for multiple cast members, you can select the cast members, then select the Properties choice from the Cast menu on the main menu.






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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Popup Menus >> Cast Popup Menu

Cast Step Instructions Popup Menu Item

This command allows you to show the step instructions for a single cast member that you right clicked on.

To show step instructions for multiple cast members, select the cast members and use the Show Step Instructions menu item on the main menu.






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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Popup Menus

Forms Popup Menu

If you right click on a form outline with the Forms Select tool, you get a popup menu of commands which apply to a form.

                    Add Cast Popup Menu Choice
                    Form Properties Popup Menu Choice
                    Form Delete Popup Menu Choice
                    Transition Popup Menu Choice
                    Reverse Cast Popup Menu Choice
                    Forms Split Popup Menu Choice
                    Form Center Rotation Point Popup Menu Choice
                    Sort Cast Popup Menu Choice
                    Transition Mode
                    Form Follow Popup Menu Choice
                    Form Float Popup Menu Choice




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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Popup Menus >> Forms Popup Menu

Add Cast Popup Menu Choice

This popup menu is used to add cast to a form.





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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Popup Menus >> Forms Popup Menu

Form Properties Popup Menu Choice

Use this popup menu item to invoke the Form Properties Dialog for a form you right-clicked on and change its properties.





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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Popup Menus >> Forms Popup Menu

Form Delete Popup Menu Choice

Use this popup menu choice to delete the form you right-clicked on.





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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Popup Menus >> Forms Popup Menu

Transition Popup Menu Choice

Use this popup menu choice to transition a form you right-clicked on. This will invoke the Transition Dialog





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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Popup Menus >> Forms Popup Menu

Reverse Cast Popup Menu Choice

Use the popup menu choice to reverse the order of cast members on a form you right-clicked on.





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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Popup Menus >> Forms Popup Menu

Forms Split Popup Menu Choice

Use this popup menu choice to split a form you right-clicked on.

This works the same as this menu choice: Forms Split Menu Choice and invokes the Split Forms Dialog






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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Popup Menus >> Forms Popup Menu

Form Center Rotation Point Popup Menu Choice

This command places the rotation point for a form in the center of the shape.

Rotating Forms

Rotate Forms Toolbar Button






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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Popup Menus >> Forms Popup Menu

Sort Cast Popup Menu Choice

This forms context menu choice will invoke the Sort Cast Dialog, which allows you to sort the cast on the form in a variety of ways.

This does the same thing as the Forms Sort Cast Menu Choice






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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Popup Menus >> Forms Popup Menu

Transition Mode

This menu choice allows you to specify a transition mode for every cast member on the formation you right clicked on.





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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Popup Menus >> Forms Popup Menu

Form Follow Popup Menu Choice

If you click this menu choice from the Form Context menu, it changes the transition mode of the cast on that form to Follow mode.







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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Popup Menus >> Forms Popup Menu

Form Float Popup Menu Choice

If you click this menu choice from the Form Context menu, it changes the transition mode of the cast on that form to Float mode.






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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Popup Menus

Field Popup Menu

If you right click on an open portion of the field in 2D mode, you get a context menu which lets you select tools.

                    Forms Select Popup Menu Item
                    Rotate Forms Popup Menu Item
                    Cast Select Popup Menu Item
                    Lasso Popup Menu Item
                    Cast Shift Popup Menu Item
                    Slide Picture Popup Menu Item
                    Draw Line Popup Menu Item




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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Popup Menus >> Field Popup Menu

Forms Select Popup Menu Item

This menu item selects the Forms Select tool.





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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Popup Menus >> Field Popup Menu

Rotate Forms Popup Menu Item

This popup menu item selects the forms rotate tool.





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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Popup Menus >> Field Popup Menu

Cast Select Popup Menu Item

This popup menu item chooses the Cast Select tool.





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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Popup Menus >> Field Popup Menu

Lasso Popup Menu Item

This popup menu choice selects the Lasso tool.





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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Popup Menus >> Field Popup Menu

Cast Shift Popup Menu Item

This popup menu choice selects the shift cast tool





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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Popup Menus >> Field Popup Menu

Slide Picture Popup Menu Item

This popup menu choice selects the slide view tool.





