QuickDog Online User's Guide
Introduction Part 1:
Click below to watch the introductory QuickDog Video
If you were able to watch the video linked to above and feel that it was helpful, CLICK HERE to view all our videos of QuickDog's various features - this web page is under construction as we add videos like the one above. The information below goes into more depth on the features covered in the introductory video.
This is your QuickDog User's Guide and since no other printed material is available, you should keep this web page handy as you work with QuickDog. Don't simply close this page.
NOTE - While using QuickDog, if you press the F1 key on your keyboard, and you are online, this User's Guide will appear in Internet Explorer and you will see the portion of this guide which tells you how to use the last Menu Bar command you selected. For example, if you select the "Select Standard Method" from the menu bar while using QuickDog, the Standard Method will appear. If you then press the F1 key on your keyboard, this portion of the User's Guide will appear - "Standard Method". If this feature doesn't work for you, please update QuickDog here -
Novice Users and Professionals can use QuickDog
QuickDog has been designed with 2 types of users in mind. The first type of user doesn't want to learn about the software, he or she simply wants it to give them a quick idea of the contenders in today's races. If you are that type of user, then we recommend you simply let QuickDog produce a "P04E Tipsheet" for you. You may stop reading here, and simply click on this link to learn about accessing the P04E Tipsheet.
The second type of user wants to use QuickDog to create his or her own personal handicapping tool. This user is willing to read about and learn about the many features of QuickDog. This process will take a while but soon the user will find that using QuickDog is fast and easy. This User's Guide is for the serious greyhound handicapper and there is plenty of information on all the features of QuickDog from simple and automatic downloading of racing information to creating your own method by learning to program with QuickDog.
Though QuickDog has features that take time to learn and to understand, other features are designed so that a new user can learn them more quickly. To introduce some basic concepts of QuickDog and boost the new user's confidence in using QuickDog we'll start with concepts such as accessing race programs and QuickDog Tipsheets produced by QuickReckoning.
Now that you've installed QuickDog and its desktop icon appears on your desktop, simply double-click that icon to start QuickDog. The initial license page will quite clearly indicate to you that QuickDog is strictly for your personal use. You may install the software on up to 3 computers that you personally use. It is not permissible to install that software at your house, and at the homes of two friends. But it is permissible to, for example, install a copy on your home system, a system at work (if allowed), and on a traveling computer, a laptop, for example.
Navigating QuickDog using the Mouse
QuickDog processes recent racing information so that a user can predict the results of today's racing card by comparing the dogs against one another.
Figure 1 - QuickDog License
Some users may want to change the size of the QuickDog display. You can change the window size using the "Edit" menu bar item - See "Edit" to the left side/top of this page. Screen images taken for our online user's guide were all done using the smallest window size for easier loading and to take up less space in the help pages.
For most of its navigation and operation QuickDog uses only two mouse buttons. The Left Mouse Button is used to select features and to select inputs. These features include those available from the Menu Bar in addition to features represented by rectangular boxes which appear slightly 3 dimensional on the displays and popup menus. The Right Mouse Button will either accept an entered value or return to a previous menu or both at once. Rarely will you use the keyboard at all, and typically only when editing a file associated with the program. In addition the F1 Key can be used to get online help at any time. Now let's use QuickDog to download our race data.
Downloading Racing Data
Click the Left Mouse Button while the cursor is on the "button" labeled "I AGREE" - See Figure 1.
Figure 2 - Ready to Download Racing Information from the Internet
Each time you start QuickDog you will be presented with this page after agreeing to the license. Make it a habit that on the first use of the day you download racing data that is produced within the last 24 hours or since you last downloaded data.
You may also use this menu to access QuickReckoning's Tipsheets for popular race tracks - just click on the "CREATE A TIPSHEET NOW" button and follow the simple prompts. If you can not understand the process of selecting tipsheets, then click here for more information.
Once you downloaded the racing data you need, and you're ready to begin handicapping a race, then click "HANDICAP NOW".
