Bridge Base Online Help

Making A Bridge Movie

Introduction

Bridge Base Online, Ltd. has developed a program named Handviewer that makes it relatively easy for webmasters or bloggers to insert various types of bridge presentations into the web pages that they create. The purpose of this document is to describe how to use "authoring software" within BridgeBase itself to create a paricular type of Handviewer presentation - a Bridge Movie.

Here is an example of what a Handviewer presentation of a Bridge Movie looks like:

Note that you can click the Next button just below the deal diagram to go through the play trick-by-trick. Once you click this button the Rewind and Previous buttons will become activate. You can use these buttons to back review earlier tricks.

Instructions for creating Bridge Movies

Our facility for creating Bridge Movies can be found within the web-based BridgeBase client program. Even if you are already a member of BridgeBase, there is a good chance that you have not used our web-based client - the web-based client is still relatively new and most BridgeBase members are still using our Windows client.

If you access BridgeBase through the Windows client then you probably launch that program through an icon on your desktop. To access BridgeBase through the web-based client, go to our home page, www.bridgebase.com and click on the yellow link near the top of the page that reads 'Play Bridge Now.'

If you are using our web-client for the first time, it may take a minute or so for the software to load (loading time will be faster during subsequent sessions). Eventually you will be presented with a login screen:

If you are already a BridgeBase member and if you have never used the web-client before, it is important to note that you do not have to create a new user ID - just use the same user ID and password that you normally use to log in to BridgeBase.

After the login process is complete, you will see a row of buttons near the top of your browser's window. Click the button for My BBO and you should see something like this:

Now click Hands and results in the menu that appears under the My BBO button. A window will appear and the top left of the window will look something like this:

Click the Hand editor button to enter the facility that will allow you to create your own Bridge Movies. Something like the following will appear at the right side of the window:

The first step is to assign 13 cards to each of the players. This can be done by clicking the appropriate cards in the area in the center of the window. Each time you click a card it will be assigned to the player whose name is highlighted (South in the picture above). If you click a wrong card by mistake, click the same card again in the hand that it was (wrongly) assigned to and that card will be moved back to the middle of the screen. If you want to start from scratch at any point you can click the New deal button in the left half of the window.

Once the highlighted player has been assigned 13 cards, the next player clockwise will become highlighted and you can assign 13 cards to that hand. Once 3 hands have been assigned 13 cards, the 4th hand will automatically be assigned the remaining 13 cards.

When all 52 cards have been dealt, you will be asked to click on the seat of the dealer (click either North, South, East, or West). If you change your mind or click the wrong seat by mistake, you can change the dealer to a new player at this point by clicking on the appropriate seat. The vulnerability can be changed by clicking on the graphic at the top-left of the deal diagram:

This next step is to enter the bidding. Enter each call using the bidding box at the bottom-right of the deal diagram:

Note that you can alert the calls you enter by clicking the Alert button before you make the call. You can also include explanations for calls by typing in the appropriate explanation in the area to the right of the Alert button before you make the call in question. Once a call is made you can change its explanation by clicking on the call in question as it will appear in the bidding diagram at the top-right of the deal diagram.

Once the bidding is complete, you can enter the play sequence by clicking the cards in the order that they are to be played. If you make a mistake at any time when you are entering the bidding or play, use the left arrow button below the deal diagram to undo the last call made or card played. You can then enter the correct call. Both the left arrow and the right arrow button can be used repeatedly to move backwards and forwards through the bidding and play sequence that you have entered.

If the play of the deal in question does not go to the end of the 13th trick, you can click the Claim button below the deal diagram. You will see something like this appear:

Claims are always expressed from the point of view of the declarer, even if it was a defender who claimed. Use the Less buttons to specify the number of tricks claimed. The result will appear on the Claim button - click that button when you have set things up so that the appropriate number of tricks will be claimed. If you make a mistake you can click the Claim button again.

Congratulations! You have now created a Bridge Movie.

Instructions for including your Bridge Movie in your blog or web site

After you have created your Bridge Movie, click the Options button below the deal diagram. A menu will appear. Click Export deal and you will see another menu. Click Handviewer link in that menu.

After a few seconds a window will appear that looks something like this:

The important information that is contained in this window is the link at the bottom (in this case http://tinyurl/dmashf (try clicking that link!). That link goes to a web page that contains a Handviewer presentation of the Bridge Movie that you just created.

So make sure to either write down the link that appears in the window (be careful to type in EXACT link) or select it (via dragging your mouse over the link) and then copying it (by right-clicking on the selected text and then clicking Copy in the menu that appears) and pasting it to a safe place.

Note that trying to select, copy, and paste the link in the above picture will not work - it is only a picture of a window, not an actual window!

If you are "just a blogger" or if someone else is responsible for doing the technical work involved in creating the web pages for your site, the following is not intended for you (and probably won't make much sense to you). However, if you ask your webmaster to read this, he or she will then understand how to embed Handviewer presentations of your Bridge Movies into your blog or your web pages.

The best way to do this involves using an HTML entity known as an iframe. Here is a sample of how the HTML might look:

<iframe src="http://tinyurl/dmashf" height="400" width="500"/>

Note that the content of the src parameter is the link that was generated by BridgeBase.

The exact height and width you specify for an iframe that contains a Handviewer presentation of a Bridge Movie may depend to some extent on the properties of the web page in question, but you should try to make the aspect ratio roughly 5:4 in terms of width:height. If you have any questions about the process of creating Bridge Movies or embedding Handviewer presentations in your web pages, please e-mail our technical support department: support@bridgebase.com


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