Editing & Maneuvering Tools

The tools in this chapter are called Editing/Maneuvering tools. These tools are used to reshape existing shapes displayed at the count indicated by the Red Anchor of the Count Track. However, the power of these tools go much further than just editing a single count. These tools also create the transition to the count at the Red Anchor from the count at the Yellow Anchor. Typically the count at the Yellow Anchor is the count of the previous set you have completed.

For example, imagine you are working on Set #2 of your drill. Set #1 of your drill is at count 0 and Set #2 of your drill is at count 32. The Yellow Anchor is at count 0 and the Red Anchor is at count 32. Editing/Maneuvering tools will make changes to shapes at count 32 as well as create the transition between counts 0 to 32.

Editing/Maneuvering tools are always used on existing performers. Therefore, in order to make the Editing/Maneuvering tools accessible, a group of performers must first be selected on the field. Performers are selected with Selection tools such as the Pointer tool. See Selection& Regrouping Tools for details.

Push Tool

The full Push Tool information can bee seen on the Push Tool Page.

Fixed Interval Float Tool

The full Fixed Interval Float Tool information can bee seen on the Fixed Interval Float Tool Page.

Rotate Tool

The Rotate tool is used to “gate” a selected shape around a point along curved paths.

To establish the counts where the rotate transition is to begin and end in the drill, set the Red Anchor on the Count Track to the count where the rotation is to end. This is typically the count of the set you are currently working on. Set the Yellow Anchor to the count where the rotation is to begin. This is typically the previous set. (See this section’s overview for more details)

After selecting the shape or shapes that you want to rotate, clicking on the Rotate tool will display the Rotate Tool Control
Panel
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Editing handles appear on each selected performer. These handles can be dragged and thus rotating all performers to the final location of the rotation transition. While dragging the editing handles the location of the cursor is displayed in the Console as well as the Largest Stride and Largest Distance. The Rotation Control Panel also displays the angle of rotation.

A Point of Rotation handle will appear in the center of the selected performers. The point of rotation can be changed by dragging this handle to a preferred location.

Entering an angle in the Rotation text box will move the editing handles to reflect the angle entered.

Mirroring Options are available if two or more shapes are selected. When mirroring, the rotation of the shapes can be set to rotate on each shape’s individual point of rotation. The rotation can be in the same or opposite directions.

Show Symbols will display the position symbols instead of a plain dot.

Reset to Hold - resets the transition to a "Hold" from the secondary count.

Revert button resets the handles to their initial position.

At any time during the entry of the rotation, the Animation controls can be used to preview the rotation in the drill. Other useful functions that can be accessed during the entry of the rotation are located in the upper right corner of the field display window. They are functions for controlling the field display such as moving or zooming the field, showing/hiding the text boxes, showing/hiding the performer labels. Also accessible is the measuring tape.

Accept button commits the rotation to the drill. Clicking on any tool without clicking Accept will cancel the rotation. The rotation can also be cancelled by moving an anchor on the Count Track.

Morph Tool

The Morph tool is used to change the form of a selected shape. The transition creates a straight line path from the original shape to the morphed shape. This is the most widely used tool because it is so versatile.

To establish the counts where the morphing transition is to begin and end in the drill, set the Red Anchor on the Count Track to the count where the morph is to end. This is typically the count of the set you are currently working on. Set the Yellow Anchor to the count where the morph is to begin. This is typically the previous set. (See this section’s overview for more details)

After selecting the shape or shapes that you want to morph, clicking on the Morph tool will display the Morph Tool Control
Panel
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Editing handles appear on each selected performer. These handles can be dragged creating a new shape at the final location. While dragging the editing handles the location of the cursor is displayed in the Console as well as the Largest Stride and Largest Distance. Bridge lines are drawn from the original shape to the new morphed shape. These lines represent the paths taken by the performers. The bridge line drawn in red is the performer taking the largest stride and the Largest Stride is shown on the Console along with the Largest Distance.

Initially there is one editing handle per performer in the shape. This is often too many handles to work with. Editing handles can be removed and added several ways.

Remove editing handles by clicking Fewer will remove half of the handles. Each time Fewer is clicked the number of handles is cut in half.

