Once again, football enthusiasts can replace the Paper and Pen Squares betting sheets of old with the high-tech option of the Football Squares Plus 2.6 app for iPad. New features have been added to the touch-based, interactive app for this season to assist those running squares sheets during Playoff and Super Bowl viewing parties.
Football Squares Plus offers participants the use of touch to configure sheets, buy squares, filter on names, and select the winning scores. Copies of completed sheets may be distributed via a built-in email generator. Participants can also include a picture in each of their on-screen squares with an optional in-app purchase.
New features for the 2013 Playoff and Super Bowl season include the ability to manage users and their "paid" amounts, have winners for each score of the game, and send out and process invitations to remote users to participate in the contest.
A feature introduced the previous season that is difficult to replicate with traditional paper sheets is called "Picture Squares," and allows users to snap a photo of themselves to be included in their squares along with their name. This feature is available as an additional 99 cent in-app-purchase.
Sheets may be configured in a number of ways, including the traditional 10 X 10 grid with scores for each quarter, half, or just the final score. Advanced options include 5 X 5 grids, entire playoff match-ups instead of the standard two-team sheet, and customized scoring labels for uses.
The purchasing of squares can be enhanced with a field for the sheet maker to describe the cost of entry, as well as the prize structure. Sheet makers can password-protect the sheet to prevent unwanted changes from participants.
Users can save and retain all their sheets, and email the data file to other Football Squares Plus owners.
Football Squares Plus reached #2 in the Sports category on Super Bowl Sunday 2012.
Football Squares Plus 2.6 is $2.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Sports category. The Picture Squares Add-On is $0.99.