‘Song’ sync does ignore categories and favorites

The ‘Song’ sync does ignore categories, as it is foreseen to sync songs with band mates and every band mate can have other categories. If we would add all categories of all other users, you would have probably too many of them. The other problem is the content of the categories. How could you get the items of new categories? There is just the selected item in the song. And what should happen if your band mate does have the same category, but more or other entries in his categories? Because of these unsolved questions, we decided to ignore categories in the ‘Song’ sync.

Imagine an “I can play this song” category. If we would sync the categories, your band mate would get it tagged “I can play this song”, even if he can’t play the song.

The same applies to favorites. Would you expect that your songs are tagged as favorite, just because your band mate loves this song? Favorites are in our opinion also personal settings and not meant to be shared.

The ‘smartChord’ sync is foreseen to sync the own devices and it also syncs the categories and favorites: https://youtu.be/OSqfxE42kUs

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Internet search can’t find the song on a web page?

The internet search for songs does work on most websites. But not all are supported. smartChord can’t detect a song in the following cases:
– a website does not provide songs or lyrics as plain text. PDF files or images are not supported.
– the song text isn’t distinguishable from the other text on that page. But in this case there is a workaround:
— Copy the text from the web page
— Go back to the songbook
— Create a new song
— Edit the song text
— Paste the copied text into the ‘Edit’ screen

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Organize and group songs

You can use the ‘Set list’ to organize your songs and lyrics for performance or practice. Please see our video on YouTube:

The ‘Table of content’ has a full text search function. You can search für every information in the songs. The most comfortable way to maintain these information is by the menu ‘…’ -> ‘Edit’ -> ‘Edit song information’ in the Songbook.

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Why is the songbook empty?

The songbook is empty because of license issues and the question: which songs should the songbook contain! Everybody would expect different songs. The solution is the internet. There are excellent resources. smartChord finds your songs out there.

Just use ‘Folder’ menu -> ‘New’ -> ‘Internet search’.

You can also google for a tab file collection and import them. Please see also our video for the import: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IGM0XnuwtC8

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Share / synchronize songs

It’s possible to synchronize your songs with your cloud (Google or DropBox). It allows to synchronize the songs between multiple Android devices or edit the songs text files conveniently from your desktop or notebook.

There are at least four ways to exchange songs between devices:

1. You can synchronize the content of smartChord between your devices. There is a menu item ‘Synchronize’ on the home screen. This is the most comfortable way.

2. You can synchronize your songs with your cloud (Google or DropBox). It allows to synchronize the songs between multiple Android devices. You can also take advantage of the possibility to edit the songs (these are just plain text files) conveniently on your desktop or notebook.

3. You can export your songs to single files. You can optionally edit these files and import them again on the same or another device.

4. You can share single songs or even multiple songs at once. This is possible in the songbook ‘Table of content’. There is a ‘Share’ button.

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Transposed song is not changed

When transposing, the original song (-text) is not changed, only the chords are transposed and the transposed chords are displayed. However, a ‘transpose’ directive (e.g. {x_sccrd_tr:2}) is added to the song text. So if you look at song in the editor or the smartChord Online Editor, you will see the song in its original key but with the ‘transpose’ directive. If you open the song with smartChord, it will appear transposed.

But there is a possibility to leave the song in transposed version and save it as it is visible. For a transposed song there is a menu item ‘Transpose -> Keep transposed’. It replaces the original text by the transposed text.

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Edit songs

There are three ways to edit the songs of your songbook:

  1. Edit your songs directly on your device. No need to be online. There is a video that shows you how: https://youtu.be/QGxaxAS6Dwk
  2. Edit the songs comfortably in the browser of your computer. There is another video that shows you how: https://youtu.be/19JVc76ExkY
  3. Synchronize your songs with your cloud. Edit them in your cloud and start the synchronization again
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