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Tourney Schedule / Re: FIBS Tournament Schedule
« Last post by diane on April 09, 2018, 05:38:27 PM »
where did the delete button go?
Feedback & Questions / Re: changing user name
« Last post by gammonpig on March 27, 2018, 04:52:27 AM »
Thank you and thanks for the info Stog.
Improving your backgammon skills / Backgammon Studio 4.5
« Last post by PillowFighter on March 22, 2018, 12:44:12 PM »

Improvements keep piling up even if I'm not trying very hard! I'm trying to work on some other stuff at the moment but feedback from users often result in new improvements. I have updated the version number to 4.5 with these fine improvements:

Backgammon Studio 4.5

Improvements since 4.4:

  • New actiontags:
    • Split and hit or not
    • Break up 24 point or not
  • New training tracks:
    • Magriel's challenge! Split your back checkers and hit in your homeboard. Is a tempo hit the key here?
    • Stick's challenge! 3A 7+A Cube challenge! It is tricky to cube at this core but perhaps you should?
  • Other improvements:
    • Now with less ads! I have removed the ad dialog as it didn't seem to be showing any ads anymore.
    • Transcriber/Submitter now displayed in match info. Data is missing/incomplete for a lot of matches though. Suggested by Mislav Kovacic.
    • You can now search for some text in filenames of uploaded matches in the match list.
    • Matches can now be tagged by different tags which can then be searched for in the match list.
    • Head 2 head information when clicking on the player info while playing an opponent. Suggested by Zoran.
    • Country flag displayed in player info.
    • You can open a Take/Drop dialog when clicking on the cube once you have been cubed.
    • Focus on correct info tab when content changes.
    • Sort users alphabetically and on interest in users lists (sorting isn't automatically refreshed for now).
    • You can message opponents to incomplete (or tournament) matches instead of just poking your opponents.
    • You can't have more than 5 incomplete matches to join tournaments. A good reason to clean up those incomplete matches!
    • When searching for a player in the matches list the list will be ordered on the player you search for. Suggested by Lars Trabolt.
    • Use a yellow star for premium users in menus instead of 'upgrade' (to avoid confusion). Suggested by gammongert.
    • You can now log in with your email address in the username field (common on other servers). Suggested by Karsten Bredahl.
    • You can now disable match emails after a match is completed. Suggested by Culpina.
    • You can now receive an email when an opponent for an incomplete match logs in.
    • The educational videos are ordered by date (latest first) by default.
    • List matches from a transcriber in match list.
    • Export match list from match list section and match transcription section.
    • You can now download past online matches for each day in my matches section.
    • Old home screen/menu options have been removed. The winner is the 'light' home screen with possibility for layout customisation and dialog menu.
    • Overview of matches for each year in match list section.
    • Your preference in match champ list display now persists across logins.
  • Bugfixes:
    • Head 2 head info on speed/dmp matches weren't displayed correctly. Reported by Geir Pedersen.
    • There was a problem with email confirmation on Android 7 (and possibly older) devices. The email program decided to change the confirmation email so it no longer worked. Reported by LeeUK66s
    • Fixed problem with match video and other dialogs opening up behind it instead of in front of it.
    • Fixed a problem with disconnecting players if not responding within 3 seconds.
    • Interest icon wasn't refreshed properly for new users.
    • Dialogs could sometimes show up below other dialogs.
    • Opponent left message after match went missing.
    • Average PR value in my matches section didn't match lobby and my PR graph section. Reported by creamydave and others.
    • Static board numbers didn't get stored. Reported by Ercument Karatas.
    • The board could sometimes not show up when playing online match. The problem was a double login so messages could get sent to the wrong device.
    • A couple of bugs with playing through a match when not logged in. Login dialog must have a close button and chat shouldn't be displayed.
    • Reset settings didn't reset color settings.
    • Android reported some bogus window dimensions to the app when rotating device causing bogus portrait/landscape mode.
    • Play-as on small screens didn't work so well.
    • Score-away when searching for white cube/black cube didn't work correctly.
Some images

I have created a tribute to Paul Magriel in Magriels Challenge.

I have created a challenge based on Stick's Rule for 3a 7a or greater:

Looks like you have a fair amount of gammons as black here. I put my faith in Stick here and went for No Double. What would you do?

Based on feedback in this forum I have added entries for Transcriber and submitter for matches. You can search for transcribers or display matches from a single transcriber.

Your preference for the match champ list now persists across logins. I have a weakness for displaying the last 100 matches. I can't put my finger on why! :-)

An option to export the match list as html exists. It can be useful for inclusion in tournament web pages and elsewhere.

In other news

The other day the number of online matches went past 30000! Pretty sweet! :-)

Backgammon Studio The Swiss Army knife of backgammon!

Haven't tried Backgammon Studio yet? You should! :-)

Best regards,

Feedback & Questions / testing recent topics
« Last post by stog on March 21, 2018, 10:14:42 AM »
testing recent topics block on fr page
Feedback & Questions / Re: changing user name
« Last post by stog on March 04, 2018, 10:53:25 AM »
i've changed your Fibsboard display name to gammonpig (your Fibsboard registered name and login remains the same as you first registered)

You can change your  display name yourself in your Profile -- but i did it for you as I was checking it could be done)
Feedback & Questions / changing user name
« Last post by gammonpig on March 04, 2018, 02:34:43 AM »
I just created an acct and didn't verify my user name, fat fingered an extra o . User name was meant to be gammonpig and I would like to change the current user name to that.

Is this the place to request a user name change? Or should I re-register?
General Chit Chat /
« Last post by The King of Desperate on February 10, 2018, 08:36:23 PM »
Does anyone know if has closed.

I am a member and havent been able to access the site.  I get all forum messages forwarded to me and cant find any notifying an imminent site closure.

Hi Stog. Yes, as indicated in my initial post, I am aware that GNUBG ad GBBLITZ both work well with macOS X; and both are getting excellent reviews.

However, neither one of them is on the App Store. Do you know why? One would think that with apps that strong and with such good reputation, the developer would want to make their software available on the App Store, thus giving prospective buyers a peace of mind, knowing that the app has been vetted by Apple/Microsoft (as the case may be.)

True Backgammon HD is on the App Store, and it uses the BGBLITZ engine; and while the reviews for iOS are pretty good, they're awful for macOS. Is anyone here using True Backgammon HD on a Mac? Thanks again Stog for your quick response - appreciated!
Using backgammon software / Re: Which macOS backgammon app offers the strongest AI engine?
« Last post by stog on February 01, 2018, 08:34:15 AM »
GNUBG is free and runs within xcode on Mac OS (not IOS)
I've been doing ample Web surfing on the subject over the last few days, and didn't come up with good reviews on a single App Store backgammon app. On don't play on line, my interest is strictly to play againt a strong AI engine, using a software that offers tutoring and analytical data.

GNUBG and BGBlitz are apparently two apps that would fit my needs; but neither one is available on the App Store. So I can only surmise that these apps have an inherent issues that failed Apple's vetting.

The only app on the Mac App Store that looks interesting is True Backgammon HD, which uses Mr. Berger's BGBlitz engine. But the reviews are very few and mediocre at best; likewise for reviews outside the App Store.

I would like to hear comments from anyone who has used True Backgammon HD on a Mac, or suggestions as to the best App Store app to use on a Mac for off line playing only.

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