There will be times when you might wish to write backwards from a set later in the drill. For example, imagine your second set of a drill is actually the opening formation, and the first set is a transition into the opening formation. In this case, it is easier to create the opening formation at the later count first, then chart backwards to the beginning of the drill.

As with the above example, set #2 is the opening formation. In this case we need to create performers for the first time in the drill at set #2. These performers do not exist anywhere else in the drill file. Place both editing anchors at set #2. If you are charting backwards from a set of existing performers, skip this step. Place both anchors on the Count Track on the same count. This is necessary for creating “first time” performers. Holding [ALT] (or [OPTION] on Mac) while clicking on a page tab will force both Yellow and Red Anchors to move together to the tab. With the anchors set up properly, enter the new formations into the drill.

Using the above example, set #2 is the start of the set we have just finished, and now we want to move “backwards” to set #1 to design the ending count and transition between the two sets. Normally we would be thinking about the transition from the previous set (set #1) to the current set (set #2). To set up the anchors for the “backwards” design, set the editing anchors on the Count Track between set #2 and set #1. Click on the small red right arrow on the Count Track appearing between the Yellow and Red Anchors. The Red and Yellow Anchor will swap locations. Editing of shapes and all transitions will now be written backwards.

Forward drill writing as indicated by the small red right arrow on the Count Track.

Backward drill writing as indicated by the small LEFT arrow on the Count Track and the red warning bar in the Count Track’s page tab area.

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