RC Garage News
Extra Features for the Event Organizer10 hours ago
Organizing competitions and any other RC-related events is not an easy task for the host. It is necessary to prepare the route, provide electricity, in some cases food and lights, think over the schedule and other details, without which the event may receive a negative review or not take place at all.
In today's update, we are expanding the functionality of our integrated timing and scoring system RCGarageTiming to enable organizers to add specific information about their events, for example, provide a full description of the event, where one can write an approximate schedule of the competition, additional conditions for sign-ups, conditions of entering the facility and other information that participants need to know or would like to. If the event has its own design and a specially designed graphic poster, then it can be added directly from the event page.
If the organizer has found sponsors of the event and wants to shout out about their support - now this can also be done on the event page itself, thereby each participant will be able to assess the involvement of sponsors!
Now we are 7 years old! Happy Birthday RCGarage! 8 days ago
Exactly 7 years ago, in February 2014, we launched our RCGarage service in the public domain!
All this time we have been filling up our database with various information about the RC world. This is information about new models, their spare parts, the event results, rc drivers, tracks, brands and companies, clubs and federations from all around the world. There is a statistics page where you can get familiar with the amount of data that is available for each one of you all this time and it was and always will be absolutely free!
And of course, we could not have done all this without the support of RCGarage users which as for today counts up to 1500 people. Who, by the way, added information about more than 500 RC models from their garages, uploaded over 100 tis setupsheets, and also created over 200 track layouts in one of our special tools!
As a birthday present from RCGarage team, we want to give all active users unlimited access to the Personal Practice tool! In order to get such a gift, all you need is to share the post from our page on facebook, vk or telegram and that's it!
Happy Birthday RCGarage!
Small update of RCTrackBuilder tool11 days ago
At the end of last year, we released a brand new tool for designing track layouts for RC models — RCTrackBuilder . Since then there have been more than 200 track layouts created by RCGarage users and the number of new designes is still increasing to this day!
During the usage period, we received a lot of feedback from active users with suggestions and ideas on how to make the tool even better and more convenient. And today we have implemented one of these ideas so we added the ability to unsnap control points from the lineup grid. This will allow you to create even more unique and interesting track layouts!
Thanks everyone for the support and the feedback!
Event Sign-up Form Update14 days ago
Each host and racing track has its own competition and sign-up rules and, as a result, sometimes a different set of information is required to be filled in by the participants. Until now, our integrated timing and scoring system RCGarageTiming did have only one set of fields for all types of events.
For quite some time we have received many different requests asking to allow the race directors to define the content of the registration form themselves. Today's update introduces such opportunity to everyone so a particular race director can customize the driver's registration form as he needs.
In addition, for the convenience of users, we have added the ability to specify a set of racing classes that are open for registration right in the event creation window!
User Interface updates of Adding and Editing RCGarage Models21 day ago
We continue to optimize our interface, making the user experience more convenient. In today's update, we are introducing a brand new UI for the adding an RC model to the garage.
The new UI makes it easier to organize your RC garage. A user-friendly interface with minimum number of required fields and enhanced auto-suggestions will allow you to quickly and without any extra effort fill your RCGarage with models!
Anyone who has not yet had time to take advantage of this feature can start their own garage right away and join the community by adding their first RC model! And all those who have been with us for a long time can evaluate the new UI of adding (and editing) models and give us a feedback of what you think. We are always glad to receive feedback from all of you and make our RCGarage services even more powerful and convenient.
Managing Racing Profile1 month ago
Recently, more and more people come to us with the question: "How to link a particular driver's profile with RCGarage user account?"
Our main answer still unchanged: The linking of driver profiles to user accounts is carried out by a special automatic procedure, which must be complete no more than 24 hours after signing up with RCGarage.
At the same time, there are cases when this does not happen or the user wants to get access to the driver's profile immediately. From now on - it becomes available to everyone, because we have made it possible for users to choose for themselves which driver profile they would like to link to their account. All you need to do is apply for the chosen profile and wait for our team to approve it.
In addition, there are few extra cases of using the new feature. In the case when there are profile duplicates in our database, i.e., the common duplicate is where a person swaps first and last names during event signup, used the abbreviated form of their name, made a spelling mistake etc. - we can easily identify and merge those kind of duplicates into the one user already have access to.
Go ahead and look up for you own profile here!
News feed embedding onto your Club or Team or Federation website1 month ago
Do you have a team's webpage or a full club website? Or maybe even a whole portal with a news feed dedicated to RC? Today's update will definitely be interesting to all those who already manage (or going to do so) a website for a club, team or even an entire federation!
