Thursday, August 13, 2009

Sorting the Game List on Multiple Criteria

The game list in ChessPad 2 can be sorted on more than one criterium.
For example, it is possible to sort the game list first by White player, and then by Black player name. You do this by ctrl-clicking the additional criteria. In this case, first click the White column header, and then ctrl+click the Black column header. Ctrl+clicking will keep the already present sort criteria, and add or reverse the criterium for the clicked column header. The column's sort direction arrows get a number attached to indicate the order of the sort keys.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Using Crafty in ChessPad 2

First, get a version of Crafty. I downloaded Crafty 23.0 from Make sure the exe file is not blocked by Windows, unblock it if needed.

In ChessPad, go to the menu Database->Preferences->Engine, and click Add to add a new engine for ChessPad to use.

In the Engine Configuration window, type a name for the engine, and select the Crafty executable file. Also, set the engine type to the WB2 protocol.

That's basically what is needed to make Crafty usable in ChessPad.

Click OK to close this window.

Back in the Preferences window, under the available engines, select Crafty and click the right pointing bracket to start using the engine.

Click OK to close the Preferences window.

At the bottom of the ChessPad window, the engine control buttons are now visible:

  • A: Starts/stops analyzing (it shows what the engine is thinking)

  • P: Starts/stops play mode. After clicking it, the engine will respond to your next move

  • M!: Force the engine to make a move

If you want to close the engine panel, you can right-click on the name, and a menu will popup.

That's it.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Problem: ChessPad does not install the chess fonts

Sometimes the chess fonts with ChessPad do not install correctly. If you have this problem, it is easy to fix by installing them manually as follows:
  1. Open the ChessPad installation folder and go to the common subfolder. (In a default install it would be C:\Program Files\ChessPad2\common.)

  2. For Vista and later: Right-click each of the 4 font files (IS-TT-21.TTF, PRG55CHE.TTF, STCHESS.TTF, TBASEDIA.TTF) and click Install in the popup menu.

  3. For XP: Copy each of the 4 font files (IS-TT-21.TTF, PRG55CHE.TTF, STCHESS.TTF, TBASEDIA.TTF) into the windows Fonts folder (by default C:\Windows\Fonts). That will install them.

The next time you open ChessPad , it should use the chess fonts.