Here is another video uploaded to the new GoldsprintsFX YouTube channel. I am happy to say that we now have a working bar display as a second option to the clock display.
A few other big changes are one single timer for both the bar and clock display. I did not see the need to have a timer for each racer. With the change to a single timer I converted the second box color to a font color option. Check out the video and post a comment if you have any questions
I am in the middle of a GFX update to support the newest version of the Opensprints firmware. Realizing how much code is involved in the roster and event features of GFX I wonder if anyone is using it these days.
So, help me out by answering the poll below and feel free to post a question if you have any. I will also use this to see how is even still using the software.
As I start to add lots of great features to GFX for the next release I have come to a decision that I am 99% sure I will drop the bar display from the next version. There are several reasons that brought me to this decision.
Maintaining two different displays is a time issue for me. There are a few bugs with the bar display that I just don’t have time to address right now.
The speed graph never really did give me the accuracy I wanted.
And the biggest reason came from the fine people that have been donating and sending me photos of their events. 100% of the time the clock face display was used in your events. Hands down it is the preferred display by those that have donated and send me photos and video.
I will focus all my efforts on the display updates on the clock face display going forward. After talking in detail with Jonathan from OpenSprints last night there are several layout improvements I want to commit my time to making. Here are just a few of them.
One central timer display. I will remove the individual time display from the colored boxes. Only after a rider finished will their colored box show their time.
Remove the meter display on the individual racers boxes for each rider. This doesn’t need to be there since the the clock hands are what people eyes are fixed on in the audience.
Make the racer names much larger. People like to yell and cheer for their friends, or the hottest girl/guy on stage, so this will make sure people can read the racer names in the audience.
After these changes the rider boxes will be smaller. I hope this allows me to display the boxes left to right across the screen with the clock display just a bit smaller. This is more intuitive for races since the bikes are setup the same way, left to right, at events. I will post a screen shot of the new display as soon as I get to work on it.
I am hoping late Thursday night that I will have a version for testing for those that want to help out. Friday at the latest.
I thought I would post my custom image for an event I am doing Saturday night. This is an example of what you can do with a little Photoshop and your sponsors logos for events.
If you ever need a nice looking opening screen for your event shoot me a $20 and email your logos. I would love to create something custom specific for your event or for your goldsprints club.
Click the image for a larger view.
UPDATE Sunday, 28th.
Here is a clock face interface that I rocked tonight at the CITA goldsprints membership drive. This looked incredible projected up on the screen. Ihave a lot of video to get only. Then you can see some race video with this interface in action.
You should notice the new “Next Race” panel. I put this in last minute. There is not space for it on a four bike setup. I will go back and make it work with any number of bikes. Worked well despite a last minute addition.
Things are moving along on the rostering feature. In this video I prepopluated the roster to save a little time. There are lots of changes but here is a quick break down.
You can now add any number of racers to a race. GFX will now adjust the race display to the number of racers you have add to the current race. Max racers are set in the Setting screen. If you set your max to 2 racers you can’t race more than 2 to a race. This is different than the current beta 1 work flow. Full sorting on the roster list on any field is available. Also, races are removed from the race list when they are completed. Names now show on the race bars as well.
On another note, it looks like I will be able to offer two different windows for quick update to the settings. Also rostering changes can be handled in the future from a different window. Jonathan has been asking for this since early development. I have not developed anything yet related to multiple windows. I did see a Flex example of two app communicating so I am pretty confident it is possible. This will allow you to keep the race window up without letting the audience see you making roster changes or adjustment to the Settings screen. Petter presentation and user/racer experience. This will not be available in the beta 2 unfortunately.
There is still work to do on the rostering system before beta two. Right now my to-do list is as follows.
Unique names on roster only.
On the winner screen add a button to allow next race without going to the roster screen.
Load the entire roster into races in a random order. After all racers are entered one click and ready to go is the goal.
When Serproxy times out due to no activity launch an Alert message instead of jumping to the main display.
Save roster and results to database.
Add a result screen so you can display the top dogs (times) to the audience.
Give ability to name the events and save those events to the database. This will give the ability pre-roster an event for cases when people RSVP online prior to the event.
Show wins and loses for the current event for each racer.
I think that is my full short list before beta 2 release. But when one thing gets fix or added another breaks so you never know.