The quickest way to start using the Digital Judging System (DJS) is with image file-names that have the data embedded in the filename for this example competition, the naming requirements are
Maker’s Name%%Image Title.jpg
This should be communicated as the requirement for submission.
1) Create a directory to hold the competition images. In this example I am using “000_ExampleCompetition” on my desktop
2) Launch DJS and Select select “File -> New”
3) Select “Competition data embedded in the file name”; then click the “Next >” button
5) On the competition setup screen setup as shown below; click the “Next >” button.
7) The next wizard is a bit tricky, will make sense one you try it.
- For the Separator enter “%%”
- From the “Import Field” drop down, select “Maker” and then click the “Add” button
- From the “Import Field” drop down, select “Title” and then click the “Add” button
- Click the “Finished” button
Your Competition should look something like this in DJS.
You can add additional images to the competition directory; you will have to select “Edit -> Sync Competition Directory” in order for them items to appear in the Competition worksheet.
You can also display the Maker’s name by clicking on the “Entries Display” and checking the “Display Maker Column.” The club name and maker are hidden by default, so Judges will not accidentally see them.
To run a competition, simply hook up the judging equipment as follows
- Attach the USB cable for the external 4 port hub to the DJS system. (optionally, use the 10 meter Active USB cable for large auditoriums).
- Attach the three keypads to the 4 port USB hub (optionally, use the small 6 foot USB cables for more keypad movement)
- Optionally attach the USB keypad light to the keypad (there should be a USB port on the top of the keypad, next to the cable).
You can see a standard competition floor plan here.
Once you have the setup complete, follow these instructions:
1) Load the Competition Directory onto the DJS scoring computer (if not the same machine you used to set-up the competition).
2) Launch DJS, and select “File -> Open” and select the competition folder.
3) Verify the number of judging stations is at least 3 out of 3 (if you have an external keyboard attached to the computer, you may see 4 out of 3). If you do not, select “Keypad -> Reset” to force DJS to re-scan for keypads.
4) Once ready, click the “Start Voting” Button. You will be presented with the keypad setup dialog, when simply helps DJS associate which judge has which keypad.
5) You will be asked first to tap your space bar (this is the space-bar on the DJS system).
6) Then each judge in-turn will be asked to tap a key on their keypad. The judges light will turn green once DJS identifies their keypad. One reason a keypad does not turn green, is if the judge presses the “Num Lock” button, which turns off the green-light but does not send any information to DJS.
7) Once keypads are set-up, you will be presented with the first image.
8) Use the up-arrow, or the down-arrow to scroll through the images, this will let the judges get a flavor of of the images they are about to judge.
9) Once ready, simply tap the space-bar, and DJS will move to the next image that needs to be scored (which in this case will be the first image)
10) As judges score, their voting box at the bottom of the screen will turn from gray to yellow. If a judge clicks an invalid key, their scoring box will turn red. To enter a score of 10 a judge can use the “0” or the “000” key.
11) When all three judges have scored, their voting box will turn green (there individual score will display, if you selected that option in the Judging Options wizard) and the total score for that image will display.
12) Tap the space bar to move to the next image to be judged. Optionally you can click the “Judge Next” button in the bottom right (but during a competition that may be slower then simply using the space bar.
Once the voting is complete click the “Esc” to return to the competition worksheet and view the scores.