Sure-Path Desktop Viewer - User Guide
The Sure-Path Desktop Viewer is a Windows application which can store, retrieve and display slalom and jump boat path passes created using the Sure-Path system. The application utilises a desktop database and therefore does not store anything in the cloud.
Storing Passes in the Database
Passes are stored via two methods:
- If you run the Sure-Path Judging application during tournament, it will automatically save all received passes to the database without any further user intervention.
- Pass files can be exported from the Sure-Path rover phone to the Desktop Viewer application. This process transfers all the files for one day at a time as a batch to the desktop using the following procedure:
- Ensure both the Rover phone and the Desktop Viewer computer are both on the same WiFi network.
- In the Desktop Viewer, open the File menu and ensure the "Listen for Imports" item is checked.
- On the Rover phone, go to Boat Lane Mode (slalom or jump) and use the "Load..." button at the lower left to select a date. You don't need to actually load a pass file.
- On the Rover phone, open the menu and select "Send to Desktop Viewer". All passes for the selected date will be transferred to the database. The transfer is not the quickest so please be patient.
Viewing Individual Passes
Files stored in the database are listed in the Desktop Viewer in the table at the lower left of the screen. There are columns showing date, driver, athlete and rope length. Clicking on any row in the listing will display the pass data in the central area of the screen. The graphic display can be scrolled up and down in exactly the same way as in the Rover app itself. The deviations summary of the pass is also displayed on the right, very similar to that shown in the Judging application.
Limiting the Number of Rows
As the database grows in size, the time taken to display a large number of rows can become annoyingly long. This is especially true of older slower PCs. You can use the "Max Rows" selector to limit the number of rows displayed to a value that keeps the application responsive.
Listing a Subset of Passes
At the upper left of the screen, the database can be filtered to limit the view to a subset of rows. Use the check boxes to enable/disable a particular filter. If a filter is changed, click the "Refresh" button to apply the filter and display the new subset.
If using the filters based on entered text ("Event Code, Athlete or Driver), the filter is NOT case sensitive and is also "partial", ie wildcards are automatically put at the front and end of any text entered. Thus, entering "lath" into the Driver filter will bring up all passes where the driver name contains "lath", eg "Lathrop", "Lather" or "Wallather".
To facilitate transferring pass data from one desktop application to another, data can be exported to a Sure-Path "transfer file" format. This is done from the File-Export menu. Once exported, the file can be copied to another desktop and imported (from the File-Import menu).
In a future release, data will also be able to be exported as a CSV file (comma separated values) which can be read by a variety of software applications such as MS Excel.
Note that if a Filter is active, only those passes currently listed will be exported. This is obviously useful say if at the end of a competition, the organiser is willing for the drivers to take with them the data applicable to themselves for further review.
Once data has been exported in Sure-Path transfer format, it can be imported to another copy of the Viewer on another PC.