Set Creator Help

Contents

Song Book
Set List
Song Sheet
File Menu

Edit Menu

Format Menu

View Menu

Actions Menu

 


Song Book

All Songs
The "All Songs" list displays all the songs in your Songs folder.

  • Click on a song to preview the chord chart and lyrics on the right side.
  • Double-click a song to add it to the current music set.

Songs In Set
The "Songs In Set" list display the songs in the current set.

  • Click on a song to preview the chord chart and lyrics on the right side.
  • Double-click a song to remove it from the current music set.
  • Click and drag a song to change it's order within the set.

Chord Chart
The "Chord Chart" tab displays the formatted chord chart for the selected song. Chord Diagrams are shown if you hover your mouse over any chord.

Lyrics
The "Lyrics" tab displays the formatted lyrics for the selected song.

Song Info
The "Song Info" editor can be displayed by selecting "Show Song Info" from the View menu. The Song Info editor allows you enter information such as arrangement, key, time signature, tempo, speed, musical style, etc. about each song in your library. You can search for songs based on this information by selecting "Search Songs" from the Actions menu. Also, this "song info" can be printed on the chord chart by running Chord Chart Wizard, selecting "Format Chord Chart" from the Format menu, and checking the "Show song info" checkbox.

Keyboard Navigation
You can easily navigate through songs using the arrows keys. This is helpful if you're playing through a set with one hand on the guitar you can use the other hand to quickly scroll down the page or move to the next song.
Left arrow: previous song
Right arrow: next song
Up arrow: scroll up in the song
Down arrow: scroll down in the song

Set List

The "Set List" tab displays a preview of the Set List document, which contains the titles and authors for the songs in the current set.


Song Sheet

The "Song Sheet" tab displays a preview of the Song Sheet document, which contains the lyrics of the songs in the current set. The Song Sheet can be used as a handout. Note: due to technical limitations, the on-screen preview doesn't accurately represent the song sheet document that is exported or printed.


File Menu

New Set
Selecting "New Set" from the File menu will create a new, empty set with no songs. Songs can be added to be set by double-clicking a song title in the All Songs list.

Open Set
Selecting "Open Set" from the File menu will allow you open a previously saved set file (.set). Set files (.set) are the only type of files that can be opened.

Save Set
Selecting "Save Set" from the File menu will save the current set to a file so that you can view it again later. Sets are saved as .set files. The set file is a plain text file that contains the filenames of all the songs in the set in the correct order.

Import Songs
Selecting "Import Songs" from the File menu will allow you to import existing songs that are in Microsoft Word format (.doc). The songs will be converted to plain text and placed in the Songs folder.

If you have songs in plain text format (.txt) you can simply move them to the Songs folder.

Export As Doc
Selecting "Export As Doc" from the File menu will allow you to export the currently visible document as a Microsoft Word document. Four different documents can be exported this way:
1) Chord Charts for all the songs in the set
2) Lyrics for all the songs in the set
3) Set List
4) Song Sheet

Whichever document is visible will be exported when you choose "Export As Doc".

Export Set Chord Charts Without Capo
Selecting "Export Set Chord Charts Without Capo" will export all the chord charts in the set after first "un-capo"-ing all of them (if applicable). This is a useful for quickly getting the chord charts that the bassist and pianist will need--chord charts without a guitar capo. See the Un-Capo section of the Chord Chart Wizard Help page for more information.

Print
Selecting "Print" from the File menu will allow you to print the currently visible document.


Edit Menu

Edit Song
Selecting "Edit Song" from the Edit menu will open the selected song in Chord Chart Wizard.

New Song
Selecting "New Song" from the Edit menu will open Chord Chart Wizard with a new, empty song. When you are done entering the song it will be added to the All Songs list in Set Creator.

Preferences
See the Preferences section on the Chord Chart Wizard Help page.


Format Menu

Format Chord Chart
See the Format Chord Chart section on the Chord Chart Wizard Help page.

Format Lyrics
See the Format Lyrics section on the Chord Chart Wizard Help page.

Format Set List
Selecting "Format Set List" from the Format Menu will allow you to set the formatting rules for Set Lists.

Format Song Sheet
Selecting "Format Song Sheet" from the Format Menu will allow you to set the formatting rules for Song Sheets.
Selecting Portrait orientation will generate a two-column Song Sheet; selecting Landscape orientation will generate a three-column Song Sheet.
For information about the Arrangement Options, see the Format Lyrics section on the Chord Chart Wizard Help page.

Format Powerpoint
See the Format Powerpoint section on the Chord Chart Wizard Help page.


View Menu

Show/Hide Song Info
Selecting "Show/Hide Song Info" will show or hide the Song Info editor on the Song Book->Chord Chart tab.

Refresh All Songs List
Selecting "Refresh All Songs List" will reload the All Songs list. This is useful if you've added new songs to the Songs folder manually.


Actions Menu

Generate Powerpoint
Selecting "Generate Powerpont" from the Actions menu will generate a powerpoint slideshow that includes the lyrics for all the songs in the set.

Search Songs
Selecting "Search Songs" from the Actions menu will allow you search songs in your local library based on keywords or any of the Song Info criteria (key, time signature, tempo, musical style, etc). Matching songs are displayed in a Search tab next to the All Songs list.

Web Song Search
See the Web Song Search section on the Chord Chart Wizard Help page.

Miscellaneous

OpenOffice performance boost
Turning off Java support in OpenOffice can make it start up much faster. To do this in OpenOffice go to the Tools menu and choose "Options". Expand the first item on the left "OpenOffice.org". Select "Java". Uncheck the box that says "Use a Java runtime environment".

Transferring data to another computer or drive
If you want to transfer all of your preferences and song info to another computer or drive, this is what you need to copy:

  1. The "songs" folder.  This is folder where all your songs are kept.  The location is displayed in Preferences labeled "Songs Folder"
  2. The preferences folder.  This is where the preferences, formatting information, and song info is stored.
  • On Windows, this is stored at "C:\Documents and Settings\<YOUR_USER>\Application Data\Chord Chart Wizard".  The "Application Data" folder is usually hidden, so you need type the address in manually or toggle the display of hidden files.
  • On Mac OS X, this is stored at /Users/<YOUR_USER>/Library/Chord Chart Wizard
  • On Linux, this is stored at "~/.chordchartwizard"