This is not a detail history. It does not mention all changes in detail.


Version 8.7.0 (7.29.16)

- improved the computer's cube play at the end of a game
- fixed any know problems
- check out all (32) of the additional board styles at http://bestbackgammon.com/absolute/html/otherboards.htm

Version 8.6.9 (3.10.16)

- improved compatibility with El Capitan

Version 8.6.7 (8.27.15)

- made changes to the computer conceding routine
- fixed any know problems

Version 8.6.5 (3.8.15)

- made changes to improve compatibility with Yosemite
- fixed a problem in Board Setup
- fixed several minor problems

Version 8.6.1 (10.20.14)

- made changes to improve compatibility with Yosemite (the new version of OSX just released)

Version 8.6 (8.20.14)

- made changes to improve compatibility with Yosemite (the new version of OSX to be released)
- fixed several minor problems

Version 8.5.5 (6.30.14)

- saving a game would cause the program to crash. Fixed

Version 8.5.4 (6.24.14)

- no code changes. Reverted to the previous version of the developement software to fix a probem

Version 8.5.3 (6.23.14)

- fixed a problem that happens in languages other than english

Version 8.5.2 (6.20.14)

- fixed a couple of minor problems causes by changes version 8.5
- added changes for Italian and German for changes

Version 8.5.1 (6.19.14)

- fixed a couple of minor problems causes by changes to the previous version
- changed the Registration menu to the Purchase menu

Version 8.5 (6.14.14)

- The game now includes 2 default boards. In addition to the Green Glass board, a larger Wood board can be selected from the File menu
- many other minor changes
- this version requires a new password. If you have purchased in the last year, it is free. Email me at absolutegammon@aol.com.

Version 8.1.3 (4.14.14)

- fixed a situation where getting information could crash the game program
- displaying the pipcount in the smaller Wood Board affected the cube appearance. Fixed.

Version 8.1.2 (10.22.13)

- changes to make it compatible with Mavericks

Version 8.1.1 (10.20.13)

- minor program changes
- works with OSX 10.5 (Snow Leopard) and later including Mountain Lion!

Version 8.1 (7.23.13)

- improved cube handling with the Jacoby rule selected
- improved play with no backgammons selected
- minor improvement in play in general
- fixed any known problems
- works with OSX 10.5 (Snow Leopard) and later including Mountain Lion!

Version 8.0.3 (3.2.13)

- works with OSX 10.5 (Snow Leopard) and later including Mountain Lion!
- New in 8.0 - Rollout Position - the ability to do rollouts was added in version 8. Access it in the Game menu.
- fixed a problem of not being able to pick up multiple pieces in certain situations
- fixed several minor problems

Version 8.0 (12.24.12)

- works with OSX 10.5 (Snow Leopard) and later including Mountain Lion!
- New - Rollout Position - the ability to do rollouts was added in version 8. Access it in the Game menu.
- sounds were slightly changed in version 7.7.7. The old versions of the sounds are back.
- for Drag Pieces and Select One Only, can now put the moves back in the order they were moved by picking them up and moving them back
- several other minor enhancements
- fixed several minor problems
- check out all (32) of the additional board styles at http://bestbackgammon.com/absolute/html/otherboards.htm

Version 7.7.7 (10.7.12)

- works with OSX 10.5 (Snow Leopard) and later including Mountain Lion!
- fixed potential problems with the Auto Finish feature
- made significant changes to the code for replaying with the same dice and code relating to the "Random Dice Rolls" file
- fixed any known problems
- versions 7.7.5 and 7.7.6 were created but never released except for testing

Version 7.7.3 (10.4.12)

- works with OSX 10.5 and later including Mountain Lion
- fixed a problem with the new Auto Finish feature
- fixed any known problems

Version 7.7.2 (10.3.12)

- works with OSX 10.5 and later including Mountain Lion
- fixed a problem with the new Auto Finish feature

Version 7.7.1 (10.2.12)

- works with OSX 10.5 and later including Mountain Lion
- Apple's sound routines don't work correctly on all machines so had to make a workaround
- fixed a problem with the new Auto Finish feature
- fixed any known problems

Version 7.7 (9.30.12)

- works with OSX 10.5 and later including Mountain Lion
- with Mountain Lion the game would crash if your computer was awoken from sleep (due to sound routines). Fixed.
- made several interface enhancements

Version 7.6.8 (8.22.12)

- works with OSX 10.5 and later including Mountain Lion
- made changes so the game can be run on Mountain Lion when only trusted developers is selected

Version 7.6.7 (8.18.12)

- fixed a problem with the Select One Only move method
- fixed any know problems

Version 7.6.6 (8.18.12)

- works with Lion and Mountain Lion
- fixed a problem with the Select One Only move method
- fixed any know problems
- check out all (32) of the additional board styles at http://bestbackgammon.com/absolute/html/otherboards.htm

Version 7.6.5 (8.2.12)

- maded improvements to the "Select Multiple" piece move method
- fixed any know problems

Version 7.6.4 (7.24.12)

- added a new feature - Auto Finish. Command-A (or in the Actions menu).
- fixed a couple of problems with Easy Moves, and Match Play

Version 7.6.3 (6.22.12)

- cube advice and rolls left could have given an incorrect answer. fixed.
- fixed any known problems

Version 7.6.2 (6.12.12)

