The most recent version of PerfectTablePlan is
v3.0.2 . It fixes the following bugs in v3.0.1:
- random capitalisation of names (rare, Windows
- crash during printing (rare,
Windows and MacOSX)
- crash when changing some table shapes to
custom (rare, Windows and MacOSX)
If you are using v3.0.1 you should upgrade if you
are experiencing any of the above problems.
If you are using v3.0.0 you should definitely
upgrade to v3.0.2 - v3.0.0 was a test (beta) version and was not
ground-breaking quantum computer demonstration
PerfectTablePlan was one of the three applications
used to demonstrate the ground-breaking new "Orion" quantum computer
from Canadian company D-Wave (along with molecular matching and a
suduko solver). Orion is intended as a "proof-of-concept" for the
world's first commercially available quantum computer.
After being approached by D-Wave we created a
special version of
PerfectTablePlan that called the D-Wave quantum computer to carry out
the automatic seat assignment and then
displayed the results back in PerfectTablePlan. The demonstration got
worldwide coverage in the technology press. Click here
see a brief YouTube video of the demonstration in another window (NB/
the quality isn't great).
Combinatorial problems, such as seating plans, are
notoriously difficult to solve using even the fastest modern computers.
A quantum computer uses quantum mechanical effects to try to side-step
the limitations of current computer processors. In theory a quantum
computer can solve in less than a second a problem that could take
years on a conventional supercomputer.
The demonstration only solved a 16 guest problem,
but D-Wave hope to be able to solve realistically sized problems within
a few years. However many experts doubt that this type of quantum
computer will be
scalable or reliable for commercial use. Only time will tell
D-Wave quantum computer is a revolutionary development in the history
of computing or a mere curiosity. We wish D-Wave the best of luck. Read
more about the demonstration at Scientific
Ready for Windows
We have made some effort to ensure that
PerfectTablePlan v3 works on the new Windows Vista operating system.
The most notable change is that plan files are no longer stored by
default in the c:\program
files\perfecttableplan folder. Instead they are stored in My
Documents\tableplans (98/XP) or Users\<username>\tableplans
We don't currently support all the new Vista 'eye
candy' (e.g. the new style buttons), but we expect to soon.
Try the following to make you more productive:
- Hold down the Shift
key when you drag a guest to drag the whole group.
- Set up commonly used titles in the Titles tab of the Preferences window.
- Select Ctrl+.
(dot) to change between British (e.g. "Mr") and US (e.g. "Mr.") style
- Try the expert user interface by selecting View|User interface|Expert
- Save standard table layouts to plan files. Use
these plans as templates for new plans (Save as to a
different name so you can use the template again).
- Drag guests directly from one plan to another
(you will need to be running PerfectTablePlan twice).
- Learn keyboard shortcuts (displayed in the
menus) to speed up common tasks.
- Use the new Edit mode to
update guest properties in the Guests and Groups
Printing place cards
The easiest way to print tent-fold place cards is
to buy sheets of pre-scored press-out cards that you can put through
your printer. Examples are:
- Sigel 001(4 per sheet)
- Decadry 3713 (6 per sheet)
You can find packs of these cards
at Staples, WHSmith and other good stationery stores. The dimensions
can be loaded from the
PerfectTablePlan stationery database.
Alternatively you can buy standard card stock and
do the cutting and scoring yourself. We suggest you use a guillotine
and check the cut marks
setting to make the cutting as accurate and easy as possible.
PerfectTablePlan doesn't currently allow you to
add graphics to your stationery, but you can always put the stationery
through the printer twice and use another package to add the graphics.
Or you can buy stationery with pre-printed graphics.
We are getting an increasing number of enquiries
about using PerfectTablePlan for large events. If you have organised an
event with over a 1000 guests using PerfectTablePlan please email us
and let us know how you got on.