Tips and Tricks

Table Top Stand for iPad -- Quick Review

AboveTek — Universal Tablet Stand

Last week I scored a college dual and recorded video using Takedown. I was matside and needed a stand to keep the iPad vertical and free up my hands for scoring. I choose a low-end tripod and didn’t like the experience because (1) a tripod doesn’t work when seated at the scorer’s table and (2) tapping the Takedown scoring interface caused the iPad to shake a bit which can show up in the video. What I needed was a stable, inexpensive iPad stand that was short enough to be useful when seated at the scorer’s table.

After searching a bit, I settled on the Universal Tablet Stand by AboveTek, I did some testing and then gave it to a local high school team to see how it performed during a live dual meet. The user’s experience was good.

If we were in the ratings business, I’d give it 4+ stars out of 5.

I liked:

  • Availability

  • Price

  • Stability

  • Construction quality

  • Ease-of-assembly

  • Flexibility — rotates in all dimensions

  • Accessories — comes with two frames, slight different sizes

  • Size (relative to tripod)

I didn’t like:

  • Doesn’t break down flat without a screw driver

  • Connection between stand and tablet frame has too much play for my taste

Worth a look as a tripod alternative for your dual meets.

We sourced ours at Amazon for $39.00 delivered same day.

Disclosure: we have no relationship with Amazon or AboveTek.



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In Season Tips #3 -- Data Security

Data Security

Over the last eight days we've confirmed three reports of scored matches mysteriously disappearing from Takedown. Although this is a small percentage of users, losing any data is frustrating and a potentially serious issue. We are actively investigating this issue and will report back when we uncover the cause. In parallel, we're working on an automated back-up feature that would provide a measure of resilience in a situation where a user hasn't performed a data backup. Also, we continue adding remote diagnostic aids into Takedown so that we have a more detailed and complete timeline of user activity which is often important when tracking down bugs.

In the meantime, we strongly suggest you do the following to insure reasonable data recovery in an emergency:

  • In Takedown, go to Help>>Send us your Database. Include your own email address alongside "support@levelchanger.com" so that we have a copy and you do, too. For now, you should "send us your database" as often as you wish -- after every event, for example, or even mid-way through a long tournament with lots of matches. In an emergency, we can restore your data in Takedown from the files (there are three of them) that taken together constitute your Takedown database.

  • Similar to "Send us your Database", use "Share Season" to back up an individual Season. Email these to yourself or store them in the cloud. You can import these files directly into Takedown. As we recommend in our FAQ, data backup is an important part of Takedown's workflow.

More here on season import/export: https://levelchanger.desk.com/customer/en/portal/topics/1110874-data-sharing/articles

Here’s the FAQ.

  • Turn on Takedown LIVE for all of your matches. This automatically generates an electronic scorebook that's view-able in the Takedown LIVE app on your iPad or iPhone if, in an emergency, you need to restore matches.

  • For every event, email your Scorebook Report to yourself. Again, this is another record from which matches can be restored in an emergency.

  • If you encounter any mysterious disappearance of matches in your Takedown installation, please let us know at support@levelchanger.com.

Archive: In-Season Tips

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End of Season Cleanup

We sent this out as an email, but if bears repeating here.

Here are the things you should be doing now.



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Don't Burn Out

Don't Burn Out

Burnout is an occupational hazard for coaches in any sport.  Achieving balancing is key to a long and healthy coaching career.



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User Question and Answers from Last Week

User Question and Answers from Last Week

Support questions with answers from last weekend. Don't struggle, learn from other users.



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User Question and Answers from Last Week

User Question and Answers from Last Week

Support questions with answers from last weekend. Don't struggle, learn from other users.  Covered: new release, upload to OPC, purchases, rosters, ...



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Helpful Gizmos

To realize the full benefits of Takedown's rich feature set, sometimes you need to plug things into other things, install apps or software and make all the guzintos and guzouttas work together.

We've connected a lot of stuff together and wanted to share some of that knowledge with you. In that light, there's a new page in the Tutorials/Support section of our website called Helpful Gizmos with some hardware and software products that we've found useful in our travels.



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