- Windows 2003, Windows 2008, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, or Windows 8
- Internet Explorer 7.0 or later. Internet Explorer does not need to be your primary (default) browser, but it must be installed or The Tournament Director will not function. * Beta versions of Internet Explorer are not supported and will most likely not work!
- Windows Media Player 7 or later. Windows Media Player does not need to be your primary (default) media player, but it must be installed in order for Tournament Director sounds to play
- 1024x768 screen size or greater. Although smaller screen sizes will work, The Tournament Director is designed for 1024x768
- 1GHz processor speed or higher is highly recommended
Make sure to check any Spam or Bulk email folders you might have. Your email system may have incorrectly identified the email containing the license as spam.
Although delivery usually occurs within a few hours, please allow up to 24 hours for delivery. If you have not received your license within 24 hours, you should email firstname.lastname@example.org.
24 hours?! Really? Yes, but this is only in the most extreme cases. The vast majority of orders are processed pretty quickly. And you're always free to email email@example.com any time you like to check on the status of an order.
If you email firstname.lastname@example.org and do not receive a response to your email within 24 hours, then it is likely there is a problem with email delivery to the email address you have provided. In other words, I have most likely attempted to respond to your email, but the email I send is being returned as undeliverable. In this case, since I have no way to contact you, you should visit the forums, create an account, and send a private message to the user Corey Cooper (from the forums, click the Members List link at the bottom of the page, find the user Corey Cooper and click on it, then click the Send personal message link under Actions on the left). This will allow us to communicate and work out the email problem.
COMMERCIAL licenses may be installed on a single PC only. Individual, unique commercial licenses are necessary for each PC on which The Tournament Director will be installed.
If you are in doubt as to your particular situation, please email email@example.com.
COMMERCIAL license holders are entitled to the latest available version of the software at any time.
The Tournament Director software version has 3 components: the major version, the minor version, and the patch level. Version 2.0 of the software has a major version of 2, a minor version of 0, and a patch level of 0 (the patch level is omitted when 0). Therefore, the purchaser of a license for version 2.0 would be entitled to use versions 2.1, 2.1.1, 2.2, 2.3, etc. An increase in major version may (or may not) incur an upgrade fee, should such a version ever become available.
The patch level is typically increased for a release that contains
only fixes for outstanding bugs.
The minor version is typically increased for a release that contains feature enhancements.
The major version is typically increased for a release that contains significant new functionality.
The author reserves the right to increment the software version at any time for any reason.
Data Stores are a new feature added to The Tournament Director in version 2.5.6. Prior to this version, The Tournament Director stored all of its data in the folder in which the software is installed (typically "C:\Program Files\The Tournament Director 2"). This is considered a bad practice, and therefore, starting with version 2.5.6, The Tournament Director stores its data outside of the install folder.
See the Data Stores section of the included user manual for full information on the Data Stores feature.
When you upgrade the software from version 2.5.4 or earlier, it may appear that your player database and saved tournament files, etc, have disappeared. This is because the software is now utilizing the Data Store feature, and is simply looking in a different location on your computer's hard drive for the data.
To "recover" your data, select the link below appropriate for the version of Windows you are using and follow the directions on the page.
|Windows XP||Windows Vista or Windows 7|
- You are not using the latest version of the software. Download the latest version.
- You are not logged in as a user with Administrator privileges. If so, try logging in (to Windows) as a user with Administrator privileges and re-running the software. Also, you can try right-clicking on The Tournament Director shortcut and selecting "Run as administrator".
- You changed your PC's system clock after exiting The Tournament Director software the first time. This can sometimes trigger a premature end to the evaluation period. Unfortunately, this cannot be reversed. Only a valid license will unlock the software at this point.
- You have anti-virus or anti-spyware software (or perhaps some other software) running that is preventing The Tournament Director software from accessing the Windows registry. The software stores the license in the registry, and if it cannot be accessed, it defaults to unlicensed mode with the evaluation period expired. Restoring access to the registry should fix the problem.