- made several minor code changes
- fixed any known problems

Version 7.6 (4.12.12)

- added Matches Won to the running stats. Stats were accumulated but never shown.
- improved the concede function
- fixed any know problems

Version 7.5.6 (1.25.12)

- made changes to reduce potential problems caused by multi-core processors

Version 7.5.5 (1.20.12) app store only

- an improved game icon

Version 7.5.4 (1.18.12) app store only

- a new game icon required for the app store

Version 7.5.3 (1.10.12) app store only

- 1st app store version
- minor changes, other than changes to allow it to work with the app store

Version 7.5.2 (12.3.11)

- fixed a problem with checking for a newer version on startup and winner rolls first selected and the computer opponent goes first
- fixed any known problems
- this version requires a new password. Don't replace your version previous to 7.5 unless you are sure you want to upgrade.

Version 7.5.1 (12.2.11)

- still works with Lion
- version 7.5 had a problem with Lion when it was checking for the latest version. Fixed
- several other minor changes/enhancements
- check out all (32) of the additional board styles at http://bestbackgammon.com/absolute/html/otherboards.htm
- this version requires a new password. Don't replace your version previous to 7.5 unless you are sure you want to upgrade.

Version 7.5.0 (11.29.11)

still works with Lion
made many improvements including:
- added options to the end of game dialog for Match Play
- updated the manual
- improved the dice distribution and analysis display
- the "Dice Rolls Analysis" file was improved
- added more commands to voice recognition play
- modest improvements for the computer opponent in game play and cube action
also fixed several minor problems including:
- several voice commands did not work correctly due to previous changes
- the "Continue" button did not show correctly in some dialogs after changed from "Done"
- the session stats could be lost if quit the program then continue the match when the game program is restarted
- if the sound level was set to 1, the sound would be turned off at startup of the game program
- command-C could have caused a crash
- with 2 pieces picked up from the bar, 1 piece could have used all of the roll to create an illegal move
several other minor changes/enhancements
fixed all know problems/bugs
check out all (32) of the additional board styles at http://bestbackgammon.com/absolute/html/otherboards.htm
this version requires a new password. Don't replace your previous version unless you are sure you want to upgrade.

Version 7.2.5 (9.6.11)

- several minor interface changes
- a new larger board will be available in a couple of days - the Shagreen Board
- your can find the new board and over 30 others at: http://bestbackgammon.com/absolute/html/otherboards.htm
- fixed any know problems
- Absolute Backgammon works with OSX 10.5 or later including Lion
- older versions work with all previous versions of the Mac OS

Version 7.2.4 (6.17.11)

- on some machines, was a problem with a language message the first time the game is started. Fixed
- fixed any know problems
- check out all (32) of the additional boards with 2 new larger boards added recently at http://bestbackgammon.com/absolute/html/otherboards.htm

Version 7.2.3 (6.10.11)

- moved the "Random Dice File" back to the desktop

Version 7.2.2 (5.20.11)

- in the upgrade policy dialog, the Continue button did not show properly
- several minor interface changes
- fixed any know problems

7.2.1 (4/28/11)

- in the previous version (7.2) when using a language other than english, game messages were still in english. Fixed.

7.2 (4/28/11)

- made many changes getting ready for an app store version
- files are no longer saved in the documents folder - are now saved in the Applications Support folder
- your information/stats will not be lost by the above change.
- fixed any know problems

7.1.4 (3/25/11)

- made a couple of minor code changes for the new larger board styles
- check out the new 2 large and gorgeous board styles by Marco Olivares: Wood and Seven Seas - fixed any other known problems

7.1.3 (3/6/11)

-if other than Highest Die Rolls first was selected, there could have been a problem. Fixed
- fixed any other known problems

7.1.2 (2/27/11)

- the game could crash if the Tutor mode was selected (caused by a change in v7.0)
- fixed any other known problems

7.1.1 (12/31/10)

- wasn't working wity Tiger (10.4). Now does.

7.1 (12/26/10)

- made changes to use a new larger wood board. Can be found on http://www.bestbackgammon.com/absolute/html/otherboards.htm
- made several other minor interface changes/improvement

7.0 (10/28/10)

This is a major update:

New features:
- added a "Take Back Cube" button
- added a "Undo Roll" button
- adding a new move method. Cick On Piece - left die 1stv - added last turn data to the drawer window
- added speak dice option in Preferences.../Sound tab
- added "Replay With Same Dice" to the end of game dialog
- added "Replay With Opponent's Dice" to the end of game dialog
- added "Show Pip Count" option to Misc tab
- added key stoke to tell if the computer would accept or decline a double

Speech Recognition enhancements:
- added commands for new features
- added "What can I say" to display possible commands in a situation
- made many changes to improve the experience of using it

Other: - improved both move choices and cube action for the computer opponent
- the piece movement routine has been revamped to give smoother piece movement in the U version
- made many minor changes and enhancements
- there were lots of code changes. Please report any problems that I didn't catch.

This version requires a new password. Don't replace your previous version unless you are sure you want to upgrade.

