Aug 122016
 

Digital Fake Book Version 2 Beta

There have been some major changes in my life over the last couple of years and work on Digital Fake Book had come to a standstill, but over the last few months I’ve been working on version 2 as time has allowed. I’ve decided to skip some of the planned features for the moment in the interest of getting something released.

I’m now calling on anyone who’s interested in playing with a potentially buggy version to volunteer to beta test it for me.

Digital Fake Book 2 – Main New Features: (edited March 2017)

  • Autocue. A larger font is shown and will scroll in time with a linked audio file. If you don’t want an audio file playing, then there is a silent file supplied that can be used. Basically, you mark which lines should be centralised at various points on the media file time indexes and Digital Fake Book will scroll the text smoothly to attempt to achieve it.
  • User configurable keyboard shortcuts. Also, more functions have keyboard shortcuts available.
  • Fonts can be selected on a song-by-song basis. These must be fixed width fonts as chords will not align properly with proportional fonts. Digital Fake Book will allow any fixed width font on your system to be used. Many fonts are available free to download if you search Google.
  • Two different highlight colours can be used.
  • Each song can have a memo to allow reminders when the song loads. The memo can be made to show manually or automatically when a song is loaded.
  • View Song button allows loading a song directly from the right-hand master song list. This means you can handle an audience request and when you then move to the next song you are back at your current playlist’s next song.
  • Song List Filter: A new filter in the song list window allows filtering songs containing the entered text in the title.
  • Drag and drop reordering of songs and sets.
  • Adding songs to a set will insert at the current position instead of at the end.
  • Alphabetical sort function for songs.
  • Command line option /SET: added to load a particular set at startup.
  • A few new high contrast themes.
  • Fully user configurable themes. Set all your own colours or modify the built-in ones.
  • A clock is optionally shown in the top right of the Digital Fake Book main window.
  • A large media playback counter that can be set to current time or remaining time.
  • Digital Fake Book can be optionally prevented from accidentally moving to another song while a media file is playing.
  • Up to 2 media files can now be linked and switched between. I use this to link a backing track for performance and also the original for reference and learning the song.
  • The start point for media files can be set so that playback starts at the right spot, for example if there is a few seconds of silence at the beginning of the file, this silence can be skipped.
  • An optional pop-up media tool bar with larger buttons to aid people using touch screens.
  • Recently played list option. Shows which songs have been recently played.
  • Marker on songs played during the current session. The song lists will show which songs have been played during the current run of Digital Fake Book so you don’t forget and accidentally play them again.
  • The automatic sets ([All Songs Alphabetical], [All Songs Random] and the new [Recent Songs]) can now be individually hidden if you have no use for one or more of them.
  • Many more functions can now be controlled by foot switches.
  • Native support for the upcoming ASV3340 8 Channel USB Switch Controller. You can use up to 8 foot switches (or other switches) to control Digital Fake Book.

  32 Responses to “Digital Fake Book – Version 2 Beta”

  1. Love using your Digital Fake Book. Upon hearing you have a version 2 out with some great upgrades , was wondering if I can get on that list to test it. Thanks for making lyrics a whole lot easier to learn and use on stage!

  2. Hi Mike,
    I two am a performing musician, although trying to retire LOL, but I have been working with your version 1.97 and have accumulated 1000 songs presently in single page format running on a Windows 10 12 inch tablet. I would love to beta test your version 2 if you like. I love version 1.97 in conjunction with a foot pedal page controller. It works amazingly well. Thanks for sharing!

    • I’ve added you to the list.

      For everyone on the beta mailing list, I’ve had a couple of reports that the mailing list emails are going to spam folders so please check that you have been getting them.

      I’ve finalised the feature set for the V2.0 release in the last couple of days and will have another beta available, probably within the next 24 hours. Then it will just be a case of finding and fixing any remaining bugs and writing the documentation before release.

  3. Hi Mike. I’m a hobby musician from Estonia (It is a small country in the Earth’s northern hemisphere) and I’d like to try the Beta as well. I have a Tablet PC with a Win 10. I Add a link where you to be sure I have the archaic songbook since yet 🙂 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=puTR13xqujg

  4. Hi, your program is very interesting for me. I’m musician and I have in my active songbook for gigs about 120 songs – bass guitar transcriptions, and I use PDF file in any older version of Adobe Digital Edition. After short testing your DFB miss any function, as search function for quick access to any song out of active setlist, or change used font (incorrectly displayed characters). Maybe any functions you have added in youre beta version, and I like will test this. Thank you for your work.

