forScore for iPad
The fonts Chords and Scales don’t take advantage of new text features only that updated apps and operating systems offer but from universally applicable features as well. With the release of iOS 11 the music reader app forScore was updated to Apple’s new mobile operating system.
Although forScore does not support custom fonts yet, it is a breeze on iPads supporting Drag ‘n Drop to add chord-, scale- and arpeggio diagrams to its sheet music and lyrics sheets using Apple’s free app Keynote and the fonts Chords and Scales.
Creating Neck Diagrams
- open the app forScore on your iPad
- open Apple Keynote in Split View
- in Apple Keynote create your custom chord and scale diagrams using the fonts Chords and Scales
- drag and drop your diagrams from Keynote’s slide panel into the music sheet
- apply different colors, backgrounds or styles to the diagrams
- adjust the diagram size if necessary
Watch the video:
Drag and Drop – iOS 11
Since I created the fonts Chords and Scales some years ago I hoped that Apple would release an update for iOS featuring Drag and Drop for text on the iPad. With the release of iOS 11 Apple introduced quite a few new features the fonts Chords and Scales take advantage of.
Drag and Drop for text – that implies the fonts Chords and Scales – is the most useful feature that makes the work with diagrams much easier.
Chords & Scales Library
First upload the Chords & Scales Library with more than 10000 chord, scale and arpeggio diagrams to your iCloud Drive. Include your custom diagrams as well.
Open a new Apple Pages document on your iPad. Then open the Files App introduced with iOS 11.
Use Split View mode to drag & drop diagram files from the Chords and Scales Library to the Apple Pages document. Edit the diagrams by applying text styles, resize the diagram by changing the font size, add frames to the diagrams and background color, et cetera.
Use apps such as Readdle’s PDF Expert to drag and drop diagrams from your iCloud Drive to a PDF leadsheet as shown in the video.
It’s that simple.
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.