Race Director 2012 Development Update

December 17, 2011 - All major additions to Race Director 2012 are completed now.  I have a long list of minor changes that I still hope to get to before I consider RD 2012 to be in "bug fix only mode".  I won't begin work on RD 2013 until the spring.  Many have subscribed early for 2012 support and are actively using the new release.  For those who wish to wait a few months before jumping to the new release, rest assured that Race Director 2011 will continue to be supported as  you use it in your races.   You can find the latest 2011 update at the bottom of the 2012 Update page. 

New Features Recently added
- DNF / DNS Improvements   - More Versions of Excel Supported
- Results Kiosk Improvements - Chip Results Import Improvements

Please Continue to Send Ideas my Way
I have quite a stock-pile now, but as I hear the same ideas repeated from multiple timers, I tend to give those a bit more priority.  Please also continue to use the Forum for sharing your stories / ideas and asking questions of the RD community.  Click on Read More for additional details on the features recently added.    -Roger

Recent Enhancements

DNF / DNS Imrpovements
Especially in Triathlons, there is often a need to know who is still on the course while a race is ongoing.  The DNF (did not finish) designation on Race Director reports has always only included participants who have completed some segments, but do not have a result for the final segment.  This does not pick up on situations where someone has started the race, but not yet completed the first segment.  To accurately know who has not completed the first segment of a race, it is necessary to know exactly which participants did not start the race.  There is now a new setting in Tailor -> Options on the Part Info (2) tab for you to identify participants who did not start the race.  Once the race has started and you gather the bib numbers for those who pre-registered, but did not show up for the race, you can now flag these participants on this Tailoring screen.  You can flag the participants by importing bib numbers from a spreadsheet or directly on a grid presented on this screen.  Once this is done and you elect to show non-finishers on the results report, you will now see everyone without a final finish result - unless they are flagged as not starting the race.  This works on single segment races as well.  Also, if you select to show DNS (did not start) participants, this now will be only participants you have actually flagged as not starting the race. 

More Versions of Excel Supported
You can now import from or export to more current releases of Excel.  In Tailor -> Options, there is a new setting where you can specify the version of Excel you want for any Race Director export.  Your choices are 1) Excel 5.0 / 95 - the version of Excel that RD always used to create, 2) Excel 97 - 2003 or 3) Excel 2007 / 2010.  For spreadsheet imports, it is still recommended that you do a final save to a tab-delimited text file before importing into Race Director.  A tab delimited file is the best way to insure that there are no issues with columns that contain dates.

Results Kiosk Improvements
It is more and more common to have races with complicated division setup.  Frequently, you will have divisions within the same race where you score a different number of segments.  The results kiosk screen has been improved to better accommodate races where the segment setup is different by division.  Now, the column headings will reflect the segment names for the last person to access the kiosk screen and the data shown will be only for the segments that are meaningful for that division.  

The Kiosk has also been improved to give a different message when there is no result posted for a participant.  Now, you will receive a message indicating the last posted time for the division that participant is entered in. 

Chip Results Import Improvements
For each type of time, you can now enter a range (from time - to time) of times to be considered for the import.  This replaces the "Ignore Times Over" for the Start time import and the "Ignore Times Under" for the segment and finish times import.  When requesting n-th occurrence reads, the occurrence will be relative to the range of times you are requesting.  The time range for each type of time is remembered as you switch between them.

For n-th occurrence times, the settings are now remembered based on the type of time you select.  For example, if the T2 time in a triathlon is occurrence 2 from a specific timing source - once you set this, each time you return to importing T2 times, it will begin by assuming you want a second occurrence time.

Click here to review the full list of 2012 Enhancements