Do you ever have trouble getting your duplicates to run on
time? If so the Duplicate Bridge Movement Timer could be for you - you
will be amazed how well behaved players are when a machine tells them to move!
Bridge Timer runs on
any Windows 95 or later laptop or desktop computer and displays a clock that
runs down second by second to let everyone in the room see how long there is
left for the current round. With 2/3 minutes to go before the end a chime
sounds to warn everyone to hurry up and not start another board if they are not
on their last one:
Initial setup is done from the opening page -
select the number of rounds, number of boards per round and the warning time (a warning chime
sounds this long before the end of the round). You can edit both the
time per round and warning period to suit yourself. If you set a skip
then players see 'Skip move' at the appropriate time.
save will store these values and
automatically reuse them every time you open Bridge Timer. To save
defaults for 2, 3 4 & 5 board movements set up each one in turn then press
save. Do the one you use most often last then that will be the default
when you restart but you can get to the other times you have saved by
scrolling through the number of boards per round (range 2-5). You can
add an extra entry for a 1-off session if you wish by clicking the label
beside the number of rounds box.
- You can choose the
sound files you like best from the
the list I include in the installation file. You can also create you
own sounds - just use '.wav' format and put them in the Program files folder
used to install the Timer and the program will find them.
- Multi monitor option. If you want to
display the timer on one or more screens whilst working on another then connect
the extra monitors and set up an extended desktop and my program will
detect them when it starts. Right click on the desktop and select
display settings then extended desktop, or use the
Windows control panel & display options - settings. The timer will
auto detect if 2 or more monitors are present and will display a button
(see picture) that allows you to select which monitors the timer shows on. If
you display the timer on remote screen(s) in another room you can see what it
says and control it from a control panel that stays on the primary screen.
You can also change which monitors are in use after starting the Timer
from the control panel.
- Test the
volume by clicking the volume
button. If it is too quiet or too loud right clicking this button
opens the Windows volume control so you can reset the volume. If for
some reason the program can't find the volume control then you can open it
manually from the Windows control panel (start-settings) and clicking
'sounds and audio devices'.
- Once you start the timer it keeps going
continuously, sounding a warning and then the time to move sound. A
control panel - see below - is shown on your primary monitor to control the
timer. The left button starts the round number in the box or by right
clicking starts the next round. You can edit the number in the box.
- Resetting and editing the time for the
current round or pausing the timer can be done with the second button - left
click = pause or continue the timer, right click = restart the timer for the current round, or you can add/subtract minutes
or seconds to the current round by clicking the up/down buttons or the +/-
keys or PgUp/PgDn keys.
- Switch monitors
brings up the same menu as the settings screen so you can turn on or off any
monitor on your system which the timer is running.
- If you
do not like my sounds you can use your own -
just put your own .wav files in the installation folder. Note you must use
uncompressed wave files - it will not work if you use a compressed format
like MP3 or any others. The installation folder is 'C:\Program
Files (x86)\Bridge Timer' for 64 bit Windows or 'C:\Program Files\Bridge
Timer' for 32 bit.
- To exit the timer screens on all monitors button with a red 'X' on the
- 20 day trial version is available from here:
- Download full version for only £9.95 from my web site at
and check out some of my other software such as the hand dealer whilst you
are there. Enjoy your Bridge