picochess V0.80 – Christmas

After some time i released a new version “picochess v0.80” with its codename “Christmas”.

Why “Christmas”? Well, first its released as a gift to all the picochess lovers and secondly its made out of “Christ-mas” where “Christ” is also standing for “Christ-ine” 😉

Since its very early beginning the serial communication between picochess and the DGT hardware is based on the assumption that the serial bytes send are always valid. This is mainly true for the modern hardware from DGT but some people had strange errors with their USB-only hardware. I discussed this with DGT Technologies and we came up with a source code, where this assumption of valid packages is now verified. This leads to a better user expirence and was the main goal for developing this release.

Also i put out my old C knowledge and updated the engine code of Rodent II, to obey the path of books given inside as personalities. If you select “no-book” from picochess together with a given personality of Rodent II you will now get an answer following the internal Rodent II book system. Please keep in mind that in this case picochess won’t say “book” even its from Rodent2 book.

Finally the Rev2 bug with showing 4 LEDs is solved. This mainly happened during sliding of pieces.

Another big improvement of picochess is the massive update of voices. There my thanks going especially to C(h)ristine from DGT Technology. Picochess is now able to speak french, spanish and dutch which means, that now all menu languages are also available as move sounds.

This will be the last release for 2016. More to come in 2017. All of you i wish a happy new year.