This Quick-Start Guide will get you going with your first Event Season database and your first competition event. We're just covering the basics here to get you started, we would encourage you to dive deeper into this document to take advantage of the full functionality that Finish-Time has to offer. Elsewhere in this document we provide a more immersive explanation on topics like the PAX Indexes and how to update them, etc.
If you haven’t already done so, you will be prompted for your Club Name and License Key every time you start Finish-Time. If you are only evaluating Finish-Time for now, just click Demo. Otherwise, enter your club’s name and License Key, then click Register. Your License Key can be copied from your finish-time.com account that was used to purchase this key.
Timer configuration is found in the Preference/Options window.
Then click on the Timer menu item on the left side of the Options window.
Your timer uses an RS-232 interface to send data to the computer. But that communication channel must be opened first by configuring Finish-Time to access one of your computer’s serial ports.
Select the serial port in which the timer is Connected To and the Timer Model that you are using. Test the configuration by turning on the timer and pressing the "Start" and "Stop" buttons on the timer. If the port is active, the time should appear in the "Finish" panel.See No Response from Timer to troubleshoot serial port issues.
In this section, we will create a new Season Event Database. Finish-Time keeps all points competition events in a single database, by doing this, we can calculate both competition points and any optional "Club" points that your club uses. Example: Points for Chairing an event. So, if your club has scheduled 12 Autocross events this season, all 12 of them will be embedded into the database we're going to create next.
Click File > New Database
The New Season Database wizard appears, you have to options here. Import Properties fro a Previous Event. That would be a Finish-Time Database from last year or Use Default Properties.
Whichever choice you make, you will have the opportunity update your current Classes and PAX Indexes. In this example, choose Use Default Properties, then Click Next.
Selecting Check on-line for updated PAX/RTP Indexes, Finish-Time will go to our website to retrieve the updated indexes if they exist. Click Next.
Select a location to save the database.
The Importing process begins while updating the PAX Indexes as needed...
And now you have your first Event Season Database. Next up: Creating your first Competition Event.
Select Tools > Event Manager
Ensure the Home panel is selected from the menu on the left side of the Event Manger window. Then Click the button.
Enter the event Location, Chair, Name as above. Run Count is the number of expected timed runs each driver make. Split Times defaults to none, but with additional timing units, you can capture up to 2 split times between Start and Finish.
Points event defaults to YES. Choosing NO here will exclude the event from the final points tally.
Click OK to confirm.
Printing event results is easy, just click the Print tool bar button and select Results.
However, printed results look best when printed Landscape. To configure your printer for Landscape, select View > Report and click the Event Results button on the Report Setup menu bar.
Once the preview is drawn, click the Page Setup tool bar button and select Landscape from your Page Setup dialog. MS Windows will also let you adjust all four margins for the best fit.
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