Dealer Support Software

Dealing a round of Dixonary isn't hard to do manually, but there is a lot of tedious admin. The commonest error when dealing manually is misattribution of votes, because vote-counting typically involves copying votes off the screen onto paper and copying them back again later. But there are many other opportunities for clerical error.

A new player who is landed with the deal is generally advised to do it manually the first couple of times. It's not difficult. Once you understand what is involved, you can use one of the available programs to automate the tedious bits.

Coryphæus by Paul Keating

Coryphæus offers sophisticated dealer support, all the way from announcement to results. Messages import directly: no copying, no manual reformatting. Definitions are easy to edit; reordering is simply drag’n’drop; and pretty patterns, such as longest def in the middle, are built in. Vote entry is painless and very nearly foolproof. Tie resolution is easy. And there is full context-sensitive help and a comprehensive user manual.

Coryphæus runs on all modern versions of Windows: Vista and later, 32- and 64-bit.

Coryphæus
has its own support website at Yahoo Groups; you can download it there.

This is not an application to install at the last minute. It automates almost every aspect of dealing, and requires a corresponding amount of setup. You must configure your timezone and your mailserver; and you are free to configure quite a few other things, too. A good approach is to announce the round manually, join the Yahoo group, install and configure the program in the day-and-a-half before submissions end, and carry on from there. Plan B is to play the round out by hand and be ready for next time.

The last major release of Coryphæus was in 2009, and the application is no longer actively supported. This means that any remaining bugs are unlikely to be fixed. It also means there is nowhere for the program to download the latest rolling scores from, so you will need to tell it how ties are to be resolved: it won't do that without a bit of help from you.

Dixomatic by Marijke van Gans

Author’s blurb: “Dixomatic automates some of the drudgery of dealing. Save defs and votes received to two files, and Dixomatic takes it from there. Harvest defs and votes interactively, edit defs, rearrange and combine them, handle DPs, generate outgoing messages. Can handle CompuServe, internet email and newsgroup style messages.”

Marijke died on 21 April 2009. She was 53.

Version 1.03ß, as uploaded to CompuServe, 6 October 2004. Runs on practically any legacy PC platform:
even runs on Windows 3.1.Will not run on a modern system such as Vista or Windows 7 without a 16-bit DOS emulator such as DOSBox or Virtual BoxDownload.

Autodealer by Froma Bessel

The original dealer support program. A DOS application that requires its users to hand-edit the input to look like a Tapcis .msg file, and does not know about Windows printer drivers.

No longer supported: Froma retired from the game in 2002.

Rev 1.3, as uploaded to CompuServe, 31 Jan 1999. 
Posted here because some players still use it, and may occasionally need a fresh copy. Download. Will not run on a modern system such as Vista or Windows 7 without a 16-bit DOS emulator: it has been tested with DOSBox 0.74 (available from www.dosbox.com).