Many people have expressed their appreciation for the Automated Pass Evaluation System (APES). I'm really glad you like it!
I've had lots of help that I'd like to acknowledge.
Leerie Jenkins has been a big supporter of the APES system from its infancy. Without his help, promotion, and patience, it wouldn't be at the stage it is today.
Several Region 9 clubs have allowed me to set up and beta test the system at their tournmanents:
Go Dog Go (Nadine Mcbride)
DogGoneFast (Amanda Brown)
New River Rapids (Sharon Harrell)
Harrier Jump Jets (Tom Ward)
Fur Fun (Julie Jenkins)
Go Dog Go team members are always offering set-up and tear down help. I especially appreciated the help from Marianne Silver, and Dee and Steve Albrecht at a tournment where I was sick with the flu. They pitched in on that Sunday afternoon and helped get things torn down in a hurry. For their efforts, they probably ended up getting the flu too!
Andy Mcbride has provided an interface to his Free Internet Race Counter web application at flyballgeek.com This allows APES to organize the pass images by team and race number. It also gives APES the data it needs to display the current race number, break out time, and "on deck" race number in real time on the APES monitors.
Amanda Brown always takes the time to point out the bugs so I can fix them! There were a couple that were very difficult to reproduce, and she helped figure out what needed to be done to reproduce the issue so we could get it fixed.
I've bounced ideas and solicited feedback from many individuals, including:
Finally, my wife Sandy Thomas has been tremendously supportive and indulgent of the time I've spent playing with flyball gadgetry. She's also worked right at my side at the tournaments hustling to get the equipment set up and taken down. with minimal disruption of the host club's normal "set-up/tear down" activities.
Thanks to all of you for your help and support!