tremendous work Paul H. Wiereyn
(NL) has completed APwin v2012
- the first APwin version,
which supports also the popular free chess problem solving program Popeye!
-APwin v2012 works in co-operation with Alybadix and Popeye so that
Alybadix or Popeye can be used as solving 'engine'.
-Converts chess problems very quickly between Alybadix and Popeye formats.
-Compatible with Windows 95/98/ME/NT/2000/XP/Vista/7.
-Easy to enter chess problems with normal and fairy men/conditions.
-Menus and Help in 3 languages: english, german and dutch (the Popeye part in english only).
-Includes much help about fairy rules and fairy piece moving rules etc.
-Supports near all Alybadix / Popeye options.
-Nice display of the solving moves.
-Preview of printing.
-Prints diagrams and solutions on different printer models installed in Windows.
-Loads and saves chess problems in Alybadix / Popeye text format.
-Easy to exchange chess positions with other chess programs via file or Windows clipboard
in epd/fen/pgn/yaml/Fritz formats.
-Versatile Search options with Duplicate test .
-Very quick Duplicate/Plagiarism testing.
-Huge chess problem collection added (v2010-).
2. Example of APwin v2005,
Show solution screen
(click mouse left on the diagram for viewing the normal size)
3. Example of APwin v2005,
Print preview screen
(click mouse left on the diagram for viewing the normal size)
4. Information regarding APWin/Popeye 2012 (by Paul H. Wiereyn)
After installing APwin 2012 the newest info
files are found in 3 languages in the folder c:\aly\apwin. The file names
infoAPWin2012-English.doc, infoAPWin2012-Deutsch.doc and infoAPWin2012-Nederlands.
FIRST A REQUEST
APWin has been developed in the
course of more than 10 years. To include Popeye was, however, a
tremendous and very complicated task.
Popeye has many fairy-rules and pieces. It was also a time consuming task to collect all required info. Again APWin is free, but you would oblige me,
to send me (Paul Wiereyn) a postcard, or E-mail whether you like it (or not).
Bug reports are also very welcome (nothing is perfect in this world, and certainly not a program of nearly 6 MB).
A1. NEW FEATURES OF APWIN 2012
It is essential that the instructions in the part C. INSTALLATION are executed exactly!
The present Popeye
screen is based on Popeye-version 4.55. Shortly before I finished
APWin 2012, Popeye-version 4.59 was published,
with to 2 new pieces: db = doublebishopper and dk = doublerookhopper. Also 2 new conditions, i.e. contraparrain and football were included.
Since it is very tricky to change a program in the last minute, above new features have not yet been added to APWin 2012.
However, the 2 new conditions can be filled in in the conditions-field by yourself.
Please note that Vaclav Kotesovec does not recommend this new Popeye version, since it contains many bugs according to him.
He advises to use the stable version 4.55. I observe, however, that many old errors are corrected in the new version.
It is easier now to make a page with 6 diagrams, since you can select the displayed problems in practically all screens.
Conversions between problems in
various formats take place automatically. Alybadix has 7 formats.
PGN, EPD, FEN, YAML
and Popeye text files also can be opened in APWin.
Help screens are no longer displayed IN APWin, but next to the screens. Further the headings in the help text are dark blue for a better overview.
Some Fairy pieces with combined
powers have been redesigned. Since many fairies are represented by
the same picture,
an abbreviation of 2 (= Popeye abbreviation), 3 or 4 characters is added on the board.
New screens regarding
the free solving engine POPEYE have been added, so Alybadix and
Popeye are united in one GUI.
Both programs have their own strengths and together practically all (fairy) chess problems can be solved.
In this version the POPEYE screens are ONLY in the ENGLISH language.
In case your knowledge of English is not sufficient, I advise to select the relative text, press Ctrl + C and then Ctrl + V in the website: translate.google.com/#
Re downloading Popeye see C. INSTALLATION.
