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March 1, 2013
Builds 130301 of all games released.  The following changes have been made:
- All games: Removal of "Windows XP and Vista file  Reorganisation".  This was a legacy feature for users moving from Windows versions prior to XP (e.g., Windows 98).  Henceforth, player and score data will be lost if they were created using a version of Windows prior to Windows XP.
- Piquet: Correction to points tallying when checking for Repique.
- Piquet: When undoing to the Points Declaration step, the scoring and game status is now correctly reset.
- Piquet: When checking for Pique and Repique, the rule concerning Carte Blanche inhibition is now applied correctly.

December 13, 2012
Versions 2013 (builds 121213) of all games released.  The following changes have been made:
- All games: Maintenance updates.
- All games: The determination of the user's external IP address no longer

March 20, 2012
Versions 2012 (builds 120320) of all games released.  The following changes have been made:
- All games: Maintenance updates.
- All games: The three extra cards sizes (previously available only in the PlusPack are now included in all base ands update versions.
- German Whist: Corrected error which might cause failure to execute on Windows 7 systems.
- Rummy 500: Corrected error when opponent plays all of its cards in the first turn after which the program fails to complete the round.

June 29, 2011
Builds 110629 of all games released.  The following changes have been made:
- All games: Maintenance updates
- Gin Rummy: Corrected error of a possible "Opponent has ginned" message" (even if the opponent has not played a gin) when drag'n'drop is to the left extreme of the opponent's melds.
- Gin Rummy: Corrected error of AutoMeld attempting to add to an opponent's gin when the selected cards are continuous with one of the opponent's melds.

February 9, 2011
Versions 2011 (builds 110209) of all games released.  The following changes have been made:
- All games: Maintenance updates
- Rummy 500: Resolution of problem whereby the opponent sometimes did not obey the "meld run before rank" rule.

October 27, 2010
Builds 101019 of all games released.  The following changes have been made:
- All games: Resolution of program errors when attempting to identify user's public IP for online operation.
- Canasta: Resolution of problem whereby a special pairs hand could not be played to go out.
- Pinochle & Bezique: Bezique now correctly permits four of a kind (Jacks, Queens, Kings, Aces) of different suits.

November 17, 2009
Builds 91117 of all games released.  The following changes have been made:
- Revised (less "clunky") card sound.  The original card sound (may be unheard under Vista and Windows 7) is installed as "card1.wav"

October 29, 2009
Versions 2010 (builds 91029) of all games released.  The following changes have been made:
- All games: Fully Windows 7 compatible.  Slow play under Windows 7 has been resolved.  Card sounds are now audible with Vista and Windows 7.

December 8, 2007
 
Builds 71208 of all games released.  The following changes have been made:
- All games: Corrected error whereby Registration Information entry from the start-up prompt dialog did not work.
- All games: Improved mouse interlock control to more rigorously avoid processing a mouse-up if the mouse-down was ignored as premature.

October 22, 2007
Builds 71022 of all games released.  The following changes have been made:

- All games: Correction to problem introduced in builds 71019 whereby the "Online Status" menu selection could be erroneously ignored.
- Cribbage: Score buttons are now disabled during the opponent's turn in order to protect game integrity.

October 19, 2007
Version 2008 (builds 71019) released.  T
hese are primarily maintenance releases:
- All games: Resolutions of unexpected program errors on start-up and to prohibit the use of menu selections while the opponent is playing which could cause game and card integrity problems.
- Canasta: Fixed an error whereby adding to a meld could result in invalid meld message.
- Cribbage: Fixed a problem of a meaningless hint being given when one card has been discarded to the crib.
- Gin Rummy: The "No Rediscard" rule preference is now "May Rediscard".  The default is now "No Rediscard".
- Piquet: Fixed a problem with turn undo not functioning correctly.
- Piquet: Improved trick play of higher skill levels when holding a long suit which is missing the King but has Ace, Queen and Jack.

April 5, 2007
Builds 70405 of all games released.  The following changes have been made to all programs:
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Improved protection against swift mouse actions causing card animation freezes and other problems.
- Circumvention of Vista-related runtime error relating to speech output.

March 23, 2007
Builds 70323 of all games released.  The following corrections have been made:
- All games: Vista-related issues

- Pinochle & Bezique: Fixed error of permitting a meld that was not permitted under the prevailing rule options.

March 10, 2007
Builds 70310 of all games released.  The following corrections have been made:
- Resolved an error whereby dismissing the Color Preferences window before dismissing the Color selector window would cause program failure.
- When running under Windows Vista, TTS5 (Text-To-Speech) is now assumed
to be installed.
- Other Vista-related issue resolutions.

March 2, 2007
Version 2007.1 (builds 70302) released.  These include a revised file organization for Windows XP and Vista. Scoreboards are now stored in the MeggieSoft Games folder under My Documents.  Other application files are now stored in the user's Application Data folder.  Relocation of existing files is effected automatically when the updated game is first run.  (No change for older versions of Windows)
In addition, the following corrections have been made:
All games: Resolved problem of unexpected program error (overflow) when starting a game.
Cribbage: Fixed occasional error of prohibiting a valid sequence combination.

January 17, 2007
Build 70117 of all games released. 
  These include the completed release of the "Listen-To-Me" microphone input capabilities.

December 19, 2006
Builds 61219 of all games released. 
  These are minor maintenance releases relating to the update advisory when the running version is over 45 days old. 
In addition, the following changes and corrections have been made:
Gin Rummy: Fixed an error of the opponent sometimes overlooking a Gin Off possibility.
Pinochle & Bezique: Fixed error of the "Switch Bezique Suits" rule preference not being fully effective.