Theoretically, there is no limit to the number of players that can enter your tournament. Realistically, the number of players that can be handled depends on your computer. It is recommended that you run a mock tournament beforehand to assess your computer's capabilities.
If you have since busted other players out, your rankings will no longer be accurate. You can fix this by using the Adjust Rankings dialog, which you can open by pressing the Adjust Rankings button on the Players tab.
If you are using version 3.2 or later, you can press the Set Dealer Buttons on the Player Movement dialog, quickly set the dealer button locations and then press the OK button. The player movement will be recomputed using the dealer button placement and a new player movement suggestion will be displayed immediately (if necessary).
This restriction has been removed in version 3.0. Tokens may be any mix of upper- and lowercase letters. Attributes of tokens must still be entirely lowercase.
The <tdbutton> token is used to accomplish this. See the Layout Tab section of the user manual for information on using tokens in your layout.
If this player hasn't participated in any tournaments, then this is all you will need to do. However, if this player has participated in any tournaments, you should follow these steps in re-adding the player to your database:
- Load a previously saved tournament in which this player participated (the player just needs to be listed on the Players tab; it does not matter whether or not the player ever actually bought-in to the tournament)
- Go to the Players tab
- Double-click the player. On the Edit Game Player dialog just under the player's name should be a note that the player is not in the player database
- Press the Add To DB button to add the player to the database
Each player in your player database has an internal unique identifier. By adding the player from an existing tournament, you are re-adding the player to your database using the same unique identifier that the player had before he/she was deleted from the database. This will ensure the player added to the database will "match" the same player in any other saved tournament files.
If either database player "Bob" or "Bobby" has not played in any tournament, then you can simply delete that database player. However, if both have played in tournaments, then you still have references to two different players in your saved tournaments, and statistics for this player will not be accurate (they will be split among the two database players).
Currently, there is no automatic method of merging two database players.
To manually merge a database player, follow these steps:
- Assuming our above example, we'll merge players "Bob" and "Bobby" (more specifically, we'll merge the player "Bob" into the player "Bobby"). First, delete the database player "Bob"
- For each of your saved tournaments in which this player participated, do the following:
- Load the saved tournament
- Go to the Players tab
- Double-click the player "Bob". On the Edit Game Player dialog just under the player's name should be a note that the player is not in the player database
- Press the Merge button
- On the Merge Player dialog, select the player "Bobby" and press the OK button
- Press the OK button on the Edit Game Player dialog
- Go back to the Game tab and save the tournament
This will change all references in your tournaments from the player "Bob" to the player "Bobby".
A script on this page is causing Internet Explorer to run slowly. If it continues to run, your computer may become unresponsive. Do you want to abort the script?
This warning appears because The Tournament Director is performing a lot of computation, but Internet Explorer (the host program of The Tournament Director) mistakenly thinks The Tournament Director has entered an infinite loop from which it will not return. Always press NO if you receive this dialog, so that The Tournament Director will continue with the current operation.
Because The Tournament Director runs in a virtual machine inside of Internet Explorer, it is subject to Internet Explorer's control. This warning dialog is actually a proactive move by Internet Explorer to prevent a poorly-written script from entering an infinite loop. To detect this type of behavior, Internet Explorer simply counts the number of instructions that are executed for a code section, and if a pre-defined threshold is reached, it allows the user to terminate the script. Unfortunately, this threshold can easily be reached when a computationally intensive task is performed. This warning dialog is therefore a "false-positive", and can safely be ignored.
You may also see this warning if you leave a modal dialog open for an extended amount of time. Again, this is an innocuous warning and can be ignored. (A modal dialog is a dialog which assumes focus of the application, and focus cannot return to the main application window until the dialog is closed. A "confirm dialog", a dialog which asks you a yes or no question, is an example of a modal dialog. You cannot perform any other functions with The Tournament Director while a confirm dialog is open until you answer "Yes" or "No" to the dialog.)
