3D Guide Contents
Floor Covers Plug-in
In Pyware 3D, a performing surface is most always made up of a grid created by the Grid Designer of the Utilities menu. Grids are the lines on the field display such as yard lines on a football field. Most performing surfaces can be defined using simply these horizontal and vertical grid lines. However, in some cases there are other characteristics of a performing surface that would be handy to show on the screen. For example, the markings on a standard basketball court would be nice for Winter Guard performances. These special markings or background can be displayed using Floor Covers. When creating a grid using the Grid Designer, you can add a Floor Cover that is placed under the grid. The floor cover usually represents the markings of a basketball court, soccer field or other standard field, however, it could also be the logo that is painted in the center of a football field, or the design on a canvas that lays over the performing surface in an indoor performance. There are many uses for Floor Covers.
Floor Covers Plug-In is an optional purchase. To see if Floor Covers Plug-In is installed on your program, select Application Options from the File menu and click on the Plug-Ins tab.
Adding a Movable Floor Cover
The Movable Floor Covers Tool was added in version 5.2.
A movable floor cover is an image such as a stage, wall or pit area. Any jpg or gif image can be used as the movable floor cover. All
movable floor covers are entered at count 0 of the drill. movable floor covers can be moved around the field by assigning a performer
to be the carrier of the movable floor cover. To control the movement of a movable floor cover, you can assign the movable floor cover to an existing
performer or create a new performer using the Point tool. To move the movable floor cover, use the editing functions
on the performer and the movable floor cover will follow the movement of the performer.
Before entering a movable floor cover, use to Count Track to move to count 0 of the drill and the Movable Floor Covers tool will be enabled. Movable Floor Covers are always added at count 0, and they exist throughout the drill.
Clicking on the Movable Floor covers tool will display the Floor Covers Tool Control Panel.
Clicking on top of an existing floor cover will select the floor covers for editing. A floor covers is selected when it is outlined in red.
Clicking a location anywhere else on the field will start the creation of a NEW floor cover. The first click will be the location of the upper-left corner of the floor cover. Then move the cursor to the location for the lower-right corner of the floor cover and click. A red box will indicate the location entered.
Editing handles will appear on a selected or new floor cover.
Dragging the handle in the upper-left corner will move the location of the floor cover. Dragging the handle in the lower-right corner will change the size of the floor cover.
Clicking on Choose a Floor Cover Image in the Floor Cover Tool
Control Panel will display a file dialog for finding an existing
(jpg or gif) image.
Clicking on Floor Cover is carried by a performer in the Floor Cover
Tool Control Panel will cause the floor cover to move with the
movement of a selected performer. To select the performer
to be the floor covers carrier, drag the upper-left corner of the floor cover
directly on top of an existing performer. A red bulls eye will
appear on top of the performer to indicate the performer that
will carry the floor cover throughout the drill. The carrier can be
any performer in the drill, however, usually a new performer
is added to the drill whose only purpose is to carry a floor cover. Use the Point tool to add a performer for this purpose.
Selecting the performer and editing its movement throughout the drill will cause the floor cover to move as well.
The Opacity of the floor cover can be entered by entering a number in the Floor Opacity text box. The transparency is in
percentage. If you choose an opacity of 50% the floor cover will allow 50% of the drill to be seen through it on the design field.
Should you transfer the drill file to another computer, you will need to also transfer the floor cover images used in your drill. You can save a 3D Drill File as a 3D Package that will include all floor covers used with the drill into one file. When saving, the package option Include floor covers must be set. To change the format of an existing drill file to a 3D Package, choose Save As from the File menu and set the Save Options.
3D Package files are compatible only with 3D version 2 or greater, however the Movable Floor Covers are only compatible with version 5.2 and above. You can determine which images are used in the drill by selecting External Files from Document Options of the File menu.
Designing a Floor Cover In a Grid Layout
A floor cover is actually a “.jpg” or “.gif” picture file that is created with the width and the height of the picture in the same floor coverortion as the performing surface. For example on a football field, the height is 52.5% of the length. Included with the floor covers is a Football field template that is already created to these floor coverortions. Within this picture file is a drawing representing the surface design of the performance.
All floor cover files are located in the Floor Covers folder of the 3D application folder.
To create a grid that includes a floor cover you will use the Grid Designer found in the Utilities menu of 3D.
- Select Grid Designer from the Utilities menu.
- If the grid that you want placed over the floor cover is already created but not currently displayed,
click Load and select the grid you want to be placed over the floor cover.
- Click Floor Cover and
select from the list of floor
covers (located in the Floor
Covers folder). If you want
to create a different floor
cover, you will need to use
a paint program to design
the floor cover with the
width and height of the picture
in the same floor coverortion
as the performing surface. Save it in the Floor Covers
folder as a “.jpg” or “.gif” file.
- After the floor cover and grid layout are setup as you would like, save the layout using the Save or Save As button so you can use the new grid design on new drill files.
- Click Ok if you want change the grid of the currently opened drill file to the new grid.
Adding a School Logo to a grid layout
Included in the Floor Covers folder is a Football_Template.jpg file. This file is created with the correct
floor coverortions (height and width) of a standard football field. The file also has a tick mark at each yard
- To add a logo to the file, open the file “Football_Template.jpg” with a drawing (paint) program. The paint program can be something like “Microsoft Photo Editor.” The file is located in the Floor Covers folder found in the 3D application folder.
- Paste your logo into the template. Scale and locate the logo so that it fits correctly in the template using the yard line tick marks as a guide.
- Delete the outer border and tick marks leaving only the logo in the file.
- Save As the file under a new name. Make sure the location of the file is in the Floor Covers folder.
- Use the steps in the section above for adding a floor cover to an existing grid.
Transferring Floor Covers
Should you transfer the drill file to another computer, you will need to also transfer the floor cover image used in your drill. You can save a 3D Drill File as a 3D Package that will include the floor cover picture used with the drill into one file. When saving, the package option Include Floor Cover must be set. To change the format of an existing drill file to a 3D Package, choose Save As from the File menu and set the Save Options.
3D Package files are compatible only with 3D version 2 or greater. Should you need the file to open on 3D Java version 1, it is best to put the external files in the same folder as the drill. You can determine which images are used in the drill by selecting External Files from Document Options of the File menu.
Installing the Floor Cover Plug-In: The Floor Cover Plug will not operate on any version of 3D that is less than version 1.1.1. 3D can be updated from our site at www.pyware.com.
To activate your Floor Covers Plug-In, go to your File Menu and choose Application Options. From
Application Options, select your Plug-ins tab. Click "Reactivate Plug-ins."
You should then see blanks to enter information for each plug-in currently available. Reference your Floor Covers Plug-in Activation Code that came with your program, and type in the missing fragment of the activation code in the apfloor coverriate field.
Select "Reactivate," and if keyed in correctly, your plug-in will be unlocked. Restart 3D and you will see the Floor Covers option in your Grid Designer under the Utlities Menu.