PerfectGuitarSongBook 1.5

I’m glad to announce the release of a new update for PerfectGuitarSongBook!

PGSongBook 1.5 comes with a few bug fixes and one big new feature:


Ready for the release of IK Multimedia’s iRig Mic Studio, PGSongBook finally gets recording capabilities. Multiple recordings can be saved for every song stored in PerfectGuitarSongBook.

As shown on the screenshot to the left, there now is a dedicated recording tool bar on the song screen that can be toggled via a new microphone button in the main tool bar. The new bar allows to easily start and stop recording, start playback of a recording and skim within a recording. With a button of the toolbar, a list containing all previous recordings of the same song can be brought up.

PerfectGuitarSongBook stores recordings as m4a files that can be easily exported to other applications for further processing, shared via email or copied to a PC or Mac via iTunes file sharing for import into desktop audio editing software.

Recordings can now also be set as backing tracks of songs, which means it’s now possible to create your own backing tracks you can use to practise a song directly within PGSongBook.

Recording was tested to work with a variety of Microphones, including the iRig Mic Cast, iRig Mic Field and iRig Mic Studio. For best recording quality, the latter is recommended.

Please note there currently is a problem with the new version on iOS 5 and 6. If you are running one of these versions, please don’t update yet. A small bug fix update is coming soon.

The update is available now on the App Store!

PGSongBook and the iRig BlueBoard

I recently realized that I had promised to write a post describing how IK Multimedia’s iRig Blueboard works together with PerfectGuitarSongBook way back when version 1.47 was newly released.
As I somehow forgot to actually publish this post, I figured I’d post it now.

PGSongBook supported bluetooth and USB foot pedals almost since its very beginning. PGSongBook has a main focus on providing maximum control over the content without having to interrupt playing your music, and supporting foot pedals are a part of that experience.
However, PGSongBook’s foot pedal support never actually felt 100% complete until the iRig BlueBoard was released. As previous pedals only came with two buttons, control was limited and merely reduced to being able to scroll up and down within a song.

iRig BlueBoard

With the iRig BlueBoard, this has changed radically:
Using the board’s four buttons, you can actually navigate throughout the whole application only with the BlueBoard, without having to touch the screen. In order to achieve this full control, PGSongBook dynamically maps the board’s buttons to match the current screen:

(All mappings below assume you are using the BlueBoard in Program Change Mode from Bank 001 to Bank 004 on Channel 01)

In the songs, artists, playlists or playlists songs list, the following mapping is used:
A: Up
B: Down
C: Back / Switches to next tab
D: Enter

In the song screen the mapping is as follows:
A: Up
B: Down
C: Back / Back in playlist
D: Forth in playlist

If an additional volume pedal is connected to the BlueBoard, it can be used to control the absolute position in a list.

You can get more information on the iRig BlueBoard here

Please feel free to write in the comments below or send me an email if you have questions regarding PGSongBook or the iRig BlueBoard integration.

PGSongBook 1.4.7

I finally submitted a new update for PGSongBook with the well-deserved adaptations for iOS 7. The new update carries version number 1.4.7 (which is thought to indicate this is no update in functionality, but merely an update for improved compatibility with iOS 7).

Although there are not many new features, I still think that the new design has deserved being talked about a bit here.
In order to move away from the iOS6-y look of the old version and get the UI more streamlined with iOS 7,  I had to change nearly the whole design of the app.

And thus, here is the one change most of you will notice first once the update has been approved:

The new app icon

A new icon. This might seem like a radical change, but the old one heavily relied on that grainy texture and skeuomorphistic pages, which both don’t comply with the new flat look of the OS.

Going further, here are some screenshots of the new UI:

The other cool new feature of PerfectGuitarSongBook is full support for MIDI foot pedals like the iRig BlueBoard by IK Multimedia. I’ll write about that feature in another post.

Hope you all like the new design!

You will get the chance to get your hands on the update once it has been approved by Apple. From my experience, it takes roughly a week for Apple to review and approve updates, so expect the release on Sunday or Monday next week.

PerfectGuitarSongBook 1.4 available now !

Apple was a bit faster than expected and the new update for PGSongBook was reviewed and published yesterday.

