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#428520 - 09/02/17 11:15 AM [Post your own Tips and Tricks here] Easy Access To Band-in-a-Box & RealBand Manuals
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The Band-in-a-Box and RealBand user manuals are often overlooked as resources. That's a shame since updated pdf files are typically included as part of each program update. Here's some things I've done to make the manuals easier to use for me.

I've created a shortcut for each manual on my desktop. It's easy to create a shortcut; just find the pdf file, right click and select > "send to" > "desktop (create shortcut)". The Band-in-a-Box manual is located in the X:/BB directory where X = drive program is installed on. The RealBand manual is located in the X:/RealBand directory.

I've copied the pdf files to an e-reader for offline reading.
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#440965 - 11/27/17 09:18 AM [Post your own Tips and Tricks here] Re: Easy Access To Band-in-a-Box & RealBand Manuals [Re: Jim Fogle]
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Great tip!

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#440968 - 11/27/17 09:35 AM [Post your own Tips and Tricks here] Re: Easy Access To Band-in-a-Box & RealBand Manuals [Re: Jim Fogle]
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Excellent tip, one I also use.

The beauty of having the manuals in PDF form is Ctrl+F (the Windows hot key for Find) to search for what you want.
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#445769 - 12/18/17 02:18 AM [Post your own Tips and Tricks here] Re: Easy Access To Band-in-a-Box & RealBand Manuals [Re: Matt Finley]
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I have put a copy of both manuals into iBooks on my iPad. That way I can sit here in my lounge chair and read the bits I want. Very easy to search and locate stuff. I find it easier than trying to read a computer monitor. My iPad is a hand me down from my wife.

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#480290 - 07/02/18 12:49 PM [Post your own Tips and Tricks here] Easy Access To Band-in-a-Box & RealBand Manuals (Link To Download Manuals) [Re: Jim Fogle]
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PG Music has all manuals available for download. The manuals are available +++ HERE +++
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#480622 - 07/05/18 06:33 AM [Post your own Tips and Tricks here] Re: Easy Access To Band-in-a-Box & RealBand Manuals (Link To Download Manuals) [Re: Jim Fogle]
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Thanks, Jim.

That's excellent.
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#480645 - 07/05/18 10:22 AM [Post your own Tips and Tricks here] Re: Easy Access To Band-in-a-Box & RealBand Manuals [Re: Jim Fogle]
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Two more comments.

1) An easy way to use the manuals as a reference guide is to look at the Table Of Content (TOC) in the front of the manual or Index at the back of the manual. Click on any entry that interests you and your viewer will advance to that location. All the TOC and Index entries are hyperlinked for easier access. Thank Andrew for performing all that work!

2) PDFs are sometimes difficult to read on an e-reader or tablet. Many times when you try to zoom in the font size will increase but graphics will not display and the page layout gets funky. +++ Calibre +++ is a free, e-book management program that can convert pdf files to other formats for easier viewing on different devices.
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PG Music News
Notation Enhancements in Band-in-a-Box® 2019 for Windows!

There are Notation Enhancements in the NEW Band-in-a-Box® 2019 for Windows! These include:
•A new button in the Print Options dialog which lets you quickly print a "chords only" fake sheet. You can also access this from the right-click menu on the chord sheet.
•A new track type (Drums) is now available for The Melody and Soloist tracks.
•Clicking close to a stave line will put a note on the stave line instead of between stave lines. (Previously, you had to click extremely close to a stave line to insert a note on The line.)
•Double-clicking on the Standard mode Notation window (or on the time line in Editable or Staff Roll mode) plays the song from the current time location. Previously, it played the song from the beginning of the current bar.
•Holding down the [Ctrl] key and pressing the zoom in/out buttons results in finest possible incremental adjustment in size.
•In The Notation Windows Options dialog, The clefs split point asterisk indicates that C5* is middle C.
•Pressing The space bar plays the song from the current time location, not the current bar.
•The clefs split point can be set by the spin controls.
•The right-click menu in the Editable or Staff Roll mode Notation window has an option to change the current beat resolution. Previously, the only way to do this was to right-click on the time line.
•There's a keystroke entry notation mode - the 'N' mode, which lets you enter a melody entirely using keystrokes. The keystrokes are N to enter a note, up/down cursor to change its pitch, and left/right cursor to move the time line.
•You can now edit any track in the Event List Editor. When The dialog opens, it will show you the MIDI data in the current Notation track.
•You can quickly enter forced accidentals from the right-click menu.

