Changes between Version 13 and Version 14 of FS Guide


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Feb 1, 2008, 9:57:24 PM (12 years ago)
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    1414FS will not make any icons for now. In the FS folder you will find some useful programs that you can start directly.
    15  * FSComp.exe - The main program for setting up and scoring a competiton
     15 * FsComp.exe - The main program for setting up and scoring a competiton
    1616 * Participants.xlt - A MS Excel template for quick and easy registering of users. You need to have macros enabled in Excel.
    17  * lc.xls - A MS Excel workbook for viewing Leading Coefficient graphs.
     17 * lc.xls - A MS Excel workbook for viewing Leading Coefficient graphs. You need to have macros enabled in Excel.
    1818
    1919=== About the database and data ===
     
    2222The FS database is the .fsdb file, this is a XML file that can be edited by hand if needed. The tracklogs are in GpsDump .kml format.
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    24 When using FsComp edits are not committed to the .fsdb file until you save the competition using "File/Save ...". When saving, you always get the option to choose filename. This way you can keep a backup in case the edits gave unexpected results.
    25 When opening a comp (Ctrl-O) FsComp will remember the last .fsdb file saved and suggest to open this.
     24When using FsComp edits are not committed to the .fsdb file until you save the competition using the "File/..." menu.
     25If unsure of the edits you've done, use "File/Save As..." to save it with a new name. This way you can keep a backup in case the edits gave unexpected results. When opening a comp (Ctrl-O) !FsComp will remember the last .fsdb file saved and suggest to open this.
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    27 Also note that FsComp '''will not alter the tracklog files''' in any way.
     27Also note that !FsComp '''will not alter the tracklog files''' in any way.
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    2929Always keep a backup of your .fsdb file and tracklogs, especially after finalizing scores for one day. The data folder can be stored on a USB key for easy backup and transportation between computers.
     
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    4141The error margin is default 0,5%. This is 2 meters for a 400 meter radius turnpoint. 200 meters for a 40km radius turnpoint.
    42 This is used because there are a number of different ways the GPS devices calculate distance which may give slightly different distance. If you do not believe this is necessary you should do a simple test - create the same two turnpoint task of about 50-100km in a few different types of instruments, then look at the distance shown. We wish these differences could be documented by the makers of the instruments, but it have not been successful so far.
     42This is used because there are a number of different ways the GPS devices calculate distance which may give slightly different distance.
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     44If you do not believe this is necessary you should do a simple test - create the same two turnpoint task of about 50-100km in a few different types of instruments, then look at the distance shown. We wish these differences could be documented by the makers of the instruments, but it have not been successful so far.
    4345
    4446=== About !GpsDump ===
     
    5557== Setting up a new competition in FS ==
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    57 You should create a folder for your competition, we recommend to place it under My Documents\FSComps\''compname''
     59You should create a folder for your competition, we recommend to place it under My Documents\FsComps\''compname''
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    59 Start FSComp.exe, you will be greeted with a fairly empty window, don't worry, it will soon be full of data.
     61Start FsComp.exe, you will be greeted with a fairly empty window, don't worry, it will soon be full of data.
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    6163[[Image(StartScreen.2.png, nolink)]]
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    6365Select "File/New Competition" and enter details then save the competition with "File/Save Competition..." to the folder you just created. If the competition is a CIVL cat 2 (or 1) comp registered on [http://civlrankings.fai.org/?a=303] then you could use the competition_id that is used there! A .fsdb file has now been created with comp details.
    64 '''Tips:'''
    65   If you've already run another comp using FSComp with mostly the same participants, just copy the .fsdb file, then edit the details, delete the tasks, then remove/add participants...
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     66  If you've already run another comp using !FsComp with mostly the same participants, just copy the .fsdb file, then edit the details, delete the tasks, then remove/add participants...
    6767
    6868== Adding Participants to the database ==
     