Another way to remove editing handles is by using the cursor to drag a box onto the field around a group of handles you want removed. For example, move the cursor just above and to the left of the second handle in a shape and drag down to the the location just below the third handle will remove the two handles.

An editing handle can also be removed by clicking directly on the handle while holding down the <Shift> key. Likewise, to add editing handles to the shape, click directly between two handles
while holding down the <Shift> key.

Curved Shape option will create curved shape between the handles. When the option is off the shape consists of straight lines between the handles.

Show Bridges displays the bridge lines between the morphing shape and the initial location. The bridge lines represent the paths of the performers. Turning this option off is useful when there are so many performers that the bridge lines begin to clutter the screen.

Show Symbols will display the position symbols instead of a plain dot.

Reset to Hold - resets the transition to a "Hold" from the secondary count.

Revert button resets the handles to their initial position.

At any time during the entry of the morph, the Animation controls can be used to preview the morphing shape in the drill. Other useful functions that can be accessed during the entry of the morph are located in the upper right corner of the field display window. They are functions for controlling the field display such as moving or zooming the field, showing/hiding the text boxes, and showing/hiding the performer labels. Also accessible is the measuring tape.

Accept button accepts the morph into the drill. Clicking on any tool without clicking Accept will cancel the morph. The morph can also be cancelled by moving an anchor on the Count Track.

Follow the Leader Tool

The Follow the Leader (FTL) tool is used to create a new shape resulting from the paths taken by all positions of the selected shape. The path is determined by the leader of the shape.

To establish the counts where the FTL transition is to begin and end in the drill, set the Red Anchor on the Count Track to the count where the FTL is to end. This is typically the count of the set you are currently working on. Set the Yellow Anchor to the count where the FTL is to begin. This is typically the previous set. (See this section’s overview for more details)

After selecting the shape or shapes that you want to FTL, clicking on the Follow the Leader tool will display the FTL Tool Control Panel.

A red dot with a green center appears on one end of the shape who is designated as the the “leader” of the Follow the Leader movement. If the other end of the shape is the preferred “leader”, clicking on the leader indicator (red dot) and it will change.

 

 

If an existing path can be established for the leader, editing handles will appear along the path. These handles can be dragged creating a new path to the final location. While dragging the editing handles the location of the cursor is displayed in the Console as well as the Largest Stride and Largest Distance.

 

If no existing path has been established there will not be any editing handles visible. Clicking anywhere on the field will create a path to that location. An editing handle will be placed at that location, the path will be drawn and the performers will fill in place behind the leader’s new final location.

 

 

 

Each click on the field will extend the path of the leader to the location of each click. A new editing handle will be added at each location.

Clicking on an editing handle while holding down the <Shift> key will remove the handle from the path. Similarly, clicking along the path between two handles while holding the <Shift> key will insert a handle into the path.

The Delete Last button shortens the path by removing the last editing handle of the path. This is useful when you inadvertently add an editing handle to the end of the path.

The Fewer button cuts the number of handles in the path in half. Each time Fewer is clicked the number of handles is reduced.

The Curved Shape option will create a curved path between the handles. When the option is off the path consists of straight lines between the handles.

Show Symbols will display the position symbols instead of a plain dot.

Reset to Hold - resets the transition to a "Hold" from the secondary count.

Revert button resets the handles to their initial position.

Mirroring Options are available if two or more shapes are selected. When mirroring, the path of the shapes can be set to opposing horizontally, opposing vertically, or opposing both vertically and horizontally.

At any time during the entry of the FTL, the Animation controls can be used to preview the FTL in the drill. Other useful functions that can be accessed during the entry of the FTL are located in the upper right corner of the field display window. They are functions for controlling the field display such as moving or zooming the field, showing/hiding the text boxes, and howing/hiding the performer labels. Also accessible is the measuring tape.

Accept button accepts the FTL into the drill. Clicking on any tool without clicking Accept will cancel the FTL. The FTL can also be cancelled by moving an anchor on the Count Track.

