Revision History

RunScore Revision History (contained in latest full build RunScoreSetup.exe)
RSServer/RSClient Version 8.2.7.0 Level 2017.04.25
  • Steve Delahunty and Bill Rosen pointed out that if you select a results screen from the menu and that screen is already open, nothing happens. Now the one you selected comes to the foreground.
  • Steve and Bill also pointed out that if you have file open for editing and you open the same one, you will now have two instances of that file. Fixed so that now if you try to open an already-open file, that file will pop to the foreground.
  • Steven Keith reported that if you open results files using Alt-N more than once. Each screen will be a bit wider than the last one. Fixed.
  • Added new command “List DNF” at suggestion of Tony Newton. When used, if a participant does not finish a leg of a race, the letters “DNF” are inserted in the time place instead of leaving the time blank, which is the default.
  • Jenna Ginsberg reported that if an Auto Run/FTP session is running and the Internet connection is lost. Error messages pop-up. If they are not cleared, eventually RunScore must be restarted to continue the upload of files. Fixed by not doing a pop-up message. Instead the error message is displayed on the Listing Window status line and a beep is issued.
  • Dennis Joffe wanted to include information about whether an entrant was in the club of the sponsoring organization. It turns out that RunScore was properly processing membership information for USATF membership and USAT membership but not for the generic club. This is now handled by putting the membership_id (club id) in a RunScore field. Once there, you can use a [control] section in entries.ini to, say, put the club name in a field or, say, put an X in a field indicating the participant is a club member.
RSServer/RSClient Version 8.2.6.1 Level 2016.11.28
  • Made an improvement in Announce so that now you can use the Announce Event feature from RSServer. This allows you to send e-mail results to a finisher shortly after the finisher crosses the finish line.
  • Bob Bickel, Founder of RunSignUp, offered that we could send E-mail under his contract with SendGrid.  RunSignUp’s contract allows for very large numbers of e-mails, Bob said we could operate under their license for free. SendGrid is different from the other e-mail systems which RunScore supports because it is done through a web API (Application Programming Interface) rather than directly to e-mail. We have found it to be very fast and reliable. To use SendGrid, contact us at support@runscore.com to get a userid and password that will give you access to SendGrid.
  • It has always been required that when doing Team Mixed scoring that you need to set the number of displacers equal to the number of finishers. If you didn’t, the results could be weird. This is now enforced. If you don’t have them the same, you will get a pop-up saying they are not the same and they will be forced to be the same.
  • Working with Selwyn Blake, have made a lot of improvements to the Announce feature. You can now display, in addition to the Division (e.g.DIV or SEX) Place, Division total which shows the total number of finishers, who have finished thus far in the specified division.
  • At request of Enrique Belchi Ruis, we have added a new command Pack Time to assign the time of the leader of a pack to all riders in the pack in a cycling race.
  • The new command Pack Time can also be used in an Event to Database listing to insert the Pack Time to a field.
RSServer/RSClient Version 8.2.3.0 Level 2016.04.26
  • When clicking on a search field in Browse, that field will appear at the bottom as the field to search on.
  • Improvements to incremental uploads to RunSignUp, ChronoTrack Live, or Race Roster via right-click on listings file.
  • Add “Auto Run” feature from right-click on a listing file. This is much more powerful than the old auto run from inside a listing file since you can multiple listing files doing auto run at the same time.
  • RunScore can produce JSON formatted reports which can then be dynamically uploaded to a web site.
  • Upgraded to latest version of Help and Manual, the program we use to generate the Help screens. The only think you will notice is a nice looking header at the top of each topic.
  • And, as usual, some bugs were fixed.
RSServer/RSClient Version 8.1.3.0 Level 2016.01.23
  • Steve Stone pointed out that if he assigned bibs in RunScore, the changed records did not get flagged as changed so did not get uploaded to RunSignUp. Fixed.
  • Changed upload block size for RTRT uploads from 2000 to 500 to make the uploads more reliable.
  • When opening a file from within RunScore, the file types *.lst, *.rsm, *.txt are provided. Have added *.ini.
  • Updated the Sample races with new field “Name” which is the concatenation of “First Name” and “Last Name”. Makes listing simpler and allows uploading of “Name” to results as one field.
  • Natalie Young pointed out that if she created a race series in RunSignUp that started in 2015 and finished in 2016, only the 2015 events could be downloaded. Fixed.
  • Have made an improvement that users have been asking for to the RunScore Results incremental upload capability. Before you could only designate one file to do incremental uploads as the race is going. Now you can have multiple files active.
  • Jon Krupa requested the ability to name the splits in a TFRRS race. Done. Just use the “Field Header” command to name the split.
  • Raceroster.com added to list of supported registrations sites
  • Jenna Ginsberg requested the ability to concatenate two fields together and put them in a third field but without a space between them. This can now be done by putting “Space (tab) 0” before the “Selected Value” commands.
RSServer/RSClient Version 8.1.2.0 Level 2015.09.02
  • At request of Jon Krupa, sort meets by date when selecting a TFRRS meet. Also, allow selection of “All meets” or “Future meets.”
  • Both Sid Steinweg and Brian Sparacino reported that they couldn’t send a TFRRS-XC report to the editor. Turns out that neither had obtained a login/password yet from DirectAthletics. However, you should be able to produce the report without having a signon. Fixed.
  • We are encouraging users to update to this version since improvements have been made to the RunSignUp integration with RunScore Results as well as other fixes and improvements.
  • Download of registrations from imATHLETE is now officially supported. An earlier beta version only allowed a download blocksize of 50. Due to a change at imATHLETE, that is now 1000. We would like some feedback from RunScore/imATHLETE users.
  • Have included the TFRRSRace in the update download. The NCAA is working with DirectAthletics and have developed this required format for all college cross-county meets starting this fall. It will probably also be used for many high school race. We are looking for testers.
  • Active Works no longer requires a timer to contact their Active representative for an app token. The new procedure is: “For a Timer to view an Event’s data, an Event Organizer must ‘invite’ them. When individuals accept an invitation to be a Timer in the system, ActiveWorks Endurance now automatically checks if they have an API token. If not, the system will automatically email the token to them. Additionally, Event Owners and Timers can email themselves an API token by clicking Get Timing API Token on the event dashboard.”
  • Uploading RunScore Results to RunSignUp uses the reg_id.txt file in the race folder to store the registration_id values. A registration_id field is not needed. If it IS used, the results were getting the registration_id from the reg_id.txt file which could cause a problem if the id is in the field and not the file. Made a change so that RunScore now checks for the registration_id in both locations.
  • Mark Toretsky and Steven Keith reported that a race simulation caused the first person in the race to be a non-runner, that is, someone without a bib number. The problem was introduced in 2014 when the simulation was changed so to not include the unregistered runner number. Fixed.
  • Bill Teschek reported that the upload of changed records to ChronoTrack Live uploaded the same records each time. Fixed. Note: if fields such as the age-division field, often called DIV, changes, that does not result in that record uploading. The record is only flagged as changed if the field changed is one of those fields that are to be uploaded. To find out which fields they are, look in the CTLive_fields_mapping.ini file in the RunScore folder. The same is true when uploading changed records to RunSignUp.
  • At request of Doug Liverside, extend the number of parameters from 20 to 36 (1 -10, ‘a’ – ‘z’). Had been implemented only as far as ‘j’.
  • Added two features to Announce for use with lap races, requested by Andrés Alañón Vázquez: “lap distance field” for keeping the lap distance in a field. This is for races where everyone is not running the same distance. Likewise, added “laps left field” to specify the number of laps and to tell Announce to display the number of laps left when everyone is not running the same number of laps.
RSServer/RSClient Version 8.1.0.0 Level 2015.04.28

This version is a merge of RunScore Results, Version 8.0.0.3 and RunScore Version 7.5.5.7 to create RunScore Version 8.1.0.0.

What does this mean? It means that from now on, whenever you use RunScore to interact with the RunSignUp site, you will be using the RunScore Results. Also, uploading and downloading registrations at both RunSignUp and ChronoTrack Live have gotten easier. We eliminated “Sync with server” and replaced it with a very easy way to download changes from the system and upload changes made in RunScore to the system.