November 9, 2006
Builds 61109 of all games released. 
  These are maintenance releases which include improved mouse control routines to avoid lock-ups in case of excessive multi-click mouse activity.
In addition, the following changes and corrections have been made:
Pinochle & Bezique: Resolved problem of an online session freezing when one of the players has knocked.
Piquet: Incorporation of the "Listen-To-Me" (speech recognition) preview release beta-test.

October 24, 2006
Builds 61023 of all games released. 
  These are maintenance releases to resolve a problem of the host game exiting abruptly when starting an online game.
In addition, the following changes and corrections have been made:
Gin Rummy: The "Do you want the discard" dialog now has a "Hint" button.
Canasta: Fixed problem of sometimes not undoing from end-round dialog correctly.
Canasta: Fixed problem of permitting going out with insufficient canastas if all cards are melded with no discard.

October 11, 2006
Builds 61011 of all games released. 
  These are maintenance releases, particularly with respect to the speech recognition preview release.
In addition, the following correction has been made:
Euchre & Écarté: Fixed problem of not permitting start of play without exchanging when drag-n-drop mouse operation is used.

October 8, 2006
Builds 61008 of all games released. 
  The "Listen-To-Me" (speech recognition) preview release beta-test is now incorporated into Euchre & Écarté.
In addition, the following changes and corrections have been made:
All Games: Improved protection against unexpected program error messages when program start-up is attempted when already starting, or
exiting. This is believed to be a probable result of unexpected multiple rapid mouse actions.
Gin Rummy: Fixed problem of overlooking a single card melding opportunity when no new melds exist in hand.
Canasta: Ambiguous AutoMeld choice for a wild card is now only shown for microphone input. For mouse input, the previous behavior of
melding to the previous meld has been restored.
Canasta: Fixed problem of hint execution jamming on multiple melds for certain meld display modes.
Canasta: Fixed problem of ambiguous AutoMeld selection dialog response sometimes not being accepted via microphone input.
Canasta/Gin Rummy/Rummy 500: Fixed problem of game play being locked when undoing from the end-of-round dialog.

October 6, 2006
Builds 61006 of all games released. 

All Games: Resolved problem of card back selection not "sticking" when the card back is from a different design set than the card fronts.
Cribbage: Fixed omission of Microphone from Preferences menu.
Gin Rummy: Fixed problem of losing track of a card of a six card (or higher) meld.
Gin Rummy: Fixed problem of hint (Gin) being different after taking discard than that given before taking discard (not Gin).
Gin Rummy: Fixed AI problem with discard selection in that the logic was discarding a high card when it was better not to do so.

October 4, 2006
Builds 61004 of all games released. 

All Games: New version date check now advises if build in use is more than 45 days old, and will repeat advisory every 45 days.  In such circumstances taking the update offer is advised.
Cribbage: Fixed problem with pegboard not correctly reflecting the scoresheet.
Gin Rummy: Reduced threshold waiting period of opponent holding off for Gin.
Piquet: Fixed error whereby undoing to an early turn could result in a meaningless 'Complete meld or undo' message.

October 3, 2006
Builds 61003 of all games released. 

All Games: Resolved problem of an indefinite wait when attempting to connect to a host who is no longer waiting.
All Games: Improved diagnostic analysis capability now includes previous turn data.
Cribbage: Fixed problem of score counter errors when undoing from the end-round dialog box.
Gin Rummy: Fixed problems relating to meld analysis (incomplete selections) and the deadwood counter.

September 30, 2006
Builds 60930 of all games released. 
  The "Listen-To-Me" (speech recognition) preview release beta-test is now incorporated into Cribbage, and has been enhanced in Rummy 500, Gin Rummy and German Whist, Canasta, and Pinochle & Bezique.  In particular, occasional start-up failures and freezes in these games due to speech recognition capability detection failure have been circumvented.  These are also minor maintenance releases for all games.
In addition, the following correction has been made:
Gin Rummy: The meld analysis for Master level (and Hint) has been restructured and now avoids occasions where a Gin opportunity may be overlooked.

September 15, 2006
Builds 60915 of all games released. 
These are maintenance releases for all games.  In addition, the "Listen-To-Me" (speech recognition) preview release beta-test is now incorporated into Canasta and Pinochle & Bezique, and has been enhanced in Rummy 500, Gin Rummy and German Whist.   With these releases, the following additions have been made: microphone preferences, toolbar icons, help file documentation, and the inclusion of the grammar and training files in the program installation.  During the preview release beta-test period, the default installation setting is that the facility is not enabled.  It may be enabled via Microphone Preferences. See the Pre-release Versions section for further information.

September 6, 2006
Versions 2007 (builds 60906) of all games released.  These versions include improvements to the speed of start-up of all programs.  Rummy 500, Gin Rummy and German Whist now include the beta-test of the "Listen-To-Me" feature as described in the Pre-release Versions section.
In addition, the following corrections have been made:
All Games: Improved recovery, avoiding unexpected program errors, if the previous program exit was performed during a dealing operation.
Rummy 500: Fixed a rare impasse situation whereby each player could be in a floating state with no cards available to take.

August 15, 2006
Builds 60815 of all games released.
These are primarily maintenance releases which improve the protection against run-time errors, particularly during game start-up and exit.   In addition, the following corrections have been made:
All games: Improved clean-up logic to remove dead Find-A-Partner records when contact cannot be made.
All games: Improved online protocol to avoid stand-offs whereby each system could believe that it was the other's turn to make the next move.
Gin Rummy: Fixed error of hint suggesting taking and rediscarding when prohibited.
Gin Rummy: Fixed error of hint not suggesting taking the discard to gin off.
Euchre & Écarté: Fixed problem with online play not correctly receiving opponent card play.
Cribbage: Fixed error whereby the User Guide download failed to find the file at the website.

