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Swap File for Multiple Songs
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(05-08-2020, 05:59 AM)KHS Wrote:
(05-08-2020, 04:04 AM)Zubersoft Wrote: Page 11 of the manual indicates that the swap action is only available when one song is selected. Page 39 also only mentions selecting a single song to perform the swap. So I don't think I really made mention of being able to select multiple songs to swap files. Having said that, I should probably mention in the manual that if multiple songs share the same file, you only need to swap the file for one of the songs, and the others will automatically detect changes when they are loaded next. Ultimately, what I really should do is detect if a file is being swapped out that is used by multiple songs, and ask the user if they want to perform the swap operation for every song in the library that shares that same file so that you can get updated cropping coordinates.

On a side note, the file name does not need to be the same to perform the swap. The reason I said it should be the same in this case is because if all of your other songs are pointing to a file named "FileA.pdf" for example, and you replace "FileA.pdf" with "FileB.pdf" in just one of the songs, it's not going to replace that file for all the other songs. All the other songs will continue to use "FileA.pdf".  If you replace "FileA.pdf" with an updated "FileA.pdf" then all of the songs will detect the changed file (although the full swap procedure will not be performed on all of the songs to update cropping coordinates, but it will handle things like the number of pages in the PDF changing). Sorry if I gave you the impression that the file name had to be the same to use the swapping feature - it doesn't.

I understand you've definitely encountered a lot of problems that you've had to ask a lot of questions about. I think this is mainly due to the way in which you are using MobileSheetsPro. You are more of an advanced user that is accessing functionality that is not as widely used. This is no excuse for software functionality that is not intuitive, it just means that I may not have provided as much guidance in the manual for all of the scenarios you've encountered. I think most users just import PDFs and load setlists from their songs. Most users do not make use of the CSV import functionality. So there is a lot of room for me to improve the manual and provide other means of obtaining answers, like a knowledge base or wiki on the website. Part of this lack of documentation is because I've been working part time on MobileSheetsPro since it was created. It's only this year that I've gone full time, so I will have more time to dedicate to polishing the app, making things more intuitive and providing tutorials and guidance in the app.

While it's not your responsibility to point out things you are think are unintuitive or need fixing, if you would like certain parts of the application improved, please provide specific feedback. I value user feedback very much, and it's what will help the application grow and improve. Things you think are unintuitive may seem perfectly fine to me or others, so there are things I may not even think need fixing. This is part of the problem of the programmer being the UI designer - I don't have input from multiple perspectives and I don't have a UI expert to help guide things. I just do what makes sense to me and then listen to user feedback.

Thanks,
Mike
Mike, I apologize and beg your forgiveness. I just re-read page 39-40 of the Manual and I certainly don't see what I thought I saw last night. Perhaps dealing all day with a contractor and a mortgage refi had fried my brain. By doing it manually (replacing the .PDF manually), if I had manually cropped some of the pages for the new .PDF, will that affect how that page appears (given that I allowed MSP to do the cropping when I imported the original .PDF)? Will I still be ok if all I did was crop out white space and had not enlarged or shrunk the printed portions of the page? [I'm worried that your coordinates assume the page is the original size and calculates from the upper left of the originally-sized page.] If not, it sounds as if I'd better delete all the songs (my last Forum problem) and start over with the new .PDF and the old .CSV.
Again, my apologies for my error and my rudeness.
ADDENDUM: I've confirmed that pages I manually re-cropped no longer display the full printed portion.
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Messages In This Thread
Swap File for Multiple Songs - by KHS - 05-07-2020, 11:38 AM
RE: Swap File for Multiple Songs - by KHS - 05-07-2020, 12:00 PM
RE: Swap File for Multiple Songs - by Zubersoft - 05-07-2020, 04:16 PM
RE: Swap File for Multiple Songs - by KHS - 05-07-2020, 10:58 PM
RE: Swap File for Multiple Songs - by itsme - 05-07-2020, 05:32 PM
RE: Swap File for Multiple Songs - by KHS - 05-07-2020, 10:55 PM
RE: Swap File for Multiple Songs - by KHS - 05-08-2020, 06:01 AM
RE: Swap File for Multiple Songs - by Zubersoft - 05-08-2020, 04:04 AM
RE: Swap File for Multiple Songs - by KHS - 05-08-2020, 05:59 AM
RE: Swap File for Multiple Songs - by KHS - 05-08-2020, 06:38 AM
RE: Swap File for Multiple Songs - by KHS - 05-08-2020, 06:20 AM
RE: Swap File for Multiple Songs - by Zubersoft - 05-08-2020, 06:07 AM

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