6.7.9 (9/7/10)

- command-z (undo) wasn't working correctly in v6.7.8. Fixed.
- works with Snow Leopard (and Leopard and Tiger)
- there are both universal and PPC versions of the game

6.7.8 (9/1/10)

- fixed some math operations that were not correct in the universal version
- fixed any known problems
- works with Snow Leopard (and Leopard and Tiger)
- there are both universal and PPC versions of the game

6.7.6 (7/13/10)

- when the game is started, if the sound was off, it could have been turned on by mistake. Now is keeps the off setting.
- when playing with another person, if a player was on the bar behind an inner board prime, play couldn't continue. Fixed.
- fixed any known problems
- works with Snow Leopard (and Leopard and Tiger)
- there are both universal and PPC versions of the game

6.7.5 (6/2/10)

- in the PPC version of 6.7.4, pressing the Help button did not bring up the Help dialog . Now does.
- several other minor enhancements
- fixed any known problems
- works with Snow Leopard (and Leopard and Tiger)
- there are both universal and PPC versions of the game

6.7.4 (5/4/10)

- improved cube accepting by the computer opponent
- several other minor enhancements
- fixed any known problems
- works with Snow Leopard (and Leopard and Tiger)
- there are both universal and PPC versions of the game

6.7.3 (4/1/10)

- changed the way speech is handled when entering your name
- several other minor enhancements
- fixed any known problems
- works with Snow Leopard (and Leopard and Tiger)
- there are both universal and PPC versions of the game

6.7.2 (3/4/10)

- changed Click On Piece move method to Click On Piece - largest 1st.
- with the above move method, can now take back a piece with the secondary mouse button and
- can use all of the roll by holding down the command key.
- fixed a problem where the computer opponent might pass the cube when a gammon was possible
- improved the Print Game Detail
- several other minor enhancements/changes
- fixed any known problems
- check out all (30) of the additional boards with 2 new larger boards added recently
- works with Snow Leopard (and Leopard and Tiger)

6.7 (1/25/10)

- made some changes to the code for Human Play and Board Set Up
- several other minor changes/enhancements
- check out the 2 new large boards (bestbackgammon.com)
- works with Snow Leopard (and Leopard and Tiger)

6.6.9 (1/6/10)

- the first Universal version

6.6.8 (1/6/10)

- made some updates to the manual and some help
- command-N will start a new game now.
- New Game does not show the end game dialog now. But a game loss and a point loss will still be recorded in stats.
- fixed a couple of problems with the Tutor
- board setup was not working correctly if a move method other than Select Multiple was selected. Fixed.
- several other minor changes/fixes
- check out the 2 new large boards
- there is a beta Universal version on the game's website at bestbackgammon.com/absolute
- works with Snow Leopard with Rosetta installed

6.6.5 (12/24/09)

- have introduced 2 new larger board styles for higher resolution monitors - Leather and Wood & Leather
- made changes to better accommodate the larger boards.
- there is a beta Universal version on the game's website at bestbackgammon.com/absolute
- works with Snow Leopard with Rosetta installed

6.6.3 (12/18/09)

- made several changes/fixes to the handling of new board styles
- made the suggestions dialog partially transparent
- the Help button might not have been working in the last version. Should work now.
- made several other minor enhancements
- there is a beta Universal version on the game's website at bestbackgammon.com/absolute
- works with Snow Leopard with Rosetta installed

6.6.2 (12/03/09)

- there is a Universal version on the game's website at bestbackgammon.com/absolute
- the black background is no longer the default setting. It can still be selected in the Actions menu or by pressing the Z key.
- works with Snow Leopard with Rosetta installed

6.6.1 (10/27/09)

- there is a Universal version on the game's website at bestbackgammon.com/absolute
- with Load Game on Startup selected, the menus are grayed until after the computer made its first move. Not now.
- with Load Game on Startup selected, if a move was made (partial turn) when the game was quit, the move could not be taken back when the game was restarted. Can be now.
- works with Snow Leopard with Rosetta installed

6.6 (10/7/09)

- many minor changes to the code (most for the Universal version)
- the Universal version is available at bestbackgammon.com/absolute
- several minor interface enhancements
- fixed any know problems
- works with Snow Leopard!

6.5.2 (8/18/09)

- added the Italian translations for the enhanced Tutor mode
- improved the dice rolls display dialog - made several other minor interface enhancements - fixed and know problems - check out the other attractive board styles/skins that can be used with the game at: http://bestbackgammon.com/absolute/html/otherboards.htm

6.5.1 (8/11/09)

- added the German and Spanish translations for the enhanced Tutor mode

6.5 (7/27/09)

- this is a major update
- learn mode has been changed to tutor mode
- a tab was added to preferences for Tutor
- tutor mode is greatly enhanced over the learn mode in previous versions
- added a 5 Max on a row option
- each human player can have their own move method
- added the options to turn the entire screen black behind the board
- screen black can be toggled in Actions menu or by pressing the Z key - it is saved in preferences
- added version and id to the Help button display
- easy moves - before, had to use the shift-click to select the right die first. Now can use ctrl-click also. Much easier to use now.
- easy moves - on the first roll the dice order selected was not what was shown visually. Fixed
- added abillity to use S to close the suggestions window - added ability to use 1, 2 or 3 to select the suggested move. Can still click on them to select the move.
- instant replay has been added to human play
- several other interface enhancements
- fixed any know problems
- there were lots of code code changes. Please report any problems that I didn't catch.
- this version requires a new password. Don't replace your previous version unless you are sure you want to upgrade.


