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Thread: E-Scoring Apps: ISCORE vs. GAMECHANGER?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomzpc View Post
    Thanks Ken. That's exactly the type of info I am looking for.

    For the scenario that you gave about making a change, is it the same if you were making the change two plays later or an inning later as opposed to after the game? In other words, would you still need to reenter all that followed the changed play?

    Also, is your e-scorebook, or whatever you may call it, backed up online as you enter assuming you have a wifi of 3G connection to the Internet? I've heard of people having problems with iPads shutting down in extreme temps so am wondering if you could grab your iPhone with the app and pick right up where you left off in a pinch assuming a hardware issue. I really want to go digital but want to avoid a panic situation where I might lose a game midway through.

    Also, how is Iscore for making substitutions on the fly?

    Thanks again!

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    My iPad requires a WiFi connection -- I couldn't bear the thought of paying even more for wireless service -- and since most fields don't have WiFi the backing up online is a non-issue for me. But I don't think it uploads as you go. You can upload to the server later, though. I've never had an iPad shutdown in mid-game, though, so it hasn't been an issue. One more reason to keep a paper book.

    Substitutions on the fly are easy as Kaizen said, especially if you have the whole team already loaded in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaizen View Post
    I have used iScore but have not tried Gamechanger. I know others that use Gamechanger though. It seems that both do a good job.

    Ken, iScore allows you to make most edits (e.g. change error to hit, or make a player substitution) after the game is over without undo-ing and rescoring. Under "Game Record", select "Pitch by Pitch", select the play, and select "Edit" to make the desired change. The stats are supposed to update automatically. There are some things you cannot change (such as reversing an out to safe) because this would screw up the following plays. In that case, you would have to undo and rescore the rest of the game.


    Hmm, I wonder if they changed that from when I first bought it or if I just never found that ability to edit? That would certainly save me hours of time. Thanks for the tip!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken Krause View Post
    Hmm, I wonder if they changed that from when I first bought it or if I just never found that ability to edit? That would certainly save me hours of time. Thanks for the tip!
    It wasn't in the earlier versions. I think they added it a year or so ago.

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    I have used Gamechanger and iScore. Both basically get the job done, as far as interface goes, I prefer Gamechanger, but iScore is not bad.

    HOWEVER, the deal breaker for me is Gamechanger does not allow you to EXPORT your stats. Our team website is important to us, and we don't want to send our fans away from our website to Gamechanger's site where they will charge you to browse stats.

    iScore allows you to export stats to a CSV file and we import them into our Fastball database.

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    Never used Gamechanger as iScore is the 'official' one over here. Love it. I use it while doing the book and so easy.

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    I am a convert. I used Iscore for a couple of years and then tried GameChanger. GameChanger seems easier to use, updates the parents and keeps good stats. It also sends out Twitter alerts to parents that can't be there. Yes I know iscore does that too.

    Both are challenging using the DP/Flex if you sit one and start batting the other. I tell the coach, do not rely on your Flex's BA as I have trouble inserting them into a batting role. Stats on the top of the order are great. I should just take the time to learn this process well and not under the pressure of doing it in game time.

    GameChanger does ALLOW the exporting of stats to a CSV file.

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    I've used iScore for a few years and have had no trouble with it. The parents love it because I stream games live to the internet, the games can not be watched unless the parent has a username and password. If a parent misses a game, they can also watch a game that is already complete.

    I tried Gamechanger and had some issues, mostly that I was used to iScore and the user interface is different enough to be confusing.

    I ultimately stayed with iScore for 1 BIG reason. During showcase season the lineup gets changed with batters swapped, inserted, hitting twice in a row, etc... Gamechanger could not easily handle abnormal changes; iScore handles the changes extremely easily.

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    Quote Originally Posted by InsidePitch View Post

    GameChanger does ALLOW the exporting of stats to a CSV file.
    It sure does

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    Quote Originally Posted by InsidePitch View Post
    Both are challenging using the DP/Flex if you sit one and start batting the other. I tell the coach, do not rely on your Flex's BA as I have trouble inserting them into a batting role. Stats on the top of the order are great. I should just take the time to learn this process well and not under the pressure of doing it in game time.

    iScore handles the DP/Flex situation seamlessly without intervention from the user. That is one huge advantage over Gamechanger (I've used both). The design of iScore inherently has offensive and defensive lineups, which makes the DP/Flex situation work so well. When setting up the "Offensive" lineup for a game, each person on the roster is either "In", "Out", "DP, or "Flex". When the game progresses, the app automatically skips over the "Flex" position in the batting order.

    Both Apps continue to improve, but the functionality and data systems within iScore are superior IMHO.
    Last edited by JoeKC; 05-30-2013 at 06:37 PM.

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    GameChanger skips the flex, my problem is with the coach all of the sudden putting the flex into the rotation. This requires some kind of voodoo that I have completed in the past and totally hosed the next time. All of the sudden I have a kid on base that hasn't been near the plate. I have some time tonight so maybe I'll research it. We have this weekend off. Thank the Lord, I could use the break and I have a lot to do around the house.

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