- SCREEN RESOLUTION
All screens of APWin are larger
now, since the monitors have become larger in the last few years.
The lay-out is still more logical and the colours of the chess board are a little different to give APWin a new fresh look.
The resolution of the monitor should at least be 1280 x 1024 (or better). Ideal is: 1920 x 1080.
The absolute vertical minimum resolution is 768.
The absolute horizontal minimum resolution is 1152.
Further must the ratio vertical/horizontal be in accordance with the size of your monitor.When a vertical resolution of 768 is used,
then the drawback will be that the printing of a page with a diagram + solution is limited to short solutions.
Further only 4 diagrams on 1 page can be printed instead of 6.
After (automatic) conversion of a
file with many Popeye (or YAML) problems, the search screen of
APWin can be used to look for certain problems,
or to find all possible duplicates.In the Popeye solution screen a simple search-screen is available with which e.g. a problem can be found with a certain text part, or move.
Solutions can be executed in the
Popeye solution screen move by move (also including twins, grids,
or a revolving board).
Moves of reborn Circe-men are shown on the solution board with a light blue line. The normal moves are – as usual – shown with a dark blue line.
Solutions of Alybadix/Popeye problems can be printed in 1, 2 or 3 columns (incl. the diagrams).
Problems in YAML-format can also be opened in the Popeye screen.
From the site http://www.yacpdb.org/#searchhelp your can download a YAML-file with more than
(already partly included in the collection, mentioned elsewhere). Opening of this huge file (contains also the solutions) is
only possible at the moment, when it is split in 2 parts (the maximum file APWin can open is about 315,000,000 bytes).
A small part consists of Cyrillic characters, which cannot be shown in APWin. I intend to make a translation in due course (with the help of Google translate).
A2. NEW FEATURES OF APWIN 2011
1. A new option has been included
in the File-menu, with which a file with new problems can be
compared with an opened collection of problems.
APWin then produces 2 files, viz. one with duplicate problems and one with new problems, which do not occur in the existing collection.
2. The solution screen (normal
format) was always situated in the middle of the monitor
automatically. Now it can be placed everywhere on the monitor
and it remains there. This is easier when you are working with several programs at the same time.
3. Three extra buttons have been added in the solutions screen, i.e. “Arena”, “Nalimov-test (max. 6 men)” and “FEN pos. to clipb.”.
4. During the opening of files
with problems a delaying message was displayed. This message was
required to give the computer sufficient time to save
a temporary file. Now another method was devised, so this message no longer is required. Hopefully this works for ALL computers.
5. During the conversion of PGN- to Alybadix-problems, now setplay is set when black starts.
6. During the duplicate-tests
a.o. a file is produced with the removed duplicates. Now the name
of the author, who published this problem before,
is stated in each duplicate (incl. year + place). You can add this file to the collection again, if wished, because everybody now can see that these problems were composed before.
7. Two extra buttons have been added in the solutions screen, i.e. “show problem nr...” and “show selection nr...”. With these buttons you can jump to numbered studies.
8. All buttons, with which the previous, or next problem can be shown, now have the extra property, that shift + click left, jumps 100 problems further and shift + click right 1000.
A3. NEW FEATURES OF APWIN 2010
1. How (fairy) men move can be shown on the board, when you click on a man.
2. A new search screen has been
developed, in which a.o. one or more men can be put on the board
and then all positions in a collection,
which fulfil the conditions are found very fast. Many other search-possibilities are also present.
3. The search for duplicates in
Alybadix- or PGN-format in a big collection has become 80x faster
than in the former version of APWin.
Mirrored and turned positions are also found. These can automatically be removed (several files are saved to document each ‘cleaning’).
In this way many wrong and/or plagiarized problems can be discovered. Duplicates with different stipulations are saved separately,
so wrong stipulations can be discovered very fast.
4. PGN-files containing solutions
or games can be played in the solution screen.
Conversions between PGN- and Alybadix-format are possible. Duplicates can also be found in problem collections in PGN-format.
