This week, we present another roundup of various software issues, none of which requires a whole column to itself.
POCKET FRITZ AND THE NEW POCKET OS
Our buddies (yeah, right) at Microsoft have just released a new Pocket PC operating system (the new version has "2002" in its name). Please be aware that Pocket Fritz was programmed to run on Windows CE, not this new system. There are significant differences between CE and 2002.
A bit of disinformation has recently spread about Pocket Fritz on the 2002 system and, unfortunately, I spread a bit of it. Pocket Fritz will run under 2002, except that access to the online database will not work properly on 2002 systems.
Special thanks to Mathias Feist, Peter Schreiner, and Stefan Meyer-Kahlen for setting me straight on this one.
UPGRADING SHREDDER6 USING THE FRITZ7 SERVICE PACK
Last month in ETN (February 17, 2002), we looked at upgrading Fritz7 using the service pack on the download page at www.chessbase.com. It's possible to upgrade Shredder6's interface using this same service pack. Just download and run the service pack. At the point in the installation in which you're asked for the program's folder, just replace the path provided with the path to your Shredder6 program files.
But there's one more step. Start Shredder6, go to the Tools menu, select "Options", and click the "Version" tab. In the pulldown menu under "GUI version", select "Shredder6".
If you're running both the Fritz7 and Shredder6 interfaces, this change will affect both interfaces. But you don't need both interfaces anyway -- you can easily uninstall one of them and run both Fritz and Shredder (as well as any other 32-bit engines you have) in a single interface. See the ETN for May 21, 2000 for information on how to do this without accidentally removing any of your engines.
And if you do use the Fritz7 service pack to upgrade your Shredder6 (without owning a copy of Fritz7) and you wind up with a Fritz7 engine in your engine display, you won't be able to run it without having a Fritz7 CD.
SHREDDER6 ENGINE UPGRADES
There are several Shredder6 engine upgrades available here. There are three engines available. The first fixes a bug in the original Shredder6 engine that appeared in all original engines about three weeks ago -- this bug limited the engine to a two ply search. The new engine replaces the old one and allows Shredder its previous unlimited search capabilities.
The other two engines are the new "Paderborn" Shredder engines. One download is for use in the Fritz/Shredder GUI, the other is for use in the "Classic" Shredder GUI (see ETN for February 3, 2002).
"GET NEW GAMES" IN CHESSBASE 7 AND 8
There have been some recent problems with the "Get New Games" function in ChessBase 7 and 8, caused by ChessBase GmbH's restructuring of their Internet servers. For ChessBase 8 owners, this problem has been corrected in a recent online upgrade service pack (see ETN for December 23, 2001 if you're unsure of how to do an online upgrade). The programmers have informed us that there are no plans for any more upgrades to ChessBase 7, so there will be no service pack fix for this feature in the older ChessBase version. However, the weekly games are available as a regular Internet download at The Week in Chess website. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the "ChessBase 6 Format" link to get the news and games in .CBH format.
Until next week, have fun!
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