The File menu contains general options for dealing with a game of GIPF.
This is the option to use when you want to start a new game. It opens a window allowing you to enter all the settings necessary for a game of GIPF:
Load a game that you saved earlier. If you saved during a game then you can resume the game from where you stopped.
Save a game in progress. This allows you to return to the game later. A window will open where you can enter a filename.
If you just finished a memorable game then you can use this option to save all youron to save all your moves to a file. In case you want to see later how you won (or lost) that game.
Change game settings:
Stop the program. Make sure you saved the current game if necessary.
Only the first option from the Edit menu (Edit board) can be used when you are not in the edit mode of the program. 'Save board' and 'Make drawing' can also be used when you are playing a game. But the others are only available when you are editing the game-board.
Start editing the game-board. (See above for how this works)
Start a game from the board-situation you were editing. A window opens allowing you to start a game.
Have the computer calculate one move from the current board-position. You can choose if it is white or black who has to play and the strength of the computer (higher ithe computer (higher is better).
Empty the board, put it in the same situation like the start of a tournament-game.
Restore the board to the situation before your started editing the board. Also exit edit-mode and return to play-mode.
Load a board-position from a file.
Save the current board-position to a file.
Make a png-file of the current board-situation. You can specify a file-name, the size of the resulting picture and an accompanying text.
When you use UNDO, the game will be returned to the situation before you made your last move. This allows you to try again if you made a stupid mistake.
This option from the menubar is only usable under certain conditions:
REMARK: You can >REMARK: You can only do UNDO once at a certain moment in the game. It is not possible to press UNDO several times to go back more than 1 move.
This menu contains only 2 options.
The HELP-option opens a window containing the complete GF1-manual. At the top you get a list of all the different chapters in the manual. When you click on one of the lines, the helptext will immediatly jump to the correct chapter. The help-window can be left open while playing.
The ABOUT-option just opens a window showing the version of GF1 you are using and the author. Press enter or click on the window to remove it. (This is the same window you see when GF1 starts up. At startup, the window goes away automatically after 5 seconds.)