v95 Release: Track Attack for Unipro and Alfano, new share dialogue, visibility and support for Harry's Lap Timer and Track Addict
Track Attack v95 Release
This week we released an update to Track Attack, v95 and below are the details of the release:
Track Attack is now the cloud for Unipro and Alfano Off Camber Data customers
Unipro and Alfano are makers of industry leading lap timers and data acquisition systems for the karting market. Off Camber Data is the official data analysis system for both loggers and with this update, the Off Camber Data version are now connected to the Track Attack cloud.
When users download the update, they will have the option to create an account with Track Attack. After they create an account and they have an internet connection, all their session data will automatically start synchronizing to the Track Attack cloud.
This process will happen in the background and depending on how many sessions a user has and the internet speed, it should take seconds to a few minutes to synchronize. In some extreme cases for users with hundreds of runs, this might take several minutes but just that initial synchronization will take so long.
New sharing dialogue
When a user imports a session, they will still have an option to immediately share a session as before and now there is a new option for sharing a session. When a session is open, a user can right click on the session header and select the ‘share’ option, which will bring up a new sharing window.
In this window, a user can type in an existing Track Attack user handle, team handle or even an email address. If the email address belongs to a user who is already on Track Attack, the sharing invitation will go directly to that user. When the email entered does not belong to an existing user account, an email will be sent to that email inviting the person to join Track Attack and create an account.
When they create an account, using that same email, they will see an invitation waiting for them to approve. When they approve the request, that session will automatically be available to them when from the website and when the desktop client synchronizes next.
Note, it might seem a little cumbersome to have to request sharing a document and that other person to ‘accept’ but we wanted to make sure that people aren’t spammed with sessions they don’t necessarily want.
If you regularly share sessions amongst certain people, you can automate the sharing and acceptance process by creating teams. When you create a team and add teammates, you can share sessions to the team and all teammates automatically have access to the sessions. Also, when you share sessions directly with teammates (not via the team), the shares are automatically accepted.
New visibility settings
In the new sharing window, you’ll also see a new option – visibility (of the session)! This is a setting for how visible the session is to the rest of the world. There are two options:
1. Summary: This means that people (registered users and unregistered users) can see that the session exists but not have access to the actual data. They can see when the session took place, at the specific track, driver, basic stats and the lap times. This is very similar to what is published at official races on the timing and scoring sheets.
- Session data will populate stats for the driver, owner, any associated teams and leaderboards for tracks.
- NOTE: Only the session owner, assigned driver (if different than the session owner) and anyone that the session has explicitly been shared with, has access to the actual data.
2. Nothing: This means that only the session owner, driver and anyone that the session has been explicitly been shared with, has access to the actual data and even knows it exists.
- Session data will not populate any stats or show up on leaderboards.
Motorsports in some areas is a highly competitive space and many of you spend considerable resources figuring out how to go faster and now you can leverage all of the power of the Track Attack cloud, while maintaining ultimate privacy and control.
Note, for Track Attack pc client versions, the default setting for all sessions that are imported will be ‘Summary’. For Unipro and Alfano users, the default setting for all sessions that are imported will be ‘Nothing’.
Harry's Lap Timer and Track Addict Support
We also have several users who use smartphone apps as the data system. We are planning to update our own Track Attack lap timer app for Android and iOS to work with the new software and cloud. For users of Harry's Lap timer and Track Addict though, we have you covered. Each of the applications allows people to export the session data to .vbo file format and we now support those file formats.
Note, it is really common for sometimes only one file to be created for a full day's worth of runs. When a file like this is imported, Track Attack will go through the file and break it out into multiple runs.