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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Popup Menus >> Field Popup Menu

Draw Line Popup Menu Item

This popup menu choice selects the Draw Line tool.





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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus >> Popup Menus

Shapes Popup Menu





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>> Field Artist Help >> Menus

Key Shortcuts

There are keyboard shortcuts for a lot of the menu choices in Field Artist. If you look at the submenus of the main menu, the menu choices have the key shortcuts displayed beside them.

To use a menu choice that has a key shortcut, just press that key or combination of keys.






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>> Field Artist Help

Keystroke Shortcuts

There are many keystroke shortcuts available in Field Artist. Most of them are listed beside the menu choices on the main menu. Here is a complete list:

Enter Key
Invokes the Properties dialog for selected forms ( when the forms select tool is in effect
Invokes the Properties dialog for selected cast members ( when the select Cast Members tool is in effect )

CTRL + S
Saves the current show.

CTRL + O
Open a show

CTRL + p
Print the show



F2
Choose the forms select tool

F3
Choose the rotate tool

F4
Choose the cast tool

F5
Refresh the view. Use this to force the True View to be rebuilt after you have edited something.

F6
Choose the shift cast tool

F7
Choose the custom path tool

F8
Choose the tape measure tool

CTRL + X
Undo

CTRL + Z
Redo

CTRL + I
Insert or delete steps from the show

1
Line Tool

2
Ellipse Tool

3
Rectangle Tool

4
Arc 1 Tool

5
Arc 2 Tool

6
Polygon Tool

7
Closed Polygon Tool

8
Bezier Curve Tool

9
Hermite Curve Tool

CTRL + M
Set transition mode for selected forms

a
Apply uniform / equipment changes or animations to selected cast
members.

CTRL + F
Create a formation from selected cast members

(
Arrange the selected cast members into an arc. All the selected cast members must be on free forms. Type the key repeatedly to change the depth of the arc.

)
Arrange the selected cast members into an arc. All the selected cast members must be on free forms. Type the key repeatedly to change the depth of the arc.

]
Rotate selected cast members 5 degrees clockwise . All selected cast must be on free forms.

}
Rotate selected cast members 1 degree clockwise. All selected cast must be on free forms.

[
Rotate selected cast members 5 degrees counterclockwise . All selected cast must be on free forms.

{
Rotate selected cast members 1 degree counterclockwise. All selected cast must be on free forms.

b
Arrange selected cast into a block. All selected cast must be on free forms.

B
Arrange selected cast into a square block. All selected cast must be on free forms.

o
Arrange selected cast into a circle. All selected cast must be on free forms.

l
Arrange selected cast into a line. All selected cast must be on free forms.

L
Arrange selected cast into a horizontal or vertical line. All selected cast must be on free forms.

>
Scale the selected cast larger. All selected cast must be on free forms.

<
Scale the selected cast smaller. All selected cast must be on free forms.

'
Expand the selected cast horizontally. All selected cast must be on free forms.

;
Shrink the selected cast horizontally. All selected cast must be on free forms.

"
Expand the selected cast vertically. All selected cast must be on free forms.

:
Shrink selected cast vertically. All selected cast must be on free forms.

z
Reverse order of selected cast. All selected cast must be on free forms.

v
Cycle order of selected cast. All selected cast must be on free forms.

c
Even out spacing of selected cast (open shape). All selected cast must be on free forms.

C
Even out spacing of selected cast (closed shape). All selected cast must be on free forms.

CTRL + T
Transition selected forms.

CTRL + A
Select all forms on the current step.

CTRL + C
Copy selected forms

CTRL + V
Paste selected forms

CTRL + R
Reverse cast on the selected forms

Spacebar
Start / Stop animation

g
Start animation

s
Stop animation

t
Forward one step

r
Backward one step

w
Rewind

y
Go to next picture

e
Go to previous picture

CTRL + G
Go to step

+
Zoom In

-
Zoom out

=
Zoom to normal view

F9
Slider tool ( slide, scale, rotate picture )

p
Show / hide past paths

f
Show / hide future paths

i
Show / hide cast captions

CTRL + X
Show / turn off True View

CTRL + Q
Cycle camera views in True View

F1
Help






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