Given a corner or full-board position, SmartGo Kifu will go through its collection of 76,000 games and find all matching positions, and show you what professional players play next. New in SmartGo Kifu 3.2: see the list of matching games so you can explore how those games develop from there. (Just tap on the joseki statistics to see the matching games.)
Also in this version:
- New mode to match joseki in the corner with the most recent move.
- The game info button has been removed; just tap on the title (with a little i next to it) to see the game info.
- Book view has moved to the action menu. (This function has moved around a lot, but I think it has finally found a good home.)
Program help has also been improved, so I recommend actually taking a look at it. You know that you can hold and then drag to correct the most recent move? That you can see a professional player’s biography by tapping on the player name? It’s all in there.
The main new feature in SmartGo Kifu 2.0: Joseki. Match a pattern in a corner or on the whole board, and SmartGo Kifu tells you where professional players played in that position. More details here.
The current implementation is already amazingly useful. However, compared to the Windows version of SmartGo, some features are missing, like the list of matching games. Clearly, there’s more to come.
Many smaller changes streamline the user interface:
- Combine filters and search: Use the predefined filters for games directly from the list of games by tapping on the right side of the search box.
- Easy way to create a board: Tap on the + icon in the bottom left of My Games and choose Empty Board to create a board to experiment with, especially for joseki analysis. (To delete a game: Simply swipe across it in the list, then tap on Delete.)
- Improved book view: Book view is now full screen, and is used for annotated games, tutorial, and program help.
- Settings: All the settings have been moved from Tools (bottom left) to Settings (top right).
- Markup: Added tools for Markup (previously only available on the iPad) so you can set up positions as well as mark points with letters or triangles.
This version also features the new app icon by Darran Morris of app-bits.com. Seasoned Go players will recognize the board position from Shusaku’s famous ear-reddening game.