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For each variation of the game (i.e. 6 man, 9 man, 11 man) we have presets for the line caps (arrows for skill players, Ts for linemen). This was added after I started working on my playbook and realized that it required up to 4 taps per lineman on every new play.
Formation templates are used for organization purposes and to avoid the need to recreate the formation from scratch every time you add a play.
Duplicate play and flip+duplicate play are a big win for creating series or groups of plays where the blocking schemes are nearly identical.
- Show opponent lets you show any defensive alignment against your offense. That combined with the duplicate play feature make it really fast to show the same play against a variety of fronts.
- The pencil owner is not intelligent enough to recognize mistakes and therefore never erases anything.
- The pencil owner only uses the pencil for mindless scribbling.
- The pencil owner is a serial sharpener. There was always that kid in elementary school who didn't really need to sharpen his pencil but just liked the grinding sound from the manual pencil sharpener bolted to the wall.
|19 weeks 3 days ago||My Self-Serving & Bullet (and Parenthesis)-Rich Perspective||
We put a ton of thought into how to handle the experience of drawing plays. I don't know if our approach is perfect but we stuck a nice balance between all the factors (multitouch interface vs. chunky-fingered coaches, freeform vs. precise drawing, etc.).
Drawing plays with legacy playbook software can be really tedious (especially blocking stuff) so we did a some things to reduce that pain:
The free version of the app will let you try all of the play creation tools but is limited to 3 plays and locks down custom formations and sharing. We have a free version because we're coaches ourselves and we want other coaches to have the chance to try the app before committing to the $20 investment.
Most of the coaches using our apps are from high schools and small colleges, and have made our app the primary system for their official team playbooks and scout team cards. We have a decent number of coaches using the wristband inserts, too.
You can check out our YouTube page for a full set of videos that demonstrate all of the app's features:
|19 weeks 3 days ago||Tech Support by Comment||
I could email this, but you posted a comment so me too!
1. LOS Snapping - if you drag an offensive player icon up, it will stop at the LOS. Not exactly snapping but has almost the same effect if you try to drag beyond.
3. There's actually a zig-zag pre-snap motion line and I have some hacks for showing things like option routes and play action. I'll send you a few video demos on that.
4. Basketball cover priority enhancement has been engaged.
All the stuff on your wish list is also on our wish list. Our update in a few weeks will include device-to-device playbook share/import. We're also working on a Telestrator feature for freeform drawing and text annotations for later in the Fall.
We really worked hard on the tuning of the position icons vs. field proportions and they're actually pretty close to real life. My guess is you haven't yet discovered the two finger swipe gesture for chaning the field position and hash - that will likely resolve the perceived issue of overscaled players.
|1 year 7 weeks ago||It's a Texturization Demonstration||
Thanks for the nice words.
I'm not sure how familiar you are with Photoshop (so some of these terms might sound like gibberish) but here are some step-by-step images with descriptions showing how the layers are set up for each card. Build order is from bottom to top layer.
1. Vintage paper photograph.
2. Vector Mask for the outer shape; layer styles for the outer glow, drop shadow and top/left edge highlight; Levels Adjustment layer to tweak brightness & contrast.
3. Distressed paper texture with Color Burn blending mode and Layer Mask with different areas painted in for each card with the airbrush.
4. Optional water damage photograph with Normal blending mode Layer Mask with the corner painted in with the airbrush.
5. Illustration with Multiply bending mode (except the white chinstrap which is set to the Soft Light blending mode).
6. Distressed paper texture desaturated, inverted, set to Screen blending mode and clipped to the illustration shape with a Vector Mask.
7. Illustration Layer Group duplicated to make colors a bit deeper.
8. Steps 4-6 repeated for the text.
|1 year 7 weeks ago||Eraser stuff||
Good point about the eraser. Here are a few candidates for the justification I will use to soothe my obsession with getting the details right and therefore excuse myself from posting a revision. Pick the justification you like best, or recommend one of your own:
|1 year 11 weeks ago||Well done||
I almost did something similar with a Lucky Charms box. I like this better than what I had planned. Nice work. I love all of the little details on the box (toasted defensive backs, etc.).
|1 year 11 weeks ago||Go forth and multiply||
Yes, you may alter to your heart's content. Thanks for asking.
|1 year 13 weeks ago||Yes, you are correct||
Yes, your memory is good and I'm still working on that ambitious project. It got away from me a bit but I will publish a series of wallpapers later in the season based on an idea that I think is awesome and that my 9-year-old will think is awesome and that I hope you think is awesome.
|1 year 13 weeks ago||Thanks for the heads up||
I guess the loss hit me harder than I thought. I'll have a fix later today.
|1 year 14 weeks ago||My daughter says "OMG"||
My 9 year-old doesn't throw around "OMG" lightly but she dropped one when she saw this. She's a huge Avengers and Captain America fan. Your layout and character design are solid and your Blockhams drawing style is fantastic.
