Push Tool

The Push Tool is used to relocate a selected shape in a straight line path from one point of the field to another without changing the form of the shape.

To establish the counts where the push transition is to begin and end in the drill, set the Red Anchor on the Count Track to the count where the push transition 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 push transition is to begin. This is typically the previous set.Tool Palette Push Tool

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

Push Tool Control Panel

Push Maneuver

Editing Handles appear on each selected performer. These handles can be dragged and thus dragging all performers to the final location of the push 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 resolution of the cursor can be controlled by the whole, half and quarter step switches in the upper right corner of the Console. The Push Tool Control Panel also displays the Stride and Distance.

 

Reposition Handle

 

A Reposition Handle will appear in the center of the selected performers. Dragging the center of the Reposition Handle is the same as dragging one of the performer handles. Dragging the Rotator Arm that extends from the Reposition Handle will rotate the shape. The point of rotation can be changed by dragging the outer ring of the Reposition Handle to a preferred location.

 

 

 

Use the Arrow Keys to shift and rotate forms easily without having to change tools or use the mouse. Moving forms with the Arrow Keys (without the or keys) is disabled in drawing tools, because this feature is primarily used for matching performers when regrouping. You can, however, use Arrow Keys to move the form when you have any editing tool open. Simply select the form you wish to move, select your editing tool, then move the form with your Arrow Keys.

<Shift><Arrow keys> move the center of the Relocation Handle and the selected form one step. This causes the new positions to shift similarly to the new location.

<Control><Arrow keys> rotate the Relocation Rotation Handle 5 degrees. This causes the new positions to rotate around the Relocation Handle.

Entering a number in the Stride text box will move the editing handles the correct distance to reflect the new stride.

Entering a distance in yards (or meters) in the Distance text box will move the editing handles to the distance entered.

Clicking a direction on the Direction Compass will move the editing handles to reflect the new direction.

Snap to Horz/Vert padlock will snap the handles to the nearest horizontal, vertical, or 45 degree direction.

MirrorMirroring options are available if two or more shapes are selected.When mirroring, the direction of the shapes can be set to opposing horizontally, opposing vertically, or opposing both vertically and horizontally.

 

 

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

Compound Move combines two maneuvers, such as a rotation & float, in to one transition. If the Compound Move option is not selected, the Push Tool will overwrite the existing transition over the selected range.

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

Revert resets the handles to their initial position.

At any time during the entry of the push, the Animation controls can be used to preview the push in the drill. Other useful functions that can be accessed during the entry of the push are located in the upper right corner of the field display window. There are function 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.

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