AquiloS is based on Java and can therfore run on many different types of computers.
To allow a Java program to run on a computer the Java Rumtine Environment (JRE) must be installed.
Please go to www.java.com and install the version for your computer.
Use the default settings during the installation.
The JRE might already be installed on your computer for other Java programs and you can use that installation.
Under Windows go to 'Settings' / 'Apps & features', search for "Java" and see if a version 8 (jre1.8.0) or later is available.
Java is developed by a company called Oracle. So if a download comes from their server this should be fine.
You can ignore any warnings that your browser does not support Java plugins.
Extract the downloaded Aquilo09XInstall.zip to a new folder on your harddisk.
The zip file contains the main progam file aquilo.jar, a folder with a sample competition, and this help file.
- Double-clicking on aquilo.jar should run the program.
- Optional on Windows: Create a shortcut that opens a data file together with the program.
For Windows there is a sample for a shortcut (Verknüpfung) 'StartAquiloWin.lnk' to customize the startup.
It's unlikely this works without a little configuration:
Right-click on StartAquiloWin.lnk to edit its Properties (Eigenschaften).
Under Target (Ziel) you will find somthing that looks like:
"C:\Program Files (x86)\Java\jre1.8.0_161\bin\javaw.exe" -jar aquilo.jar
Check if the path (underlined) in front of javaw.exe corresponds to somthing on your computer.
Program Files xyz might be slightly different on your computer depending on your language and computer architecture (32/64bit).
jre1.8.0_161 will be different if you install a different/newer version of the JRE.
When you have this correct the shortcut should start the Aquilo just like the double-click on the aquilo.jar.
Now comes the advantage:
To open a data file when starting the program you can put the path and name of it behind the aquilo.jar in the Target field.
For the the competition in the example folder it looks like this.
"C:\Program Files (x86)\Java\jre1.8.0_161\bin\javaw.exe" -jar aquilo.jar examples/SrncBern2001-final.chu
If you want to move StartAquiloWin.lnk outside the folder where aquilo.jar is (e.g. on the desktop) you must put the complete path to aquilo.jar into "Start In" (field below Target).
Preparing the Competition
Before You Start the Competition
The program has a couple of minimum requirements on how numbers for
horses and riders are distributed.
- The three riders in a team must have consecutive boot numbers, i.e.
the program can NOT handle a team with boot numbers 4,5,9. The
highest boot number of a team must be divisible by 3, i.e. 123,456,789,...
- Horses have numbers. The first number of a horse in each round can
be changed but the following horses are assumed to be numbered
consecutively in the order of their appearance. Example: The 2nd
round in a competition with 12 teams may have horses numbered
1,2,3,4 or 13,14,15,16 or 20,21,22,23. Before you create a round
you will be able to specify the number of the first horse in the
Creating a New Competition
Select New Competition or Open from the File menue.
If you create a New Competition a window asking for general
initial information about your competition will come up. Enter the name of
the competition, its type and the number of teams. For any standard
competition don't worry about the last setting "Start 2 riders per horse
You can open an Example Competition to see what it looks like when a
competition is under way or all finished. The example directory is where
you installed AquiloS.
The Empty Competition
What's under the mouse pointer? Move the mouse over a text field or
table column to see a hint ('tooltip') on its meaning. Try this by moving
the mouse to some editable area on the left or top and keep it in place for
a short while without clicking. White table cells can be changed, gray ones
Fill in teams and riders on the left. Use the tooltips to find out
where to put what. Please do not use nick names of riders, enter their complete
first- and lastname. Save your work! Try the Print Team/Rider Table
button at the bottom. Your webbrowser should display a table which you can
use to make notes on teams and riders.
Creating Rounds: In the Define Rounds table at the top look at
the parameters for the first round. Click Create on the very right to
open a round window.
Viewing/Printing Output in Webbrowser
All output is generated as HTML. HTML is the native document format of
the Web. You can view it with a webbrowser, edit it in a text
processor (MS Word) or publish it directly on the Internet. To print
the document please use the Print function of your browser.
All generated HTML files are saved in a directory named "htmlout"
next to your data file and opened automatically in your standard
Tips for printing Aquilo output with your Browser:
- Disable header and footer lines, maybe except for date and time
- Enable something like "Print background colors/graphics/pictures".
- Use smaller/narrow margins(~10mm) on all sides.
