This weekend I’ll be providing some actual timing services…anyone who follows my blog knows that I end up doing a few of these a year, and probably even more this year than the norm. But it’s all good, because I get to see some amazing athletes, beautiful country, and smoooooooothly executed events!
This weekend I’ll cover three events within the course of about 16 hours. In and of itself, that’s not a big deal, but it does make for some crazy sleeping hours. Two of the events are simultaneous, which is what this post was supposed to be about originally.
Simultaneous events are not that big of a deal in Good Times Software. We designed the system to be flexible enough to time multiple events that start at the same time and run simultaneously, or you can now setup Divisions within a single event. (Technically, I don’t call Divisions separate events, but I’ve noticed people using the terms interchangeably.) First, within System Preferences, make certain to select the option “Enable Multi-Start capability when timing events.” If that option is enabled, your timer will notice that the “Get Set” button on the Time Entry window changes to “Multi-Start” on all open Time Entry windows, when multiple Time Entry windows are open.
What does that mean?
Well, if you’re going to time two simultaneous events, you need to have two Time Entry windows open. If you’re using the Multi-Start option, then the stopwatch timer for all events will launch simultaneously whenever one of the Multi-Start buttons are pressed. Think of it like a whole bunch of stopwatches “linked” together so that whenever you press start on one, they all start! And it’s handy to have either a big monitor, or multiple monitors for viewing multiple Time Entry windows at the same time.
That’s really all there is to it… at this point, the software will time each event independently, according to however you have it setup. If it’s a chip-timed event, it will poll the chip system in accordance with the rules for the event. If it’s a computerized select timed event, you’ll have to enter bib numbers in as runners cross the finish line.