5. When a file with
PGN-endgame-studies has been opened, APWin can connect to
Nalimov-tables in the Shredder-site (max. 6 men)
on the internet and see if the present position is solvable. APWin can also start Arena (= a free chess-program), after which the present
position can be solved by an engine in Arena. Of course you must first download Arena from the internet. (see C. INSTALLATION)
In Arena you can best use the
free engine Houdini 1.5a, that is one of the strongest in the
world at the moment (ELO about 3400)! (Houdini 2.0 costs money).
B. HUGE PROBLEM-COLLECTION
In the internet several free
problem collections could be downloaded. These were in CMG-,
CSV-, PBM-, PBZ-, and PGN-format (the website re
PBZ-problems no longer exists).
APWin converted these problems to Alybadix-format. These conversion-programs are no longer present in APWin V2012, since I combined all problems in 1 huge collection,
containing 344,948 chess problems!
Of course all duplicates have been removed.
The last 18,492 problems of this file are made by Peter Vogel
(= Pevo = Player = Chessmaster = Spieler) and are for the
greater part exercises to mate.
These problems are mostly Positions from chess-games.
also test collections in PGN-format. In the endgame studies
collection (76,132), sold by Harold van der Heijden,
APWin found that 495 studies had each 1 or more duplicates (many of them were plagiarized).
1. A memory of 3GB is probably the minimum for this huge collection.
2. In the
path where solutions are saved or opened, there may not be a
folder with more than 8 characters (in connection with the
limitations of the DOS-program AP.exe).
Therefore C:\Program files\Sol\ is not allowed.
However, C:\Aly\APWin\Demo\Sol\ is allowed.
Alybadix is a 16-bit program, that CANNOT run in a 64-bit
system. However, APWin can be used in a 64-bit system, since it
is 32-bit, but solving is not possible.
However, now you can solve with Popeye!
4. In January 2012 Ilkka Blom made 32-bits versions of AR.EXE and AW.EXE. Now SOL-files can also be opened on a 64-bits-system! (solving not yet possible).
C. INSTALLATION (3 PARTS!)
For APWin version 2012, a completely new set-up must be executed. The following steps must be taken:
a. The file SetupAPWin2012 must
be unzipped in a new folder C:\TempAP. In case you unzipped it on
unzip it as yet in the folder \TempAP on drive C (essential!).
b. First study the part re – SCREEN RESOLUTION, whether your monitor can support APWin.
c. Start SetupAPWin.exe with
administrator's rights. In the second screen that appears
during this set-up you must click on the picture
in order to continue (do not change the folder). First your folder c:\Aly (when present) will be renamed to c:\AlyOld12.
Then all APWin files will be copied to the right subdirectories and at the end the required system-files will be installed.
Should a warning appear, just follow the instructions. When you can start APWin later on, the set-up was OK.
On some new computers, a warning can appear, that MSVBVM50.dll is missing.
Run in that case MSVBVM50.EXE (also in folder TempAP) with administator-rights, and then start SetupAPWin2012.exe again.
d. After the set-up, a folder “Temp” in the Program
Files may be present. It aided with the installation and can be
(if wished) through the Configuration screen of Windows.
e. New users can create a short-cut in the normal way (click right on APWin.exe etc.) and copy it to the desk.
new version of APWin not work to your satisfaction (perhaps the
resolution of your monitor is not right for APWin),
it is easy to change to the former situation, by removing the folder Aly. Then the folder AlyOld12 should be renamed to Aly.
In case the set-up did not succeed at all, just send me an E-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) and you will get help.
Go to http://www.playwitharena.com and download Arena Chess GUI 3.0.
Unzip the files in c:\Aly\Arena\ (no installation is
Arena can be started with a command button in APWin. With Arena you can e.g. test/solve endgame studies in PGN-format.
When you never look at endgame studies, there is no need to add Arena to APWin.
