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FinishLynx Software Version 9.10 is Now Available

July 22, 2016 – We have just released version 9.10 of the FinishLynx photo-finish sports timing software. Version 9.10 is the first major release in over a year and includes a host of new features. Some of the updates include:

  • New Smart Zoom feature that auto-fits the image in alignment mode
  • Lynx wind gauge feedback to support real time results with Regatta Master.
  • Zero gun test update
  • Easier AGC brightness access
  • Improved Enhance functionality
  • New Image Quick Adjust feature
  • 2 new shortcuts: Alt-B for White Balance and Alt-N for line labels
  • New Image Option defaults (including time tracking and show lines)
  • New scoreboard scripts (uTab3S_wind.lss & DakRTDExtended.lss) & script fields
  • New scoreboard running time controls (Run, Pause, Finish, Stop)
  • New LapTime features (RRS improvement and Edit Split option)
  • New Time Trial Mode improvements (split lines/overlays)
  • Improved “Find Time” flexibility in TT mode
  • Improved scoreboard support of start times for TT mode

View the release notes document for more details, photos, and a list of all the new features. Or check the release notes video below as we walk you through some of the new settings. To update your software, simply download the installer and input your serial number.

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FinishLynx 9.10 Release Notes Video

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Update: FinishLynx USB Adapter Compatibility with Windows 8

Sabrent USB-to-Serial Adapter
USB-to-Serial Adapter

Our technical support team has tested FinishLynx version 8.2+ and determined that the software is fully compatible with Windows 8 and 8.1. However, some Lynx users have experienced compatibility issues problems with their USB-to-serial adapters. In some cases, out-of-date USB drivers may cause problems on Windows 8 devices – making them unable to connect properly. Fortunately, this is a very easy fix. Simply download the latest device drivers for your model of USB-to-serial adapter and install them on your Windows 8 devices. This will ensure compatibility on race day. The latest Windows 8-compatible drivers can be downloaded from manufacturer websites. We’ve also included some instructions below for some adapters commonly used with FinishLynx systems. Please update your USB drivers if you use Sabrent, Prolific, or ATEN serial converters. See the directions and downloads below.

Note: If you are upgrading your computer to Windows 8 and have a Sabrent USB-to-Serial adapter (see right), you must follow the instructions below in order to update the Sabrent drivers.

1. Download the USB Driver listed below

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2.  Download the file below (Ser2pl64.sys)

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3. Extract the file to your Windows 8 Driver folder

C:\Windows\System32\Drivers

Windows 8 Replace USB Driver Confirmation

4. Restart your computer with the new driver

Note: You may also purchase a new Serial-to-USB adapter to avoid any potential conflicts with 3rd party drivers. Simply contact Lynx or buy the adapter online from NewEgg.com.

New recommended usb-to-serial adapter
New recommended usb-to-serial adapter

5. Your Driver Update is Complete

 

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Prolific USB Adapter Compatibility

The directions above will work for all Sabrent USB-to-Serial Adapters that ship with FinishLynx. If you have the older “Prolific” model, you’ll need to use the following driver to ensure compatibility with Windows 8.

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ATEN USB-to-Serial Converter

All current FinishLynx systems ship with ATEN USB-to-Serial Converters. We have not encountered any issues with Windows 8 compatibility. But we still recommend to you update your drivers to prevent any future issues. The latest ATEN drivers can be found below.
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Lynx Timing and Photo Finish Seminar in Mexico

Classroom at FinishLynx Seminar
Classroom Learning

In early December 2013, Lynx System Developers, Inc. collaborated with the International Association of Athletic Federations [I.A.A.F.] and the Federación Mexicana de Asociaciones de Atletismo [F.M.A.A.] at a Digital Photo Finish and Timing seminar in Mexico City.

The three day seminar ran over three days and the timetable included:

  • A full day of FinishLynx system explanation, and classroom training
  • A ½ day of practical training at the Centro Deportivo Olimpico Mexicano
  • A further ½ day of advanced system configuration and operation
  • An athletics competion at the Centro Deportivo Olimpico Mexicano that was 100% timed by the participants.

Lynx provided two instructors, one Spanish speaking, and one from the Lynx Headquarters in the USAto present the information at the seminar. The FMAA organized the seminar, arranged accomodation for the instructors and the participants, and secured the cooperation of the Centro Deportivo Olimpico Mexicano in the project. The 24 particpants came from all parts of Mexico for the seminar.

FinishLynx Cameras
Participants brought their cameras to learn how to get the maximum from them

 

Software Update: FinishLynx 8.23 is Now Available

A new version of FinishLynx has been released and is now available for download. FinishLynx version 8.23 contains a number of updates, including support for the new IdentiLynx PRO XS & XR video cameras. FinishLynx 8.23 is free for all Lynx customers and we recommend you update your software in order to take advantage of new features and bug fixes. A full list of features can be found in the software release notes below.

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New Features in FinishLynx 8.23 Include:

  • The front LED of the 031 IdentiLynx camera is now turned off during boot.
  • This version adds support for the IdentiLynx-XR and IdentiLynx-XS Cameras.
  • Exported video (AVI) files that reach 2GB are now kept instead of being deleted.
  • Fixed a problem with combo boxes on Windows 8.
  • Hidden setting comments can now be formatted with newlines. The comment for MainFont takes advantage of this.

Lynx Technology at the European Youth Olympic Festival in Brasov

February 17 – 22, 2013: The Short Track Speed Skating competition at the European Youth Olympic Festival in Brasov Romania featured FinishLynx Timing and Results production.

1000 m Ladies FINAL
1000 m Ladies FINAL : With only 2/1,000th second between 1st and 2nd place it is always nice to have FinishLynx photo finish to make the call.

Logo of European Youth Olympic Winter Festival

This marks a continuation of the long-standing endorsement and utilization of Lynx technology by ISU sanctioned events. The  Winter European Youth Olympic Festival represents the top events for approximately 1,300 young athletes between the ages of 14 and 18. The competition is organised in two-year cycles, always in odd years, and is sponsored by the Association of European Olympic Committees (EOC). (more…)

Introducing the FinishLynx 8.2 Software Update

FinishLynx Version 8.2

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Key New Features

Scroll wheel.

mouse scroll wheel

You can now use the mouse scroll wheel to scroll scrollable elements in FinishLynx (lists and the image windows). For simple lists, scrolling the mouse wheel will move the list up or down. In the image window, it will move the image backwards or forwards (left and right).

The image scrolling works with both EtherLynx images, and IdentiLynx video frames.

Aspect ratio control.

Note: All the changes in the presentation of the image of this feature are reversable, and do not affect the timing precision of the original image

 

Normal Aspect Image

The image above has a perfect height-to-width ratio (circles appear round)

Too Narrow Image

Normal Aspect Image

Image is too narrow. You can now “stretch” images which appear compressed

Resulting Image on FinishLynx Screen, Bitmaps and Printouts

Too Wide Aspect Ration

Normal Aspect Image
Image is too wide. You can now “compress” images which appear stretched. Resulting Image on FinishLynx Screen, Bitmaps and Printouts

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