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BridgePal Phones/Tablets / Re: Amazon Fire 7 Tablet
« Last post by Peter W on March 17, 2018, 16:16:21 »
Thanks, that's pretty much what I expected, but it's good to know someone has managed it. I have played with rooting Android devices, so it's not out of the question.
BridgePal Phones/Tablets / Re: Amazon Fire 7 Tablet
« Last post by johng on March 17, 2018, 16:01:48 »
I know that some Fire tablets are being used with BridgePal by some of the welsh clubs, but I believe they have replaced the amazon firmware with a more standard implementation of android. For instructions on how to do this see this link, which contains instructions for the Fire 1 and Fire 2 tablets.

You don't actually need google play store access to install BridgePal on a standard Fire tablet because you can download it directly from the BridgePal website (see the link in the section on Scoring Unit Setup). You would need to enable installation from 3rd party sources in the Fire tablet settings in order to do this. However, I think this approach is less satisfactory because the Fire tablet is heavily customised (e.g. adverts on the lock screen). Also, it isn't possible to make BridgePal the home screen on a standard Fire tablet (this is a new feature in BridgePal Release 1.5.4)
BridgePal Phones/Tablets / Amazon Fire 7 Tablet
« Last post by Peter W on March 17, 2018, 15:28:58 »
Does anyone know if it's possible to use the Amazon Fire 7 Tablet as a scoring device? I've never used one but I think there is no access to the Google store and that Amazon have generally locked it down.
Release Infomation / BridgeScore Release 3.0.5
« Last post by Mirna on March 15, 2018, 12:07:10 »
There is a new release of BridgeScore, v3.0.5, available for download from BridgeScore website. If you are on v2.9.22 or later, install the new release via the Upgrade menu on the front screen of BridgeScore. Otherwise to install the release go to Download Software page on the website and then do upgrade.
Please note that if you upgrade to this release you must upgrade to the release 1.4.10 or later of BridgePal Server, if you have not done so already.

Enhancements in this release:
  • Added  support for Australia.
  • Update for New Zealand masterpoints.
  • Full list of clubs for Ireland created.
  • Display version numbers on the Upgrade menu.
  • Updated VP scales - more to follow.
  • Remove 'Start wireless server' from the Wireless control panel menu.
  • Remove option to Start wireless scoring when asked 'Start/Restart wireless scoring?'. Only Restart and Cancel will be available.
  • Minor bug fixes.
Release Infomation / BridgePal App Release 1.5.4
« Last post by johng on March 13, 2018, 17:41:31 »
There is a new release of the BridgePal app on the google play store. This is designated v1.5.4 and is for android devices running android 3.0 or later. There is no corresponding new release for older android devices (pre android 3.0).

The main change in the new release is that the "Option" menu contains a password protected entry to allow BridgePal to be configured as the "default launcher". If BridgePal is used in this mode it will be started automatically when the device is booted, and the Home button will have no effect. Also, if BridgePal is exited via the "Back" button it will be automatically restarted immediately. The default password for changing this setting is "xxx". The setting is password protected in order to prevent inquisitive players from messing about with the configuration setting. The default password may be changed via the "Change Password" entry under the "Option" menu. Note that if the password is left set to the default, the configuration option "Traveller in Landscape Mode" is not password protected. This is for backward compatibility with the v1.5.3 release. However, if the password is changed to another value the "Traveller in Landscape Mode" setting also becomes protected by this password.

To allow the BridgePal app to be configured as the default launcher, select "More>>", then "Options>>" from the app menu and tap the menu item "Allow BridgePal to be Launcher". Enter the password and tap OK. Then tap the Home button. The device should now prompt you to select a new launcher. Select BridgePal. Depending on the device there may also be an option to specifiy "Just Once" or "Always". You should select "Always". You will probably find that you can still exit from the app back to the original home screen, but if you reboot the device BridgePal will now be activated at startup and it is not possible to exit from the app (it will automatically restart).

To reverse the setting follow the above procedure to untick the "Allow BridgePal to be Launcher" setting, then tap the Home button and select the normal launcher for the device.

General Discussion / Re: Hard entry function
« Last post by marcus on March 11, 2018, 10:14:26 »
Thanks John. We might initially start by just hand entering interesting hands e.g. slams.


General Discussion / Re: Hard entry function
« Last post by johng on March 07, 2018, 21:29:46 »
I don't know the answer to this, but most of the clubs using BridgePal have pre-dealt hands so the hand entry feature will certainly not have been widely used. The feature is perfectly usable so it boils down to whether your club members are motivated to spend the time inputting the hands (which I would expect would be done at each table after playing the first round). I think if they were proficient at using the hand entry screen it should not take more than a minute or two per board, so maybe three or four minutes altogether if you are playing 2 board rounds.

There are obvious benefits in terms of being able to review the hands at other tables after they are played during subsequent rounds, or to review them online after they are uploaded to a website, and to see makeable contracts/optimum scores. It can also improve the accuracy of the recorded results because BridgePal can detect certain contract input errors (e.g. lead card is not consistent with declarer) if hand records are available.

General Discussion / Hard entry function
« Last post by marcus on March 07, 2018, 16:05:53 »
We are a small club who cannot afford a computer dealing machine. Have any members tried the hard entry function at the table?
Release Infomation / BridgePal Server Release 1.4.12
« Last post by Mirna on March 04, 2018, 09:57:46 »
There is a new release of BridgePal Server available. This is release version 1.4.12. You can install BridgePal Server from the Upgrade menu of BridgeScore. Alternatively, you can download and install v1.4.12 from the BridgePal website. Note that BridgePal Server v1.4.12 requires BridgeScore 3.0.4 or later.

The enhancements in this release:
  • modification to cater for new/obsolete fields in the wireless db
  • changes to be compatible with non UK locales
Support / Re: Names not showing on the 'Round' screen
« Last post by Peter W on March 03, 2018, 16:10:12 »
Thank John, that worked perfectly.

I'm retired now but worked in software development and systems integration for 30 or so years and I can't remember any commercial software that had support this good!

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