Printing

Printing Charts

With 3D, any count of a drill can be printed. However, one usually only wants printouts at set points. Charts can be printed by count number or by Set number. Sets are determined by the location of the Page Tabs on the Count Track. Prior to printing you may want to add or remove certain Page Tabs from the Count Track so the Sets will printout according to your preference.

Select Print Charts from the File menu and the following preview screen will display.

Print Selection options are used to determine which counts of a drill are printed.

    From Page Tab option will print the selected page tabs showing in the Drill book.

    Currently Displayed Count option will print the current count displayed. The displayed count is determined by the location of the red anchor.

    Thumbnails per page will print small grids to fill the page. Ideal settings for dotbooks are 8 thumbnails per page in portrait orientation, or 4 thumbnails per page in landscape orientation.

Print Preferences

    Print all performers black is useful when it is important to make clear black and white reproductions of the printout. You may choose to check this option for color printers because the color symbols will not copy as clear when in color. You may also choose to check this option for black and white printers because colored symbols will be printed as a shade of gray and also will not copy as clearly as if they were black. Typically if you plan to reproduce the printouts you will want all of the
    symbols to be printed black.

    Print each performers label determines whether a label is printed (usually a number) beside each performers symbol. Normally, if labels were entered with the Performer Labeling tool, this option is checked. However, sometimes when a chart is very cluttered, it is preferred to remove the labels to make the chart more clear.

    Print text option determines whether the text created with the Text tool will be printed on the chart. The Print text option also determines whether arrow indicators created with the Arrow Labeling tool will be printed.

    Magnify Symbols option will enlarge the symbols and labels printed on the charts.

    Thicker grid lines option will print the field grid with thicker lines. This is sometimes useful on laser printers low on toner. Also, on some printers the grid lines are too thin to reproduce well.

    Performer viewpoint (reverse view) will print the charts from the performers perspective.

    Mark center of performer locations will place a dot in the center of the positions where the performer will be standing.

    Zoom chart for largest printout will print zoomed in charts. The printout will be zoomed in as much as possible while still keeping the performers in the picture. When selecting this preference, some options will display for determining which charted items are visible in the printout when zoomed.

Overlay Set has two options Use Previous and Use Next. When checked, if a chart selection includes an overlay, Use Previous will print the previous set as a background chart. Likewise, Use Next will print the next set as a background chart.

    Starting Set # will change the starting set number. For example if the first drill ends with page tab 23
    the continuation file can begin with page 24.

Shortcuts pull-down menus change the settings in the drill book options in the print charts dialog. The Print shortcut menu will remove or add all of the checks from the selection boxes in the print column. Similarly, the Overlay shortcut menu will remove or add all of the checks from the selection boxes in the Include Overlay column and the Paths shortcut menu will select all, none, or mid-point options to print paths.

Sets and SubSets are derived from the Page Tabs of the Count Track. Typically a chart should be printed at each page tab and therefore each page tab is a Set. Sometimes, however, it is useful to create a page tab at a location where you don’t necessarily need a printed chart. Such as in a complex transition where you only want to print a chart at the beginning and end of the transition but you may need a few tabs placed within the transition to make it easier to create. These “mid-transition” page tabs can be changed to a Sub-Set so the set numbering will be correct. For example, with two sub-sets between set 2 and 3 the numbering sequence would be 1, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 4, etc.

The Print column in the table enables/disables the printing of the set.

The Overlay column in the table enabled/disables the printing of a background chart for the set.

The Paths column in the table can be set to None for no paths printed, or All Paths for a dot per step for every performer, or Path Midpoint for a single dot for each performer marking the midway point to the next set.

The Title column in the table can be used to enter a title for the set to be printed along the top of the printed chart.

Close button will exit the Print Charts window.

Save as Default will save settings of the options from Print Preferences as default values. Print Selection option will not be saved.

Print/Preview button opens print preview and page setup dialog.

Print will send the job to the printer.

Previous Page will move to the previous preview page of the print job.

Next Page will move to the next preview page of the print job.

Page Setup button opens the printers page setup dialog.

Done button closes the print preview and returns to the print charts dialog.

Printing Coordinates

With 3D, coordinates for any count of a drill can be printed. However, one usually only wants coordinates for the set points in the drill. 3D uses the Page Tabs on the Count Track to determine the sets in the drill. Prior to printing you may want to add or remove certain Page Tabs from the Count Track so the Sets will printout according to your preference. It is useful to use Sub-Sets on the Count Track to indicate sets that are used for design purposes but not to print.

Selecting Print Coordinates from the File menu will display the Print Coordinates dialog.

There are two coordinate Report Type options:

  1. Print Performer Coordinate Sheet is a list of coordinates for a performer. The coordinate list contains a coordinate for each Page Tab location (set) in the drill.

    1. Combine coordinates of all drills in this production into one list. This option is available when choosing Print Coordinates while a Production file (or a drill in a Production file) is currently opened.

