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New stuff for G-Live

As a key part of the solution and being the showcase for your professional outcomes, the G-Live module deserves some regular updates. To bring new features or simply make the end-user experience even more friendly. Keeping this trend for the future, and already with the last Wiclax 8.2 delivery:

Browsing stages and general classifications

A new menu is now combining the stages and general classifications browsing. Thus one single entry point instead of two and a Final general ranking item highlighted for immediate selection. Note that this final ranking becomes the one loaded by default, as long as all stages have been run.

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New search field display

Giving more space for the essential and providing a better lookup experience, the search field for result/individual lookup is no longer located in a dedicated tab. Instead just sticking to the page top.

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Team rankings

Now possible to publish your event's team ranking directly into G-Live. Only thing to do for it is to check the "Publish this classification on the Web" option from the team ranking pane.

A new "Teams" filter button gets displayed on the public side, above the result list.

External links to an individual result

Now possible to provide a web URL to show the race data for a competitor. This URL gets available as a basis for a Facebook share.

See a live sample of it here - result page for bib number 89 in a marathon race.

More interesting, the link can be made not only through the regular bib number but also using a specific id. of your own, provided it's available as a custom data. G-Live section of the help docs tells you more about the details.

Enhanced kiosk mode

While the G-Live display was already convenient in its design to be used on a kiosk screen, here comes a more attractive mode where the feature scope is all and only about runner data lookup. A new menu item of the G-Live button gives you the address to load it.

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Custom plugins on competitor's summary

A bit more technical, this new feature can empower your race data published online by appending some custom stuff to the runner summary page.

As an example, you can bring there a link to a photo purchase offer - by you or a partner - based on the runner bib number or another id. of your own. But can be anything else you'd like to get inserted.

Just refer to the G-Live section of the documentation for more details on how to implement it.

How to create a custom export for results

You may have such a specific need because you want your results to go into an independent publishing process. Or maybe a governing body of your preferred discipline asks them in a specific format.

He're what Wiclax can do for you:

Custom export formats

Looking at the ribbon > Print - Export panel, you can see listed the standard formats - Excel, HTML,... - and then the last button saying Other formats.


The dropdown menu shows a short list of items and the last one is called My custom export. Clicking it will ask you where to save an exported file, and will create this file according to some specific formatting rules.

Now, how about my own format? Let's take a tour at folder Wiclax_install_folder\export: here you can see a file whose name is identical to the menu item label.

Create a copy of the file in the same folder, and name it as you wish. Let's name it My CSV export for our example. Then edit it with any text editor of your choice.

The file describes all the data you can export, in the form of variable "tags" - i.e. a numeric id identifying a variable like for example a bib number or a time.
It also lists a few available options to change the global behaviour of the export, like some possible values for a header and a footer. This list is not definitive, so please feel free to contact us if you're missing something there to get the perfect export matching your case.

The part to modify is the content between the <Export> tags. We can define a CSV export, for example. A basic export row with the main result data will look like that:

<Export extension=".csv" separator=";" namesUppercase="1"
     header="rank;name;club;time;race;category rank;splits"
     datarow="[%30%];[%4%];[%7%];[%22%];[%19%];[%31%];[%55%]">
</Export>

Finish your format definition and then open again the Other formats menu in the ribbon. Your new format is now available:


FTP

In addition to the ability to output the file corresponding to your new format, you can also decide that the FTP export will follow this format instead of exporting the event file itself.

 

On the roadmap

As said, the list of options is intended to grow as new requirements come out. Another natural enhancement will be to make possible the setup of multiple FTP exports for an event. You may need to send your results to 2 different places (servers), or to send them both with the Wiclax format and your custom one.