What's New V15

What's New with Version 15.0:

GrandPrix Race Manager™ was originally written for use in our Awana Grand Prix races at Gateway Church of El Cajon, CA. Then it was offered as shareware for a couple of years before being rewritten as a commercial grade application and launched as Version 2.0. Each year we continue to improve the software and have used it to run our own Awana and Cub Scout races each year. Countless race coordinators have given their feedback and suggestions over the years, which has helped make GrandPrix Race Manager into a quality race management software package and an outstanding value for the price.

  • New or Improved Features for All Users
    • Main Screen
      • Added a Recent Files option to the Data File drop-down button.
      • Added the ability to delete all schedules in a round at once.
      • Modified round deletion. If a user wants to delete out Round 1, then it will delete out all of the Round 1 race schedules.
    • Registration
      • Improved the Import Wizard to make it more straightforward.
      • Added the ability to quickly Pass/Unpass/Delete selected racers.
      • Added the ability to sort by the First Name column.
    • Awards Entry - Added the ability to quickly delete selected awards.
    • Racing Screen
      • General
        • Disabled hands-free timing while in Test/Tie Break mode.
        • Added a note that starting new rounds is entirely optional.
      • Manual Heats (No Chart/Ad Hoc Racing)
        • Added a count of heats run in each lane for each racer.
    • New Rounds - Created a wizard to walk a user through starting a new round or Grand Finals.
    • Reports
      • Added the ability to view participation certificates by Subgroup.
      • When a new data file is created, Title 2 for the reports will default to today's date. The user can still edit Title 2 in the Reports Settings screen, if needed.
    • Hardware Settings
      • The Hide Disabled Lanes option will only be visible if a lane has been disabled.
      • When no timer is selected, the user can now change the lanes in use.
    • Turtle Awards - Added an option that racers must have crossed the finish line for each of their heats in order to be eligible for a turtle award.
    • General
      • Modified large font screens (Awards/Standings and On Deck) to remove the minimum 800 pixel width restriction. This provides for minimal width display when having these screens side by side with the Racing screen.
      • Several other less notable improvements and fixes were implemented.
  • New or Improved Features for Pro Users
    • Software Settings - Added an option to hide/display the tiebreaker code, if using tiebreaker rules.
    • Advanced Software Settings - Improved the configuration settings Export/Import feature to allow users to have multiple setting files they can switch between.
    • Top Times
      • General
        • The Date field will now show date and time.
        • Added the ability to hide the Speed column on the large font screen.
        • Modified the large font Top Times screen to remove the minimum 800 pixel width restriction. This provides for minimal width display when having screen side by side with the Racing screen.
      • Top Times Settings
        • Added the ability to create a new empty Top Times file.
        • Added the ability to delete multiple top times at once.
        • Added a warning if opening a Track Records file.
        • Added the option to hide the Date column.
    • Track Records
      • General
        • The Date field will now show date and time.
      • Track Record Settings
        • Added the ability to create a new empty Track Records file.
        • Added the ability to delete multiple records at once.
        • Added a warning if opening a Top Times file.
    • Remote Control of External Apps
      • Added a new Multicast Communications Mode to allow GrandPrix Race Manager to control RaceReplay and RaceFX at the same time. This feature was also added to RaceReplay Version 5.0 and RaceFX Version 7.0.
      • Added the ability to send a message to RaceFX during the revealing of awards and standings. RaceFX can then play a random sound effect from the desired sound category. This feature was added to RaceFX Version 7.0.
    • Racer Photos
      • Added the ability to set Landscape/Portrait mode when displaying and taking racer photos.
      • Added a camera shutter sound effect when taking a snapshot.
    • Registration - Added the ability to sort by the Exclude column.
    • Reports - Increased the size of the photo on the awards and participation certificates.
    • Master Scheduling
      • Improved master scheduling collation of schedules to keep smaller groups from finishing too soon.
      • Eliminated the Minimum Alternation setting, due to the above change, as it was no longer necessary.
    • Web Interface - Added support for our new DerbyWeb add-on interface. This allows your race crew and spectators to view certain race data via a tablet computer or a smart phone.
    • General - Several other less notable improvements and fixes were implemented.

Version 14.0 Changes