« Last post by erikgalstian on February 22, 2017, 10:21:32 PM »
Agree with you. Sadly that app is only for iOS devices... Would have been good if it was also on PC.
« Last post by samanthany on February 22, 2017, 06:06:50 PM »
By my opinion the best app for iPhone and iPad is backgammon live. Has a great support, design and lot of players
« Last post by PillowFighter on February 20, 2017, 08:59:30 AM »
« Last post by erikgalstian on February 19, 2017, 07:43:11 PM »
Thanks for your work.
« Last post by PillowFighter on February 17, 2017, 04:24:48 PM »
Backgammon Studio keeps improving and today I have updated the version number to 3.6 with these fine improvements:
Backgammon Studio 3.6
Improvements since 3.5:
New training tracks are always fun to try out! Recube action (Ante up!) was suggested by Daniel Sřrensen. Thanks!
The light home looks deceptively similar to the old one but it has learned a new trick which you can uncover with the cogwheel icon in the bottom left corner.
What is this then? You can now change what is displayed in each quadrant (non premium users can't change the last quadrant.). Click on one of the buttons that identifies one of the quandrands and you'll see:
a lot of different sections you can place in this quadrant. This is also a nice overview of the different sections of Backgammon Studio although not all are included.
You can even go one step further and select what kind of layout you like. So what can you use this for? Well, perhaps I went a bit overboard when I got this idea and you probably shouldn't need this level of customizability (I can't imagine any other site has done this!) but if you're primarily interested in playing online matches you could change the home screen to look something like this:
or if you don't care much about the latest news you can get rid of it and expand the bottom chat area instead:
And if you're interested in other aspects of Backgammon Studio you can play around with other alternatives.
In your private database there is now a Week In Review section where you can quickly take a look at your most recent errors.
You can also exclude correctly answered positions and just focus on the ones that you haven't managed to answer correctly.
Some sections now display information about the hidden sections you will get access to as a premium user.
Always nice to know what you are missing out on! :-)
There is now a new subsection in the my performance section that will give you an overview of all training tracks and your performance in these:
It is currently a bit slow so I have to look into speeding it up.
It is now possible to search for positions with a relative pipcount. If you enter a negative value in the pipcount section along with a larger sign for instance >-40 then this says you should be more than 40 pips behind in the race.
The live section has been brushed up a bit with some additional information making it more interesting.
There are now a few more header buttons which will give you easy access to the users list, server chat, and the live match section.
It is now possible to see how many matches are completed per day (last 50 days) and also how many matches you have played. The numbers aren't very high yet but I am optimistic they will increase once more backgammon players gives it a try. The running PR and error highlighting is probably something that isn't found on any other play site to my knowledge. Pretty cool stuff! :-)
You can now attach a note to a bookmark you are adding directly from a challenge without leaving the challenge. Nice to attach some newfound enlightenment while it is still fresh and still be able to continue the challenge.
If you see some text which could be worth saving you can now copy text from friend chat dialogs.
Can't start a rematch fast enough? There is now a rematch button that will quickly put you into action again!
Messages are displayed on login along with friend requests.
In other news
The number of matches just went past 5700! Thanks a lot to everybody who sends me matches!
If you have any problems registering/logging in don't hesitate to contact me directly (email@example.com) and I'll help you out!
https://www.backgammonstudio.com The swiss army knife of backgammon!
« Last post by stog on February 12, 2017, 09:01:08 PM »
then this one.. Thomas (red) on roll -- does/should he re-cube? and what is the response?
« Last post by stog on February 12, 2017, 08:40:41 PM »
ok this was the first major one.. Thomas (red) on roll -- does/should he re-cube? and what is the response?
« Last post by stog on February 12, 2017, 08:06:15 PM »
super Final at Gibralter. There were some amazing cube decisions to be considered in the match. I will search out some screenshots but for now here are a couple from the final game (top one-- red on roll or ship cube?) second one red has cubed-- does white take?)
the match with commentary is here https://livestream.com/accounts/23201337/events/6934534/videos/149220278
« Last post by PillowFighter on January 29, 2017, 06:51:41 PM »
Robert Wachtel dusted off some old matches and sent them to me. Thanks a lot! These are matches from Crowns Cup 2007. Amazing that these kind of match treasures are still out there just waiting to be rediscovered!
