Prep­ping setlists for live sets

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I re­cently pur­chased an iPad and the ForS­core App. Can you talk me through im­port­ing scores? An iPad plus ForS­core (£9.99 on the App Store) is a pow­er­ful com­bi­na­tion on­stage for all your live setlist needs. You can im­port PDF scores or use the pro­gram to im­port PDF notes for each song and flick through those by hand, or by us­ing a Blue­tooth page-turn­ing pedal. It may seem com­plex but get­ting scores/notes into the app is pretty straight­for­ward. As long as the doc­u­ment you’re im­port­ing is in PDF for­mat, just drop it into a cloud ser­vice (Drop­box, Google Drive etc) and then di­rectly im­port your PDFs into the app/setlists.

Load the ForS­core app on your iPad and click on the suit­case icon (which can be found at the top-right of the app). Click on the op­tion la­belled ‘ser­vices’, se­lect the cloud ser­vice where your PDFs re­side (in this case Google Drive) then tap on each PDF to im­port.

You can now re­order the setlist eas­ily by hit­ting Edit and then drag­ging the songs into any or­der you like. You can also add tags (in­clud­ing op­tions for com­posers, keys etc) so that you can find the songs eas­ily again in the fu­ture, an­no­tate and amend the scores and more!

Now your PDFs are im­ported into the app, you can start cre­at­ing setlists. Hit the + but­ton un­der Setlists (which is found un­der the three hor­i­zon­tal lines menu icon), name your setlist, then once again hit the + but­ton and tap on the songs that you’ve im­ported to add them.

First off, gather all your scores, notes or any other PDF docs you want to im­port and drop them into a folder within your cloud ser­vice of choice; here we’re us­ing Google Drive. If you have JPEGs, you can open them in Pre­view on your Mac and ex­port to PDF.

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