Note: Fonts for neck diagrams need to be installed on your computer to display the diagrams!
The fonts Chords and Scales come with a huge library of thousands of editable chord, scale and arpeggio diagrams for guitar which can be dropped into other documents in Mac OS X at any time.
Custom Neck Diagrams
And here’s how it works to add your own custom neck diagrams to the library.
Create some custom neck diagrams using the fonts Chords and Scales. Highlight and copy the diagram you wish to add to the library. Then run a script that automatically adds your just created diagram to the custom neck diagrams library and thus to Spotlight Search.
Running a Script
Go to the Script menu in the menu bar and select the script according to the font style of the selected diagram.
The script automatically
creates the folder My Neck Diagrams in your Documents folder
adds a subfolder according to the font style
- My Chords Normal
- My Chords Nut
- My Scales Normal
- My Scales Nut
- My Arpeggios Normal
- My Arpeggios Nut
opens a new document in TextEdit
pastes your custom diagram into the new TextEdit document
sets the font size to 20
sets the font style according to the name of the script
waits for your input for chord name, fret position and string numbers
saves the document in the subfolder and closes the document
waits for your input for your Spotlight comments
In Keynote, Preview and other applications text (and thus Chords and Scales neck diagrams) is inserted in floating and movable text boxes which can be placed and arranged anywhere on a page.
In Pages word processing documents you can choose whether you insert neck diagrams inline as regular text or in floating movable text boxes as shown in the video.
As already specified (→ Library → Lyrics sheets) Spotlight Search offers a quick and easy way to insert chord-, scale- and arpeggio diagrams into your documents. As you type Spotlight builds a list of every match it can find by tracking the keywords, descriptions and tags applied to the Chords and Scales snippets.
As shown in the video choose Am7 penta V.rtf and drag and drop it directly from the list into an open Pages Word Processing document. Pages ’08 and ’09 import files in Rich Text Format (.rtf) and preserve their formatting.
To insert a floating textbox with a movable neck diagram hold the Cmd (⌘) key while you drag and drop.
In the Wrap pop-up menu in the format bar choose None to deactivate wrapping text around the floating textbox. Alternatively open the Wrap inspector and uncheck Object causes wrap.
You can edit the pasted diagram by applying text features like font-size, color, background-color or shadows.