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Round Ball Wrap-Up

Type of Program: Basketball Stats System
Supported Platforms: Windows 95, mouse required.
Company Name: FLOPPY Fluffware Software
Version: 1
Price: Shareware. $20.00
Installed Size: 4.9 MB


You know you are in a bit of trouble with new software when, after careful download and installation: everything is grayed out, there is no tutorial evident, reference is made to baseball stats, no FAQs at the company's homepage yet, all categories of data are completely illegible and so are many of the help screens. Aha, you say, but Robin, does it work, does it perform as stated? Well, to test it, all categories of data on the left of the screen have to be filled in which requires a full league's worth of data entry. OK, then what? Can I take it to the game and enter things as they happen? No. You must still use traditional scoring books in real time, come back to your computer and input everything again or have an excellent typist do it for you. In other words, there is a lot of work involved. The folks at FLOPPY are considering real-time software for the future, but this is not it. Stay tuned for updates though. So, does it work? Yes. It does keep track of all the categories of data in this hierarchy: League, Teams, Courts, Rosters, Schedules, Results and Stats for team players. Plus, each screen has its own tutorial when you get that far and each lower level becomes available when the one above is finished. You can then print or publish the results in whatever form you wish. What about that illegible stuff? Go to: Help/Before You Start, follow the instructions to the letter and things clear up if you had the same trouble seeing that I did. If you already had large type, Ariel, set, you probably would not have had the problem in the first place. I hope the programmers ask users if they really like the interface. I thought it needed work. And when the cursor becomes a curse by changing to huge lightning bolts, matches or hands what typist would not become annoyed? Now, who would want this program? YMCAs, city and county little leagues, newspapers and large schools might want to give it a shot. Remember, this is shareware, free to try and you have nothing to lose in this respect. If you are a basketball record keeper who has been pulling his or her hair out trying to organize your information, this may just be the ticket. Remember too, shareware you use should be paid for on time, right? Right!

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Support: None needed yet. By email.
Reviewed by: Robin Hall

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