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 the great 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 September 26, 2016
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. (All previous owners got an email in 2009 with their product key.)
- 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.
Chess Openings Wizard Professional does not offer a trial version.
Owners of all registered versions get an email with their registration keys and download links for the new programs.
The Lite version has been phased out. The Express trial version replaces the Lite version. After the Express version’s trial period expires, the program is still more powerful than the old Lite version.
Note: The Express version has not yet been upgraded to the 2016 level.
|Chess Openings Wizard Program||Latest Build||Released|
|Professional 2016||Build 60||August 8, 2016|
|Express||Build 56||July 5, 2010|
|Font size of comments can be adjusted.||Changed in build 60||P|
|Macintosh version defaults to instant piece movement.||Changed in build 60||P|
|Piece speed and diagram type (square color, font, etc) can be adjusted.||Changed in build 60||P|
|Mac Stockfish 7 crashes||Bug||Celestino J.||Mac||P||high|
|Mac Finder won’t open the app when document is double clicked||Bug – the documents must be opened from within the app||Jacques P.||Mac||P||low|
|Diagram automatically promotes to a queen.||Bug – Workaround is to type the move into the move entry area. An example of an underpromotion would be exf8=N||P||high|
|Database corruption with position names too long||Bug||Ed S||P||high|
|Windows version ignores highest setting for piece animation.||Bug||dsquare||P||high|
|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|
|Long ECO descriptions word wrap||Bug||Jacques P.||P||high|
|Next and Previous Jump buttons do not work||Bug||C.R. M.||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.|
|Add the C.A.P. databank (aka “Joy of Chess”)||Steven K.||Low|
|Add 3D chess board||Ron T.||Low|
|Have the Enter key handle OK buttons.||Jacques P.||Low|
|Add keyboard shortcuts for Go | Jump to Next Name and Jump to Previous Name||Steven K.||Medium|
|Add Alt-J keyboard shortcut for jumping to positions||Leif W||Medium|
|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|