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Displaying digital sheet music
#3000535 07/09/20 08:20 AM
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Since a lot of the music I play is only in scanned form, I use a Windows laptop that folds into a tablet to play it. To display it I have been using Microsoft Edge and it has worked well. It allowed me to resize to fill the 15 inch screen, page smoothly with a swipe, and to annotate with a stylus. The new version of Edge does not work well at all, so I was wondering if anybody has better software to display PDF's for playing.

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George S #3000541 07/09/20 08:38 AM
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There are many things that people have used. I use a app called MobileSheets, which works on Windows (it's a Windows 10 store application) and Android, and can sync databases with OneDrive, Google Drive, and a few others.

It works with PDFs.


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George S #3000542 07/09/20 08:41 AM
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You can get a 35 inch curved widescreen for ~$150 during holidays and it will display 2 full pages of music, and they'll be bigger than 2x 8.5*11 sheets.

You can get a 49* ultrawide monitor, and it will display ~3-4 pages side by side.

There's also 27" monitors but 35 is better.

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jeffcat #3000547 07/09/20 08:52 AM
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Originally Posted by jeffcat
You can get a 35 inch curved widescreen for ~$150 during holidays and it will display 2 full pages of music, and they'll be bigger than 2x 8.5*11 sheets.

You can get a 49* ultrawide monitor, and it will display ~3-4 pages side by side.

There's also 27" monitors but 35 is better.

Wow, how does that fit on your piano's music desk? Or do you just replace the front panel with this? smile
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George S #3000717 07/09/20 04:09 PM
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Very happy with this:
https://www.drawboard.com/

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George S #3000747 07/09/20 04:46 PM
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As Kimby said go try out Mobileshets

https://www.zubersoft.com/mobilesheets/

Great program with great support for not too much money.


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There is also Musicreader.net app but the program went to a subscription method with the new version. It is not expensive IMO but you have to decide. The one advantage Musicreader has is the fee covers the program no matter what Operating System you might be on. So if you happen to get an iPad you don't have to buy a new version for the iPad or Chromebook.

I have both Musicreader and Mobilesheets and both are nice programs. I had Musicreader for over 8 years and got Mobilesheets to support the development and as a backup if Musicreader was giving me problems. Both read PDF's.


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George S #3000771 07/09/20 05:35 PM
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I have been using the free version of Music Reader (called Music Reader Essentials) for several months on a Surface Pro w/Win10. The free version is a display only app (does not support pen editing). It works well as a viewer only.

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George S #3000786 07/09/20 06:21 PM
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iPad PRO 12.9 with PDFexpert for annotation and musescore for display on the fly


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George S #3000800 07/09/20 07:16 PM
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I use PDFXChange Viewer. It was recommended here by Kawai James. It works well. It's very fast. It responds to page-up and page-down keys, so you can control it from the piano. And it's free.

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But does PDFXChange have a playlist? Main reason for the apps is the playlist feature at least for me anyway. But you are right MacMacMac about your program.

Also Musicreader has a neat feature if you have a big enough monitor for two page spread. Page down and on the left side is now page 3 while on the right side is still page 2. tap again and on the right side is page 4.


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I use Powermusic Pro (https://powermusicsoftware.com), they do also have free version, but the pro is available for £10 at the moment. They also have an accessible format version for visually impaired currently available at the same price.


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George S #3000850 07/09/20 09:25 PM
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The only gotcha with Powermusic Pro is that the company does not use PDF's natively. But the program looks really full features and right now the price is right.


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George S #3001054 07/10/20 11:17 AM
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Thanks for all the help. I am trying MobileSheets. It has a lot of features but it is confusing to use at first. I know, I could read the manual, but I used to be a programmer and I don't need no manual. I can figure it out. Apple always has a lot of nice software but ipads don't come in a big size. I need to have the music as big as possible to see it clearly.

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George S #3001066 07/10/20 11:43 AM
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Originally Posted by George S
.. MobileSheets.. It has a lot of features but it is confusing to use at first. I know, I could read the manual, but I used to be a programmer and I don't need no manual. I can figure it out.

Yes indeed, a bit confusing! The developer is very active. He's re-inventing the "stamps"/annotations featureset. I haven't followed it very closely, but, I think he's close to an update that will make some improvements in that area.

I resemble the "don't need no manual" comment!! Haha!


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You used to be a programmer, and you must surely recognize precision in language.

So when you say "I don't need no manual" I presume you need a manual, right? smile

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So when you say "I don't need no manual" I presume you need a manual, right? smile

He don't need no stinking manual!
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stinking_badges


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Real Men Read the Manual. You don't want us to label you as the one we call "RTFM" do you smile

Seriously just do the basic stuff with it to start out with. Mike the developer has added plenty of features in the app and as Kimby said he is redoing the annotations +


The windows version manual:
https://www.zubersoft.com/mobilesheets/MobileSheetsWindows.pdf


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I might need a manual, but that doesn't mean I am going to read it. But thanks for the link to it.

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I think the manual comes in handy when you do something and you go what did I just do!
For me I think it usually is the tap and hold and then I tap something not paying attention and have that oh crap what did I just do. Thankfully after playing with both software apps I don't have many of those moments. Now you want to talk about using Finale Notation software that is a different story. Now that I don't use it very often I forgot how to get things done in the program frown

Anyway best of luck to you and I hope you stick with Mobilesheets and give it go. Good program and approachable developer.

Peace


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