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CBase Chess 2.0 - iOS Chess Database

I finally got around to updating my app and it's time for a shameless plug!  CBase Chess 2.0 has just beomce available on the App Store at http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/cbase-chess/id386254532.  

A lot's happened since I first released the original CBase Chess 2 years ago - I've since finished school, and have miraculously found a career making iOS apps.  Unforunately that left little time for me to work on my own app, but I finally started making time to really improve CBase.  It's been completely rewritten and is now a universal binary!  New features include

  • FEN support (one of the biggest problems with the old CBase was that it didn't support FEN tags)
  • The ability to disable variations - turn off variations from the setting menu from within the game and you'll only follow the current line you're on.
  • Variations are less obtrusive!  The variation popup could get very annoying if you were looking through a heavily-annotated game. The variations list comes up over the movelist when needed.  Just hit the next move button to continue on with the current line.
  • Database renaming - sometimes databases come in with hard-to-read names.  You can name rename them by selecting the blue detail button from the database list menu.
  • Board animations!

CBase Chess has also been updated to provide VoiceOver support for low-vision users.  While I don't expect many people will use it, I believe it's important for developers to make their apps as accessible as possible to everybody.

Best of all, CBase Chess is still free!  I'd love to receive feedback, and good ratings / reviews definitely inspire me to work harder on the app (please be kind with critique of the graphics - I'm a developer, not a designer!).  Available for iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPads running iOS 5.1 or later.

Comments


  • 13 months ago

    NM HowToTameADragon

    @Austin & Acechess - For mac I use ChessX (Its pretty good) - So far this is the only one that I have seen Smile

  • 20 months ago

    Ziryab

    I like this app! I've just posted my review on my Chess Skills blog, where I detail some of how this app shines in my view.

    http://chessskill.blogspot.com/2012/12/cbase-chess-ipadiphone-app-review.html 

  • 2 years ago

    NM ajgreen

    @Black__Knight - you have to create your PGN databases outside of CBase and import them, either through iTunes file sharing or through an app like Safari or Dropbox, which will allow you to open files in an external app.  Glad you like the variations better this time around!

    @ACEChess - CBase is only available on iOS devices.  I have yet to find a database app for Mac that's at the same level as Chessbase.

  • 2 years ago

    Black__Knight

    It's a huge improvement in the way it shows the variation options.  Excellent Job!

  • 2 years ago

    bassosoolo

    Thanks for this nice app! I like the appearance of the app a lot. There's really a need for a database program like this, however I would like to have an option to go to next game in database at the board window, maybe there could be some gesture for that, like tapping twice or swiping at the edge of the screen. Also a possibility to have pgn's opened in mail program would be nice.

    PS. for Mac computers I would suggest open source database program chessx, http://chessx.sourceforge.net/ It has the option to install UCI engines as well.  (I'm mainly still using Chessbase 11 via parallels desktop for some more complex database functions)

  • 2 years ago

    IM DanielRensch

    AJ, does this software work on a Mac computer with the standard operating systems? If not, what do you recommend for Mac Users?

  • 2 years ago

    Black__Knight

    Same problem as Jose0. How do I create a database to use the new app?

  • 2 years ago

    JoseO

    Thanks I was curious how that worked.

  • 2 years ago

    NM ajgreen

    If you navigate to a pgn file from Safari you'll see a button that allows you to "Open In..." (see the attached screenshot).  Select that button, and then select "CBase Chess" from the menu that pops up.  A sample PGN that you could do this with is available at http://www.chessbase.com/news/2012/biel/games/bielgm12.pgn

  • 2 years ago

    JoseO

    I downloaded the program but it mentions that there are no databases. It said i should copy pgns via Safari. Could you tell me how do I do that? I send games played to my email in pgn files but i dont know if iOS allows you to save files directly to a device. Everything installed seems to need to go through iTunes.

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