Before DART Range can be used, it must be calibrated. This is done with the commands found in the Setup menu.



Calibration

Calibration is a two-step process that aligns DART’s camera and the projected image. The first step is to position DART so that it captures the entire projected image. The second step defines the extents of the projected area and measures the maximum brightness of the projected image. Refer to the Calibration Guide for a step-by-step walkthrough of calibration.



Settings

The Settings options ensure that the target size is correctly calculated and displayed based on the size of the projected image and the distance of the shooter from the wall/screen. Detailed information about Screen Size and Firing Distance sliders are contained in the Calibration Guide.




Light Filter

DART Range uses a pixel’s brightness to detect the laser of a training weapon. To function correctly, DART must distinguish the light of the laser from the light of the projector and room lighting. The Light Filter option is used for this purpose. Refer to the Calibration Guide for more information.




Volume

DART Range allows you to independently adjust the volume of gunshots, zone hit sound effects, ambient sounds (which includes video instructions), and countdown sound effects.

 

Note: Remember that volume level is also controlled by the Windows operating system as well as the volume setting on the speaker itself.



Sight Alignment

Most laser training weapons have mechanical means of adjusting and aligning the sights. However, DART provides a way to make small adjustments in software rather than going to the trouble of adjusting a weapon by hand. This is done using the Sight Alignment option.



  • To use, make sure that the default DART target is selected.
  • Select Sight Alignment and click the Reset to Default button to make sure that all previous alignment data is discarded. This will cause the Reset to Default button to turn gray.
  • Fire three shots at the target while aiming at the exact center of the target. If you feel your aim is off, you may keep firing until you are satisfied with the last three shots.
  • The Accept Alignment button should now be blue. Click it to accept the alignment information of the last three shots you fired.
  • Now all shots fired from the current weapon should be aligned. 

 

Note: Remember that the new alignment will be applied to ALL weapons. If you are using more than one training weapon, you should adjust errant weapons mechanically. Also, keep in mind that the accuracy of the alignment is entirely dependent on the accuracy of your last three shots. If they are off, the final alignment will be off as well.



Hotkeys

Most program options may be quickly accessed through keyboard shortcuts. For example, you can restart a course no matter where you are in DART Creator by pressing the R key. These keyboard shortcuts can be viewed and changed using the Define Hotkeys option. To define a hotkey, follow these steps:

  • Select the Define Hotkeys button.
  • In the dialog window, use the mouse scroll wheel to move through the list of commands.
  • Double-click the mouse button on the preferred command. The command will highlight in red.
  • Press a key or key combination. DART recognizes Left Shift, Right Shift, Alt, and Ctrl keys separately.
  • Select the Accept button to keep and save your settings.



Help

Displays basic help information for the options found in the Setup menu.



About

Displays information about the program's version number and a link to this website containing program documentation.