Fencing Time v4.3 now available

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  1. dberke

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    I'm happy to announce that Fencing Time v4.3 has been released and is now available for download on http://www.fencingtime.com. This is a free upgrade for everyone who has a version 4.x license. The pricing for new licenses (and renewals) has not changed. Also, although this is not new, you can now get a discounted one-month license for both the standard and server versions - perfect for people who run just a few events per year and don't need a full license.

    Fencing Time v4.3 includes many improvements and new features. Some of the changes that should be especially interesting to USFA event organizers include:
    • Added the ability to merge duplicate clubs in your database
    • Added tracking of membership types (competitive, non-competitive, and +CheckEd) as well as SafeSport and background check expiration dates
    • Referees membership info can now be checked against the official USFA data using the new "Check Memberships" button on the tournament referee screen
    • A warning will appear if a referee is not in compliance with the membership, SafeSport, and background check requirements
    • Improved tracking of fencer region affiliation; updated the region map used when awarding points at regional events (i.e. moved Kansas to the correct region)
    • Updated the seeding rules for regional events
    • Added the ability to create a new event from the fencers eliminated from another event
    In addition to the changes listed above, there were many changes made to support FIE and international events. The complete list of changes can be seen at http://www.fencingtime.com/Home/VerHistory.

    As always, feel free to contact me with any questions.

    Thanks!
    Dan
     
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  2. Goldgar

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    Sounds great, Dan! Especially this: "Added the ability to merge duplicate clubs in your database".
     
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  3. dsapery

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    As someone who has already used this feature, it really is the best thing since sliced bread. What used to take me hours now takes 5-10 minutes.

    However be forewarned that, for now, the merge is irreversible. I almost merged 2 clubs that it turns out are different. If I had merged them, then any future tournaments would re-map all of the XYZ members into ABC as well.
     
  4. Gordon L

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    Ah yes - reversible damage is always better. :)
     
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    we have a club in our area that goes by 3 names in askfred. such a headache.
     
  6. SenorEquis

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    AskFred admins can merge that club if they are aware of the different variations.

    Often this happens because of a difference between the club's name and abbreviation in FRED and what USA Fencing has on record. When organizers download the database then later upload results, the multiple clubs get into FRED's database.

    I recently had each of our local clubs contact USA Fencing and get the name and abbreviations right and that finally solved this problem in our area. I highly recommend every club do the same, if only for the sanity of your local tournament organizers and friendly AskFred Admins. :)
     
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  7. dsapery

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    To be more accurate, it is reversible, but (today) requires a program for accessing the raw database. Not something I'd recommend without advanced knowledge of SQL. I anticipate that Dan will incorporate an easier method in v.next.
     
  8. TooLoftheDeviL

    TooLoftheDeviL gother than thou

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    Which club is it?
     
  9. Gordon L

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    Yep - my own view is that NGBs and Regions should keep a list of unique short ID codes for clubs, and that AskFred, fencers and competition organisers should all use that canonical short ID, and that tournament software should capture and preserve that code, and it pass on to results databases and fencer ratings sites.
     

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