I don't always use other people's wallpapers on my computer, but when I do, I use Six Zero.
|1 year 49 weeks ago||Thank You||
I just wanted to say thanks to everyone who became Acres Football fans on facebook yesterday. We gained 70 new fans in one day. We had people all over the country (and in Canada) "like" our page. Our kids will really enjoy this. Happy New Year and enjoy the Sugar Bowl!
|2 years 8 weeks ago||Thanks. Your Michigan State||
Thanks. Your Michigan State wallpaper is pretty epic too. Looks like we were both thinking along similar lines - I was trying to find a way to incorporate a variation of the 300 logo but couldn't find one. Proof that you are cleverer than me.
|2 years 8 weeks ago||This looks really great. The||
This looks really great. The awesome work you and cjm have done this year have me contemplating retirement from wallpapers of the schedule variety. Wallpaper-hungry Michigan fans are in good hands with the two of you.
|2 years 9 weeks ago||Nice use of color and the||
Nice use of color and the execution on the pupil is great. Keep up the good work!
|2 years 12 weeks ago||Laughing, outwardly and with volume||
I'm really glad my business partner was away for the day because I am having diffultly controlling my laughter. That is beyond awesome and way funnier than anything I've ever come up with. Your execution is really good, too.
|2 years 12 weeks ago||Well done. The placement and||
Well done. The placement and angle of the ND logo is great.
|2 years 12 weeks ago||Nice job! I really like the||
Nice job! I really like the concept and the execution looks right-on.
|2 years 13 weeks ago||Lighting: yeah, a bit of||
Lighting: yeah, a bit of artistic license. Technically there should be 4 angled shadows for each logo (two visible sets of light from the back side of the stadium and two sets of light that you can't see shining from the other side of the stadium (behind the camera). I tried to strike a balance between accurate and attractive in the lighting/shading of the logos.
Post-game wallpaper: by all means, feel free to use my wallpaper as a starting point. I really like your idea.
|2 years 13 weeks ago||The fam and I laughed hard at||
The fam and I laughed hard at this one. Probably the best compliment I've ever received on MGoBlog.
|2 years 13 weeks ago||Two more things that are||
Two more things that are awesome: first, when I read your "ahhhhhhh" I pictured Denard saying it and second, your Under the Lights wallpaper.
|2 years 13 weeks ago||Reading your list made my||
Reading your list made my wife laugh and had me thinking "yeah, you know what, this is Nebraska's first year in the B1G. I can justify the time for a Nebraska wallpaper. Right?" (crickets) Seriously, it is very difficult for me to resist.
|2 years 13 weeks ago||Take a look at photograher||
Take a look at photograher Scott Maez's web site. I used one of his images for this wallpaper and plan to use others in the future. http://www.smaez.smugmug.com/Galleries/Michigan
|2 years 13 weeks ago||Thanks for noticing the||
Thanks for noticing the details - I spent more time obsessing about the texture and lighting on the Block M than any other aspect of the image. I seriously almost scrapped the whole thing because I just couldn't get it to look right. Further proof that I have more stubborness than talent.
|2 years 13 weeks ago||Maybe you downloaded the||
Maybe you downloaded the wrong version. Give this a try... http://www.theartthearttheart.com/wp-content/downloads/michigan-football...
|2 years 13 weeks ago||I blushed just a little shade||
I blushed just a little shade darker than my daughter when I read that to her.
|2 years 13 weeks ago||I read this to my daughter||
I read this to my daughter and she laughed out loud.
|2 years 13 weeks ago||Nice work. The lights look||
Nice work. The lights look fantastic and the placement of the event logo is perfect.
|2 years 14 weeks ago||Well done! Good concept and||
Well done! Good concept and execution. The gray sky background sets everything off nicely.
|2 years 14 weeks ago||I can promise you that if||
I can promise you that if Denard is holding a Heisman at the end of this season his action figure will get a major upgrade.
|2 years 14 weeks ago||Thanks for the kind words.||
Thanks for the kind words. Sorry to disappoint. The Iowa wallpaper was one of my favorites too.
|2 years 14 weeks ago||You got it exactly right||
Life is a little busy this Fall and I can't create artwork that is up to standards in the limited free time I'll have.
I'm trying to set aside time, though, to create a wallpaper for The Game and maybe one other rivalry game.