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Postby kenazz814 » Mon Mar 16, 2020 4:03 pm

Hi, I am new to SOS and looking forward to picking up some valuable info from you folks on this site. What brought me to this site in the first place was my search for an older version fo Forscore to download onto my Ipad2 which has an OS ver. of 9. something or other. Forscore no longer supports nor offers earlier versions of it product and I have spent my allotted funds on my guitar and pedals. I currently have my music in binders with page sleeves but would like to upload it to my Ipad2 for the stage. Is there anyway to get a copy of the earlier Forscore app for my ipad2?
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Re: Forscore app for my ipad2

Postby The Elf » Mon Mar 16, 2020 5:11 pm

Although I have *heard* of some people being able to get hold of iOS apps behind Apple's garden wall, iOS remains a pretty locked-down OS. You *may* be able to get around it, but I'd say your chances are slim, and you really will need to know a lot about the underlying technology to be self-sufficient.

I've also suffered from an app that was left behind by iOS and I had to bite the bullet and buy a newer iPad - though I chose to get an 'old stock' model with minimum memory to keep the cost to something reasonable.

To be brutally honest I'd say it has to be a new iPad, or a new (if one exists) app.

Or...

Get your pages into image files, or maybe PDFs? You don't need a score app to simply display scanned pages.
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Re: Forscore app for my ipad2

Postby Sam Spoons » Mon Mar 16, 2020 6:49 pm

I have 'My Lyric Book' on my iPad 2. If you just want .pdf or .doc files it works well. I can't be sure if it's possible to download a version that will run on iOS 8 though as mine is on their from before.

Even if you can find an older version it will be linked to somebodies iTunes account and won't run on an iPad attached to a different account. Plus it's quite hard to load different versions of apps since the fruit have removed app management from iTunes.

You could try jailbreaking your iPad
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Re: Forscore app for my ipad2

Postby Rob Kirkwood » Tue Mar 17, 2020 1:39 pm

Can't help with Forscore, & I think app developers have to drop support for older iThings as a condition of being on the Apple Store.

I use Onsong (they also have website: http://onsongapp.com/), which I think does still support IOS 9 - but it will be quite sluggish & frustrating on an iPad2.

I originally bought a refurb iPad2 from Apple just so I could run Onsong, and, like The Elf, have since found it necessary to move onto something newer - in my case I bought a refurb iPad Mini which is currently running IOS 12

Still have my iPad2, with IOS 9.3.5, still have Onsong on it - but this iPad is now pretty much dedicated to running the Wavestation App.

So with iPads, it's always sensible to get whatever apps you need, plus whatever Apple adaptors you might need (camera connection kit for USB, hdmi out, etc) early on - as the apps disappear, & the genuine connectors become unobtainable from Apple as time goes on (I've never had any success with 3rd party iPad connectors).

Onsong is a very powerful app - it will display PDFs & various other formats, BUT if you type songs directly into its library you can transpose & add capo position in a couple of seconds to any song in your library. It will back up songs to a Dropbox account (among others). Plus it has metronome, can play backing tracks, responds to bluetooth (I have Airturn & iRig pedals for hands-free scrolling through & between songs).

It also gives secondary monitor out - with a band mode where you can send what you see on screen to dumb screens for other musicians; or (& this is what I use regularly) you can output lyrics only on a background image or video loop to a screen or projector, while still having lyrics, chords, & song position visible to you ...it can output to second screen via cable, Apple TV or Chromecast (Chromecast always needs an internet connection - I currently use a refurbed Apple TV into projector). It also has midi trigger options, plus can connect to lighting - both of which I've not ventured into yet.

OK, I'm sounding like an advert :lol: - but I have no connection or than very satisfied user for 9 years or so.

However, if displaying scans or PDF is enough, again I agree with The Elf - get a simple app that will display docs, text or PDF.

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Re: Forscore app for my ipad2

Postby Sam Spoons » Tue Mar 17, 2020 4:09 pm

My Lyric Book will run on all versions of iOS from 9.0 onwards (the iPad 2 and 3 max out at iOS9) so it should work on you iPad 2. I have a version running on iOS8 but that may well predate the current version.

You probably know this but for anybody else with the same problem, the Forescore support page says if you bought 19/01/2017 you can still download the last supported version for iOS8, and you can go back as far as iOS 5 if you bought it before 07/10/2013.

http://forscore.co/kb/
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Re: Forscore app for my ipad2

Postby reubster3 » Tue Feb 09, 2021 7:31 am

Ya, I love foreshore too, but man is it a pain when apps just don’t support the older operating systems. I had to go out and finally buy a new iPad after my almost 10 year old one just wouldn’t do anything for my anymore.

My band recently switched over to Back On Stage app for managing it’s set lists and it’s pretty cool. The bandleader loads up all the PDFs and attaches them to “Songs” in the bands music library. Then he/she can build set lists too. The band members just load up the app and login to access all the set lists the bandleader has made and all their PDF parts are magically there for them too. No fussing with reorganizing or wondering what order things are in. If anything is messed up now, it’s always the bandleaders fault, haha. Takes a load off the players anyway...now they can just focus on learning the tuners properly and nailing the gig!
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Re: Forscore app for my ipad2

Postby shufflebeat » Tue Feb 09, 2021 11:11 am

If you have your sheets on PDF you might consider loading them into Keynote, which I think still runs well on my iPad3 (I'll check later).

The page can be set to 3:4 portrait and when you run the "show" you can flit around with a page turner pedal.

I think (I'll check later) Portrait PDFs could be split across two Landscape slides for better clarity.
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Re: Forscore app for my ipad2

Postby Dave B » Tue Feb 09, 2021 11:39 am

I still run forScore on my old iPad2 quite happily. Which is no good for the OP! lol

Before I used forScore, I had a much simpler solution to getting sheets onto my iPad. Standard Apple iBooks / Books has a library for PDFs, so as long as you have your sheets in PDF format, you can add them to your book library and sync to the iPad.

I did this by creating a document per band I play in and putting the sheets into the document, 'printing' as a pdf then importing into iBooks and sync'ing.

This has the advantage of being free. It's arguably a little more fiddly as it needs to sync to a mac (although it might be possible to upload to iCloud and sync from that). Looking in my iPad library, I have sheets, set lists, gear notes ... all sorts of stuff in there from 6 years ago
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Re: Forscore app for my ipad2

Postby The Elf » Tue Feb 09, 2021 2:14 pm

I'm crurious about this. I've only ever used Acrobat reader for reading my scores. What does this app do that I can't do in Reader?
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Re: Forscore app for my ipad2

Postby Dave B » Tue Feb 09, 2021 2:45 pm

Elf, forScore acts as a library (and can have multiple libraries) of pdf files that are your raw notes / lyrics / music / crib sheet per song. It can then create set lists of these. You can also annotate the music as an overlay. You can also generate a click per song and there is a macro language allowing you to build controls on pages. It can receive and send midi events - it's not a player, but I can use it to send program changes for a song to my main keyboard. It also acts as an ftp server for transferring files - and have interfaces to dropbox and google drive (not sure about the latter - we stopped using it and moved to dropbox) for centralised, shared file control.

It's worth checking out and it was a pittance when I first got it. In one band I play in, 4 of us use it and we have even had bluetooth page turning from a master iPad.

It might be useful, might not - as in all cases, YMMV
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Re: Forscore app for my ipad2

Postby The Elf » Tue Feb 09, 2021 4:29 pm

I'm wondering if it might sync with Cantabile...

May be worth a try.
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