MobileSheetsThe Sheet Music ReaderUser GuideVersion 1.1.5 for Windows 10MobileSheets Version 3.0.4 2015-2021 Zubersoft
CONTENTSIntroduction . 6Getting Started. 6The Library Screen . 6Loading Your Song. 8Library Management.10Filtering .11Alphabet List .13The Action Bar .13Common Actions (No Selection) .14Group Actions (No Selection).15Tab Specific Actions (No Selection).15Actions For Selected Songs .15Actions for Selected Groups .17Floating Toolbar .18Configuring Tabs .18Setting up Multiple Libraries.19Song Title Formatting.20Advanced Song Title Formatting .22Generate Song List Formatting .23Library Display Settings .24Batch Editing .26Printing .26File Management .28File Storage .281
Importing Files .29Swapping Files .41Sharing and Exporting Songs.42Deleting Songs.44Backup and Restore .44Backing Up Your Library .45Restoring Your Library .45The Song Editor .46The Fields Tab .46The Files Tab .47The Audio Tab .54The MIDI Tab .55Group Management.61The Group Editor.61The Song Display .65The Song Overlay .66The Setlist Window .74The Bookmarks Window .76Link Points .77Smart Buttons .80The Audio Player .83The Metronome Window .88The Snippet Tool .92The Quick Action Box .93Automatic Scrolling .952
The Page Slider.97Transposing .99Text File Settings .99Chord Pro Files .102The Text File Editor .105The Next Song Bar .107Displaying Notes for Setlists and Songs .109Performance Mode .111Annotations.112Toolbar .114Pen .115Highlighter.116Text.117Stamps.118Reordering Stamps.119User Provided Stamps .119Floating Stamp Window.121Stamp Preview .122Eraser .123Shapes .124Selection .125Editing annotations .125Copying, Cutting and pasting annotations .126The Nudge Tool .1273
Crescendo/Decrescendo .127Piano Staff .128Snipping Tool .129Grid.130Audio Player .130Favorites .130Command Bar .132Panning.132Layers .132Settings.134Touch and Pedal Actions .136MIDI Actions .144Connecting Devices .146Connect Devices Using WiFi .146Connecting Devices Using Bluetooth .148Follower Connection Settings .149Synchronize Two Tablets for One Musician (Book Mode) .150Synchronizing Device Libraries .152Synchronize to a Device .152Synchronize to a Cloud Folder .155Synchronize to Backup File .155Settings and Options .157About.1584
Storage .158Library Settings .159Display Settings .161Import Settings.163Touch & Pedal Settings .164Text File Settings .165MIDI Settings .167Backup and Restore .167Other Settings .168MobileSheets Companion .170Connecting to your tablet .170The Main Window .172Creating and Editing Songs .173Selecting and Transferring Audio Tracks .175MIDI Commands .176Batch Importing In The Companion App .177Creating and Editing Setlists .177Creating and Editing Collections .179Library Backup.179Library Restore .179Backup Verification or Extraction .180FAQ.182Troubleshooting .1835
INTRODUCTIONWelcome to MobileSheets, the ultimate sheet music reader for the Windows 10 platform.This user guide will help you get the most out of MobileSheets by providing detailedexplanations of every screen and feature. While it’s recommended that every user read thisdocumentation in full, the most basic information needed to get started with MobileSheetsis covered in the next section. As you will soon find, MobileSheets has a vast number offeatures and options, so you will most likely find yourself coming back to this user guideonce you have some experience with the application. The table of contents at the top willhelp you skip right to the section you need.GETTING STARTEDThis section is going to briefly cover the essential features you need to know about to startviewing songs in your library. If you need more information on any of the different areas ofthe applications, see the more in-depth sections of the manual corresponding to thoseareas. These can be found in the table of contents or by following links in the following subsections.THE LIBRARY SCREENIf this is your first time loading up MobileSheets, your library will be empty and a helpwindow will be displayed linking to this manual. Once the prompt is closed, you will see themain library screen. The image below shows this screen with numbered boxescorresponding to the areas of the screen you need to know about to start viewing songs.6
wFigure 1 - The library screen1. Library tabs – These tabs let you switch between the various lists of data in yourlibrary. For this introduction, the only tab you need to care about is the songs tab.For more information on the various tabs and their ordering, see the librarymanagement section or the section on configuring tabs2. Import – This button lets you quickly select one or more files to create songs from.The import action item includes multiple ways to import files, but for now, we will befocused on the “Local File” option. Importing files using one of the import dropdownselections is by far the fastest way to create songs, but you will not be able to enterdetailed information or setup audio and MIDI. See the sections on importing andbatch importing for more details.3. Active List - This list displays all items that correspond to the active tab that matchthe current filters. If the list is currently displaying songs, tapping on a song will loadjust that song.7