The RSRServer and RSRClient (RunScore Results server and client) have been retired. The new modules have the same name as the old ones. If you think you may want to go back to Version 7.5.5.7, save it. Or you can do a complete download using RunScoreSetup.exe to revert to 7.5.5.7.

View the short video on the main RunScore page: www.runscore.com which highlights features of this new integration. Also on the main page is a document showing how to allow each runner to see themselves crossing the finish line on a YouTube video.

  • You no longer need to have a field “registration_id” in your database. The registration_id information is kept in a separate file (race.ini) in the race folder.
  • Also in the race.ini file are time stamps for each record that has been changed. This is used for upload of changed records.
  • “Sync with server” has been removed due to problems. In its place you can do an “Incremental download” to get changed online records. Likewise, you can upload new and changed RunScore records with one click. This works for both ChronoTrack Live and RunSignUp.
  • You can take advantage of these features without making changes to your normal RunScore setup.
  • Results are extremely easy to post. You merely right click on a listing button and instead of sending to a printer or the editor, you send it online. Handles overall results, award listing, and team results. With one more click you can view the results online.
  • Set up for e-mail and text notifications. Once set, a runner or his friends can go to the RunSignUp site and ask for e-mail and/or text messages for selected runners.
  • Provide links for each finisher to the specific person in a YouTube video showing that person finishing. This is all done from RunScore.
  • You can download from RunSignUp to get the participants or, if you have another way to obtain participants you can put them in RunScore and with one click upload them to RunSignUp.
  • Not using the RunSignUp site for registrations for this race? You can still take advantage of the above features. There is a nominal cost for posting results. There is also a cost for text messages. If you ARE using RunSignUp for registrations, these services are free.

Changes:

  • At request of Troy Rebert, added External/Custom Report capability to Team Relay.
  • At request of Fred Dunn and Les Morelles, made Division Place and Division Total headers in a “RunScore Results” of “ChronoTrack Live External” posting more meaningful. For example, for sex place and sex total they would now read “Sex place” and “Sex Total”.
  • The headers of reports are always produced in proper case (e.g. “Name” instead of “NAME”). Sid Steinweg asked for a way to control the the capitalization of headers. This can be done with the new command: “Header case (tab) None”. The default is “Head case (tab) proper”. “Upper” and “Lower” are not supported but could be if the need arose.
  • The “RunScore Open Interface” for external bib/tag systems, has been extended so RunScore knows if the data being set is chip data or bib data. You use “RSBI” for a bib-tag and “RSCI” for a chip-tag. These improvements came about from working with Thorsten Voegel, Race Result, Germany.
  • Fixed a bug that kept the registration_ids from getting uploaded to RunSignUp or RunScore Results.
  • Changed the simulate feature so you will no longer get the “Unregistered Runner Number” in the results produced by simulate.
  • Doug Cleavenger reported that Importing a CSV file that had CR/LFs within a field caused a problem. This problem had been fixed some time ago for internal imports such as downloads from a registration system. It is now fixed for imports from File/Import.
  • The logos on the main page of RSServer and RSClient have been changed to reflect the fact that RunScore Results is part of the module. They now read, respectively:
  •    RunScore           RunScore
    Results/RSServer     Results/RSClient
  • When uploading a large custom/external result set, the upload is now done in pieces of 1000 results per piece.
  • New command “Output Format” allows you to create the output in any of the following formats: Text (default), XML, JSON, or HTML.
  • The new entries.ini command “Modified Field” now works from RSClient. It previously only worked from RSServer.
  • If you change a RunSignUp entrant to a different event online, a new registration_id is assigned. On the next incremental download, RunScore will notice that it is a new registration_id. It will then look for the bib number. If the bib number in the new record also exists in the RunScore database, the new record will replace the old but preserve fields that are not in the download.
  • “Sync with server” function has been removed because it has not been robust. It is replaced with the, already existing, “Incremental download” in conjunction with the new “Upload modified registrations”.
  • New command: “Team Total” can be used in an Event to Database to send the team total for each individual’s team to a field. It can also be used in an overall listing to produce, next to the “Team place” column a “Team Score” column which shows the team score for each individual’s team.
  • Improvements have been made to the criteria which determine if a field has changed. This is useful when uploading changed registrations.
  • Can now handle USAT (USA Triathlon) and USATF (USA Track and Field) membership numbers when downloaded from RunSignUp.
  • Doug Liversidge pointed out that the “Divide” and “Divide By” commands did not work for time fields. Fixed.
  • Preliminary support has been added for the DirectAthletics TFRRS-XC site. This will be final once more testing is done. The support allows timers to upload collegiate cross-country results to the DirectAthletics site.
RSServer/RSClient Version 7.5.5.7 Level 2015.03.31
  • At the request of Jenna Ginsberg, have extended the Total (to a field) command to handle times. The receiving field must be flagged as a time field.
  • At request of Steven Keith, have added a new control “Contains” which tests if a field contains a given string of characters.
RSServer/RSClient Version 7.5.5.0 Level 2015.02.23
  • RTRT.me (Real-Time Runner Tracking) integrated with RunScore.
  • Added a new control to entries.ini. “Modified field” which timestamps each entry when it is modified.
  • Added RaceEntry, ActiveWorks, SignMeUp, and TheDriven.to registration systems supported.
  • Can combine First Name and Last Name into a third field, say, “Name” using commands in entries.ini.
RSServer/RSClient Version 7.5.3.0 Level 2014.07.14
  • Add support for registration site Eventbrite.
  • Can download by Event (RunSignUp) or by Race (ChronoTrack Live) or by Activity (ZapEvent).
  • Made a lot of enhancements to the Announce feature.
RSServer/RSClient Version 7.5.2.0 Level 2014.03.01
  • When downloading from RunSignUp or ChronoTrack Live, people have complained that if they do a download on top of a older download, any new data such as bib numbers are wiped out. This is changed now so that if a downloaded field is blank, it will not write into the equivalent field in RunScore.
  • Andrés Alañón Vázquez reported that European style dates (dd/mm/yyyy) were not being handled properly in export and import. Fixed.
  • You can now select on a date field as if it is in YYYYMMDD format even though it might be in MMDDYY format. For example, a select on the field asking for all entrants who have a date-of-birth later than 1990, you would have a select with the condition: “GT (tab) 1990”.
  • At request of Andrés Alañón Vázquez, add a prefix capability to SMS messaging. Often the mobile phone number is the base number but, particularly in countries outside of the US and Canada, a ‘+” plus a country code must prefix the number. To implement this feature, add a new field in your RunScore database called, say, “Mobile prefix”. Then in entries.ini tell RunScore the name of this field using the new SMS Prefix Field command, e.g.
SMS Prefix field (tab) Mobile prefix
  • The method for selecting which online systems RunScore is connecting to has been changed to make things easier to use. Now, you first go to Tools/Online System to select the system (Active, ChronoTrack Live, RaceIt, RunSignUp, RTRT, Texting, XACT, ZapEvent). You can go to Online where, instead of seeing submenus for each system, you will have only the submenu for the online system you selected. This helps avoid the problem some are having of clicking on the wrong system.
  • RunSignUp support now includes a menu check item to put an “External Report” online. An “External Report” is a normal RunScore report that is rendered in JSON which RunSignUp transforms into online results.
  • The documentation in Help for uploading RunScore Results has been completely rewritten with many examples.
  • At request of Jenna Ginsberg add to Export of times:
    1. Control of time format
    2. Pace and Rate
    3. Field Header for Pace and Rate
  • Also at request of Jenna, add to Live Results
    1. Column headers for Rate and Pace
  • At request of Robert Youngs, make “Field Header” command work in Live Results so that you can put your own column heading on each column.
  • With help from Brian Sparacino, RunScore supports SMS (cell phone texting) provider: Twilio. They offer inexpensive texting in the U.S. and a number of other countries..
  • Made improvements to File/Import to handle dates. If the field is designated as a “Date” field, the date format specified in entries.ini will be used. This wasn’t previously the case.
  • Major change in Announce feature to include colored fields. Encouraged by Andrés Alañón Vázquez from Spain.
  • Have removed “Number of chip fields” from Preferences. You should set this in entries.ini so that it applies just to one race.
  • Added Pace and Rate to Live Results at request of Jenna Ginsberg.
  • At request of Debbie Burke, add “Sort bibs” (Alt+B) command to results. She said this will help in finding duplicates and also help in lap races. It’s pretty slick. You can Alt+B to sort by bibs and then Alt+T to sort by time and be right back to where you were.
  • Fixed some problems between RSServer and RSClient when the versions don’t match. It used to give a pop-up error on RSServer but this bound things up at the client until the server responded. Now, if there is a warning (the versions only match for the first two number) you can proceed. If there is an error (the version only match for the first number), you cannot proceed. In both cases, RSServer is none the wiser but the person on RSClient will receive the proper warning or error.
  • John Burke, requested an improvement to Live Results to handle triathlons. Done. You can see an example here.
  • Released a document on how to integrate RunSignUp and RunScore. Click here. IntegrationOfRunScoreAndRunSignUp.pdf
  • Finally implemented a suggestion of Steven Keith: That is, to enhance the Export command to include times. You include a time just like you do in a report. You can use the Minus command to compute net or gun times. You can also use the Pace command but not the Division Place. This change makes things much simpler. In many cases, if you use this new feature you will not need to use the Event to Database operation.
  • At request of Pedro Zapata Padilla, change the import of ASCII times so that if there is a duplicate bib and the time is faster than the earlier one, the faster time is used.
  • Steven Keith found that the responses to custom questions were not being downloaded from RunSignUp. A change was made by the RunSignUp developers and a change was made in RunScore so this now works.
RSServer/RSClient Version 7.4.9.0. Level 2013.11.12
  • Latest stable version.
  • After many requests, Live Results can now handle different size fonts.
  • Have removed Active.com support for uploading results because this is no longer supported by Active.com.
  • Jon Krupa asked for controls for using RunScore with two monitors. The problem was if you last used RunScore on one monitor and then removed that monitor, you could no longer access RunScore because it thought it was being displayed on the ghost monitor. Fixed.
  • Made a change to Ipico support. Their new controller adds a few comment lines to the exported file. These lines start with the ‘~’ character. RunScore now removes lines that start with ‘~’. Problem identified by Kip Sloan
  • Had a request by Carl Magnuson to allow the selection of “Bib ID” or “Chip ID” to be made in Entries.ini in addition to being able to make it from the Tools/Chip options menu. This has been implemented as “Bib or Chip”. Example:

