What's New V16

What's New with Version 16.0:

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.

Version 16.0 is the fourth generation of this software (V1 Shareware, V2-6, V7-15, V16-?). This generation is a major overhaul of the software to accomplish two main goals. The first is to make the software as user friendly and intuitive as possible. The second is to make the software compatible with both Windows and Mac OS’s (Mac compatibility still in progress). This was a major undertaking, as the software had to be written in a different programming language, but we are proud of the results and believe that you will find the software even more useful and easier to use.

  • New or Improved Features for All Users
    • Main Screen
      • You can now delete all schedules in a round at once, as long as subsequent rounds have not been not started.
      • The ability to define race groups and subgroups has been moved to a more prominent location, its own tab on the Main screen.
      • Delete options are easier to find.
      • The Recent File list has been increased to 10 files.
    • Registration
      • Added a counts summary for easy reference (racers, passed, excluded, finalists, and grand finalists).
      • Racer Import - Added ability to import directly from a GrandPrix Race Manager SQLite data file. You can import old rosters and then edit as needed.
        • Note: Version 16 and above only supports SQLite data files. MDB files are no longer supported. Import is not available for Version 14 and below.
    • Awards
      • Awards Import - Added ability to import directly from a GrandPrix Race Manager SQLite data file. You can import your old awards list and then edit as needed.
        • Note: Version 16 and above only supports SQLite data files. MDB files are no longer supported. Import is not available for Version 14 and below.
    • Scheduling
      • You can now generate Phase Shifted Lane Rotation schedules when scoring by Points.
      • Schedule Imports
        • Import files can be comma, tab or space delimited.
        • Import files can include actual vehicle numbers for your racers.
        • Import files can include a line with column titles.
    • Racing Screen
      • Consolidated all screen controls to the bottom left section of the screen.
      • If using racer images, the images will automatically scale so all lanes will be visible on the screen.
    • Standings
      • Added a scoring method and options summary on the Standings tab of the Main screen, for easy reference.
      • If throwing out the worst time for each racer, the software will wait until racers have more than one heat time accumulated.
    • Reports
      • Easier to find the bulk report generation and export operations.
      • Added a filter by subgroup ability for the awards reports.
      • Added the ability to choose if to use custom field filtering or not.
    • Hardware Settings
      • The Judge Timer - Added the ability to use the timer without a start switch.
    • Advanced Software Settings
      • The Group and Subgroup label lengths have been increased to 10 characters.
    • General
      • The entire UI (User Interface) has been redesigned. Screens have been simplified and decluttered, while still maintaining functionality.
      • The “Export” button to export a data table’s data to a CSV (Comma Separated Values) file has been made more obvious.
      • The software's help file has been overhauled to make it easier to find the needed information.
      • Several other less notable improvements and fixes were implemented.
  • New or Improved Features for Pro Users
    • External Apps Interface
      • Added ability to fully test the external interface without having to have a timing system connected to the software.
    • DerbyWeb
      • Added the ability to enable/disable the DerbyWeb interface in the Advanced Software Settings screen.
      • Added support for DerbyWeb Version 2.0 to display race standings.
    • General
      • Several other less notable improvements and fixes were implemented.

Version 15.0 Changes