What is PBA?
Frequently Asked Questions
Pricing and Availability
What is the relation between PBA and BCA?
PBA was originally anticipated to be the Windows version of BCA, and to this end, Stanford Wong supported the PBA project by supplying the original code used in BCA. As the program grew in complexity and features, however, developing a distinct identity in some sense, it was decided that PBA should be treated as a separate product, although an upgrade price is offered to BCA owners. PBA retains much of the conceptual spirit of BCA, but the majority of actual code has been rewritten from scratch. This restructuring was necessary in moving from a DOS- based program to a Windows based program.
Yes, but you might experience occasional problems. PBA was originally designed for a minimum resolution of 800x600 to allow for higher resolution graphics, and increased space for data display. During the beta testing, however, many users requested that PBA be made to run on systems with lower resolution. Therefore, many of the PBA controls were rewritten to automatically scale according to the system resolution. As of now, we believe that the design problems at 640x480 resolution have been addressed during the beta testing.
PBA is very actively being improved, with new features and updates occurring frequently. The images from the web pages may not be updated as frequently as the software itself, so there may be substantial differences in the graphics shown here and those actually in the program. Since all changes are approved during beta testing, we feel confident the graphics in the software will always represent improvements over the graphics shown here.
PBA should run under Windows 3.1 because it is a 16 bit application. However we are only testing it under Windows 95 and Windows 98, and we offer no support for other operating systems. During the beta testing, we have had feedback from users of Windows NT indicating PBA will run on that system, and from users of Windows emulators on Power Macintosh systems indicating will run on those systems as well. If you would like to try PBA on an unsupported system, please contact Pi Yee Press for more details.
Due to demand during beta testing, PBA now has complete support for unbalanced running count systems, such as the popular Knock Out count system developed by Vancura and Fuchs. PBA can do quite an extensive analysis of running count systems, including finding optimal strategies, and performing high speed simulations. You can download the .pdf manual from this website and read the relevent sections on the analysis of running count systems in PBA.