Resize Tool

The Resize tool is a multipurpose tool for changing the size of a selected group of performers. The selection can be resized any of the following ways:

Scale - changes the size of the selection in equal amounts vertically and horizontally.
Stretch - changes the size of the selection in differing amounts vertically and horizontally.
Slant - stretches the shape while also skewing the shape in horizontal or vertical directions.
Distort - changes the size of the selection in differing amounts in all four directions.

To establish the counts where the resizing transition is to begin and end in the drill, set the Red Anchor on the Count Track to the count where the resizing is to end. This is typically the count of the set you are currently working on. Set the Yellow Anchor to the count where the resizing is to begin. This is typically the previous set. (See this section’s overview for more details)

After selecting the shape or shapes that you want to resize, clicking on the Resize tool will display the Resize Control Panel.

 

The selected performers are bordered on all sides by a Resizing Box. The Resizing Box has editing handles at all four corners that can be moved.

 

 

 

Dragging the editing handles will manipulate the shape in a behavior based on the resize mode chosen: Scale, Stretch, Slant, Distort. While dragging the editing handles the location of the cursor is displayed in the Console as well as the Largest Stride and Largest Distance. Bridge lines are drawn from the original shape to the new resized shape. These lines represent the paths taken by the performers. The bridge line drawn in red is the performer taking the largest stride and the largest stride is shown on the Console along with the largest distance.

Entering a value in the Scale To text box will uniformly scale the selection by the amount entered.

Show Symbols will display the position symbols instead of a plain dot.

Reset to Hold - resets the transition to a "Hold" from the secondary count.

Show Webbing displays graphically the resizing formula used on the selected group. This is rarely used, however, can be useful with the Distort mode to understand how the handle movement is distorting the group.

Revert button resets the handles to their initial position.

At any time during the entry of the resizing, the Animation controls can be used to preview the resized shape in the drill. Other useful functions that can be accessed during the entry of the resize are located in the upper right corner of the field display window. They are functions for controlling the field display such as moving or zooming the field, showing/hiding the text boxes, and showing/hiding the performer labels. Also accessible is the measuring tape.

Accept button accepts the resize into the drill. Clicking on any tool without clicking Accept will cancel the resize. The resize can also be cancelled by moving an anchor on the Count Track.

Track Tool

The Track tool moves a group of performers uniformly along a path. This is not like follow the leader. The shape of the selection does not change. The entire shape follows the path at the same time as a group. This is especially useful for pulling a single performer out of a group for solo’s and creating a path for that performer to take.

To establish the counts where the track transition is to begin and end in the drill, set the Red Anchor on the Count Track to the count where the track is to end. This is typically the count of the set you are currently working on. Set the Yellow Anchor to the count where the track is to begin. This is typically the previous set. (See this section’s overview for more details)

After selecting the shape or shapes that you want to track, clicking on the Track tool will display the Track Tool Control Panel.

 

A red dot will appear on the one of the performers of the selection to highlight it. Clicking anywhere on the field will start a path from the highlighted performer to that location. An editing handle will be placed at the location of the click.

 

 

 

 

Continuing to click on the field will extend the path of the selected group to the location of each click. A new editing handle will be added at each location clicked.

 

 

Clicking on an editing handle while holding down the <Shift> key will remove the handle from the path. Likewise, clicking along the path between two handles while holding the <Shift> key will insert a handle into the path.

The Delete Last button shortens the path by removing the last editing handle of the path. This is useful when you inadvertently add an editing handle to the end of the path.

The Fewer button cuts the number of handles in the path in half. Each time Fewer is clicked the number of handles is reduced.

Show Symbols will display the position symbols instead of a plain dot.

Reset to Hold - resets the transition to a "Hold" from the secondary count.

Revert button resets the handles to their initial position.

At any time during the use of the Track tool, the Animation controls can be used to preview the tracked shape in the drill. Other useful functions that can be accessed during the entry of the track tool are located in the upper right corner of the field display window. They are functions for controlling the field display such as moving or zooming the field, and showing/hiding the text boxes, showing/hiding the performer labels. Also accessible is the measuring tape.

Accept button accepts the track into the drill. Clicking on any tool without clicking Accept will cancel the track. The track can also be cancelled by moving an anchor on the Count Track.