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    Default NEED RECOMMENDATION ON MUSIC READER APP FOR IOS DEVICES e.g. I-PAD

    I know this is not a NEW topic but technology change everyday , I hope its OK to revisit again.

    I am hoping to get updated recommendation on what is the best app to display sheet music from PDF format. My needs are very basic :

    1) auto page turning that includes returning to previous page when needed for repeat sections

    2) capability to zoom , rotate to landscape or portrait mode


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    3) metronome that can scroll your music according to the timing.


    I actually prefer page turning over scrolling as scrolling can be hard on the eyes.

    I owned AutoFlap. It was wonderful but the creators never updated the app. It is no longer opened with the new iOS system. I lost all my sheet music and back to cluttering my desk with printed sheets.

    I also own ONSong. It is created for professional musicians. It is way too complicated and the scrolling made me dizzy. All I really want is simple app.

    I don't want to waste any more money on poorly designed app so I like to hear your experience and recommendation. Thank you !
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    The best PDF reader, hands down, is forScore. You can do all that you want. Feel free to send me a message if you get it and need help!
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    I use ForScore and like it. I was hoping to hear other recommendations, just out of curiosity. For books of music, I use PDF Expert. ForScore does everything, and it's great, but has its quirks. Sometimes I wish it did less, more simply.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ziret View Post
    I use ForScore and like it. I was hoping to hear other recommendations, just out of curiosity. For books of music, I use PDF Expert. ForScore does everything, and it's great, but has its quirks. Sometimes I wish it did less, more simply.
    I am trying to find a comparison of ForScore to OnSong! ForSore is just as expensive as OnSong now. I have OnSong just afraid it’s the same kind of complicated app.
    Downloaded SongBook. Don’t think it does auto flap
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    Quote Originally Posted by Choirguy View Post
    The best PDF reader, hands down, is forScore. You can do all that you want. Feel free to send me a message if you get it and need help!
    I wonder if it’s similiar to OnSong. Thanks
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    In my opinion, forScore is better than OnSong, but the Android/Windows 10 app MobileSheets Pro is better than both by far. The developer, Mike Zuber is planning an iOS version, but not soon. I'm biding my time on a 13.5 inch Windows 10 tablet until the iOS version comes out so I can switch to the superior iPad Pro 12.9 inch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kohanmike View Post
    In my opinion, forScore is better than OnSong, but the Android/Windows 10 app MobileSheets Pro is better than both by far. The developer, Mike Zuber is planning an iOS version, but not soon. I'm biding my time on a 13.5 inch Windows 10 tablet until the iOS version comes out so I can switch to the superior iPad Pro 12.9 inch.
    Have you tried using it with a laptop computer? I'm so frustrated with the iOS file management, and I don't have a large screen iPad, so although it's better than carrying a bunch of binders, using ForScore is frustrating in many other ways.
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    I started with Goodreader. It's a basic app that lets you make annotations and you can create folders, etc.

    I then went to Onsong so that I could use a page turner. It had amazing capabilities that were not used by me. But basic annotations were a pain.

    I ended up realizing that I will reorganize any two-pagers into one-pagers as soon as I identify them, so I didn't need the page turner. Which meant that I could go back to Goodreader. I'm still very happy with it, because it's just what I need. Basic PDF management. I don't know about the metronome.

    Oh, and switching all of your songs from one program to another, and back, was a huge pain. Airdrop could have helped, if I had a second ipad.
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    Is ForScore a flipping pages app or scrolling ?
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    Forscore flips pages.
    Also allows you to annotate your music pages, and design stamps, (I created a Uke chord box which I then annotate with dots for finger positions.)
    Auto page turns/metronome, iirc if you tell Forescore the number of beats per page it will auto turn pages, metronome can be sound or flashing border to the page.
    Use mine with a bluetooth page turner.
    Works great for me.
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