[Callers] Apps for callers?

Colin Hume colin at colinhume.com
Tue Apr 12 01:50:43 PDT 2011

On Mon, 11 Apr 2011 01:19:21 -0700, Will Kruse wrote:
> To those who have explore technological options for organizing your
> dances, what have you come up with?  I'm starting to see more
> laptops, PDAs, tablets, and smartphones at dances so does anyone
> know how that's working?  What software are you using?

I've written my own Dance Organiser program, which you can download 
from  http://www.colinhume.com/download.htm  and try before you buy.  
(It runs on Windows.)  I hadn't planned to use it for calling, but my 
eyes have deteriorated over the last couple of years and I can't read 
the cards without glasses - and I can't watch the dancers WITH 
glasses!  So the program will now display the instructions for the 
current dance full-screen (you can specify the text size), you can 
scroll up and down using [PgUp] and [PgDn] if it's a long dance, and 
you can move between dances using the left and right arrow keys.
I used it all last weekend, including a session of "Squares and 
Contras without a Walkthrough" where I was jumping from one dance to 
another while calling, and it works fine.  It tells me how many 
minutes before the next session starts, or how many minutes before the 
current session finishes, which I find really useful.  And it will 
play recorded music.  Also the lap-top is much lighter than my case of 
cards, and if I'm calling abroad I would normally take my lap-top with 
me anyway.

Colin Hume

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