Go to http://popeye-chess.sourceforge.net and download the latest version of Popeye
(at this moment 4.59-windows.zip, 550 KB of December
Unzip this file in c:\Aly\Popeye\ (no installation required). Rename pywin32.exe, or pywin64.exe (depends whether your system is 32-, or 64-bits), to py.exe.
Now APWin will be able to use Popeye for solving.
APWin is FREEWARE and has been developed by:
M. Nijhoffstraat 202
1382 TW Weesp
Please report bugs to above mentioned E-mail address and an update will be sent to you by E-mail.
It is meant to be used as a
Windows front for the DOS solving programs AP.exe (=
Alybadix/ Fairybadix) and Popeye.
AP.exe is since many years the standard for solving chess problems (inclusive fairy conditions/men).
The set-up program of APWin contains a free demo program of AP.exe (for new users). This has, however, certain limitations.
If you want the complete solving program, you can buy it from Ilkka Blom. who developed it.
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5. Installing APwin v2012 + Popeye
Please at first read this installation info above by Paul H. Wiereyn!
5a) Full installation of APwin v2012 + Popeye (+ Alybadix demo)
a) APwin 2012 must be
installed in the folder
c:\Aly\APWin! If you already have Alybadix installed
in drive c, folder Aly, you can rename Aly to AlyOld12 before installing (although APwin installing
is generally able to do this automatically)!
(temporary) empty folder TempAP
to hard disc drive c.
Thus its path will be c:\TempAP.
c) Download setupapwin-2012.zip
d) Unzip (use Winzip
or PKzip or WinRAR etc) all files of the
downloaded zip-file to this folder c:\TempAP.
e) Open the
folder TempAP and run
APwin installing program SetupAPWin.exe.
suggests installing APwin to the (temporary) folder Program files\Temp. Accept
this - do not change!
successful installing apwin.exe
will situate in the folder c:\Aly\apwin.
Also the 3 document
files situate in the same folder. Make a shortcut icon from the desktop to apwin.exe in the normal way as follows:
Click Mouse-right on apwin.exe icon -> Send to -> Desktop.
h) If you have
not the full Alybadix version
already installed in c:\Aly,
APwin installs Alybadix demo
solving engine (renamed from apd.exe to ap.exe) instead.
If you already have Alybadix demo solving program installed (folder Apdemo generally),
you will find there many short example problems, which can be solved using this demo program.
Also the huge Sadier 2# collection can be solved with the help of Alybadix demo program (see below)!
i) If you
already have the full Alybadix version installed in some other than c:\aly
partition, copy ap.exe
from there (or from Aly-CD or Aly-USB) to c:\aly!
j) On some new
computers, a warning can appear, that MSVBVM50.dll is
missing. Run in that case MSVBVM50.EXE
(also in folder TempAP) with administator-rights, and then start SetupAPWin.exe again.
Windows 32 bit: Unzip the file pywin32.exe to the folder c:\Aly\Popeye.
Windows 64 bit: Unzip the file pywin64.exe to the folder c:\Aly\Popeye.
Rename the unzipped file to py.exe.
Also you can download the newest Popeye files from the Popeye Homepage here: http://popeye-chess.sourceforge.net
l) At last you
may delete the temporary installing folders and files:
c:\TempAP. Delete this by mouse in a normal way.
Program files\Temp. Via Windows Control Panel -> Uninstall a program (Temp).
Uninstalling is recommended since these folders may cause problems, when/if you make the full APwin installing again later!
Update APwin v2012 to a newer version
a) If this is
the first installation of APwin v2012, the full installation is
needed before updating. See 5a)
b) Download apwin-v2012-04.zip version 2012.04. (updated 2012-07-19).
c) Unzip apwin.exe to the folder c:\aly\apwin. This will replace the old apwin.exe.
chess problem collections in Alybadix format. Unzip them to any
folder and load from APwin as txt-file.
5c) Huge chess problem collection
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