Here is the full list of new features:

+ New chord charts system:
            Preinstalled chords database
            Add your own chords
+ Simple functions for converting PDF, Docx, Doc and Pages to ChordPro
           (but please don’t expect too much, especially DOC is a really complex format)
+ Notes system 
            For songs and playlist entries
+ Optical improvements
           New icon
           Tried to optically polish the whole app
+ Link MP3 file with a song
+ New AutoScroll tag allows setting different AS speeds for parts of a song
+ Swipe to get to next song of playlist
            With page-turning animation
+ Fully compatible with the iPhone 5
+ Change settings from inside the app
+ Batch import

+ Plenty of small improvements, e.g.
             Search in the most important lists
             Edit PDF/Doc/Docx/Pages in external app
             Double-tap screen to toggle full screen
             Tapping the screen while AS bar is visible toggles AS
             Song titles are centered now
+ New settings, e.g.
             Scale PDFs to fit
             Start MP3 and AS with one button
             Jump to next song of playlist after scrolled to bottom or MP3 ended
+ Tons of bug fixes
+ Help can now be updated without updating the app
+ Dropped support for iOS 4 

PerfectGuitarSongBook 1.4 Video Previews

I’ve created videos showing some of the new features of PerfectGuitarSongBook 1.4, three of which I’d like to present in this post.

The new chord charts system
As you could already see on a screenshot, the new update of PGSongBook comes with a preinstalled chord database than can even be extended by you.

The new notes system
In PerfectGuitarSongBook 1.4, you can add notes for a song and for a playlist entry. They can be viewed from the song screen, in an animated notes view at the top of each song.
Navigating in a playlist
The new version also includes a beautiful way of navigating in a playlist: Just turn the page in an iBook-style-way in order to get to the next or previous song.
These are only some of the great new features the new version brings.
More videos to come.

PerfectGuitarSongBook 1.4 coming soon

I just submitted PerfectGuitarSongBook version 1.4 to the App Store Review Team.
The new version will as usual make PGSongBook even more perfect, with an overall graphical overhaul, great new features and tons of bug fixes.

Here is a screenshot of the new UI in comparison to the old one:



Looks great, doesn’t it?

From my experience, it takes about a week for the App Store Team to review new updates, so if there is no problem, you all will soon be able to explore it.
A full list of changes will come soon.

Introducing Magic Features

With version 1.3 of Perfect Guitar Song Book, editing songs in the built-in editor is now easy like never before.

Complete verse’s chords

Many songs from the Internet only have one verse that is provided with chords.If you don’t know the chords by heart, it’s difficult to play the second or third verse without chords.This feature helps you to easily transfer the chords from the first verse to all the others without chords.

Complete Choruses

Lots of songs contain only one complete chorus and referrals to this one complete chorus when the chorus should be played again later in the song.This function pastes the complete chorus (if marked with {soc} and {eoc}) to the places where “Chorus” or “Refrain” is only referred. If one of these words is followed by x2 or 2x, the chorus will be pasted twice.

Mark choruses

This feature automatically finds and marks choruses with the {soc} and {eoc} chord pro tag.

Read here for a full list of new features.

Version 1.3 Released

Version 1.3.2 of Perfect Guitar Song Book was just released and is now available on the App Store.

The new features are:

Introducing Magic Features:
+ Transfer chords
       If only one verse of a song is provided with chords, this feature easily lets you transfer chords from this one verse to all the other yet chordless verses.
+ Find and mark choruses
       Makes the app find choruses and mark them with the {soc}/{eoc} tag
+ Complete choruses
       Fill in the complete chorus where only a referral is written

Can now import PDF, DOC, DOCX and PAGES
PerfectGuitarSongBook finally allows integrating these files into your library

Playlists can now be sent and received via emails
The app automatically imports yet not existing songs and links already existing songs to the playlist
There also is a new button that allows to easily create a playlist with all songs on the device so that you can easily share your whole library

Export playlists as PDF
Allows you to create full song book just with your iOS device
The generated PDFs even include an index with links to each song.

And many more: ◄
+ Now supports Bluetooth page turn pedals
+ iPad 3 retina graphics
+ Fill new song’s information from MP3
+ Smaller buttons for scrolling whole pages (Option for old, big buttons)
+ New Chopro tag: {h} highlights phrase like a text marker (works in-line)
+ Now artist and title are capitalized automatically
+ Saves autoscroll speed for every song
+ Night mode for songs screen (even playlist’s songs view is black in night mode)
+ TV out on iPad 2 and iPad 3 disabled, so that the whole app is shown on TV on those devices
+ Autoscroll bar can now be opened without swiping the toolbar
+ Swipe over song screen to get to the next song of a playlist

+ Completely reworked PDF-Export
+ PGSongBook can now generate PDFs with multiple columns
+ Supports tablatures on PDFs now

+ Bug fixes

The new update is already available on the App Store.

How to change editor text size

PGSongBook allows you to easily adjust the font size of the built-in editor to your needs:

Just tap the screen with two fingers, keep touching it and move your fingers away from each other.
This movement is also called “Pinching” and works in many other applications as well.