The current version of BIAB is 8.4.2 (released 27 November 2017)
All versions of BIAB, including the Demonstration Version, require that you have a password in order to activate the installer.
- If you are in a licensed organization you can get the password from your Biathlon affiliated organization.
- If you want to try the Demonstration version simply contact, using the link that follows, Biathlon Ontario’s BIAB Support Representative (and the author of BIAB), Graham Lindsay
Windows Licensed Version
(runs in 64 bit mode and requires Windows 7 (SP1) Ultimate, Professional, or Home Premium or later, up to and including Windows 10 - you can contact the author of BIAB if you must have a 32 bit version of BIAB, but it may not run under older versions of the Windows operation system)
Macintosh Licensed Version
(runs in 64 bit mode and requires Mac OSX 10.11 El Capitan or later, up to and including OSX 10.13 High Sierra - this latest version of BIAB will not run in 32 bit mode in the Mac OS X)
The demonstration versions have the same system requirements as the fully licensed versions, but do not include the BIAB Summit Network Simulator and have other restrictions.
Windows Demonstration Version
Macintosh Demonstration Version
To see notes about installation of BIAB in Windows or Mac OS X click here.
BIAB v8.4.2 - 27 November 2017
- Thanks to some assistance from the Centre de biathlon d’excellence de Québec, CBEQ, this version BIAB now ships with a fully licensed copy of version 5.0 of the Troi Serial Plug-In that is fully compatible with the 64 bit versions of both the Windows and Mac OS X operating systems. This means that it can run in 64 bit mode, and there is no annoying wait time before the serial port can be used. If you are using Summit Timers, this is a worthwhile change.
- Made minor changes to the layout seen for the form view of Enter Data > Participants. If you have entered a date of birth for the participant, BIAB now shows you the exact age of that individual, calculated according to the date that you are viewing the application.
- Removed from BIAB the ability to directly post start lists and results to a selected website. This ability was removed since there is no common web site available upon which such lists and results can be posted.
- BIAB now uses, and takes advantage of the new features found within, Version 16 of FileMaker Pro. This means that the downloadable version of BIAB will only run in an OS that is set to run in 64 bit mode. This applies to both the Windows and MacOS versions of BIAB.
- Those using Windows will notice that there are subtle appearance changes in how FileMaker Pro presents itself in Windows when running FileMaker Pro v16 when compared to the appearance of previous versions of FileMaker.
BIAB v8.4.0 – 15 August 2016
- Hopefully, have eliminated two specific situations in which, when attempting to work with a network of Summit Timers after just opening the serial port, errors arose when trying to send commands to specific timers.
- Added the capability to make ‘Summary e-Results’ for XC (cross country or no shooting) competitions.
- Changed, when Summit Timers are deployed on the Course, BIAB’s internal processes for ‘flagging’ Competitors who are suspected of being on the wrong course. The change means that , if a Summit Timer is deployed to a location where two or more trails are coincident, the passing of competitors is not flagged provided that the Timer configuration has been set to recognize both trail colours as ‘legitimate’. In order for this to work correctly, when you have such a coincident trail situation, you need to create a third ‘fictitious trail’ for which the trail colour is a combination of the colours of the coincident trails e.g. create a fictitious trail with ‘green/blue’ flags. Assigning this fictitious trail to Summit Timer deployed to that location means that Competitors who are supposed to be on either the green or the blue trail will not be flagged as having been on the wrong trail.
- Fixed an issue in which, under specific circumstances, an incorrect date was displayed in the header of Zeroing Lane Allocation Reports. The date for each Competition is now displayed, associated with Zeroing Lane allocations, to aid you in the process of selecting the Competitors who require Zeroing Lanes.
- Updated the Summit Timer Network Set-Up Specifications that are available from within a Competition File, at Electronic Data Entry > Summit Network > Set-Up.
- Added to the Competition File a customized Material Inspection Record Form, which is printable for each competition, and which already contains the bib numbers and names of the competitors. This form is created from the Lists & Results page in the Competition File, using the Create Forms to support Material Inspection and Data Communications… pop-up menu.
- For a Network of Summit Timers, made significant changes to the basic display of elements necessary to set up a Network. BIAB has been reconfigured so that it will only accept keypad data (Bib Numbers and Misses) over Channel 1, and will only accept data from AMB/MyLaps Transponder Decoders over Channel 0. The only Channel number settings that remain available for your selection are those associated with any Timers assigned to the Start and Finish timing functions, for which you might want to use some of the other Timing Channels available on a Summit Device.
- For a Network of Summit Timers, have added one additional function that you can separately specify, which allows you to designate a specific Timer through which to Enter the Bib Order of Finish.
- When using a Network of Summit Timers, changed the way that BIAB internally processes data. The option to choose to separately enter Finish Times and Bib Numbers, and then later associate them, has been eliminated. The separate data viewing screen that was previously available for matching Bib Numbers with Finish Times has been removed. These changes were implemented to increase the efficiency of processing Timer data, and to further encourage the practice of Posting finishing bibs, rather than relying on matching separately gathering finish times and the bib order of finish.
- For a Single Summit Timer, change the processes that BIAB applies to the Timer data, making it identical to that used for a Summit Timer Network. This means that Finish Bibs must be posted into the timers, and that the Bib Order of Finish can be separately entered into the Timer.