    2. List Size - This is the size of the printout. This is useful for performers who want lists to be printed in a convenient size for fitting on index cards or small pocket size for a wallet.

  2. Print Director Coordinate Sheet is a list of all performers. The list contains a coordinate for each performer at a Page Tab (set). A Director Coordinate Sheet can be printed for each Page Tab in the drill by selecting the Include coordinates for all sets option.


Performer Coordinate Sheet

Directors Coordinate Sheet


Coordinates can be printed at four different resolutions: Whole Steps, Half Steps, Quarter Steps and Eighth Steps.

Print only selected positions is useful for reprinting a single performer or a group of performers. Select the performer(s) with a selection tool before selecting Print Coordinates from the File menu. Then check the Print only selected positions option.

Sort performer list by: option sorts the coordinates by one of the following ways: Label and Symbol, Symbol and Label, Name, Original entry order, or Shape and Rank.

Setting up the Grid Terminology to match the terms commonly used by your performing group will make the coordinates easier to understand by the performers. For example, on a football field grid the Left Side of the grid (the left endzone) may be referred to as the North Goal by your performers rather than the default term Left.

Close button exits the Print Coordinates window.

Save as Default button saves the settings of the Grid Terminology and Preferences as default values.

Print/Preview will open the page setup display then render and display a preview of the coordinate report according to the settings of the print coordinate report options.

Print will send the job to the printer.

Previous Page will move to the previous preview page of the print job.

Next Page will move to the next preview page of the print job.

Page Setup button opens the printers page setup dialog.

Done button closes the print preview and returns to the print coordinates dialog.

Printing a Cast Sheet

Whether you have a large band or a small band the cast sheet is a very useful tool. The cast sheet will display and print all symbols, labels, and names of the performers in the drill.

When you select Print Cast Sheet from the File menu the Cast Sheet Manager will display.


Print Sort order will sort the names in the cast sheet according to one of the following options: by Symbol, Label, Name; by order entered; by Name, Symbol, Label; or by Label, Symbol, Name.

The name is entered using the Label Tool or can be entered directly from this dialog, the Cast Sheet Manager.

The Notes column is just a space on the printout for taking notes on performers during rehearsals. This feature was added in version 3. If this drill is opened with a version earlier than version 3, the notes will not be found.

Print all symbols black will print all symbols in the cast sheet black instead of the color defined in the label function.

Show unlabeled cast members shows all performers (even the performers with no label) on the Cast Sheet Manager window and in the printout. Hiding unlabeled performers from a printout is useful if you entered some performers as markers on the field and not actually performers.

Done button exits the Print Cast Manager window.

Save as Default button saves the settings of the Sort order.

Print/Preview will open the page setup display then render and display a preview of the Cast Sheet report according to the settings of the print cast sheet manager.

Print will send the job to the printer.

Previous Page will move to the previous preview page of the print job.

Next Page will move to the next preview page of the print job.

Page Setup button opens the printer’s page setup dialog.

Done button closes the print preview and returns to the cast sheet manager.

Import Cast List Information

Cast list names and labels can be imported from one drill to another. This is very handy when you add cast list information such as cast member names or labels to a drill after you have finished it. This is often done if you have purchased a custom or pre-written drill. Before Import you would have to make the changes to all of the drills in a production (or show). Now you can make changes in the first drill of a show and then import the changes to the other drills of the production (or show). Typically, you will want to import into your drill the cast information of the previous drill of the show you are writing. Usually the formation at the first count of the drill you are editing is the formation at last count of the drill you are importing from. Import will find the counts with matching formations in both drills, lookup the name (and/or label) of each performer and then set that name (and/or label) in the drill you are editing.

  • Select Print Cast List from the File menu or Cast List Editor from the Utilities menu and the Cast List Editor will display.

  • Click the Import Names & Labels button located in the lower left corner of the editor and the following dialog will display:


  • Click Browse and find the drill whose cast list information you want to import into this drill.

  • Select the Cast Member cross reference method.

  • Choose what information you want to import. The information can be cast list name and label. It is important to remember that the name and/or labels of performers that are found in both drills will be overwritten in the drill you have opened.

  • Click Import to begin the search and copy the cast information into your drill.

  • When you click Done from the Cast List Editor, you will be asked if you want to save the changes. If you do not want the changes saved, you can click No here and nothing will be saved of the import.

Printing a Cover Sheet

The Print Cover Sheet function will print a cover sheet for the drill book. When you choose Print Cover Sheet from the File menu the Print Cover Sheet dialog will display.

Edit Drill Title will open the Document Options to the Preferences tab so that the title may be changed.

Edit Author Info will open the Document Options to the Properties tab so that the Author Info may be changed.

Import 1st page of Notes and Import 2nd page of Notes will allow you to import a text file to have as notes pages to follow the cover sheet for any additional instructions.

Close will close the Print Cover Sheet Manager dialog and return to the design grid.

Print/Preview will open the page setup display, render and display a preview of the Cover Sheet report according to the settings of the Print Cover Sheet dialog. From the Print/Preview dialog you can select Print.