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(1) Posted by Kevin Begley [Friday, Sep 9, 2011 23:41]; edited by Kevin Begley [11-09-09]

PDB acquired by Schwalbe?


Some interesting changes on PDB: http://www.softdecc.com/pdb/index.pdb

There is a major change in name/layout.
Functionally, only the animation arrows seem to have changed (now replaced by stepping through the solution directly).
[caution: this change does not seem to work for many fairy elements (which used to be animated), and otherwise requires some patience.]
 
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(2) Posted by Siegfried Hornecker [Saturday, Sep 10, 2011 03:23]; edited by Siegfried Hornecker [11-09-10]

http://www.softdecc.com/pdb/article.pdb?idx=1

Schwalbe president Hans Gruber comments:
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Die Schwalbe, deutsche Vereinigung für Problemschach, deren zentraler Zweck gemäß ihrer Satzung darin besteht, das Problemschach zu fördern, sieht die Unterstützung aller notwendigen Arbeiten an einer nicht-kommerziellen, allgemein zugänglichen, digitalisierten Schachproblem-Sammlung als eine ihrer wichtigsten Aufgaben neben der Publikation neuer Kompositionen an. Daher ist sie gern bereit, die bisher in bemerkenswerter Eigeninitiative von Gerd Wilts aufgebaute und ständig erweiterte und gepflegte PDB offiziell zu einer von der Schwalbe geförderten Aktivität umzuwandeln und damit Verantwortung für ihren materiellen und ideellen Fortbestand zu übernehmen. Dafür, dass Gerd Wilts bereit ist, in ehrenamtlicher Funktion unbefristet weiter für die Entwicklung der PDB Sorge zu tragen, danke ich ihm im Namen aller Schwalbe-Mitglieder ausdrücklich und herzlich.


In English like this (my translation might not be completely accurate):
Die Schwalbe [..] whose central objective [..] consists of the promotion/funding of chess composition, regards the support of all necessary work on a noncommercial, publically accessible, digitalised chess problem collection as one of its most important purposes next to the publication of new compositions. For this reason it readily converts the in a remarkable initiative of Gerd Wilts created and always updated and extended PDB into an officially by the Schwalbe supported activity and thereby take responsibility for its material and ideational continuity. For his willingness to further develop the PDB perpetually on a voluntary base, in the name of all Schwalbe members I thank him explicitly and heartily.
 
 
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(3) Posted by Dan Meinking [Saturday, Sep 10, 2011 19:30]

Seems like a good move! I wonder if any forum readers might be willing to translate the entire "Preface" into English? Would be nice to have that posted on the PDB home page as well.
 
   
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(4) Posted by Kevin Begley [Saturday, Sep 10, 2011 20:37]

@Dan,

The Goggle Chrome web-browser provides a fairly good auto-translation.
Also, you can try: http://translate.google.com/
 
 
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(5) Posted by Harry Fougiaxis [Friday, Sep 16, 2011 11:40]

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Functionally, only the animation arrows seem to have changed (now replaced by stepping through the solution directly).
[caution: this change does not seem to work for many fairy elements (which used to be animated), and otherwise requires some patience.]

With all due respect to the PDB developers, this new feature is extremely annoying. If you make the mistake and move your mouse pointer to the solution text, you are trapped in an endless loop where the moves play one after the other automatically and even if you click somewhere else, the focus remains on the solution text and the initial diagram is of course screwed up. Unless I miss something obvious, this is a nightmare. Imho, the animation arrows were much better.
 
 
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(6) Posted by Steven Dowd [Saturday, Sep 17, 2011 05:11]

The ability to view new problems with a click also seems to be lost. I used to use this often to find new problems to proof, but now this is more difficult.
 
   
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(7) Posted by Steven Dowd [Sunday, Sep 18, 2011 17:29]

I see animation buttons have returned, and one can now view new problems "since yesterday" with a click. But that really needs to be increased to "since last week" and "last four weeks" since "since yesterday" doesn't extend far enough back.
 
   
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(8) Posted by Olaf Jenkner [Sunday, Sep 18, 2011 22:18]

Click after "Since today" at "home", the query-inputbox appears

CREATIONDATE>=20110917

and you can change the date easily.

Olaf
 
   
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(9) Posted by Steven Dowd [Monday, Sep 19, 2011 00:18]

Yes, I know that Olaf, but it is still simpler to access everything with just one click. I already knew how to access other dates using that command. But others might not.
 
   
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(10) Posted by Dan Meinking [Wednesday, Sep 21, 2011 04:25]

Restoring the "play-through" buttons for each problem is a good thing.

One more suggestion: for general search results, make each Pnnnnnnn reference a link to that specific problem, as if the user had entered the criteria PROBID='Pnnnnnnn'. And, in the link-text, use the %27 string rather than literal single-quotes ('), like this...

http://www.softdecc.com/pdb/search.pdb?expression=PROBID=%27P0556267%27

... rather than this...

http://www.softdecc.com/pdb/search.pdb?expression=PROBID='P0556267'

... since the latter form can cause problems for some browsers.
 
   
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(11) Posted by Siegfried Hornecker [Wednesday, Sep 21, 2011 05:50]

As is seen at the problem you linked, the replay mode sadly doesn't always work fine with pinned pieces.
 
   
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(12) Posted by Frank Richter [Wednesday, Sep 21, 2011 07:53]

No, the move is given unprecisely, it should be 1.Sec3.
 
   
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(13) Posted by Siegfried Hornecker [Wednesday, Sep 21, 2011 13:43]; edited by Siegfried Hornecker [11-09-21]

While the notation is fixed now, the replay is not...

EDIT: You're right, at some point I disabled deleting data (like the Cache) on closing of Firefox because I was afraid it'd delete the Flash cookies. It all works fine now.
 
   
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(14) Posted by Frank Richter [Wednesday, Sep 21, 2011 13:53]

Its all OK.
Need for cache clearing?
 
 
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