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Before posting, I searched all around the board to find if anyone else had asked the same question, but no luck. So I am legally blind, but I love to play chess, and I like to annotate games. Chess.com does it right in my opinion, but only because the arrows are thick and opaque. I am wondering, can you change the properties of the arrows in ChessBase or Scid vs PC? I though I could draw in Tarrasch, but honestly, I may be conflating the memory. If you can, then how can I make ChessBase or Scid more "Chess.com-esque?" In terms of opacity?

Also, I love how Chess.com draws annotations in an L shape, it looks so much better. And, most of my friends aren't into chess at all, let alone theory, so illustration is more convenient that way. But I want a local program that allows me to draw more thick, solid arrows. The thickness and opacity is the biggest part because of my vision. I find it hard to see the origin square when I am drawing longer diagonals in ChessBase because it has that weird translucent tail.

The L shape is preferred, but it isn't too big a deal, I only use that when I am showing someone more new to the game or trying to calculate a really complicated (usually it turns out the answer is way less complicated and I am just a novice) series of knight moves on a chess.com puzzle.

Anyway, thank you for reading, and thanks in advance to anyone who answers. I am a really avid chess player, and chess hobbyist but I only have one eye (other one is prosthetic) I have a YouTube channel where I try to play against bots on chess.com that are way higher rated than me, so although I do pretty good for someone in the bracket I am in, (Last game against gothamchess's bot on challenge I held my own really well , over 87% accuracy. Still lost, but i only made one or two critical error. One day levy xD, One day I will draw your bot and I will have achieved something on my bucket list) I also do long games, like three days per move against people and I like to analyze so I learn and don't just become a chess jester. The guy everyone watches get destroyed, so if you could help me, I am forever indebted to you. Chess, math, and piano are life. When I am not working on my major I am working on my Piano ability and chess skill.

Sorry if my tags aren't appropriate. I saw scid and scidb, but not Scid vs pc. Feel free to correct me. I think the moderators on math overflow deleted my question even though I was totally correct in my assessment, but they patronized me and redirected me to Wikipedia when I am not that stupid. I just asked if a guy in a lecture was talking about power sets. He was. They could have just said "Yes, he is" but people on this board seem a little nicer. Chess is very uniting.

Regards, Josef A. Hutchinson

P.S. Dear mods, if you do delete this, tell me why, or better yet, correct me and I will revise my post.

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  • Alright, thanks man.
    – Josef
    Jun 3 at 22:12
  • I need to correct. Scid vs. PC version 4.21 can change the arrow width and the length, with two controls in "comment editor".
    – djnavas
    Jun 5 at 7:31

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