Covered in this Article:
- Short Overview Video
- Dolphin V5+
- Meet Maestro Windows Desktop App Installation
- CTS Dolphin Timing Software, Firmware & Directory
- Meet Maestro Timing Setup & Scoreboards
- CTS Dolphin Setup in the Dolphin Software
- Testing Before the Meet Starts
Short Overview Video - https://vimeo.com/529154352
We’ve recently made significant performance improvements featuring tighter integration with the newest version of the Dolphin system. Upgrade your Dolphin software to Version 5+ and update your Dolphin firmware on the watches and starter module.
» Note: A firmware upgrade is required to use this new version of the Dolphin software.
With Dolphin v5+, Meet Maestro now publishes full event details to the Dolphin software, which enhances the detail of event and heat information displayed in the Dolphin software and on any attached scoreboards. When paired with a Dolphin timing system, Meet Maestro is able to broadcast the current event and heat to SwimTopia Mobile’s Live Event/Heat Bar directly from the Dolphin starter controls.
Meet Maestro Windows Desktop App Installation
CTS Dolphin Wireless Timing System is supported via a downloadable Microsoft Windows Meet Maestro desktop application. Our desktop application enables tighter integration with the CTS Dolphin System so that times can be detected and loaded automatically.
» Note: If you have a Mac with software that runs Windows, our Windows app can be run on a Mac.
When the installer is running, you will see this screen. This graphic will not show any installation progress or status. As long as you see this window, the installer is working. The installation may take several minutes. When the installation is complete, the app will launch automatically.
Once installed, log in with your SwimTopia credentials. You should be able to navigate to any of your meets that have been Merged under Merge/Export in your SwimTopia team management interface. You will only see meets that have been Merged in this interface.
For specific details on general system requirements to run Meet Maestro using a timing system ➞ See our Meet Maestro - Windows Desktop Application Installer & Details article.
» Note: If you have previously installed Meet Maestro Desktop, please be sure to close any currently running version before installing a new version.
CTS Dolphin Timing Software, Firmware & Directory
- Ensure you have the most up-to-date version of your CTS Dolphin Timing System software downloaded. CTS Dolphin software can be downloaded from this URL: http://www.coloradotime.com/dolphindownload/
- Make sure the CTS Dolphin Firmware is up to date. Look in the C:\CTSDolphin directory for the Docs directory for instructions and the Firmware directory for the firmware required.
- Consider setting up a shared directory using a service such as Dropbox or similar.
Meet Maestro Timing Setup & Scoreboards
➞ See the Meet Maestro Settings – Timing Setup & Scoreboards article to select your timing system in Meet Maestro and download the start list files for your scoreboards as needed. You will be directed back to this article to complete the remaining setup steps below.
» Note: If you came here from the Timing Setup article, and have performed those steps already, continue below.
Step 1 ➧ Data Directory
Next, you are shown the data directory where CTS Dolphin will write its timing files.
» Note: If necessary, you can change the Data directory and File set (Dolphin meet number). There is a copy icon if you want to copy the directory location to your clipboard.
» Tip: It’s a good idea to use specific folders for both applications to share for reading and writing the files. You would then tell both the CTS Dolphin software and Meet Maestro to use the same folder. This allows CTS Dolphin to know the schedule of events and allows for faster Meet Maestro load times from files written to this directory by the Dolphin software. (Only Dolphin version 5+ allows the data directory to be changed)
Step 2 ➧ Expected Number of Watches
Select the number of watches you'll be using.
» Note: If you check the setting for “Display warnings if fewer watches are imported” Meet Maestro will highlight the timing box as a warning when fewer times than the number of specified watches are loaded by the CTS Dolphin system.