Bib or Chip          Bib
or
Bib or Chip          Chip
  • Implement the new NCAA cross-country tie-breaker rule: “Ties in team scoring shall be broken by comparing the place finish of the five scoring members of the tied teams. The team with the majority of winning places shall be awarded the higher place.” Thanks to Pat Leone for telling us about the new rule. To use the NCAA rule, add the line: “Team Tie Breaker (tab) NCAA”.
  • At request of Jenna Ginsberg, have added “Multiply” command to work just like the SUM command but instead of adding together the contents of several fields, it multiplies them. Can also multiply by a constant number with the “Multiply By” command.
  • At request of Carl Magnuson, have extended the concept of multiple chip fields for systems that use bib tags. That is, if you set the number of chip fields (in Preferences or in entries.ini), to, say, 2, then if RunScore cannot find the bib tag in the bib field, it checks the next search field. But there are two cases. If in Tools/Chip options you set for Bib Tag, it starts looking in the bib field. If, on the other hand, you set for ChipTag, then the search begins in the first search field after the bib field.
  • At request of Denika Voget, add new Time Format: 0H:MM:SS.01 that produces times with two hour digits. For example: 00:01:23.45, 01:23:45.67, 12:34:56.78.
  • Made a change so that the “Please Wait” dialog box does not appear anymore when uploading just one entry whether by a listing file or by the “Sync with server” technique.
  • Jon Krupa asked that when doing Event to Database with a time into a right-justified field, if the field is shorter than the data, truncate to the left rather than to the right as is normally done. Done.
  • Brian Sparacino told us about the NK Interval Timing Watch and loaned us one so we could support it. It’s very inexpensive but it does not transfer times live. Instead, after the race is done the times from multiple events (or segments as they call them) can be transferred to RunScore. The transfer takes about 30 seconds whether there is one time or a few thousand. Not only did Brian Sparrcino tell us about the NK Interval watch, he provided a computer program which allowed me to support it.
  • Add support for registration site ZapEvent. There are now so many online systems supported that they have all been moved from the Tools menu item to their own menu item “Online.”
  • Not a change but information: Within two days, two different people could not print to their label printer. We forgot to tell you in the Help section on label printers that you MUST turn off “Printer Dialog Box” in Tools/Preferences.
  • Matthew Studholme suggested changing the pop-up you get when a new manually-entered time is less than the previous one. Previously, the only response was “OK” and the time was retained. He suggested a different pop-up with “OK” and “Cancel”. If “Cancel” is clicked, then the new time is discarded. Done. This makes handling typing errors easier.
  • Carl Magnuson pointed out that when you try to clear a protected field for all entries, the field to be cleared, marked in red, becomes the bib number field. If you’re not careful, you could clear out all your bib numbers. This has been fixed. You can now clear a protected field.
  • Jenna Ginsberg requested that the laps event be sorted by time before executing the Laps-to-Rounds command. This is necessary since sometimes times from chips do not come into the event in order. Done.
RSServer/RSClient Version 7.4.8.0. Level 2013.05.03.
  • A new menu item: Field-Column mapping has been added so that you can create the mapping from ChronoTrack Live columns to RunScore field names. This is handy if you have no registrations at ChronoTrack live but want to upload registrations from RunScore.
  • Can now upload an awards list to RunSignUp (and soon to ChronoTrack Live). That is, your usual awards file, with very slight modifications, can be shown online.
  • Jenna Ginsberg requested a new command “Multiply By” for use with Event to Database so that a time can be multiplied to compensate for events that take less time when adding up times from a multi-event race. Done.
  • Can do team scoring with different numbers on each team by setting Team Score to zero. Suggested by Jay from Taiwan.
  • Improved field mapping with ChronoTrack Live custom fields. Instead of the field names such as “custom_elevent12345”, RunScore translates them into the description of the custom question.
  • Made improvement to ChronoTrack Live upload. You still need an external_id field but you don’t have to have anything in the field. If you don’t RunScore will assign a number one higher than the highest external_id. This works both for uploads from a listing file and while in “Sync with server” mode.
  • Added a touch screen keypad to the Announcer screen so partipants can enter their bib number on the screen keypad to see their results. Of course, your computer screen must be a touch screen to use.
  • With RaceIt, RunSignUp, and ChronoTrack Live, a new menu selection that tells you which event or race you are working on.
  • Team Relay wasn’t working unless it included a penalty event. Works now even without one.
RSServer/RSClient Version 7.4.7.0. Level 2012.12.02.
  • In a first for RunScore, YouTube videos have been added to the Help screens. These first two are in the RunSignUp section showing how to download registrations, upload registrations, upload results, upload live results, and setup and upload splits.
  • At request of Steven Keith, reload entries.ini when executing the “Update all entries” command. The entries.ini is reloaded whenever RunScore detects that a change has been made but if there is a change in one of the included files, RunScore will not about that. This change forces the re-loading of the file.
  • At request of James Oaks, allow use of “Field Length” command when printing labels to prevent long names from spilling over.
  • RunScore support for RunSignUp now handles live update. That means that it uploads just those finishers who have finished since the last upload. This all happens automatically. RunScore checks every 10 seconds to see if there are new finishers. If there are, it uploads them.
  • At request of Andre Yelle, Race Headquarters, added two new Announce commands. One controls the length of time an announce screen is up before it refreshes for the next finisher. The other allows you to see, instead of the next finisher after such a delay, to see the most recent finisher. The commands are “Announce Update Sec” and “Announce Use Last”.
  • At request of Robert Youngs, Super Race Systems, add command “Conditional headers”. When this command is used, a header in an awards list is skipped if there are no finishers in that category. Usually it is best to have the headers displayed so that people know that there is such a category and it had no finishers. However, you might want to use the command in a race that has a very large number of categories, many of which have no finishers.
  • Support for RunSignUp for: (1) Download of registrations, (2) upload of registrations and correcting of registrations on RunScore and having them appear right away on the RunSignUp site, and (3) Upload of results. Once uploaded, you can click on a link in Tools on RunScore and see the results on the site.
RSServer/RSClient Version 7.4.4.0. Level 2012.07.19
  • Bill Teschek wants to separate the columns, for readability, in a triathlon results report. To do this he inserted the ‘|’ character between columns. When this is done, the headers are adjusted to remain over the proper columns but the ======= underlines do not. Fixed.
  • At request of Jenna Ginsberg and Steven Keith, RunScore now pops up a message when you connect to a device that requires event mapping. You are shown the present mapping and asked if you want to use it. If you answer “no” the file events_mapping.ini will be erased and you will be prompted for each external location whose name is not the same as one of your RunScore events.
  • Because of a problem that Alan Higley had with e-mail when an email field had junk but not a valid e-mail address, we have added the command “Contains.” With this one can check that the field contains the @ character.
  • Several people have been pointing out problems with Live Results running on RSClient. Have made some major changes that should help in making Live Results more robust. Give us some feedback if you uncover any problems.
RSServer/RSClient Version 7.4.2.0. Level 2012.04.27
  • At request of John Resman, eliminated leading blanks upon import of *.csv files. If the field is right-justified, the blanks will be restored during the import. Also eliminated leading blanks upon export to *.csv files.
  • Barbara Hindenach requested a change in how the bib number is handled when using auto-increment. If you enter a new person and hit F10 or F12 to save, the next bib number pops up, say 456. If you start typing in the next person and notice on the drop-down that that person is already in your database, you can select that person. When you did that, the bib number field was cleared. Also, if you put in the number you want to add and then start typing a new person, the same thing happened. What Barbara requested and what now works is that the bib number is retained. One reason I was motivated to make this change is that the previous behavior was bothering me, too, but I guess I needed a push to get around to making the change. Thanks to Steven Keith for testing this new feature.
  • Josh Drew reported that the Look Up Replace command no longer worked. Fixed for use in a listing and in the INI file.
  • Have added SMS/Text messaging through an SMS provider. See Help file for details. We are working with UpcellText but are interested in working with other SMS providers. We were put in contact with UpcellText by RunScore customer Jim Young.
  • New feature added: Team Relay.
  • Added new ActiveCF.xml to RunScoreUpdate.exe. If you are having a problem connecting to Active.com through RunScore, be sure to make sure you have the current version of this file. The way to tell is by looking at this line: <IP>aml.xes.active.com</IP>. It must have that ‘xes’ in there.
  • John Snitko was having problems with extensive use of Event to Database. Made some changes to try to protect the database when writing when more than one thread at a time tries to write.
RSServer/RSClient Version 7.3.2.1. Level 2012.01.16
  • The Select Event command to select participants out based on their time in an event has been improved. You can now select based on a comparison of times between two events. For example, say you wanted to find problems such as a runner who crossed a split after crossing the finish line. You could write:

