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    Player versus UCI Engine

    I've tried to fix up the most annoying issues with the Player versus UCI Engine feature. This is handy, as the latest Stockfish engines (2.1 and 2.2) have a great configurable "Skill Level" feature.

    Here's a windows update which includes the above updates. Just overwrite these two files into the previous full release.

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    4.7 has a nice new tree graph (see below), and some decent FICS improvements
    Windows http://sourceforge.net/projects/scid...7.exe/download
    Source http://sourceforge.net/projects/scid...7.tgz/download

    Changelog
    Tree: Add coloured bargraphs representing win/draw/loss (and remove the old tree graph)
    Tablebases: Make best tablebase moves clickable.
    Tablebases: tidy up config , main window and help items.
    FICs: Can now play and watch (observe) multiple games at the same time.
    FICS: Support loading old/interupted games for analysis (using 'smoves' command)
    FICs: Add an Abort button. Other minor fixes.
    Serious Game overhaul (though still has minor issues) Add pause, resume features and mate, game drawn dialogs.
    Computer Tournament: Add 'first engine only' feature for testing a single engine against others.
    Enable material difference display for game browser and fics observerd games
    Analysis: View engine logs from within Scid, and can also disable logging.
    Analysis no longer word wraps, and uses fixed font.
    Analysis: add a xboard/uci protocol column to the engine list.
    Include updates to SCID's spellchk.c, improving the ELO add-ratings feature.
    Update spelling.ssp file to Jan 2012
    Player info: clicking FIDE ID opens relevant url.
    New feature: 'Search->Filter to Last Move'. All filter games will load at the last move (end of game).
    Refine the Calculation of Variation (Stoyko Exercise) feature and Help.
    Toolbar has a 'book window' icon.
    Tweak PGN context menu: reorder the Strip/Delete move items.
    Gamelist: replace the Negate button with a Select button.
    Tree: Include a patch for embedding the Best Games into the Tree window.
    Bugfixes
    Importing PGN, check that Promotion Moves are long enough (otherwise can segfault).
    Document CCRL pgn round name problem, and handle errors better when Name limits hit.
    FICS: remove non-ascii chars from commands if using timeseal.
    Gamelist: To display unusual characters, conver to unicode before displaying games.
    Sync html bitmaps with SCID.
    Book: Only do the second book move lookup if we have too. (slight performance boost)
    EPD: Quick fix for epd analysis annotation bug..
    Hungarian, Swedish and Potugese Spanish were broken if Piece translation enabled (which was default). Fixed.
    Fix up Tacgame score-isn't-updated bug
    Last edited by Agent Smith; 14-02-2012 at 07:37 PM.

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    Seeking help with SCID Mac version

    Dear Forum users,

    I installed SCID on my MacBook Pro and it worked until today when I tried to import pgn files to a new mini database I created. Now when I try to invoke the "Import File of PGN Games" from Tools, I get an error message and I cannot seem to get rid of it!!!

    Message reads:
    bad directory "[name of directory]"
    bad directory "[name of directory]"
    while executing
    "tk_getOpenFile -multiple 1 -initialdir $::initialDir(pgn) -filetypes $ftypes -title "Import from PGN files" "
    (procedure "importPgnFile" line 24)
    invoked from within
    "importPgnFile"
    (menu invoke)
    Does anyone know what to do/explain what is happening?

    Thanks.

    I have tried reinstalling (Mac-style) but does not seem to work.
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    Just make the directory in question, or remove the file $HOME/.scid/config/options.dat or $HOME/.scidvspc/config/options.dat

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    Thanks. I have figured it out thanks to your tip.
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    I've hacked up a little parser to put the help content online
    http://scidvspc.sourceforge.net/doc/Contents.htm

    Still finding a few new features to write - been messing with FICS more than anything, there's a few search/database related changes, and custom board tiles are supported.

    Latest windows beta binaries (overwrite the files in Scid vs PC-4.7/bin)

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    Thanks forr working in Scid further, Steven. I like the program.
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    I've accrued a few changes in the last half year, so here's a new release.

    Windows http://sourceforge.net/projects/scid...8.exe/download

    OS X http://sourceforge.net/projects/scid...8.dmg/download

    Source http://sourceforge.net/projects/scid...8.tgz/download

    Changelog: 4.7 to 4.8

    General
    Drag and Drop file open(s) on Windows and Unix (into the gameinfo area, and switcher)
    Custom background images (jpegs, gifs and pngs)
    Random sort pgn feature.
    Crosstable now have +/-/= subtotals
    (and Player Stats format changed from +/=/- to +/-/=).
    General PGN search has ignore case option
    Board Search gets it's combobox updated when DBs are opened and closed.
    Save game before PGN Import
    Save game: enable the use of 'prev game tags' for existing games. This allows easy addition of the same tags to consecutive existing games.
    Remove the 'Scid: ' prefix from several window titles
    Update some translations
    Show Linux version/distro in the startup window.
    Add a patch to make toolbar buttons raise only (instead of toggle open/shut)
    Add a patch for Chess960 support (from Ben Hague). Unfinished

