StagePlotPro Documentation__________________________________

Choose an “Instrument” from the menubar, it's name will appear in the “Load-In” window, and you may position it's angle with the buttons below the instrument's name. Move your mouse cursor over the Stage to see your instrument. Click on the stage to add the instrument in place. Once on-stage, you may reposition your instrument by dragging it.“Instruments” include everything from drums to microphones, amplifiers, monitors, musicians, DI boxes, electric drops, risers, text, etc..

Leave on Dock: If you want to add several of the same 'instruments' to the stage, such as a monitor wedge or microphone, you may check 'Leave on Dock', and you will be able to add the 'instrument' to the stage repeatedly without having to go to the menubar each time.

The stage may be resized by dragging it's lower right-hand corner.

Importing a Stage: Use Stagecraft>Stage>Import. Enter the desired width of your imported stage. Import a 72dpi image, large enough that is won't have to be enlarged, as it may blur somewhat. Reducing is fine. Choose whether you want your instruments scaled to the stage. If you do, any instruments that you bring onto it will be scaled (slightly smaller than if not), and the 'Scale to Stage' checkbox in the Preferences window will be checked for you, and un-checked when you close the file, unless it was checked before you imported the stage. If you wish to scale instruments that are already on a stage plot that you have made with StagePlotPro and are not scaled, select the instruments and use Edit>Scale to Stage.

Creating a Stage: Use Stagecraft>Stage>Create. You will be limited to four straight sides. Enter the width and depth of the stage you wish to create, and how you would like it to be aligned in the window-centered at the top, or in the middle. You will save it, if you wish, just as you would an imported stage, and it will be available in the menu.


Working with Instruments:

If the Rotate Window or the Draw Window are open, instruments will be unresponsive to selecting, dragging, etc.

Selecting/Positioning/Aligning: Select an instrument by double-clicking on it, Shift+Clicking on it, or select several instruments at once by holding the shift key while drawing a selection box around them. This is reccomended for Text, as it can be difficult to click exactly on a part of a letter. Select all using Edit>Select All. Deselect a single instrument by double-clicking on it, Shift+Clicking on it, or deselect all by clicking on an empty area of the stage, or use Edit>Deselect All.

Align instruments by their sides, top or bottom by selecting them and using Edit>Align.

It is not necessary to select an instrument to move it by dragging it with your mouse, unless you are dragging more than one instrument. It is necessary to select it to move it using the arrow keys. Press an arrow key to move 1 pixel. Use Shift+Arrow to move 5 pixels. Moving several or all instruments should be done by dragging, as the arrow keys can be overworked with the load.

Selection color may be black, blue or red, depending on your choice in the preferences window, but blue will always be black over the grid.

An instrument is named according to what is is - 'FenderAmp', whether another instrument like it is already, or has been, on-stage - 'FenderAmp.2', and whether it is positioned at an angle - 'FenderAmpLA' (Left Angle). Mics on boom stands that come from the side are named L or R, according to which side of the singer/performer/instrument the stand is positioned.

When you have one instrument overlapping another, you may bring the lower one to the front by selecting it and choosing Edit>Bring to Front, or by selecting the upper one and using Edit>Send to Back.

To remove an instrument from the stage, select it and press your “Delete” key, or use Edit>Delete (Command+E).

You may wish to resize the stage after you have positioned instruments on it. Normally, an instrument's distance from the left side or top of the stage are not affected by resizing. If you wish to have an instrument's position remain the same distance from the right side of the stage after resizing, select the instrument and choose Edit>Lock>Right. You may also choose the bottom edge the same way. If you want to spread instruments out as you resize, select them and use Edit>Lock>Horizontal, Edit>Lock>Vertical, or both. If you change the position of a locked instrument it will be locked in the new position. To unlock an instrument, select it and use Edit>Unlock> etc.

Duplicating Instruments: You may copy an instrument using option>drag or by selecting it and using Edit>Copy (Command+C) and paste it to the middle of the stage.


