There are three screens that provide most of the functionality of MobileFIBS: The Terminal screen, the Board screen, and the Player List screen. There is also a Settings screen and a separate Key Setup screens for the three main screens.
When the program is started, the Terminal screen is shown. From there, you can select "Login". If it is the first time you run the program, you should go to the Settings screen first to enter your FIBS user name and password. You should also go through the Key Setup options from the three main screens before starting to play.
To logout from FIBS and exit the program, select the "Exit" option from the Terminal.
The Terminal screen has a number of counfigurable keys which are set up by selecting "Key Setup". Basically, text you enter in the text entry field at the bottom of the screen is sent to the server when pressing the "Send" key. Text sent from the server is parsed by MobileFIBS to render the board, show popup dialogs for invitations etc. Text that is not understood by the program is printed on the Terminal screen. This includes other players' chat messages.
Text is entered into the text field at the bottom of the screen by tapping the numeric keys of the device.
The following keys can be set up for the Terminal screen by selecting "Key Setup":
The Player List screen shows all players on the FIBS server that are currently ready to play, and optionally, players that are playing agains someone else. Selecting a player in the Player List brings up a dialog to invite the player to play, or to watch the game he is playing.
When you are invited to play by someone, a dialog is shown where you can select if you want to accept, decline, or dismiss. If you select "decline", a configurable string is sent (using "tell") to the person inviting you. If you "dismiss" the dialog, this does not happen. In both these events, however, the line showing the player that invited you changes color in the Player List. You can select any of these players later and "accept" to play a match with them.
The following keys can be set up for the Player List by selecting "Key Setup":
The Board is used to play games (and to watch games). Some mobile phones benefit from rotating the board 90 degrees while playing; there is a setting for this on the Settings screen.
The following keys can be set up for the Board by selecting "Key Setup":
The letters "B" and "T" may appear in the title bar of any of the screens. This indicates that something changed on the Board, or that some message has appeared in the Terminal, respectively. When you see one of these symbols, it means that you should probably go to the corresponding screen to see what happened.
The following options may be set from the Settings screen:
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