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Michael Diosi
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Arena 3.5

Post by Michael Diosi » Thu Jan 02, 2014 7:57 pm

Hi,

Arena 3.5 is available for download from
the Arena page. This is what it's new:

Most important changes compared to last public version 3.0:

PGN:
  • Filter (=Search) positions in PGN
    PGN lists faster sorting
    PGN loads faster
    Rare PGN loading errors fixed
    "PGN->New" command handled correctly: "Select new PGN file"-dialogue, then you can paste PGNs from Clipboard into empty file
    Filter Game Data: Progress bar updated during filtering
    You can now filter games with date ranges
    "Filter games with some fields did not work"- bug removed
    Useless "?"-s removed in PGN list
    PGN and EPD lists can be always on top (click on the icon in the top left corner to see the system menu of the window)
    Arena now remembers column width of PGN and EPD lists
    Arena reads short comments (! ? etc) from PGNs, also in PGN book import
Engines:
  • Common max. CPU cores setting for UCI engines
    Switching engine from UCI to Winboard if it is apparent (if engine sends "error: uci", we go Winboard)
    UCI Filter can be switched off for analysis
    Engines can be locked to position, you can go to the lock position
    Engines can be paused, if you have temporarily other things to do with your PC Java engines easier selectable
Settings:
  • Default graphics scheme is now BirchTauri
    Tablebases piece letters localised, Gaviota TB information added
    Lists black background bug removed
    Colours for pieces
    Added horizontal scroll buttons for mainlines
    Analysis lines additional option: kNodes in mainlines
    Analysis lines additional option: Show # of cores
    Displaying engine time for the pvs now (was generated by Arena before)
    Analysis lines additional option: Compact variation display (show line only if first move changed)
    Analysis lines additional option: Short form for boxes (e.g. "D" instead of "Depth")
    Re-sizable logo area
    Dialogues clearer design
    Pieces from True Type fonts can now also use Unicode fonts
Tournaments:
  • Early draw adjudication (if value = zero) in tournaments
    Table based draw adjudication in tournaments
    Tournament ponder+book bugs fixed
    Arena uses less CPU time in demo and tournament mode
    Bugs where tournament area fonts not selectable removed
Misc:
  • Opening classification improved (compares position instead of move sequence)
    Add variation to game: Pop-up menu item and from variation board
    Bug fixes in variation board
    Warnings if too much RAM or too many cores configured
    Autoplayer repaired
    "Book moves not displayed"- bug removed
    "Engine not playing if previous move from Arena engine book"- bug removed
    Ponder display improved
    Save position in EPD format
    Get position in The Problemist format (www.theproblemist.org) from clipboard, no fairy pieces
    Log window now faster and coloured (colours come from arrow colours)
    More player graphics possible
    (http://sourceforge.net/projects/scid/fi ... est%20data, unzip to <Arena>\Graphics\Players)
    Mouse wheel scrolls mainlines and EPD list if above them
    Tool bar can also be on left side
    Option to extract player's country from name, e.g.:(ITA) -> Shows Italian flag
    Help files updated

Please let us know about bugs.

By the way this is what happens when you belive Mr. Duble Dutch as well as Russian sources.

Enjoy!

Michael
http://www.playwitharena.com

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Re: Arena 3.5

Post by hgm » Thu Jan 02, 2014 8:02 pm

You mean otherwise it would not have happened? People should be grateful to me, then! :lol:

But still no FRC without Polyglot adapter, I gather? :roll:
And a bit weird, of course, that the common max CPU parameter would only work for UCI engines, and not be used for WinBoard engines...

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Re: Arena 3.5

Post by jd1 » Thu Jan 02, 2014 8:19 pm

Thank you!

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Re: Arena 3.5

Post by hgm » Thu Jan 02, 2014 9:14 pm

And also for their hash size, I believe (at least in a previous version). This seems a bit bizar, though. I cannot imagine that there are users that would want WB engines to play with one number of CPUs, and UCI engines with another...

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Re: Arena 3.5

Post by Kyodai » Fri Jan 03, 2014 12:06 am

hgm wrote:You mean otherwise it would not have happened? People should be grateful to me, then! :lol:

But still no FRC without Polyglot adapter, I gather? :roll:
And a bit weird, of course, that the common max CPU parameter would only work for UCI engines, and not be used for WinBoard engines...

Yes H-G, and now we can all rejoice with the new Arena !

Surely we are all happy for this contribution to the chess community

Totally for free and all in positive spirit!

Thanks :)

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Re: Arena 3.5

Post by beachknight » Fri Jan 03, 2014 6:32 am

SzG wrote:Unfortunately, a very comfortable feature has been spoiled with this release. When you set up a tournament and give it a name, all relevant files (the tournament administration file, the PGN, the results) used to take over that name automatically. Now all file names default to 'Arena chess game' and the tournament administration file (*.at) is not created at all (!) unless you save your tournament. Luckily, I observed this after the first game, otherwise I would have lost the whole tournament.
I am afraid this is intended as a feature...
Thanks Gabor.
Best,
hi, merhaba, hallo HT

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Re: Arena 3.5

Post by beachknight » Fri Jan 03, 2014 6:33 am

Thanks for the new release.
Best,
hi, merhaba, hallo HT

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Re: Arena 3.5

Post by Jouni » Sat Jan 04, 2014 8:42 am

Really great news! But I first tested match from EPD file and repeated colors. First position is still played 4 times :oops: .
Jouni

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Re: Arena 3.5

Post by Javier Ros » Sat Jan 04, 2014 9:40 am

thank you very much for this great program!!

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Re: Arena 3.5

Post by mrlissandrello » Sat Jan 04, 2014 11:13 am

Congratulations on the new release.

I suggest the feature:

'In tournament mode add x seconds between games.'

Thank you, best regards and happy new year to all!
LL

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