Resizing Instruments: To resize an instrument, select it and choose Edit>Resize (Command+R) from the menu. A blue box will appear on the bottom right side of the selection box. Drag the blue box to scale the instrument up or down. To return the instrument to it's default size, select it and choose Edit>Default size. All instruments may be resized except notes, numbers, and monitors with mix numbers. Certain instruments, such as risers, are not resizeable. Create a new one to your specs.


Rotating Instruments: You may rotate an instrument after it is on the stage by selecting it (alone) and choosing Edit>Rotate... Use the slider to rotate the instrument up to 180 degrees clockwise or counter-clockwise. Again, certain instruments are not available to rotate, and you must close the Rotate window in order to add more instruments to the stage.



Reversing Instruments: If you want to flip an instrument to create a left-handed guitar, or drumset, for instance, select it and use Edit>Reverse. You can only flip an instrument once, and you may not reverse a rotated instrument. Reverse first, then rotate.


A Tip: If you've rotated, reversed and resized an instrument into a blur, try Edit>DefaultSize, then resize again. It might help.
Working with Features:

Input List: The text you enter into the Input List Window (Window>Input List) will be written to the section beneath the stage. In the preferences window, you may specify whether you want to group 8 lines of text per block, 10 lines, or use up to 3 columns of text per block. These columns are useful to list mics to be used, inserts, etc. Column widths may be adjusted by clicking on the edge of the numbered heading above the text area and dragging left or right. A section of text in a column will be limited in length to the width of the column. Text will not wrap, nor will a word that extends beyond the width of a column print to the input list. Use tab to select the next column, and the up/down arrow keys to change rows. Use the radio buttons to set the number of columns, the sets of three small arrows to change the alignment of the text, the larger arrows to go to the next or previous block of text, and the 'Write to Page' button to write to each block, according to the number at the top of the Input List Window, 1 through 6.

To re-write or clear the input list, open the Input List Window and proceed as before.

If you choose not to use sub-columns, you will be given a window to enter text into that will wrap your text automatically, the same width as a block in your input list. The length of this column will be broken up into 8 or 10 line blocks when you write it to the Stage Window.

Input List: To number the lines of the input list, check the checkbox to 'Number to', enter a number in the text area, and press "OK". If you are numbering a list that already has text, the text will be over-written.

You may choose, in the preferences window, to leave the input list off and use the entire page for the stage.


Creating Numbers & Letters for the Stage: You can create numbers and letters for the stage using the LoadIn window. Enter your number or letter here:

See the radio buttons for ‘Numbers’, ‘Letters’, ‘Closed’, and ‘Open’ above.

Press ‘Write’ and click on the stage where you want to place the number or letter.




Custom Groups: You may save groups of instruments to use again. Select a group of instruments and use Groups>Save Group. You will be given a window containing the group, and a text field where you will give the group a name. Save your group, and re-use it by choosing Groups and selecting the group by name. The group is now a single instrument. To delete a group from memory, choose Groups>Delete and choose the group by name.



Importing Graphics: You may import graphics to use as graphics, such as a logo, or to use as an instrument. Choose File>Import to import your graphic. If you expect to use the same graphic again, save it to the 'Imports' menu and it will be available without having to import it again. To delete an import from memory, use Imports>Delete and choose the import by name.

Adding Curtains: Use Stagecraft>Curtain>Backdrop to add a curtain to the back of the stage. Once this is done, you can add wings and/or legs to the sides. You may adjust the position of the curtains by choosing Stagecraft>Curtain>Adjust and dragging the arrows that appear in their corners. If you have imported a stage, the backdrop, wings and legs will go to the back and sides of it. In this case, the curtains will stay in place through resizing of the window, but will not be adjustable.

Preferences: The Preferences Window (StagePlotPro>Preferences) allows you to select the way you display measurements, i.e. U.S. Customary, or Metric, and the way you wish to group the input list, as well as whether to show the stage size (see below). Grouping the input list by eight allows visual compatibility with many digital audio applications. Grouping it by ten will give you more lines to use. Sub-Columns are meant to line up text vertically, where you may want to specify or suggest a mic to use, an insert, etc.