August 4, 2006
Builds 60804 of all games released.
These releases resolve a problem with respect to the Find-A-Partner forum facility inappropriately returning a "could not communicate with the forum server" message when it was in fact able to make the connection.

August 1, 2006
Builds 60801 of all games released.
These releases resolve the problem introduced in builds 60731 with respect to the incomplete start-up display of maximized game windows.

July 31, 2006
Builds 60731 of all games released.  (Build numbers are now date based.) 
These are primarily maintenance releases which improve the protection against multiple invocations and possible ensuing run-time errors.  In addition, the following corrections have been made:
Cribbage: The "Details" score for the opponent at the end of a game is now shown correctly (instead of zero).
Rummy 500: The player's hand is no longer erroneously undone after a floating turn.

July 5, 2006
Builds 20614 of all games released. 
These are primarily maintenance releases which now detect whether the game is running under Windows Vista.  In addition, the following correction has been made:
Cribbage: Resolved a problem whereby the scoreboard would be incorrectly reset when undoing to a previous round.

June 30, 2006
Builds 20613 of all games released. 
These are primarily maintenance releases to address isolated instances of unexpected program errors and the resolution to a problem whereby scores and running totals might not be correctly reset when undoing a turn. In addition, the following improvement has been made:
Gin Rummy: Further improvement to hand analysis regarding ability to go out.

June 14, 2006
Builds 20612 of all games released.
These are primarily maintenance releases to address isolated instances of unexpected program errors and incomplete program terminations in all games.
I
n addition, the following problem has been resolved:
Cribbage: Resolution of a problem introduced in build 20611 whereby valid sequences were not being recognized as valid.

June 7, 2006
Builds 20611 of all games released.
Changes to all programs include improvements to handling multiple invocations (e.g., if the user repeatedly clicks the desktop icon) in order to reduce occasional runtime errors.
The following problems have been resolved:
Most games: Resolved a problem whereby the running totals might not have been reset when undoing from the end-of-round dialog box. This could result in the game ending prematurely or the game being awarded to the losing player.
Gin Rummy: Improved hand analysis with respect to identifying a double gin when one is possible.

May 24, 2006
Versions 2006.1 (builds 20610) of all games released.
Changes to all programs include an enhanced "Restart Round" capability.  Instead of just restarting the current round, the enhanced capability is now able to restart any previous round of the current game/partie.

The following problems have been resolved:
Cribbage: Fixed problem whereby a warning of a missed opportunity in the play phase is erroneously displayed when AutoPeg is enabled.
Cribbage: When invoked from the status bar, the Undo Turn dialog is now consistent with Undo Turn when invoked from the player menu.
Cribbage: Resolved rare problem of a four-card crib flush being permitted in error.
Cribbage: Resolved error of an overlapping sequence that is not an extension to an existing sequence being scored.
Cribbage: Resolved display error (mispositioned upcard) when undoing turn from Show phase back to Play phase.
Gin Rummy: Resolved problem of a hint not always recommending a Gin when one is possible.
Gin Rummy: Resolved problem of a hint stating that the player can go out when they are unable to.
Gin Rummy: Resolved problem of opponent sometimes failing to layoff completely when the Oklahoma rule is operative.
Gin Rummy: Resolved problem of opponent sometimes rediscarding a taken discard when the "No Rediscard" rule is operative.

April 6, 2006
Builds 20603 of all games released.  These are major maintenance releases.  Changes to all programs include:  (i) significant improvements to the find-a-partner online forum logic, particularly for users of routers, (ii) performance improvements to the online communication protocol, and (iii) full support for both local and remote IP addresses for router users. 
All programs now include the ability to inherit the current player's preferences when creating a new player.
The following problems have been resolved:
Canasta: Opponent taking the points for player returning the discard pile, even when this penalty scoring preference is disabled.
Gin Rummy: Opponent rediscarding a taken discard when the rule preference prohibiting this is active.
Gin Rummy: Opponent overlooking opportunities to take the first discard pile card if the player chooses not to take it.
Rummy 500: A game ending before 500 points when "undo turn" has been used.
Rummy 500: Opponent not always adhering to the rule regarding melding a run before melding a rank meld.
Users of routers are reminded that they must define port forwarding parameters if online communications from internet users are to reach a computer behind the router.  For the Find-A-Partner forum, port 54001 is always used, irrespective to online preference changes with respect to the preferred port number.  See the updated help files for further information regarding routers.

February 26, 2006
Builds 20602 of all games released.  These are maintenance releases.  In addition, Pinochle & Bezique now includes a new "No Knocking" scoring preference.

February 17, 2006
Builds 20601 of all games released.  These resolve an initial version 2006 release error with respect to the correct saving of the Card Design preference.

February 16, 2006
Versions 2006 Released (Builds 20600).  The games now include new card image management modules, including new card image file layouts. These prepare for the future availability of additional card deck designs and the future release of a custom deck creation program for users who wish to create or edit their own card deck designs. These enhancements also include the ability to use card faces from one deck design and card backs from another deck design when multiple designs are installed.  In addition, the following changes have been made:
All games: New player preference to sort card values in hand from high (left) to low (right).
All games: The "Are you sure?" family of speech messages have been altered to avoid semantic ambiguity when exiting. For example, "OK to continue?" could be inferred to have meant to continue playing rather than continue to exit.
Rummy 500: New rule preference requiring that a player must meld a run before being permitted to meld any same-rank melds.
Gin Rummy: Fixed problem of opponent's cards not being displayed face up at end of a round when the opponent preference to do so is enabled.

Canasta: Resolved problem with the melding of wild card sets and fours when the rank ordered meld view was active.
Note: Plus Pack users will need to update to Plus Pack version 8 in order to continue to use the additional card designs and sizes.

