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SudoCue Release 3.0.0 (Beta)
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Ruud
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 13, 2007 1:26 am    Post subject: SudoCue Release 3.0.0 (Beta) Reply with quote

You may have noticed that I did not spend a lot of time on the forum lately. My apologies. I have been tied up between a very demanding daytime job and writing a new release for SudoCue.

These changes were implemented:

Yes Fetch all daily puzzles from 5 popular websites.

Yes Build your own sudoku collections.
- Save in sdm format.
- Paste append
- Paste replace
- Append from other file
- Delete puzzle from file

Yes New variant implemented: Clover Sudoku (Asterisk + Windoku)

Yes Improvements in the UI:
- New menu styles
- New Windows visual style support
- More graphics
- Compact mode
- Minimize to system tray

No Version 1.1 of the Framework no longer supported. You need version 2.0
No DLX and Status dialogs removed.

Yes Performance of generator can be configured by the user.
Yes Restore Defaults button added to Generator settings.

Yes More ways to load puzzles into the program:
- Drag & drop puzzle files or strings onto the program.
- Paste strings with multiple puzzles into the program

Yes Canonicalize a puzzle or an entire puzzle collection.

Yes "Would you like to tell Ruud about this problem?" when an unexpected error pops up.
Yes several minor improvements and fixes which I forgot to record.


DISCLAIMER: This is a beta version. By installing and using this program you agree to become a voluntary SOFTWARE TESTER.

Download it from the vault: http://www.sudokuvault.com/SudoCueV300.msi

Gimme some feedback if I messed up...

Narrow Now I need some rest...

Ruud
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 13, 2007 2:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

OH, WOW!!!! This all sounds VERY cool! I'm eager to try it! It'll have to wait until tomorrow at the earliest, though--I was up WAAAY too late last night dealing with DS20 and his girlfriend issues.

Ruud, hope you're now getting some well-deserved rest!
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 13, 2007 4:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Either I'm doing something wrong, or Sudocue has lost the ability to save a game progress file (.sdx), although it can still read from them. (FWIW, I was trying to adjust and save the pencil marks in the overlapping boxes of the five grids of a Samurai for later printing.) If I open an existing .sdx file, the "Save" option is greyed out, and "Save As" gives me only the option to save the original puzzle (clues only--no candidates), as an .sdk file. I can save the candidates to an .sdx file using the "Copy Marks" option, but it's a lot more hassle (opening a Notepad file, pasting the marks, then navigating to the correct path and saving the file).

Also, you might want to update the year in the copyright notice under "About". Smile
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 14, 2007 4:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If I download using
File>Open WWW>(Any of the sites),
and then try to Open another puzzle (using File>Open), I obtain the following error:

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 14, 2007 6:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you both for the feedback.

Both problems have been fixed. I did not have the invalid file name problem because I use a dash as date separator. I changed the program so it replaces slashes in the date.

I also changed the "about" dialog. Wink

The new installer is at the same address.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2007 4:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Ruud,

It is nice to see a new version of my favorite program available. Thanks for adding the clover variant.

If you have time, can you modify the printed versions of the asterisk, center dot, and clover puzzles to show the special cells like the other variants? This would be really helpful for those of us who take the puzzles with us without our computer.

Ruud, as you know I use Win 98 SE. I notice the new version loads more slowly than the earlier version. I wonder if this is a framework 2 issue. Until tonight, I had been using an earlier version of framework.

Regards,
George
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2007 2:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ruud,

Second Comment:


One thing I noticed is that when a smaller size for the SudoCue grid is chosen, some of the right hand menu items are not displayed (like Extra and Help). Now, since I set the size to the smallest setting, I cannot get the Extra menu item back to change the size back.

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George
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2007 5:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Your printing suggestion is already on my list, but it didn't make it into this release.

I think it is the combination of Framework 2.0 and Win98 that causes the performance problems. Later versions of the framework are optimized for recent versions of Windows. For example, for Vista you need Framework 3.0, which seems to run poorly on Windows XP. Time for an upgrade, George Smile

About the menu problem:

I considered removing the smallest sized because of that problem, but there is a workaround:

Press Ctrl+B to switch to compact mode.
Right-click the mouse anywhere outside the grid to open the menu.

Ruud.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2007 5:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Ruud,

Thanks for the remarks and the workaround. I was really hoping the printer item would have made the list. Maybe the next release, then.

Take care,
George
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 17, 2007 2:53 pm    Post subject: Symmetry Reply with quote

Hi Ruud,

The symmetry of the puzzle is no longer displayed.
Solving Rounds is missing as well.

I would like them back, if you could?

Thanks!
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 17, 2007 3:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This grid,

Code:
8 . 3|. . 4|. 9 7
. . 9|7 . .|. . .
. 1 .|3 8 .|. . .
-----+-----+-----
. . .|. . .|4 2 .
. . .|8 4 3|. . .
. 9 6|. . .|. . .
-----+-----+-----
. . .|. 5 8|. 4 .
. . .|. . 6|8 . .
1 7 .|4 . .|5 . 9


generated using ver 3, cannot be copied and then pasted into SQ, version 3 nor 2.2.

It isn't a new bug, but it isn't corrected, either. Confused
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 17, 2007 5:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just got several "Out of Memory" errors while generating. I haven't seen that one before.

I did set backtracking to 6000.

SQ continued to run as I cleared the errors so it didn't crash, anyways. Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 17, 2007 8:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the input.

- Printing Asterisk & CenterDot now highlight the special cells. George -> Yes
- Print preview added (wanted to test the new print without wasting trees Wink )

- Symmetry and solving rounds back in view. They were "hidden" behind the new menu.

- Pasting error fixed. The sample has the same number of blanks and dots. This only happens with a 30-clue sudoku. Accidentally, SudoCue picked the blank as the "empty cell" character. It now prefers dots as it should. (add a single extra blank anywhere and you can also paste it in V2.2.

- PS (Perfect Sudoku) file formats (.txt) for regular and diagonal sudokus can now be opened.
- MPQ-Sudoku collection files (.sds) can now also be opened.

I could not replicate the "out-of-memory" error. Please beware that SudoCue requires a significant amount of memory for its template and tabling data.

New version in the vault

Ruud

PS: hey, my 500th post! cheers
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 18, 2007 12:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Ruud for the printing puzzle fix. It also is fixed for the clover variant as well. Print Preview works great as well.

Appreciate the quick response.

Regards,
George
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 18, 2007 10:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ruud wrote:
Thanks for the input.


- Symmetry and solving rounds back in view. They were "hidden" behind the new menu.



TY!!

Quote:

- Pasting error fixed. The sample has the same number of blanks and dots. This only happens with a 30-clue sudoku. Accidentally, SudoCue picked the blank as the "empty cell" character. It now prefers dots as it should. (add a single extra blank anywhere and you can also paste it in V2.2.


Not working, but it is changed.

Look at what happens!?

http://i11.tinypic.com/6615uv7.jpg
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