Better HUD Performance in Update 2.21?

I made a couple of tweaks in the latest Poker Copilot update that may improve HUD performance. This is for people who have found that the HUD gets laggy or disappears when multi-tabling for a couple of hours.

The changes are:

  • If you minimise or close the main Poker Copilot window, it will stop auto-refreshing within ten seconds of a hand finishing.
  • The Poker Copilot menu bar has a View -> Auto-Refresh item which toggles auto-refresh off and on. This can also be used to stop the main window auto-refreshing.

 I’d be happy to hear if this improves things for those of you having the laggy-HUD-when-multitabling problems.

Preview of Poker Copilot 2.21 Ready to Download

Poker Copilot 2.21 is now available to download.

Caveat: There’s a lot of new things in this release. Which means there is a lot of potential for problems. If you try 2.21 and something goes wrong, you can easily replace it with the current release version.

What’s changed:

  • There’s a poker room filter
  • There’s a hand type filter
  • There’s an advanced statistic filter
  • There’s now a bar below the toolbar that shows your current filter selection
  • There’s a reset button to make it easy to clear complicated filters
  • Hand Summary, Player Summary, Position Summary, and Stake Level Summary now have a “Get Info” option when you right-click or ctrl-click.
  • Double clicking on any item in the Tournament Summary, Hand Summary, Player Summary, Position Summary, and Stake Level Summary shows you a detailed list of hands for that item.
  • The Hand Replayer works with all the new detailed list of hands.
  • There’s a new “Auto-refresh” option in the View menu which you can turn off for improved HUD performance

What’s fixed:

  • Run It Twice hands now show correct winnings
  • Handling of uncalled big blind in OnGame Network hands
  • Results for Full Tilt tournaments with some odd results caused by late entries have been fixed
  • UltimateBet support now works with the newly-named app: UB
  • Detection of play money tournaments and ring games in Full Tilt (they changed their hand histories. Again.)

What’s coming next:

Good question! For the first time in many months, I don’t have a clear road map of what improvements I intend to do next. So this is a good time to vote up your favourite suggestion.

Update Instructions:

  1. Download version 2.21 here.
  2. Open the downloaded file.
  3. Drag the Poker Copilot icon to the Applications icon.
  4. If prompted to replace an existing version, confirm that you do want to replace.

Now you’re done and ready to hit the tables.

Any Performance Issues With Poker Copilot 2.20?

Are you having performance issues with Poker Copilot 2.20 (the current release)? If so, I’d love to know.

Particularly, I’d like to know:

* Is the HUD slow to update for you? If so, how slow is it? 1 second? 10 seconds? 30 seconds? How many tables are you playing at the same time? The HUD should be updating within 1 second of a hand finishing.

* Are the dashboards/summaries taking too long to update? If so, how many hands do you have in your database? How long is it taking? Is there one particular screen it is more noticeable on? Is it slow with the default filter options? Is it slow with a certain combination of filters? The dashboards should auto-update within 10 seconds of a hand finishing (but only if all your older hand history files are already loaded).

My current understanding is 2.20 performs well. But if I don’t ask, I don’t find out.

Another Nifty Feature

Many Poker Copilot users have long wanted to do this: drill down into the data to see specific hands. I have this now working as a proof-of-concept. For example, here’s my Position Summary for some play money hands:

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By double-clicking on a position I can see all the hands I’ve played in that position:

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The new filters (poker room, hand type, advanced) are applied throughout.

I intend to add this to the Tournament Summary, Hand Type Summary, Player Summary, Stake Level Summary, and Position Summary.

If the approach I’ve taken looks familiar, it’s because I borrowed heavily from iTunes.

Advanced Filtering

Yesterday I showed what’s coming in better filtering for Poker Copilot. I want to make something clearer: You can select more than one statistic from the Advanced menu. Here I’ve filtered by “Made a Blind Steal Attempt, “Had Opportunity to Check-raise” and “Won at Showdown”.

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You can turn on every filter in this menu if you desire, although it wouldn’t be very useful.

Here’s a sample of a real, working query using multiple advanced filters. Note the new “what’s my current filter” bar between the toolbar and dashboard.

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Nifty New Poker Copilot Features?

Some people seem curious to know what these could be. How about more filters for a start?

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These are currently functional and will be included in the next Poker Copilot update.

And “Advanced”? What could that be? 🙂

The design is not final but the Advanced Filter will be something like this:

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More goodies to come…

Got Backups?

About once a week I get the e-mail:

My hard disk died and I lost everything including all my e-mail. Can you please resend my Poker Copilot license key?

Backing up used to be manual and messy. You had an excuse for not doing it. Today you don’t have an excuse. Hard drives are mechanical. They wear out. The break down. With no warning. You lose everything if you don’t have a backup.

Here is Steve’s simple two-step process for keeping reliable back-ups of your Mac hard drive for little money and little effort.

Step 1: I plead with you to buy yourself a cheap 1 Terabyte external hard drive. Plug it in, turn on Time Machine, and you are done. That takes care of on-site backups.

Step 2: Time Machine doesn’t protect you against burglary or fire, either of which will consume your backup drive as well as your Mac. With today’s always-on high-speed Internet, you can use Jungle Disk for off-site backups. It runs in the background, sending copies of your data offsite. Cheap, reliable, important.

If you have never suffered a hard disk melt-down, you are lucky. Chances are one day you will. I did. Lost a lot of photos. Most of my photos from my adventure crossing the Sahara Desert from Morocco into western Africa. Broke my heart.