February 7, 2006
Builds 16501 of all games released.  These are minor maintenance updates which include the following changes to individual games:

All games: The dealer of the current round is now indicated on the left of the status bar (unless the corresponding new Deal Preference is
deselected).
Rummy 500/Gin Rummy: Corrected occasional mishandling of meld information receipt (online play) which could result in incorrect meld displays
Piquet: The option to be dealer or not be dealer is now offered when the player wins the cut for deal.

January 31, 2006
Versions 16.5 Released (Builds 16500).
- New  "Undo Previous Turn" feature permits you to return to any of your previous turns within the current round, and to return to the final turn after the end of the round has been reached.
- Updated Online Connection Management Module improves connection reliability.  

December 10, 2005
Builds 16404 of all games released.  These are minor maintenance updates which
resolve an "Unable to successfully subclass" error when exiting under certain unusual situations. In addition, the following changes have been made to individual games:
Euchre & Écarté: Fixed  problems which occurred when dragging/dropping card exchanges in Écarté instead of clicking on the mat.

December 6, 2005
Builds 16403 of all games released.  These are minor maintenance updates which (i)
resolve a problem resulting in the game-in-play state being lost when "Select Player" start-up is shown, and (ii) ignore "X" (window close) when the game is already exiting. In addition, the following changes have been made to individual games:
Canasta: Protection against run-time error if mouse is clicked during return to stock and deal activities.
Cribbage: Removal of an erroneous reference to Euchre & Écarté in online forum connection process.
Rummy 500: Resolution of overlooking the ability to go out when A-2-3 run is part of the final meldings.

November 15, 2005
Builds 16402 of all games released.  These are minor maintenance updates which prevent an unintended restart if multiple irrecoverable errors are detected. In addition, the following changes have been made to individual games:
Cribbage: "15" button in ScoreBar changed to "15/25" in Show Phase if the "Twenty-five for Two" (Noddy) scoring preference is enabled.
Cribbage: Help file revised to clarify when and how to score "Twenty-five for Two".
Euchre & Écarté:
Fixed problem of disappearing/mispositioned card image when card-dragging from hand when hand is staggered.
German Whist/Gin Rummy/Pinochle/Piquet/Rummy 500: Minor cosmetic improvements to card-dragging within hand when hand is staggered.

November 11, 2005
Builds 16401 of all games released.  These are minor maintenance updates which provide cleaner shutdown if multiple irrecoverable errors are detected.  In addition, the following changes have been made to individual games:
Canasta: Improvement to messaging if final card is melded leaving an incomplete meld.
Canasta: Improved detection and handling of double-clicking when drag-and-dropping to the discard pile.
Cribbage: Fixed problem with disallowed flush in Noddy show phase.
Cribbage: Fixed problem with both Thirty-one and Last being scored.
Cribbage: Fixed problem of scoring combination being able to override 15/31points limit.
Cribbage: Fixed problem of Skunk preference setting not saving correctly.
Euchre & Écarté: Resolved problem of infinite Écarté loop if player is unable to follow opponent's card exchange if the stock is depleted.

November 5, 2005
Versions 16.4 Released (Builds 16400).  The principal changes are:
- Change to "Start" button. This is now the "Deal" button and will appear at the beginning of each round that would otherwise be dealt automatically. This change provides a pause in order to permit changes to the preferences and use of most other menu items before the deal. The "AutoStart" Preference which overrides this pause has been similarly renamed to "AutoDeal".
- Change to the updating to the scoreboard file in order to avoid occasional deletion.
- Improvements to the shutdown processing to ensure cleaner exit.
- Rummy 500: Fixed problem with sortation of Jokers which resulted in occasional card disappearance or misplacement.
- Gin Rummy: Improved detection of potential Gins when multiple overlapping melding combinations exist.

October 8, 2005
Builds 16302 of all games released.  These are minor maintenance updates to resolve a run-time error that can occur when the unregistered evaluation period has expired.

September 20, 2005
Builds 16301 of all games released.  The changes are:
- Improved force to exit all processes on exit.
- Fix hang if blank registration information entered to registration window.

September 19, 2005
Versions 16.3 Released (Builds 16300).  The principal changes are:
- Consolidation of all improvements and problem resolutions since the initial release of version 16.2.
- Resolved problem with one of startup player name lists being unselectable.
- Improved reliability of program startup and shutdown, including ensuring that all processes completely terminate.
- Simplification of entry of Registration Code information.
- Reduced AutoMouse movement during end-or-round dialogs.
- Operational improvements to the tray and sleep minimize/exit operational features.
- Improved mouse click management with respect to acting upon a mouse move or mouse up action when the mouse down action was ignored because it was premature.

August 14, 2005
Builds 16209 of all games released.   The principal changes are:
- eMailer "OK" button changed to "OK / Cancel" to clarify that an email does not have to be sent. (All games.)

- The "Cancel" logic of the Preferences window is now always executed when the window is cancelled via the window controls.
 (All games.)
- Fixed problem with Preferences tree navigator list being repeated. (Rummy 500, Gin Rummy, Canasta.)
- Fixed problem with stock card freezing if the right mouse button is clicked while taking the stock card.  (Rummy 500, Gin Rummy.)

August 7, 2005
Builds 16208 of all games released.   The principal changes are:
- Added "Backup Preferences" option. See the Admin Menu section in the Help File for details.

- Added option to install a Quick Launch icon during the installation process.
- Dialogs no longer make themselves the topmost window after the game has been loaded.
- Added protection against rare runtime error when using the status bar buttons.
- (For Cribbage) Added additional dialog when first run to clarify that the Standard opponent skill level will intentionally miss opportunities. The option to start with Master level is now offered.

July 14, 2005
Builds 16207 of all games released. 
These protect against rare runtime errors which might occur when card is selected/dragged from the player's hand.

