Version 2.0 Updates
Version 2.0 was a huge release for Game Show Studio with many new features.
Free Upgrade: Customers who purchased Hosting Mode in version 1 received a free upgrade to Hosting Mode in version 2.
Game Show Studio now comes with questions to use in your trivia game. Choose from built-in question sets or create your own.
There is a new Questions Pane on both iPhone and iPad. On iPhone, the pane fills the entire main area of the screen. Note that while there are players assigned to teams, the Host Info View will be visible so that the scores and buzz-in status are always available to the host.
On iPad, the Questions Pane is visible in conjunction with the Teams Panel, in addition to the A/V Panel:
Question Set Editor
It’s easy to write your own question sets with Game Show Studio’s built-in Question Set Editor:
Use of the new Questions Pane is optional. Game Show Studio still works great for games where the host wants to use trivia questions from a source external to the app (such as trivia board games or academic materials).
The host can now include a new kind of round that makes for a dramatic ending to a game. The fast-paced Timed Round includes an exciting introduction and new sound effects that help the host create a thrilling game show experience. Check out the video to learn more.
Host Control Panes
Commonly used game controls are now easier to access than ever, and new controls have been added to give the host more control over the game show experience. There are six Host Control Panes:
- The Teams Pane: This pane shows which players are on which teams, the scores, and which player has buzzed in. The style of this pane varies based on which device is being used (iPhone or iPad).
- The Questions Pane: Shows the questions in the currently selected set and allows the host to select between various question sets.
- The Music Pane: When this pane is visible, the host is one tap away from playing a song at any time. Volume mixers are now available in version 2.0.
- The Sound Pane: This pane allows the host to play sounds during the game and to customize the volume of the sounds that are played automatically during the game.
- The TV Pane: The host can control what’s displayed on the TV from the TV Pane.
- The Round Rules Pane: The rules of the round can be customized from this pane.
What Has Changed?
- In version 1, the only pane that was always visible was the Teams Pane.
- The ability to play music was accessible through a popover display that disappeared when a track was selected (the Music Pane is now persistent in version 2, and it offers volume mixers).
- The round rules display was a separate screen in version 1. In version 2, the Round Rules Pane is better integrated and easier to use.
- All of the other panes (the Questions Pane, the Sound Pane, and the TV Pane) are brand new to version 2, and offer the host new options that were previously not available.
On iPhone, only one of the six panes can be visible at a time. Notice that on all panes except the Teams Pane, the Host Info View appears so that the host can know the scores and buzz-in status at all times:
On iPad, there are three panes visible at all times. The Teams Pane is always visible. The A/V Panel allows the host to display the Music Pane, the Sound Pane, or the TV Pane. The Utility Panel allows the host to display the Questions Pane or the Round Rules Pane.
In the following image, the Teams Pane is purple, the A/V Panel is yellow, and the Utility Panel is green:
Host Info View
On iPad, the teams and scores are always visible on the main host screen. On iPhone, other panes (like the Music Pane or the Questions Pane) take the place of the Teams Pane when they are visible. To make sure that the host always has access to relevant information, an informational view appears to show the current scores whenever there are players on teams and the Teams Pane is not visible. When a player buzzes in, this informational panel animates to show which player buzzed in. This way, the host can stay on a pane other than the Teams Pane (such as the Questions Pane) throughout the entire game. This informational view is pictured below, where you can see what it looks like in its default state, and in the state where a player has buzzed in.
Easier Score Updates
Quick Score Corrections
New in version 2.0, the host can easily make scoring adjustments based on the round rules. Tapping a team’s score will display an easy-to-use panel that offers one-touch access to common scoring changes (add or subtract correct points or incorrect points). Free-form score editing is also still available.
Award or Penalize Players with Sound Anytime
Tap on any team’s score to reveal buttons to award or penalize a team and play the corresponding sound. This is great for asking on-the-fly questions or for questions that the host wants to let a team answer collaboratively.
Television Display Options
Version 2.0 gives the host control over more aspects of the TV display, in addition to displaying title cards and a victory animation. Learn more on the TV Page.
What Has Changed? In version 1, there was a TV display, but no customization options.
Music and Audio Mixers
The volume of the songs available on the Music Pane can be customized on a per-track basis.
If the mixers don’t appear, scroll to the bottom of the Music Pane and make sure that the “Show Volume Mixers” switch is in the on position.
Sound effect volume can also be customized on a per-sound effect basis in the Sound Pane:
Version 2.0 is filled with updates, big and small. Here are just a few more updates that come in version 2.0:
- New Song Collection Called Clouds.
- Numeric Input Panel: Anytime the host needs to enter numbers, a new input panel will be displayed that makes entering numbers quick and easy.
- Visual Refresh: Hosting Mode’s screen now has a darker, more distinguished appearance.
- Redesigned Round Rules Pane.
- The Timer Button Is Larger.
- Helpful Animations Added to Host’s Interface.
- In-App Help: Links to help pages were added to many parts of the host’s flow.