Step 3 ➧ SwimTopia Mobile App Settings - Enable Live Event/Heat Bar
This setting is referencing the ability of the CTS Dolphin software to automatically send information about the current event and heat being swum to the SwimTopia Mobile Live Event/Heat Bar. It's best to do this when setting up the timing system, but you can access this any time through the timing system bar on the data entry screen (setting gear)
» Note: The SwimTopia Mobile Live Event/Heat Bar keeps your athletes and parents up-to-date on what’s happening in the pool in real-time. And when using a timing system, updates happen automagically! ➞ See Enabling the SwimTopia Live Event/Heat Bar to learn more. (This setting is displayed only if Dolphin version 5+ software is used -- does not work with versions below 5)
Step 4 ➧ Click SAVE
Once installed, you’ll run the meet from the Meet Maestro Windows Desktop application, not your web browser.
CTS Dolphin Setup in the Dolphin Software
➧ CTS Dolphin Software Enhancements
SwimTopia has worked closely with the CTS Dolphin software developers to create enhanced integration between CTS Dolphin and Meet Maestro. To receive the benefits of this integration, it’s important to update your CTS Dolphin software to v5.05 or higher and to update all firmware.
- Settings screen:
- Configurable data directory for easier network sharing (e.g. can write to a DropBox folder, etc.)
- New data formats
- (Optional) Auto-print results after each race
- Events screen:
- Displays event schedule, including number of heats in the CTS Dolphin interface
- Event Data published to CTS Dolphin automatically by Meet Maestro
- Event & Heat # also published to Otter Scoreboard (if available)
- Live screen:
- Starter advancing to next race automatically updates current Event/Heat in SwimTopia mobile app
- Maintaining correct Event/Heat in CTS Dolphin eliminates need to correct Race # mapping in Meet Maestro (e.g. for false starts)
- (Optional) Indicate empty lanes and/or DQs in Dolphin
- Marked Empty Lanes automatically imported as ‘NS’ (no show) in Meet Maestro
- DQs automatically imported as DQ (without reason) in Meet Maestro
- View Log screen:
- View results for previous races without having to dig through log files
- Signals screen:
- Displays signal strength and battery life for all watches.
- ”Program Devices” button updates firmware on all connected watches.
➧ Pre-Meet CTS Dolphin Settings
Verify your events are loaded: (Your screen should look similar to this)
» Note: If you do not see your meet events listed in the CTS Dolphin software, please quit and then relaunch the CTS Dolphin software after the data sharing directory has been configured in Meet Maestro.
Verify your “Settings”: (see red boxes on screenshot below)
- Verify the selected data location
- Ensure CSV export format is selected
- Check the “Show Empty Column” box to ensure the system shows you the empty lanes
- If the “Manually increment events” option is not checked, the current heat and event will advance automatically when the CTS Dolphin starter resets for each race. If this option is checked, the current event/heat information will need not advance automatically when the starter resets, and will need to be updated in the CTS Dolphin software.
» Note: The current event/heat selected in the CTS Dolphin software is what will be published (via Meet Maestro) to the Live Bar in the SwimTopia mobile app, so ensuring its accuracy is important.
» Tip: Generally, if the starter can view a scoreboard to see the current event/heat, then unchecking this box will help keep things running quickly. However, if there is no scoreboard, the starter could unknowingly advance to the wrong heat (e.g. after a false start). Therefore, when no scoreboard is available, checking the “Manually increment events” option is recommended, especially if someone will be solely focused on operating the Dolphin software during the meet. However, if one person will be operating both Meet Maestro and the Dolphin software, it may be easier to disable the "Manually increment events" option.
Testing Before the Meet Starts
To support running tests prior to the start of the meet, but prevent premature delivery of upcoming swim reminders and live result notifications to Pro users of the SwimTopia mobile app, an early start warning will display to confirm whether or not you intend to start the meet early.
➧ This warning will only display if two conditions are met:
- The "Publish current event & heat to SwimTopia Mobile App" setting is checked (Step #3 above)
- The meet or session start time is in the future (not earlier than or equal to the current time)
» Note: This warning will display for each test performed until the confirmation to start the meet is selected (or start the session in a multi-session meet scenario). When "Yes..." is selected, the estimated start times will be adjusted, and the notification process will begin. There is no option to revert back to a pre-notification state.
All of the settings configured during setup can be changed by pressing the gear icon in the timing system bar. You do not need to go back to the main Timing Setup screen under the meet settings.