Saturday, 2 October 2021

Shogi Explorer 1.2.0 for Windows, macOS and Linux

Shogi Explorer is a new cross-platform desktop application. My aim is to provide a tool for new Shogi players to analyse Shogi game records, downloaded from popular sites like http://www.81dojo.com/, using one of the many excellent Shogi engines and learn from their mistakes. In the future I will add features to allow players to develop opening repertoires to use against their opponents. Human vs engine play is planned as well.

Pro Tip: after the analysis has finished select a line in the analysis table and view the principle variation on the board using the LEFT and RIGHT arrow keys.

Windows, macOS and Linux programs can be downloaded here. The download area also contains a zip file with Windows, macOS and Linux executables for a powerful Shogi engine. The Linux version was built on Ubuntu 20.04.

All versions of Shogi Explorer require a Java 11 runtime to be installed prior to use. I recommend OpenJDK 11 available here: https://adoptium.net/. When installing the Adoptium OpenJDK on Windows please enable the option to install registry keys.

The Linux version can be started from the command line:

    java -jar ShogiExplorer-1.2.0.jar

If you would like to contribute towards the development of Shogi Explore you can donate.


Thursday, 30 September 2021

Shogi Explorer 1.1.0 Released for macOS and Windows

Shogi Explorer is a new cross-platform application. My aim is to provide a tool for new Shogi players to analyse Shogi game records, downloaded from popular sites like http://www.81dojo.com/, using one of the many excellent Shogi engines and learn from their mistakes. In the future I will add features to allow players to develop opening repertoires to use against their opponents. Human vs engine play is planned as well.

Windows and macOS programs can be downloaded here. The download area also contains a zip file with Windows and macOS executables for a powerful Shogi engine.

All versions of Shogi Explorer require a Java 11 runtime to be installed prior to use. I recommend OpenJDK 11 available here: https://adoptium.net/.

I will release a Linux version of this program soon.

If you would like to contribute towards the development of Shogi Explore you can donate.



Tuesday, 28 September 2021

Shogi Explorer 1.0.0 Released For macOS

Update: version 1.0.6 fixes corrupt analysis playback after restarting interrupted analysis.

Update: version 1.0.5 fixes a small bug with the Japanese notation used in the principle variations.

Update: latest version is 1.0.4. This fixes some KIF parsing bugs.

Update: released version 1.0.2 for macOS using native file dialogs. Will this help?

Update: this security restriction is causing problems with file access. I am currently investigating. I think the "java" executable needs to be given file access privileges.

I have released the first version of a new Shogi GUI called "Shogi Explorer". My aim is to provide a tool for new Shogi players to analyse Shogi game records, downloaded from popular sites like http://www.81dojo.com/, using one of the many excellent Shogi engines and learn from their mistakes. In the future I plan to add features to allow such players to develop opening repertoires to use against their opponents. Human vs engine play is planned as well.


This first release is for macOS only. Windows and Linux versions will be available soon. It requires Java 11 runtimes to be installed prior to use. I recommend the version freely downloadable from https://adoptium.net/. You will also need a Shogi engine for analysis. I will create a new blog post with information about how to obtain Shogi engines for macOS in the near future.

The software can be downloaded here.

If you like this software you are invited to contribute towards development with a donation.

Play more Shogi!

Wednesday, 8 July 2020

Japanese Cooking



日本の有名な料理の本を買いました。日本の伝統的なレシピの作り方を学びたい。