There is a version of Fencing Time Software version just for High Schools, mostly NJ. It is currently based on version 4.0. The current version of FTS is 4.4, released Oct. 1, 2018. The new version has lots of error corrections and many new features. The standout feature that HS teams would like, which 4.4 has, but 4.0 does not is Live Results. It is a constant struggle with the current version to keep coaches, fencers, and parents - in person or online - updated on the current standings during tournaments. In the current era of pocket super computers and social media there is a clear need for NJIFA to get the software upgraded to the newest version. I do realize that the HS version is special and has a particular background and its own issues and that there will be hurdles and challenges to overcome. That's fencing, right?
I have spoken with Dan Burke, the owner and programmer of FTS, several times over email in the last few weeks and this is what I have learned. It will cost about $6,000 to $8,000 to upgrade FT-HS from 4.0 to 4.4 and take several months and he can't start until Dec/Jan-ish. FT-HS is understandably not high on his priority list since there are only 32 copies in use compared to the hundreds or thousands of regular FT versions out there. Dan does not ever hire any additional programmers to help him get work done sooner. This is because he does not trust any other programmers, he does not show the code to anyone ever, and he estimates it would take three months to teach someone how FT works on the inside.
It looks like this project is going nowhere - or it is going somewhere else completely different - unless a ridiculous amount of money suddenly appears.
I would like to hear from people who actually us FTHS to record their dual meet data. What has your experience been like? One person told me it takes longer to do the setup for each dual meet than it does to run a dual meet, because you need the full roster for each school for each meet.
I thought, gee, we should have mobile app made to correct this situation. In this era that would make sense, except it doesn't make dollars and cents. According to multiple sources, it costs between $100k and $400k to create a good mobile app for both iOS and Android platforms.
It seems we as a community are caught between a rock and a hard place, technologically speaking.