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Attach/link "unknown" files?
#1
Hi MobileSheets community,
I'm just diving into this app and I'm very happy how actively it seems to be supported and developed.

I'd like to be able to attach files to my songs, that are not directly useable in MobileSheets itself. I just want them have at hand while viewing a song and maybe have a list where tapping on an entry will open the file in an app that knows what to do with it. So either links or copies of the files.

Maybe I should explain what I intend to do with this: I'm a teacher, so I have many simple pieces for my students. Often I'll have the right song, but want to edit it slightly to make it fit the current situation, so I need to get from viewing the song in MobileSheets to opening the corresponding file in MuseScore/Finale/whatever as fast and easily as possible. I can imagine this with other files too, maybe a corresponding video file... well everything is connected (of course you know), not just sheet music and audio.  Shy

What do you think about it, is this even an old idea (difficult to search for it... at least I did not find it here)?
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#2
I think you would be happy with the "Smart Button' capability. In overlay mode, click on the center icon [a hand with finger on a square]on the lower right. This is the Smart Button popup. Press the plus, seta name for the button, then select  the button action. 'Open file in external app' is near the bottom of the list.
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#3
Hey, thank you, I missed that one completely, though I guessed these "Smart Buttons" might have some kind of sense... Thank you for the eye-opener!

Is there a way to show and hide smart buttons? If not, I'll probably put them on an additional blank page, but perhaps I don't need that.

It's a little complicated to implement these buttons, though. Maybe it might be possible to add some drag&drop mechanism for this? I imagine if I drop a file on a page/song in MS, it will add it to the sheets/audio files or if it cannot read it, create a button for it. This could come in very handy for all files, I'd think, especially when you're adding several songs and might have to create many of those links...
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#4
Just that kind of links that you are talking about are already possible in MSP. I use them frequently and successfully.
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#5
(01-19-2019, 10:10 AM)itsme Wrote: Just that kind of links that you are talking about are already possible in MSP. I use them frequently and successfully.

...what exactly are you talking about? I found the smart buttons (thanks to Skip), but drag&drop creation of them or other file connections does not work for me (no matter what kind of file and where I dropped until now). Do you know still another way? As I said, I'm not that experienced yet...  Blush
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#6
I don't currently support drag & drop as the code was converted from Android where there is no concept for drag & drop, and I envisioned most people running the app on a tablet such as a surface pro 4 where it's not convenient to multi-task to drag & drop files from Windows explorer. I can certainly consider adding code so that if a file is dropped on the page it will create a smart button with the file's name set for the caption that triggers the file to be loaded when tapped. I can also look into supporting dragging & dropping files on the library screen to import them if the file type is supported.

Mike
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#7
I understand, that‘s what I guessed when I found out it does not work currently. On a Surface though, I think drag and drop is very convenient as soon as I have configured split screen (ohne half MS, ohne half Explorer). I thought, Android does support splitscreen-Multitasking, too, doesn‘t it?

But probably you‘re right that not that many people are using this feature since it‘s a little hidden (I found it by accident, too). I like it, though, and I use it e.g. for colleages who have forgotten their (paper) sheets: two PDF-readers displaying different parts (sometimes even in the same file) side by side independently: A little small, but works and is much better than having these guys sitting around uselessly at a rehearsal.
That‘s another reason I asked for the „show folder Button“ in the other thread, by the way: It always takes precious time in these situations to open the explorer and navigate to the directory of the file that I‘m actually already working with.
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#8
I'm talking about file links in the PDF. They are supported not only by MSP but also by PDF XChange Viewer on Win10.
For an example see
https://zubersoft.com/mobilesheets/forum...p?tid=3161
I use Sciurius' PdfLink script to add them to the PDF:
https://github.com/sciurius/pdflink
The difference to MSP SmartButtons is that PDFLinks are stored in the PDF whereas MSP SmartButtons are stored in the MSP database.
PDFLink tool allows even applying links to all songs in a PDF fakebook by providing a list of files and PDF pages through a CSV file.
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#9
This is at least an interesting way, too, thanks for posting it!  Smile
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#10
For using Smart Buttons you might also take a look at
https://zubersoft.com/mobilesheets/forum...p?tid=4095
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