Ceder Square Dance System (CSDS)
 CSDS 1.50 or Csds2 1.95  (September 2014)  
is the latest version 
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CSDS2 is now in beta-testing. If you are a registered CSDS and wish to participate, Contact Vic

Overview

The Ceder Square Dance System (CSDS) is a computer program to

  • Write square dance choreography
  • Store square dance sequences or modules
  • Store getouts (resolves) and getins
  • Manipulate lists of square dance calls
  • Generate bitmap pictures of formations
  • Display sequences for calling from a laptop
  • Organize and play music files
  • Display cue sheets and lyrics for singing calls
  • Promotional flyer (PDF)
Specifications

  • 2-dancer, 4-dancer, 6-dancer, 8-dancer, and 12-dancer choreography
    You can write standard 8-dancer choreography, or special purpose choreography such as 2-couple or 6-couple (rectangular or hex) material.
  • Asymmetric choreography
    The program is capable of doing concepts such as Near, Far, Those Facing The Caller, Couple #N, etc.
  • 45-degree choreography
    You can see the absolute position of dancers after calls such as Slip The Clutch.
  • Types of sequences
    You can write several types of sequences, such as
    • Normal sequences
      Start from a squared set and end with a resolve.
    • Short sequences
      Same as normal sequences, but much shorter, say 5 calls or less.
    • Singing-call sequences (corner or R-H lady progression)
    • Modules
      Such as zero-lines to zero-box
    • Stir-the-bucket routines
    Sequences are stored in sequence databases. Each sequence database has several properties (such as level, degree of difficulty, and type of sequences). For example, one database can contain your A1-Level singing calls, another can contain your A2-Level Asymmetric sequences, another can contain short Plus-Level sequences. Since the program knows which type of sequences are contained in each database, it can verify that the sequences work (e.g., that after a corner-progression singing call sequence, the dancers are in sequence, and paired with their corners).
  • All calls up thru C4.
    The program has a list database containing all (as far as I know) calls, concepts, identifiers, fractions, used in Square Dancing. You can add calls, or move calls from one level to another. If you want, you can also create your own 'levels'.
  • New calls or variations of existing calls can be added as desired.
    When the program is unable to do a particular call, or a variation of a call, you are prompted to 'add it'. In this case, you enter the name of the call, and then, using a graphical interface, drag dancer icons from their starting position to their ending position. You then specify a few properties such as each dancer's Roll direction, if any. The program then saves that information, and 'knows' how to do the given call from that position. This is a very powerful feature since you can add practically any variation or use of a call (whether it is legal or not!) Once a new variation of a call has been added, the program can automatically generate getouts using that call.
  • Abbreviations for calls can be added.
    The program has an extensive abbreviation database. For example, you can type in 'RTD', and the program will expand it to 'Relay The Deucey' (that is, if you are writing a Plus-Level sequence. If you are writing a C4-Level sequence, the program will prompt you to select the desired expansion from a list of available expansions since the desired call could have been 'Relay The Diamond'). In any case, if you have some favorite abbreviation, you may add it. You are also free to delete any of the supplied abbreviations.
  • Extensive getout (resolve) database and a modest getin database.
    Both databases are for 8-dancer choreography only. The program can automatically generate short sequences (opening biggies) by comparing these two databases.
  • Lists of calls can be generated and printed.
    Lists can also be used to generate frequency counts of how many times each call was used within a set of sequences.
  • The program is customizable.
    All databases can be edited. You can add your favorite getins, getouts, abbreviations, calls, levels, etc. You can also change the color of the dancer icons. If you don't like the supplied icons, make your own (the dancer icons used by the program are standard 32 x 32 Windows icons.
  • The program takes advantage of the Windows operating system.
    For example, the standard Windows Cut/Paste to clipboard, screen resizing, and system colors all work as expected.
  • Sequences can be printed in several modes:
    • One sequence per 8.5 x 11" page
    • Several sequences per page
    • One sequence per 8 x 5" card or per default-size printer page
    • Or, sequences can be written to one or more text files to be imported into a word processor
  • Two user manuals are included on the CD-ROM
    • The CSDS Screens Manual (currently 107 pages) gives detailed information on the program's screen displays and dialog boxes
    • The CSDS User Manual (currently 19 pages) gives an overview of the system, explains the databases, and lists some questions and answers
    • Both manuals are in Microsoft Word 7.0 format.
  • An installation program installs the program and necessary system files.
  • Written in Microsoft Visual Basic 6.00. (32-bit)
Not Supported

The following features are not supported at this time:

  • Dancer animation
  • Counting number of beats per call
System Requirements

  • Windows 95, 98, NT 4, 2000, ME, XP, Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8.
    (CSDS is regularly tested on Vista and Windows 7. Windows 95 and 98 are no longer recommended.)
  • CD-ROM drive (needed for installation CD).
  • Approximately 40 MB hard disk space is required for installation
Ordering Information

  • The price of the complete CSDS program is $200 USD.
    Postage is included if ordering by cash or check.
    If ordering by credit card, postage will be charged.
  • A demonstration version is available for $25 USD.
    Postage is included if ordering by cash or check.
    If ordering by credit card, postage will be charged.
  • The program is distributed on a CD-ROM.
    • A setup program installs the CSDS program, the associated databases and the necessary system files.
    • The CD-ROM also contains a readme text file, and documentation files in Microsoft Word 7.0 format.
  • The latest version of the Square Rotation Program (SQROT) is also included on the CD-ROM.

    Each copy of CSDS is licensed to a single user.
    The program may be installed on multiple machines provided that only the licensed user actually uses the program.

  • To order the program, send a check or money order payable to:

    VIC CEDER
    P.O. BOX 841
    LOS OLIVOS, CA.  93441-0841

    Please allow two weeks or so for delivery.

    Checks should be drawn on a bank with a US bank number in US funds.

  • Online Purchase of Ceder Square Dance Products

If you have any further questions or comments, please Contact Vic

Upgrade Information
  • The CSDS program is frequently updated to add enhancements and fix bugs.
  • Licensed users may upgrade via one of the following methods:

    1. Download the latest version of CSDS from our website. This is the preferred way to upgrade.
    2. Request me to bring you an upgrade CD the next time that I am in your area.
    3. Order an upgrade CD via postal mail for $25 USD.
  • To receive automated E-mail notifications of major CSDS upgrades, be sure that I have your current E-mail address.

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