As I mentioned in an earlier post, I’m working on adding “.swf” files to libraries. What does this mean? Basically, by leveraging the powerful drawing capabilities of Flash and the .swf file format, you can now have nice colorful smooth vector shapes in your simple diagrams. This feature has moved along nicely since my last post and I’m excited to get some examples into your hands so you can try it out. So keep reading to learn how to do your own sports diagrams.
In my last post I showed some screenshots of a football play I made. The ultimate play, mind you. Against this play, no defense.
It’s time for you to have the power to diagram ultimate plays. I’m posting both a sports background library and a football shape library for you to experiment with (please make sure you’ve updated to the latest version of SimpleDiagrams before creating your opponent crushing plays).
Just click the links below to download each library. After downloading to your computer, just double-click each files to load it into SimpleDiagrams.
SportsBackgrounds.sdlp : this background library includes playing fields for soccer, baseball, basketball and football.
Football.sdlp : some simple symbols for football play diagramming
However, when you first add the background it might look kind of funky and stretched the wrong way, depending on the current size of your document. For example, here’s what my document looked like when I added a soccer field…
This is not right. How is Barcelona going to dominate without a sufficiently spacious midfield! To quickly set your document to the correct dimensions for the background you picked, use the Diagram > Fit to background size menu command and your field regains a sense of proportion and dignity.
And that’s it! Sports fans try them out and let me know what you think. This feature is pretty new so please let me know if you have any problems or would like to see some different or additional features to make it more effective.
By the way, an important note about setting your backgrounds…in the SimpleDiagrams Diagram Properties window you can set the “Format” for backgrounds to the following fill modes:
- repeat (to tile the background across your document)
- scale (stretch to fit your document)
- clip (remain the default size regardless of the size of your document)
Here you see I’ve set my background to repeat…
But with these flashy new .swf backgrounds, you can only use the “scale” format…in fact, SimpleDiagrams will automatically set the fill type to “scale” and won’t let you change it in the diagram properties.