    Select Event (tab) SPLIT1
    GE (tab) FINISH
  • Debbie Burke requested that the Points Table be allowed to have non-integer values, e.g. 10.5. Done. To make places to the right of the decimal appear in output or in Event to Database, you must use the Precision command which tells RunScore how many places to the right of the decimal point you want to use.
  • You can now download registrations directly from online registration site RaceIt.com. This is accomplished through an API (Application Programming Interface) provided by RaceIt.
  • At the urging of Jeff Castro, got “Instant Print” working from RSClient. This has never worked since the creation of the client/server version of RunScore.
  • At request of Ron Larson and Steven Keith, add system variable %ISO time% which produces time in a format without colons, e.g. “150105” (for 03:01:05pm). They wanted this so they could produce file names based on time. The system variable %time% produces times such as “15:01:05”.
RSServer/RSClient Version 7.3.0.4. Level 2011.07.21
  • Add check for duplicate names to Design Screen
  • Switched from InstallShield to Inno Setup for creating distribution files. Updates for both RSServer and RSClient are in the single file RunScoreUpdate.exe.
Version 7.3.0.0 Level 2011.07.02 RunScore client/Server
  • May have eliminated the “Must run as administrator” problem when installing RunScoreSetup.exe. The problem was ambiguous wording in the InstallShield documentation.
  • At suggestion of Jon Krupa, test to make sure there are not duplicate field names in the database.
  • With help from Steven Keith, improved the Help screens concerning transponder races.
  • At request of Andrés Alañón Vázquez make place and division place work for lap races with a scratch time in the Announce screen.
  • Can now use a scratch event subtracted from a laps event in a listing file. Before you could subtract a fixed time (gun time) but not a different time for each competitor. (You have always been able to subtract the initial time [“lap 1”] from the other laps using the “Net time” feature.) This improvement was inspired by the work for Andrés Alañón Vázquez (Version 7.2.11.24) that allowed this in a “Merge Events” listing.
  • J-Chip records are very similar to ChampionChip records so it is hard for RunScore to tell which system is in use when loading files. There is no problem when the data come through TCP/IP since the user selects the system. In order that RunScore knows that the files being read in are J-chip files, a new control (J-Chip file loading) is added under Tools/Chip Options. Note: There is no problem with J-Chip records being read as ChampionChip records unless it is a race where the clock goes past midnight. J-Chip has taken over the ChampionChip “antenna” field and replaced it with a “day” field which keeps track of how many days you are into a race.
  • Working with George Groome and Mark Hendley, made a fix to the External Timer “Keyboard” device and made a change to the “Barcode” device so that it works with a keypad that terminates a line with either <LF> or <CR>. Also set the default for the barcode to be bib mode instead of time mode.
  • At request of George Groome, reinstitute “not found added” for an individual event. But, instead of using a checkbox on the Edit Event dialog box, it is set in the entries.ini file. This allows you to turn on “not found bib number added to database” for an individual event. However, this is just for external timers such as the Time Machine. This has no bearing on chip/tag races since at the time a chip/tag record since the particular event is not known at the point a chip/tag record is being parsed. See “not found” in Help for details.
  • New command, Select Event, allows you to select on an event. Previously, you could only select on a field.This allows filtering. For example, you could select out only those who started after the gun. It is hoped that you clever users will find new and exciting things to do with this new command.
  • Added support for MyLaps ProChip although this was just the addition of the name to Initialize External Timers since it already worked by selecting ChampionChip when using the MyLaps Toolkit.
  • In the past few days had two instances of team results reporting a team full of blanks ahead of the first place team. In both cases, it was an event with a start event and, due to errors or people crossing mats, there were negative times. Made changes to catch errors like this.
  • At request of Douglas Kirk, allow Message command in team results and, in particular, allow an initial message that will display at beginning of line.
RSServer/RSClient Version 7.2.11.0. Level 2011.04.07
  • Latest stable release.
  • A new file, Boston.2013.tac, with qualifying times for the 2013 Boston Marathon has been added to the Common folder. You should use this for marathons run after September 2011.
  • New command Continue used with Selected to allow you to mark a field and do another function, such as send an e-mail in one *.lst file.
  • New command EMAIL PORT;
  • At request of Steve Moland, “Announcers on the Run,” when doing an Import and you run into a field not recognized, in addition to Ignore and Cancel, have added “Ignore all remaining fields” button. When it is pressed, no more fields are processed and the file being imported is read but only up to the field being queried.
  • Can now use Gmail, AOL and other SMTP servers for e-mail.
  • Some people did not like being warned every time they went to delete a bib or time in Edit/Results. This can now be set in Preferences.
  • At request of Marek BLAŽEK, made a change to the sort routine to handle diacritic symbols (R,Š,Ž,C,Š).
  • Marek BLAŽEK requested that “Time difference” and “Total Time Difference” be added to allowed features of “Event to Database.” Done.
  • Debbie Burke did not like the “I-beam” cursor on the main page which changed to a “pointer” cursor on the links. Was hard to see. Changed to “pointer” for bulk of screen and to “hand” on link. This is the more standard way to handle the cursor.
  • It was pointed out that when tabbing across the Initial External Timers dialog box, that is was not possible to reach the TCP checkbox. It was only possible to get there with the mouse. Fixed.
  • When using a device via TCP, baud does not matter. In order to reinforce that, when you check the TCP checkbox, the Baud drop-down disappears.
  • Some people like to be in “insert” when editing and some but some like to be in “replace.” At request of Steve Scheidt, allow the editor to start in either “insert” or “replace” mode. Whatever mode you have it in when you leave the editor, it will be in that mode the next time you edit a file — even if you have closed RunScore in the interim.
  • At request of Paul Williams, add alternate white and gray background lines on Instant Results to improve readability.
Version 7.2.10.0 Level 2011.01.12 RunScore client/Server
  • At request of Steven Keith, add new system variable %race path%. This can be used in the System Command to copy files from the race directory.
  • At request of Steven Keith, provide a way to execute a listing (*.lst) file on startup of a race. This is done by adding a parameter in the Properties/Target section of the RSServer or RSClient icon. The parameter is /startup=filename. In the example below, RSServer starts up the sample race and then starts the announcer.