Here is the final, semi finals and quarter finals. You'll find several more in the match section on Backgammon Studio:
Leo Fernandez (2.39) - Bob Watchel (2.31) 9pt Crowns Cup 2007 M1 Final
Leo Fernandez (5.82) - Bob Wachtel (2.85) 9pt Crowns Cup 2007 M2 Final
Leo Fernandez (4.12) - Bob Wachtel (6.66) 9pt Crowns Cup 2007 M3 Final
Andreas Grötsch (5.31) - Leo Fernandez (3.90) 9pt Crowns Cup 2007 M1 SF
Andreas Grötsch (4.49) - Leo Fernandez (4.76) 9pt Crowns Cup 2007 M2 SF
Andreas Grötsch (3.71) - Leo Fernandez (3.59) 9pt Crowns Cup 2007 M3 SF
Falafel (7.49) - Bob Wachtel (2.24) 9pt Crowns Cup 2007 1stof2 SF
Bob Wachtel (4.08) - Falafel (1.99) 9pt Crowns Cup 2007 2ndof2 SF
Falafel (11.85) - Morten Holm (4.19) 9pt Crowns Cup 2007 1stof3 QF
Morten Holm (7.60) - Falafel (4.70) 9pt Crowns Cup 2007 2ndof3 QF
Falafel (3.27) - Morten Holm (23.38) 9pt Crowns Cup 2007 3rdof3 QF
Leo Fernandez (3.41) - Michy (4.05) 9pt Crowns Cup 2007 1stof3 QF
Leo Fernandez (3.42) - Michy (3.30) 9pt Crowns Cup 2007 2ndof3 QF
Leo Fernandez (1.76) - Michy (3.04) 9pt Crowns Cup 2007 3rdof3 QF
Slava Prydakin (2.90) - Bob Wachtel (1.40) 9pt Crowns Cup 2007 1stof3 QF
Slava Prydakin (4.59) - Bob Wachtel (2.32) 9pt Crowns Cup 2007 2ndof3 QF
Slava Prydakin (7.41) - Bob Wachtel (3.19) 9pt Crowns Cup 2007 3rdof3 QF
Andreas Grötsch (4.15) - Ralf Jonas (2.09) 9pt Crowns Cup 2007 1stof3 R1
Andreas Grötsch (6.49) - Ralf Jonas (5.52) 9pt Crowns Cup 2007 2ndof3 R1
Andreas Grötsch (6.31) - Ralf Jonas (4.48) 9pt Crowns Cup 2007 3rof3 R1
Andreas Humke (5.95) - Michy (3.80) 9pt Crowns Cup 2007 1stof2 R1
Andreas Humke (7.62) - Michy (2.85) 9pt Crowns Cup 2007 2ndof2 R1
Ed OLaughlin (5.93) - Mochy (4.48) 9pt Crowns Cup 2007 1stof2 R1
Ed OLaughlin (4.60) - Mochy (2.66) 9pt Crowns Cup 2007 2ndof2 R1
Backgammon Studio The swiss army knife of backgammon!
« Last post by PillowFighter on January 27, 2017, 09:39:16 AM »
Backgammon Studio keeps improving and today I have updated the version number to 3.5 with these fine improvements:
Backgammon Studio 3.5
Improvements since 3.4:
I was wondering which new training track I should add for this release and then yesterday Michy asked about how he could locate positions where the player is bearing off against a 2 point anchor. Hey! Problem solved!
And today I see Michy has taken a shot at taking the champion title and that he did! The sharks at Backgammon Studio are an eager bunch so who know how long it will last? And I see I have to give it a few more tries or I'm the next guy out of the highscore list...
The ideas for new action tags were piling up so I had to throw in a few more. How many action tags are there? 87!
Some time ago Tore asked about creating an option to search for positions where you can specify how many men (checkers) you have in your opponent homeboard/bar and the same for your opponent. Tore suggested a usecase: "This would allow us to practice positions where we have escaped our men and need to find the right balance between leaving shots and getting flexibility and playing safe."
Inspired by a presentation held by Michy during Gothenburg Open I added the option to attach notes to your bookmarks.
Also inspired by the Michy presentation you can now search through your bookmarks.
You can now search for positions that has comments and also search for comments by a specified user. Suggested by Tore and I seem to remember someone else also suggesting it. The name must be an exact match or the number of positions found will drop to 0.
You can now toggle all positions you locate instead of manually checkmarking each position. Also when bookmarking positions you now have an option to specify where the bookmarks are placed. Earlier all bookmarks ended up in the root of your bookmarks and you had to organize them later.
There is a new welcome dialog when you login on Backgammon Studio. This explains a bit of the basics around selecting how Backgammon Studio should look on your device. Returning users will also see this and you can scroll down and close the dialog if you're happy with your current selection.
If you have a widescreen monitor the board may sometimes be displayed outside your screen which isn't ideal. Earlier you had a couple of ways to solve this by either using the classic menus which takes some screen width or narrowing your browser window. You can now also manually change the size of the board to fit your preference. This is useful to do before you play online matches as you may want to see the chat area below the board.
The thumbnail generation is now dynamic and the 50 position limit has been lifted. You may see some missing thumbnails and after a couple of seconds they will start to show up one by one.
In other news
The number of users at Backgammon Studio is steadily growing! Sweet! A big thanks to everybody who are spreading the word and recruiting friends!
The number of matches is also steadily growing! A bit thanks to all transcribers out there who keep providing new matches to add to the database!
If you have any problems registering/logging in don't hesitate to contact me directly and I'll help you out!
https://www.backgammonstudio.com The swiss army knife of backgammon!