If you are handicapping with QuickDog and something seems wrong with your database, then you should quit QuickDog, restart it, and once you see the display in Figure 2, SELECT THE "REBUILD MY DATABASE" button.
At the bottom of this page is a link to the online user's guide that you are reading right now. Click this button to display this web page and then you can navigate to all the QuickDog features by using the menu to the left hand side of each display.
In the paragraphs that follow this guide will address the remaining 2 buttons on this page.
QuickDog's main strengths are its abilities to use historical data to improve your handicapping. It can be quite difficult and time consuming finding historical race data with other greyhound handicapping software. QuickDog makes it easy and fast!
QuickReckoning's free data includes current and historical data (up to 1 year back) for most of the popular tracks in the United States.
Accessing Historical Data
From Figure 2 - click on the "DOWNLOAD HISTORICAL DATA FOR YOUR TRACKS" button.
Figure 3 - Choosing Historical Data
Having selected the "DOWNLOAD HISTORICAL DATA...." button, the user is immediately prompted to select the number of months of historical data desired. Six to twelve months is sufficient for most features, so we've taken steps to provide up to 12 months of historical racing data for all our tracks.
Figure 4 - Months of History Data Desired
If you will handicap with QuickDog you should first download several months of history for your favorite track. While learning to use QuickDog you may not want to download more than one track. Later on, if you decide to subscribe to QuickDog you can download more data. Let's choose to download 4 months of history for Gulf Greyhound. Click on the the "4" button in Figure 4 above. The list of available tracks will then appear - see Figure 5.
Figure 5 - GULF GREYHOUND SELECTED - Click DONE
Click on GULF GREYHOUND and note the color change to YELLOW (Selected). Now click the DONE Button and QuickDog will access the past 4 months of QuickDog data for GULF GREYHOUND PARK. If you have a fast internet connection, then this access will happen very quickly. If you use a dial up connection this process will take much more time. Be patient, and do not interrupt this process - see Figure 6.
Figure 6 - QuickDog downloads 4 Months of Data for Gulf Greyhound Park
QuickDog automatically downloads your history then builds your database so that QuickDog can access and handicap these historical race programs. Once this process is completed Figure 3 (see above) will reappear and you should continue by downloading the most recent data by clicking "DOWNLOAD RECENT PROGRAM/CHARTS". Downloading this data is similar to downloading history except you are not queried for historical months. Rather, after selecting your track, and selecting CONTINUE, QuickDog will then prompt you to select the number of DAYS BACK and the number of DAYS FORWARD to both access past race charts and future race programs - Figure 6a.
Figure 6a - Selecting Recent Programs (days forward and back)
QuickDog's history which you've just downloaded is typically updated and is as recent as 2 days ago. For example, if today is Tuesday, then QuickDog's history is current for Sunday's race programs and results. Therefore, when selecting the days back, you would merely do 1 day back to pick up the results for yesterday's race program. If you download data each day, this would be sufficient. However, if you miss a day, or two, or more, up to 7 days, then you can either redownload history or select up to 7 days back in order to remain current with your tracks data.
One other important note is that different tracks publish future programs differently so that one track may have a future program 3 days ahead of the date of that race program while other tracks may only be 2 days ahead or even 1 day ahead. Typically tracks have up to 2 days available for future race dates.
WAIT for QuickDog to Process the Data
While in the process of downloading the data, QuickDog's display will update with messages describing the progress. If this information stops updating for more than FIVE minutes using a high speed connection, then something is wrong, and you should probably simply close QuickDog and try again. However, sometimes this slowdown can be because of a problem in your access of the internet and sometimes this can be corrected automatically by QuickDog.
After QuickDog converts your data files, Figure 3 will appear. Notice that the Menu Bar is NOT available. It is grayed out. The Menu Bar is only available after you select a race program to handicap. The process of selecting a race program to handicap is explained in Part 2 of this Introductory Section of QuickDog - Click Below
Click HERE to go to "Introduction: Part 2"
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