Now that you are familiar with the basic layout of the library screen, the next step is tocreate a song. Tap the “Import” action at the top right and then tap “Local File”. This willdisplay the familiar Microsoft open file dialog. Select any file on your device, accept theimport settings, and your song will be created afterward. A similar process is used forDropbox or Google Drive, both which are available under the Import menu.LOADING YOUR SONGTap on the new song that was added to the library. The library screen will slide over and thePDF will now be shown. To turn pages, tap the left or right sides of the screen. To access theoverlay, tap the center of the screen. A quick overview of important features will bedescribed below.Figure 2 - The song overlay8
1. Page slider – This slider will let you preview and jump to any page in the song. Youcan also tap the numbers on the right side to enter a specific page.2. Display mode button – Tapping this button will present you with up to four choicesfor the current display mode:a. Single Page – Shows one page at a time, and pages scroll horizontally.b. Two Pages (Landscape only) – Displays two pages side-by-side. Whenselected, an additional icon with a “1” will be shown at the bottom left of theoverlay. This lets you control how many pages are advanced at a time. Thismode is only displayed when you turn your tablet to landscape orientation.c. Half Page – Pages advance half a page at a time. This provides a way topreview the top of the next page while playing through the bottom of thecurrent page. This lets you turn pages when it’s the most convenient.d. Vertical Scrolling – Pages are scrolled up and down, and tapping on the sidesscrolls the next section into view.3. Page Scaling Button – This button brings up options that determine how the currentpage is stretched to fill the screen. By default, the “Fit Screen” option will ensurepages are made as large as possible without changing the aspect ratio (the image willnot be distorted). If you choose one of the other options, the page will be stretchedto fit the screen as specified.You now know the basics for song creation and how to view a song. This barely scratchesthe surface of what MobileSheets has to offer though, so continue reading to learn aboutthe other great features that are available.9
LIBRARY MANAGEMENTIn order to get the most out of your library, it is important to understand what songs are,how they are organized and grouped, and the fastest ways to find the songs you want. Thissection will focus on the library screen and the various supported tabs that help youorganize your library.To start, a song is composed of one or more files (images, PDF, text, or chord pro), metadata(title, artists, albums, etc.), audio tracks, and MIDI commands. Other than having a title anda file, everything else is optional. Songs can be grouped by attributes such as artists,composers, albums, genres, etc, as well as setlists (ordered lists) and collections (used forquick filtering). The same song can show up in many different groups – there is no limit. Themore details you add to songs, the more options there are for filtering and quickly locatingthem. By default, the library has the following tabs at the top:[Recent] [Songs] [Setlists] [Collections] [Artists] [Albums] [Genres]These are the most commonly used tabs, but there are other supported tabs as well, such ascomposers, keys, and bookmarks. To learn about selecting which tabs to display and theirorder, consult the section on configuring tabs. The different types of tabs will be explainedbelow, as well as the data they hold. 10Recent – Displays a list of all songs and setlists that been recently created and/orloaded. This lets you easily keep track of what songs and setlists you have recentlyaccessed, and also provides a mechanism to let you quickly load any of those items ifyou wish to play them again. Tapping on any entry in this list immediately loads thatsong or setlist.Songs – Displays all songs in the library. By default, songs are sorted alphabeticallyand split up by the letter they start with (sorting and filtering will be discussed later).Filtering can be used to quickly find songs in this list, as well as the alphabet list.Setlists – Displays all setlists in the library. A setlist is an ordered list of songs. Whena setlist is loaded, all songs are loaded at once, which lets you easily page betweenthose songs without interruption. This is perfect for performances where you knowthe order of the songs you will be playing and want them all accessible at once.Collections – Displays all collections in the library. A collection is a list of songs that isprimarily used for filtering purposes, but like other group types, can also be used justto organize lists of songs. Collections can be used to divide the library based on thetypes of songs you want visible. For example, if you play in multiple bands,collections can be used to create mini-libraries only containing songs that pertain toeach band. This lets you switch what songs are listed with a couple taps. Filtering bycollections will be covered in the section on filtering.
