Business Bingo 90 for Mac is compatible with Mavericks (10.9) and higher.
Business Bingo 90 for Windows is compatible with Win 7 and higher.
Business Bingo 90 (BB 90) is a computer program that performs all the functions of old fashioned 90 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 (example: "Happy Birthday Sally") and six images for private use. Business Bingo 90 is $50 USD shareware; Users can try Business Bingo 90 in Demo Mode for ten minutes per launch without registering. Registration removes this limitation.
Use Command-Q to quit Business Bingo 90.
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 BB 90 you see a message that a folder named "Business Bingo 90 Images" has been added to your Documents Folder. BB 90 then quits so that you can drop the DummyAd that is included in the zip file into the "Business Bingo 90 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.
When you launch BB 90 the window fills the display (1280 x 695 or larger). Above is a typical screenshot after launch (providing images have been added to the Business Bingo 90 Images folder). The Flash Board has nine Rows of ten numbers (1 to 10 for the top row, 11 to 20 for the next row, etc.). When a number is called, the gray dot for that number changes to a colored and bolded number. There are controls to set and to display the Game Pays, to set and display the Winning Pattern, to set and display the Mode (Auto/Manual/Speedy/Click), to set and to display the Calling Speed, to display the Called Number, to turn on and to display the Wild Number, to set Bonanza, to set Billboard, to set Sound, to initiate Call Back, to display the number of Called Numbers, and to Start/Clear/Pause/Continue the game.
The banner is displayed in large 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.
Above is a screenshot of a Business Bingo 90 Strip. Each Strip is unique and numbered. A Strip has six Tickets. Each Ticket has three rows of nine boxes. Each Ticket row has five numbers and four blanks. A Ticket has 15 numbers. Column one has all numbers from one to nine. Column two has all numbers from ten to 19, etc. A Strip has all numbers from one to 90 with no repeats.
Strips may be printed in batches of 1, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 for US Letter or A4 paper size; follow Help instructions for this. Caution: Be sure the Copies quantity in the print dialog box is set for "1" because any other number will print that many identical Strips. Until registered, the batch size is limited to one Strip at a time.
Above is a screenshot of an Auto mode game underway. The Caller has set the Font Color to black (the Font Color menu item lets you choose between blue, green, red, orange, purple and black colors). The Game Pays is set for $10. Nine numbers have been called and the game is paused in Auto Mode. The Caller has set the Winning Pattern to be Lines 2 and 3 (for any Ticket) using the drop-down Patterns menu (None, Any 1 Line, Any 2 Lines, 3 Lines, Line 1, Line 2, Line 3, Lines 1 and 2, Lines 1 and 3, and Lines 2 and 3). If the Winning Pattern has alternatives (example: Any 2 Lines), they will be displayed, one after the other. The Caller has set for numbers to be called at a fast pace. The Next # is checked and the display shows that the next called number will be 12.
When the Caller clicks the "Start Game" button, the action begins. A number is called and the Flash Board updates with the Called Number changing from a gray dot to a bolded number and displayed in the Called # display. If Billboard is checked, the called number is displayed in a very large font for a short time covering the Flash Board. The "Pause" button is provided to stop the action when someone calls "Bingo" to allow the numbers to be verified against the Flash Board and the Winning Pattern. When the action is paused, the button will display "Continue" and pressing this button continues the calling. A "Clear Game" button is clicked when the game is over.
In Manual mode Numbers are called when the Caller clicks the "Get Number" button (displayed when in Manual mode).
If the Caller clicks the Wild # checkbox, the next called number will be the Wild Number for the rest of the session unless the Wild # is turned off. In that case, the Wild Number can not be turned back on during that session.
Above you see that the Wild # checkbox and been checked and the Wild Number is 12. Font Color has been changed to Red. Game Pays is $10 and 13 Numbers have been called; the last Called Number was 29 and the Next Called Number will be 57. The DummyAd (Put your ad here!) is one of the images selected to be displayed.
Above is a screenshot of a Click Mode game underway. The Click Mode is used when the called number is selected external to the software. When the Caller moves the mouse near a Flash Board number, the number for that spot is displayed in gray. Clicking the mouse selects that number.
If the "Bonanza" checkbox is checked, the quantity of pre-called numbers chosen from the Drop-Down menu (38 to 48) (only displayed when the Bonanza checkbox is checked) is called quickly and silently and displayed on the Flash Board after the "Setup" button is clicked. Click the "Continue" button when ready to continue the game after the Bonanza Setup is completed. Bonanza can only be played as the first game of a session.
If the "Speedy" checkbox is checked, sound defaults to ON, and numbers are called, announcing the number one time. In Automatic mode, the "Calling" rate of the numbers is adjustable by the Caller from 15 to 5 seconds.
Clicking the "Call Back" button causes the UNCALLED numbers on the Flash Board to be called back automatically, helpoing to check validity of a "Bingo". Holding down the "Shift" key when clicking on the "Call Back" button causes the CALLED numbers on the Flash Board to be called back automatically. The rate of calling is adjustable by the Operator from 2 to 15 seconds between numbers. On a Mac, press together the "Command" and "Option" and "s" keys on the keyboard to stop the calling. On Windows, press together the "Windows" and "s" keys on the keyboard to stop the calling.
The ads/images might be for beverages, popular food items, sporting clubs, upcoming events, etc. Click on "Maintenance" / "Show Image Maintenance" to bring up the Image Maintenance window with a table of images found in the "Business Bingo 90 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 90. You can click and drag rows in the table. 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 above) between updates on the main window. If you have more than six images checked, 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).
Sound is supported. Sound may be turned ON or OFF using the "Sound" checkbox.
On a Mac set the System Voice and Speaking Rate with settings in System Preferences/Speech/Text-to-Speech. On Windows set the Speaking Rate with settings in Control Panel, Speech Recognition, Text to Speech.
Note: The User is responsible for conforming to all laws relating to the use of Business Bingo 90 software.
Click here to download 90 number Business Bingo 90 Version 2.0.1 (6.1 MB zip file) for Macintosh (OS 10.9 or later). 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 90 number Business Bingo 90 Version 1 (8.5 MB zip file) for Windows (Win 7 or later). When you unzip this file, you will see a folder with the setup file, a DummyAd.tiff file and a Read Me file with instructions on how to use the DummyAd.tiff file.