Another way to correct this is to use the Layout Scaling feature (version 3.2 and later). This feature can scale a layout designed for a larger screen size down to the actual screen size. See the Optimal Size and Scaling section of the user manual for more information.
- Lock the screen when the screen you wish to see is displayed. You can lock the screen by pressing Ctrl+L. Use Ctrl+L to unlock the screen after it has been locked.
- Remove the additional screens from the layout's screen sets. On the Layout tab, press the Screen Sets button. On the Screen Sets dialog, delete all of the screen sets except for the Default screen set. Then, delete each screen from the Default screen set that you do not wish to be displayed.
Displays the number of tables and the current number of players at each table.
Displays what the optimally balanced table layout would be, based on the number of players currently in the tournament, and tables of the same size. It is not based on the tables you have configured in the Tables tab of the Settings window.
Displays a diagram of the tables, in a format similar to the Seating Chart Screen.
In versions of The Tournament Director prior to 2.0, the <tables> token was the only available token for displaying your table layout and current seating. This token did not necessarily reflect the actual layout of your tables. Because The Tournament Director only allowed tables of the same size, and mandated table moves, it generally did reflect this. However, if you did not use The Tournament Director's track seating feature, this token only reflected what it thought the table layout should be.
In most cases, if you would like the display the table layout in the same manner as earlier versions of The Tournament Director, you'll want to change the <tables> token to <currenttables> in the layouts you use.
<img src="C:\pictures\money.gif" border="0">
A broken image usually occurs because the path to the image, specified with the src attribute, is invalid. Check that this path is correct first.
When using the Insert Image button on the Cell dialog, the path to the image will be inserted automatically, and will be relative if the image file is located within The Tournament Director's installation folder, and it will be absolute if it is located elsewhere. Both relative and absolute paths are acceptable.
However, you should save your image files in the Data Store folder and use the <datastore> token to reference images. Doing this ensures your layout is portable. For example:
<img src="<datastore>\images\money.gif" border="0">
Generally, The Tournament Director will attempt to move players to achieve balanced tables as players bust out of the tournament. However, table movements are not required, so there are a two ways to handle this.
First, just ignore the player movement suggestions (press Don't move anyone each time the dialog presents itself).
Second, turn off the player movement suggestions. On the Tables tab, press the Settings button. On the Tables Settings dialog, uncheck Automatically suggest player movements.
You can always initiate player movement suggestion at any time by pressing Ctrl+T from the Game Window. You can also press the Suggest Movement button on the Tables tab or the Controls tab. When only one player remains at every table, initiate a player movement suggestion and The Tournament Director will move your players for you.
n - r + 1 - nr
Change it to:
max(0, n - r + 1 - nr)
See the General Options section of the user manual for more information on formula functions.
On the old computer:
- Start The Tournament Director application
- In the Settings window, select the Database tab
- Press the Backup button
- Check each item on the Backup Files dialog (Database, Saves folder, Templates folder, Preferences, etc)
- Press OK
- Enter a name for the backup file, or accept the supplied name. Please make a note of where the backup file is being saved! You will need to locate it in order to move it to your new computer.
- Close The Tournament Director application
Copy the backup file from the old computer to the new computer. There are a number of ways to do this. If the two computers are on the same network, the file can be copied by sharing drives between the two computers. The file can be "burned" to a CD. A USB drive (aka thumb drive or aka flash drive) can be used. The backup file can be emailed to yourself. Or a service such as Dropbox can be used.
Make a note of where you have saved the backup file on the new computer.
On the new computer:
- Download The Tournament Director software and install it. Make sure you install the same "major" version of the software. If you are using version 3 on the "old" computer, download and install the latest version 3 (download). If you are using version 2 on the "old" computer, download and install the latest version 2 (download).
- Start The Tournament Director application
- In the Settings window, select the Database tab
- Press the Restore button
- Press the Browse... button
- Browse to the folder in which you saved the backup file and select the backup file
- Press OK
- In the Settings window, select the Database tab
- Press the Backup button
- Check each item on the Backup Files dialog (Database, Saves folder, Templates folder, Preferences; optionally select Images folder, Sounds folder, and Receipts folder)
- Press OK
- Enter a name for the backup file, or accept the supplied name. A ZIP file will be created containing your data files.
