BarFly

Category Education and composition / Scores & tablatures
Version 1.7.5
Format App
Compatibility BarFlyCarbon (OS 9+10)
Licence Commercial Software
Price $25  /  20€
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Updated On Sep 27, 2009
Total Downloads 2,019
Mac Downloads 2,019

Integrated text editor/player/viewer for abc music files

Abc is a system of notation for music which uses ordinary ASCII text to represent the symbols which you would normally write on music manuscript. It is simple, human-readable, and if you can touch type it is much faster to enter abc at the keyboard than it is to use a graphical music program to place notes on a staff using the mouse. Because it's plain old ASCII, you can use it to post music to newsgroups (it's very bad netiquette to post MIDI, GIF or other binary files to text-only newsgroups) email tunes to your friends, or use it as a highly efficient way of storing music (you can store thousands of tunes on a single floppy disk).

At heart the program is a text editor; it works just like any other text editor - it will open multiple files in separate windows, and let you copy and...
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Abc is a system of notation for music which uses ordinary ASCII text to represent the symbols which you would normally write on music manuscript. It is simple, human-readable, and if you can touch type it is much faster to enter abc at the keyboard than it is to use a graphical music program to place notes on a staff using the mouse. Because it's plain old ASCII, you can use it to post music to newsgroups (it's very bad netiquette to post MIDI, GIF or other binary files to text-only newsgroups) email tunes to your friends, or use it as a highly efficient way of storing music (you can store thousands of tunes on a single floppy disk).

At heart the program is a text editor; it works just like any other text editor - it will open multiple files in separate windows, and let you copy and paste text between them. It has all the usual editing commands, Cut, Copy, Paste, Clear and Undo plus Search/Replace and there's also a routine to recursively search through all the text files and folders in a directory. It can work with megabyte-sized files (if you have enough memory), and you can use it for pretty much anything you would normally do with a text editor.

If the text being edited contains abc tunes, however, a whole array of different options becomes available. The tunes can be embedded in ordinary text, as the program locates them by looking for the X: field. It considers the tune to end at the first blank line following the K: field, and ignores any text in between tunes. When opening files it counts the tunes present and displays the number at the top of the window. You select a tune by placing the text insertion point anywhere within it. You can then perform various operations on it, for example play it. Tunes play in the background, so you can go on editing the file while a tune is playing, and even edit the tune which is actually playing, although changes which you make will not be audible until the next time you play it.
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BarFly BarFly v 1.7.5 Sep 27, 2009 Carbon (OS 9+10)
* Fixed a bug which caused the program to lose track of its windows, misbehave and eventually crash after using the Print or Page Setup commands under some versions of OS 10.5.
* The File Search command will now search any files with a .abc or .txt extension in addition to files with the file type set to 'TEXT".
* Using aligned words (w:) after un-aligned words (W:) in a multi-voice tune will no longer cause the program to crash. (It still won't work - you should not follow a W: field with a w: anyway.)
* By default, the program will now not allow you to type smart quotes into the editor. This was causing problems with OS 10.6, which automatically substitutes smart quotes for the straight ascii quotes " and '. Although you can turn this behaviour off in the Language and Text preferences pane, the change does not stick when you re-start (an Apple bug). Smart quotes have no place in abc. If you really want to enter smart quotes (e.g. in the title or words of a tune), there is a checkbox in the General Preferences dialog which will allow it.
BarFly BarFly BarFly v 1.7.4 Nov 12, 2006 Carbon (OS 9+10)
BarFly BarFly v 1.6 Mar 7, 2005 Carbon (OS 9+10)
Uses Quartz antialiasing for all text.
The editor can handle embedded pictures.
There's a new command "Make Incipit Index" which makes cheat sheets.
Program can export Quicktime tune resources.
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version 1.7.4, Carbon (OS 9+10)
If you're not proficient with music transcription, BarFly is a great way to input melodies. It's not difficult to add chord symbols and lyrics, so you get a suitable lead sheet. BUT... 1.7.3 pop-up menus can't be exited in Leopard, you have to force quit and restart. And if you have a melody that goes over one page, I haven't been successful getting the page breaks to work correctly--the last line of lyrics always ends up at the top of the following page. As for getting your abc files into other music programs, you can save them as .mid files and transfer them that way. Unfortunately for lyricists, you lose the lyrics then. It does a great job of transposing, and can do everything a simple melody requires.
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