Clean Run Course Designer v.4 ~ Usage Notes

The thing I’m most excited about in this new version of the Clean Run Course Designer is that it supports TDAA equipment. Having real 16″ diameter tunnels is great.

I’ve presented here a 3-D rendition of the Power and Speed course. 3-D is interesting and gives the rare perspective that you typically only see… after the course has been built with real equipment on the field. CRCD has a “Save As” feature in case you want to save the graphic in this perspective.

The developer has provided a number of new tools for changing the viewer’s aspect on the course. I’ve played with these a little bit, but have not explored them completely.

Usage Notes

  • As usual the big numbers are over-whelming to the TDAA course. It would be great to be able to size numbers in the same way you size text. I went through a period where I sized my own text. Of course you lose the ability to use the robust renumbering tools and course reversal when you’re working with raw text.I’m wondering if it would be possible in some future release for the numbers to lie down on the field (and the grid markers) the same way that text does?
  • Shaping the tunnel is different (therefore alien and annoying). I couldn’t figure it out at first. The designer has actually provided a little pop-up tutorial for grumpy old farts like me that provides guidance for how to shape the tunnel using the new tool.
  • I’m a keystroke typist rather than a mouser. So a lot of the tasks that I like to do are programmed into my finger tips. CRCD4 unfortunately has changed some of the simple keystroke combinations to perform common tasks. For example, previously to copy a course map you would type [Alt-E] then “C” (for Copy). CRCD4 has morphed this combination to [Alt-E] then “y” (for copY).However, [Ctrl-C] still works for the copy command.
  • CRCD4 has re-introduced a keystroke for course size. The keystroke was unavailable in CRCD3. This is good, as it is a common task when designing courses for a wide variety of spaces.
  • It used to be I could click on an obstacle or object on the course map, or select a group, and then nudgethem in 1′ increments using the arrow keys. This was very useful for getting exactly the desired measured distance between obstacles, while maintaining the alignment of obstacles.Unfortunately in this new release the obstacles are locked to the underlying grid. And so, they will no longer nudge.
  • There is no properly sized A-frame for the TDAA. The TDAA A-frame should have an adjustable width of 2′ to 2’5″.
  • I was wrong about the ability to save the 3-D graphics image using a Save Ascommand. It will indeed safe the file as a .gif or a .tif… but it is the two dimensional image and not the 3-D graphic.So, the workaround for capturing the 3-D image is to do a screen print, and then trim and edit the image in Photoshop.
  • The most annoying thing about the new version now is that the text source is not compatible with the old version 3. When I’m corresponding with people (as when I’m doing TDAA course reviews) I like to paste in the text for a course-map to illustrate a point. If they don’t have CRCD-4… they just can’t read it. So I have to work in CRCD-3 when I’m doing certain work.

Last Updated 09/20/2012

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One Response to “Clean Run Course Designer v.4 ~ Usage Notes”

  1. Glen Kime Says:

    In case you prefer them, CRCD 3 style tunnels are available again in CRCD 4, starting with version 4.13.
    You can still nudge obstacles with the keyboard in CRCD 4, it’s just that to do that, you now hold down the shift or shift and control keys, in addition to an arrow key. See CRCD 4’s “Moving Shapes” help topic.
    You don’t need to do a print screen in order to get a 3D image. To save as a 3D image, first make sure that you’re viewing the course in 3D, then use the “Save As” command, and save the course as a .bmp, .png or .tif .
    Most importantly, you don’t need to continue to use CRCD 3 just to be able to send courses to people who only have CRCD 3. CRCD 4 can save courses in the CRCD 3 format, or copy the course to the clipboard in the CRCD 3 format. See the “Creating Course Designer 3 courses with Course Designer 4” section of the “Use with Course Designer 3” help topic. These features are more easily used starting with version 4.13, which no longer requires opening a CRCD 3 course in order to activate the CRCD 3 course format features.

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