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I didn't want to use bookmarks with fakebooks because there's no alphabet jump. So i started assigning page numbers and titles to each song. Extremely time consuming. I happened upon a freeware program called PDF Shaper, which allows you to, among other things, separate PDFs with multiple pages into individual ones. I did this on my computer, renamed each file with the correct song title, and then batch imported them into my tablet. Still a pain, but much faster than how I was doing it originally. I was able to do a whole book in about 3 hours, (and I type with 2 fingers!). I had the hard copy book open beside me to know which title came next, and double-clicked a file once in a while to be sure I was still on track. The only other thing is songs with multiple pages, but you can also use PDF Shaper to merge multiple pages into one PDF. It's a lot of work, but once you get in a groove it goes pretty quickly.
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(12-10-2013, 12:13 PM)basgitarr Wrote: I didn't want to use bookmarks with fakebooks because there's no alphabet jump. So i started assigning page numbers and titles to each song. Extremely time consuming. I happened upon a freeware program called PDF Shaper, which allows you to, among other things, separate PDFs with multiple pages into individual ones. I did this on my computer, renamed each file with the correct song title, and then batch imported them into my tablet. Still a pain, but much faster than how I was doing it originally. I was able to do a whole book in about 3 hours, (and I type with 2 fingers!). I had the hard copy book open beside me to know which title came next, and double-clicked a file once in a while to be sure I was still on track. The only other thing is songs with multiple pages, but you can also use PDF Shaper to merge multiple pages into one PDF. It's a lot of work, but once you get in a groove it goes pretty quickly.

I just checked out PDF Shaper - it looks like a very nice tool. I should mention that I tried to use it to split one of my PDF purchases, which is protected, into separate songs, and it threw an error - but I wasn't expecting it to be able to do that. I was able to export the pages as graphics files though.
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(12-11-2013, 03:38 AM)Snard Wrote:
(12-10-2013, 12:13 PM)basgitarr Wrote: I didn't want to use bookmarks with fakebooks because there's no alphabet jump. So i started assigning page numbers and titles to each song. Extremely time consuming. I happened upon a freeware program called PDF Shaper, which allows you to, among other things, separate PDFs with multiple pages into individual ones. I did this on my computer, renamed each file with the correct song title, and then batch imported them into my tablet. Still a pain, but much faster than how I was doing it originally. I was able to do a whole book in about 3 hours, (and I type with 2 fingers!). I had the hard copy book open beside me to know which title came next, and double-clicked a file once in a while to be sure I was still on track. The only other thing is songs with multiple pages, but you can also use PDF Shaper to merge multiple pages into one PDF. It's a lot of work, but once you get in a groove it goes pretty quickly.

I just checked out PDF Shaper - it looks like a very nice tool. I should mention that I tried to use it to split one of my PDF purchases, which is protected, into separate songs, and it threw an error - but I wasn't expecting it to be able to do that. I was able to export the pages as graphics files though.

hi guys is there a simiolaar book to the i gig book, which is only on apple, for the android system?
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#4
PDFsam (pdf split and merge) is another very useful bit of software when you are messing with pdf fakebooks.

I might try PDF shaper though, to see if the gui is better.
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#5
While we are talking about tools for PDF files, I'd like to mention Boxoft PDF Split.

Once you have a large PDF file bookmarked, this software will split it into separate sections (at each bookmark). I find it extremely useful for all sorts of purposes. For example, a big fakebook can be split into individual charts and you can then load only those needed into MS.
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#6
In a similar vein, I'd would recommend pdfescape http://www.pdfescape.com/open/
for annotating of pdf files via a browser.
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#7
For those who, like me, use Macs instead of Windows, there's a very simple way to split large multi-page PDFs into single page files. No software to install, just follow the steps on this website, under "Option 2: Use Automator to Split Pages": http://www.documentsnap.com/how-to-split...g-mac-osx/

Once you do that, you'll end up with some multi page charts that need to be recombined. Here's a similar method for recombining them: http://www.documentsnap.com/how-to-combi...a-service/

Now, if I only had a text file with the book's titles and page numbers, I could automate the whole process.
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(01-31-2014, 09:00 AM)thugdrummer Wrote: Now, if I only had a text file with the book's titles and page numbers, I could automate the whole process.

Smile

Not something I need but, if I did, I think I'd experiment with scanning the index page/s and using OCR technology to convert the scan to a text file.
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(01-31-2014, 09:07 PM)GraemeJ Wrote:
(01-31-2014, 09:00 AM)thugdrummer Wrote: Now, if I only had a text file with the book's titles and page numbers, I could automate the whole process.

Smile

Not something I need but, if I did, I think I'd experiment with scanning the index page/s and using OCR technology to convert the scan to a text file.

Well I tried several OCR scanners and none were able to scan the index pages accurately enough.

However I did discover that Berkeley has all the fake books online (http://library.berklee.edu/leadsheet/book), with an ordered list of songs with artist names for each book. Copy & paste that to a text file, and its much less editing to just add page numbers. The split PDF files are named booktitle-pageXXX.pdf. So I can write a shell script to match page numbers, rename the files w/ song titles, put them in folders by artist, all automatically.

Definitely enjoying the MS app btw. Used it for the 1st time on a gig tonight, which just ended an hour ago. The only downside is worrying about the bassist knocking my tablet off my music stand. Might need to invest in a clamp.
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#10
Use a bungee.
Graeme

1: Samsung 12.2" SM-P900: Android 5.0.2 
2: eSTAR GRAND HD Quad-Core 4G 10.2": Android 5.1 
3: Home-built BT pedal

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