July 9, 2005
Builds 16206 of all games released. 
These include enhanced detection and discarding of multiple simultaneous invocations (e.g., from the user clicking the desktop launch icon repeatably).  These improvements finally resolve the elusive font problem and start-up run-time errors which were found to be by-products of multiple invocations.

July 5, 2005
Builds 16205 of all games released. 
These improve the handling of isolated runtime errors.  Cribbage also includes an uncommon play logic error fix.

July 1, 2005
Builds 16204 of all games released. 
These address an rare font determination problem.

June 27, 2005
Builds 16203 of all games released. 
These improve the default font selection (and avoid runtime errors) when the standard Windows font names are found to be not installed on the user's computer.

June 26, 2005
Builds 16202 of all games released. 
These improve the handling of isolated runtime errors.

June 21, 2005
Builds 16201 of all games released. 
These resolve isolated occurrences of a runtime error during the dragging of a card.  In addition, the Rummy games resolve a problem of a non-existent card (usually shown as a light green blank) spuriously being displayed in the meld area.

June 16, 2005
Versions 16.2 (builds 16200) of all games released.
- Enhanced online communication management (Protocol Level 4) to improve integrity and synchronization of online play and avoid occasional lock-ups.
- Resolution of a problem which occured when needing to display a message while the main window is minimized (e.g., if a Guest online connection is received). The main window is now raised from its minimized state in such circumstances in order to correctly display the message in a timely manner.
- Added clarification of Host and Guest roles to the Online Play chapter of the help documentation.
- Maintenance fixes to causes of occasional run-time errors.

May 17, 2005
Builds 16109 of all games released.  These are maintenance updates and include minor improvements to fix uncommon runtime errors.

May 2, 2005
Builds 16108 of all games released. 
These include improved diagnostic information should a run-time error occur. 
Registration payments may now be made using PayPal (US Dollars only).

April 23, 2005
Builds 16107 of all games released.  These are maintenance updates. 

April 8, 2005
Builds 16106 of all games released.  These are maintenance updates to resolve outstanding problem reports. 

March 30, 2005
Builds 16105 of all games released.  These are maintenance updates to address a freeze problem when cutting for deal.  Cribbage also includes various fixes to operational issues.

March 27, 2005
Builds 16104 of all games released.  These are maintenance updates, primarily to address some unacceptable performance impacts that were a side-effect of changes made in  builds 16103.

March 26, 2005
Builds 16103 of all games released.  These are maintenance releases.

March 21, 2005
Builds 16102 of all games released.
These are intended to resolve all hitherto reported "Unexpected Program Errors". 
Cribbage now includes a "Warn Of Missed Opportunities" player preference which warns of overlooked scoring opportunities during the play phase.

March 20, 2005
Builds 16101 released. 
These resolve and improve protection against recently reported "Unexpected Program Errors".  In addition, Cribbage includes protection against potential untoward effects of double-clicking a scoring button, and now correctly considers  the possibility of a Flush when evaluating what to discard.

March 16, 2005
Versions 16.1 released.  New features include:
- Card design support now extended to support the new Piatnik Imperial designs included in the new updated Plus Pack. 
- Switching players is now simplified by new Player Menu entries.
- New Preferences layout structure using more modern Tree navigation. The previous "button-type" selection remains available by checking
the "Button Navigator" box in the lower left corner of the Preferences window.
- "Operation" preferences has been renamed to "Game" preferences.
- The Preferences menu is now in alphabetical order.
- Speech enable/disable is now a checkbox in Speech preferences, replacing the previously hard-to-find item in the mode list.
- The dialog box font size is not now increased for the two larger card/font sizes unless the "Apply to dialog font size" preference is selected.
- Support for "wma" music files added (in addition to "mid" and "mp3").
- MAPI-compliant email capability.

March 14, 2005
Build 16011 of Rummy 500 fixes rare unexpected program errors relating to discard pile operations. 
Build 16011 of German Whist fixes occasional game synchronization problems with online operation.

March 11, 2005
Build 16011 of Cribbage resolves all outstanding problem reports.

March 8, 2005
Build 16010 of Cribbage resolves two logic errors.

March 6, 2005
Builds 16009 released to resolve a relatively rare problem of "Runtime Error 5" occurring on start-up. 
In addition, all games now include a new Runtime-Error management module which provides detailed diagnostic ("Black box") information in the case of unforeseen program failure.  This information, should such an error occur, is intended to be emailed to MeggieSoft Games in order to enable improved product reliability.

March 2, 2005
Cribbage build 16008 released to resolve a couple of problems with respect to the claiming of Muggins points. 

March 1, 2005
Builds 16007 released. 
These resolve the potential of occasional game flow disruption when the Online Chat facility is used. 
In addition, Cribbage includes the following:

- Fixed minor coordination problems regarding button selection and card highlighting in play phase.
- New alternative position for ScoreBar (under the PegBoard) may now be specified under Scoring Preferences.

February 25, 2005
Build 16006 of Cribbage released (Base and Update Versions). 
This fixes an error regarding the disabling of the Muggins button immediately after the played cards have been made dead having reached the 31-point limit.

February 24, 2005
Build 16005 of Cribbage released (Base and Update Versions). 
This fixes an error regarding points calculation to win the game with a pair combination and the occasional erroneous disabling of the Flush button.

February 23, 2005
Build 16004 of Cribbage, Gin Rummy and German Whist released (Base and Update Versions).
Changes include:
- Skunk scoring and enhanced Noddy rule preferences, plus fixes to opponent multi-card play after "Go" (Cribbage)
- Change to when the opponent cards are exposed at end of round - now they are shown after the blind discard (Gin Rummy)
- Correction of error preventing synchronized online play (German Whist)

February 22, 2005
Build 16003 of Cribbage released (Base and Update Versions). 
This resolves an error whereby the opponent fails to play more than one card after a "Go" when more than one card can be played.

