The DART Studio interface is divided into four sections: the Info Bar, Navigation Panel, Menu Selection Bar, and Command Panel.
DART courses of fire are made up of stages which can include 2D targets, 3D human targets (called TruTargets), and scene props. Throughout this documentation we'll refer to these collectively as objects. The Info Bar at the top of the screen helps to keep track of the various objects used in a course and displays the current course and stage number on the left side and information about the currently selected stage, target, or prop on the right side.
In the center section, you are able to select between Stages, Targets, TruTargets, and Props. Once selected, you are able to add, delete, and select between the various objects in a course.
- Stages – each course may contain up to 30 stages.
- Targets – each stage may have up to 10 (2D) targets.
- TruTargets – each stage may include up to 10 3D TruTargets. TruTargets are not available in DART Creator.
- Props – each stage may include up to 30 3D props. Props are not available in DART Creator.
Tip: you can use function keys F6-F9 to quickly move between Stages, Targets, TruTargets, and Props.
Targets and props can be easily moved around in DART using the mouse and/or fields in the Navigation Panel at the top of the screen. The Navigation Panel will automatically appear when you are in an area of the program that allows movement such as Targets/Path.
Menu Selection Bar
The Menu Selection Bar at the bottom of the screen allows you to move between the five main sections of DART; Courses, Stages, Targets, TruTargets, and Props.
Each section has its own commands. For example Course commands affect the entire course. Stage commands apply only to the selected stage. Target commands affect targets, and so on. Selecting a section here will automatically change the Info Bar selection at the top of the screen.
Tip: you can use function keys F1-F5 to quickly move between selections.
Note: TruTargets and Props are only available in DART Studio.
Many menu items have multiple options which are controlled in the Command Panel. For example, selecting the Settings option in the Courses menu opens a Command Panel with controls for scoring, simulating (or previewing) a course, and importing/exporting course data.
Some menu options will open a dialog window when selected. For example, clicking Load in the Courses menu opens a dialog for selecting courses previously saved on the system.