    Analysis
    UCI: properly handle UCI buttons. Previously they were invoked at every engine restart.
    Right clicking 'Add Var' button adds Engine Score comment only.
    Replace ponder on/off with hard/easy for xboard engines
    Super quick engine infos can happen before Scid's PV is inited properly. So we have to default to PV = 1
    Allow xboard engines to use lowercase 'b' for bishop promotion (eg a7b8b)
    Don't send an erroneous 'isready' (with 'uci') to quiet analysis engines
    Right clicking the widget allows to disable line wrapping
    Don't add a line to analysis history if moves are null

    Tree
    Move ECO stats to the end of line.
    Several Mask refinements - notably Searches are much more readable and previously clicking on searched lines didn't work
    Fix up minor bugs about castling moves (OO, O-O, O-O-O)

    Computer Tournament
    Computer Tournament Book feature
    Dont' kill tournament if engine crashes.
    Only pack the first 10 engine combos (which allows for big tournaments)
    Fix up Xboard time/move command order. Xboard engines should behave much better.
    Various other tweaks

    Gamelist
    Show altered games in red.
    Control-wheelmouse scrolls up/down one page.
    Switcher now has text on two lines (if icons are shown).

    FICS
    Digital clocks now (optionally) on the main board
    Better integration of FICS "examine" and "observe" features
    FICS has it's own options menu
    bind F9 to xtell instead of tell.
    Change the move.wav sound from tick-tock to a short click.

    OS X
    Filter graph bugfix
    Material Search properly shows the little buttons
    Copy and Paste text from disabled OSX text widgets (engines, help, gameinfo)
    Buttons 2 and 3 are swapped around

    General Bugs
    Work arounds for wish 8.5.12 and 8.5.8 issues
    Analysis logs can badly break autoscroll, so use normal frames and scrollbars.
    Handle PGN parsing of unspecified promotions (b8 becomes b8=Q , for eg).

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    4.9 is out. It includes mainline Scid's docked windows feature with some adaptations and a bug-fix or three. Windows annoying occasional drop-out should also be fixed.
    http://scidvspc.sf.net

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    Quote Originally Posted by stevenaaus
    4.9 is out. It includes mainline Scid's docked windows feature with some adaptations and a bug-fix or three. Windows annoying occasional drop-out should also be fixed.
    http://scidvspc.sf.net
    Later today it is time to upgrade again! Thanks, Steven.
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    Bye all. It is Scid vs PC upgrade time and I need to close all my apps.

    I recommend this software. It is free, open source and good.

    Also, Steven, I knew a chap called Shane Hudson in CHCH, NZ. Is he the same person who started the Scid software?
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    Steven:
    I blew away my old Scid vs PC and re-installed. But now it won't work.
    I get the following Unix error message. Can you assist? Ta.

    "can't create directory "C:/Program Files/Scid vs PC -4.9/bin/data/Inbox":
    permission denied
    while executing
    "file mkdir $Inbox"
    (procedure "::CorrespondenceChess::checkInOutbox" line 12)
    invoked from within
    "::CorrespondenceChess::checkInOutbox"
    (in namespace eval "::CorrespondenceChess" script line 2583)
    invoked from within
    "namespace eval CorrespondenceChess {

    #wether the console is already open or not [sic]
    set isOpen 0

    #default database
    set CorrBase [file na..."
    (file "C:|program Files\Scid vs PC -4.9\bin\scid.gui" line 120450) "
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    I do have a fallback ioption - System restore and go back to my old working version. But I will wait and see if there is a better solution. Maybe some directories need to be cleaned out more thoroughly??

    Windows 7 O/S.
    64-bit system so picked 64 bit option for Scid vs PC.
    Will take a look at the web site to see if it can help. I am not a Unix expert.
    Last edited by Adamski; 20-04-2013 at 10:53 AM.
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    From Steven's web site:

    "The configuration files, including the chess engine list, are stored in the Scid-vs-PC\bin\config directory, and may be copied over from old versions to make upgrading easier. On Windows 7, these files are mirrored in C:\Users\[USERNAME]\AppData\Local\VirtualStore\Program Files\Scid vs PC."

    Hmm. My Windows equivalent directory is C:\Users\[USERNAME]\AppData\Local\VirtualStore\Program Files (x86)\Scid.

    I might try uninstall - reboot - then install again.... EDIT: I did but exactly the same error message. Help! (Have PM'ed Steven.)
    Last edited by Adamski; 20-04-2013 at 12:18 PM.
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    Favorite movie line: Girl friend Cathy to Jack Ryan in "Sum of all Fears". "What kind of emergency does an historian have?".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adamski
    From Steven's web site:

    "The configuration files, including the chess engine list, are stored in the Scid-vs-PC\bin\config directory, and may be copied over from old versions to make upgrading easier. On Windows 7, these files are mirrored in C:\Users\[USERNAME]\AppData\Local\VirtualStore\Program Files\Scid vs PC."

    Hmm. My Windows equivalent directory is C:\Users\[USERNAME]\AppData\Local\VirtualStore\Program Files (x86)\Scid.

    I might try uninstall - reboot - then install again.... EDIT: I did but exactly the same error message. Help! (Have PM'ed Steven.)
    Have you tried executing the install script with administrator access? In windows 7 you should be able to right-click on the icon and select "Run as administrator".
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