February 19, 2005
Builds 16002 released.  These are maintenance releases to resolve a few operational problems. 

February 16, 2005
Builds 16001 have been released, including the official release of Cribbage (Version 16). 
Cribbage is now registerable and is also available as part of any discounted bundle.  (The full eight-game bundle has a new 55% discount level.)
The changes in builds 16001 include:
- Fixed problem of customized toolbar not being correctly restored on program start-up. (All games)
- Fixed problem of cards being auto-resized when starting-up with a maximized window. (All games)
- Fixed problem of Restart Game not always redealing the first round cards as before. (All games)
- Improved protection trapping of a mouse-click which could have a detrimental effect to the game integrity when the effects of the previous mouse-click are still being processed. (All games)
- Improved rigor of resetting meld layout display profile after a new deal in order to avoid possible meld display layout corruption. (Rummy 500 & Gin Rummy)

January 28, 2005
Build 01001 of the Cribbage pre-release Version 1.0 is now available.

January 26, 2005
Versions 16 (builds 16100) have been released.  Some base installation files have changed and existing users must therefore have performed a Base Version installation of one of the games before installing any Version 16 Update Versions.   The Online Update (under the Admin Menu or all games) will handle this automatically for you.  Other Version 16 changes include:

- Improved start-up performance.
- Improved online communication management (protocol level 3) to handle incidences of the arrival of partial and/or multiple Winsock packets.
- Added support in preparation for the release of "Cribbage" (Game Menu, Toolbar, and help documentation).
- New "Stop Speaking When Interrupted" Speech Preference.  When enabled, speech in process during the display of a dialog box will stop when a dialog box button is selected.
- Rummy 500: Implementation of a new "Ace Must Be High" rule preference.  This restriction was previously automatic when the Persian deal preference was selected, but it is now a separately selectable option.
- Pinochle & Bezique: The handling of exchanged Dixes has changed. The replacement trump card will now be moved to the player's hand instead of the meld area, unless the "Must Meld Dices" rule preference is selected.
- The Plus Pack now includes Piatnik-design cards of the small card size.

December 15, 2004
Builds 15402 released.
These fix initial display issues with mat/table effects under some combinations of screen and operational preferences.  

December 14, 2004
Versions 15.3 (builds 15300) have been released. 
For all  games, the online communication management module has been significantly updated to provide more reliable game connections.  In addition, all reported problems have been resolved for all games.  Pinochle & Bezique includes some minor opponent skill logic improvements, and Canasta includes significant improvements to the opponent skill logic.

October 29, 2004
Builds 15307 released. 
For all  games, these are maintenance releases which fix a few minor problems. 
Pinochle includes opponent play logic improvements and a couple of minor bug fixes.  
Canasta includes fixes to (i) issues regarding the melding of discard pile cards before the melding points requirement has been met and (ii) premature round termination when the last stock card is a red three.

October 18, 2004
Builds 15306 released. 
These are maintenance releases which fix a few isolated reported problems (including runtime errors). 

October 13, 2004
Builds 15305 released. 
These include opponent play skill improvements in Canasta, new rule and scoring preferences in Rummy 500, fixes to melding/scoring errors when playing a dix in Pinochle & Bezique, and minor maintenance to all games. 

October 2, 2004
Builds 15303 released. 
These include minor improvements to the Restore Preferences menu options and resolve some operational issues (e.g., freezing at the end of a round/game) in Canasta, German Whist and Pinochle.

September 23, 2004
Builds 15303 released. 
These include a new Preference menu item to restore preferences to their status prior to recently entering "Safe Mode".  

September 19, 2004
Build 15302 of Pinochle & Bezique released. 
This resolves the version 15.3 disappearing cards  problem when a meld is made by clicking to the left of the player's hand.

September 18, 2004
Builds 15301 of all games have been released.  These resolve some minor errors in the initial version 15.3 releases.

September 17, 2004
Versions 15.3 (builds 15300) have been released, including:
- Realistic card interleaving, plus TrueSlide option.  (Animation preferences)
- Ability to disable Drag-and-Drop for Point-and-Click users.  (Mouse preferences)
- Wide spread hand display - double the card separation.  (Card Preferences)
- Faster/cleaner start-up by not pre-checking IP data.  This is now done when an online connection is requested.
- Windows shutdown with a game running no longer causes "Safe Mode" prompt.
- Various minor improvements, particularly regarding mouse operation and animation display.
Versions 15.3 also connect to the new "Find-A-Partner" forum location (a result of changing website hosting companies).  Users of "Find-A-Partner" must update to version 15.3, as previous versions will attempt to connect to the old location (which is now defunct).

September 10, 2004
Because our previous hosting company was unable/unwilling to identify and fix the problems of file server corruptions in a timely manner we have relocated the MeggieSoft Games website to another website management company.  
The online Find-A-Partner Forum will be inoperable until we release versions 15.3 or the games next week.  The new versions will include the updated connection parameters for the new website location.

August 27, 2004
Builds 15202 of all games have been released.  
MP3 music file support has been added to all games.  Canasta now has improved opponent skill play and resolves a small number of uncommon problem areas.

August 16-24, 2004
A pre-release version of Rummy 500 v15.3 is available. 
This has more realistic "card interleaving" and supports MP3 as well as MIDI music files.  See the "Pre-release Versions" page under the Downloads section for details and the download instructions.

August 4, 2004
Builds 15201 of all games have been released.  
These are maintenance releases to address reported problems, primarily with Pinochle & Bezique (runtime error at the end of phase one, and promotion of Pinochle to Double Pinochle not being permitted) and Canasta (occasional runtime error, and freezing on startup on some users' systems).  The ability to re-order cards in the player's hand has been fixed in those games which lost this ability in the first release of versions 15.2.  All games also now include better self-protection against rapid mouse operations interrupting correct card position processing.