As you can see from our recent updates, we continue to expand feature set intended to club and team members, because we get a lot of user feedback in this topic.
Today we will talk about embedding our service into the web pages of clubs, teams and federations, while maintaining their original design. We are talking about embedding news feeds, as well as individual content sections of organizations, i.e. a race calendar, a list of drivers, tracks or event series.
How it works?
In the initial implementation, we provide two ways to embed our services into the organization's website:
- Using the iframe tag. Most website frameworks have the option to insert an iframe tag. Similar to how youtube video embedding works on various sites.
- Using a special RSS feed reader, where all the news of the organization is published in a special format. News content is identical to what can be found on the News page of any particular organization, be it a club, team, or federation.
Note: When the first option can be used by any of the RCGarage users, then the second option is available only to organization managers.
See screenshots below with the examples of embedding various blocks of information into a website built with the WordPress framwork, however, all available examples can be translated in a similar way to other frameworks and website platforms.
Follow up with the progress of your Club or Team with a dedicated analytics section!1 month ago
In the recent update, we have announced the implementation of exclusive features for Teams, Clubs, Federations and any other organizations until the New Year, and in today's update we are making this happen by introducing brand new analytics features that will be available exclusively for teams, clubs and federations! Detailed reporting based on the team's data is available to each of its members from now on.
The following types of reports are currently supported:
- Events - a report in which the main metric is the number of events finished.
- Entries - is a report that calculates the total number of driver entries for each individual competition in each individual class.
- Transponders - a report where the main metric is the unique transponder numbers (which in a particular case allow you to count the number of racing models).
- Drivers - a report where only unique drivers are taken into account. A distinctive feature of this report from the Entries is that one and the same driver can take part in several events and several classes of the same competition event (i.e. there can be many entries but there is only one driver that counts).
Each type of report currently supports the following set of filters: Event Country, Racing Class, Track, Year and exact time period for the event being held.
Grouping reports allows you to highlight the set of interests in accordance with the selected key: Year, Month, Day, as well as Country, Track and Class.
Find your own team here: https://rcgarage.info/Organizations
Meet Clubs, Teams, Federations, Organization News feeds and Custom Rankings of all kinds!2 months ago
Before New Year hits the door, we decided to release an update, which we have been working on for quite a long time. We started to work on the basic set of features in April last year to be precise, when we announced a Racing Team profile page for the first time. And for RCGarageTiming users it has always been possible to indicate the Club along with the Team in driver signup forms. In addition, an event host has always been assigned to each competition as part of the RC community.
All such terms as Club, Team, Host were always in front of our eyes, but they always raised more questions from users than they gave answers. For example: What racer is in which club? Is there an RC club in my country/city? Who will compete for which team? What competitions has any particular host hold?
Today's update not only provides answers to these and similar questions, but gives users the opportunity to participate in the RC-community growing process and unites them into one whole! Yes, now each user can create his own Team or Club and invite his friends there, as well as join the ones created by others. This will allow you to keep abreast of the events that are happening with the Team or in the Club, monitor driver rankings of each individual organization, and also personally influence the development of the latter!
In addition to the concepts already described earlier, we are introducing for the first time yet another type of organization - a Federation. A distinctive feature of this type of organization is that it can act as an additional host (or several of them) of the competition event. Examples of such federations can be: Regional, State, City/Local or National federations, as well as other arbitrary user options. One of the possibilities that this type of organization opens up is the ability to analyze information about the history of RC sports from different angles, for example, to analyze the specific regional or national rankings.
Of course, we will talk more about the features of this update in the near future, but at the end of this short review we'd like to introduce a personalized news feed for each kind of organization! Imagine all your event announcements, race reports, practice session openers, new member greetings and a lot more all found on the club's or team's page and all automatically generated so you no longer need to deal with boring manual stuff anymore? If it sounds good then you should try it how it works right now.
Checkout screenshots below with some new features displayed and find out more for yourself here on Organizations page
In future articles, we'll go into more detail on each aspect of the current update, so stay tuned and follow us on facebook or just turn on your notifications right in RCGarage!
P.S. A small spoiler: by the New Year we will release another update, which will open up new opportunities for club members and teams so hurry up and make your own or join others!
RCGarage Database Update3 months ago
Here is a weekly RC Database update. Here you can seen how RC community lives and grows.
Full database statistics can be found here.