c:\runscore\rsserver.exe sampleraces\sample\entries /startup=announce.lst

or

c:\runscore\client\rsclient.exe /startup=announce.lst

  • You can also specify the IP Address and the port on the command line of RSClient. The parameters are /address=ipaddress and /port=number. For example:

c:\runscore\client\rsclient.exe /startup=announce.lst /address=MyDesktop /port=33000

  • While we were at it, we decided to allow you to set the Login name for RSClient to log into RSServer. If you are not using login names, don’t worry about this feature. You can only use this feature if you are requiring a login name but not requiring a password. The parameter is /login=login_name. For example:

c:\runscore\client\rsclient.exe /startup=announce.lst /address=MyDesktop /port=33000 /login=Announcer

  • At request of Craig Wilson, allow team members beyond the number scoring to advance. This is controlled by setting a negative number for Advance Maximum control
  • You have always been able to specify a “scratch” event in RunScore by making the event name start with the letters “STA” or “SCR”. Now there is a third way. Just specify the event to be a “Start” event in “Misc/Edit list of events”. When a scratch event’s time is subtracted from another event’s time and there is not time for the scratch time, a time of zero is used. On the other hand, if it is not a scratch event, for example it might be the BIKE event in a triathlon, then when the BIKE time is subtracted from the next split and there is no BIKE time, the resulting split is a blank. That allows you to easily find someone who missed a split point.
  • New team feature: Team Spread: Prints out, when using Team Format Columns, the spread in time between the first finisher and last scoring finisher on each team.
  • New team command: Team Format Brief: Implemented at request of Pat Leone. With Team Format Brief, only the team place, team name, and team score are printed.
  • At Steven Keith’s request, add “Starts with” (or “SW”) command to entries.ini. It had been added to *.lst processing some months ago.
  • Fixed a problem in entries.ini where you needed to put in dummy data in the [data] area even if none was required.
Version 7.2.9.0 Level 2010.11.19 RunScore client/Server
  • At request of Jon Krupa, discard any line of an import file that will produce a record in which all fields are blank. This helps to eliminate those blank records in an Excel file that gets incorporated into a *.csv file.
  • Have you ever been working with results in a chip/tag race and were in “bibs and times” (F5) mode and pressed F2 to delete only to realize that you pressed F3 (numbers mode) by mistake and the next F2 ends up deleting a bib but not the time thus mis-aligning the bibs and times? Have you ever hit F2 by mistake and seen a finisher disappear? Some months ago a command “Edit Results (tab) BOTH” as suggested by Mike Richards was added so that you would always be in F5 mode. However, the user could, with a click of the mouse or by depressing F3, put the mode back to the Bibs mode. After many discussions with Steven Keith, Mike Proctor, and Jon Krupa, two significant changes have been made to help. Keep reading.
  • At request of Jon Krupa and Mike Proctor, provide a way to “lock” the Results screen in a “both” mode — bibs and times. This can be done using a new control in Preferences. The setting can be overridden for a race by setting “Edit Results” in entries.ini. It can be set to “bibs”, “times”, or “both”. Likewise, if you only want the “both” mode for a few races, you can use the “Edit Results” to use the “both” mode for those races and leave the “both” mode unchecked in Preferences.
  • At request of several users, provide protection for deleting bibs and times. It works just like the delete function in Browse. That is, when you first go to delete a finisher or a finisher’s time, you will be asked if you really want to. You will also be told that you can “arm” the deletion by using Ctrl-F2.
  • Steve Moland, of Announcers on the Run, requested a change to the Announce screen. He asked that a blank line be inserted if the user pressed enter with no bib number. This allows him to put in blank line if he makes an error — increasing readability.
  • Made improvements in the Initialize External Timers dialog box. Prevents you from having two devices connected to the same port. (This is allowed when RSServer is the client and is talking to chip controllers which are servers since the servers have different IP addresses.) Changes also allow you to stop a device while keeping others running. Now if you don’t change anything for a device (timer, port, baud, tcp), the device will not be stopped and started again. This is particularly useful when using the Summit timer.
  • If you have a device activated through Initialize External Timers, you can turn it off by blanking the port number or by setting the Start/Stop drop down to Stop.
  • It now tests if you are using the same port for two different devices but allows in the case of systems such as IPICO in which case it checks to see if the IP Addresses are the same.
  • Jason Biggs found that AccuChip data was not being handled correctly when coming through TCP/IP. Fixed.
  • Tony Newton asked for a change to the Live Results screen so that the most recent finisher stayed at the bottom of the screen and is highlighted in blue. To do this, set the Scroll Speed to zero and the Scroll Delay to, say, 1 second.
  • Working with Ron Larson, found that sometimes in an Event to Database operation, data is written that is longer than the field. RunScore was not protecting for this situation which, sometimes, caused crashes. This could be a very significant fix.
Version 7.2.8.0 Level 2010.09.12 RunScore client/Server
  • Added support for Japanese language
  • Fixed Chatsworth support.
  • You can now set the lap difference in a lap race in Entries.ini. If two times, in a lap race are within the time, in seconds, the second time is eliminated. Command: “Lap Difference”. The default is 10 seconds.
Version 7.2.7.4 Level 2010.06.27 RunScore client/Server
  • Jenna Ginsburg found that a Time Format of NONE was not working with the Announcer feature on RSClient. Fixed.
  • Cleaned up and fixed some problems in the sample races. Made them available for download independent of the full install (RunScoreSetup.exe).
  • At urging of Steven Keith, add red background text UNREGISTERED RUNNER NUMBER to Unregistered Runner Number (entry record 0) so that people realize that they are not editing an entry.
Version 7.2.7.0 Level 2010.06.23 RunScore client/Server
  • The old *.tac files have been replaced with new ones based on the age-grade tables. These files are used to flag times that the USATF considers quality performances based on gender, age, and time. You can tell if you are using the new ones because they have a 2010 date.
  • Unregistered Runner Number (URN) is now protected and is always in record number zero.
  • You can now check for Updates via the Click for Updates link on the main page.
  • Add support for TCP/IP link between timing systems and RunScore. This allows you to have your timing system farther away.
  • And, as usual, a number of bug fixes which are documented in the LatestRevisions.html file.
  • The logo in Live Results can now be a *.png file (Portable Network Graphics) or a *.bmp (Windows bitmap) file. Previously, RunScore only supported bitmaps.
Version 7.2.4.0 Level 2010.03.21 RunScore client/Server
  • Made an improvement to the edit box when you edit a bib or a time (Right-click on a bib or time). Before the edit box had a thick border which had the effect (in Win XP) to hide the lower part of the characters being edited.
  • Fred Dewsberry found that Look Up stopped working on the server once the RSClient is started. This has been a long-standing bug. Not sure why it took this long for someone to report it. Fixed.
  • Sylvan Symth requested that when there are no finishers for a team score, that, instead of displaying an annoying error pop-up, just produce a page with no results — only the header. Done.
  • John Lauces reported that bar codes were not printing correctly. The problem was introduced when the default monospaced font was added to Preferences. Fixed.
  • Greg McFerren found that the BEST command was not working correctly. It was finding the worst performances instead of the best Fixed.
Version 7.2.3.0 Level 2010.02.20 RunScore client/Server
  • More bug fixes as described in the LatestRevisions.html file.
Version 7.2.2.0 Level 2010.01.11 RunScore client/Server
  • This version mainly fixes bugs that have been found in Version 7.2.1.0. There have been some additional improvements.
  • At request of Andrés Alanon Vazquez, add two new commands for use with the Announce screen: “Last Lap Time” and “Average Lap Time.”
  • Included a tip in the Help screens by Steven Keith about providing RSServer and a race folder on a thumb drive so that the race management people can do their own data entry without actually installing RunScore.
Version 7.2.1.0 Level 2010.01.03 RunScore client/Server
  • This is the first version of RunScore produced with Microsoft Visual Studio VC++ tools built on top of OWLNEXT which is an independent development based on Borland OWL (Object Windows Library). Almost all development before this point was produced with Borland tools.