- Some browsers let you scale the content in percent if it just doesn't fit on the page (90%)
Advanced: If you know HTML you may want to customize
the title or style of all created HTML documents: Edit the file
DocTitleTemplate.html in the "htmlout" directory. AquiloS inserts this
file at the beginning of every HTML-page it generates.
A New Empty Round
After creating a new round with the Create button in Define Rounds table
you should check the grouping, numbers and starting order of all horses !!!
Once you are sure the round is configured correctly enter the names of horses in the Horse column.
If you are not sure a horse will go at a certain position it's better to not enter a name and go with the head number only.
Before the horses are presented, make sure with your "horse manager" that the groups and head numbers are correct.
Are the horse numbers as expected? Does your Horse Manager know about them?
No: Click Reset Round and adjust the FirstHoNo column in the Define Rounds table before re-creating the round.
Is the result-type correct for this round?
No: Click Reset Round and adjust the Result column in the Define Rounds table before re-creating the round.
Are the groups of horses (Abteilungen) ordered correctly?
Example: 15 horses = 6+9 = 9+6 = 6+6+3 = ...
No: Click Reset Round and adjust the HoPerGrp column in the Define Rounds table before re-creating the round.
For the dressage team competition, Aquilo will always list the horses in the same order you enter them - for ALL teams.
If each team may choose it's own order for presenting the horses this might not correspond to the order on the starting list.
To get the draw slips click Print Lots.
Cut the pages with scissors to make the draw slips.
If you do not know all horses when you print the draw slips - the program will not mind.
During the draw don't forget to note which team/rider got which draw!
You might want to print an empty starting list or a second copy of the draw slips for your notes.
Assigning Riders to Horses
Enter the riders boot no into the Rider column of the round window. You
can also drag a boot no (gray area) from the team list on the left to the
desired row in the round window.
To change a rider: Riders can also be dragged between rows inside
the round window. To enter a new boot number double-click on the very left
of the rider column in front of the old boot number and enter the new one.
You do not need to delete the entire line, but for the new boot number to be
recognized there must be a space between it and the rest of the line. To
remove a rider delete the complete line.
To print a part of the round, drag over a gray column and then
click Print Selected. The judges are very happy if they have a starting
order before the first team/rider starts riding!
Enter Results and Finish Round
Enter the result value or a character for special results:
'e' eliminated; eg. 3 refusals in showjumping
'r' retired during course or disqualified
'n' no ranking for rider and his team (rider drunk? ;-)
For the dressage team competition, the team mark must be entered where you entered the team names, in the small field on the right.
To avoid the ranking of a team without influencing the individual rankings
of its members use 'n' as dressage team mark.
The rows in the round window can be sorted by clicking on the
column headers. This allows you to see the starting order, group by
horse or team, or bring all results with diff=0.0 to the top. The
order is maintained if you print the round.
Hint for next round: You can open two round windows side by side and drag
riders from one round to the next.
You may select any of the items in the Ranking menu at any time
during the competition. AquiloS will assign ranking-points to eliminated
riders once a round is complete. A round is complete when all results in
this round are available. For all riders which are still competing AquiloS
displays the minimum and maximum of possible ranking-points.
After the first two rounds of dressage and showjumping Team Result
Details should give you a good preliminary impression of the final
standings. Teams with riders still competing are shown with the minimal and
maximal possible ranking-points. A rank is show once there is no theoretical
chance that one team will overtake (will be overtaken by) another one, i.e.
the maximum points of one team are smaller than the minimun of the team that
will be ranked next.
You should print one of the "Individual Rankings" or "Team Result
Details" sheets regularly. With those sheets in hand you are save
even if all computers break down. Be careful not to show such a sheet
to anyone, as this may spoil the excitement of the competition and the price-
"Team Result Details" for a 12 team competition is tailored
to fit on a single A4 landscape page if you reduce font size and margins (5mm).
The ranking reports are also saved as HTML-files in the 'htmlout' folder.
If you have entered all results in all rounds the word "Preliminary" and
the list of the completed rounds should disappear from the title of the ranking pages.
All Final Rankings, Overview and Team Result Details by Team
Combined Ranking are meant to be handed out to all participants and to
be published on the Internet.
Congratulations! You have done it! If you have a headache I hope it's not
because you had to use this program but because you've had the hell of a
time last night and a couple to many...