APA Schedule Converter

Introduction

Installation

Instructions

Troubleshooting

Feedback

Contact

Source

Billiard Grook

Introduction

This program runs on Windows. It is free.

It helps to answer the question that APA members always have:

“Where does my team play this week?”

The program takes the typical APA schedule which is very tricky to read and converts it to a collection of much clearer HTML tables. If you wish, the program can also transfer these tables to your APA league web site. APA members can request weekly email (or text message) reminders of where their team is playing. Here is the top of a team schedule:

This software was not commissioned by the APA nor is it officially sanctioned by it. It does, nonetheless, work very well by processing the schedules produced by the standard APA software used by all league operators.

Installation

Download the application here. It is 4 megabytes in size. It is a standard Microsoft installation file. Double click to install it. Accept all of the defaults - Next, Next, Install, and Finish.

You will see a desktop icon that looks like a #6 billiard ball.

Instructions

  1. Generate your league's schedules with your APA software as usual. Put each division in a separate PDF and place the schedules in a subfolder by themselves.
  2. Launch the application from the desktop icon.
  3. Enter your league name and the league website.
  4. Use the 'Browse' button to navigate to the subfolder of the schedules.
    Click on the little plus sign to open a folder.
  5. Click on the 'Convert' button. The status line (right above the 3 buttons) will tell you how many schedules it converted.
  6. Choose the 'View' button to view the resulting HTML schedules.
  7. You have three choices for publishing the schedules in the new format:

    Manual

    FTP

    External

  8. Share the web address for the converted schedules with the league members. Put a link to it at various places on your site. Tell the members about the email (or text message) reminders.
  9. Inform the billiard hall owners about the calendar of tallies for their host site (see the second table at the top of the first page). This will help them plan for how many tables they'll need to provide each league match night.
  10. Finally, for APA Schedule Converter Power Users, note that the 6 balls on the left hand side of the pool-table-styled dialog can be refreshed with control-R. Why not have some fun?

Troubleshooting

Here we list the few things that can go wrong along with possible remedies.

Converting

Publishing

Member Feedback

Liz:
Since signing up for the email reminders, I have the peace of mind
knowing that the latest info is being sent to me. I no longer have to
worry about being at the wrong location.

Latimer:
Being a "noobie" last session, I found it time-consuming to translate my
team's schedule by matching up the numbers. This new schedule allows me to
print out the entire season for my team at one time and not be confused as
to where we're playing.

Donna:
I think it's great. I tell everyone I play pool with about it.
It is so easy and convenient.

Ram:
I find the reminders very useful. I like how simple the emails are,
with not too much info in the email, but with links for people who
want more info to plan ahead.

Contact

Sahadev Software (Jon Bjornstad, Aruna Mahadevan)
jon@logicalpoetry.com
415-246-6499 (Pacific Time Zone).

Source

If you are Perl literate you may be interested in the source for the program.

Billiard Grook