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What's New with Version 18.0:

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 18.0 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
      • Added support for Perfect-N Type scheduling. Windows and macOS versions of GrandPrix Race Manager now support the same scheduling options.
      • Added application and main menus to the macOS menu bar.
    • Data File Support
      • You can now directly use your DerbyDMV Version 9.0 or above data file with GrandPrix Race Manager or vice versa. No need to export your data from one app and then import into the other. Both apps can share the same data file.
    • Software Settings
      • Increased to 100 the maximum number of places to not allow ties in when using tiebreaker rules.
    • Competition Groups
      • Manually adding groups and subgroups is now faster. When you add one, the software will ask you if you want to add another. If so, form is cleared for the next entry to be made.
    • Registration
      • Manually adding racers is now faster. When you add a racer, the software will ask you if you want to add another. If so, form is cleared for the next entry to be made.
      • Made using number series for each race group easier. When entering a new racer, the software will find the next number in that group’s series to use.
      • Improved import process to make it easier to use an export from some other software. Any extra columns in that export, not needed by GrandPrix Race Manager, will be ignored.
      • Added search feature to quickly find a particular racer. Enter a First Name, Last Name, Vehicle#, or Custom Field to search for.
      • Improved sorting of records when selecting column title to sort by. Records will be listed more intelligently.
    • Schedules
      • Perfect-N scheduling will now support more runs per lane for some combinations of number of track lanes and number of racers.
      • Added a nag message to view the schedule matrix report once a schedule is created.
      • Improved master scheduling to rotate through the groups a bit better.
      • Added search feature to the Schedules tab to quickly find a particular heat.
      • Added search feature to the Manual Scheduler screen’s list of available racers. Enter a First Name, Last Name or Vehicle# to search for.
    • Racing
      • Added search feature to the Racing tab to quickly find a particular heat.
      • When closing out of the Racing screen, the last used group’s results will be displayed on the Racing tab.
      • Changed end of round and start new round messages to nags so you have the option of not getting those messages again.
      • Added a nag message about pressing the Escape key to get out of the timing mode.
    • Standings
      • Changed the way standings are generated so there will not be any delay between heats, as long as standings are not being published to DerbyWeb.
      • Added search feature to the Standings tab to find a particular racer. Enter a First Name, Last Name, Vehicle#, or Custom Field to search for.
      • Added a count of racers and those excluded to the right side of the Standings tab.
      • When viewing round standings on the audience display screen, each racer’s group will be displayed.
    • Awards
      • Manually adding awards is now faster. When you add an award, the software will ask you if you want to add another. If so, form is cleared for the next entry to be made.
      • The next highest priority will be used when manually adding a new award.
      • Added search feature to the Awards tab to quickly find a particular award.
      • Improved sorting of records when selecting column title to sort by. Records will be listed more intelligently.
      • When editing awards, Next and Back buttons are now available on the edit screen to edit multiple records quickly.
    • Report Settings
      • Added option to display the PDF viewer’s Print screen once a report is viewed. Some PDF viewers hide their print feature, so this makes it easier to print a report. Pro users can turn this option off. It is always on for Lite users.  Note, does not work with some PDF viewers.
      • Added support for more fonts when generating reports.
    • 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
      • Provides better support when using more than 2 monitors.
      • Improved the visibility of column titles on audience display screens.
      • Several other less notable improvements and fixes were implemented.
  • New or Improved Features for Pro Users
    • DerbyWeb
      • When creating a new data file, the software will default to creating it in the DerbyWeb's data folder.
    • Top Times
      • Manually adding top times is now faster. When you add a top time, the software will ask you if you want to add another. If so, form is cleared for the next entry to be made.
    • Track Records
      • Manually adding track records is now faster. When you add a track record, the software will ask you if you want to add another. If so, form is cleared for the next entry to be made.
      • When editing a track record, the group name is now editable.
    • Standings
      • Moved the turtle option to finish all heats to the Software Settings screen. A more logical place for that setting.
    • Data File Merging
      • Added notice if any racer’s vehicle number had to be changed when merging data files.
    • Report Settings
      • Added option to display the PDF viewer’s Print screen once a report is viewed. Some PDF viewers hide their print feature, so this makes it easier to print a report. Pro users can turn this option off. It is always on for Lite users.  Note, does not work with some PDF viewers.
    • General
      • Added ability to set the minimum and maximum font sizes for audience display screens. Can help in situations where automatic fonts end up being too small or too big.
      • Several other less notable improvements and fixes were implemented.

Version 17.0 Changes