billiardsforum on 9/1/2011 3:49:27 AM
For a long time, the best billiard diagramming tool out there was an online app called CueTable which was a child born out of the "WeiTable". Unfortunately it isn't being maintained anymore and the creator is no longer involved from what I gather.
Here is my assessment of what is currently available in order from best to worst, based on ease of use, feature set, and overall look and feel.
This is by far and away my favorite billiard/pool table diagramming tool. It is stylish, feature-full, easy to use, and actively supported.
You can save your creations to an image or get a unique URL to post a link.
- Save your pool table diagrams to images
- Generate a link to your unique diagram on chalkysticks.com if you don't want to post a link, or if you want to save your work for later.
- Dashed lines and Solid lines
- Curve tool (to show massé shot lines or jump shot lines)
- Arrows vs no Arrows
- Drag and drop balls
- Ball strike diagram
- Ghost balls, generics, and numbered.
- Ball collision detection
- Unique color lines to match ball color
- Adding text on table
- compose and save a Title and Descrption
- Cue power diagram
- Can generate a full rack of 8-ball / 9-ball / 10-ball
- Multiple size tables (7' / 8' / 9' / Billiard)
- Ability to randomize balls on table
- iPad and iOS support means you can use it on a touch device
DrawShot for iOs is an pool table diagramming app for the iPhone and iPad, written by By Larry Damman
Next we have the Draw Table Diagramming tool - Pool and billiard table layouts on drawtable.com.
"Draw Table" features:
- 3 different grid line choices.
- Default layouts for 8 ball, 9 ball, 10 ball, or 1 pocket.
- Pockets are identified with letters A through F.
- Rudimentary line drawing ability e.g. double click to start and end a line, etc., drag to move, drag off table to delete.)
- Lines from a given color ball will be drawn in the color of that ball e.g. a line from the yellow ball will be be yellow. This helps give a better visual of what you are diagramming.
- Has a save button (but doesn't seem to work, thus, no feature to export to image)
This billiard pool table drawing tool is also lacking in features.
- No support for drawing arrows
- No support for adding text
- No support for additional visuals like pool cues, english, shot power, etc.
This tool was written in angular.js by Alex Soncodi (latest version 2014-2015)
"Billiards The Game" Pool Table Diagramming Tool:
No support for labeling, pool cues, or drawing lines. Can toggle a grid, and has defaults for diagramming 10 ball, 9 ball, and 8 ball. Also has a one-pocket version of their diagramming tool. You can also click a button to generate an image of your pool table diagram.
Built using jQuery, Kinetic-v4.3.3 (html5 canvas library), and a pool table diagramming script called "BTG Pool Table Diagramming Tool" written by Monte Ohrt (latest version is from 2013).
CueTable, WeiTable (No longer really usable)
For a long time, the best billiard diagramming tool out there was an online app called CueTable which was a child born out of the "WeiTable".
Now hosted on pool.bz. The problem is that is doesn't work easily. In Internet Explorer, the Active-X plugin is blocked on most machines by default and chrome blocks most apps like this from running automatically, so there are lots of hacks and workarounds to get it going. Too much friction for me.
Unfortunately it isn't being maintained anymore and the creator is no longer involved from what I gather.
This is a little glimpse into what it once could do.
It was built by Wei Chao, in flash I believe.
The WeiTable (circa 2000)
If anyone has any updates to the info here, or any new options, please add below.