New ABC software for Mac
A number of people have asked me for a desktop version of my iPhone/IPad Tunebook app. I wasn’t going to do this due to laziness but it appears that recent events in the Mac world have conspired to reduce the ABC software available to Mac users, so I’m stepping in. I’ve hacked up a new app this weekend and I’m looking for people to give it a go and give some feedback.
Tunebook for Mac is a version of the iPhone/iPad app Tunebook which runs on the desktop Mac. It lets you view, edit, play and print your library of tunes in ABC format. It’s a bit bit like iTunes in that it maintains a library of tunes and you import tunes into the library from ABC files. It never edits your source ABC files.
You can download an alpha version here: http://www.jhlabs.com/tunebook/Tunebook-Mac.zip (800Kb)
It’s currently very basic but I hope to improve it as time goes on and if I get encouragement. Eventually it might appear on the App Store for an extortionate fee of about £1 (Guinness is not available as a payment currency), but for now it’s free. If you want to give it a go, there’s no help, but it should be fairly self-explanatory. Just drag some ABC files into the bar on the left under where it says “Tunebooks”. You’ll need to be running at least Mac OS X Leopard, and I’m quietly confident that it’ll run on Lion, but I’ve not had a chance to test this yet.
Its tune database files are compatible with the iPhone/iPad versions so you can sync between them if you want.
No, there is no Windows versions, and there won’t be unless big Trad wants to give me a huge payoff - the whole thing is written in Objective-C and it would be a massive task.