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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?

TB_Classeurs « My tunes » tab 

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

How to handle the categories of tunes?

Why is it impossible to delete or some files?

How to delete or edit a tune?

dropbox-ios-48 Dropbox Importer 

What is the root folder in my Dropbox account?

« Playback settings » 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?

« 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. You can easily hide these tunes with a PocketPipes setting

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 follow the guide …

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

Very different possibilities … The Files App becomes more and more a powerful tool to install files

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. If you have a Mac running Mac OS Catalina, iTunes is no longer available. Use the Finder Application instead to load your tunes.

If you have a Mac running Mac OS Catalina this replaces the guide that becomes deprecated

2) From a Dropbox account, an easy way also to share files within a pipe band . The process hereafter is entirely done within PocketPipes

3) Install a tune coming with an email attachement

4) Install a .zip of tunes with the Files application

5) Install tunes from any Cloud with the Files App

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.

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 handle the categories of tunes?

The procedure is described hereafter (for Version of PocketPipes>= 8.0)

[filedownload file= »http://pocketbagpipe.fr/PocketPipes/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/How-to-work-with-categories-Ed-6.pdf »]How to work with categories for personal tunes[/filedownload]

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?

PocketPipes is packaged for English and French languages.

With the recent iOSs  if you want to switch the language this can easily be done in the PocketPipes settings.

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 with a long press in My Tunes tab, touch the <Share> action in the menu, 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

Or

  • Simply with the Files App, if you go to On may iPhone (or iPad). You’ll see the files inside PocketPipes. To see the pdf of a tune you it must have been selected one time in PocketPipes

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

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

You have before 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.

Each mark must be precise, so it is recommended to zoom before setting the marks.

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.