July 28. 2004
Versions 15.2 of all games have been released.  
Pinochle & Bezique now supports the game of Binokel (the evolutionary Swiss/German mid-point between the French Bezique and the American Pinochle).  The other games are essentially maintenance releases to accompany the upgrade of Pinochle & Bezique's capabilities and to consolidate the improvements since the initial release for versions 15.1.

July 15. 2004
Builds 15107 released. 
These are maintenance releases to fix a problem of "semi-colon" being spoken with some speech engines and to resurrect the "Safe Mode" start option if the previous execution ended abnormally.

July 6. 2004
Builds 15106 released. 
These add improvements and enhancement to some operational functions and some bug fixes.
Improvements: Improved on-demand retrieval of User Guide (and HLP-type Help File, if required); ability to remember the game window position between sessions (new Screen Preference option); cleaner segue when linking from one game to another; Save/Reset Scoreboard moved from Game Menu to Player Menu; new Message Preference to bypass "Are You Sure?" messages from Game Menu item selections; ability to "Load and Sleep" via "/S" run switch (designed for use in Windows startup folder).
Fixes: Problem with tray icon not showing the Restore/Terminate right-click menu when the sleeping/minimized game has the toolbar enabled; problem with a number of menu items being incorrectly enabled when waiting for "Start" button; problem with misalignment of display of opponent cards under certain circumstances (tops chopped off); a small number of individual game bugs.

June 24, 2004
Builds 15105 released. 
These releases resolve some lingering issues with card sizing and window maximization.   Also, we received a small number of reports that builds 15104 might have somehow become infected with a virus/worm.   While all our products are thoroughly checked before release, we are refreshing the website with builds 15105 to be double certain that such problems will not recur.  (This problem was subsequently found to be an error with a McAfee virus signature update, which McAfee subsequently fixed.)

June 22, 2004
Builds 15104 released. 
Reworked card resizing/saving routines.  Introduced new custom card back features - a white frame option and the ability to shift the target image in the File Selector (left/right or up/down) when the image file aspect ratio differs from that of the card back.  The depression state of the muting toolbar buttons has been reversed to be more intuitive - down now means muted, up means unmuted.

June 20, 2004
New discount structure implemented (now including Canasta). 

June 18, 2004
Builds 15103 released.
These fix some recently introduced startup display problems.  Also added is the ability to display the toolbar on the left side and a new "Quick Peek" feature under Opponent Preferences. 

June 12, 2004
Builds 15102 released.
These fix additional problems found in the initial version 15.1 releases and the automatic downloading of PDF manuals, plus further improvements to the deadwood calculations in Gin Rummy. 

June 10, 2004
Builds 15101 released.  These fix some problems found in the initial version 15.1 releases.

June 9. 2004
Versions 15.1 of all games have been released. 
All games now include a menu toolbar (enabled/disabled via Screen Preferences).  
NOTE: You must install the Version 15.1 Base Version of at least one game before you can apply update versions of the other games.  (Online Update will handle this automatically for you.)

May 27, 2004
Builds 15003 of Canasta, Gin Rummy, Pinochle & Bezique, and Rummy 500 released.
These resolve possible AutoMeld-related errors in card operation/display if a double-click is made just to the left or right of the player's hand.

May 25, 2004
Build 15002 of Canasta released.
This improves the determination of the open meld requirement and introduces a Player Preference to show the net requirement (vs. meldable cards in hand) or the total requirement.

May 23,2004
Build 15002 of Gin Rummy released.
This fixes serious problem introduced in version 15 regarding deadwood calculations.

May 22, 2004
Version 15 of all programs (including the debut of Canasta) have been released. 
The new operational features created for Canasta have been implemented in the other games as applicable and as appropriate (most of them apply to melding).  
- The new capabilities include: step-by-step undo, temporary tinting of the taken stock card in your hand, MultiSelect (right-mouse drag over a sequence of cards), AutoMeld (automatically melding of a MultiSelect group when the mouse button is released), and double-click melding (when the meld location is obvious).  
- Canasta is offered at the introductory discount of $18 until June 20, 2004.  (This will return to the normal fee of $24 after June 20.)
- MeggieSoft Games has formed an affiliation with NextUp.com for users who wish to purchase additional, high quality, voices for their systems.  Click Here for further information.

April 4, 2004
A Discussion Forum (hosted by Amazing Forums) is now available via the Home Page.

March 15, 2004
The registration fees for Rummy 500, Gin Rummy and Pinochle are now $24 per game.

February 27, 2004
Versions 14.6 (builds 14602) have been released.
These resolve a problem with a fatal error message occurring when using the file selector (e.g., to change to custom card backs) when the install path is a network path type.  
Also resolves two issues with Pinochle: misdealing duplicate cards under some circumstances, and corruption of the status bar display under some circumstances when dealing.    
Also resolves one issue with Rummy 500: the opponent occasionally failing to meld a taken discard.

February 13, 2004
Versions 14.6 (builds 14601) released. 
These releases support the impending release of Canasta (Game menu and Help documentation) and include some maintenance fixes.   They also detect when the master volume of the user's system is set to zero, or is muted, and skip the speech and sound effect processing (and the associated delays) when they would not be audible anyway.  A base 14.6 version of any one of the games must be installed before updates may be applied to add additional games.
The registration fees for Rummy 500, Gin Rummy and Pinochle will increase to $24 per game on 15 March 2004.

January 11, 2004
Versions 14.5 (builds 14502) released. 
These are maintenance releases which primarily resolve occasional start-up problems with some older Windows versions and fix a problem with Player/Undo menu enablement in some of the games.