6.1.6 (6/22/09)

- in some endgame situations, the computer would offer a double, when a gammon was possible, when it shouldn't. Fixed. After checking it appears the problem was created during extensive code changes in version 6.0

6.1.5 (5/5/09)

- a maintenance update. Only made minor changes to the code and some text.
- fixed any known problems
- works with all Macs using OSX (including Leopard)

6.1.4 (4/2/09)

- changed the method for determining which half of the demo games can be completed.
- cursor hand was not opening after no more pieces were held
- made some logic changes for the option to pick up more than one piece at a time
- made several other minor changes
- fixed any known problems
- works with all Macs using OSX (including Leopard)

6.1.2 (3/3/09)

- made several non-interface changes to improve the program code.

6.1.1 (12/30/08)

- fixed 2 rare problems that most would never experience
- check out the other attractive board styles/skins that can be used with the game at: http://bestbackgammon.com/absolute/html/otherboards.htm
- works with Leopard and intel macs!

6.0.9 (11/26/08)

- when playing against another person, the persons name, that was being asked to accept a concede did not display correctly. Now does

6.0.8 (10/30/08)

- made several changes to improve the program code
- check out the other attractive board styles/skins that can be used with the game at: http://bestbackgammon.com/absolute/html/otherboards.htm
- works with Leopard and intel macs

6.0.7 (10/08/08)

- the file "Random Dice Rolls" was being saved in the AB package. So that is it easier to find, now it is saved on the Desktop.
- check out the other attractive board styles/skins that can be used with the game at: http://bestbackgammon.com/absolute/html/otherboards.htm
- works with Leopard and intel macs

6.0.6 (8/21/08)

- added the ability to enter the password/activation code using the Help button

6.0.5 (6/27/08)

- a problem was introduced into version 6.0.4. This version fixes it.

6.0.4 (6/26/08)

- winner rolls first could not be used with Match Play. Now can be used. Since it is not standard, it must be selected after a match is started. After that it will be your default setting until changed.
- several other minor changes.
- fixed any know problems

6.0.2 (5/14/08)

- selecting Swap Sides at the start of a game would cause a problem. Fixed.
- when Swap Sides was selected, the computer opponent would re-roll the dice if they were already rolled. Not not.
- the window title now is updated when the skill level is changed.
- fixed any know problems
- works with Leopard and intel macs

6.0 (4/21/08)

- doubling cube logic improved significantly for both accepting and offering doubles and advice.
- the logic for determining the computer's moves was improved modestly.
- New feature: added Help button to the button row for new users.
- New feature: added swap sides to the Actions menu. if the cmdKey is down when selected, only the pieces,dice, and cube are swapped - not passed to the computer player
- New option: added option to automatically roll the dice. Select in Preferences/Misc tab. Only for playing against the computer opponent when the cube is not being used.
- New option: added player65/gammonempire method of moving pieces to the move methods
- Beaver button was moved to the accept double dialog.
- added gamesAborted to the stats. If a game is aborted, the opponent wins a game worth the value of the cube and +1 aborted game
- new session, while in a game, will cause the above also.
- added Help tags to the buttons for English
- improved some of the German for menus and dialogs
- boardsetup - no dice rolled is the default now
- many other minor changes and enhancements
- fixed any know problems
- works with Leopard and intel macs

5.3.9 (4/3/08)

- if a saved game had bad data in it, and "Load Game On Startup" was selected, it could have prevented the game from starting. Fixed
- works with Leopard and intel macs

5.3.8 (2/27/08)

- When make best move (M) was selected, if there were no move, it would say "Keep Move?". Accurate but not descriptive. Now it says "You have no moves"
- fixed any known problems

5.3.7 (1/24/08)

- fixed 2 non-game playing problems (below) caused by the many changes made getting ready for an intel native version (universal). This could be the end of them.
- fixed a problem that could have caused problems with non-modal windows such as the Preferences and Help windows.
- in Human Play, enter name was not working correctly, now is.

5.3.6 (12/29/07)

- fixed several minor problems caused by the many changes since 5.2.4
- several minor interface enhancements
- check out the other attractive board styles/skins that can be used with the game at: http://bestbackgammon.com/absolute/html/otherboards.htm
- works with Leopard and intel macs

5.3.4 (12/24/07)

- if the suggestions window was opened several times then closed with the Done button, it could have crashed the game. Fixed.
- when entering the password, if the enter key was pressed instead of the Done button, it would say the password was incorrect. Fixed.
- fixed any known problems
- check out the other attractive board styles/skins that can be used with the game at: http://bestbackgammon.com/absolute/html/otherboards.htm
- works with Leopard and intel macs

5.3.3 (12/19/07)

- piece movement should now be more consistent over the various machines and versions of the OS
- many changes to get the game working better in OS 9
- If cmd-U was used to takeback a turn, it took back 2 turns instead of 1
- both player's dice were displaying as the same color. Not they are correct.
- several minor interface enhancements
- fixed any know problems
- works on Leopard and intel macs

5.3.2 (12/07/07)

- would get an unneeded warning message if a macfibs board was used. Not now.
- several other minor changes
- fixed any know problems
- works with Leopard and Intel macs
- thousands of code changes were made in v5.3 to get ready for a Universal version.

5.3.1 (12/01/07)

- not all of the 5 ways of quitting the program were working correctly. Hopefully fixed for all versions of the Mac OS.

