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    If you don't use OnSong for songs you don't memorize, I highly recommend it. You do need an iPad.

    We just attended an OnSong workshop, it was expensive, but I sure learned a lot!
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    After trying both OnSong and forScore, I ended up going with forScore because it records directly in the song sheet I'm playing. I record each song during my group's rehearsals and post them on my website so everyone can practice at home as if they're in rehearsal (which I do right inside forScore). You can also import any audio track. (Sorry Nikki, thought it would useful to see an alternative.)


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    OnSong and forScore are just two different programs in a related space, and both are the envy of users of other platforms. There are solutions on Android, and they work...but these two programs are exceptional.

    OnSong has its background as a tool for worship leaders, first and foremost, as a way to display, edit, and share lyrics for themselves AND their congregations. The program can actually be used to display lyrics on a background on a screen, with a different view than the band. Ultimately, OnSong is about working with what I call "chord charts." For many ukulele players, to be able to import a "song sheet" and then edit it to match how you want to play it, and then display it/share it is pure gold. I get it.

    forScore is a musician's PDF reader with a ton of tools. While it can display PDFs of songs in "chord chart" format (which is what so many people use), it can also be used to display music that has been printed as a PDF (music notation as a font) or scanned (as an image). For a person like myself, a music teacher, a classically trained music (i.e. I read music notation as a primary way of understanding music), and as a performer, forScore is invaluable to me.

    As I make the play alongs, I've been working with Ukutabs lately to put a "Chord Chart" of every new chord on their page. I prepare my scores in an app called Song Sheet Pro, then export to OnSong, which allows me to export that file to a .TXT file that can be used on Ukutabs.

    There are undoubtedly more features and uses of OnSong...and forScore's tools for a musician and as a music teacher are massive. I'm just happy that we have both programs available at a very affordable cost. We're lucky.

    Side note: StaffPad, a music notation program originally created ONLY for Microsoft Surface, came out on iPad a few weeks ago. I'd still recommend Notion for most users if you want to create music notation on an iPad.
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    Do any of these apps run on the Amazon Fire tablets? The 10" Amazon Fire tablet is frequently on sale for under $100 and quality is fine for reading PDF sheet music. For people with good eyes, the 8" Amazon Fire tablet is often under $50.

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    Quote Originally Posted by man0a View Post
    Do any of these apps run on the Amazon Fire tablets? The 10" Amazon Fire tablet is frequently on sale for under $100 and quality is fine for reading PDF sheet music. For people with good eyes, the 8" Amazon Fire tablet is often under $50.
    These particular apps do not. You can get Mobile Sheets Pro on the Amazon Fire (running Android Apps) for $13. That would be as close as you're going to get to forScore.

    As for OnSong, here is there statement: link

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    Quote Originally Posted by man0a View Post
    Do any of these apps run on the Amazon Fire tablets? The 10" Amazon Fire tablet is frequently on sale for under $100 and quality is fine for reading PDF sheet music. For people with good eyes, the 8" Amazon Fire tablet is often under $50.
    I use a Fire tablet with MobileSheets Pro to manage PDF and JPG files and create setlists. I don't record audio files and I rarely work with ChordPro format, but MobileSheets can handle those as well. I use GuitarTapp to search and download and transpose song lyrics/chords from the web.

    Like any technology choice, the right platform for you depends on what you want to accomplish. The Fire works perfectly for my needs, but I am not a music teacher or a conductor. I don't use a tablet to write and format arrangements; I use a PC for that. YMMV

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    Are any of these apps appropriate for keeping a notebook of tab playsheets on an ipad
    Last edited by PatS; 03-09-2020 at 02:45 PM.

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    I'm an Android user, and as such, am unable to use OnSong but I hear a lot of good things about it.
    I use, and would recommend OpenSongApp for Android, it seems to share a lot of similarities with OnSong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Choirguy View Post
    These particular apps do not. You can get Mobile Sheets Pro on the Amazon Fire (running Android Apps) for $13. That would be as close as you're going to get to forScore.
    I used Mobile Sheets Pro for a couple of years while I waited for the iPad Pro to come out. I found Mobile Sheets Pro to have a better user interface, very clear where to go, better than either OnSong or forScore, but because the iPad Pro OS, hardware and the Apple Pencil are so far superior to Android or Windows 10, I decided to learn the intricacies of forScore, plus it's the only one that records directly in the app.

    Quote Originally Posted by PatS View Post
    Are any of these apps appropriate for keeping a notebook of tab playsheets on an ipad
    Absolutely, that's one of the main uses of these apps.


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    I like SongBook http://www.linkesoft.com/songbook/ios because you can upload songs that are in chordpro format from sites like http://www.chordie.com and easily transpose to different keys.

    Don’t know if OnSong or the others do that.
    Last edited by vanflynn; 03-10-2020 at 01:14 PM.

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