General Problemist facts

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Problemist is a software entirely dedicated to chess problems. It is specially designed to create and solve problems.


It has been developed over several years and exists in two versions. The original DOS version, and this version for Windows 95, 98, NT and 2000, XP, 7 and 8 (a 16-bit version remains also available for Windows 3.1x users).


If you are satisfied with this software and/or you think of ways to improve it, please send your comments/suggestions to:


Matthieu Leschemelle

8 avenue Gambetta

78100 St Germain en Laye


+33 (0)1-39-21-84-24


To run properly Problemist requires the following files:


In the Problemist directory

-PROBLEM32.EXE : The program itself (the only one strictly required)
-PRBHLP_E.HLP : This help file.
-AUTEURS.TXT : The list of authors.
-SOURCES.TXT : The source and country list.


In the WINDOWS/FONTS sub-directory

-CASEFONT.TTF : The diagrams font.
-PROBLEM.TTF : The symbolic notation font.


In the WINDOWS directory

-PROBLE32.INI : The initialization file automatically created by the program.


When Problemist is launched for the first time, you may experience display problems, which will be quickly be resolved once the proper font has been installed. (see Display options).


Likewise, in the unlikely event of a software crash, information saved in PROBLE32.INI might be seriously damaged. In this case, the best solution is to delete the PROBLE32.INI file.



The most frequently-used commands are available through the, short keys, tool bar or mouse shortcuts


To access this help file through the menu, just open the menu using the keyboard, select an item and then press [F1].


A note on conventions:

The following conventions have been used throughout this online manual:


Menu options are enclosed within curly brackets, e.g. {File | Open} where the first item represents the menu concerned and the second one the individual menu option. Where only a single item is listed in this manner it refers to the corresponding menu.


Key-presses (including keyboard shortcuts or hot keys) are enclosed in square brackets with a plus sign between keys where more than one key is concerned, e.g. [Ctrl]+[O].



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