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Competition module for ATDOR

We have been working hard to create a competition module for ATDOR. This competition module will make it possible to calculate team scores in a competition that is set up according to your own specifications.

We are in the process of testing this module. Please contact me directly if you want to beta-test this module.

Internationalization

ATDOR version 2.2.0 has been configured for use with the following languages:

  • English
  • Dutch
  • French (Experimental)
  • German (Experimental)
  • Russian (Experimental)

ATDOR is currently used extensively with the Dutch version. The English version is available for some time, but at this moment not known if clubs use it regularly.

The French, German and Russian version are experimental. This means that I have added these languages and some more countries (RU=Russia, CA=Canada, FR=France, DE=Germany, AT=Austria and CH=Die Schweiz), in the File/Preferences menu.

I included a translation done by google translate for the experimental languages. The quality of this translation is low and requires significant reviewing. However, it generates the translation fast and makes the program somewhat workable in a foreign language not known by the ATDOR developer.

For instance, the English text "Cannot add relay team" is converted to the German text "Kann nicht hinzufügen Staffel". So the word "relay team" is not correct translated here.

The good thing is that you can modify the translation file and place it in the ATDOR Data directory (On windows: Documents\AtdorData). The next time you start ATDOR, this file will be used instead of the one built into the ATDOR executable. You can find the appropriate translation file by looking in the source code (can be downloaded as well). The file is called: [lang].msg where lang is the language.

For German: de.msg
For France: fr.msg
For Russia: ru.msg

Please contact me if you want to help fixing the translations.

At this moment, there are not yet country-specific settings implemented. For instance, the date field order is always set to DD-MM-YY indicating days-months-years. This will be changed in the future so it will reflect the country-specific order.

What's further needed per country is the list of categories. This depends on the regulations of your national athletics union.

You will get the message "Cannot read category database" if this list is not yet created for your country.

You can use ATDOR to add the right categories for your country. Just go to the menu option Extra/Categorylist. The ATDOR development team is very interested in up-to-date category lists for your country!

The latter is also true for the club-list for your country. You can add clubs using the menu option: Extra/Clublist.

 

ATDOR added to Softpedia

According to an e-mail message I received, the ATDOR software has been added to softpedia.com software library.

Unlike most automatically generated e-mail, this message indicated that the team behind softpedia did some work to test ATDOR and to check that the software is spyware and adware free, as following text says:


"Atdor" has been tested in the Softpedia labs using several ndustry-leading security solutions and found to be completely clean of dware/spyware components. We are impressed with the quality of your product and encourage you to keep these high standards in the future.

To assure our visitors that Atdor is clean, we have granted it with the "100% FREE" Softpedia award. To let your users know about this certification, you may display this award on your website, on software boxes or inside your product.

More information about your product's certification and the award is available on this page:
http://www.softpedia.com/progClean/Atdor-Clean-155798.html

Feel free to link to us using the URLs above. If you choose to link to the clean award page for your product, you may use the award graphic or a text link: "100% FREE award granted by Softpedia".

 

I think this is a nice service and gives ATDOR a good independent "quality"  stamp!

First meetings of outdoor season 2010

The first "TrackMeeting" in Utrecht has taken place again. Once again with support of ATDOR, but this time in a somewhat different setting: they used for the first time a centralized database to share meeting data across different workstations. This functionality is already available in ATDOR, but has not been used much: it's a bit complicated to set-up initially (you have to set-up a MySQL database server) and there are still some outstanding issues if you work on similar data at the same time.

In the same geographical area, AV Atverni in Nieuwegein is also using ATDOR and upon their request we're going to look if we can add some functionality for competitions.

We have also found out that the runtime engine we use (so ATDOR is packed in one single executable .exe file for windows users) was the cause of some sparse crashes. We replaced it to another engine and the problems are solved for now.

So what else is going on? On the website/infrastructure part we decided to make use of Sourceforge's excellent options to list and order the outstanding issues, also known as bugs. If you report bugs to us (via e-mail), we will enter them in the list so they will not be forgotten. You can click here to go directly to this page.

 

 

Atdor manual

One of the most important parts of software is the manual. Not only the commercial software, but also for open source software the manual is an essential part of the package to explain the use of the product.

Some may argue that a manual should not be necessary: the product should explain itself. Partly I think this is very true, as many people do not need the manual, or think they won't need it.

However, we are always working with different people and some people really want and need a manual: they print it out and read it thoroughly before even start the program.

Further more, my experience with users of ATDOR is that some functionality is not really known and can only be explained with some easy-to-read sections. Functionality can be scattered along the program and may require additional changes to your set-up, think about electronic time synchronization. Also, a manual is searchable and therefore very useful if you're looking for something and you do not know where to start.

Concluding: A manual is needed. I've had a manual included with ATDOR first, and later on decided to have this manual included via the ATDOR website. Since two years (see previous Blog posts), I used an open WiKi system in the hope many people could change and improve the manual.Unfortunately, this system is not really hacker-proof and some SPAMMERS used it to modify the content.

I will take some appropriate measures to bring the manual back on the website as soon as possible. I will also see if I can update it. Until then, please be patient and you might try the program without one. I'll be answering my e-mail (See contact page) for you in case you run into problems.

 Roalt