  • NOTE: This version of RunScore will not run on older Windows operating systems: Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows ME, or Windows NT. It will run on Windows 2000, Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7.
  • What are the advantages?
    • The largest advantage from the user’s point of view is that we have squashed the bug that produced those “Busy clipboard” pop-ups. The bug was traced to some Borland code. I reported this to the OWLNEXT developers who have fixed it.
    • There are no functional advantages and no perceived speed differences.
    • There are no longer DLLs that get installed in the Windows directory. Therefore, if you want to move RunScore from one computer to another, all you have to do is copy the RunScore folder to a thumb drive and then copy it into the new computer. For those technically inclined, this type of application is called a “static” application instead of the RSS/RSC which was a “dynamic” application since it depended on external DLL files. Note, however, that there are still some DLLs installed with RunScore (Summit timer DLL and Active.com DLL) but since they are in the RunScore directory, they will be copied to the new computer.
    • When I retire from supporting RunScore, it will be far easier to turn the development package over to another person since it will be using modern tools.
    • The Microsoft Visual Studio Interactive Development Environment (IDE) is far superior to the Borland IDE. It should be since it has had an additional 13 years of improvements. This helps me in development and in finding bugs. It is also much more fussy, warning me of possible problems.
    • For those Vista users that were having problems with the special functions of printers in Vista, like Back to Front printing, the VC version incorporates the new Printer Dialog box that works perfectly under Vista. Probably does the same under Windows 7.
  • What are the disadvantages?
    • While the install package will be about the same size, updates will be larger since they are static applications. But in this day of high-speed access, I don’t see this as a problem.
  • Recent changes
    • At the suggestion of Steven Keith, add support for monospace fonts other than “Courier New.” In Preferences you can specify what default monospace font you want. It will be used in all listings. These fonts make for much better looking listings. In Help/Index/Preferences are examples showing the difference between an Arial monospaced font and the Courier New font.
    • Another new control in Preferences allows you to specify if you want the page number at the top or the bottom of each page of the printout.
    • Jeff Glaze pointed out that a person with a birthdate of 01/01/2000 did not have their age updated. Fixed.
    • Version control. As before, for RSClient to connect to RSServer, the first three numbers in the version must agree. For example RSClient Version 7.1.0.1 can connect to RSServer Version 7.1.0.3. Before, if the first three did not agree, it was not possible to connect. Now that is only true if only the first two numbers agree. If the first two agree but the third does not, you can connect but you are given a warning. Things will probably work but there may be some functions that do not agree.
    • A RunScore API (Application Programming Interface) has been developed. It can be fetched at www.runscore.com/Downloads/testapi.zip. The purpose of the API is to allow programmers to access the RunScore database and results. This could be used to add entrants, to develop new results listings, or many other uses. It is only useful for programmers who can program in C++.
    • At request of Art Stockman, make change to allow changing of event in Initialize External Timer so that data can be directed to a different event without having to shut RunScore down.
Version 7.0.13.0 Level 2009.12.06 RunScore client/Server
  • Last Version of RunScore produced with Borland tools
  • Implement Time Format for Live Results at request of Steve Gajerski.
  • At request of Bill Teschek, add commands for entries.ini to type-ahead. A few were missing.
Version 7.0.12.0 Level 2009.11.25, RunScore Client/Server
  • Latest stable release.
  • Made a change so that if there is a entries.val file and no entries.val.xml, the entries.val is always converted to entries.val.xml.
  • Working with Pat Riley, a method has been developed for sending text messages. See Appendix/Text Message.
  • John Luaces and Fred Dewsberry reported a crash when connecting the RSClient to the RSServer. Found that this happens if a Look Up command is in the old entries.val file. The Look UP command should be removed from entries.val and put in entries.ini. A change has been made so that this no longer causes a problem.
Version 7.0.11.0 Level 2009.11.25, RunScore Client/Server
  • Latest stable release. I had thought Version 7.0.10.0 was okay but it had some problems. This one has been more thoroughly tested.
  • Craig Chiger found a problem with Look Up in RSServer Version 7.0.10.0.
Version 7.0.10.0 Level 2009.11.20, RunScore Client/Server
  • Have changed the operation of Look Up in a *.lst file as requested by Steven Keith. If it calls for Look Upand a similar Look Up was not specified in entries.ini, RunScore creates a new Look Does, does the look up on the entire database, and then discards it. The reason for this is that the older method required you to start and stop RunScore do to the look up to add in a bunch of late registrations. You would not want to do this during a race.
  • Add a new command “Look up Replace” which works just like the Look Up command except it replaces all matching fields. The Look Up command does not replace, say, a city name if there is already data in the field. This feature is handy if you have a chip/tag race and have a large number of missing finishers. If you have a database for these extra runners, the Look Up Replace command can automatically put them in at the proper place in the database.
  • At request of Tony Newton and Steven Keith, have added a new command: Update All Entries. This is somewhat similar to the Alt-F4 to update but is much faster since it doesn’t involve all the checking of fields. The main purpose is to process the commands in your entries.ini after making a change.
  • With the advent of more and more Chip/Tag systems and the use of multiple split points on races, the old way of handling the Swap of bib numbers between two people became a problem.  With one or two events, it was easy to use the old “@Swap n1 n2” that swapped the bib numbers in two finish positions in the event.  But, with multiple split events or triathlons, this had to be repeated across all events to work.  It also was overwritten when your refreshed or re-downloaded the finish times and bib numbers.
    To correct this, you can now swap the information assigned to bib numbers in the Database, just like the athletes did in real life, when they swapped bib numbers.  When you open the Browse screen and type in:  “@Swap bib#1 bib#2”,  RunScore will swap the data assigned for those two bib numbers, so that all the events will now have the correct info listed for the bib numbers and finish positions.  Now the bib numbers match the person who actually wore them.
  • Add support for RFID chip system via TCP/IP. RFID had been supported earlier but only by loading files produced by the RFID system.
  • Becky Mestas requested for a larger number of names be allowed in the drop-down-search box in Enter Names. She had a large database with more Smiths than could be displayed. Done.
  • Working with Steven Keith, define a new type of event called a “Spill” event. You can put this beyond the last event for which you have rounds/passes specified to catch extra passes. For example, say you want Round 1 to go into Run and Round 2 to go into Bike. If a person crosses the mats extra times, these times would go ino the spill event.
  • The Live Results now runs in full-screen mode.
  • A number of improvements have been made to the Announcer Screen. It now displays in full-screen mode so you no longer see the Windows menu bar. This is particularly nice when used on a large screen or with a projector.
  • Working with Andrés Alanon Vazquez, Marek Blazek, and John Snitko, have added ability for Announce screen to have headers across the top. This only makes sense for monospaced fonts like Courier New and when using the “No Squeeze” option with Announce.
  • In addition to the “automatic headers,” you can create your own using the Header/.end of header commands on the Announcer screen.
  • The type-ahead in the RunScore Editor is now optional because of a request by Tony Newton and Steven Keith. You can deselect it in Preferences. The command drop-down is retained.
  • Implemented type-ahead and command drop-down on RSClient. Previously it only worked on RSServer.
Version 7.0.9.0 Level 2009.10.07, RunScore Client/Server
  • Mike Proctor said he often types in a new name and, by mistake, presses F3 (search) instead of F4 (update). RunScore then asks if the user wants to do a new search or not. Either reply erases what was just entered. Mike asked for a third option, Cancel, that will retain what was just typed. Done.
  • Fixed crash problem with Announce reported by Pat Leone and Jeff Castro.
