Show Commander was designed, developed and is sold by Tone
Software Solutions, LLC (TSS), a boutique software firm located in
beautiful Stoughton, Wisconsin.
The firm's singular purpose is to develop software to support
poultry and pigeon club shows throughout the United States.
Tone Software Solutions is owned and operated by Steve Tone. Mr.
Tone has over 25 years in the commercial software field, and has
managed large teams and complex software development projects
across the country. He retired from the corporate world of
technology in 2000. Since then he has successfully started
and ran 3 independent companies:
Tone Business Solutions (a website and network development firm established in 2000),
Tone Financial Advisors, LLC (a values-based investment management firm established in 2005),
Tone Software Solutions, LLC (a commercial software development firm established 2015).
Although TSS is primarily a one-person firm, Mr. Tone regularly
enlists others to help design, test, and stylize several portions
of the product.
Panic spreads as the founder accidentally volunteers
to take over as one of the Show Secretaries for the
largest poultry show in Wisconsin, the
It becomes obvious that the vintage "type and merge"
system is incompatible with his 21st century PC system.
Failing in an attempt to convert it, a light bulb
goes off in his head.
Drawing upon his 20 years of technology experience,
a plan was created to build a new web-based registration
system from scratch.
After months of coding, a preliminary version of
what was then known as "Poultry Show Reg" was
operational. It was designed to be functional on a
local network, so that his daughters could help when
Installed on a shared network, 3 volunteers started processing
entries using the beta "Poultry Show Reg" software. Over 2,100
birds were entered, with only one cooping error due to an
incorrect classification (corrected in subsequent versions).
Exhibitors rave about receiving a receipt for their entry.
Recapping the performance of the beta version, it became
apparent that enhancements are needed to allow more complete
browsing, auditing and reporting, as well as allowing
different types of volunteers to have differing privileges
on the system.
After investigating various Internet-based collaborative
frameworks, a technical architecture was chosen and a complete
rewrite of the system was started. Implementation deadline
for version 2.0 was set for July 2014.
Exhaustive testing of the newly renamed "Show Commander"
was begun. Dozens of new features were included in the rewrite,
enabling Internet-based collaborative processing of show
entries, strong auditing of entries, quick follow-ups and
Based on the past success in quickly entering data, the
deadline for entries was advanced one full week.
Nearly 2,000 entries processed in record time.
The combined efforts of effective audit reports and
exhibitor review of receipts lead to zero showroom
Decision is made to make Show Commander available to
other poultry clubs through a subscription plan.
Research into unique requirements of other poultry
shows leads to a very large enhancement list.
Deadline is set for a demonstration environment to be
released by April 1, 2015. This is to be a self lead,
allowing potential purchasers to use their own real
data in vetting the system.
Demo environment is released for alpha testing.
Demo environment is released.
Work on next release is begun.
Major enhancements to allow tracking results at the per-bird level is
implemented. Headed to beta testing at the Wisconsin International in September.
Newly released software performed flawlessly, handling the entry, tracking,
placing, and reporting of over 2,000 exhibits.
The largest poultry show in Wisconsin selects Tone Software Solution's Show
Commander as its show management software for 2017.
A second prominent poultry club selects Show Commander to manage their show.
The largest poultry show in Wisconsin again selects Show Commander to help manage their show.
The largest pigeon show in Wisconsin chooses Show Commander to process entries, create judging
sheets, and organize showroom activities.
Repeat customers heap praise on how the software made a tough job manageable.
The second largest pigeon show in the country chooses Show Commander to help manage their show
Over 13,000 Poultry and Pigeon entries now processed by Show Commander.
Completed major enhancements, including sending email directly from Show Commander using
customizable templates for entry issues, stored notes for entries, direct-to-card coop cards (no
need to use labels!), remote worker entry queue processing, redesigned show summaries, new
accounting reports, exhibitor entry lists for distribution at the check-in table, and more.
Crossing 19,500 Poultry and Pigeon entries processed by Show Commander.
Since its inception in 2013, Show Commander has processed over 23,000 entries. Version 2.8 is
released, featuring improved small-screen support (phone and tablet), as well as improved
statistics gathering. Production of help videos has begun.
An initial group of "How To" videos was added to the website.
Many more are scheduled to be released before March.