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Our club was one of those typical clubs with a “legacy” (legacy is actually spelled “A” “R” “C” “H” “A” “I” “C”) judging system – you know – one of those where each judge needs to press 1 of 5 buttons to light up a sequence of red LEDs and the score keeper needs to count the number of LEDs to work out the score.
It worked fine, except for the fact that the buttons’ contacts wear out, and some of them lost their knobs (to be fair, one cannot expect these small buttons to last more than 25 years)…
Some time ago I decided that we need to move to the real digital era (using LEDs does not make you at the forefront of the digital era). I sat down and write up a specification of what I would like to have in the ideal judging system. I knew a person who is full time in the electronics business and convinced him to develop a system based on my specifications. Unfortunately, he had to continue his normal daytime job and this project dragged on for quite some time. At some point we did have a prototype but it could not do everything in my specification yet. Eventually he told me that he does not have the time to finish the project.
I was very disappointed and had to find an alternative. Over a cup of coffee a friend of mine - Jannie de Beer – convinced me that we could just as well do it ourselves. (Jannie is a sucker for a challenge!) The Other Project was born! (We named it The Other Project because both of us were quite involved in full time projects, The Other Project had to be done in between).
Not only did Jannie do a good job in working out the electronics layout based on one of the latest PIC micro controllers, he also managed to outsource most of the work to the South African market leaders in the field (like BOSCO for the printed circuit boards), making sure that the system is based and developed to last a very long time.
The Other Project is a Judging Control System and Scoring Application to automate a typical club (or salon) photo judging event.The main features of the system are as follows:
- Add Filter option to filter Senior and Junior Stargradings in seperate groups.
- Fix a problem when using on a system with Windows Enlarge fonts (125% 150% windows scaling).
- Note: TOP 188.8.131.52 requires Microsoft Dot Net 4.5 or higher in order to facilitate the desktop scaling functionality.
- Add audio comment recording and playback. (Read the manual for instructions on how to use.)
- Add option to specify custom calibration test images (requested by PSA). The PSSA calibration test images are still included but may be removed.
- PDF help files were updated. Available from within TOP from the help menu.