I used SQROT to create 2 decks of cards for 6 squares.
Somehow both decks ended up with some errors (5 couples in a square). Have you experienced this before or could I be doing something wrong?
You're doing something wrong. The program has been well tested, and is used by many people.
As a sanity check, the program always internally verifies that there are exactly 4 couples per square whenever a rotation is generated.
Most likely, you are somehow creating two sets of cards and mixing them.
From the SQROT main menu, select 'Cards'
Enter the Min & Max number of couples (e.g., 5 and 20).
Enter the number of tips (e.g., 10).
Select the appropriate destination and format options
Click the 'Print' button.
The above example creates 20 cards, one for each couple number (1 thru 20).
This is a complete set of cards.
You should also generate a set for (20 to 40) couples, and another for (40 to 60 couples, etc.)
You can not take a card from set A and use it with set B.
Having one extra dancer
How do we use 'computer cards' when we have an extra single lady?
Assign a computer card to the single lady.
Then, for each tip, have one of the men designated to sit out dance with that lady.
How to interpret cards
I went to your web page and downloaded your Square Rotation Cards. I printed out the ones that cover 5 to 25 couples, 8 tips.
I've never used these things before and I need to understand them.
As I look at these cards there are letters vertical on the left side of the cards. I assume those are the tips.
Then I look at the numbers across the top. I assume those are the couple numbers.
The part that I don't understand is the numbers across the top start with 5. What happened to couples number 1,2,3, & 4 ?
Do I need a different set of cards ? The advance clubs that I call for usually run from 1 to 3 squares.
The number in the upper R-H corner is the couple number (to whom the card is given).
This number is also displayed in the far left column at top.
The number across the top are the number of couples at the dance.
The first number is 5 because if you only have 1, 2, or 3 couples you don't have a square,
and if you have 4 couples, there's only one square to dance in and nobody sits out.
Therefore the first number is 5.
Tips are on the L-H side,
Total number of couples are on the R-H side.
If you pass out cards prior to the dance, start with tip A.
Otherwise, after the first tip, pass out the cards....
Couples in square #1 are given cards 1 thru 4,
couples in square #2 are given cards 5 thru 8, etc.
A dash means a sitout.
Does your card rotation program allow you to not have a Tip A?
Can you print cards in color?
Can you print cards that are an appropriate length for laminating and fitting in a shirt pocket?
The answer to all your questions is
"Yes, but you have to do it yourself".
The program allows you to specify the number of tips, number of couples, and number of columns (couples at the dance) for the card set. In this manner, you can make the width of the cards to whatever you'd like. In addition, the program allows you to create a text file instead of sending the card data to the printer. You can then use a program such as Microsoft Word to edit the file, change colors, delete tip A, etc. The only thing you must watch out for is to use a fixed-pitch font such as Courier.
Playing card-sized computer cards
I am looking for computer cards for small number of squares.
I would like to be able to size it to fit a card about the size of a playing card. Both sides of the card showing the tip number.
The SQROT program can be used to produce and print cards.
With a little bit of cutting and pasting, and laminating, you
should be able to create whatever style of cards you want.
I know of one caller who uses the program to print a set of slips for each dance. After the dance, the slips (made of standard computer printer paper) are thrown away.
This seems to be a good solution, since inevitably someone
will eventually walk away with a card from the card set.
Does your program write computer cards for single dancers?
The SQROT program generates computer cards for couples,
not for single dancers.