Chess Openings Wizard – Program Status

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“Before you read the bug report…”

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.

Thanks.

Mike Leahy, The Database Man!


Last Report:  Wednesday, July 19th, 2017
The most recent builds of Professional and Express contain these changes:

  1. When you purchase a new program, your permanent product key will be emailed immediately.
  2. You can install your product key on up to three of your computers. (Please don’t share your key.)
  3. The registration system does not require a connection to the internet.
  4. The program does not warn you of updates. Installing updates is still a good idea, of course, when they become available.
  5. 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 69 July 19, 2017
Professional 2016 Macintosh Build 67 January 12, 2017
Express 2016 Macintosh Build 64 November 27, 2016
Express 2016 Windows Build 75 July 15, 2017

 

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
Express
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


Bugs

Description Resolution Spotter OS Pro
Express
Impact Projection
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.
David M.
Lazaro M.
 Windows 10 P high
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.

Suggestions

Description Sponsor Importance Projection
Add the C.A.P. databank (aka “Joy of Chess”) Steven K. Low
Add algebraic hints to the borders of diagrams Adolfo P. P.

Mike W.

Low
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 version) Amoranemix Medium
Program will run two instances, creating error messages for $GAME$ Sandy S. Medium