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[announce] the Craic - abc for iOS

Posted: Sun Feb 10, 2013 6:22 am
by wil macaulay
Just thought I'd let you folks know about my new iOS app. You can read more about it at or download it at the appstore at

My aim is to make it easy to find the abc that's out there and use an iPad or iPhone instead of paper.

Let me know what you think.

Re: [announce] the Craic - abc for iOS

Posted: Tue May 21, 2013 4:29 am
by wil macaulay
New version being submitted to the app store now:

Tune sets
- create and delete sets
- add/delete tunes within set
- reorder tunes
- import and export to abc
- create and print pdf

UI improvements
- search now will look for alternate titles

Rendering improvements

Parsing improvements
- recognizes duplicates on import

Sharing improvements
- export a tune or set as abc to other app
- export or mail a set

Playback improvements
- play sets
- honour tempo (Q: ) in the abc
- better default tempo for various tune types

Performance and stability improvements

Re: [announce] the Craic - abc for iOS

Posted: Sun Jun 09, 2013 7:52 pm
by wil macaulay
Version 1.2.1 just submitted:

- better playback controls, including looping and tempo adjustment
- improvements to accessibility for visually impaired users

Re: [announce] the Craic - abc for iOS

Posted: Sun May 25, 2014 8:30 pm
by wil macaulay
Been a while since I updated - I'm now on version 1.7.1. Here's what's new (experimental multi voice is the big thing)

Release 1.2.2 (July 4 2013)
- ensure the controls properly reappear after tapping to show the toolbar
- properly handle the play/pause button on tune end

Release 1.3 (Aug 19 2013)
- parser improvements (handle * and w:)
- basic error messages
- better lyrics handling and layout, including basic w:
- autowrap long lines
- handle $ linebreak character
- handle x and y invisible rests

Release 1.4
- UI
- iOS 7 UI
- don't turn off screen when toolbars are hidden
- Playback
- don't mute on mute button
Release 1.4.1 (Dec 5 2013)
- bug fix: remove hide status bar on pre-ios7 iPad

Release 1.5 (Jan 21 2014)
Music rendering
- attach decos and annotations to barlines and invisible rests (x, y)
- attach decos, annotations and tempo to tuplets and chords
- support for annotations to right ">", left"<", above "^", below "_" items
- fix crashing bug after retrieving from internet

Release 1.6 (jan 31 2014)
Improved rendering of decorations:
- !p!, !mp!, !ff! etc are rendered below the staff
- unrecognized decorations no longer give a parse error
- fixed bug where playback tempo was not respected
- bug where tempo was lost if the first note had a grace note
- loop button was rendered as white on iOS 7 on iPad
- now properly handles note length on chords, like [GBe]4

Release 1.7 (31 mar 2014)
Improved parsing
Basic multi-voice support
- bass, alto, tenor clef
- merge voices with %%score (1 2)
- stem=up,down
support for in-line [V:][K:][L:][M:]
rendering improvements
pagination improvements for PDF and printing

Release 1.7.1 (13 april 2014)
- allow save in tune set editor
- don't show an extra staff for a line with only spaces

Re: [announce] the Craic - abc for iOS

Posted: Sat Sep 13, 2014 10:00 am
by camila
I don't understand why you would not want to use the PDF format. I can't see any advantage to PNG at all. Can you enlighten me??