Bingo Caller Pro for Mac is compatible with Tiger, Leopard, Snow Leopard, Lion and Mountain Lion.
Bingo Caller Pro provides a complete bingo experience for users wanting more features than those provided by Bingo Caller. Bingo Caller Pro, $20 shareware, can be tried in Demo Mode for ten minutes after each launch without registration. Bingo Caller Pro is available for both Mac and Win 7 computers.
If you use a Mac running Lion (10.7.xx) or Mountain Lion (10.8.xx) and prefer that numbers be called in another language, you might want to try a voice in that language. For example, you could go to System Preferences > Speech > Text to Speech > System Voice > Customize, download Javier (Spanish - Mexico) and select that system voice to hear called numbers in Spanish. New voices are free.
Mac Version 3.1.2 is a bug fix. Win 7 Version 1.0.5 is a bug fix.
When you open Bingo Caller Pro, you see the window below which is suitable for a display with 800 x 600 pixel resolution. Bingo Caller Pro can be used with a projector and an audio system for a large gathering or just used on a Mac or Win 7 computer for personal use. Although Bingo Caller Pro can be used on a Mac with OS 10.4 or later, the voices included with Leopard and later are much better.
Flash Board: The Flash Board displays the full range of 75 numbers in the appropriate rows of B through O with 15 numbers each. Until called, the numbers are displayed as large gray dots. After a number is called, the dot turns into a bolded and colored number. Below, you see the Flash Board with no numbers called; blue font color has been selected.
Bonanza Games: When Bonanza is selected, the quantity of pre-called numbers can be chosen from 38 to 45 for the Setup.
Automatic or Manual "Calling": BCP allows the numbers to be called automatically (Auto Mode) at an adjustable rate or at the discretion of the Operator (Manual Mode).
Click Mode: Click Mode allows clicking on uncalled Flash Board numbers when an external method of selecting numbers is used. Bonanza, Even, Odd and Next Number features are not used with the Click Mode.
Above you see a Click Mode game in process. The numbers are chosen external to the program and input to Bingo Caller Pro by clicking on a Flash Board number. Above, you see the mouse is over the number three and the dot has changed to a gray colored three. If clicked, the number will be displayed as bolded and colored.
Sound: If preferred, the numbers can be called using the voice of the computer. Sound is always ON during a Speedy game and during Call Back.
Speedy Game: When Speedy is selected, the Winning Pattern is Red. The Full Card is shown as the Winning Pattern, but a different Winning Pattern can be selected, and a second alternating Winning Pattern can be added. In Automatic mode, the numbers are called at a rapid pace. The calling rate can be adjusted using the "Calling Speed" slider. Sound is ON automatically during a Speedy game, and only the Letter and Number are called.
Winning Patterns: BCP supports up to two Winning Patterns. If two Winning Patterns are selected, the Winning Pattern display alternates between the Patterns. The "Patterns Maintenance Window" menu item brings up a window to allow the Operator to select, create or to edit Winning Patterns.
Game Pays: A Drop-Down menu allows the Operator to select the Prize amount. The information on this drop-down menu can be changed from the "Game Pays Maintenance Window" accessed from the menu bar.
Wild Number: BCP allows a Wild Number other than "N" to be "called" at the start of a session. The Wild Number is displayed for the remainder of the bingo session unless the Operator decides to turn Wild Number OFF, in which case Wild Number remains OFF for the remainder of the session.
Last Called Number: The Number of the last called number is displayed.
Next Number Display: The Number to be called next is displayed if the checkbox is checked.
Numbers Called Display: The Quantity of called numbers to that point in the game is displayed.
Skip: Skip Mode avoids Called Numbers that are not required for Winning Patterns. If a square is shown in any pattern column, all the numbers will be called for that Letter. For example, the Letter "X" pattern uses only the Free space in the "N" column, but since it is shown, all the "N" numbers will be called. Skip Mode is not used for Bonanza or Zippy.
Call Back: Click the Call Back button to hear UNCALLED numbers on the Flash Board (e.g., when checking the validity of a "Bingo"). Hold down the Shift key and click on the Call Back button to hear CALLED numbers. The Calling Rate of CALLED numbers is adjustable by the Operator from 5 to 15 seconds between numbers. On a Mac, press the "Command" and "s" keys together on the keyboard to stop calling of CALLED or UNCALLED numbers. On Win 7, the shortcut is "Windows" and "s" keys.
