Business Bingo for Mac is compatible with Mavericks (10.9) and higher, including Catalina (10.15).
Business Bingo for Windows is compatible with Win 7 and higher.
Business Bingo (BB) is a computer program that performs all the functions of old fashioned 75 number bingo calling equipment. There is no need for the Blower Box with the Ping-Pong balls, the Rack to hold the balls, the Flash Board displaying the called numbers and the Winning Pattern display. All that is required to use BB is a computer and a method of displaying the computer data, such as a TV or Projector and Screen. BB has provisions to display a banner for a business name and six ads or a banner (such as "Happy Birthday Sally") and six images for private use. Business Bingo is available for Mac and Windows computers. Business Bingo is $50 USD shareware; Users can try Business Bingo in Demo Mode for ten minutes per launch after which the app will shut down. Registration removes this limitation.
Use Command-Q to quit Business Bingo.
If Mac users prefer that numbers be called in another language, they could try a voice in that language. To do this, go to System Preferences > Speech > Text to Speech > System Voice > Customize, download the desired voice (for example, Javier: Spanish - Mexico) and select that system voice to hear called numbers in Spanish. New voices are free.
When you first launch Business Bingo you see a message that a folder named "Business Bingo Images" has been added to your Documents Folder. BB then quits so that you can drop the DummyAd included in the download into the "Business Bingo Images" folder. Later, you can prepare and add images which should be square with minimum size of 200 x 200 pixels and have jpg, tif, tiff, png, or gif format.
The banner is set by default to "Joe's Bar and Grill". Click "Maintenance" / "Set Banner" to change the banner (up to 23 characters).
The banner is displayed in large black font above the game area. There are three squares on the left and three squares on the right for images which could be ads or personal images.
The ads might be for beverages, popular food items, sporting clubs, upcoming events, etc. Click on "Maintenance" / "Show Image Maintenance" to bring up a window with a table of images found in the "Business Bingo Images" folder. Control-click an image name to see it displayed in the area to the right. Checked images will be scaled to fill the six ad areas on the main window. You can have as many images as you want. The table of images is updated each time you launch BB. You can click and drag rows in the table if you wish. At the bottom of this window there is an Up/Down control that lets you set the number of seconds (10 seconds minimum, 15 seconds in the screenshot below) between updates on the main window. If you have more than six images, the images will change with the updates. The first six images are displayed, then the next six, etc., and then the list starts over. When you are finished looking at and checking images to be used, close the window (on a Mac, the close button is at the upper left corner; on Windows, the close button is at the upper right corner).
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 is selected.
Bonanza Games: Bonanza can only be selected for the first game after the app is launched. Bonanza is intended to familiarize users with the calling process. When Bonanza is selected, the quantity of pre-called numbers can be chosen from 38 to 45 for the Setup. The selected count of numbers are called swiftly; after that, the game reverts to normal play.
Automatic or Manual "Calling": BB 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 BB by clicking on a Flash Board number. Above, you see the mouse is over the number 66 and the dot has changed to a gray colored 66. If clicked, the number is displayed bolded and colored.
Sound: 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: BB 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 and 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 in the "Game Pays Maintenance Window" accessed from the menu bar.
Wild Number: BB 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 selected Winning Patterns. Except for the Free Space, if a dark square is shown in a Winning Pattern column, all numbers will be called for that column. Skip Mode is not used for Bonanza or Zippy.
The Skip code considers only the displayed Winning Pattern. If a Winning Pattern can have other valid patterns ("Any Corner" for example), then other patterns will not be considered. Therefore, the Operator needs to determine if the Skip feature is appropriate to use with the Winning Pattern(s) selected. As an example, if the selected Winning Patterns are "Letter N" and "Butterfly" the only dark square in the "N" column is the center cell and this cell is the "Free Space" square; if using the "Skip" Mode, no "N" numbers will be called.
Call Back: Click the Call Back button to hear UNCALLED numbers on the Flash Board (e.g., to check 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 2 to 15 seconds between numbers. On a Mac, press the "Command", "Option" and "s" keys together on the keyboard to stop calling of CALLED or UNCALLED numbers. On Windows the shortcut is "Windows" and "s" keys.
Calling Speed: When BB is in 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.
Setup: The menubar has a "Setup" menu pick that lets you select default Flashboard letters (BINGO) or alternate Flashboard characters (*) to satisfy a law in some States that do not allow the word BINGO to be displayed.
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.)
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: BB 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. If you are not using a computer with an HDMI port, connect the Audio output of the Computer to the facility's Public Address system. Connect power and turn on the equipment. 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 Windows, right-click on the Taskbar, select Properties and click "Auto-Hide the Taskbar".
Automatic-Manual Setup: 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 check the Wild Number checkbox if desired. Check checkboxes for 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 checked, 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 Windows 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 BB on a Mac, press Command-Q (or use Bingo Caller Pro / Quit on the menubar). On Windows, 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 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 55. The next number will be G 49. Wild Number is selected and the Wild Number is O 63. Billboard mode is not selected. Calling Speed is 100 (fast).
Above you see a similar game in process with green font selected.
Above you see how Business Bingo could be used for a birthday party.
Special Note: It is recommended that the Speaking Rate be set at "Normal". On a Mac, this setting is found in System Preferences / Speech / Text to Speech. "Alex" is an excellent System Voice. On Windows, the Speaking Rate is set in Start, Control Panel, Speech Recognition, Text to Speech.
Note: Settings for Banner, Ad Timing, Image Table information, Sound (ON/OFF), Calling Speed, Speedy Rate, Called/Uncalled Number Call Back Rate, Auto/Manual/Click Mode, Bonanza selection, Bonanza Setup Numbers, Billboard selection, Setup Characters, 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 Business Bingo software.
Click here to download 75 number Business Bingo Version 3.0.1 (6.2 MB zip file) for Macintosh (OS 10.9 or later) that fills a display 1280 x 695 or higher. When you unzip this file, you will see a folder with the application, a DummyAd.tiff file and a Read Me file with instructions on how to use the DummyAd.tiff file.
Click here to download 75 number Business Bingo Version 3.3.1 (2.6 MB zip file) for Windows that fills a display 1280 x 695 or higher. When you unzip this file, you will see a folder with an installer, a DummyAd.tiff file and a Read Me file with instructions on how to use the DummyAd.tiff file.