What's New V17

What's New with Version 17.0:

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 17.0 is part of 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 macOS. 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
    • MacOS Support
      • GrandPrix Race Manager now supports macOS Sierra 10.12 and above.
      • Note: Perfect-N Type scheduling is not currently supported with the macOS version.  We recommend using the Phase Shifted Lane Rotation scheduling instead.
    • Main Screen
      • If a recent file no longer exists, it will be removed from the recent files list.
    • Overview
      • Clicking on the shortcut button for Step 5 will open up the Organization Structure Wizard, if no groups have yet been created.
    • Software Settings
      • Moved the Enable Subgroups option to the Standings tab as it only applies when scoring by times.
    • Advanced Software Settings
      • If subgroups are not enabled, the subgroup labeling option will not be displayed.
    • Competition Groups
      • After adding or editing a group or subgroup record, the row just added/edited will be selected.
    • Registration
      • Added the ability to renumber vehicles in bulk.
      • Added an option to display the racer’s First Name then Last Name (instead of Last Name first) on the racer entry form and the racer list display.
      • After adding or editing a racer, the row just added/edited will be selected.
      • When all race groups have been scheduled, the Register Racers step in the overview will be automatically checked as completed.
    • Schedules
      • When all race groups have been scheduled, the Complete Race Schedules step in the overview will be automatically checked as completed.
      • Added the number of heats to the Schedules Data section for easy reference.
    • Racing
      • Added the total number of heats completed and not completed to the Racing tab for easy reference.
      • When all groups have been raced, the Run the Race step in the overview will be automatically checked as completed.
      • Modified the Auto Advance feature to display the next unrun heat.
    • Serial Timers
      • Added a warning if below a specified minimum time, in case an outrageous time is received.
    • Intermission
      • When running with extended desktop, you will be able to browse other screens while the Intermissions screen is being displayed to the audience.
    • Awards
      • Added the ability to filter the awards list, on the Awards tab of the Main screen, by Award Type.
      • When adding or editing an award, the row just added/edited will be selected.
    • Reports
      • Added the data filename to the default reports filename.
      • Fixed the issue with racers that have not passed inspection being displayed on vehicle stats reports.
    • General
      • For the Major Delete Warning, added a dramatic sound effect to stress the importance of the warning.
      • For popup list of Rounds/Groups/Subgroups, sets a default value.
      • Enhanced the update installer to provide more info on an available update.
      • Several other less notable improvements and fixes were implemented.
  • New or Improved Features for Pro Users
    • DerbyWeb
      • Made sure when opening a data file that the DerbyWeb settings will get automatically updated.
      • Added an auto data refresh feature to reflect any data changes that are done using DerbyWeb.
      • Added refresh buttons to the Competition Groups, Registration and Awards tabs, if the user wants to do a manual refresh.
      • Added the ability to reset the password for the DerbyWeb admin account back to the default password.
      • Anytime a data file is created or another data file is opened with GrandPrix Race Manager, DerbyWeb‘s main-local.php file will be automatically updated.
    • Snapshots
      • Moved the button to select an existing photo to the racer entry dialog to simplify things.
      • Add photo rotate buttons for use, if needed.
      • Will remember the last used camera, if multiple exist.
      • Overhauled the snapshot feature to fix the freeze issue that some were experiencing.
    • Schedules
      • Made several improvements to the Manual schedule generator screen.
    • Racing
      • Added the ability to set a Logo on the Racing screen. User specifies logo image, background color and max size in the Advanced Software Settings screen.
    • Top Times
      • Excluded racer times will not be added to the top times list.
      • When adding or editing a top times record, via the Top Times Settings screen, the row just added/edited will be selected.
    • Track Records
      • Excluded racers will not be able to set a track record.
    • Standings
      • Added the ability to disable the auto standings calculations after each heat. The user can then manually initiate the standings calculations when racing is complete.
    • Data File Merging
      • Improved the data file merging so you can run a really large race group by using separate data files to make for smaller races and then merge the data all together for standings and reports.
    • General
      • When loading racer photos, EXIF orientation information will be applied, if available.
      • Several other less notable improvements and fixes were implemented.

Version 16.0 Changes