Show Stage Size: The stage size may be displayed, if you wish, by checking the appropriate checkbox in the Preferences Window. You may choose to have the stage size displayed according to it's size on screen, where 18 pixels = 1 foot, or 59 pixels = 1 meter, or you may designate the size to be shown by checking 'Show as' in the Preferences Window, and entering measurements. If you have imported a stage, those measurements will be shown.These are document preferences, so you will have to use the Preferences Window for any stage plot you wish to display the stage size on.



Monitor Mixes: Numbers may be applied to the images of monitor wedges and side-fills to identify each monitor mix. While the monitor is still in the Load-In window, type the number in the text field and press "Write" or hit "Enter" or "Return" on your keyboard. The number will become part of the graphic. This instrument will not be able to be resized using Edit>Resize.


Text Window: Use the “Text” window (select Window>Text) to add text to the stage. Type your text into the "Text" window. Use the re-size button on the bottom right corner of the window to arrange text or use the 'Return' key to go to the next line. You may use the arrows below the text to align your text left, center or right. When your text is ready, press “OK”. Your text will appear at your mouse cursor position while over the stage. Click to put it onstage. To make changes to your text after it has been put onstage, select it by shift+click+drag a selection box around it. Open the Text window and press 'Edit'. If you wish to re-use the same text, or modify it to use again, check the 'Keep Text' checkbox. If you intend to use the same font, color, sixe, etc., but not necessarily the text, check 'Save Style'.


Drawing on the Stage: Choose Window>Draw. To draw a straight line, click on the radio button labeled 'Line', and click and drag on the stage. To draw a strictly vertical or horizontal line, press Shift as you drag. Much the same with the other drawing tools - to draw a square, press Shift as you drag a rectangle, to draw a circle, press Shift as you drag an oval. You may choose any shade of grey, or black or white to fill a closed shape. To undo drawing, use Edit> Undo (Command-Z). Likewise, Edit>Redo to re-do. You may return to the Draw window at any point to undo drawing or to clear it.

The Grid: Should you desire to use a grid as a drawing aid or to help to arrange instruments, you may add one by opening the Drawing Window (Window>Draw) and checking 'Show Grid'. If you want the grid to print or export, check 'Print Grid'.



Stagecraft: Add curtains to the stage by selecting Stagecraft>Curtain>Backdrop. At this point, you may also add wings, legs, or both. Move the curtains by choosing Stagecraft>Curtain>Adjust. Drag the white arrows with your mouse to bring the backdrop forward or back, or to bring the wings in or out. If you adjust the curtains, they will no longer resize as you resize the stage. To exit adjust mode, uncheck the menu by choosing Adjust again, hit "Enter" or "Return" on your keyboard, or click on an empty white space on the stage.

Risers: You may create risers to any dimensions you need. Choose Stagecraft>Risers and specify the width, depth and height of the riser you wish to use, whether you wish to display it's dimensions ('Include Dimensions' checkbox), press "Load", and it will appear at your cursor position over the stage. A small 'Choir' is available by checking 'Include Choir'.

Printing/Exporting: To print, use File>Print or Command+P. To export your stage plot as a JPEG or PDF file, choose File>Export and choose the format. If you print directly from StagePlotPro, and have expanded the stage/input list, your stage plot will be reduced to fit on a letter-size page.



Managing the software:

You must have StagePlotPro in your Applications folder in order to Activate or Deactivate it. The on-line registration process has to communicate with it, so it must know where to find it, and you must have an active internet connection. COPY/PASTE your name and serial number, to avoid any problems.

You may install StagePlotPro on two computers at a time. Use File>Deactivate to deactivate any installations you are to leave behind. Your registration will carry over to any free upgrades. If you need to raise your limit, please contact us. A license for the other platform, Mac or Windows, to the owner of one, is half-price through a rebate. Let us know if you purchase the other, and we'll put $20 back on your card, PayPal, etc.