Artists/Albums/Genres/Composers/Source Types/Keys/Signatures/Years – All ofthese tabs are used to group songs based on a particular field. Songs can beassociated with one or more of each of these types. For example, a song can beassociated with multiple artists if needed or no artists if that field isn’t populated inthe song. Tapping on an entry in one of these lists will view the list of songsassociated with that entry. Tapping on “Load All” will load all songs for viewing atonce, whereas tapping an individual entry will load just that song.Custom Group – This is a special tab in the sense that it can be named whatever youwant. For example, if you want to group songs by instrument, you can change thecustom group name to “Instruments” in the settings and this will tab will then read“Instruments”. Beyond the custom name, this tab behaves exactly like all other songgroups listed above.Bookmarks – This tab shows all bookmarks that have been created and made visibleon the library screen. Tapping on a bookmark will load the song that owns thatbookmark, and will jump to the bookmarked page. More details about bookmarkscan be found in the bookmarks section.MobileSheets lets you enter as much or as little information as you desire for each song.This flexibility lets each user determine what information is critical for organizing theirlibrary. What is really important is the ability to quickly locate any song when needed. Thenext section will cover the various supported methods of filtering and locating songs.FILTERINGAt the top of the library screen, the following row of controls can be seen:Figure 3 - The various filtersThis collection of controls provides a number of different ways to filter the current list ofentries on the library screen. The various filtering mechanisms are explained below: 11Search: The search field can be used to filter the list so that only entries that matchthe search phrase will be shown. The default search type is “All Fields”, which meansthat the search phrase is compared against every field of every song. This means thatif you type “abc”, a song whose title contains “abc” will be shown as well as anothersong whose artist is “abc”. If you select a specific field to search against, such as“Album”, then only that field will be considered when matches are found. Whenviewing group types, the search text is compared against both the group and all of its
: Displays a menu to save or manage the current filters. If “Save” is selected andfilters were not previously saved or loaded, a prompt is displayed to name the newfilters. Otherwise, the previously saved or loaded filters will be updated. If “Save as”is selected, a prompt is displayed for a name. If the name matches an existing filter,it will be updated, otherwise a new entry is created. If “Manage Filters” is tapped, adialog will be displayed where saved filters can be deleted by tapping on the “X”next to their name.: Displays a list of saved filters. Tapping on an entry will load those filters. : Provides a list of additional filters, including keywords, custom, custom2,metronome and audio filters. The first three are text fields, much like the search textdescribed earlier, and the text entered must match the values in the songs for themto be shown. The other listed fields are group types such as composers whichbehave like the others listed above. Metronome is a filter that can be used to checkif songs have had their metronome settings configured or not. Audio files is a filterthat can be used to check if songs have associated audio. The “Clear additionalfilters” button will clear any selections made on this dialog. While any additionalfilters are present, the circle icon will be colored green. : Initiates a voice search. Any entries that match the spoken words will be shownin a popup window. Tap on one of the entries to accept that selection (equivalent totapping on that entry in the list). Tap outside the window to cancel the voice search. 12songs to ensure that it either has a matching title or contains at least one song thatmatches.Source: Filters on one or more matching source types.Key: Filters on one or more matching keysCollection: Applies a filter based on collection. Four different filter modes aresupported – Include, Exclude, Unassigned and Assigned. These types are explainedbelow:o Include - Every song must be included in one of the selected collections to beshown.o Exclude – Songs are only shown if they have not been added to any of theselected collections.o Unassigned – Only songs that have not been added to a collection are shown.o Assigned – Only songs that have been added to a collection are shown.Diff: Filters on difficulty. Only songs with a matching difficulty will be shown.Genre: Filters on one or more matching genres.Rating: Filters on rating. Only songs with a matching rating will be shown.: Clears any filters.
For all group filter fields, four different filter modes are supported – Include, Exclude,Unassigned and Assigned. These types are explained below: Include - Every song must be included in one of the selected groups to be shown.Exclude – Songs are only shown if they have not been added to any of the selectedgroups.Unassigned – Only songs that have not been added to a group of the given type areshown.Assigned – Only songs that have been added to a group of the given type are shown.ALPHABET LISTIn addition to the filters described above, another import tool is the alphabet list. At theright side of every list on the library screen is a list of letters. This list is referred to as the“alphabet list” and is composed of letters that entries in the list start with. Tapping on anyof these letters will scroll items starting with that letter into view. Tapping on the ‘?’ in thealphabet list will select a random item from those in the list. If a filter is applied to the list,reducing the number of items, the characters in the alphabet list will change to reflect theitems in the filtered list.One useful feature of the alphabet list is the ability to match on multiple characters at thestart of song titles. To do this, long press a letter in the alphabet list and a second list ofletters will be displayed. This second list is composed of all of the second letters of wordsthat started with the first letter. You can tap any of those letters to be taken to the firstword that starts with those two letters, or you can long press one of those to be shown thethird letter of every word that started with those two letters. In this way, you can drill downto find a specific group of words very quickly by long pressing. For example, if a song titlestarted with the word “Lucky”, you could long press “L” followed by “U” and then tap “C” tobe taken straight to that section. In most cases, the second letter is all that is required tofind