Q-plus Bridge: Version 7.8

The following text contains a list of features of Q-plus Bridge 7.8, released in September 2004.
The total development time (since its start in 1990) is now approximately 12.000 hours.

User Interface in General

- The Windows user interface is easy to handle, even for users with little experience with PCs.
  The careful display of cards and hidden cards, the suit and hand arrangements create a homely feeling for a bridge player.

- Context sensitive help texts are available with all screens.

- The product is shipped in a box with a printed manual.

Dealing & Deal Management

- A practically unlimited number of program dealt hands are available.
  These deals can be identified by a unique deal number.

- Own hands can be entered; they can be managed (saved and restored) within the program.

- Hands can be pretty-printed and exported to an HTML format which includes the graphical
  representation of the cards. Such hands in HTML format can be, for example, loaded into
  an editor, or used for web sites.

- Deals can be taken from deal files, both from self created files and from shipped deals
  from tournaments.

- It is possible to enter remarks to the hands.

- The PBN-format (public bridge notation) is supported, both for importing and
  for exporting deals, making an exchange with deals from other sources easy.

- A deal filter can be used to select only interesting hands (e.g. strong South hands).


- Many bidding systems are shipped, which can be defined and modified using more
  than 150 treatments and conventions, which is done via an integrated convention editor.

- Help features during bidding:

  - Explanation and evaluation of the meaning of done bids.

  - Bidding list: Displays the meaning of the possible bids in a given situation.

  - Bidding warning: Warns the user if he is about to make a bid which is probably very wrong.

  - Bidding hint: Shows the bid which the program would select.


- Several playing strengths levels are available, for optimal use of the PC
   where Q-plus Bridge runs.

- Choices between several popular lead and signalling conventions are possible

- Help features during playing:

  - Display of the estimated probabilities of hidden cards.

  - Play warning: Warns the user if he is about to play a probably very weak card.

  - Playing hint: Shows the card which the program would select.

- The program does normally not cheat (i.e. does not look into the cards of the other players),
   but can be instructed to do so.

Scoring and Analyzing

- After a deal has been played...

   - its play can be reviewed trick by trick

   - it can be repeated by the program to compare its behaviour against that of the user.
      The repetition can cover both bidding and playing, or only playing.

- Scoring can be done either according the Rubber method, or IMPs, or Matchpoints.

- A comparison of the own score is possible, see below.

- Scoring results can be saved and restored for a later continuation.

Comparison Funtions

These possibilities for a comparison make the game more exciting and also provide more information as you get a better feedback about your own performance.
Version 7.8 contains about 2000 Pairs and about 2500 Team tournament deals.

Further Features

- Bids and played cards can be undone. The play can be completed by the program, if desired.
  The play may also be finished via a claim, the claim can be checked.

- A tournament mode is available, where the program knows only one hand.

- The CD contains Q-plus Bridge in three languages (English, French, German),
  which the user can switch.

- Q-plus Bridge can be played by two persons over a TCP/IP net
  (also over Internet) or directly over a modem.

System requirements

- PC with a Pentium (or equivalent) processor.
- Operating system Windows 98,Me, 2000,XP.
- A CD drive is necessary for the installation.

Improvements of version 7.8 against version 7.5