Scorer update - August 2018

LATEST UPDATE INFORMATION

Changes in Scorer 18

Overview

Scorer 18 continues to develop and more information is directly in the database.

The major changes are in performance, the availability of more movements, and the ease of generating and importing custom movements with the “new custom movements” tools.

We have listened to users and instead of automatically offering the player update on every login, this option has been removed and the player update is offered as a button on the front ribbon bar.

Specific Changes

User choice to update players

There is an icon on the front “Scoring and Calendar” tab of the Ribbon Bar to update NZB Players

Users will no longer be prompted on every login to update the player list.

NOTE: As a consequence of this it is now the user’s responsibility to ensure the player names are updated on a regular basis.

New Custom Movements

On the Advanced tab of the Ribbon Bar, there is an icon for “New Custom Movements”

This allows the user to generate web and Bowman movements easily, manually enter a movement or load a movement created as a csv file (usually created using Excel then saved as a csv file). These new custom movements no longer have the original restrictions of not allowing the same boardset to be played at the same table by different players (a design flaw in Scorer)

Excel templates are provided to assist in generating some movements, and training is available on request.

When movements have been generated or created, they are stored in the SQL Server database and are available for use.  The movements are checked to ensure that no pair plays any board more than once.

Creating csv files for the movements is best as this allows users to share their movements easily with others.

When a pairs session is created, there is an additional option “New Custom Movement” available along with the “Mitchell”/”Howell/Barometer” and “Custom Movement” options.  The old “Custom Movement” option still works currently, but this is more difficult to use and has less flexibility than the New Custom Movement option.

Movement overview and guide cards

With the New Custom Movements, when a movement is added, there is a button on screen to print an overview of the movement and guide cards direct from the database – no need to make your own!

The overview is a table showing, for each table and for each round, which NS Pair, EW Pair and boardset are at the table for that round.

The guide cards are printed for each table.

Improved Performance

The process for uploading results from electronic scoring has been slightly modified to improve performance. This should be especially noticeable in larger sessions.

Long Event names

There have been some instances where long event names have corrupted the Master-Points files. This has been corrected in this version.

More information in the SQL Database

With V18 the power of the database has moved another step forward, removing the use of system files for Pairs as well as teams events.  This means no more file locking when it comes to those important changes that happen from time to time at the start of a session!

Having the data in the SQL Server database makes the reporting for your club and for your players so much better, and control is in YOUR hands.

MOVE FORWARD WITH Scorer V18 TODAY

Special upgrade price of $148 if paid by 13 September 2018 : email Pat for an invoice

Laws of Duplicate Bridge 2017

Latest Law book released

The Laws of Duplicate Bridge are required, by the consitiution of the World Bridge Federation, to be reviewed at least every 10 years.  The latest review is complete and ratified and BridgeNZ have published the Laws in New Zealand.

Implementation in NZ is 1 August, 2017. 

CHANGES HAVE BEEN MADE BY WBF.

Please read the article in this link

2017 Law 26 change by WBF

and download the replacement Law 26

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X-IMP Scoring

X-IMP scoring for pairs and Swiss Pairs

BridgeNZ has now implemented X-IMP scoring where the total X-IMPS are divided by the number of comparisons. For Swiss Pairs the total of these X-IMPS, rounded to the nearest IMP, is converted to VP's.

Timer Clock

FREE TIMER

BridgeNZ has released a free timer clock for those with internet connection.

This is available from the BridgeNZ web site menu or Scorer can start this from the session.

New Scorer Update

Updates to Scorer - Process

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From the last throws of Scorer 14 the update process has been simplified.

Now NZ Scorer V17 has significant enhancements and easier than ever to use.

It is strongly recommended that clubs purchased the annual updates.

Whilst other suppliers may suggest they give "free" updates the cost must be covered somewhere, and generally the result hosting is much more expensive to compensate.  BridgeNZ votes for transparency and the result hosting is much more modest reflecting the importance of progress in Scorer.

These provide important enhancements and fixes.

The date for annual version releases has been changed to 1 July.  The updates are a continuous process so there is no reason to delay the update for fear of change as all changes are there to enhance the functionality and respond to client feedback.

 

BridgeTab for Android

BridgeTab has been released by Jannersten.

The two devices (BridgeScorer and BridgeTab) will seamlessly operate together in a session, as they use the same control** software. BridgeTab Android software is free (from Google Play Store) and server licencing is very reasonable.
The BridgeTab works on any android phone or tablet connected to a standard wireless network so no more custom hardware required.
For more information email Pat

** The latest version of BOS is required