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The Story of Setlists Part 8 – Taking your iPad to the Stage for Lyric Prompting

The iPad is a much better device to take to the stage than a conventional laptop. It’s smaller and lighter than any laptop. It has no hinge to worry about. Its battery lasts long enough that you’d never have to worry about bringing a power cord. There’s no keyboard to spill liquids into accidentally. With [...]

The Story of Setlists 7 – Advancing Lyrics on your iPad Hands Free

I play guitar and/or bass when I’m on stage, so I knew right away that Setlists was going to need some sort of hands-free control. Very early in the design process, we planned support for the AirTurn as a key feature for version 1. AirTurn BT–105 with Pedalboard We have a good relationship with the folks [...]

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) 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 2 – Choosing the Right Typeface

One of the first decisions we made when designing Setlists was to try and make the look and feel of the app very familiar to musicians. We’re very aware of the pitfalls of skeuomorphism, but we thought that some small bit of crossover from the musical world would make the app easier to understand and [...]