Download BIAB

The current version of BIAB is 8.5.2 (released 20 November 2018)

All versions of BIAB, including the Demonstration Version, require that you have a password in order to activate the installer.

  • If you are affiliated (perhaps as a member of a Club) to an organization holding a divisional license, such as your Division, you can get the password from your Biathlon-affiliated club or division.
  • If you want to try the Demonstration version, simply email, using the link that follows, Biathlon Ontario’s BIAB Support Representative (and the author of BIAB), Graham Lindsay
  • If you don’t have access to a BIAB Divisional license but want to consider getting one, you can see the available types of license on the BIAB Licensing page of this web site.
  • All versions of BIAB run as a stand-alone application, and include a fully-licensed copy of FileMaker Pro 16 Runtime.

Download the Installers:

  • BIABv852_Win_Installer.exe (runs in 64 bit mode and requires Windows 7 (SP1) Professional Edition or Ultimate Edition (with System update 2999226) or later, up to and including Windows 10)
  • (runs in 64 bit mode and requires Mac OSX 10.11 El Capitan or later, up to and including OSX 10.14 Mojave)

The demonstration versions have the same operating 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 the installation of BIAB in both Windows and Mac OS X, click here.

Release Notes

BIAB v8.5.2 – 20 November 2018

  • Fixed an issue that arose under certain circumstances in which a Competition that had been redefined was not selectable as an Entry for a Competitor, when it should have appeared as a choice in the selection list.
  • Fixed a minor issue, in the Competition File, in which RKDE could be launched from the Announcer Screen, which then caused it to launch behind the Announcer Screen, potentially causing confusion.  You can no longer initiate RKDE from the Announcer Screen, preventing the issue from arising.
  • Enhanced the visibility of the buttons that are placed on a number of screens that allow you to change the sort order of the records in the data table you are currently working with.
  • Made a very slight change to the internal timing cycles used to interrogate the Serial Port on the computer.  This change makes Serial to USB adapters that use the Prolific chip set a bit more reliable under very specific circumstances.  This change will mean nothing to most users of BIAB.

BIAB v8.5.1 – 4 November 2018

  • Fixed (hopefully) an issue that arose for some, but not all, users of the Windows version of BIAB, depending upon the configuration of the computer used for the installation. The issue appears when, after it is installed, BIAB appears to run, and then freezes, with nothing, or very little activity visible. The issue is related to BIAB automatically checking for serial port connections. The issue didn’t appear for some Windows users, and did not appear at all for Macintosh users, so it wasn’t detected in pre-release testing.
  • Updated the contact information for BIAB support that appears upon launch on the splash screen and when you click upon About BIAB.

BIAB v8.5.0 – 9 July 2018

  • This release contains some significant changes to BIAB, especially if you use it with Summit wireless timers.
  • Added, when using Summit timers, a printable data verification report that can be used to facilitate a separate off-line review of the data received from the timers on the Range and the timers on the Penalty Loop. Use this report to streamline the data verification process, freeing up the computer screen for other tasks.
  • You are now presented with a more logical on-screen presentation of the Summit timer data that has been gathered by the Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Summit timers assigned to Start Times, Finish Times and Handover Zone Times.  This should enhance your ability to review the data and facilitate tracing potential errors.
  • Improved, when using the window that is specifically provided to review Secondary and/or Tertiary Summit timer data for Finish and Start Times, the response of the Transfer Buttons.  The Transfer Button is used to assign/reassign a recorded time to a Bib Number that is different to the one that was originally keyed into the Summit timer, or to assign that recorded time to a Bib Number that had never been entered into a timer.
  • Added to the Handover Zone, in the same fashion as it already existed for the Finish Line, the possibility to designate a Summit timer to be used to Enter the sequence-of-finish of Bib Numbers at the Handover Zone.  You can allocate a separate Summit timer to this role, but you can also have the Primary Handover Zone Timer perform this role, in addition to its normal role (the same way the Primary Finish Timer can perform the sequence-of-finish role at the Finish Line), which is Posting the Bib Numbers of Competitors as they finish.
  • Made very significant changes to both the setup and data verification screens that you see when using Summit timers on the Course.  You can now assign up to 25 timers to the Course, and you have much more flexibility on which timers are assigned to the Primary, Secondary and Tertiary roles.  You can employ up to 15 timers in the Primary Role, and up to 10 for each of the Secondary and Tertiary roles, within an overall limit of 25 timers assigned to the Course.
  • If you are using AMB/MyLaps transponders to gather data, they can be used in conjunction with a Summit timer in any of the timer roles within BIAB, except on the Range, or at the Start.  In order to be used with AMB/MyLaps decoders, the Summit timer must be set so that the AMB/MyLaps data is aligned to Channel 0 (zero) on the Summit Timer. In addition, a specific release of the Summit timer firmware must be installed in the timer in order to use it with the AMB/MyLaps system.
  • You can now assign a Summit timer to a section of the course where 2 or three or even more trails have converged.  You make this assignment within BIAB when you perform your initial setup for the Course by creating a ‘fictitious’ Trail with combined flag colours, such as ‘red/green/yellow’ or whatever flag colour sequence makes sense.  Then, from within the Competition File, you complete the setup by assigning a single timer to the colour sequence which represents the converged section of the Trail as part of your action when you complete your setup for the Summit Network.
  • Changed the manner in which various dialogs, warnings and notices are presented to the BIAB operator.   This change not only standardizes the visual presentation, but it also streamlines the processes needed to present these notices and warnings.  These notices/warnings now make use of a feature within FileMaker called a Card Window that was introduced into v16 of FileMaker Pro.  This feature presents the information window within an existing window, rather than having to create and manage a separate window or pop-up for that purpose.
  • Added the ability to allow you to use, simultaneously, two electronic Starting Gates in conjunction with Summit timers.  Each Starting Gate can be associated with its own Summit timer, or both Gates can be used with a single Summit timer, provided that they are plugged into separate Timing Channels on that timer.
  • Deleted from Preferences > Import Data the options for importing from Zone4 the Divisional Membership List and the Lists of Clubs by Division.  These options were removed because they no longer work due to changes that have been made to Zone4 or to the FileMaker Pro application that underlies BIAB, both of which are beyond my control.
  • Made a number of minor bug fixes.
  • Updated the BIAB Summit Network Simulator (BIAB SNS) to v1.4 to make it consistent with and support the changes introduced into BIAB v8.5.

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BIAB v8.4.3 – 2 Feb 2018

  • Fixed an issue that could arise when trying to complete a Draw while assigning a Forced Start Order in a Mass Start Competition.  Under particular circumstances this produced error messages and an incorrect Start List, much to the frustration of the operator.
  • Changed how BIAB records data from a Summit Timer, so that you are always able to see the original data recorded by the timer even if you  subsequently elect to assign the time that was recorded to a different Bib Number, using the Transfer button.  This helps maintain an audit trail of the decisions that you made when managing the data.
  • Made minor adjustments to a number of Start List forms to ensure that the font used to print the Group was the same size as the font used for the adjacent fields in the Start List.
  • Made minor adjustments to the format of some of the Results, hoping to stop the occasional instance of a competitor’s results being listed on the last line of a page, but with his or her name appearing at the top of the subsequent page.
  • Made minor tweaks to the layout of objects in the form view for competitor details in a competition file.

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.

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