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We have experimented with Arena at school. Nice looking GUI. Main drawbacks; 1. complicated, 2. Freezes occasionally and has to be restarted.
Regardins SCID, I haven't worked much with it, but I haven't yet found a way to paste a FEN string and play from there, so that has cooled my interest. I might gravitate toward scid and just fold my FENs into to pgn files, but that's a major pain in the butt, in my opinion. Am I the only chess coach who thinks it great to be able to load a practice game with a simple ctrl-c, ctrl-v and start playing? Mayura fits that bill perfectly(except for the tiny ugly board layout). Then when you mess up, you just hit ctrl-v again to reload the problem.
Use SCID vs. PC instead of SCID if you haven't. This might work in SCID, too, but in scid vs pc to play against the computer from a fen position, just paste the fen with ctrl+shift+v, Play - Computer (UCI Engine) and select play from current position from the dialog.
2. Freezes occasionally and has to be restarted....
did you tried Arena 3.5 ?
Any good programs for Mac?
This is exactly what I did to review games I input from a book. Here are some videos on how to do that:
There might be some problems to use the "play vs PC" because you need to download some extra engine Toga if you are using Stockfish in order to use that feature in Scid. But if you get some problems then post here
Yes I am using Arena 3.5 and have frequently seen the 'not responding' or freeze problem. Thanks to whoever mentioned that scid needs shift-ctrl-v to paste a FEN. I wonder why the designer came up with that idea. ctrl-v has been a standard paste shortcut for over half a century for virtually every computer application (even before the Atari and the Apple 2+ and the PC were invented). Now maybe if I can figure out how to 'play against the scid engine' I will begin to like it.
I downloaded and installed scid-vs-pc. It actually seems to like ctrl-v to paste a fen. But I have no idea now how to get it to play after I paste a fen with white to move as a start point. Can someone give me a step-by-step instruction list to allow me to paste a fen and then get the program to play as black and respond each time I move a piece?
did you even look at the videos I linked or you are just lazy?
Yes I am using Arena 3.5 and have frequently seen the 'not responding' or freeze problem...
I'm not really trying to foist Arena on you, but I use Arena a lot, and I'm finding it hard to remember the last time it froze up on me. A small number of engines will crash and give the "not responding" error message, but I think that's a problem with the engines, not the GUI. I just avoid those problem engines. (Do you remember which engines give you problems?)
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