  • Josh Gerber reported that Alt-F4 (update all entries) caused a crash. It turned out that all his bib numbers were blank. Fixed.
  • Pat Leone reported that the Announce command by itself, that is without an event or header specified, was sending output to the printer instead of to the screen. Fixed.
  • Jenna Ginsburg and Jeff Castro reported a problem with auto-run causing a crash. Jeff provided a race folder that allowed us to find and fix the problem.
  • Fixed a problem, reported by Wally Marantette, that caused a “Duplicate Finishers” listing to crash.
  • Andrés Alanon Vazquez discovered that Division Place in the Announce screen no longer worked. Fixed. Also made a change so that you can display the place and a division place referring to the same event.
  • Added command type-ahead and drop-down to the RunScore editor. This allows you to see the commands that start with the letters that you type. You can then pick the one you want using the cursor keys or the mouse. Or you can continue typing until what you have typed has only one corresponding command. At that point the rest of the command will be filled in.
  • Have added a test to make sure that RSClient and RSServer are at the same level. The first three numbers in the Version must be the same.
  • Debbie Burke pointed out a problem with the Unregistered Runner Number (URN). If you don’t have a URN defined in either Preferences or in your entries.ini file, then it should work as before. That is, the first entry in your database becomes the URN. A change has been made to make this work like it used to.
  • Have added three commands to entries.ini: Not found added, Show additional, and Show select event.
  • At request of Andrés Alanon Vazquez add gun-time support for J-chip. If a gun-time arrives, it is placed in the file Guntime.ini.
  • Working with Denika Voget found that there are problems if you set the number of chip fields to zero. Fixed so that this can’t happen anymore.
  • After many requests, the “Message” command has been added to the Announcer screen.
  • Steven Keith made a great suggestion with respect to the Announcer screen. He suggested it be tied to an event using a new command Announce Event. In this way, whenever a new finisher is recorded into that event, the finisher’s name and other information will automatically be displayed on the screen. This makes it much easier to set up and gives more flexibility. For example, you no longer need to have the screen fed by chips. For example, you could tie it into the select event which is fed from the keyboard of an external timer.
  • Steven Keith pointed out that the /*** … ***/ form of comment was not supported in entries.ini. Fixed.
  • Add new command Average which is used in conjunction with the Sum command. When used it computes the average of the fields instead of the sum of the fields. Works for integers, floating point numbers, and times. Suggested by Steven Keith.
  • Again at request of Steven Keith, add Starts with (or SW) command. You can use this in a conjunction with “Select” to select out all entries that start with the specified characters.
  • At suggestion of George Groome, make the external editor field in Preferences scrollable so you can enter a longer path name.
  • Also, made some corrections to the help files with respect to the fact that you can use an external editor to receive RunScore output.
  • Fixed a problem pointed out by Andrés Alanon Vazquez that the effect of a language change did not show up until you processed “To editor” (F7).
  • Jenna Ginsburg asked for a Footer to be able to handle the centering of a line as is done in Headers. Done.
  • Jenna pointed out that times past 24 hours were not working on RSClient for Winning Time active chips. Fixed.
  • Added support for new feature in ChronoTrack’s SimpleClient that allows for data stream to be restarted if the TCP connection breaks. With this feature, the data doesn’t have to start from the beginning.
  • Add location-to-event mapping for J-chip at request of Marek Blazek.
  • Fixed an alignment problem with lap event output.
  • Made another fix to the browser output at request of Jenna Gingburg.
  • At request of Steven Keith, provide a way to cancel out of a @ listing that has multiple duplicate finisher problems.
Version 7.0.8.0 Level 2009.07.20, RunScore Client/Server
  • At request of Tony Norton, we have made the “Listings beep” optional. He found it annoying, especially when running an auto-run listing. Others, such as Steven Keith, like the beep. It gives some assurance that RunScore is responding. The default is to have the beep off. It can be turned on from Preferences.
  • At request of Kevin Jackson, add a check for non-unique bib numbers when you “Update All” (Alt-F4). This can also be done be creating a “Remove Duplicates” listing which checks for duplicate bib numbers. Be sure to check only those bib numbers that are not blank.
  • Kevin Jackson also requested an “undelete” for the Entries screen. This has been implemented by the normal Windows “undelete” command Ctrl-Z. It just restores the most recently deleted record. (Note: if you want to undelete a change in a results file, use F9 to reload the bibs and times.)
  • Working with Jenna Ginsberg and Denika Voget, add support for Winning Time Active chip system via TCP/IP.
  • At request of Richard Rosant and Stephen Keith allow MINUS or PLUS commands to subtract or add a fixed time to an event before merging it using the “Merge Events” command.
  • At request of Jon Krupa, add “Move Up” and “Move Down” to the editing of your list of events (under Misc.). Makes it much easier than the Cut and Paste method although the Cut and Paste are left there for large moves.
  • When the “Progress” pop-up was removed some time ago, the progress messages were sent to the status line. However, due to priorities, they were not showing up until the processing was done. Therefore, these messages have been moved to the “comment” line on the Listings screen. Also, will also hear a beep when you process a listing file to give you audible feedback that a file is being processed processing.
  • In addition, if you update all your records on the Enter/Edit screen with Alt-F4, the progress is shown on the “records” line.
  • Josh Merlis suggested use of /* to begin several lines of comments and */ to exit comment mode. This is the same as is used in many programming languages. Done.
  • At request of Steven Keith, added a feature to the import of bibs into results. If a bib is not found, you can specify whether you want to handle all unknown bibs the same way: (1) assign Unregistered Runner Number, (2) add to the database or (3) ignore. Or, you can continue to handle them one at a time as in the past.
  • Jon Krupa asked for RunScore to continue importing times and bib numbers even if a line has only a a time or a bib number instead of both. Done.
Version 7.0.7.0 Level 2009.05.29, RunScore Client/Server
  • If data in an entries.ini file is longer than the intended field, it could cause a problem. Fixed.
  • Made some progress in fixing the “busy clipboard problem.” In doing this we had to make some changes to the RunScore editor. Now the blue, vertical line does not appear when you first open a file but as you work on it, the blue line will appear. Steven Keith was key to this improvement. He was able to find cases that failed fairly often.
  • At request of Marek Blazek from the Czech Republic, changed import of database to allow other than comma as the delimiter. When RunScore discovers that a file does not have a comma in the header, it requests the user to enter what delimiter the file uses. If the delimiter is the tab character, you enter the word “tab”. If you import from a listing file, you can set the “Import delimiter” according to the type of file.
  • Have stopped shipping the special version of Notepad.exe. It was causing some problems. Instead you can now use the normal Windows Notepad or use another editor. To use another editor, set its location in Preferences. If you don’t specify another editor, the Windows Notepad will be used by default.
  • Often a data entry person types over the Unregistered Runner entry, often called the “bandit” entry. This can cause lots of problems. There are now protections. If you DO want to change the entry, you will be warned (twice) about what you are about to do. This feature was requested by Steven Keith.
  • At request of Bill Teschek add command “Laps to Rounds.” This moves multiple finishes by a runner in a LAPS event into subsequent events based on which lap has been completed. This is done automatically in a chip race but this command is to fix problems such as a runner not crossing a mat on a given lap. The time can be inserted and the Laps to Rounds command run to reassign the various laps,
  • Marek Blazek from the Czech Republic requested that the Event to Database PLACE command work for lap races. The place is computed by determining the order by laps finished and for those with the same number of laps, based on time. Done.
  • Fixed a problem with auto-alignment pointed out by Mike Moore. When inserting bandits, the last bib was turned into a bandit instead of moving down one slot.
