in past 3 years i had alot of fun to develop for picochess. But as i said on google forum already my private situation has changed. For this reason i now decided to stop developing picochess (for free). But there is light on the horizon. Jean Francois Romang (the former leader of this project) told us that he will continue my work. You can see his ideas here.
I will develop picochess in my own way from now on. I already did release 0.9P and 0.9Q. For all of you interested what the difference between v0.9Q to 0.9N is: well, here is a short list in history order:
- update engines
- bugfix on hint move on “castle move”
- Menu refactor Update Menu / Logfile out of system menu
- Bugfix setpieces at “newgame”
- Speaker names in capital too
- fix #266 “Speech output calls checkmate twice”
- bugfix leaving update menu
- remove remote mode
- bugfix beeps (esp on analysis modes beeps like hell) – terrible bug ;-(
- new beep level “error” can be turned on/off on its own
- display LAN moves (for example: “Ng1xf3” instead of “Nf3”) on (non XL) clock
- “noscore” in capital too
- better handling of eBoard errors
- bugfix “update picochess” not always find the newest version
- various voice improvements and “update” texts
- “eMail_log” text improvements
- new RaspPi3+ files
- let picochess also run on windows
- test for iNet in update menu
- test for ini file problems (dont crush anymore)
- new parameter “network wait”
- zurichess using the same level order as the other engines
- on rotated boards set the origin to prevent problems with middle button
- prevent problems with missing engines.ini file
- bugfix on exit “update menu” (time)
- display “takeback” only on non-menu clocks
- on shutdown/reboot dont display eBoard-errors
- exchange some XL chars
- better combined ponder display
- update several engines (again)
Also i implement a multi-clock usage. For long y can have more as 1 clock for example a DGT-Pi and a DGT-3000. Both clocks were in sync with each other. So, if y press one button on a DGTPI the DGT-3000 also change its display. The version 0.9P makes each clock independent from the others (incl. the webserver clock). I mainly use this to get inside the menu on one clock and the other clock still available for short info like “position value”, “best move” etc. As y see this list is only until v0.9Q you might noticed that i continued to develop even better versions in meantime 😉
Despite this i also implement a license system. The versions >0.9N (from me) are now bound to a DGT e-Board. That also means, y can install picochess on as many RaspberryPi / DGTPi as y want (for sure, the software only working on this licensed chess board) or y can sell yr DGTBoard and give the software to the new e-Board owner. In later case the file stays as it is, since its working – but i dont offer a “changed user update license” service. To get a (full) working picochess y need to be a member of my club and you need to provide some infos like “DGT board ID” & “your license nickname” to me. Right now i have 3 sorts of licenses. Two are valid for a special time frame (the member time) and one is valid for a special version (no time limit). They work as follows:
Available from month/quarter plan. You need to get your RaspberryPi with a working internet connection during usage. As long the buyed time is not used out, picochess will operate in a full mode. If the time is out or y still not asked me for a license file picochess will allow to play 15moves and “setup position” is deactivated (=try mode). Same if y loose the iNet connection (=limit mode). These modes are displayed on clock once the status is changed, so for example if y just lost your iNet connection y get a message. As long y have a valid subscription plan y can get all updates of picochess, so the newest picochess release will work and every version before too.
Available from years plan only. This version doesnt need a working iNet connection during usage. Your license is for a version available during yr subscription time. As long y are inside this time y can get the newest version you want. As soon the time is out, this newest version will continue to work forever – you just cant get newer versions. As the name already implies this license is only valid for this version y asked for. So, if y update to a newer version during yr subscription time, y need a new license file from me too. Please understand that i cant always change your license file(s) during the year (not speaking for the last one) in case a new version is released. I think 4 versions a year should be enough – but i might update yr license more often if my time allows this (fair use!).
This license systems i had to implement to protect myself. Sorry, if y not happy – but i hope y can understand me. Due to this license system picochess will only work on RaspberryPi & DGTPi.
To be with me on the newest versions of picochess y need to be a member of picochess.com club. Right now i offer 3 subscription plans. You can decide how long y want to be a member (the longer, the cheaper): for 1 month (6€), for 3months (15€) or for 1 year (54€) counted from the day y signed in (so for example if y signed in on 17th Aug for a quarter plan its valid until 17th Nov – same for the other plans). This is a one time payment means no further charge after the time is over, so you have to get active again to stay in club. Especially if y decide for a years plan you get extra features the month/quarter plan dont have – thats mainly cause i want to build a group of people addicted to picochess not to make money. Speaking about “club”: I hope y post questions on this webpage (if y cant speak english, y can use german too as long its on the protected part!) not send me direct eMails so all can benefit from answers, thanks. From time to time i will also post articles, y can only see if y such member. Decide yourself if y enjoy the fully working 0.9N version or go ahead with me to new borders. To get such subscription please go to the bottom of any page (“Register” section).
For the quarter/year plan y can request a refund if y have never asked me for a license file during the subscription time (no exceptions)! By requesting a refund your account is deactivated and a handling fee (5,90€) plus an usage fee (for each started week your subscription is running 2,10€) is charged. This means at least 8€ so please think first, if y want a subscription.
Im sorry that i need to write such things – i thinked that should be clear – since my idea with these subscriptions was to build friends of picochess. If y make any protected software and/or protected text public available, crack protected software or ask others to do so, your account is forfeited (without money refund). Depending on the situation i might even block y for your lifetime and more (like lawsuit). Im very serious for this! Please respect my software is not for free. This is all about “fair use” so please be as nice as i am, okay?
I wrote this post cause some people dont understand what the new way of picochess is. I hope this text makes it abit clearer for all of you. If y have any questions please ask here. Thanks.