There are currently two methods of entering tips into Wests:
manually (see below), and through
a web script. In the future (no set date, I'm fairly busy!)
I plan to release a version that allows tipsters to tip over a
network and have the tips integrated into the competition
automatically with no work required by the competition
Manual entry is the simplest method of entering tips but it requires a
fair bit of work on the part of the competition administrator - this
is probably only feasible for competitions where you have a handful
of tipsters, or only a few games per round.
Initially when you open the window, there will only be a row of
boxes at the top and the very bottom section of the window visible.
The basic idea here is to select a tipster, authenticate them by
entering the password (into the invisible box! You should see it though)
and then clicking the authenticate button. (If you are the administrator
entering tips manually for others, and you don't know their password,
you can use the administrator password in place of the tipster's password).
Then you will see the middle section appear, where you can select...
There are also a variety of options for importing tips sent over the web
to footytips.net. In each email containing
tips, there is a line at the end beginning with Wests: If you enter the
data on that line after Wests into the box where it says Enter tipping string,
then those tips will be entered into the program. Likewise, clicking
on the button "Read single tipping string from clipboard" reads the data off
Windows' clipboard. If you have downloaded a tipping log file from footytips.net,
then you can import the tips using the Load tips from downloaded log file option.
- Select a game: This replaces the data in the right side of the
window with data for the selected game. You cannot select a game that
has been completed - see fixtures and results.
- Your tip: Which team do you want? Or you can revoke tips or change them
easily here. Don't forget to save any changes!
- Margin: Only visible for games where the margin is required for tipping.
- Save tip: Saves the currently displayed tip.
- Enter a tipping string: Used to enter a batch of tips for a tipster -
see the section below. I will not describe the format of the string since
it uses internal data which users don't have direct access to.
- Save (tipping string): Saves the tipping string currently displayed.
Note that if the tipping string contains tips for a game that has already
been completed, no tips will be accepted.
- Use clipboard: Rather than entering the tipping string into the box
and then clicking save, if a tipping string is currently on the clipboard
(using cut or copy from another program), this function allows you to
save it directly off the clipboard without having to first paste it into
the tipping string box.
- OK: Commits changes. Note the lack of a cancel button on this window!
Any changes are changed for good.
Wests Tipping Software
Version 1.4.5 29/05/2011 (Version history)
Wests © 2003-11 Daniel Wedge