5.3.0 (11/30/07)

- thousands of code changes were made getting the program ready for a Universal Binary version
- many minor interface changes were made in the process
- all know problems have been fixed
- all of the changes could have caused problems that testing didn't find. Please report even small problems to absolutegammon@aol.com
- I recommend keeping your previous version just in case you need it.

5.2.4 (10/17/07)

- improved the text display quality on some of the dialogs (all will be updated eventually)
- fixed any known problems
- check out the other attractive board styles/skins that can be used with the game at: http://bestbackgammon.com/absolute/html/otherboards.htm

5.2.3 (9/5/07)

- in Dutch, the concede menu item was not enabled. Now is.
- if a message was given during the time a piece was selected (like wrong direction), it was not cleared when the piece was put down. Now is.
- several other minor interface improvements
- fixed any known bugs
- check out the other attractive board styles/skins that can be used with the game at: http://bestbackgammon.com/absolute/html/otherboards.htm or use the Help menu in the game.

5.2.2 (9/1/07)

- one person reported a problem with the game crashing on startup that was a result of the game trying to determine what language the computer was using. It was changed so it wouldn't happen.

5.2.1 (8/28/07)

- some recent changes to the interface did not work properly when using OS 9. Fixed.
- several other minor interface improvements
- fixed any known bugs

5.2 (8/17/07)

- in a certain unusual situation, the possible move markers could have been incorrect. Fixed.
- in english, in Match Play, a couple of phrases were incorrect. Fixed.
- hopefully improved the board positioning when a new board style/skin is used
- made changes to better handle the current largest board size (the promised board will be available within a week)
- several other interface enhancements
- several other minor changes
- fixed any known problems

5.1.8 (8/1/07)

- several interface enhancements
- several other minor changes
- fixed any known problems

5.1.6 (6/19/07)

- if Random Player and Beaver Allowed were both selected, could get an error message when passing the cube. Is fixed.
- look for a larger glass board in the next week or 2 (it is ready now but need to get it on the web site)
- check out the other attractive board styles/skins that can be used with the game at: http://bestbackgammon.com/absolute/html/otherboards.htm

5.1.4 (5/17/07)

- the game could randomly and rarely get in a loop waiting for OS X to say that it was finished speaking a phrase (it never would). Now its leaves the waiting loop after 7 seconds.
- the dice rolls distribution display was improved
- the dice rolls analysis printout was improved (pressing the D key saves the file "Dice Rolls Analysis" in the game folder)
- several other minor changes
- check out the other attractive board styles/skins that can be used with the game at: http://bestbackgammon.com/absolute/html/otherboards.htm

5.1.1 (5/3/07)

- in v5.1 a gammon might be scored as a backgammon. Now fixed.
- check out the other attractive board styles/skins that can be used with the game at:
http://bestbackgammon.com/absolute/html/otherboards.htm

5.1 (5/2/07)

- the status (open or closed) of the info window is now saved in preferences. When the game program is started, it is restored to the state it was when the program was quit
- many minor changes were made to the program
- any know problems were fixed
- check out the other attractive board styles/skins that can be used with the game at:
http://bestbackgammon.com/absolute/html/otherboards.htm

5.0.6 (3/20/07)

- an extra Help menu was added by the development software in version 5.0.3. Have stopped it from appearing.
- a change made in 5.0.3 affected how boards/skins, created by some others, were displayed. This time it is really fixed.
- check out the other attractive board styles/skins that can be used with the game at:
http://bestbackgammon.com/absolute/html/otherboards.htm


5.0.5 (3/16/07)

- a change made in 5.0.3 affected how boards/skins, created by some others, were displayed. Has been fixed.
- check out the other attractive board styles/skins that can be used with the game at:
http://bestbackgammon.com/absolute/html/otherboards.htm

5.0.4 (3/13/07)

- the game icon mask was not working properly.
- check out the other attractive board styles/skins that can be used with the game at:
http://bestbackgammon.com/absolute/html/otherboards.htm

5.0.3 (3/12/07)

- Sound Level menu was not working properly for level 1 and Off. Is fixed.
- check out the other attractive board styles/skins that can be used with the game at:
http://bestbackgammon.com/absolute/html/otherboards.htm

5.0.2 (1/10/07)

- fix: a dialog informing non-US users how to play the game in a different language could have caused a problem on startup.

5.0.1 (12/31/06)

- cubes accepted stats was not being handled properly. Now is.
- added most of the Spanish for the new features in v5
- made some changes to the Italian and French
- in Get Info, the version was not being displayed correctly. Now is
- Happy New Year!

5.0 (12/24/06)

- implemented Match Play - can now play a Match against the computer opponent
- added a menu item for entering dice rolls manually
- added a menu item for changing the sound volume of the game
- added more information to the end-of-game dialog
- made some changes that should improve cube handling by the computer opponent and cube advice
- added Random to the Personalties. The personality is changed each play.
- added "Message Notification Sound" to Sound On options in Preferences.
- added "Time delay after dice roll" in Preferences.../Move tab
- expanded the size of tray when putting in pieces
- several other minor enhancements and changes
- Happy Holidays!

4.9.4 (12/12/06)

- fixed a problem, in demo mode only, where, at the start of about 25% of the games, after the 1st game, would not be able to move pieces.
- created this version with the previous version of the development software.