  5. Hi Mike, The link you sent me doesn’t want to work for me. Anything you can do to help?

    thanks
    paul

  6. Hi Mike, Completely new here, but I’d be happy to Beta Test

  7. Hi Mike. I’d like to try the Beta as well. I like that high-contrast screen! Thanks.

    Regards,

    Bob Burke

  8. I’d love to help beta test, Mike. DFB is my only onstage programme and I have around 3000 songs in there.

    • Roger, I too have a tremendous number of song files, with over 2300 at present.
      If you are interested in swapping DFB data files, send me yours at n2xbw(at)hotmail.com, and I’ll reply with mine. All songs are formatted for one-page viewing. This offer also extends to others on this forum. Lets share DBF files!
      ———–Here is a typical file—————
      YOU BELONG TO ME
      R: Jo Stafford # 1-1952
      W&M: Pee Wee King, Chilton Price,
      & Redd Stewart
      [Key: G]

      See the pyramids along the Nile
      Watch the sun rise on a tropic isle
      Just remember, darling, all the while
      You belong to me.

      See the marketplace in old Algiers
      Send me photographs and souvenirs
      But remember when a dream appears
      You belong to me.

      BRIDGE:
      I’ll be so alone without you
      Maybe you’ll be lonesome too—and blue

      Fly the ocean in a silver plane
      Watch the jungle when it’s wet with rain
      Just remember till you’re home again
      You belong to me

  9. Mike..thx for all your hard work. Got a new Windows computer and had to make the iMac a doorstop till I can rebuild it. If you’d be so kind as to sending me another download of DFB Version 2 Beta I sure would appreciate it as I can’t find either it or the email.
    Smane WJ

  10. Hi Mike
    Love the changes you have made in the Beta version.
    Just a suggestion if it is possible.
    I would like to be able to highlight a section of text within a line–for example to make a word or phrase stand out within the line instead of whole line highlighted.
    Certainly not a deal-breaker but would be very handy for certain notations in a song.
    Thanks
    Jim

    • Yes, I’d like that feature too, but unfortunately the component I use for displaying the text doesn’t support highlighting of parts of lines. Moving to another component comes with a whole bunch of other issues to resolve.

      I will spend a few hours looking into it.

      • Hi Mike
        Another possibility with this could be to have a second hilight colour.

        Once again thank you–really loving the changes.
        Jim

        • Hi Mike
          Had the opportunity to use DFB Beta on the weekend performing music for a wedding ceremony. Several songs that were new to me so I used audio cues by connecting a MP3 music file. It works really well but the buttons for controlling the music files are really small on a 10 inch tablet. Is there any way to increase the size of the buttons as they are difficult to hit accurately on a touch screen?

  11. I have been hoping for an update on Digital fakebook. Would love to Beta test.

  12. Thanks to those who have volunteered to test version 2 for me. I have created a mailing list and you will get a welcome email in the next few days.

    I have a bunch of bugs to fix that I already know about and I may need to make a file format change, so it will be about a week until I can send the first beta out.

  13. Mike,

    Looks great! I just sent you an email from my work account

    DougL.

  14. You know me brother… the cd is about the best I can play and even then I can get it wrong. hehehehe.. you probably wouldn’t have it for a mac anyway. 🙂 Wishing you all the best with this though.

    • Don’t you have a Windows emulator on the Mac?
      I have both Linux and Win10 and it works on both. Linux uses “Wine” as a Win emulator.
      I’ve used the current version for years and I’m very excited about the new release.

      • Hehe…I’m still running mac.10.6.8 and am trying to keep it that way for as long as possible. 🙂 I’m Mikes’ sister and he knows how I’m not that computer sazzy.. 🙂 Stick to what you are comfortable with.. I say.

      • HI Frank, (John from Santa Cruz)

        I’m trying to to get winebottler to install a version of DFB on the MAC OSX El Capitan.

        My problem may be the version I’m trying to install.

        Are you installing DigitalFakebook.exe?

        Any other tips that occur to you?

        Has anyone blogged a successful loading procedure?

        Thanks!
        John , Santa Cruz

        • With Linux, one goes to the terminal window, types “wine ‘executable.exe'” (where executable.exe is the complete file name. Then when executing (simply by double clicking the filename in a new window, wine transparently takes over and runs the program in a Win emulator. I’m not familiar at all with Macs; just thought the procedure might be similar if not the same.
          Did you first unzip the file?

  15. Hi. Thanks for all your work. I will beta test it for you, but I’m more musician than computer savvy!
    Wes.

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