Calling Speed: When BCP is in the Automatic mode, the Calling Speed slider can be set by the Operator to change the rate the numbers are called. The Calling Speed range is adjustable from 15 to 5 seconds. The Calling Speed is shown digitally from 0 to 100 for convenience.
Even/Odd: Select the "Even" button to call only even numbers. Select the "Odd" button to call only odd numbers. If there is a Wild Number which is not even when "Even" is selected, the Wild Number is displayed but ignored for that game. If there is a Wild Number which is not odd when "Odd" is selected, the Wild Number is displayed but ignored for that game.
Zippy: The Zippy button causes ALL numbers to be called silently and displayed on the Flash Board. (Zippy can be used to demonstrate that all numbers will be called.) On a Mac, press both the "Command" and "z" keys together on the keyboard to stop Zippy. The shortcut on Win 7 is "Windows" and z".
Billboard: When Billboard is selected, called numbers, except in the Bonanza setup and Zippy, are displayed in very large font on top of the Flash Board for approximately two seconds, after which time the Flash Board is displayed until the next called number.
Above you see a screenshot showing a called number when the BillBoard checkbox is selected.
Reminders: BCP reminds you if you forget to select the options for a Winning Pattern or Game Pays amount.
Equipment Setup: Set up the Display or Projector and Screen that will be used and connect it to the computer. Connect the Audio output of the Computer to the facility's Public Address system. Connect power and turn on the equipment. The computer display and Projector resolution should be set to 800 x 600. If a Projector is used, it is suggested that the image on the screen be moved high enough to cause the Menu Bar to be OFF the screen. This will prevent the players from seeing the Menu Bar and being confused about the Menu Bar items that are used by the Operator when editing Winning Patterns, Printing Bingo Cards, etc. On a Mac, it is suggested that the Dock be set to hide and show automatically to prevent it from getting in the way. This is set in System Preferences / Dock. Check the "Automatically hide and show the Dock" option. On Win 7, right-click on the Taskbar, select Properties and click "Auto-Hide the Taskbar".
Automatic-Manual Setup: Launch Bingo Caller Pro and choose the Automatic or Manual mode by clicking the appropriate button.
Bonanza Setup: To set up Bonanza games, select the quantity of setup numbers you want to use, then Click the "Setup" button.
Play Games: Select the Winning Pattern(s), the Game Pays, and the Wild Number if desired. Select Sound, Billboard, Skip and Next Number if desired, and click the "Start Game" or "Continue" button. The "Enter" or "Return" key on the keyboard may be used to "Continue", "Start Game", or "Pause Game".
Manual Mode: Click the "Get Number" button to call each number.
Automatic Mode: The numbers will start being called immediately. The Caller may wish to say. "The First (or Next) number is:" before Starting or Continuing a game.
Click Mode: Numbers are picked externally (Blower Box with the Ping-Pong balls, drawn by a child, etc.), the number is clicked on the Flash Board gray dot and the dot changes to the bolded and colored number. A red banner at the bottom of the window reminds players that the bingo numbers are chosen externally (not by the game itself).
Sound: When Sound has been selected, the Letter and the Number will be spoken followed by the Letter and the Digit(s). In a Speedy game, sound is always ON and only the Letter and Number will be spoken.
Ending a Game: When a player says, "Bingo" in the Automatic mode, the Operator should click on the "Pause Bingo" button to pause the calling process. The "Enter" or "Return" key may be pressed on the keyboard to pause the game. If there are two Winning Patterns, the Operator can click on the Pattern to display the other Pattern. If two Winning Patterns are chosen when the game continues, the alternating action will continue when calling is resumed. If a Winning Pattern is changed, the Game Pays amount must be selected for the next game. After all games have been completed on a card, click the "Clear Game" button. You will be asked to verify that you really want to clear the game.
Call Back: The "Call Back" button is used to hear the UNCALLED numbers shown on the Flash Board. Hold down the Shift key when clicking the "Call Back" button to hear the CALLED numbers. On a Mac, click together on the Command and "s" keys on the keyboard to stop the calling. On Win 7, the shortcut is "Windows" and "s".
Speedy Game: When Speedy is selected, the Winning Pattern is displayed in red (vice black). The Full Card is shown as the Winning Pattern, but another Winning Pattern can be selected, and a second alternating Winning Pattern can be added. In Automatic mode, the numbers will be called at a rapid pace. The Calling Rate can be adjusted using the Calling Slider. Sound is ON automatically during a Speedy game, and only the Letter and Number are called.
