Summer time here, but not totally resting - just like most of you being on the field. So here we keep the pace with a new 8.4 delivery, wishing it brings cool improvements for everyone once again.
The major changes included, in words and pictures:
Chip time based ranking
For those of you being in such context where the chip time is the whole thing, this new option will be much appreciated.
Activating it means the regular ranking is based on the chip time performances. And the gun time becomes the additional information, in grid displays or for podium calculation purposes. Moreover, the intermediate split times get calculated as chip times as well.
New startup screen
The startup screen has been fully redesigned, not only for aesthetics but we hope also for a better experience.
More items in the recent file list are now displayed. The information about licence expiration and new updates available is more straight forward.
Matrix view for lap races
Not the least of the new stuff, lap races can now be monitored in a matrix view mode, complementary to the regular passing list.
In this mode one row is for a competitor and columns represent laps. Great to see at a glance where the race is ongoing, see best lap times and progressions, insert a missing lap, ...
The matrix can be filtered on a race of your choice.
The highlighting of inconsistent lap times is easier than ever, with configurable limit values for each race.
In relay races, it's also aggregating laps made by all teammates, giving an immediate status on all relays.
The matrix can be printed, as long as the number of laps/columns is not too high.
Time offset on imports (acquisition, file)
Useful when one of your timing devices wasn't properly synchronized, or for any purpose when importing some time data: the import options now comes with the ability to add or remove a time offset to the raw values.
Flags and countries on printout
For a greater flexibility, you can now chose how the participants nationality gets displayed on papers. This can be the flag, the country code, the country name or even a combination.
You'll retrieve all options in the data selection menu, opened from the print preview.
New countdown sound for Starts module
The countdown is now a much more audible 10-5-4-3-2-1-0 sound.
As was already possible for penalties, you can now enter time bonuses independently from the additional classifications (mainly used in cycling events). These bonuses can be individual or applicable to a team.
Start times on result grid
This was a missing one: now the individual start information can be shown as a column of the result grid. Being usable there for printing, sorting, editing and filtering.
Automatic race assignment
The automatic race assignment feature has been extended, so that it can now apply based on registration data. Means you can for example set up a link between age categories and a race, and the race will be immediately assigned after the category.
The feature remains ok to work on result data, i.e. when the race has to be determined based on some split locations having been through or not for instance.
In addition to few bug fixes around, we've made the link between a report and a template more tight by including the race (or the custom ranking/participant list). This means you can bind a different template for each race of your event - because you need different columns or specific logos - and you won't have to care afterwards.
Consequence to that, the automated pdf upload for online results will naturally use the right template for each race (FTP menu)
Screen configurations for G-Live
This can be a must for your very special events: the screen configurations for G-Live can now be embedded on your web site just as the standard G-Live page. So you can display dedicated colors and logos, along with the most relevant data depending on the race.
This of course if you're using the Web Live option.
Order of acquisitions
Cosmetic but useful as well: you can now modify the order of the acquisitions in the list by drag and drop.
Backup finish line
A further sophistication for finish line management: in case for some reasons - linked to the electronic devices - Wiclax receives a chip read from the backup line before arrives the same chip read from the main line, it will override the time first integrated with the most accurate one.
Though it was somehow convenient to get everything on the same plate, we've decided to bring more clarity and a better organization with the event options screen.
The General options pane no longer exists and the event/stage options are divided into a few straight forward groups.
Segments on lap races
To handle race configurations where you need only some segments of the track to be counted, we've made the segment not timed option compatible with lap races.
Actually there's now 2 possibilities: either excluding some segments - their time will be subtracted from the overall lap time - or specifying a white list of segments to take into account - in this case the lap time is calculated by the sum of these segment times.
A good sample of race pattern where it's gonna be used is a timed climb, with the climb section made an indeterminate number of times and only the climbing time being counted. And the "best lap time" information becomes the best climbing time.
A nice step forward for our North American users, we're proud to announce that Wiclax is now in touch with the RunSignUp platform!
Thanks to its openness and a state-of-the-art tech background, we've been able to come out quickly with this first important milestone which is the ability to download some race participant lists into your event files.
