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ChordPro Buddy


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ATTENTION - app doesn't run with OS-X Versions > 10.9 - so if you run Yosemite or later, or plan a short update - don't buy the app!
The price is down to the lowest possible price until the application is running on the current OS-X version.

ChordPro Buddy - The Chordpro Song Editor for the Mac

What is it good for?
ChordPro Buddy is a simple, but powerful song editor and viewer. It allows musicians of many kinds to create, edit and view their songs, lyrics and lead sheets. It allows to transpose, change chords, view and change chord shapes and create beautiful formatted printouts or PDF.

How does it work?
CPB 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. CPB 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.

CPB 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.

All usual chord notations
With the new version of CPB 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.

One click transposing
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.

Import from songs from other sources
Now CPB 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.

Display chords as symbols or diagrams
With the new version of CPB 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.

Create beautiful printouts and PDF
To get a nice printout you first format your song with the sliders in the layout pane. When all looks well, you click on print and then use the zoomslider in the detailed printpreview, to adjust the pages as you like. From here you also can create PDF versions of your song.

Practicing and Live usage
With CPB 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 CPB scroll the song automatically through the screen. So you can choose a readable zoom level and let CPB 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.

Work together, share and synchronize
Because CPB works like every normal file oriented OS-X application, you can open and edit files in a ( e.g. Dropbox ) synchronized folder. So you can share and synchronize your songs between your Mac and your mobile devices.

What's New in Version 1.2.2

- italian, dutch and swedish localization
- click on chords, to show the chord shapes
- use Multitouch trackpad zoom gesture
- use cmd+ and cmd- for fast zoom in/out
- use space for start/stop and reset (double hit)

- Help and Links Files now readable again
- DemoSongs Toolbaritem works again
- fixed a bug in the chords database/definitions editor


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Customer Reviews

A Great App and Even Better Support 5 Stars

I got a notice to update and attempted to do so. The app updated but the notice for available update would not "clear" so I deleted the app and in an attempt to re-load it again, I am told that the app is installed when it is not and I can not get the AppStore Icon to clear the message that an update is available. After contacting the Vendor, he sent me another version for my usage in a very short period of time. Great support as usual. However he was unable to help in getting the update status to "clear " and suggested I contact Apple. I have done so and will follow up when I hear from Apple. I understand this is not totally unheard of.

I have no formal music training and this App has allowed me to enjoy a great number of songs. If the key is wrong for me, I use the easy transpose feature and I am off and running.
I can not stress enough, the support that Gerald provides. Even when I ask questions showing my musical ignorance. Thank You for this very useful and easy to use App! Keep Up the Great Work.

Love this App

This app is perfect for creating chord lead sheets for our worship team. We use it in conjunction with the Songbook app on our iPads via a Dropbox for worship. When there is weird chord fingerings we can implant them but normally just use the Alpha notations; most worship songs use standard fingers. In areas of songs that are chord heavy, we just use additional spaces to get a nice readable chord lead sheet. There is a bit of a learning curve to take advantage of all the functions; but so much of the transcribing is keyboard driven which makes editing and learning quite fast. Corresponding with Gerald, he stated that as time allows he will work on enhancements. Plenty useful as is though. After transcribing a little over 200 songs, I have not found any bugs and would recommend this app to musicians for is chord lead sheets.

Ultimate song writing tool!

This is the most flexible tool I’ve yet seen for the customizing of song lyric and chords. You just have to accept that the chord pro format isn’t the sexiest but it’s the best tool for formatting songs that can easily be imported and exported. Millions of songs on the internet use this formatting so often you can find the file you want and voila! import the formatted song in one step.

It has a slight learning curve but it’s well worth the effort.

There are many other programs that have a lot of bells and whistles, such as helping you manage all the millions you’ll be making with your tunes. I’ll worry about that later and concentrate on songwriting for now. ChordPro Buddy handles that quite well!

ChordPro Buddy
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  • $0.99
  • Category: Music
  • Updated:
  • Version: 1.2.2
  • Size: 25.8 MB
  • Languages: English, Dutch, German, Italian, Swedish
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Compatibility: OS X 10.6 or later, 64-bit processor

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