This is part 2 of a 3 part series focused on making sure you get the most out of your FastDraw Playbook. Read part 1 here: Maximizing Your FastDraw Playbook – Part 1
The ability to modify the layout and look of your printed playbook can be accessed by clicking the Playbook Settings icon from the Preview tab. The Playbook Settings menu is where all of your playbook customization is going to take place. By default, the Playbook Settings menu is set to a streamlined, “Basic” layout that is designed for a quick and easy experience for new FastDraw users. If you are interested in taking advantage of the full array of customization options, however, then you will want to change to the “Advanced” Playbook Settings menu.
From the top menu bar, go to File > Program Settings, and then click on the Printing tab. At the bottom of this menu, check the option for “View Print Settings in ‘Advanced’ Mode”and then click OK. Now when you open the Playbook Settings menu again, you will see many more options.
If you typically make a lot of changes to the layout of your playbook, I would also recommend opening the Program Settings menu and Printing tab again, and then checking the option for “Add apply button to allow modifying print options before redrawing”. Normally when you change anything in the Playbook Settings menu, your playbook will immediately redraw with the new settings. With this option checked, the playbook will not be redrawn until you click the Apply button at the top of the menu. This speeds up the process by letting you make all of your changes at once before redrawing.
Playbook, Chapter, and Section
At the top of the Playbook Settings menu, there are tabs for Playbook, Chapter, and Section. Playbook will always be selected by default, and being on the Playbook tab indicates that you are making global changes to the settings of your playbook. Every change that you make will affect each chapter and section in your playbook.
By clicking the Chapter or Section tab, you will then be able to select individual chapters or sections to edit. Changes made to your selected chapter or section will not affect any other chapters or sections of the playbook. Additionally, any changes to a specific chapter will affect the sections within that chapter, unless otherwise edited from the Section tab.
Saving Print Settings
When you have made changes to your playbook and you are happy with the results, you can save those changes as a template for all other future playbooks to use. This article has full details on how to do this.
The Play Options section will be where you will make the majority of your playbook changes. This controls how many frames, and subsequently the size of each will, will be included on each page, and what descriptive values will be included with the frames.
Frame layout: Plain gives you a standard grid layout with the description underneath, while side-by-side gives the frame description next to the frame. In side-by-side, only one frame can be used per row.
Frames Per Row and Rows Per Page: This setting will control how many frames are displayed on each page. Unless you have a specific setting that you know you want to use, a good setting to use is 2-3 Frames Per Row, and then Rows Per Page set to Auto.
First Row Alternate: This feature is designed to let you apply a saved setting template to the first row of each page. An example of what might be accomplished with this is using a single frame in the first row of a series to show the initial alignment of the set.
Play Labels: These labels appear directly above the diagram frame, and a number of different label options are available, including using no labels and only featuring the frames.
Try changing each of these Play Options to see how your playbook looks with each setting to find the desired layout that you are looking for, and then you can save the settings that you like best as your default template.