    8080Select one or more rows by clicking and dragging, shift-click, or ctrl-click, and use the "Delete" key to remove participants (you're asked to confirm each deletion).
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    82 Another option to get participants into a .fsdb file is to use "!UpdateFsdbWithParticipants.xlt" This is an Excel Template which you just open in Excel to create a new spreadsheet, then add participants directly in Excel anyway you like. Follow the instructions written as comments in the spreadsheet. You will need to have macros enabled in Excel for the spreadsheet to work.
     82Another option to get participants into a .fsdb file is to use "Participants.xlt" This is an Excel Template which you just double-click on to create a new spreadsheet, then add participants directly in Excel anyway you like. Follow the instructions written as comments in the spreadsheet. You will need to have macros enabled in Excel for the spreadsheet to work.
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    84 Using Excel gives you the option of adding more information per participant, like paid status, mobile number, etc. It will save you some time in the long run.
     84Using Excel gives you the option of adding more information per participant, like paid status, mobile number, etc. It will save you some time in the long run. ''Note: after you have checked the first task and created results you should '''not''' use this to add/update participants as it will remove flight data and results from all tasks.''
    8585
    8686=== Importing pilot lists from external sources ===
     
    108108Using GPS and FS to score, you can be very creative in the format of tasks. Some examples are listet below, if you invent new task types, please fill in below!
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    110  1. Race with a single start time: Select task type "Race" and set which turnpoint is start of speedsection (SS) and end of speedsection (ES) then add a single start time.
    111  1. Race with a multiple start times: Select task type "Race" and set which turnpoint is start of speedsection (SS) and end of speedsection (ES) then add several start times.
    112  1. Elapsed time: Select task type "Elapsed time" and set which turnpoint is start of speedsection (SS) and end of speedsection (ES) but do not add any start times.
    113  1. Open distance: The task must have at least the take off waypoint.
    114  1. Open distance via turnpoints: Add one or more  turnpoints after the take off. The pilot who get furthest away in any direction from the last turnpoint win the task.
    115  1. Open distance on a heading: Same as open distance above, but check the "Heading" checkbox and add an extra turnpoint at the end which gives the heading to fly.
    116  1. Race to nowhere: Set startpoint, start cyl, and a larger goal cyl around same turnpoint. ES is when pilot cross out of goal cyl.
     110 1. Race with a single start gate: Select task type "Race" and set which turnpoint is start of speedsection (SS) and end of speedsection (ES) then add a single start time.
     111 1. Race with multiple start gates: Select task type "Race" and set which turnpoint is start of speedsection (SS) and end of speedsection (ES) then add several start times.
     112 1. Elapsed time: Select task type "Elapsed time" and set which turnpoint is start of speedsection (SS) and end of speedsection (ES).
     113 1. Open distance: Select task type "Open distance" and add a single turnpoint (normally take off).
     114 1. Open distance via turnpoints: Select task type "Open distance" and add a two or more turnpoints. The pilot who get furthest away in any direction from the last turnpoint win the task.
     115 1. Open distance on a heading: Same as open distance above, but check the "Heading" checkbox and add a "heading" point at the end which gives the heading to fly from the last turnpoint.
     116 1. "Race to nowhere" example: turnpoint 1 a 400m radius circle around take off, turnpoint 2 a 2km radius circle around take off as SS, turnpoint 3 a 2km radius circle around take off as ES. First pilot to ES wins.
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    118 Lots of other variants of tasks is possible, turnpoints with big or small cylinders, turnpoints inside/outside each other, f.ex. one can fly from start out the edge of a 50km cylinder then back to start again ("Race to nowhere and back").
     118Lots of other types of tasks is possible, turnpoints with big or small cylinders, turnpoints inside/outside each other, f.ex. one can fly from take off out the edge of a 50km circle then back to start again ("Race to nowhere and back").
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    153153If a pilot got several tracklog files the one with last file modified timestamp is checked.
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    155 Note: nothing happens to the fsdb file itself until you save it ("File/Save Competition ..." where you get the option to specify filename). This means you can test different things and discard these by not saving before exiting the program.
     155Note: nothing happens to the fsdb file itself until you save it ("File/Save ..."). This means you can test different things and discard these by not saving before exiting the program.
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    157157== Editing a task ==