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Nick Pudar
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OK. Now I really think I'm done for a while. StackView now has all of the features and capabilities that I really wanted to get to. They now include:
  1. A full featured "quizzer"
  2. The ability to record sessions and play them back as simulations (and save them)
  3. Printing of any window
  4. More flexible Poker deal reassembly
  5. More flexible custom stack creation and manipulation
  6. A few more deck manipulation options

    This is in addition to the earlier capabilities:
  7. Creation of custom stacks interactively (and save them)
  8. Creation of Stanyon variation stacks
  9. Multiple deck manipulation options
  10. Complete help file
  11. Several classic stacks pre-loaded
Enjoy!
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www.stackview.com Version 5.0 is available!
Bradley Morgan
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Hey

Could you tell us what your program does?

Thanks
Brad
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Nick Pudar
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Sure. The software simulates a deck of cards in a known stack order. You can do cuts, shuffles of all sorts, (both controlled and random), poker deals, card forces, card selections, card returns, controls, etc. The whole time, you are able to see what happens to the deck, the deck order, and keep track of the selected card(s). You can record your session, save it and play it back. You can create your own stacks to explore, and you can also test your knowledge of the stack with a "quizzer" module. Pretty much, it is a utility for magicians to explore their favorite stacked deck.

Nick
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Lee Darrow
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Is it Mac capable?

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Nick Pudar
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Mstrhypno,

No, it's not Mac capable as is. I have been told that it should work with Windows Emulators on the Mac. So far, I have not heard from anyone that has actually tried this. If anyone has, please let me know, and I will update the web site with those details.

Nick
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rgranville
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How does one obtain StackView?
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Craig Krisulevicz
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This is great Nick. Thanks!! Smile
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Nick Pudar
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You can obtain StackView in one of two ways:
  1. Download for free at http://www.stackview.com (3.3 Mbytes)

    or,

  2. PayPal me $5 ($7 outside North America) to nick@stackview.com — and I will send you a CD with the software through the mail. (I'd rather you downloaded it for free!)
Nick

One additional comment/question...

In the "StackView Test" module (quizzer), when I use the Random sequence and Random Mix test values (with the Aronson stack), the best time I have been able to clock in is 44 seconds. (That is, with no errors!) I am curious to hear what others have achieved as a best time.

Nick
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sashain
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To: Nidk Pudar

Thanks for the update/additions to the program. I felt that the earlier addition was more of an interesting toy to download and play with a few time and then forget about. The revisions make it a powerful learning tool—to learn and to refresh the memory later, for those who don't use the stack every day.

What you call a test mode is really more of a learning mode, since the user does not type in the name of the card. He/She is on the honor system to keep track of any errors. Not quite sure how you could incorporate keeping track of errors easily. Perhaps still on the honor system, but allow the user to click a "right" and "wrong" bottom rather than just "next" to bring up the next card.

Again, thanks for this important contribution to those interested in memorizing a stack.

One other suggestion for future editions:

I do a couple of effects of my own design that do not use the whole stack, for example, just the first 26 cards. Perhaps future versions could allow the test mode to cycle through only part of the stack.

I think this would be more useful than just meeting my rather narrow needs. It should also be useful to those just starting to learn a stack, i.e. start with just the first five cards, increase to 10, 15 and so on.

Thanks again,
Steve
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What perfect timing! I was just looking at trying to memorize a stack and then I click this link...

At a first glance it looks great, I'll try and give you some more detailed feedback soon.

P.S. sashain's suggestion above would be a great addition.
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Sashain,
Excellent suggestion. I'm working on a few extra features, and I'll be sure to add this capability to the Test mode.

I'm not interested in keeping score -- I believe the honor system is the best approach. While I agree that StackView can be an great aid in learning a stack, I really believe its value is in keeping your already known stack fresh in your mind. That is how I use it -- I'll run through the deck in Random Mix, Random Sequence as quickly as I can a few times a week.

To learn your favorite stack, I would still strongly recommend the works by Nikola, Aronson, and Joyal -- it is principled, disciplined and it works well.

Thanks again for the great idea.

Nick
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To: Nick Pudar

Thanks for mentioning Nikola. I thought I was one of the dinosaurs. It dates me, but the two stacks of popularity when I was learning were the Eight Kings (for a cyclic stack) and the Nikola (for a memorized deck).

Somewhere I've seen it said that the best memorized deck is the one that you know. That's the best advice for those sweating over deciding which to learn. Just do it - pick one and get on with it.

The best place to start I think is Simon Aronson's manuscript titled "Memories are Made of This - Introduction to Memorized Deck Magic". (even if you don't choose Aronson's stack to learn).

Steve
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