ChordPro Buddy 1.2 - New release of the 4.5 star Mac Song Editor

July 25, 2012 in Music and Recording (E)

[] Jena, Germany - Independent Developer Gerald Flossmann has released a major update of ChordPro Buddy, his easy to use, but powerful song editor and viewer for the Mac. ChordPro Buddy allows musicians to create, edit and view their songs, lyrics and lead sheets. It makes it very easy to transpose, change chords and create beautiful formatted printouts or PDF. The new 1.2 version of ChordPro Buddy now adds the long awaited ability to show and change graphical chord shapes. ChordPro Buddy earned 4.5 Stars at the Mac App Store.

ChordPro Buddy uses plain text files with the very simple "chordpro" syntax to store the lyrics and chords. This syntax uses square brackets [ ], to mark chords and curly brackets { }, to mark commands and formatting tags. ChordPro Buddy has short keys for many of them, so you can edit really fast and concentrate on the song, not on the tool, you work with. While you edit lyrics or chords of a song, you can see the results immediately with the unique synchronized split view. ChordPro Buddy has a layout pane, where you can use sliders and textfields to set the values of sizes, colors and spacings as well, as fonts for the different parts of a song. With the zoom slider you can zoom up and down the whole song in a second.

With the new version of ChordPro Buddy you can switch the chord notation between western, latin and german notation. As an example you can have chord C, D, E chords as DO REM MI in latin chord notation. You can transpose the chords up and down with only one click of your mouse or even a shortcut on the keyboard. The transpose feature works of course also with all different chord notations.

The new ChordPro Buddy allows you to import Lyrics and chords from other sources. Simply copy and paste songs from word, pages or PDF's, or get them from the many webpages on the internet. This works fine, as long as the chords of the source are well positioned above the lyrics.

With the new version of ChordPro Buddy now you can show chords as diagrams. This is a long awaited function not only for beginners. You can choose either to show chord charts for all chords above the lyrics, or display every used unique chord once at the top of the song. If you click on a chord chart, you can switch the used chord shape and you can mark your favorite chord shapes, to get them sorted, as you need it. If a chord is missed you can create it in the chord database editor.

With ChordPro Buddy you are not limited to printouts and PDF's. It is also a powerful tool for practicing and live performances. So you can set a playtime for each song and then let ChordPro Buddy scroll the song automatically through the screen. So you can choose a readable zoom level and let ChordPro Buddy do the scrolling for you. You can start/stop/rewind with simple or double hit on the space bar, use a programmable USB footswitch or you can use a MIDI device. There is a simple MIDI learn function in the preferences for that. There is also a fullscreen mode with his own colorset for better performance in dark on stage situations.

Because ChordPro Buddy works like every normal file oriented OS-X application, you can open and edit files also in a Dropbox synchronized folder. So you can share and synchronize your songs between your Mac, your mobile devices and your friends.

System Requirements:
* Mac OS-X 10.6 or newer
* 64 bit CPU
* 24.6 MB

Pricing and Availability:
ChordPro Buddy is $9.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Music category.

gfApps is located in Jena, Germany and was founded in 2009. The owner and independent Mac and iOS developer Gerald Flossmann focusses on the creation of easy to use applications for musicians on Mac and iPhone/iPad devices. Copyright (C) 2012 Gerald Flossmann. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.


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