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How to know my current version of PocketPipes ?

My device language is neither English, nor French, how to run PocketPipes in English language?

What does Force Touch capability bring (iPhone 6S/7 – PocketPipes V6)?

 

TB_Classeurs « My tunes » tab 

 

Why is it impossible to delete or some files?

How to load my personal files into the iPhone/iPad?

How to manage the categories of tunes?

How to delete or edit a tune?

 

dropbox-ios-48 Dropbox Importer 

 

What is the root folder in my Dropbox account?

 

TB_Player « Player » tab 

 

Which tonalities are readable with PocketPipes?

What is the displayed value for the tempo?

Is PocketPipes fully compliant with ABC standard?

What to do il the app seems to work and there is no output sound

The synced metronome appears to be not synchronized with a particular tune

Is PocketPipes fully compliant with BWW standard?

 

TB_Partition « Score » tab 

 

How to enter full screen mode?

How to get highlighted parts of the staves on the score?

How to see the rhythm and the composer on the pdf (abc file)?

Can I print the pdf with the App?

Can I export pdf from the App?

How to define and play a section of the selected tune?

 

TB_Clavier « Keypad » tab

 

How to choose the musical notation for the score and keypad?

Why the metronome (on the keypad tab)  is not synchronized with an air being played?

 

How to know my current version of PocketPipes?

You find the version ID in the title of the Help main screen

You also find this information in the first field of PocketPipes settings.

 

Why is it impossible to delete some files?

The app is packaged with 6 tunes (abc or bww). These files are part of application bundle.

They cannot be edited or removed, that is why « Edit » has no effect on these files.

You cannot also categorize these files.

But it is easy to copy them into the personal files, you just have to send a file to yourself by email, and touch the attachement in the received mail.

 

How to load my personal files into the iPhone/iPad?

If a tune comes as an email attachment, a simple way is to touch the attachement and import directly into PocketPipes. The app will complain if the file already exists.

If you have sets of files, there are two other ways to do that

1) A procedure that relies on the standard mechanism of file sharing between a computer and the device. It requires iTunes Application installed on the computer.

How to install abc/bww files into your iPhone/iPad from a desktop

1) From a Dropbox account, an easy way also to share files within a pipe band .

How to install abc/bww files into your iPhone/iPad from a Dropbox account

 

Which tonalities are readable with PocketPipes?

For ABC files:

The tonality is set by the line K:xx in the ABC file.

PocketPipes can read and display two musical notations (Scottish and Breton)

Scottish notation (usual notation)

2 # => K:HP or K:Hp (standard chanter scale)

1 # => K:Hp-Ab  (C natural)

0# => K:Hp-Db (C and F natural)

 

Breton notation

3 flats => K:Eb (standard chanter scale)

4 flats # => K:Ab  (Ré bémol / C natural)

5 flats => K:Db (Ré bémol and Sol bémol / C and F natural)

 

For BWW files:

Only one notation: Scottish – You can put alterations on the staves using naturalc and naturalf. If naturalf you must have also naturalc.

This can also be applied to flatten C or F notes as accidentals for  specific notes.

 

What is the displayed value for the tempo?

The tempo is the beat of the tune.

ABC: The tempo is generally the value on the Q:xx line of ABC file. Except for 6/8, 9/8 and 12/8 time signatures for which the displayed tempo is Q/3.

BWW: The tempo is the xx of the « Tunetempo,xx » line

 

Is PocketPipes fully compliant with ABC standard?

PocketPipes follows some special directives from Bagpipe software but …..

the app aligns also to ABC standard for:

– repeats  ([1 [2 ou |1 et |2).

– command L:1/4 or 1/8 or 1/16 which sets the reference note for the music score (if  you want to override default).

– command Q:1/2=xxx, or 1/4=xxx or 1/8=xxx or 1/16=xxx, which sets the reference note for the tempo (if  you want to override default).

– form x>y or x<y to express couple of dotted eight note + sixteenth note (or vice versa)

– multiplier 7/4 to express double dotted  note (for only 1/4 or 1/8 notes)

So PocketPipes can read abc files coming from other sources than Bagpipe, which remains the recommended software to produce abc files.

The information lines C: … and R: … can be used to have Composer and Rhythm written on the score below the title.

The full abc standard is however not supported, only features that cover the main needs for bagpipe tunes.

 

How to enter full screen mode?

Full screen mode allows to use the whole surface of the device to display the score. A single tap with one finger makes enter full screen mode, a second tap disables it.

Any rotation makes also bars to reappear.

 

How to choose the musical notation for the score and keypad?

You’ll find the selector (Scottish-Breton) in the device settings. Look for PocketPipes.

 

Why the metronome (on the keypad tab) is not synchronized with an air being played?

The metronome on the Keypad tab is independent because it may be used for stand alone practicing . However the beat is set according to the selected tune. The metronome on the Player tab is synced.

 

What to do il the app (the player) seems to run and there is no output sound

Check that the device is not in silent mode (silent Ring). If not, in IOS 7 after an system update it may happen to fall in this case, or with USB plug in/plug out  with a car sound system.

Try to reset the device: Press simultaneously home button (bottom) and switch ON/OFF (top) during few seconds until the Apple appears.

