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bik0z
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Hi all,

I've been a member of the Café for 2 years now. I think it's time to give something back to the community.

So, I have set up a simple Stack Viewer which displays a stack composed of any number (1-52) of cards. You can use it to check the randomness of any existing stack or to see how your own stack would look like.

It's "universal" because it just displays any custom stack: you don't have to use exactly 52 cards, you can even use duplicate cards. I have chosen not to include well-know stacks as pre-defined choices but I might add it on request...

Last thing: you can copy/paste cards values without worrying too much about line breaks, extra spaces or separators (like "-" or ":"), they are just ignored.

It's here:
http://www.bikoz.com/stack-viewer/

Enjoy! And tell me what you think: if it's usefull (or not), what could be improved, etc. And please feel free to correct any grammar or spelling mistake.

PS : I'm looking for a (simple) formula to compute the randomness of a stack of cards.
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Nick Pudar has written a program called Stackview which does all of this. It's free to all.
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Yes, but if I'm correct StackView only runs on Windows and guess what: I use both MacOS and Linux! This is another reason why my what-you-call-it is "universal" Smile And I'm not sure if you can use less than 52 cards in StackView...

That said StackView is *really* amazing. My what-you-call-it is really NOT that amazing, I have to admit (but I find it convenient/useful). It is just something without pretense.
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Colin Allen's Aronson Stack Program is also awesome.
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Well done because the stack viewer is universal!
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On 2009-06-22 15:44, bikoz wrote:
Hi all,

I've been a member of the Café for 2 years now. I think it's time to give something back to the community.

So, I have set up a simple Stack Viewer which displays a stack composed of any number (1-52) of cards. You can use it to check the randomness of any existing stack or to see how your own stack would look like.

It's "universal" because it just displays any custom stack: you don't have to use exactly 52 cards, you can even use duplicate cards. I have chosen not to include well-know stacks as pre-defined choices but I might add it on request...

Last thing: you can copy/paste cards values without worrying too much about line breaks, extra spaces or separators (like "-" or ":"), they are just ignored.

It's here:
http://www.bikoz.com/stack-viewer/

Enjoy! And tell me what you think: if it's usefull (or not), what could be improved, etc. And please feel free to correct any grammar or spelling mistake.

PS : I'm looking for a (simple) formula to compute the randomness of a stack of cards.


I could not access it
There seems to be a User ID or code to get in.
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bik0z
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Étienne,

It should work "as is": no login, no password is required... I can only imagine a maintenance downtime or something like that...

Try this:
http://bikoz.nfshost.com/stack-viewer/

Feel free to PM me if still does not work.
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I couldn't get in either.

What I'm looking for is a simple program that would allow a person to set up a custom stack. A friend of mine uses Doug Dyment's "Quick Stack" and I'd love to be able to point him to a "simple to program and use" program that he can enter his stack information into and then begin to use the program for practice.

BTW, does anyone know if the Microsoft Zune is able to accept a program ushc as desribed above? I'd love to be able to have the Aronson Stack put onto the Zune somehow and the, interactively, be able to practice the Aronson Stack.

Right now, I'm just using "virtual" exercises as I run throught the deck 1-52, 52-1, then, all the suits (both backwards and forwards) and then all the values in CHaSeD order sequentially (both backwards and forwards).

Thanks for any info in these regards.

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Please tell us a bit more on how to use your stack view: Do we have to enter the stack card by card; How do we enter them: with their full name ("Jack of hearts") or just accronyms (JH); do we separate the cards with commas or dots or semi colons... etc
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Each card is represented by a pair of characters: one character for the face value followed by one character for the suit.

Valid face values are: A-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-T-J-Q-K. For convenience, you can equally enter "10" or "T" for the Tens and "1" or "A" for the Aces.

Valid suits are: C-H-S-D.

You can use it with less than 52 cards, if you just want to display a small "sequence" of cards. If you enter more than 52 cards, only the first 52 cards will be displayed. You can use duplicate cards, too.

For convenience, spaces, line breaks and separators like "–" and ":" are just ignored, so that you can copy/paste an existing character string from a web page or from a PDF file.

Examples:

10C 7H 4S AD JD 6C 7C 9S 6D AC JC 8H
10C-7H-4S-AD-JD-6C-7C-9S-6D-AC-JC-8H
10C:7H:4S:AD:JD:6C:7C:9S:6D:AC:JC:8H

I hope this make sense...
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Update:

I have simplified the application. It now displays an NDO stack by default (as an example). In addition, usage info is now always visible.

Please: could someone proof-read the text and correct possible mistakes? English is not my native language... Suggestions are welcome, too.
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Thank you bikoz, since I am using Mac, that's very helpful.

BTW, I found colorful images of deck of cards at http://www.jfitz.com/cards/
If you use them, your viewer looks more realistic! Smile
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Note to my fellow Mac users: If you want to use StackView on the Mac, it will work when running it under Darwine. I discuss this in my Memorized Deck Toolbox post and my The Mac Comes To StackView! post. It's also discussed on the Stackview Musings blog.

BTW, while I'm thinking of Apple and memorized deck stacks, there's a new program out there for the iPhone geared towards magicians used memorized stacks. It's called Stacked Deck (iTunes Store Link). I haven't tried it out yet, but you can enter any stack you desire, watch the deck order play automatically, get quizzed on number to card, card to number, the next card and the previous card (as suggested in Dennis Loomis' Memorized Deck Mastery article).
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On 2009-07-31 23:01, mmura wrote:
Thank you bikoz, since I am using Mac, that's very helpful.

BTW, I found colorful images of deck of cards at http://www.jfitz.com/cards/
If you use them, your viewer looks more realistic! Smile


Other good sources of playing card clip art:

Playing Cards Clip Art
Wikimedia Commons: Individual Playing Cards
OpenClipart Playing Cards
More Playing Card Clip Art from Wikimedia Commons
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Thanks Scott for the good information about Darwine. I have never heard of it before.

StackView stuck (no pun intended) on start-up somehow in my environment, and now I'm investigating the situation in detail. (maybe missing DLLs.)
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I just posted my review of the Stacked Deck app I mentioned upthread.

If you have an iPhone and are trying to memorize a standard stack (Aronson, Tamariz, etc.), you might want to check it out. The ability to add or edit custom stacks seems to be promised in the app, but doesn't actually function correctly. See the review for more details.
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Thanks Scott and others for the links to the Playing Card clip art.
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Update (2009-10-09):

- Changed card faces as suggested by mmura.
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Update (2009-10-11):

- The site is TEMPORARILY down, for the next 24 hours only. Don't worry, I'm just testing a new web host...
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