Making it simple and efficient as usual: you access the Web registrations feature and select RunSignUp as the platform you'll be working with. Then after entering your credentials on the RunSignUp login form, you'll see all races and events you're allowed to access. Clicking Import on the item of your choice, you'll be prompted to tell where to move the answers of the custom questions of the race, if any. And that's it, all the useful data will be appended to your lists.
Here we go with the seasonal delivery! Coming with a handful of new features, while remaining focused as usual on the global user experience and high reliability. Here are the major items:
PDF files online
A long awaited one, you can now provide some PDF printouts to your race result visitors on the Internet.
The same way that we like printouts from Wiclax giving their best, we wanted the PDF available online to be more than just a poor data report. So we've made it that way: the PDF files will be generated by Wiclax itself and exported in a click alongside the event file itself.
On the backend the G-Live page will display a PDF button with the links, and that's it. Your files online are exactly as you wish, made from your own templates with the race sponsor logos and so on.
And around that, a new PDF export feature similar to what already existed for Excel files allows you to create all files you need locally in a single batch.
Segments not timed
This new option brings more opportunities when having to deal with specific competitions, like a multi-sport event or a climbing race where only the uphill way is going to count.
Having some intermediate timing points in place, you can define some segments and tell that some of them are not timed. I.e. they won't be taken into account for the overall final time calculation.
Hence a multi-sport event where competitors are doing a series of trials one after the other but have a rest or a waiting time between them can be managed in Wiclax without going with a multi-stage approach.
Built-in export formats
As an example of Wiclax export abilities, we've added predefined formats for result export:
- as required by FIDAL Italian federation
- as required by ITRA (International Trail Running Association)
Screen configuration design for G-Live
Looking to make the live screen design always more powerful and easy, we've made some nice changing so that the preview displayed at this point is an exact wysiwyg representation of the final result. The widgets are filled with sample data in all cases, coming from the opened file participant list if available or just random. And they remain draggable and resizable with the mouse.
More to come will be the ability to specify adaptative units for the sizes and positions, in percent or as CSS vw and vh (percentage of the available screen, horizontally and vertically).
Automatic saving and backup
The feature is more explicit than it used to be, allowing now both saving and creating some regular backup copies. In addition, you can also specify a target folder for the backup, like an external USB drive.
Social network properties for an event
You'll find a new tab in the event options to enter a few properties related to social network sharing.
These properties - a picture URL, a title and a description - will be used by g-live when a visitor wants to share an individual result on Facebook.
Online registration platforms
In addition to Génialp own platform, timers can now get connected to the US RunSignUp leading platform and download their registration data.
The global interface can now use some smarter notifications to inform about any kind of event or error. This way is less intrusive than the old fashion message boxes, which could besides be stuck in the background when not attached to the main thread.
These notifications can be stacked or dynamically updated, and they can propose some contextual actions to perform.
Translation and localization
Always active on this front, we've added:
a Russian translation for the software
some good support for right-to-left languages (thanks Dror for helping with Hebrew). Printout can now be processed accordingly, mirroring the order of columns in tables. And you can check how the G-Live application adapts itself when you select Hebrew as the language.
some new translated pages for the Italian help files
a new ability to store some specific translations on an event file directly. For example because for that event and only that one you need some bilingual column headers. Hence once bound to the event file, you're no longer dependent on the general settings to be in phase with your needs. Available naturally in the Translations form.
The missing competitors feature gets enhanced, and no longer displays just a raw list of bib numbers. You can now see names and races, copy data and work on a selection of rows to decide who to mark as withdrawals.
And the new form is ready to integrate even more information in the future.
Page footers on printout
The previous mode proposed a handy auto-centering option for pictures, which was nice but not open for true customization. Now you're free to position text items and pictures wherever you want.
Moreover, a new option of a printout template can be used to remove the default footer texts, and additional variables have been added for page numbering and print date, so you can redefine them if necessary.
Next step will be to distinguish a page footer to be repeated on each page, and a document footer to append specific information only once.
Web publishing for additional classifications
Useful for cycling races but not only, the G-Live application now also allows to select and display the additional classifications of the race - e.g. the sprints or the mountain ranking.
