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SOMA News 14 july 2023
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The Bob Nungester SOMA software - Updated V4

      DblSoma   V 4,0     SomaPlus   V 4,0     SomaComp   V 4.0
    SOMA Library (ZIPdate.2023.01.03)
 
  Creating puzzles from figure ideas or checking if a certain idea is feasible. Then we need a program that will solve any SOMA figure.

With the DblSoma program we can solve any figure upto 14 puzzle pieces (2 complete SOMA sets)
Playing with a SOMA+Plus set can sometimes also need to be solved electronically
The SomaPlus program will allow the use of all 11 pieces.
After having found your own wonderfull figure, the question often arises - "Is my figure new, or does it exist within the collection of over "5000 figures"

The SomaComp will allow you to check your figure's against the entire collection of figures.
 
  The DblSoma V4.0 program ZIP file.
Just extract the ZIP into it's own folder and run the program.
The SomaPlus V4.0 program ZIP file.
Extract the ZIP into it's own folder (or into the same as the other programs).
The SOMAcompare V4.0 program ZIP file.
Extract the ZIP into it's own folder.
The SOMA compare Library ZIP
  (ZIP'ed at 2023.07.14)
The library hold all current figure .HTM files.
(Unzip in a subdirectory named "Figures")
 
  Read more: About 'Dbl' Read more: Here Read more: Here  
   
  These wonderfull programs are 'almost' intuitive.
However, here is a user manual to them all:
Read it here: Bob's SOMA program Manual 2023.pdf

There is also interesting stuff to find in the previous version of the manual.
Here: Bob's SOMA program Manual 2021.pdf
 



What is in the 2023 version 4.0 software


We are now writing 2023-07-14 (3 months after Bob finished the best Solver version ever - V4.0)
At last I found some peaceful SOMA time here in my caravan - on Summervacation - Currently at a nice campsite in the town of Trittenheim (Germany),
by the banks of the river Mosel. - You should try some of the sweet Mosel Wine some day they are very nice.

This Newsletter is written because the new Version 4.0 April 2023. have some pretty serious improvements.
The new Solver have the same "look & Feel" as the previous versions, but these new programs are standalone versions,
so they do not need the previous OCX files, or anything. Just unZIP the .EXE file, and let it RUN.
Nothing is installed on your PC. And if you do not like it, then delete the .EXE file again, and Nothing is left on your PC.
Except of course, if you used the program to create and store some SOMA figures, or you saved some of your SOMA figur images.

At the same time, the solving algorithm has been subjected to some of Bob's newest mathematic algorithms.
so now it is blazingly fast. And it sports a new "3D bottom view" feature to help you visualize a solution.
Plus 'of course' it still have the 45 degree "Twisting" of figures, and all the other things we love.
Add to that, that you may now select to see the number of possible solutions to a figure.
A high number, is often an easy figure, whereas a low solution count indicate more difficult figures.
Also added is the ability to show the figure text format directly.
You may copy it for your keeping. And you may paste it back in for further working.

Note: That the ZIP files here are all the Version 4 programs.


Now - about SOMA solving and Newsletters:
Besides some new stuff, a new algorithm etc. These programs are operated much like the previous version.
This Newsletter primarily cover the new stuff.
So for the DBLsoma read the Newsletter 2020.12.05 #DBLsoma to get more on the basic functions.
Or the SOMAplus read Newsletter 2020.12.05 #SOMAplus for that program.
So. the previous Solver Newsletters if you haven't already read them, they do hold interesting information:
Newsletter 2020.12.05 Here you can find old versions of the programs
        DblSoma V 2,5 (and 2,4 - 2,32 - 2,3) [With Twist function]
        FindUnique V2,1 (and 2,0)
        SomaPlus V 2,3 (and 2,1 - 2,0) [With Twist function]
        SomaComp V 2.3 and the "SOMA Library" (ZIPdate.2020.12.05)
Newsletter 2017.09.01 Older version of the page
Newsletter 2000.01.12 Oldest version of the page


Guide Index for the Solver program Newsletters
This Index will flip to other web pages. Use the BACK arrow, to return here.
Newsletters:
The Version 4.0 extra stuff
Index: What is in the 2023 version 4.0 software
Windows 10 Security issues [maybe also in Win11, Please write to me if you know about it]
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Newsletter 2023.07.14 This Version 4.0 Newsletter

Newsletter 2020.12.05 Here you can find old versions of the programs
        DblSoma V 2,5 (and 2,4 - 2,32 - 2,3) [With Twist function]
        FindUnique V2,1 (and 2,0)
        SomaPlus V 2,3 (and 2,1 - 2,0) [With Twist function]
        SomaComp V 2.3 and the "SOMA Library" (ZIPdate.2020.12.05)
Newsletter 2017.09.01 Older version of the page
Newsletter 2000.01.12 Oldest version of the page
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Index: DBLsoma A basic description In (Newsletter 2020.12.05)
Index: Find all solutions A function in "Solve"
Index: Save a figure to a file
Index: Twisting a figure 45'
Ref info: Newsletter 2000.02.09. Twisting is a mathematical rotation in 45'
Index: The Find Unique program
Index: The SOMAplus program The Puzzle with SOMA pieces plus 4 more pieces
Index: What is SOMAplus/Herzberger Quader
Ref info: Newsletter 2000.08.14 describing the SOMA+Plus puzzle, using 11 pieces (of which 7 are the SOMA set)
Index: The SOMA Compare program





A way to let Windows allow our programs.


      Note: Windows 10 in some PC's may object to running these programs due to lack of certificate.      
These programs are made privately by Bob, and not by a
Microsoft registered compagny.
If you get a blue message box like
"Windows protected your PC".
And a button saying [Don't Run] - Then click on the link "More informations" (1)
and select [Run anyway] (2)

This will tell Windows 10 that the program is ok, and Win10 will remember your approval. In some cases, it may help to run the programs as Administrator.    
Often the first time is enough.
But if not - then select the Win Explorer - Properties - Compatibility, and
select "Run this program as administrator"
We do know that most users will fear viruses.
But this is the way Windows work, when private people try to share programs.

Images Pr.2023-07 are from my Danish PC, and Bob's USA PC

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PS:These programs are freeware - Thank's to Bob Nungester.

Made by Bob Nungester <bnungester@comcast.net>
Adjusted by Thorleif Bundgaard <thorleif@fam-bundgaard.dk>

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