A free Chess position editor tool
Welcome to DiagTransfer !
you can create all kinds of diagrams these can be pasted in
FEN mode in most chess programs for analysis or in RTF mode or JPG, PNG, BMP mode
paste them in a word processor.
Copying chess diagrams with a classic position-editor
is hard work : you must have both your position-editor
and your document/web page application open, and must
constantly go back and forth between the two. It becomes
a tennis match of sorts: Looking at the diagram you wish
to copy in application ‘A’, switching over to
application ‘B’ to place the piece, and going back to
application ‘A’ to verify the accuracy of the
You can also enter piece without clicking in the pieces bar by clicking in a square with a slight drag of the mouse to place a piece allows you to change the current piece. This method can be learned in a few diagrams.
However, a parts toolbar is displayed for those who are not yet familiar with this method.
The eight directions of the "drag"
to change pieces and draw crosses and circles
DiagTransfer is ideal when following a live chess match on the internet to quickly copy the position and paste it back into a chess program by simply pasting the FEN
Detail of the Print Preview window
This window is very useful to quickly see all the diagrams in a file
This mode of printing 9 diagrams per page where you can put 4 lines of text under each diagram is very practical.
For example to print lesson sheets without having to make an effort for the layout.
With DiagTransfer you can create your diagrams directly as images and then place them on a web page. Depending on the size of the diagram, the image size varies between 2 and 12 kb and the quality of the image remains excellent. This is achieved by reducing the image to 4bits and the number of colours (DiagTransfer uses very few) and then saving the file in PNG format (accepted by the main drawing programs and Internet browsers)
This image created with DiagTransfer
is less than 3kb!
You can also with DiagTransfer create your pictures with a transparent background, to have an overview of the beautiful results you can get with this click--> here...
transparent background mode
Rg2! (distant opposition to reach g6)
Other possibilities of DiagTransfer:
|One of the new features of version 4.0 of
DiagTransfer is the possibility of putting numbers in squares of a
diagram with a new toolbar. This can be used as in the diagram
opposite, to create diagrams on the subject of corresponding
squares and key squares. In this case, it is not only possible to
create diagrams for a publication, but also to practice, starting
from the critical squares, to find these squares. The conditions
are the same as in a game (you cannot move the pieces), but with
the advantage of being able to put in the numbers as you go along.
It can also be used as a lesson to show, for example, the movements of a piece to reach a square.
Diagram from the book "Pawns Finals" by I.Maizelis
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This website was built and DiagTransfer was developed by Alain
DiagTransfer is a free program, but the True Type font of the
PCFTDT Diagram chess pieces (DIAGTRNSFER.TTF) is not in the public
You can use it for personal use or for an association (chess club etc.) to produce club magazines etc. (which can even be sold as long as it is not for profit), and you can use it, if you are a programmer, inside one of your programs if this program is distributed as freeware (not as shareware).