End of Beta period

Dear ZW users,

This month (januari 2021) I will be ending the Beta-testing period of ZW and make ZW5 available for everyone.

Effective immediately I have removed the need for creating an account and logging in to download ZW4. Anyone can do this now. The link to the Beta test page is removed. Registration will move to the program itself, which will make things easier for everyone.

ZW 5 is not completely finished yet. I still have things to do. The last few months I unfortuntely got delayed because of private and work related things that I had to take care of, so ZW got a low priority.

The main reasons for ending the Beta at this moment is that the new sailing season is about to start (hopefully), and I want to give everyone a chance to get familiar with the new and improved ZW, despite the fact that there is still some functionality to be added. It also gives me time to fix issues that you undoubtedly will find.

So, keep watching this site, I will get back to you soon.

Best,
Gerhard Bouma

Testers wanted

First, it seems that when you aren’t logged in, the Download menu shows a blank screen. I don’t know the cause of this, it’s a WordPress issue. So I’m looking into that. When you are looking to download ZW 4, please create a login here. When you are logged in, the Download menu will show you the proper page.

Next, apart from taking a well deserved summer break, we achieved a nice milestone. I will publish on that later.
But at the moment I could use some more testers. If you are interested and if you are somewhat of a ZW expert with plenty of flexibility, please let me know by mailing your UserId to zwscoring(at)zw-scoring.nl.
I especially need testers that can look at the different Handicap systems that are present in ZW. I expect issues there.

Currently I’m working on the ‘Make Schedule’ form and creating a bunch of lists in the Listings menu. When this is done I’ll release my first public version.
After that I will be looking into the ORC stuff etc. So, plenty to do.

I hope to hear from you.

Best regards
Gerhard

First Beta test has started

I’m very happy to announce that after more than two years of development, a first beta-test version of the new ZW-Scoring 5 has been rolled out to a few testers. A lot of work still remains to be done, but so much is ready that the functionality that is most important can be reviewed.

When the quality of the program reaches a level that more testers can be involved I will let you know. For now I think this small group can keep me quite busy.

I’m relieved and excited to have reached this milestone.

Regards,
Gerhard

Latest news

Unfortunately Sailing.today, a Dutch payed online platform for administrating Saling Regattas, has been forced to cease all activities as of now. The Corona crisis was fatal for their continuity.

Since ZW has no business model, we will continue as before. The Corona crisis has affected me also in that my priorities shifted, like everyone else’s.

But work hasn’t stopped and I hope that as soon as Sailing commences you can enjoy the new ZW.

Everybody stay safe!

The finish is in sight

Dear ZW users, thanks for your patience! And thanks for the ZW-files I received!

The rebuilding of ZW is nearing its end, I really hope to get a beta test out in four to six weeks. But, as I learned, things that look simple sometimes are exactly the opposite and take much more time than I expected. I can honestly say that in my 30+ year as IT-professional I have never had a challenge quite like this one. Needless to say I learned a lot.

In this first roll-out I mainly focus on getting scores in, correct results out and managing those in several ways. But that leaves many things to do, like almost all stuff that is related to Regatta management, for example Protests and Licences. Also all lists, besides the results, still need to be addressed. After the beta is out I will focus on creating all the remaining lists and working on the IMS/ORC options and the ISAF XRR export. Priorities will be based on the reactions I get for realizing all of these.

Anyway, first thing now is getting the beta out and fixing the issues that come out of the tests. Working very hard on it every moment I get.

Please bear with me a little longer.

Regards,
Gerhard.