4.9.3 (12/8/06)

- With OS 9, would get a message about toolbox calls warning. Not now.
- the game did not always enforce the rule that a player must use as much of a dice roll as possible. Now does

4.9.2 (12/7/06)

- compiled with a new version of the development software
- several minor changes and interface enhancements

4.9.1 (11/12/06)

- fixed a startup dialog that didn't work correctly with OS 9

4.9 (10/31/06)

- if the Audio Out setting has been changed by another program, the game could freeze or the games sounds might not be heard. If it has been changed, the game, on startup, will give a message and turn off the sound to prevent possible game freezes.
- started a $5 Referral Program. You receive $5 for each order that is a result of your referral.
- several other minor changes/fixes

4.8.7 (10/13/06)

- can now input your own dice rolls. When it is your turn, press the Z key to toggle the option on and off. Press the buttons, that appear when you roll, to select the dice.
- several other minor enhancements/fixes

4.8.5 (8/17/06)

- With the Auto Double feature selected, the highest value - 6 - would not be restored when the game was quit and restrarted - now is.
- several other minor enhancements

4.8.3 (6/19/06)

- can now use the control key to stop the computer from moving when you are blocked on the bar by an innerboard prime
- several other minor interface enhancements and changes

4.8.1 (5/22/06)

- if M was pressed to make the best move and there was no move to make, the game would crash. Not now.
- several other minor changes and enhancements

4.8 (4/11/06)

- There is now a manual for Absolute Backgammon. Find it in the game folder in English Information.
- added abilty to drop a board or a folder containing a board onto the board to change board styles
- added abilty to double-click on a board file to use the new board style.
- added abilty to drop a saved game onto the board to restart the game.
- added abilty to double-click on a saved game to restart the game.
- can now download board styles in .zip format or .sit format
- using speech recognition, after the Continue Game command, the proper words were not recognized , now are.
- added "Take back turn" to speech recognition.

4.7.3 (3/21/06)

- made the game messages more explanatory when a move is not completed when player tries to pass play to the other player
- with a new intstallation, the 3 letter id was not being created. Now is.

Version 4.7.1 (3/14/06)

- before, each user, on the same computer, required an activation code. Not now if the Admin account is registered.
- if using OS 9, the Pip Count button was being displayed in the wrong place. Not now.
- an error could have occurred if Command-U was pressed, to take back a turn, while the computer was moving pieces. Not now.
- several other minor changes

4.7 (2/24/06)

- can now play the game using Spanish. The Help and other documents are not translated yet .
- the game still crashed sometimes when trying out different board styles. Should be better now.
- when playing against another person, the printed game details had the names incorrect, not now.
- several other minor enhancements

4.6 (1/19/06)

- improved the computer's cube handling
- improved concessions made by the computer opponent. It could offer to concede a double game when it shouldn't.
- the stats for games conceded and cubes declined were not being restored when the game was restarted. Now are.
- when playing with another person, and one of the players got put on the bar but couldn't get back on because of an innerboard prime, things didn't work correctly. Should now.
- in a continued game, the score of the continued game, displayed at the end of the game, could have been incorrect. Should be okay now.
- made several other minor enhancements.

4.5 (12/24/05)

- made many changes to improve the skill of the computer opponent in both moves and cube handling
- added the ability to change the sound (piece and dice) level in the game. Press the L key then enter 1 - 9 to change the sound level. 1 is the lowest, 9 the highest. Does not work in OS 9. Will add as a menu item later (need language translations).
- if you ordered within the last 9 months, email me for a new password (no charge). Please give me the id from the game.
- I introduced a new game a few days ago - Absolute Acey Deucey. The variation of backgammon played in the US Navy. You can check it out at: bestbackgammon.com/aceydeucey

4.3.4 (12/15/05)

- when using the game with OS 9 and sound on in the game, after awhile the game would crash due to a sound problem. Not now.

4.3.2 (12/06/05)

- fixed another problem introduced in v4.3. With Select Multiple Pieces selected. If you won the first roll then selected 2 pieces then put one down, the game would think you had used all of your move when you had not. Now fixed

4.3.1 (12/02/05)

- a bug was introduced in version 4.3 when the computer was bearing off. Now fixed.

4.3 (12.1.05)

- The link to the game website was not working. Does now.
- several other minor fixes and enhancements

4.2.9 (10.28.05)

- Continue Game did not always work correctly. Should now.
- several other minor fixes and enhancements

4.2.6 (9/23/05

- Load Saved Game On Startup did not work correctly if "Random Dice File" option was selected. Now does

4.2.5 (9/19/05

- Easy Moves Method - if clicked too fast to put 2 pieces on the same row, a beep was heard - not now.
- Several other minor enhancements

4.2.4 (8/25/05)

- increased piece speeds 2 - 9 -- the current version of Tiger made the speeds slower
- improved putting down pieces when Select Multiple is the piece movement method
- made changes that should help with taking back turns then replaying the turns.
- made several other minor enhancements
- Look in other boards for the new beautiful board design created and donated by Lily Meyhew.
- Coming soon - Spanish will be added to the languages that are supported

4.2.2 (8/23/05)

- the Continue option, added in 4.2, would not continue the game if the computer conceded. Will now.
- made several other changes that might help with occasional problems when taking back turns.