  • At request of Andrés Alanon Vazquez made a change to Announce so that if Net Time is specified, the number of laps displayed is one less to account for the initial passing. Also, the time is computed by subtracting each runner’s initial passing from the most recent one.
  • Made a change to HTML output so that the results are as they were with RSW if the CSS file runscore.css is not found. In addition, you can now have a “local” *.css file in a race directory called entries.css.
  • Brad Pickle pointed out that you could no longer close an external timer without leaving RunScore. Fixed.
Version 7.0.6.0 Level 2009.04.05, RunScore client/Server
  • At suggestion of Tony Newton, made the use of CSSs (Cascading Style Sheets) for web output more flexible. Before there was just one CSS which was called runscore.css. Now you have a different one in a race folder called entries.css. RunScore looks for the *.css in the race folder first and, if not found, uses the global one in the RunScore directory.
  • The following changes were suggested by Steven Keith. He also did extensive testing that the changes worked and that the changes were backward compatible with earlier versions and with RSW.
    • The entries.val validation file, has been replaced with a new XML file called entries.val.xml. The transition is painless. When you next make a change in Design Screen or change properties in the Enter/Edit Names screen for a field, the new file will be generated automatically for you .
    • Have you wanted to change a field parameter, such as changing from no case to proper case or add another value for “Allowed” in middle of typing but did not want to go to Design Screen and have to restart the race? You can now change most parameters on the fly. Just right-click on the field as you always did. When you click on Okay, the new entries.val.xml file will be created.
    • Changed the way the Look Up command is defined. Instead of putting it in the entries.val file, it is now placed in entries.ini. This is a more logical place. To aid in the transition, for now, you can have it either place.
    • For people who create this new XML in a folder and use the “Look Up” command in the INI, you will get an error message about “Look Up” in the INI when you run this race on an earlier RSServer/RSClient version or RSW.  Just acknowledge the error message and the VAL file will load the Look Up for you the old way.
    • Remove the “Edit Validation file as text” from the Misc menu.
  • Jon Krupa mentioned that if you have no listing (*.lst) files, you get a pop-up that could be annoying. A change was made to put an appropriate message on the comment line.
  • Andrés Alanon Vazquez, requested a way to show Division Finish order on the Announce screen. This was done by supporting the Division Place command.
  • At request of John Snikto, added a “Laps left” to the Announce screen for use in laps races. This allows runners to see how many laps remain.
  • Working with Andrés Alanon Vazquez, made a number of improvements to the Announce screen. He wants to use it on a large screen just past the mats of a lap race so the runners can see their bib number, place, number of laps run, and the total distance covered.
  • Working with John Snitko, developed a way for chip/tag systems which do not have a round/pass/lap capability to handle rounds. It works by creating a lap event followed by events with rounds specified. The data goes into the lap event and also into the appropriate round event. This only works on RSServer, not on RSClient.
  • Made some improvements to chip/tag processing of round events.
  • Andrés Alanon Vazquez, who lives in Spain, requested that the Announcer screen be enhanced to handle lap races. It now can show place, time, number of laps completed, and distance covered.
  • Another improvement was made to Announcer so that the screen can be used just beyond the finish line in addition to being ahead of the finish line. When used beyond the finish line with a chip/tag system, a runner can see her results as soon as she crosses the finish line if a large monitor or data projector is used.
  • At request of Marc Roy and Tony Newton, add ability to keep FTP open so files can be uploaded periodically. The file will typically be rewritten through an auto-run process. New commands are “FTP loop” and “FTP Close“. The loop specifies how often, in seconds, the upload should happen.
  • Create a file called guntime.ini for ChampionChip which is created when a ST00007 chip ID is received. This had already been implemented for ChronoTrack.
  • Add “View Guntime.ini” to Misc menu so you can pop-up the guntime file quickly.
  • RunScore now supports English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese. The “French” item on Preferences has been removed and the user’s language preference as set in the Windows Control Panel is used to select the language. The only place the language matters is in some of the listings such as “Number of records” at the bottom of a listing and words such as “Place”, “Rank.”
Version 7.0.5.0 Level 2009.01.08, RunScore client/Server
  • Discovered that comma-delimited-files included in entries.ini were not working. Only space-delimited and tab-delimited were working. Don’t know when this broke since the comma-feature was added in April 2007. Fixed.
  • Fixed a problem found by Art Stockman.He found that when using Event to Database and the PACE command, the resulting pace had a nonsense number instead of a zero if using the MINUS command and there was no scratch time to subtract off.
  • Added more documentation on ChronoTrack with help from Steven Keith.
  • Add more documentation on Ipico with help from Josh Drew.
  • Add support for ChipTiming from Brazil (http://www.chiptiming.com.br)
  • At request of Greg McFerren, add information in dialog box when starting up TCP/IP connection with Ipico.
  • Liz Steinweg suggested a change in the Enter/Edit screen from “Not found. Search Again?” pop-up to “Not found. New Search?” This is so that, after an unsuccessful search, you have the option to keep the cursor in the field so you can compose a new search or, if you answer “No”, you can go back to the bib number field. The old wording sounded like RunScore would search again for you.
Version 7.0.4.0 Level 2008.12.05, RunScore client/Server
  • Can now sort labels by column as well as by row.
  • Handle ties in cross country races.
  • Fixed a problem when bringing in ChampionChip or ChronoTrack chips via TCP/IP. If the computer got very busy, some data could be lost.
Version 7.0.3.0 Level 2008.10.21, RunScore client/Server
  • Add browser scroll capability to RunScore output.
  • Steven Keith suggested a new command @time which been added which allows you to set times in the Results screen.
  • New command Advance Export App will cause the advancer information to be appended to a previously exported file.
  • At request of Pat Leone, add Team Score Export command for cross country races so you can produce a format for uploading to a web page.
Version 7.0.2.0 Level 2008.09.16, RunScore client/Server
  • An Events file editor has been added to RSServer.
  • A number of users, including ones very familiar with RunScore, have told me that they have often forgotten to sort results. Therefore, RunScore has been changed to always sort the results unless you use the new command: NO SORT.
Version 7.0.1.0 Level 2008.07.28, RunScore client/Server
  • At request of Bill Teschek and encouragement from Bob Teschek and Steven Keith there is now a way to do team scoring based on Age and Gender grading. This is invoked with the new command Team Score Agegrade.
Version 7.0 Level 2008.06.21, RunScore client/Server
  • After 13 months of development and five months of testing by many users, the RunScore Client/Server package is released.
  • The older RSW.exe will be retained but changes will not be made. All users are encouraged to move to RSServer even if they do not plan to do networking.
Version 5.0 circa 2000, RunScore for Windows
  • First version of RunScore Windows. It allowed earlier race setups to work under Windows.
October 2001: RunScore reviewed in Road Race Management.
  • The review compared RunScore and The Race Director. It concluded that RunScore was harder to learn but that one could go much farther with RunScore.
Version ?? circa 1997
  • Supported ChampionChip
  • Decided to stop calling the program “Running Score II” and call it “RunScore” since that is what most customers were calling it. Easier to say, right?
Version ?? circa 1992
  • Add “passing of parameters” (RunScore macros in @ files) feature which allowed much more flexible programming. This was instituted to handle the Adirondack Canoe Classic which had a huge number of classes.
August 1986: RunScore demonstrated at Road Runners Club of America meeting in Portland, ME
  • This meeting is what really launched RunScore. We scored their 5 km race on Sunday morning using a push-button attached to the serial port and a bar code scanner attached to the keyboard with my son, Clain, doing the scanning and Wayne Nichol (of course measurement fame) pushed the timing button at the same time he was the announcer for the race.
Version 1.0 1985, RunScore for DOS
  • First compiled version of RunScore DOS, call Running Score II. The reason for the II is that an earlier program, written in BASIC, was called Running Score.