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« on: Dec 04, 2017, 02:32AM »

Hello

I know we have had similar discussions but given the speed of technological changes I'm looking for some updated info please.

Am considering using an app for reading charts off an iPad.  Looking for recommendations for the best app that can allow me to scan in and read on an iPad screen on stage, mainly indoors.  Ability to use a Bluetooth foot pedal and write on the charts on screen would be helpful.  A bonus would be the ability to scan charts and export as .xml to my Windows system so I can manipulate them in Musescore. A play back feature would be nice too, but is of least priority.

What is your experience and advice?  Is it worth the time and trouble to convert?  Comments and suggestions all gratefully received.
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« Reply #1 on: Dec 04, 2017, 03:12AM »

As for reading from an iPad, I use UnReal Book. It has the added feature of syncing with Luther iPads so that the group leader can bring up a piece, and itís done be all the iPads synced.  However, it uses PDFs, so you need to use a regular scanning program to scan the music. Of course, you canít change the PDFs in Musescore.
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« Reply #2 on: Dec 04, 2017, 06:16AM »

ForeScore without a doubt.
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« Reply #3 on: Dec 04, 2017, 07:01AM »

I have been looking for a replacement for photoscore for ages. Haven't found one....
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« Reply #4 on: Dec 04, 2017, 07:19AM »

ForeScore without a doubt.

I've been using this software with my iPad 12.9 ever since they released the iPad 12.9. I've downloaded around a thousand songs for all my bands and it works perfectly.
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« Reply #5 on: Dec 04, 2017, 08:22AM »


I've stored the sheet music for all the groups with which I play (and then some) on a 12.9" iPad ever since the device first shipped.  My desktop scanner has been in mothballs ever since I discovered that it's faster and easier to use ScannerPro on my iPhone (or iPad) to scan the originals (the Notes app also supports document scanning in iOS 11, but ScannerPro does a better job in several ways.)  When a new chart is passed out in rehearsal or on the bandstand I can scan it into the iPad on the spot.

I also use forScore for some applications (specifically for linking lead sheets to backing tracks in my iTunes Library), but I use a general purpose document viewer called GoodReader to store my main library.  I chose GoodReader for two reasons:  it supports hierarchical folders, and it syncs with the "official" copy of my library on my Mac with a single tap.


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« Reply #6 on: Dec 07, 2017, 01:01AM »

Thanks for the comments - things to think about before I commit time and money.
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