After this reset the problem must have disappeared (this worked for me in the previous cases).

 

The synced metronome appears to be not synchronized with a particular tune

The synced metronome starts on the first beat of the tune and then « runs its own life » with no relation with following bar lines or notes.

So if it appears to be unsynced, look closely to the measures on each staff. One at least is likely to have a bad duration.

The metronome is an indicator to detect this kind of error in a tune.

 

How to manage the categories of tunes?

The procedure is described hereafter:

How to work with categories for personal tunes

 

How to delete or edit a tune ?

<Edit> mode applies only to personal files.

Just press <Edit> Mode. Unlock the file (Unlock icon) and then choose <Edit> or <Delete>.

PocketPipes asks you if you really want to delete the tune. If you want to Edit, you must know a little about abc or bww format, because edition is done in textual mode.

Before the first save of an edit session, PockePipes makes a copy (.bak) of the file, so just after the changes a <Revert> command is possible.

With Force Touch you have to apply a pressure on the tune title, in <Edit> mode.

 

 

How to get highlighted parts of the staves on the score?

If you use Bagpipe Software to produce your abc files, you can set some highlightings on the score through the user interface.

These informations are registered in the abc files. When you produce the pdf with PocketpPipes the app will recognize highlighting directives and draw them.

it is  also possible to highlight some parts of the staves for bww files using

%hs{colorname} …. some notes, bars …. %he (you have tu put the brackets around colorname)

This is non standard for bww

 

Color names are those from this table http://www.color-hex.com/color-names.html

With PocketPipes the names are case insensitive.

 

How to see the rhythm and the composer on the pdf (abc file)?

This is for abc file only.

You just have to fill two lines in the abc, after the line title (T: …) with the edit function.

Unfortunately Bagpipe Software doesn’t fill these informations.

  • C: … for the composer
  • R: … for the rhythm

 

My device language is neither English, nor French, how to run PocketPipes in English language?

Starting with IOS 8 the default language of the app must be set as a preferred language in the General Settings of the iDevice.

Go to « General > Language and Region > Language ».

ADD another language: English (as a secondary language), don’t change your native language.

English appears now  as a preferred  language after your native language.

PocketPipes will run now in English language.

 

Is PocketPipes fully compliant with BWW standard?

Piobaireachd features are partially supported. Send an email to signal an important missing embellishment for you.

 

Can I print the pdf with the App?

Select the tune, touch the <Share> button on MyTunes Tab, and choose Print PDF button.

If your mobile is connected to a WI-FI network with an AirPrint Printer, printing will work.

 

Can I export pdf from the App?

You have several possibilities to do that with the <share> button on MyTunes tab

  • send the pdf file by email
  • print the pdf
  • export the pdf to Dropbox (with V7.1)

You can also do that with the opposite process of loading files from a desktop.

Follow the ad’hoc guide:  Filedownload Error: file 'http://pocketbagpipe.fr/PocketPipes/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/How-to-load-music-files-into-your-iPhone-Ed3.pdf' does not exist!

The naming rule for pdf is:  Tune_File_Name.pdf, so it can be MyTune.abc.pdf or MyTune.bww.pdf

This prevents overlapping pdf coming from abc and bww files

 

What does Force Touch capability bring (iPhone 6S and after)?

Force Touch really offers a new way for navigation through the App. Usually you interact with tabbar icons and buttons (Since V1.0).

With Force Touch you will spare each time between one and three actions thanks to quick action shortcuts.

The opportunity to quick action shortcuts appears:

  • When lauching the app => With a pressure on the app icon you can directly start a recent play.
  • On My Tunes tab, depending of the current state you can play, stop, share, categorize,  edit or delete a tune. The first pressure selects the tune, then the title appears and with a swipe upward the contextual menu appears. With a harder pressure you launch at once the play or you stop it.
  • On the Score tab, depending of the current play you can play, stop, go to select, or set marks to define a section. With the first pressure a magnifying view appears to show the location, and with a swipe upward the contextual menu appears. With a harder pressure you launch at once the play or you stop it.

How to define and play a section of the selected tune?

You before have to set begin and end marks on the sheet music. If only begin mark exists the app assumes end mark is the end of the tune, and if only end mark exists the app starts from the beginning. A long press on the mark point opens a menu to choose the action. With iPhone 6S the long press is replaced with quick action shortcuts, and a preview of the mark location, using Force Touch capability.

Each mark must be precise, so it is recommended to zoom before setting the marks (especially on little screens such as iPhone 4S).

The play back will run between the two marks. For training it is recommended to choose the looping mode. If there is a repeat bar that throws the playback outside the section, playback stops unless in looping mode.

 

What is the root folder in my Dropbox account?

The root folder is an implicit folder where PocketPipes will search subfolders with your tunes.

The name depends on the localization of your Dropbox account:

  • /Apps/PocketsPipes for English language localization
  • /Applications/PocketPipes for french localization
  • and … <country-dependent>/PocketPipes for other countries

So you must be aware of this to clearly identify your root folder. The effective PocketPipes folder is decorated with a puzzle piece icon

PocketPipes will create this root path automatically at the first authentification with your account, of course empty.