Chess Openings Wizard – Program Status
Chess Openings Wizard 2016 is constantly under development to stay current with new engines, best practices, new versions of Windows and Macintosh and the ideas from those who use it every day.
That said, it is risky to make the bug list available to the public. The vast majority of software publishers keep their bug list private so as not to discourage new purchases who might assume that the software has too many problems because everything known about the program is in this list.
Rest assured, Chess Openings Wizard is used by more than 60,000 chess players.
I publish our bug list because:
I personally appreciate it when a software maker tells me about any known problems for programs that I want to purchase.
I think chess players are smart enough to realize that all sophisticated software has bugs, and that listing them publicly is my way of making sure you know it’s being worked on.
Mike Leahy, The Database Man!
Last Report: Monday, August 28th, 2017
The most recent builds of Professional and Express contain these changes:
- When you purchase a new program, your permanent product key will be emailed immediately.
- You can install your product key on up to three of your computers. (Please don’t share your key.)
- The registration system does not require a connection to the internet.
- The program does not warn you of updates. Installing updates is still a good idea, of course, when they become available.
- You can log in and get the latest download links and your product keys any time.
There are currently no trial versions of Chess Openings Wizard.
The new 2016 versions for Windows and Macintosh are out. Registered users of Windows versions (Express and Professional) got an email with a free upgrade.
Here are the top ten reasons to upgrade.
|Chess Openings Wizard Program||Latest Build||Released|
|Professional 2016 Windows||Build 81||August 25, 2017|
|Professional 2016 Macintosh||Build 80||August 15, 2017|
|Express 2016 Macintosh||Build 64||November 27, 2016|
|Express 2016 Windows||Build 75||July 15, 2017|
Changes in build 80 and 81
For Macintosh, the DMG file delivering the app is now “signed” and the app no longer stores the product key inside the app which should make Apple’s new version of Gatekeeper happy. Gatekeeper in some cases would quarantine the Chess Openings Wizard app causing it to fail to open the Pedigree and ECO code databases.
A shortcut key of Control-Option-R on Macintosh and Ctrl-Alt-R on Windows will allow an ebook to be reset to its default settings and sizes. This is helpful if an ebook opens but is completely off the screen due to removing an extra monitor.
Changes in build 69, 75
The diagram settings are correctly saved.
A new option to remove the diagram’s frame was added.
Added arrows to show the last move made (optional).
Fixed issues with garbled diagrams when opening new windows on Windows 10 (certain graphics drivers).
Changes in build 67, 68
The size of the candidate moves can be adjusted.
The Pedigree ribbon is oriented sideways so that it is easier to compare different candidates.
The diagram prompts for underpromotions when moving a pawn to the eighth rank.
The correct promotion piece is drawn when clicking a candidate move that promotes a piece.
The program is smarter about saving the state of windows, including moving an ebook to and from Windows/Macintosh and to and from computers that have multiple monitors.
More shortcut keys have been added to the menus. (Leif W, Stephen K)
Speed Learning was added. (YouTube video here)
Bug with board names longer than 41 characters fixed.
The selected square no longer stays selected when dragging a piece.
The maximums for nodes in EPD analysis to 2,000 (which is in millions of nodes) and 1,000,000 for seconds. (suggested by Bogg)
|Changes in prior versions||Resolution||Spotter||Pro
|Font size of comments can be adjusted.||Changed in build 60, 70||PE|
|More shortcut keys have been added.||Added in build 62||P|
|Speed learning added||Added in build 62 Pro||P|
|Mac and Windows default to high speed piece movement.||Changed in build 62 and beyond||PE|
|Piece speed and diagram type (square color, font, etc) can be adjusted.||Changed in build 60||P|
|Under-promotions not working||Bug||Mike||Win||E||high||Fixed|
|Diagram is distorted when first opening an ebook||Bug – not yet reproduced||Mike B, Raimund K.||Win||P, E||high||Fixed|
|Importing games with no result gives incorrect backsolved Informant rates||Bug||sagisag||Win||P||high|
|Selecting speed learning positions causes multiple confirmation windows.||Bug – duplicated with customer data||Hud D.||Win/Mac||P||high|
|Mac Stockfish 7 crashes||Bug||Celestino J.||Mac||P, E||high|
|cannot create a swap chain for ‘TCanvasD2D’||Bug – not yet reproduced, likely a graphics driver problem||Daniel G.||Win||E||low|
|Crashes when candidate drop down button is clicked||Bug – not yet reproduced||Jon G. A.||Mac||E||high|
|UNIQUE constraint error when adding duplicate positions to speed learning||Bug||Mike at Bookup||Mac/Win||P||low|
|Mac Finder won’t open the app when a document is double clicked||Limitation – the documents must be opened from within the app||Jacques P.||Mac||P, E||low|
|Backsolving freezes on start with sample data (Polar Bear ebook)||Bug||Eric O.||P||high|
|Find games with this move order – doesn’t fill in moves||Bug – move order has to be entered manually||Eliezer R.||P||high|
|Mac version beeps when pressing right arrow key for moves||Bug||Jacques P.||P||high|
|Does not use MasterChess 8000 files.||Design decision – workaround is to export all games to PGN. A new version of MasterChess will likely be the ultimate answer.||P||low|
|The candidate area can lose focus and won’t react to arrow key navigation when this happens.||Bug.||Jacques P.||P||medium|
|Only the top candidate move is played when clicking on other candidate moves. Windows 10||Cannot be duplicated.||Geoffrey B. Colin P.
|The splitter bar below the past moves pane also moves the top splitter bar.||Bug.||Stan R.||P||low|
|Window menu is not populated.||Harish S.|
|Creating a Speed Learning set with named positions causes a dialog window to appear for each name.||Hud D||P|
|Add the C.A.P. databank (aka “Joy of Chess”)||Steven K.||Low|
|Add algebraic hints to the borders of diagrams||Adolfo P. P.
|Add 3D chess board||Ron T.||Low|
|Have the Enter key handle OK buttons.||Jacques P.||Low|
|Add the ECO printing function||Gerald G||Low|
|Add move guessing to the diagram (clicking on ‘to’ square) as in ChessBase.||Jacques P.|
|Add a way to play a game against the engine from any position.||Jeremy|
|Have EPD engine analysis ignore nodes when set to zero.||Bogg||Low|
|Add option to Backsolving to ignore blank numeric assessments||Bogg||Low|
|Add Speed Testing||Jim G||High|
|Add function to export lines as individual games (as in legacy)||Bolvar G||Medium|
|Add candidate font size adjustment to Express Mac version (Windows done)||Serge D, Tom R||High||Done|
|Fix Find Games with this move order (Express version)||Tom R||High|
|Add command to synchronize Informant symbols based on numeric assessments (Pro version)||sagisag||Medium|
|Add command to Show All Move Orders (Pro and Express versions)||Amoranemix||Medium|
|Program will run two instances, creating error messages for the shared $GAME$ database.||Sandy S.||Medium|
|Program has to be killed with task manager if it cannot open an ebook from the last session.||Randy M||Medium|