Great app, but seems buggy
I’ve been using this app for a good half year or so and up until recently it’s been working fine for me. However, maybe it’s because they’ve not yet released an update in a while, especially now that Mavericks is out, but my app seems to be very buggy. Songs are unable to be selected half of the time, and when I *can* select them it’s hit or miss whether my text and chords appear or if I’m shown a blank page with nothing on a song I’ve spent many hours working on. I’m also curious about the new UI. The one shown in the images for the app on this page look amazing, I really love the wooden look and the design has a nice aesthetic to it. However, I tried redownloading just to confirm and yes, it seems like what’s pictured isn’t what you get; just a bland, white and blue theme with some basic drop down functions for organizing your songs. In short, it was a really good app for songwriters, and I feel like it could be again if the devs are able to get out a more recent update and maybe some more options for aesthetics (color, theme layout, etc.) Edit: After doing some digging I’m not even sure the devs are updating this anymore. I can’t find word of it on their website, and both the mobile and desktop versions of this haven’t been updated in months. Always disappointing to purchase something only to have the creators move on and leave you hanging :/
All around fantastic for songwriting.
HOWEVER, it has crashed on me twice, both times were when I was using a feature for the first time; when I tried to record something, and also when I tried to access the song setting. It opened right back up though and nothing was lost and it hasn’t happened since so I have most of my trust back.My biggest issues with this app though are that it is not very compatible with iPhone or iPad versions, and also that it does not export songs very well at all.Please allow the iOS versions to sync automatically with each other as well as this one, please. Please. PLEASE. I come up with song ideas on the fly all the time and having the app on my phone is great, but then I just have to redo it all again when I get home to my Mac. What happens is I’ll do more work on the song on my Mac and then I’ll think of more when I’m away from it but then the updated version of the song isn’t on my phone so I have to try to remember and rewrite it all, plus redo the melody recordings again as well…….. HUGE inconvenience. Auto-syncing would be simply phenomenal.Pertaining to the exporting issue, whenever I back up the songs to DropBox I can only view them by uploading them into the app… I did this from my iPhone to iPad and it worked, but when I try to view them using another viewing app (even one designed to read zipped files, which I wish they wouldn’t export zipped at all…) it doesn’t work at all. ALSO, when I tried to import the songs in my DropBox to the version of this app on my Mac, it wouldn't work at all. So what I did then was exported them from my iOS by email, but then I could only view them within the email AND I lost all the audio recordings too which are a crucial part of the export; I then spent an hour and a half typing in all the lyrics to my songs, and still haven’t gotten around to getting the melodies re-recorded….So these are two issues that are fairly basic and simple, yet detract GREATLY from the value and functionality of this potentially incredible app.Overall though, it really is a great tool for songwriting and I enjoy it’s simplicity and effectiveness. The recording ability for melodies is one of the biggest selling points for me. The minor crashes terrified me at first and almost tempted me to get a refund, but for the most part it has been a reliable app for a while now and I trust it enough to keep my ‘goldmine' (to me) of ideas stored in it.The lock code feature is great on iOS versions and should be added to the MacBook version as well!I really hope people are reviewing and responding to these reviews, I’d definitely like to reccomend this app to more friends but I’d really like to see it reach its full potential first. Thanks a lot, keep up the good work.
I took a chance and purchased this and the iPad app. The iPad app is much more polished and feature-rich, but this app (which costs more) needs some work. Chord input is very clunky and there is no, far as I can tell, autosync feature. The iPad version includes dropbox integration, which is great, but would be better if both versions stayed in sync. There is also no rhyming dictionary like the iPad offers. Sheesh. Figuring things out is also frustrating -- the app strives to be simple and, I think, beautiful, but it is not always intuitive. So far no crashes or anything of concern and, for now, this will be a good (and less expensive) tool to replace the now dated MasterWriter. I appreciate the authors work and ideas and encourage him to continue working on this app -- I would love to give it 5 stars.
Figured it out
I originally gave a negative review because I (stupidly) couldn't figure out how to reorder the sections of my songs. I have since figured it out. A few suggestions from my work with it so far. I'd like to have the ability to click and drag sections of the song around from within the main writing window, without having to click on the section settings button. I'd also like to see the section that I have selected in settings be highlighted when I am about to drag it around. Thanks!
I also bought it and also it just gives me a white screen and that's it. I have no idea how to fix this or why it is like this. Don't buy this app its worthless.