Traditional Tools Plug-in

The Traditional Tools Plug-In includes tools that are used in military corps style marching. These tools include: the Sequential Push tool which is used to create step offs and drop offs; the Counter March tool for counter marches; Parade Gate tool for wide sweeping turns, and the Traditional tool that allows you to create a custom transitions.

Traditional Tools Plug-In is an optional purchase. To see if Traditional Tools Plug-in is installed on your program, select Application Options from the File menu and click on the Plug-Ins tab.


Sequential Push Tool

The Sequential Push tool allows you to create step offs and drop offs.

To access the tool, set the Count Track up for a “transition” with the Red Anchor at the end count of the transition and the Yellow Anchor at the beginning. The performers you want doing this transition must also be selected.

Click on the Sequential Push tool button you will then see the Sequential Push Control Panel.









Editing handles appear on each performer. Dragging the editing handle of a position to a final location will cause all other performers to follow behind in a sequential movement. The position that is dragged will always be the performer that will travel the furthest in the maneuver.

If there are not enough counts in the transition for all performers to have time to step off, then those performers will mark time.

Entering a value in the Stride text box moves the positions into the new location that reflect stride length entered. Likewise, entering a number into the Distance text box moves the positions into the new location that reflects distance entered. Clicking on the directional compass will move the positions to reflect the new direction.

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

Multi-Segment allows you to select more than one shape (segment) and have the step off be uniform in all of the selected shapes as shown here.

 







The value in Step Off designates the counts between each step off. For example if you entered 2, then the positions will step off every 2 counts until the end of the shape is reached or the number of counts in the maneuver is reached.

The value in Drop Off designates the counts between each drop off. Typically you will enter a value for either the Step Off or the Drop Off and leave the other at 0. For example if you enter a 0 as the step off and 2 as the drop off, all positions stepped off together then the positions will drop off at the rate of 2 every count until the end of the maneuver. If there are not enough counts in the maneuver then some positions may just mark time.

The Animation Controls are always accessible while using this tool for previewing the maneuver.

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

Revert button resets the handles to their initial position.

Accept button accepts the shape into the drill.

Counter March tool

To access the tool, set the Count Track up for a “transition” with the Red Anchor at the end count of the transition and the Yellow Anchor at the beginning. The performers you want doing this transition must also be selected.
Click on the Counter March tool button you will then see the Counter March Control Panel.










Editing handles appear on each of the selected performers. Drag any editing handle in the direction of the counter march to the location on the field where the counter march is to begin. A blue line will designate the location where the counter march maneuver will begin.

In the Counter March Control Panel, the value in the Stride text box determines the stride length the performers will be using during this maneuver.

The Flank button designates which way the performers will first turn in the counter march. You have two options flanking to the left or to the right.

The value in Take [ ] steps and flank designates the number of steps after the first flank that the performers travel before flanking again.

The value in Pause [ ] counts and go designates the number of counts the performers will hold (or mark time) before the second flank.

The Animation Controls are always accessible while using this tool for previewing the maneuver.

Revert button resets the handles to their initial position.

Accept button accepts the shape into the drill.

Parade Gate Tool

The Parade Gate tool allows you to create wide gate turn easily. This is an essential tool for parades when rounding corners. To access the tool, set the Count Track up for a “transition” with the Red Anchor at the end count of the transition and the Yellow Anchor at the beginning. The performers you want doing this transition must also be selected.

To access the Parade Gate tool you must select a range of counts as seen below and a group of performers must be selected.

Click on the Parade Gate tool button and the Parade Gate Control Panel will appear.



Editing handles
will appear on each of the selected performers. Drag any performer to determine the initial marching direction and the point at which the rotation of the gate maneuver should begin.

The center point of the rotation will occur at the final location of the editing handle you drag. You can change the center point of rotation by dragging the center point indicator.


In the Control Panel, the value in the Stride text box designates the stride length the performers will be using during this maneuver, except during the actual gate. During the gate all performers will be taking different strides.

Gate [left] [right] at the blue line designates which way the positions will turn when performing the gate. The gate will not begin until the performers cross the blue line.

The value in Steps during gate designates the number of steps taken in the gate. The default is 16. This means the performers take a total of 16 steps during the execution of the gate maneuver.

Revert button resets the handles to their initial position.

Accept button accepts the shape into the drill.


Traditional Tool


The Traditional tool allows you to create custom transitions. They are created by entering a Route consisting of any combination flanking and sequential setup moves. To access the tool, set the Count Track up for a “transition” with the Red Anchor at the end count of the transition and the Yellow Anchor at the beginning. The performers you want doing this transition must also be selected.

Click on the Traditional tool button and the Traditional Control Panel will appear.













Editing handles
will appear on each of the selected performers. Drag any performer to determine the initial marching
direction for all of the performers.

As you drag an editing handle an action line will appear on the field that designates starting line for the Route to begin. As each performer crosses this line, the performer will begin following the Route.

In this example. The performers are initially moving in the same direction as the leader (Left). As they cross the action line, they begin performing the route. In this case the route is simple LF (Left Flank).



The Traditional tool allows you to create custom transitions. They are created by entering a Route consisting of any combination moves. You have 8 different moves available:

Code Movement
LF Left Flank
RF Right Flank
MT Mark Time
FM Forward March
TR To the Rear
ST Step Off (such as Step 2)
SD Drop Off (such as Drop 2)
H Half Stride allows to tak a half distance step

 

The route is entered in the Route box by typing the code for the move followed by a number of steps. Each move is separated with a comma.

For example: LF2,LF

The above example is a Left Flank (LF) then take 2 steps and make another left flank (LF), then continue marching to the end of the length of the transition. This is a standard left counter march. Type in the route in the Route text box and as you type, the description will appear in the Description area. This will help you confirm that you are entering a correct route.

Action Line Slope changes the slope of the starting line of the route. Typically the slope will be 0. However you can set the line to a 45 degree slope which allows you to create column left and right formations. You have 7 different settings: no slope, 22.5, 45, 67.5, -67.5, -45 and -22.5 degrees, depending on what direction you want the column to turn.

New button creates a new traditional maneuver.

Save button will save your Route as a traditional maneuver to be used again later.

Copy button will open and display a saved Route (traditional maneuver).

Delete button will delete a saved Route.

Revert button resets the handles to their initial position.

Accept button accepts the shape into the drill.

Installation Instructions


The Traditional Tools Plug-In 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 Traditional Tools 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 Traditional Tool Plug-in Activation Code that came with your program, and type in the missing fragment of the activation code in the appropriate field.

Select "Reactivate," and if keyed in correctly, your plug-in will be unlocked. Restart 3D and you will see the Traditional Tools on the Tool Palette.