- Start The Tournament Director software
- Press Ctrl+Alt+Shift+V (hold down the Ctrl, Alt, and Shift keys and then press the V key). This will open the System Information dialog
- Look for the Repo Folder line
- If you are using The Tournament Director version 3, you can right-click this line and select Explorer folder. If you are using version 2, you'll need to open Windows Explorer (you can do this by pressing Windows+E) and navigate manually
- In the Repo Folder, you should see a folder named db. Rename this folder. It doesn't matter what you name it, as long as you change its name from db
- Exit The Tournament Director software
- Start The Tournament Director software again; when it restarts, it will look for the db folder, and upon not finding it will create a new, empty database
Note: the reason you want to rename the db folder instead of deleting it is in case you later change your mind and want your original database back.
Additionally, uninstalling either version will not affect the other. That is, after you install version 3, if you decide to uninstall version 2, it will not affect version 3 (unless you've installed version 3 in the same folder as version 2, which is not the default selection).
HOWEVER, both versions will use the same Data Store. Version 3 has new file formats, and will automatically convert existing data files into the new format when those files are saved. Version 3 files formats are not compatible with version 2. So you should create a backup of your data before you use version 3. This cannot be stressed enough. If you decide to stay with version 2, you can restore your data from the backup.
If you do uninstall the software first, your license information will be removed and you will need to enter it again after installing the new version.
Installing the latest version will not affect your database, preferences, or saved tournaments or templates. But you should still always take a backup of your data.
Both versions DO use the same Data Store (where your saved tournaments, players, etc, are saved), but the Data Store is never modified during an install or an uninstall.
You should still always take a backup of your data before uninstalling.
If you will be using the software to run a tournament somewhere that you will not have internet access and want to ensure the software will not prompt you to validate your license, simply start up The Tournament Director software while connected to the internet and the software should silently validate the license. Then, you should be good to go offline for at least several weeks. If you want to be absolutely certain, right-click anywhere within the software and select About The Tournament Director. This opens the About dialog. While the About dialog is open, press Ctrl+V. This should open a dialog with explicit information on validation of your license.
An example of using the software to directly generate revenue: you are hosting a tournament that costs $50 to enter, $45 of which goes into the pot and $5 you pocket (or use to rent the venue, or use to rent or buy supplies for the tournament).
An example of using the software to indirectly generate revenue: you are hosting a free tournament at a bar or pub. (In this example, the bar or pub would indirectly profit through the tournament bringing potential customers into the bar.)
(Revenue does not refer to money paid out from the pot of a tournament; revenue refers to money "raked" from a tournament, or a "vig", or other fees collected from participants, establishment, or other related entities.)
Using a non-commercial license when a commercial license is required is a violation of the licensing terms of the software, and a violation of US and international copyright law, and is subject to license termination without refund, and possible fines and penalties.
If you have questions concerning licensing, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Version 3 personal licenses are perpetual and do not expire. They may be used for as long as you like.
Version 3 commercial licenses are are typically valid for a one year period. They must be renewed when they expire in order to continue using The Tournament Director software.
On May 12, 2015, Microsoft released another security update for Internet Explorer named KB3049563, or MS15-043. This update included KB3038314 (MS15-032), and so affected users who had uninstalled KB3038314 once again experienced the same slowing issue. Again, for those affected, the only known fix at the time was to uninstall this update.
On June 9, 2015, Microsoft released another security update for Internet Explorer named KB3058515, or (MS15-056). This update includes a specific fix for the slowing issue caused by KB3038314.
Most affected users will receive the fix for this issue, update KB3058515, automatically via Windows Update. If you are still experiencing this issue, please see the following forums topic: http://www.thetournamentdirector.net/forums/index.php?topic=5015.0