We talk about these new features within our Band-in-a-Box® 2019 for Windows®! New Features, RealTracks, and other content! video:
25:45 - New Features: Easy Entering of Notation with the 'N' Key
36:48 - Change Beat Resolution From the Right-Click Menu
37:15 - Easier Entry of Notes on Lines
37:42 - Asterisk to Indicate Middle C on & Spin Controls
37:53 - Force Accidental from the Right-Click Menu
38:01 - Edit Any Track in the Event List
38:09 - Keystroke Note Entry Mode 'N' for Faster Note Entry
38:28 - Print Chords Only Fake Sheet
38:32 - More Control of Notation Size

Rather read about it?
-Band-in-a-Box® 2019 for Windows® Upgrade Manual
-New Feature Summary - Notation Enhancements

The New Band-in-a-Box® 2019 for Windows SongPicker!

With Band-in-a-Box® 2019, the SongPicker has been redesigned!
-The completely redesigned window shows information for up to 50,000 songs.
-The song list build is much faster. Approximately 150 songs get added per second.
-A progress bar will appear if the song list build takes longer than 3 seconds.
-You can see the chord progression for the selected song in the list. You can copy and paste it to a text file.
-Many filters are available. You can filter the list by subfolders, genre, feel, time signature, style, songs with melody, soloist, lyrics, key signature, tempo range, and the year of file dates.
-You can search songs that have similar chord progressions and/or melody fragments.
-Hotkey! ss+enter opens the SongPicker, ss2+enter opens the Recently Played Songs, etc.

Learn more about the updates with our New Features Video - we've made it easy to find the section you'll need:
2:55 - New Feature: Redesigned SongPicker
21:58 - New Features: SongPicker Enhancements
41:10 - Now Over 10,600 Titles in SongPicker

You can also read all about the new SongPicker within our Online Band-in-a-Box® 2019 for Windows® Upgrade Manual.

RealBand 2019 Online and PDF Manuals Available!

Visit our Online Manuals support page for access to the latest RealBand 2019 for Windows program manuals!

RealBand 2019 for Windows User's Guide: Online Manual | PDF Download
RealBand 2019 for Windows New Features Guide: Online Manual | PDF Download

RealBand 2019 is included in every purchase of Band-in-a-Box® 2019 for Windows! We're having a SALE on Band-in-a-Box® 2019 Upgrade purchases until December 31, 2018 - save over 40% when you purchase your Band-in-a-Box® 2019 for Windows Upgrade! Check out our Band-in-a-Box® packages page for all the purchase options available

Band-in-a-Box® 2019 Online and PDF Manuals Available!

Visit our Online Manuals support page for access to the latest Band-in-a-Box® 2019 for Windows program manuals!

Band-in-a-Box® 2019 for Windows User's Guide: Online Manual | PDF Download
Band-in-a-Box® 2019 for Windows Upgrade Manual: Online Manual | PDF Download

Don't forget.... We're having a SALE on Band-in-a-Box® 2019 Upgrade purchases until December 31, 2018 - save over 40% when you purchase your Band-in-a-Box® 2019 for Windows Upgrade! Check out our Band-in-a-Box® packages page for all the purchase options available

Band-in-a-Box® 2019 on a USB 3.0 Hard Drive - Speed Thrills!

We're excited to say that all Band-in-a-Box® 2019 for Windows UltraPAK and UltraPAK+ orders now ship on a USB 3.0 hard drive!

What does this mean? Faster hard drive transfer rates will enhance the program operations (faster time to generate tracks, reduced audio artifacts) and offer faster transfer speeds (typically up to 3x faster)!

It's a great time to order your UltraPAK or UltraPAK+ Upgrade... they're ON SALE until December 31st!

Video: Band-in-a-Box® 2019 for Windows® New Features!

Our "Band-in-a-Box® 2019 for Windows®! New Features, RealTracks, and other content!" video is now ready! Get to know all about the newest features in Band-in-a-Box® 2019: Click here to watch...

We have listed a table of contents for this video, you'll see it within the YouTube video description, or by visiting this forum post.

RealBand 2019 - A New Look!

Have you opened up your RealBand 2019 yet? You may notice that we've given it a fresh new look! In fact, there are now 3 different looks to RealBand.

See for yourself! Within the program, visit Options | Icon Set and choose from: Classic, Modern 1, or Modern 2.

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