Use "Select Song File" to open a chart in plain text format (.txt file). If you want to keep the original version, use the "File Name Addition" to add something like "C" and select "Copy File". You'll now be working with the filename-C.txt version.
Select one of the numbered radio buttons to transpose up or down a certain number of half-steps. There are 12 half-steps in an octave. Press "Transpose Song File" to convert the file to the new key. Press "Edit Text" to see the new version in the default text editor, such as Notepad. For the keys of E and A, you usually want sharps (#) rather than flats (b). In this case, select "Display Sharps" and then either "Transpose Song File" or "Convert Sharps/Flats".
Format SectionThis section allows you to create webpage format (HTML) or Word document format (RTF). Specify the font size, bold option, space between lines, indent, and 1 or 2 column format. Press one of the "Create" buttons, then the corresponding "View" button to see the results. Two column format might be useful to display on a wide laptop screen, allowing the whole song to fit.
SetList SectionThis section is used to create several song charts in one step. You might need 22 charts for an evening performance, for example. One step creates all of the HTML or RTF files and another also combines them into a single HTML or RTF file. Create a text file with one song file per line as the setlist file. For example, setlist.txt might contain...
Help on Transpose
Use Transpose to transpose and format song files written in plain text format with an editor such as Notepad. You can create web page HTML or Word (RTF) format files with options for font size, single or double columns, chord names in bold print, and extra line space between lines. It is assumed that lines of chord names are above lines of lyrics. E.g.,
|D Bm |Em A#7 A7 |
At last, my love has
Check out the sample songs by selecting "Sample Songs" from the menu. Or download from the internet (e.g., search for "Sultans of Swing chords"). Ensure text other than chords or special characters is not included in the chord lines. When editing a song chart with a text editor such as Notepad, using a mono-spaced such as Courier or 'Lucida Console' helps keep text in line. Lyric lines are normally unchanged. To transpose a chord in a lyric line, use the _ character before the chord letter; e.g., 'This song is in _Eb'. To prevent a line from being transposed, start it with an exclamation point. This is useful for lines of guitar tab notation.