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Monthly Archives: May 2012

The Story of Setlists 6 – Managing your Lyric Catalog with an iPad on Stage

If you’re in a band with a huge repertoire, you need robust and simple songbook management from your lyric prompter. We had added groups and manual sorting to our Teleprompt+ app, but we quickly suspected that for Setlists we needed a very different approach to file management. Singers would need to handle many more files [...]

The Story of Setlists (the iPad lyrics app for musicians) 5 – Jam Session

“I don’t see the mockups for the remote feature. Did you ever get those to me.” This is what Tim wrote one night late in the process of developing Setlists. I had done so many mockups, so many revisions of every other aspect of the app, but for some reason, I had never gotten around [...]

The Story of Setlists (the iPad lyrics app for musicians) 4 – Page Breaks

I wanted to take a moment to talk about the way Setlists creates page breaks, because it’s a good demonstration of why you should share your design issues with your collaborators. As I mentioned in an earlier installment of this series, one of the early decisions for Setlists was that it wouldn’t have constantly scrolling [...]

The Story of Setlists Part 3 – Why Setlists Doesn’t Scroll Text

I remember one time listening to Billy Sheehan explain why he doesn’t use active pickups on any of his basses. He said that batteries are a variable, and his goal was to eliminate as many variables as possible when he is performing. The more things you have in the chain of your setup, the more [...]