- For a Single Summit Timer, changed the Set-Up screen to reflect the revised set up parameters that must be used, and changed the Monitor Start & Finish Tab so that the raw data coming from the Timer is displayed for the operator to monitor.
- Added to the Competition File, at Manual Data Entry > Form View > Expert Level Editing the ability for you to associate a Relay Team with any competitors that you have manually added, after the Draw, to the competition file.
- For any user of the Biathlon Alberta AMB/MyLaps chip set, BIAB now contains a complete look-up table, for both normal and relay bibs, with all of the serial numbers of the Alberta chip set. You can view the look-up table in the file named “Template - AMB_Transponder_Matching.xlsx” that is part of the normal BIAB installation. The look-up tables that are embedded in BIAB are accessible to the operator to make any necessary changes or edits.
- Fixed two problems associated with Super Sprint Competitions: it is now easier, when conducting the Draw, to use the type-of-competition filter to select Entries in Super Sprint competitions, and, for the Super Sprint Final, the assignment of Competitors to the corridors within the Simultaneous Start area now gives the correct Start Number in the correct corridor/lane.
- The special tool used to export Competition Data for Cadet Events has been updated to allow its use with Cadet Patrol Competitions. This tool is accessed from the Lists & Results screen in a Competition File created for a Cadet Patrol competition.
- The calculation of BC Performance Percentage has been changed so that, when the Percentage is being calculated for a Pursuit Competition, the normalized Competition Time is used. This means that any Pursuit Handicap is not included when the percentage is calculated.
- There are now two template files for importing registrations – the “Template – BIAB – Registration-by-Name…” documents. One is for use with Macintosh computers and the other for use with Windows computers. Microsoft Excel has two different Preference options for establishing Dates - which are referenced to 1904 for Macintosh systems and to 1900 for Windows. Use the correct template and double check your dates after importing dates, since , otherwise, you could have a four year discrepancy when ages are calculated in BIAB. Depending upon the name of the Template File the Preferences appropriate for the operating system have been preset for you. The internal-to-that-Excel-file Preference setting is the only difference between the two Template files.
To see past version history of BIAB, click here.
Notes about Installation
If you are upgrading from one version of BIAB to another, be aware that the installation process will over-write files that had been installed or were created or updated since it was last installed. This means that you could lose valuable data when you upgrade. You should therefore use BIAB’s built-in back-up capability to create a back-up of your data. In the menu of the BIAB Main file you will find Scripts that will help you create a back-up and then import your data from the back-up after you have upgraded.
Before attempting installation it is best to isolate (or to remove) any previous version of Biathlon-in-a-Box from your hard drive, otherwise it is possible that the newer version will attempt to use files from the older version, which could cause poor functioning of the program. Renaming the directory that contains the older version of BIAB is sufficient to provide this isolation. If you are updating BIAB and have data in the previous version that you would like to transfer to the new version, data transfer is straightforward providing that the update is from the same series i.e.: both the old and new installations are Version 8.X. If you want to transfer existing data you should not delete the previous version when you make the upgrade. You may want to contact Graham Lindsay on how to proceed with the data transfer.
The Windows installation file, which has a name similar to “BIABv842_Win.exe” is an executable self-installing Zip file that will install Biathlon in-a-Box, together with all its supporting files and directories. This installer will demand that you enter a password before it will run. When you license BIAB you will be sent the password. If you have forgotten it, contact the licensee (one of the organizations listed above if you are affiliated with them), or Graham Lindsay directly.
It is recommended that you install Biathlon-in-a-Box just off the root directory of your computer. For your convenience, the Windows installer is preconfigured to install Biathlon-in-a-Box in the directory “c:/biab” (but you can choose another one if you wish).
The installer will then create a new directory on the “c-drive” and install all of the application files, and the supporting files and their sub directories, into that directory.
After you have completed the installation, run the application by double clicking upon, or otherwise causing to run, the file in that directory called “Biathlon-in-a-Box.”
You can then make a shortcut for Biathlon-in-a-Box on the desktop by using Windows Explorer, or add Biathlon-in-a-Box to the Start Menu of your computer by using the appropriate tools available in the version of Windows that you are using on that computer.
Double-click upon, or otherwise run the file with a name similar to “BIABv842_Mac.zip” and, after you supply the requested password, a folder called Biathlon-in-a-Box (or Biathlon-in-a-Box Demo) will be created in the same directory/folder that held the file. You can then drag the newly created Biathlon-in-a-Box folder to wherever on your computer that you want the application. I normally put it directly on the Desktop so that it is easy to find and use, but you may prefer to put it in your Applications folder. In order to place an application into the Applications folder you must have Administrative privileges for that computer.
When you license BIAB you are sent the password. If you have forgotten it, contact the licensee (one of the organizations listed above with which you are affiliated), or Graham Lindsay directly.
You may want to make an Alias of the application using the “Make Alias” command, which is found on the File Menu, when you are in the Finder.
You should isolate any previous version of Biathlon-in-a-Box on your hard drive (renaming the folder that contains the application is sufficient) before you install another version, otherwise you could inadvertently be trying to run the application with incompatible files from the previous version.