December 18, 2003
Versions 14.5 (builds 14501) released.
The major innovation in release 14.5 is the ability to have the games sleep in the background (instead of terminating) on exit.  A sleeping game starts instantaneously when re-awoken, thus avoiding the delay associated with a fresh start-up.  Additionally, a minimized game window may now be indicated by a tray icon instead of a task bar entry, thus reducing taskbar clutter.  These new capabilities are part of the Operational Preferences (the new name for Automatic Preferences).  Also, Pinochle fixes some minor opponent logic errors and all programs include minor bug fixes.

November 16, 2003
Versions 14.4 (builds 14403) released.
These are maintenance releases which resolve a small number of errors encountered by individual users.  Also, Pinochle  includes an opponent logic improvement with respect to melding flushes.

November 7, 2003
Versions 14.4 (builds 14401) released.
These releases include the addition of Bezique rules to Pinochle - which is now renamed to "Pinochle & Bezique" throughout.  Also a few bugs have been fixed, most notably a problem with a game failing to start (error code 380) when using a display with a non-standard aspect ratio (e.g., a dual-monitor display).  The Edit menu is now a detailed Preferences menu (For games that had Edit/Undo, Undo has moved to the Player menu.)

October 26, 2003
Builds 14302 released. 
Improvements include: protection against corrupt game restorations by preventing exit when the opponent is operating; the restriction on number of unique deals in evaluation mode has been removed; a problem with TTS4 speech whereby voice settings were not correctly saved/restored has been fixed. 
In addition, an error in Piquet which resulted in the opponent sometimes not declaring additional sequences and sets has been fixed, and minor improvements have been made to the Pinochle opponent logic.
Uninstall now includes the option to remove everything (including scoreboards, etc.), or to de-install only what was installed by the installation process (so that a re-installation will retain the previous score information, for example).
These releases have larger installation files than previous versions in order to provide additional security.

September 28, 2003
Fixed website pages - many were not resizing correctly  for different browser window sizes. 

September 24, 2003
Versions 14.3 released.
These include a new "Tip Of The Day" feature and support for an alternative set of artistic playing card designs under Preferences/Cards (these designs are now available as part of Plus Pack version 5).

September 14, 2003
Builds 14204 of all games released.
- Euchre & Écarté has been released and is now registerable. 
- All games include a new Preference option (in the Cards section) to support international card corner indices for Aces and court cards.  In addition to the Anglo-American standard of AKQJ, eight additional notations are now supported including ARDV (French) and AKDB (German).
- This website is now accessible as www.meggiesoftgames.com.

September 3, 2003
Versions 14.3 of all games are released.
New features include:
- Support for the release of "Euchre & Écarté" (Online Update, Game Menu and Help documentation). 
- Separate Mouse Preferences section.
- Reorganized menus (more logical groupings of selections) including a new "Explore" menu.
- A new Handwritten Scoresheet font preference option under Screen Preferences.
- The default background for scoresheet and rules/scoring panels is now a cream color (this may be reset to Windows default color via Color Preferences). 
- New splash screens and Help About displays.
- Mousepointer support now includes options for black & white pointers and online pointers (pointers include a small online icon). These can be defined/deselected via Mouse Preferences.
- Right-clicking on the Scoresheet or the Rules/Scoring panel is now a direct shortcut to Scoring/Rule preferences. 
- The printable manual is now a separately downloadable item, which may be automatically downloaded on demand from the Help Menu entry.
- The HLP format help files are now downloadable on demand for users who do not have Internet Explorer 4.1 (or later) installed and therefore cannot process the CHM format file.

July 25 2003
Builds 14107 include further changes to address the start-up freezes affecting a small number of users.

July 24 2003
Builds 14106 released.
These address the start-up freezes affecting a small number of users; these appear to be related to the detection of whether speech system TTS5.1 is installed.   Error corrections have been made to German Whist (stock and turn counters getting off track) and Gin Rummy (Hollywood/Series scoreboards not being classified as such when displaying the Game Scoreboard).

July 6 2003
Builds 14105 released.
These correct "Save Scoreboard?" being erroneously displayed when the AutoRestore preference is enabled (in which case the scoreboard is always updated and saved).  Added check of online updater integrity to all games; users experiencing problems with online updater wanting to constantly update itself should download this latest update (build 14105) of any game and install it.

July 3 2003
Builds 14104 released.
These resolve a run time error problem when attempting to browse custom cards when the Plus Pack is not installed.  Also an opponent logic improvement to Pinochle.

July 1 2003
Builds 14103 released to resolve a Run Time Error 6 problem.

June 25 2003
Builds 14102 released.
These include a new "Change Name" feature under the Player menu (all scoreboard records and preference information are transferred to the new name) providing an easy way to personalize the user interface.  Opponent/hint logic improvement to Pinochle.
Due to unforeseen issues with the new Online Updater, users who are updating from previous versions must install the version 14.3 base version of at least one game.  This forces an installation of the new updater.  If you use the old Online Update (from a version earlier than 14.3), these actions will be taken care of automatically. 

June 22, 2003
Versions 14.3 released.  
Changes include improvements to Explain ("?" button) feature and "Save Scoreboard" to better assist new users, plus other improvements to GUI.   
New Group Preferences panel for quick enable/disable of related groups of preferences.  Some preference defaults changed (a few existing users may notice the effect, in which case merely reset to your liking).  
Some improvements to Pinochle opponent card play logic.  
Additionally, revisions and improvements have been made to the Online Update system, the documentation of which is now included in the help files and user guides of the individual games.  There is no longer a separate icon in the Start Menu, Online Update is now always run from the Admin menu of any game.  A new menu option manages the deletion of old installation files (under the Admin menu). 
 

June 1, 2003
German Whist released.

May 1, 2003
Plus Pack updated with more wood and leather effects.

April 19, 2003
Versions IP-14 released, supporting online play.