New event settings have been added, in order to:
specify a custom delay between 2 bunches, on cycling races. The value still defaults to 1 second but can be adjusted according to the race rules.
adjust the precision of the average speed values, in number of decimal digits
RFID Systems and other electronic devices
This version comes with new achievements to comply with the widest variety of systems:
work on uRTime acquisition, to enable the push mode and display the battery level
improvements on the uRLive online passing service, to display data about your devices and files available for import
implementation of a new acquisition type for Chronotrack systems, through the SimpleClient software
implementation of a new acquisition type for Trident systems
beta version for acquisition on J-Chip systems
work on the connection to Microgate Rei2 stopwatch, including a new feature to export the list of participants from Wiclax
And to bring a bit of clarity in all these growing possibilities, the list of acquisition types displayed for the creation of a new item can now be cleared using the button on the right bottom corner:
In case you unfortunately have to backup some missing chip passing manually, entering the bib number aside times in the queue (keyboard times) will now behave as expected. I.e. appending a new lap to the rider.
At a timing location, we usually have to build a local network.
This network has many purposes:
access Internet from our main laptop.
access our boxes or decoders from our main laptop.
give access to the G-Live seated on our main laptop.
One pitfall to avoid is using 2 different lan on the main laptop as it would confuse the G-Live.
The good practice to achieve that is using a 3G/4G Gateway connected to your local network so every devices can connect to a central hub and get Internet Access. Every device is working with the same network address range like 192.168.1.x e.g..
For our own timing we use this 4G Gateway from D-link. But it is not the only device that can do the job. The good points about this one:
There are 4 lan ports so you can connect your laptop directly and the RFID hardware with ethernet cables.
You can insert a sim card to get an internet connexion for your network.
It has also a wifi access point so you can connect a tablet for the commentator to display G-Live.
8.2 release is on track and you can enjoy it. Still thanks to your many feedbacks it surely brings new valuable features for each of you in our timing community.
Entering into details:
Quite a lot of new things on that strategic piece of the solution, that you can discover in this additional post.
The concept of Exporters under G-Live is getting extended to address more use cases than ever.
Now a third-party app can receive live passing data in a custom format to comply with what it can digest. The same way, an exporter can now communicate through a USB/Serial port and be configured to feed a LED display board for example. The configuration shapes the data to comply with the device communication protocol.
New possible criteria - total number of laps, total distance run, average of ranks - are now available for the team ranking computations.
For the scenario when bib number ranges have to be rearranged at the last minute because of unexpectedly high registrations, you can now bind multiple bib ranges to each race of an event. Keeping the consistency control advantage on the software side.
A few changes bring some new flexibility in stage races management:
a new global 'No general classifications' option provides the ability to publish an event file made of independent stages. Interesting for cases when the same runners can participate to the different stages but no general ranking is expected.
a new default behavior for the general ranking, for events with independent stages: a runner now appears in a general ranking not only if he participated to each one of the preceding stages but more exactly if he participated to each preceding stage for which at least one runner of the race he belongs to has participated. In simpler words, it means you can have an MTB event for example with 8 special stages and 2 races - Junior and Senior. Juniors being expected to run only stages 1 to 3, and Seniors running them all. So you'll get Juniors ranked in the final general once they have done their stages, without more configuration trick.
still for events with independent stages, the ribbon now gives access to the add and remove stages features. A mostly appreciated help when the event schedule gets changed at the last minute.
Jerseys and custom classifications
To go even further with UCI (cycling) race management, the notion of jerseys goes live.
Those jerseys can be configured for all kind of situations, calculated automatically from the general or from a secondary ranking, or fed manually if the wearer is instead designated by the race direction.
They're also ready do integrate a complementary filter, thus making it possible to define 2 yellow jerseys for example if you have 2 distinct categories in your event.
Then jersey leaders and wearers (being automatically granted based on the priority order) are available for printout in the stage summary report. Custom colored picture for them can be provided if none of those in the predefined list is fitting.
In the same spirit, some custom additional classifications can be defined on the basis of a filter condition applying to the general ranking instead of a point attribution. So for example you can create a Best national runner ranking with a simple condition on nationality.
Once done, such a ranking gets also available for inclusion in the stage summary report and so does it to serve as a basis for a jersey attribution.
Always keen on making data edit smoother, here are a couple of improvements:
A useful text replacement feature now available from a column header contextual menu
The remote page for participant entry now displays runner's chip id. and allow for its editing. Also has been added entry fields for license number, email and nationality. The club/team field now gets populated with a list of pre-existing values.
