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forScore iPad app ($9.99)

The forScore app is an alternative to lugging around song books.

View the forScore User Guide corresponding to your installed version. Go to tools, then support to see your version.

There are several methods to add a file to forScore. The methods have been and will probably continue changing often. Methods 1-5 below are good for one or a few files. Methods 6 and 7 are good for copying many files at once.

All files that are copied to forScore are converted to PDF, if not already. By the way, aside from adding songs to forScore, this is a convenient way to convert a file to PDF.

  1. Download a file from the internet:
    • Open Safari browser.
    • Navigate to a song file on the internet, e.g. scukes.org
    • Navigate to a song.
    • Touch the share icon to the right of the URL (box with up arrow).
    • Touch "Copy to forScore."
    • File is added to forScore.
  2. Download a file from eMail
    • Open the mail app.
    • Open the email with the song[s].
    • Touch and hold an attached song until the "Open in ..." option appears.
    • Open in ...
    • forScore
    • File is added to forScore.
  3. File sharing between iPads using AirDrop
    • On receiving iPad, Settings . General . AirDrop - Set an option other than "Receiving Off."
    • Open forScore on the "donating" iPad.
    • Display the song to share.
    • Touch center of song to display top menu.
    • Touch toolbox icon on right.
    • Touch share and select a format.
    • Touch AirDrop to share with a neighboring iPad.
    • Receiving iPad has the option to accept the shared file.
  4. Store
    • Open forScore, display toolbar, touch toolbox, touch Store, preview a song, touch price or "free", touch download, file will be added to forScore.
  5. Darkroom - Use iPad camera to take a picture of a song.
    • Open forScore app.
    • Touch center of screen to display toolbar.
    • Touch toolbox on the upper right.
    • Select Darkroom.
    • ...
  6. Dropbox - more information in the Dropbox section below. Other cloud services are supported as well - Google Drive, OneDrive, Box.
    • Open forScore app.
    • Touch center of screen to display toolbar.
    • Touch toolbox on the upper right.
    • Select Services
    • Select Dropbox.
    • Your Dropbox is displayed with available folders and files, which may include files from another computer which have been shared with your Dropbox.
    • Navigate to a file in your Dropbox.
    • Touch a file to copy to forScore
    • To copy multiple files at once:
    • Touch Edit at the top of file list.
    • Touch checkmark at bottom of screen to select all files.
    • Touch cloud with downarrow to copy selected files to forScore.
  7. iTunes - The steps probably vary depending on the version of iTunes installed on your computer, the operating system on your computer, the version of forScore installed on your iPad, and possibly the model of iPad and version of the iPad operating system. Some steps take time to establish communication with the iPad and copy files. If these steps are confusing or not working for you, here is a document showing step by step snippings of iTunes windows.
    • Connect your iPad to your computer that has the iTunes account.
    • Click on the iPad icon on the top row under the top menu bar. If you don't see this icon, try reconnecting the iPad.
    • Click on "apps" in the left hand menu.
    • If you don't see "apps", look for a "File Sharing" link and click on it.
    • At the bottom of the page there should be a list of apps that can transfer documents. Click on forScore. (If you clicked "File Sharing" in the previous step, forScore may be at the top of the page.)
    • At the bottom of the list of forScore Documents, click on Add File... You may have to scroll down with both sliders on the right to get to the bottom of the long list.
    • Navigate to a folder with songs.
    • Select one or more songs to transfer to forScore and click on "Open" to transfer the file(s) to forScore.

    Connecting to iTunes also offers a way to backup your forScore library by copying the songs to a folder on your iTunes computer.

    • Create a folder to hold your backup on your iTunes computer
    • Connect your iPad to your computer that has the iTunes account.
    • Click on the iPad icon on the top row under the top menu bar. The icon is a small rectangular lozenge representing an iPad.
    • Click on "apps" in the left hand menu.
    • At the bottom of the page there should be a list of apps that can transfer documents. Scroll ALL the way to the bottom and look for a heading of "File Sharing" and "Apps". Click on forScore. It may take a few minutes to populate the list of songs that are stored in forScore on your iPad.
    • Scroll to the bottom of the list of forScore songs.
    • Click on a song in the list. Press "Ctrl" A - to highlight all the songs.
    • At the bottom of the list of forScore Documents, click on "Save to..."
    • Navigate to your backup folder. Click "Select Folder".
    • The songs will be copied from your iPad to the backup folder. May take several minutes.

Dropbox

Having a Dropbox account gives you a way to share or copy files from others. Dropbox is free in the iPad app store. You can also install Dropbox on a computer for free from the Dropbox website. The following information is evolving as we become more familiar with Dropbox and forScore. Let us know if the instructions need correcting for your situation.

There are 2 ways to use Dropbox.

  1. Shared Dropbox folders - good for downloading multiple songs. Any user with "Shared" authority can delete songs. In that case, Dropbox should not be your only backup of your songfiles.
    • Andy has Dropbox installed on his computer.
    • Andy has music files stored in a Dropbox folder named Songs.
    • Andy can share his Songs folder with Barb who also has Dropbox installed: Andy right clicks on the Songs folder, selects Share this folder, enters Barb's name or email, and clicks on Invite.
    • Barb has Dropbox installed on her computer.
    • Barb can copy or delete files in the shared folder.
    • Conveniently, from within forScore, Barb can choose the option to Download All Files from the shared folder. Update 5/2016: "Download All" is not shown as an option on the latest forScore update.
  2. Shared link to a Dropbox folder - good for downloading songs one at a time, the receiver of the link cannot delete files and does not need to have Dropbox installed.
    • Andy has Dropbox installed on his computer.
    • Andy has music files stored in a Dropbox folder named Songs.
    • Andy can send Barb a link to his Songs folder: Andy right clicks on the Songs folder, selects Share Dropbox link, pastes the link in an email and sends it to Barb.
    • Barb does not need Dropbox installed on her computer.
    • From within forScore, Barb can access the link using the Download a file from the internet procedure described above.
    • Barb can copy any or all the files from Andy's Songs folder, one at a time.
    • Barb does not have authority to change or delete files in Andy's Songs folder.

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