To use it enter your email address and click 'OK'.
To watch a video of the Board Composer in a new browser tab click here.
Here is a recipe for using the Board Composer
which was nearly all written by another member who likes "Idiot's Guides" and kindly made one for us.
Note that in the recipe the word "press" may be replaced by the word "click".
Before you start entering the data into the web page, sort the curtain cards into North, East, South, West order (within board number if you are entering more than one board).
Put your email address into the box above and press "OK".
Look for Board ? (or Board with numbers in it because others will be putting in at the same time as yours).
Look at the number of the board on your curtain card and go down on the numbers until it corresponds with the same number i.e. Board 9 go to 9 - and then press on it.
On the left you will see a big N and 13.
Start putting in the N for NORTH cards by pressing the relevant numbers in each suit or entering the data on the curtain card into the text box.
Check that you have put in 13 cards by looking back at the left N13.
A correct card will become yellow. Don't worry if you get a card wrong just press the yellow card and put the correct one in.
Once you have got all four of the suits right, press "OK" on the bottom right.
Next will come up the hand for EAST. Put the numbers in, check 13 are there and press "OK" on the bottom right.
Next will come up the hand for SOUTH. Put the numbers in, check 13 are there by looking at S13 on the left and press "OK".
West does not need to be put in.
The next board in sequence should come up but BEWARE.
Check as in step 4. for the correct number of the board (it should be automatic if you start with the lowest number board) and input again.
IMPORTANT NOTE: BE WARNED: More often than not you will find that members have not written the NUMBERS correctly on the cards. You will have to use your judgement by looking at all four cards of one board which should be the right numbers!!
Additional help is available by pressing the "Help" button at the end of the first line under "Board Composer".
Clicking the button will allow you to test out the board composer.
Number of boards in play on
Follow these steps to use the Board Composer
Before entering the curtain card data, sort the curtain cards into boards and ordered North, East,
South, West. It isn't necessary to do this but it will make it easier to enter the data.
Select the number of boards played in the dropdown box to the left of the Help button.
Select the board for the curtain cards you want to enter in the dropdown box below this information.
Enter the data for each suit of each hand and press the 'Enter' key or click the 'OK' button.
You may either type the card in lowercase or uppercase into a 'suit' box or click one of the cards to the right
of the 'suit' box.
The cards in a suit may be entered in the order they are written on the curtain card.
The '10' of a suit may be entered as '10' or 't' but it will be converted to a 'T'.
If you make a mistake by entering the cards for the wrong hand (eg entering East's cards in North's boxes)
enter the letter for the hand (n,e,s, or w) it should have been at the end of
one of the suits you have entered.
After pressing the 'Enter' key or clicking the 'OK' button, the cards for the suit will be saved and the cursor positioned
in the box of the next suit to be entered.
You may use the 'Up' and 'Down' keys to move from one 'suit' box to another.
To clear a 'suit' box click on the 'X' button to its right.
When you have entered the cards for three of the hands the fourth will be generated
and you will be presented with the next board to complete.
To ignore a board click the 'Ignore Board' button.
To re-instate an ignored board select the board from the dropdown box and enter the board data for it.
To change a board's number enter 'L' (lower) or 'H' (higher) in a 'suit' box.
This will swap the board with the board with the lower number or the board with the higher number.
For example to change board 18 to board 17 enter 'L' in any 'suit' box of board 18.
If you are entering the cards for the last board (eg 24) when you meant them to be for board 1 enter 'H'
in any 'suit' box of the last board (eg 24).
If, having created a PBN file, you want to change a board:
Clear the wrong suits by clicking the 'X' button.
If the whole board is wrong, click the 'Clear Board' button.
Enter the cards again.
If, having created a PBN file, you want to add more boards at a later date:
Enter the date of the PBN file on the first page as the date of the session.
Click 'OK'. There is no need to select the number of boards played.
When the boards are displayed select the number of boards played.
If at any stage you think that the Board Composer is not working just reload the page and keep your fingers crossed.
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