This is the Aquarium Demo version. (Another, perhaps faster download link)
The download size is 23 Mb.
Those of you who already purchased Aquarium, or who are plannig to do so, don't worry: Aquarium Demo won't break your Aquarium, if it's installed in another directory.
Demo version can not be upgraded to full Aquarium.
There are certain differences with the Aquarium package:
* Any engine is working for first 2 seconds
* You cannot open CDP, CBH, PGN databases without converting
* You cannot work with the databases containing more than 10 000 games
* The tree is working only in the 'opening' positions (where the castling is still possible) and a little bit further.
The last point means that IDeA is also working correctly only in opening positions, and the blunder check and game analysis features (that are dependent on trees) may produce strange results.
* Rybka 3 is replaced by Rybka 2.1 demo.
* Help file is excluded.
* Larry Kaufman's material handicap opening book is excluded.
* The utility programs AquariumTreeUtils and AquariumEpdProcess are excluded.
* Other minor changes.
This is the first time Aquarium goes public. We were working hard for about two years on it, in the hope you enjoy it, and open new chess horizons for you.
As any new program, Aquarium may contain minor (and probably major) bugs. We tried to eliminate all of them, we will try even harder now.
I'll try to answer any questions here, but it's 12 PM here already, and I've got a release tomorrow.
it seems be good. I am Chessbaes-Fan, but i will buy Aquarium in the middle of August or at the end of August.
Really great work. I search a GUI, whitch can handles very good and correctly the winboard-Engines.
Since today i only used the two commercial GUIS Fritz and Co's from Chessbase and Aquarium (when it is available) and ChessAssistant from Convekta.
Thank you for the very big and good work and mutch
Greetings to you and your team.
In ChessBase Light 2007 you can use native engines full times for analyses, and not just 2 seconds.
PGN is an Internet standard for "portable game notation".
This demo is only slightly for children.
Please consider your new position -> as opposed to ChessBase Light 2007.
I don't like the way they 'packaged' the demo, they just show 3 lines of limitations about what CANNOT be done, without telling you what CAN be done, or rather, what are the things that can be done with Aquarium that things like CB and CA cannot do
Hope the release version fares a little better.
> Thanks for the demo
Thanks for trying it out :)
> win xp 64 pro
Same as I am running.
> smart input
Works fine for me. When viewing a game click the Board tab and select Smart Input from the drop-down menu on the Move Input button. After that, when you click on a piece, the program suggests a move. If that's the move you want to make let go off the left mouse button. Otherwise drag the mouse to the square where you want to move the piece. It works similarly if you click on an empty square.
> I changed the font size in notation but could not change it in the Tree/Analysis window.
I have never changed the font size in the Tree/Analysis windows and I don't know how to do it (or if it can be done).
> When I used force move a few times along with Switch Sides it crashed the engine I was using, Rybka 2.32mp x64 version.
Thanks for reporting this bug.
>Unable to get smart input or announce moves to work.
Smart input doesn't work during Play, it's intentional.
Sounds are left out in Demo, I forgot to mention that.
Thanks again for posting the demo so we could try the product before deciding whether to buy. :)
> Also, it seems to be analyzing something but I have no idea what.
Aha! This comment gives strength to my suggested feature about showing a line to the position IDeA is analyzing and when you click on the moves it teleports you to that position. This is a point in where Chessbase's Deep Analysis is superior (you get to see what the engine is doing.)
As for your problem, it seems IDeA got stuck, probably because it's expecting to reach a ply that the engine will never reach due to the 2 seconds limitation. Try using the OR setting instead of the AND setting.
Also, only the red and green colors matter in IDeA. The blue ones etc. have no effect there. So just press '2' or '5' to include/exclude moves.
I know it's very ineffective compared to an UCI engine that allows move ignoring but that's the only way I can think of that IDeA could work with Winboard engines.
I can't see how you marked the moves in the positions following 4.g3 and 4.d3, but I can only guess that you didn't leave anything for IDeA to analyze.
I set up this position in the demo and started analyzing it without marking any moves. It immediately came up with 4.d3 and 4.g3, so there was probably no need for any colored moves in this position. Always try to use the colors sparingly.
Btw. it seems that the chess fonts weren't installed when you set up Aquarium.
"I set up this position in the demo and started analyzing it without marking any moves. It immediately came up with 4.d3 and 4.g3, so there was probably no need for any colored moves in this position. Always try to use the colors sparingly"
When I let Aquarium 'discover' g3 then mark it green it gives it priority analysis... it's only if I manually add the move that it ignores it. So it's not a coloring problem like I first thought, it's a manual adding problem.
At least Aquarium's somewhat working for me now. :)
Older engines, such as crafty, support only the older and simpler (and with many less features and capabilities) "winboard" protocol.
> Well, Only UCI engines (which are pretty much all new leading engines for the past few years), are supported by IDEA.
They also need to support searchmoves (move ignoring). Zappa, for example, apparently doesn't.
The feature is trivial to implement, and very useful even without IDeA. We should pester engine authors to support it. :)
The limitations you are referring to, are they for Aquarium we pay for or just for the Demo?
This is a user to user screencast, so forgive me for any mistakes and ofcourse for my pronunciation, since i am not a native english speaker.
You can download it , unzip it and watch it. I hope it helps in any way.
Check it out if you are downloading either the full or demo version of Aquarium. :)
To do that
1) Right click on the icon that runs Aquarium Demo
2) Select properties
3) Go to the Compatibility Tab
4) Check the "Run as administrator" Check box
Now you can run your program
This "problem" happens in some Vista installations
If they are not, probably your Windows doesn't allow that.
You can switch the figurines off:
[Main button in the top left] -> Options -> Display Options -> Notation Language.
Or run Aquarium as administrator. Once should suffice.
I'm using a Convekta product, and there appears to be gibberish on the display. This happened after installing a tutorial or CA. Now all my Convekta programs have the same problem...
I think there is probably a bug somewhere in some of Convekta's install programs. What needs to be done is a fresh install of the CA Chess font. But first, you need to delete the old font files. In windows 2000, go to your WINNT/Fonts subdirectory. Delete the CA Chess font (filename prog55ch?.ttf, ?=0 or e). Then restart windows. Then, locate one of your old Convekta CDROMs with a fonts folder on it. Manually install the prg55che.ttf font (use the install menu on internet explorer for this).from the CD. Now you should be good to go. The procedure for Win9x and WinMe is similar.
So basically: (1) I deleted the 'prog55' font file in C:\Windows\Fonts, (2) rebooted, (3) opened control panel | fonts and clicked 'install new font' and pointed to the prog55 font file I found here.
After doing that both IDeA and the fonts worked fine so I went ahead and ordered Rybka 3 + Aquarium. Hopefully they'll send me the download link soon. :)
> user account control had to be dissabled for demo to work
No, you can just run it as administrator. Its enough. And as has been written in the forum, this will also change too.
> n vista no correct fonts only worked after 3 uninstalls
This is a bug in windows. Sometimes (the is no pattern to define when and why) you simply have to open and close the fonts installation directory for fonts to install (this happened to only 1 of my 4 pc's i tested it on.). This bug goes back to windows xp.. to windows 98.. 95 and so on...
Rybka 3 Aquarium, which incidentally i'm still waiting for it to arrive after placing my order last month.
But it looks painfully similar to MS office 2007? Is Bill Gates have an issue on this?
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