4.2 (8/15/05)

- New - added an option (Continue) at the end of a game to continue the game if it ended due to the game being conceded or a cube declined.
- several other minor changes
- Look in other boards for the new beautiful board design created and donated by Lily Meyhew.
- Coming soon - Spanish will be added to the languages that are supported

4.1.7 (8/5/05)

- made changes to the sounds routines. On some double processor G5s, would get sound errors.
- fixed any know problems

4.1.5 (6/23/05)

- took out a test message left in my mistake. Only appeared if "Offer Concessions" was selected

4.1.4 (6/16/05)

- added dialog to ask if connected to the internet for checking for new version
- made 2 menu changes for French
- updated the French Information
- made some changes to accommodate Tiger
- computer offering concession - will now check every turn until the first concession is offered, then it will only check each 3rd turn, as before

4.1.2 (4/19/05)

- brought Italian up-to-date to include the new features in version 4
- added a menu item to check to see if the game is the latest version of the game
- several other minor enhancements
- the original Antique board now has a larger size

4.1 (3/22/05)

- added "Loser Rolls First" to Preferences/Who Gets First Roll
- changed "Random" to "Higher Die Rolled" in Preferences/Who Gets First Roll
- added Make Best Move option - need to press the M key to use
- brought German up-to-date to include all new features
- added "Clear session statistics" after select to start a new session - english only
- made several other minor enhancements and fixed any known problems.
- be sure to check out the many interesting and diverse board styles/skins created by Joeri van der Mije for Absolute Backagmmon at: http://home.planet.nl/~brein/boards.html
- also check out the other board styles at: http://www.bestbackgammon.com/absolute/html/otherboards.htm
- or from the game's website at: bestbackgammon.com/absolute

4.0.3 (1/22/05)

- Added remaining French translations for version 4 enhancements
- Be sure to check out all of the board styles/skins -- 16 designed exclusively for Absolute Backgammon plus others
4.0.1 (12/23/04)

These 2 problems were introduced in version 4.0 - now fixed.
- with Learning Mode selected, there could be an error message when bearing off a piece, not now
- for previously registered users, the dialog that alerts about upgrading did not work properly. Now does.

4.0 (12/20/04)

- added the ability to play against another person on the same computer. It can be selected in the Game menu. Please read the document "Playing Against Another Person" in the game folder (English Information) for information.
- added a new feature called "Smart Placement". It is selected by default. It makes it easier to put down a piece by increasing the area for putting down a piece. It can be selected in Preferences.../Move tab
- added some additional messages for incorrect piece placement
- added an option to turn off the speaking of piece placement errors. Select it in Preferences.../Sound tab.
- added Games Conceded and Cubes Declined to session and running stats.
- added session scores to the Info drawer
- changed the dice area - is just a little larger than the area that the 4 dice use.
- if doubles were rolled, illegal moves could be made when bearing off pieces. Not now.
- Speech Recognition - took out the beep when a word is recognized. If speech was used and sound turned up enough, it was causing "two" to be heard, then it would beep again, hearing another 2.
- Foreign language changes for the above have not been made yet. They show in English until the translations are added. Hopefully in the next month.
- Check out the new and very interestiong board styles/skins created by Joeri van der Mije. http://bestbackgammon.com/absolute/html/otherboards.htm or select it in the Help menu in the game.
- made several other minor enhancements and fixed any known bugs.

3.2.8 (11/4/04)

- improved the animation of pieces and sound timing when pieces are put into the trays
- Space Bar was not acting as Done Button if needed to pass play to opponent. Now does.
- made changes to improve program stability when loading different boards.
- Winner Rolls First - was not able to start a new session if computer won the last game. Now can
- If dice totals file is corrupt, it would cause an error on startup -- not now

3.2.6 (10/25/04)

- In Classic and OS9/8, there was not enough memory set for the game to draw the board correctly and to show the piece movement. Now okay.

3.2.5 (10/23/04)

- When winner rolls first was selected, taking back a turn to the first roll did not work correctly - now does.
- Tray dice were not updated when taking back turns - are now.

3.2.4 (8/5/04)

- Fixed a bug that might have randomly caused a problem on startup of the game. I have not experienced such a problem but it was possible.

3.2.2 (7/22/04)

- made changes to some dialog boxes to improve appearance with other languages

3.2 (6/3/04)

- added option to ask to use computer's dice
- adding option for the computer to concede
- German was improved
- Dutch was added for game play but is not complete yet

3.1.2 (4/23/04)

- after the computer doubled and was accepted, messages were dimmed. not now.
- bug in the latest version of the development software caused the speech recognition not to work. Now works

3.1.1 (4/7/04)

- a test dialog accidently was left in version 3.1. Took it out.

3.1 (4/5/04)

- lowered the sound volume of piece and dice sounds
- several other minor changes

3.0.3 (1/24/04)

- Help tags, added in version 3.0, were taken out. Help tags code was causing incorrect screen coordinates on some of the game program startups. This resulted in everything looking okay but clicking the mouse gave no response. All okay now.

3.0.2 (1/22/04)

- Made a work-around for a problem with Panther (OS 10.3) that occurs occasionally on some machines that caused the board to not be visible
- Several other minor cosmetic enhancements

3.0.1 (12/25/03)

- Fixes a significant problem introduced into version 3.0
- If you have v3.0, please download this version to replace it.

