Thursday, April 9, 2015

New Features April 2015

New Features April 2015

We have been very busy in the last months, and we have many new features that are now available. The highlights are the new Mobile Applications and the much improved Surfaces Scheduler, but there is something new for everyone, and this should help you save even more time using our system.

Mobile Applications


We now have applications for Android, Windows Phone and iOS.  The application allows you to follow players and teams and to receive push notifications when they win or lose, when they have a new opponent or a scheduled match, or when a bracket is made public.  You can also add custom text to these notifications.

This is just the beginning, we have many new features planned in the future.

You can download the app from these links :



New Features for the Players :


  • In the charts
    • You can now see the scoresheet of each match
    • When you click on an opponent, the button Go To Loser is now more obvious
  • Search for an opponent
    • For a player, you now see sections for all of its Teams and all the Registered divisions
    • For a team, it now shows all the team players


New Features for the Tournament Managers

New Kiosk Application

We have a new Kiosk application that replaces the old batch files.  The new Kiosk prevents the players from doing anything on the computer and requires a password to close it.  It also runs an embedded web browser, so it is not affected by any toolbars or malware that is installed on your browser.

You need to select the current event when you start it, so you don't need to download it again for a different event.

You can find it in the menu Manage => Kiosk | Scan | Print => Download Full Screen Kiosk

Chart



  • All options that affect a match or an opponent have been moved to an Options menu on the bracket, to make it quicker and remove ambiguities
  • You can quickly set a winner with one click on the bracket
  • Fast Edition - When you click an opponent, it's automatically in edit mode, so you can start typing an existing or new opponent.
  • Improved navigation between preliminary and final brackets
  • Added an advanced option to reset a bracket and remove all matches except the first round
  • Quickly Find opponent - In the search box (top right), type the name of an opponent, select it from the dropdown, and it shows you all the brackets that he is in.  Click on a bracket and it loads this bracket with the opponent highlighted.

Board Assignment Screens


  • New tool that displays opponents in a scrolling list that refreshes automatically
  • You can have 1 to many columns per screen with 1 or more bracket in each column
  • For each opponent, you can see their next match or if they are waiting for an opponent or surface

Surfaces Scheduler


  • We completely redid this tool to remove Silverlight and make it easier to use.
  • Much faster to drag now
  • Easier to see dependencies for each match
  • Keyboard shortcuts to select a round or a bracket
  • Added an option to have an empty surface between each schedule
  • Opponents never play on the same surface twice in a row
  • Can now drag more than a division at a time
  • In the division dropdown, we display when the division has been shuffled

Fill up Brackets and Round-Robins

  • We completely redid this tool to remove Silverlight and make it easier to use.
  • You can now seed more than one divisions into one bracket
  • We added an option to seed Strong vs Strong, where the each match is 2 players of equal or similar skills.

Continuous Play

  • We now prioritize players that haven't played yet because they had a bye.
  • Added an option so that opponents don't play on the same surface twice in a row

Other Improvements

  • You can now assign a Printer Queue to a room.  This allows you to have a bracket that runs in 2 rooms, and the scoresheets will always be printed in the room they play.
  • You can now add notes to Paid-Out Vouchers
  • Tie Breakers - You can now add a Head to Head field in a Stat Model.  And you can decide the fields to use in the Head to Head comparison.  For example, this allows to set the ranking in order to Score +, Head to Head, Score -.  So in case of a tie with the Score+, it will use the Head to Head, if still a tie, it will use Score -.
  • Keyboard shortcuts - We added some new keyboard shortcuts, and they are always visible by clicking on the button in the bottom left

Bonus Preview Feature - Inline Editing in Grids


In Players and Teams pages, you can now edit the custom values directly in the grid, without having to open the edit dialog for each opponent.  Also, all checkboxes in these 2 pages are not applied live anymore, you need to save to apply.  This can prevent accidental clicks.

This feature is coming to all grids in the near future.

Stay tuned for many other improvements coming up in the next few months!