Bingo Cards: Sheets of "Cards" may be printed. Each 8-1/2 x 11 sheet of paper provides four uniquely numbered Bingo "Cards".
To Print Bingo "Cards":
Click on "Batch Size" in the menu bar and select the desired quantity of Bingo sheets (1, 5, 10, 20, 50 or 100).
Click on "File" in the menu bar and select "Print Bingo Card Batch". Caution: Be sure the Copies quantity in the print dialog box is set for "1"; any other number will print that many IDENTICAL sheets.
Shut Down: To Shut Down the Bingo Caller Pro program on a Mac, click on the Red Dot in the upper left corner of the window. On Win 7, click the red "X" close button in the upper right corner.
Winning Pattern Maintenance: Click on "Maintenance" in the menu bar and click on "Show Pattern Maintenance". The Pattern Maintenance window lists the Winning Patterns that can be used in the Winning Pattern Drop-Down menus. There are 109 default Winning Patterns and you can add new ones.
To Prevent a Winning Pattern in the list from appearing in the Drop-Down menus, uncheck the box to the left of the name of the Winning Pattern.
To Delete a Pattern permanently, click one time on a Pattern name and then click the "Delete Pattern" button.
To See a Pattern, double-click the Pattern name and the Pattern will appear in the grid.
To Edit a Pattern in the grid, click on a Black square to make it White and a White square to make it Black. After editing a Pattern, you may save the Pattern, using the same name, by clicking on the "Replace Pattern" button.
To Edit the Name of a Pattern, click once on the name of the Pattern in the list, then pause and click on the name again. You may then change the name and press the "Return" or "Enter" key on the keyboard.
To Create a new Pattern, click once on any name in the list, then click on the squares as required to make the desired Pattern. Enter the name of or for the new Pattern, then click on the "Insert Pattern" button. The new Pattern will be placed under the name selected in the list or added to the bottom of the list.
To Move a Pattern up or down in the list, click on the name and start to drag it to a new position. A thin line will appear; drag this line to the new position. When you stop dragging the line and release the mouse, the Pattern will remain in the new position.
To Close the Pattern Maintenance window, click on the close button.
Game Pays Maintenance: Click on "Maintenance" in the menu bar and click on "Show Game Pays Maintenance". Check all Game Pays amounts you wish to include in the "Game Pays" drop-down menu, and close the window.
If you wish to change a Game Pays amount, click once on the amount of the Prize in the list, then pause and click on the amount again. You may then change the amount and press the "Return" or "Enter" key on the keyboard.
Above, you see on the left the default Game Pays amounts. Only checked amounts are displayed in the Game Pays drop-down menu.
Above in the middle, you see that the user has unchecked amounts under $1.
Above on the right, you see that the user has changed the $2 amount to be $2.50 and has checked $2.50, $5, $10 and $15 amounts.
Above you see a Bingo Caller Pro game in process. Winning Patterns are Bobsled (Any) and Broken Frame. This game pays $50. At this point, 40 numbers have been called. The last number called was G 48. The next number will be G 47. Wild Number is not selected. Billboard mode is not selected. Calling Speed is 100 (fast).
Above you see a similar Bingo Caller Pro game in process with green font selected.
Special Note: It is recommended strongly that the Speaking Rate be set at "Normal". On a Mac, this setting is found in System Preferences / Speech / Text to Speech. If using OS 10.5 or later, "Alex" is the suggested System Voice. On Win 7, the Speaking Rate is set in Start, Control Panel, Speech Recognition, Text to Speech.
Note: Settings for Sound (ON/OFF), Calling Speed, Speedy Rate, Called/Uncalled Number Call Back Rate, Auto/Manual/Click Mode, Bonanza Setup Numbers, Billboard selection, Print Batch Size, Bingo Sheet numbering information, Pattern Maintenance and Game Pay Maintenance are saved between bingo sessions.
Note: The User is responsible for conforming to all laws relating to the use of Bingo Caller Pro software.
Click here to download the Bingo Caller Pro version for Mac that fills the display with display resolution set for 800 x 600. Version is 3.1.2 (2.4 MB) for Macintosh (OS 10.4 or later, Intel, zip).
Click here to download the Bingo Caller Pro version for Win 7 that fills the display with display resolution set for 800 x 600. Version is 1.0.5 (1.7 MB).
Click here to download the Bingo Caller Pro A version for Win 7 that fills the display with display resolution set for 1024 x 768. Version is 1.0.5 (1.7 MB).