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Should My Club Switch to EBUScore?

Although we hope that EBUScore might become the 'standard' for EBU affiliated clubs, it is not our intention to force clubs to switch.
If you are happy with the scoring program that you currently use, and if it complies with the requirements of the EBU 'Universal Membership Scheme' etc., then there is no need for you to switch.

We currently use PairsScorer

If you currently use Jeff Smith's suite of programs, then you will find EBUScore almost identical. But Jeff's suite will cease to be supported, and you might find, in due course, that there will be some improvements made to EBUScore that won't be made to Jeff's . There is no immediate need to switch over, but you should look at doing so in the near future.
Switching from Jeff Smith

We currently use ScoreBridge

ScoreBridge is a popular program for clubs. Most clubs consider it to be very user-friendly. Some such clubs have tried using PairsScorer, and have found it less friendly.
Part of this is simply familiarity - the two programs have different approaches. Once you have got used to PairsScorer, or its successor, EBUScore Pairs, you might find that it is not as unfriendly as you might have thought.
However, there are aspects of PairsScorer that perhaps can be improved as far as the user interface is concerned - maybe, for example, in several situations there are simply too many options available that are of little relevance to normal clubs. One of the strengths of PairsScorer is its flexibility to deal with all sorts of different type of event, especially at tournament level. This strength might also be a weakness when it comes to the 'everyday' club.
One of our aims, in the medium term, is to produce a 'Club version' of EBUScore - a simplified version with fewer of the redundant options - that should appeal more to the average club.

In short: Do try EBUScore if you are in any way unhappy with ScoreBridge. But if you are put off in the first place, don't dismiss it completely - either persist with it, or revert to ScoreBridge whilst keeping your eyes open for the Club Version of EBUScore.

Switching from ScoreBridge

shouldiswitch.1443434431.txt.gz · Last modified: 2015/09/28 11:00 by ian