A Chip id column is now available for display in the participant list. For the moment to be used for checking purposes, remembering that the link can be 1-n, i.e. a single bib number can be bound to several chip ids.
The great chip filtering feature, described in this earlier post, can now take multiple prefix values for its processing. For cases when you'd have to work with 2 different lots of transponders for instance.
New option for start time acquisition: a max delay applying to the start location target can be entered. This delay being accountable from the race start time. What it makes possible is to have a single acquisition targeting both a start line and some further split points, while keeping the ability for the start location to retain the last time the runner is detected. That until a reasonable time has elapsed and the passing can be considered to be the next split point.
Compliance with these new devices has been added:
Race|Result USB Timing
Alge IDCam (external stopwatch)
Digitech Master (external stopwatch)
Microgate RaceTime 2 (external stopwatch)
And to help with organizations where a race preparation involves many folks, it's now possible to import and export a full configuration of acquisitions, including the chip filtering settings. The commands are available on left side of the acquisitions form status bar.
A very handy shortcut appearing in the print preview screen allows for saving a PDF file of the printout in a single click - no need anymore to select the PDF printer and switch back after to the regular one.
Useful when you're on the race site and have to deal with the few last-minute registrations, you'll be able to quickly print those registration sheets to provide to organizers.
Printing templates can now include some frame objects in addition to texts and pictures, to draw either lines or rasters. A lot more enhancements on that side are described in this additional post.
Team race management mode goes one step further by allowing an automatic assignment for team categories.
The rules can be a simple copy of the individual categories, in case individuals are initially imported with categories like 'Trio Men', or can be some custom conditions based on the number of teammates and their gender. These settings are accessible from the Team list pane, button Categories.
The general search field has also been enhanced to allow for a team lookup and open the team result summary or the team properties form in a click.
New flexible option for the categories management: it's now possible to bind some categories to a specific list of races in a single event.
This means in the same event file you can for example manage 2 different sets of age classes and have them automatically assigned based on the race each competitor belongs to.
Such scenario can be encountered when having a race mixing runners and cyclists on a same finish line, expecting a ranking based on their respective sport federation rules.
Also for not so frequent cases, this feature allows to predefine some custom rules intended to automatically assign the race of a participant when he/she crosses the finish line.
Those rules will generally be about which split points the competitor has gone through. More exactly when passing a given split point is not discriminating enough to determine the race (this simple case being already treated by Wiclax).
As a key part of the solution and being the showcase for your professional outcomes, the G-Live module deserves some regular updates. To bring new features or simply make the end-user experience even more friendly. Keeping this trend for the future, and already with the last Wiclax 8.2 delivery:
Browsing stages and general classifications
A new menu is now combining the stages and general classifications browsing. Thus one single entry point instead of two and a Final general ranking item highlighted for immediate selection. Note that this final ranking becomes the one loaded by default, as long as all stages have been run.
New search field display
Giving more space for the essential and providing a better lookup experience, the search field for result/individual lookup is no longer located in a dedicated tab. Instead just sticking to the page top.
Now possible to publish your event's team ranking directly into G-Live. Only thing to do for it is to check the "Publish this classification on the Web" option from the team ranking pane.
A new "Teams" filter button gets displayed on the public side, above the result list.
External links to an individual result
Now possible to provide a web URL to show the race data for a competitor. This URL gets available as a basis for a Facebook share.
See a live sample of it here - result page for bib number 89 in a marathon race.
More interesting, the link can be made not only through the regular bib number but also using a specific id. of your own, provided it's available as a custom data. G-Live section of the help docs tells you more about the details.
Enhanced kiosk mode
While the G-Live display was already convenient in its design to be used on a kiosk screen, here comes a more attractive mode where the feature scope is all and only about runner data lookup. A new menu item of the G-Live button gives you the address to load it.
Custom plugins on competitor's summary
A bit more technical, this new feature can empower your race data published online by appending some custom stuff to the runner summary page.
As an example, you can bring there a link to a photo purchase offer - by you or a partner - based on the runner bib number or another id. of your own. But can be anything else you'd like to get inserted.
Just refer to the G-Live section of the documentation for more details on how to implement it.