3.0 (12/24/03)

- New - added an option to select the "personality" of the computer player: Normal, Conservative or Aggressive.
- Put several options in Preferences.../Misc tab:
.....Leaning Mode
.....Save Dice Rolls to a File
.... Fast Play
- Print Game Detail was added to the File menu
- Save Game Picture to a File was added to the File menu
- Undo Last Turn was added to the Actions menu
- Help tags were added to the main buttons
- Fixed several other minor problems

2.5 (11/24/03)

- Made several changes to accommodate Panther

2.4 (10/20/03)

- Added an option to save the dice rolls, to be used in the game, at the start of the game. Press the "x" key to activate. Press again to de-activate. A file named "Random Dice Rolls" will be saved in the game folder before each game starts. This feature was added for those that doubt that the dice rolls are random (favor the computer). Since the dice are chosen before the game starts, there is no way that the game could roll the dice to benefit the computer in a particular situation. This, along with the statistics that can be viewed using the Stats menu, should convince anyone that the dice rolls are random and do not favor either player.

The rolls are the same whether the option is selected or not. With the option selected, the game gets enough random numbers to play a game, then saves them to a file, so you can see them. When not selected, it gets them when needed for each roll.

- Computer cube doubling logic was improved
- Change to the Beaver option - must click either the Beaver button or on the cube. Before could click anywhere to beaver
- Fix - when picking up a piece and de-selecting repetitively very fast, could cause a lock-up(infinite loop)
- Fix - with Save Game on Exit and Load Saved Game On Startup both selected, would go in to a loop when dice were rolled when doubles was the last dice rolled before quitting the game.

2.2 (9/9/03)

- Added a feature to print the details of a game (Command-P)
- Fixed a problem with computer getting the same roll as you with Auto Moves and Auto Pass selected
- Several other minor enhancements and fixes.
- this version is a free upgrade for all previously registered users of Absolute Backgammon

2.1 (8/6/03)

- many changes to improve play using Speech Recognition
- possible moves are displayed in voice play when row is spoken
- improved the Speech Recognition instructions
- added Command-g to save a picture of the game to a file.
- dice rolls data was not being saved - now is.
- fixed a problem with Status giving incorrect answers with pieces on the bar
- several other minor enhancements and fixes.
- this version is a free upgrade for all previously registered users of Absolute Backgammon

2.0 (7/14/03)

- NEW!!! - you can now play games using just your voice. The game uses the speech recognition built into OS X. Since many Macs, including iMacs, have built-in microphones, they are ready to use this option. Please read the Voice Play Instructions included with the download
- NEW - the default board is much larger and a new design. The previous default board style is available on my other boards web page. If the new board is too large, you can download and use a smaller board style.
- NEW - additional board styles are available on my other boards site. Use the Registration menu, in the game, to get to it.
- NEW - the last turn, for both players, can be taken back by pressing the U key
- NEW - the option to Beaver can be selected in Preferences...
- NEW - a learning feature that lets you know when you have made a good or bad move. This feature is more for beginners. It will be improved in the future. You can toggle it on and off by pressing the L key.
- fixed all know bugs
- This version is a free upgrade for all previously registered users of Absolute Backgammon

1.4 (6/5/03)

- created a new larger board (Glass Board) and added the ability to use it. Check it out, I think you will like it.
- many minor enhancements to the user interface
- fixed all know bugs/problems

The new board can be downloaded using the following:
www.bestbackgammon.com/absolute
www.bestbackgammon.com/absolute/html/otherboards.htm
http://members.aol.com/javagammon/glassboard.sit
or you can use the Go To Other Boards Site menu item in the game


1.3 (5/24/03)

- made changes to Cube Advice and Status that gives much better results in some situations.
- made a few changes to Italian translations
- the computer's use of the doubling cube is greatly improved
- added the ability to Beaver - not an official feature yet. Can toggle on/off by using the B key.
- added ability to use Easy Moves method (with any move method selected) to bear-off pieces
- with Click After Your Move selected and the game is waiting for the click, can now click in the center of the bar to take back the last move
- several other minor enhancements to the user interface
- fixed any known bugs

1.2 (5/10/03)

- Italian language is now an option
- suggestions display has been greatly improved
- plus, can click on a suggested move to move it
- right mouse click (Ctrl-click) can now be used to take back the last move
- added a Fast Play feature. Press the F key to activate. All options that affect speed of play are set so that game play is the fastest. Piece Speed is set to 20, sound and speech are turned off, Auto Moves and Auto Pass are turned on, and any pauses put in the game for timing purposes are taken out. Press F again to put the timing pauses back in the game and to set the Piece Speed to 8. Other options are changed by going to Preferences... then changing them yourself.
- Piece speed 20 now survives a restart of the game
- if the Jacoby rule was selected, incorrect scores could be given - fixed.
- improved Easy Moves when moving from the bar with one piece on the bar.
- improved the results given with the Status button
- several other minor enhancements/fixes

1.0.5 (5/3/03)

- fixed several minor probelms and a problem that could cause problems during play

1.0.2 (4/26/03)

- made changes to accommodate additional boards.
- fixed a problem with font size in the drawer when boards are changed.

1.0 (4/24/03)

- this is the first version, no history to report yet