Commands under the Courses menu affect the whole course and include options for loading, saving, and simulating (previewing) courses – as well as setting scoring requirements for a course.
Tip! Use the F1 key to instantly jump to the Courses menu from anywhere in the program.
The New button resets all course settings (including all stages, targets, and props) to their default values. Any unsaved changes to your course will be lost when you click the New button, so a warning box will appear asking you to confirm the action.
Tip! Because the New command resets all program options to their default settings, use it before starting a new course.
Clicking the Load button opens a dialog which shows a list of available courses. Loading a course will replace the current course you may be working on.
The Load Course window found in DART is a little different than those found in typical Windows programs. The left column shows a list of folders which contain one or more DART courses. Clicking a folder will show a list of available courses in the right column.
Single-clicking a file name will display a preview image of the course you have selected. Double-clicking a name will load the selected course. Alternatively, you may select a course name and click the Load button at the bottom right of the window. Clicking the Cancel button will close the window without loading a course.
The Save button opens a dialog which will save the current course, along with all its stages, targets, and options. Saved courses can be run in DART Range or reopened and edited in DART Creator and DART Studio.
The Save Course window found in DART is a little different than those found in typical Windows programs. The left column shows a list of all folders containing a DART course. Clicking a folder will show a list of all courses within that folder in the right column.
The New Folder button located at the bottom left corner of the window allows you to create a new folder to store courses. To create a new folder, select a parent folder and click the New Folder button. For example, if you wanted to create a new folder under the main Courses folder, you would select the Courses folder and click New Folder. A new folder with the name “New Folder” will appear. To rename the folder, double-click the name, type a new name, and press Enter.
To save a course, left-click the dark bar to the right of the New Folder button, type the name of the new course, and click the Save button.
Note! Saving a course does not save all changes made to targets and paths. This is an important principle to understand. Some changes made to targets and paths can only be retained by saving the target or path itself. Let’s say that you are using the B-21E Blue target in your course and you have changed the point value for the target’s zones. The only way to save this information is to save the target (using the Targets/Save command).
The Settings options are used for setting course scoring requirements, simulating (previewing) a course, and importing and exporting course assets.
The simulation commands provide an easy way for you to preview a course - including instructions, countdown, target movement, zone hit requirements, etc. This provides a convenient way to test a course before running it in DART Range.
Selecting the Stage button will preview the currently selected stage. You can simulate a stage any time (even in you are not in the Courses menu) by pressing the 1 key.
Selecting the Course button will preview all stages of your course; taking into account ammo and time limits, and other settings to correctly advance through all stages of your course. You can simulate a course at any time by pressing the 2 key.
The Scoring options allow you to set the minimum score a shooter must achieve to pass a given course. Pass and fail grades are displayed in DART Range after a course of fire has been run. The Scoring button is a multi-select button with two options; Total Score and % of Hits. The final course score is determined by adding points or hits from all stages in a course.
When Total Score is selected, the Minimum Passing Score slider can be set between 0 and 250. A setting of 0 means that any score will pass. A setting of 100 means that the shooter must score 100 points or more though all stages of the course in order to pass.
% of Hits
When % of Hits is selected, the Minimum Passing Score slider can be set between 0 and 100 (%). A setting of 0 means that any score will pass. A setting of 75 means that at least 75% of the shooter’s shots during the course must hit the target in order to pass. For the purposes of scoring, a “hit” is defined as any shot that earns at least one point. Shots that earn less than one point (including negative value shots), are considered misses.
Note: You may adjust target scoring using the Target/Settings option for 2D targets and the TruTargets/Settings options for 3D target.
Each DART course can be made up of dozens of assets including target images, sound files, target paths, props, etc. The import/export options allow you to easily share your DART courses with others by gathering and saving all the required course assets together in one file. Course files from DART Studio can be loaded into DART Creator, however some assets such as 3D TruTargets and props will not be editable within DART Creator.
The Import button will open a window that allows you to select a DART zip file which has been previously created with the Import/Export option. Select the file for importing and click the Import button. After a few moments the course will open, and the course assets will have been saved to the DART Data folder.
The Export button will open a window that allows you to save all your course assets in a single zip file. Once saved, you can share your course zip file with a colleague who can easily bring it into his system.
Note: Course zip files must be in the DART Data folder or a sub-folder within the DART Data folder to be seen.