The settings and options are only available when you have an event open, or you have selected to use the remote terminals for the first time. Once the settings are established it is unlikely they will need changing again. The main options screen appears like:
Set up preferences as required. The setting shown above are the default and should generally appear this way. The most essential item is the bottom left box labelled "Table top terminal server program". Select your server type. This will change the item "File path and name for the terminal server program". The default value should be correct if the terminals were installed using the standard procedures. To change this value click on the button to the right […] to browse for the correct program on your computer.
The other path required is "Path to server database". This may change as your needs change but typically would be something like that shown above.
In addition make sure the "Show auto-start option" is ticked. This means the first screen "Use remote scores" will appear at the end of setting up a new session of bridge, like:
The manual startup options on the right should only be used by persons who understand the procedure completely. See "manual startup options".
The [Finish] shown above or the [Auto start] option is the normal button used to start the scoring for an event. The "Auto start options" on the left should all be ticked and do apply when the [Finish] or [auto start] button is pressed. The "Server start options" only apply when started by ASE Scorer Version 9 and are all normally ticked.
While the scores are being captured from the remote server there is an option on the main screen to check the scores. Use the option [event][check scores] and a check screen will appear.
One option that some users prefer is the "Use automatic score reading". The auto reading options may be changed as needed and during the running of an event. The seconds between reads should be set to a number that satisfies your needs. Do not use a number less than 20 seconds. If you want to see the results frequently and while play takes place then tick the "auto rescore session on every third read" option.
It is not recommended that you use the automatic score reading for technical reasons but the feature is available. The alternative is to use the option [Event][read remote scores] (F8) from the main screen whenever you want to update the scores to the latest in ASE. At the end of the session it is recommended you use the option [Event][re-read remote scores] (Ctrl-F8) so that any amended scores are also retrieved. Using F8 at the end of each round is typically enough "reads".
Lastly on this setup screen we need to consider the way we handle player's names. There are two methods of delivering the player numbers and names to the srever.
•On the right under the [Load] button there is an option "load player names". Once ticked each time a new database is setup for a session the names of your members are placed in the database. For small clubs this is an ideal method as this process is quick and effective.
•The second method is to use the button [Load names DB] in the middle lower part of the screen. This option places all the numbers and names in a file available to server and is used by in preference to the first method. For clubs with a large membership this option is preferable as it only needs to be done occasionally when the membership file has been updated.
In the center of the "Server start options" is an option to set server settings at startup with the [Settings] button. Click this and set the options to suit your needs. These will apply each time the server is started but can be changed in the server screen. It appears like:
Where you have Bridgemate terminals selected, a button for Bridgemate II settings will appear on this screen.