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Using League View

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Making the most of League View

Version 1.3.3 of Versus app introduced a powerful new feature: League View. This post explains how you can share your league with the participants (and how to keep it updated).

NB: The same process can be used to share any other Versus data too (e.g. match results).

Just think how useful this might be. One person logs the results of any matches played and these are automatically translated by Versus into a traditional league view, showing the name of each player/team, games played, the number of wins, draws and losses and also the league points accumulated (see this post for more information about the league view).

Not all of your Versus leagues will be appropriate for this. Round Robin tournaments though or a game where all involved participants play at one time will work great though. Another use might be if you run a fantasy football (or similar) competition and are looking for a nice easy way to log and present the results each week.

Sharing your league requires the use of a cloud storage provider. Most will work fine though some are definitely easier than others to set up, especially when using your Apple device. This post will look at 2 of the most common options: Dropbox, and iCloud.

The basic process is:

  1. Export the Versus data into csv format
  2. Save the file to cloud storage
  3. Share the link
  4. Publish updates to the league by repeating steps 1 and 2 (making sure to replace the existing file so that the sharing link remains valid and links to the latest version).
Sharing with Dropbox

If you already use Dropbox and have the app installed on your device then it is by far the easiest service to use.

Publish the League data

After choosing to download the league data:

  1. Select 'Save to Dropbox' from the list of Sharing options that appears. (If you don't see this option then make sure to select it from the 'more' services option)
  2. Choose the folder that you want to save the file to
  3. Click 'Save'
  4. If you are publishing an updated spreadsheet then be sure to select the same folder each time and select 'Replace' when Dropbox warns you that the file already exists.

Share the link

After you have saved the file to your Dropbox account:

  1. Open the Dropbox app
  2. Navigate to the folder where the file has been saved (or it may be visible in your list of 'recent' files)
  3. Tap on the arrow to the right of the file name
  4. Select 'Share' from the list of available options
  5. Either add names and a message for Dropbox to send the link or click 'Create a link' and send this link via any method you wish
Sharing with iCloud

This method makes use of the new Files app introduced in iOS 11.

Publish the League data

After choosing to download the league data:

  1. Select 'Save to Files' from the list of Sharing options that appears.
  2. Choose the storage service that you want to use. In this case iCloud. (You can choose any files service that you have installed on your device but this tutorial deals only with iCloud)
  3. Locate the folder where you want to save the file
  4. Click 'Add'
  5. If you are publishing an updated spreadsheet then be sure to select the same folder each time and select 'Replace' when the Files app warns you that the file already exists.

Share the link

After you have saved the file to your iCloud account:

  1. Open the Files app
  2. Navigate to the folder where the file has been saved (or it may be visible in your list of 'recent' files)
  3. Tap on the document to view it
  4. Tap on the 'Share' icon in the top-right corner
  5. Select 'Add People' from the list of available options
  6. Click on the 'Share Options' and choose whatever options suit (probably 'Anyone with the link' and 'View only')
  7. Send the invitation using any of the listed services or choose 'Copy link' and send however you like.
Other services

Google Drive is another option for sharing but the problem with that is that it lets you add multiple files with the same name and doesn't prompt you to replace / overwrite existing ones. If you do want to use Google Drive you need (through the web browser) to go to 'Manage Versions' and then upload the new version. This will keep the sharing link intact.

There are too many cloud storage options these days to list them all here but you should be able to make any of them work like this one way or another.

Final notes

The files that you share should be set to 'can view' by default. This is what you want so if you do see 'can edit' then you should switch it to 'can view'. This will prevent anyone from being able to edit the shared data.

Remember, sharing files like this isn't limited to just the league view. You can share match data too. This approach is great to share all of your Versus data with the people that you are playing all of these games with. If there are other data sets within Versus (perhaps the analysis data) that you would like to be able to share with others (beyond just sharing a screenshot) then please let us know.

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