Version 5.01.02 release notes

The following issues have been addressed:

  • Several crashes in specific situations when printing contestants
  • Redesigned registration process
  • Redesigned download new version process

Version 5.01.01 release notes

Some of you may have noticed that there can be issues with opening and saving files. Also the program can sometimes, not always, start very slowly. I’m looking into both of these issues. I released version 5.01.01 for fixing the files issue. I also fixed some minor issues.
I’m investigating the startup problem.

ZW 5 will notice on startup that a new version is available, please follow the instructions you are presented with. Or you can download the program yourself from this site and install the new version. Any old ZW 5 version that is installed on your system will automatically be uninstalled during the upgrade process.

ZW 5 is available for download now!

Dear ZW users,

After almost three years of intense development I feel it’s high time to release ZW 5. You can find it on the download page but please read my releasenotes below first, they contain important information.

While working on ZW I realized once more how much work Leo Eggink has done and how happy I am that I could save his work.

As a developer on a system with more than a thousand registered users, my intention was to deliver you a 100% remake of the old ZW 4. This turned out to be an impossible task, due to the sheer size and complexity of the whole program. I also had to design and implement a lot of new stuff just to manage and support the new technical environment in which ZW 5 runs.

So, although it’s not completely done, I feel I can’t wait any longer with releasing it. New RSS rules (well, only a small change, but nevertheless), users that are starting to look for alternatives and stretched patience of a large, loyal , user group urge me to move forward. I have confidence this version will work fine for most users.

What still needs to be done?
– All documentation
– IMS/ORC Options
– Some output lists
– Some lesser used functionality
– A bunch of backlogged translations

I have put very low priority on functionality that is not directly related to score keeping and generating correct results, but has more to do with race management. For example administering protests and licences and such. There are other and better options for those.
My mission is to do one thing, and do it well.

In closing, please contact me if you find issues within ZW 5. I try to react as soon as possible. I am just one guy with a day job, so please be patient if I can’t fix your problem quickly.

One piece of advice: try first if ZW 5 will support your regatta demands. If not, let me know. You can still use ZW 4 until I have caught up; it will remain available. Both versions of ZW can be installed together on the same computer.

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.

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)
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