Over at Technology in Music Ed.com website there is a good article about two music apps for reading music on an iPad. These are two apps I have tried. Go read the article to see what he has to say over there.
Here are my thoughts on the situation:
I have loaded both of these apps on my iPad and actually prefer to not use them! Now don’t get me wrong, I think both apps mentioned have great potential. I agree with everything said in the review. I like how the MusicReader allows half page turns! I could have used that feature the other day when sightreading the accompaniment for the choir performance!
The biggest issue with both programs right now is accessibility to my files! – When I want to get a song onto my iPad to use it HAS to be quick and easy! If I use MusicReader I have to have their (expensive) program in addition to everything else I own. If I use Forscore I have to load up iTunes.
I am using GoodReader right now because it allows me to get my music onto my iPad in several ways – 1)email the a pdf to my iPad, 2) put a PDF into my DropBox (which is where it is ANYWAYS!) or 3) even create a wifi network between my laptop and iPad. This accessibility feature is a hugh feature that takes me away from the “music” programs right now.
There are several other features that I have found that are important as well. For instance, as a conductor who will be reading scores for band that may have a lot of information on them, I also like the fact that in GoodReader I can enlarge the music quickly to better see the music. Both ForScore and MusicReader will let me turn the iPad and it will automatically increase the size of the music to portrait or landscape mode. I at times to dig in even further though.
The bad news is that GoodReader is not doing everything I want it to do. I want to be able to write on my music! Yes, I know that MuasicReader allows me to highlight and write on the score.
So that brought about me purchasing SmartNote. This app does allow me to write, highlight, put little “stamps” on the score and several other neat features! The abilities in SmartNote for writing on the music is very cool! SmartNote does not allow easy access to ALL my music/PDF files though. It also does not allow me to zoom in and out.
Right now I am making things work and anxiously waiting for when one program that does it all!