Movement properties

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Movement properties

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Selecting the [Properties] option from the [File] main menu will show this screen:


The text description and director instructions at the top are usually based on the movement type shown at the top right, Howell in this case. Even so the description can be changed as needed but any global changes will overwrite these manual changes. Care should be taken when making automatic changes based on movement type or global changes using the "re-load descriptions" option on the [Change movements] main menu [Options] item.


The centre area contains the main properties of the movement. See details in the main properties editor section.


The name at the bottom is free form and can be changed to your requirements and the first line will appear in the open movements (and similar) dialogs.


The analysis panel on the bottom right is populated as a result of the [analyse] button and cannot be changed manually. The key items in the analysis are the Normalized standard deviation (SD) and the caliber. These tell you how well balanced the movement is. A SD of zero is perfect and the caliber is 100.


In the top right area of the screen there are a number of properties that influence the way the movement is interpreted by the analysis process.


The number of winners can be 1 or 2. A typical example of 2 winners is the Mitchell movement where there are two distinct fields, NS and EW.


The number of board sets is used to check the board set numbers in the analysis. Boards per set is not used in analysis and is only the recommended number for this movement. It can be changed when used in a scoring program. The total number of boards in play is found by multiplying the number of sets by the boards per set.


The maximum board number is only used in the production of guide cards and applies when the number of board sets is so high that the board numbers exceed those available to the director. For example consider the case where there are 40 board sets in the movement with 3 boards per set. Setting the maximum board number to 30 means that board sets 1 to 10 contain boards 1 to 30, board sets 11 to 20 also use 1 to 30 and so on for sets 21 to 30 and 31 to 40.


The balance assessment is arbitrarily selected manually and used as an indicator to the quality of the movement.


The status bar at the bottom of the screen indicates the round and table currently selected. Also when a round or table is the candidate for switching a "double-click" message is also shown.