||I have updated from TuneSmith 1 to TuneSmith 2 but after trying to reimport my song catalog all my entries are missing. Are all my entries lost?
All your previously entered data still reside unchanged in the 'Idolumic TuneSmith' backup folder, which is located in the 'Documents' folder of your operating system. To import the data of a backup folder created with TuneSmith 1 into TuneSmith 2 follow the instructions of the online conversion guide.
Is TuneSmith fully secured so that nobody can access my data?
By default TuneSmith can be opened by any user account on your computer. To limit access to your data you can move TuneSmith's program folder to a secure location such as the 'Documents' folder of your operating system. For even greater protection you can store TuneSmith's program folder on an encrypted disk image.
Is there a limit to the number of songs I can create and manage with TuneSmith?
The number of songs is only limited by the available hard drive space. Theoretically you can store up to 64 quadrillion records provided TuneSmith's file size does not exceed 8 TB (terabytes). Both the Mac and the Windows versions can store an unlimited number of audio files per song. It is important to note, however, that Windows users who formatted their hard drives with a FAT file structure will not be able to read or write a single file that is larger than 4GB. Since the entire application of TuneSmith represents a single file it is preferable to use NTSF formatted hard drives whenever you wish to administer large song catalogs with numerous audio files.
Which audio formats can I use to write and administer my songs with TuneSmith?
When you are writing lyrics you can record ideas for melodies and songs via the computer's built-in microphone in either AIFF or WAVE formats. AIFF is the most commonly used uncompressed audio format on the Apple Macintosh while WAVE is a popular uncompressed audio format on the Windows PC. Whenever you add commercially released studio recordings of your songs to your catalog TuneSmith will recognize a variety of audio formats, including iTunes' ACC (.m4a), MP3 (.mp3), AIFF (.aiff) and WAVE (.wav).
Can I use the vCard import and export functions to keep TuneSmith synchronized with my OS X Address Book?
Any contact that is created in the OS X Address Book is assigned a unique identification number which TuneSmith can use to update the matching creative talents whenever a vCard is re-imported. It is important to note, however, that TuneSmith only allows a creative talent to have up to 6 phone numbers, email addresses and 6 street addresses while a vCard created with the OS X Address Book does not have these limitations. It is also worth mentioning that the OS X Address Book allows a contact to have multiple preferred phone numbers, email and street addresses while in TuneSmith a creative talent can only have one preferred choice per category. If you plan to synchronize both applications regularly, be mindful to select only one preferred option for each contact category in your OS X Address Book as well.
|Why are the pseudonyms of creative talents labelled as nicknames whenever they are being exported into a vCard?
A standard vCard must follow a specific format which allows for the inclusion of a nickname but not an artist's pseudonym. Rather than creating a custom vCard extension that might not be recognized by other contact managers TuneSmith uses a person's nickname as his or her pseudonym.
How do I create a backup of my song catalog?
To initiate a backup click on the ‘Backup’ button at the bottom left of TuneSmith’s screen. TuneSmith can store a single backup of your data in a specific folder named ‘Idolumic TuneSmith’ in the ‘Documents’ folder of your operating system. It is advisable to periodically copy this folder to external media to avoid irreversible data loss due to hard drive crashes.
I want to use TuneSmith on both my Windows PC and Mac. How can I synchronize my song catalog?
You can move TuneSmith's backup folder in your 'Documents' folder from one computer to the other. To transfer changes made on a Windows PC to a Mac, create a new backup on the PC and copy the entire folder to your Mac to replace the existing backup folder. Start TuneSmith on your Mac and choose 'revert' in the backup dialog. This will import any new data from the backup folder and revert any matching records that are already present. Records that only exist in the Mac version of TuneSmith but not in the backup folder will remain unaffected. Please note, however, that customized pop-up menus of entry fields will not be automatically updated during the import of a previously created backup. These pop-up menus may be updated manually after the import is complete by clicking on the appropriate field label while holding the control (Ctrl) key.
Does TuneSmith allow me to use cloud-based synchronization to share the same song catalog on multiple computers?
With TuneSmith 1.x you can use Dropbox or similar synchronization tools to share the backup folder, which is located inside the 'Documents' folder of your operating system. With TuneSmith 2 you are able to share the actual program folder of TuneSmith, which resides inside the 'Applications' folder of your operating system. The TuneSmith program folder can only be shared if you stay within the Mac or the Windows platform. To ensure data integrity NEVER SYNCHRONIZE TuneSmith's program folder with another computer while TuneSmith is running. It is also possible to move the program folder from your 'Applications' folder to an external hard drive to use it on multiple computer systems. When the Mac version of TuneSmith 2 is shared the Rhyme Genie plug-in will automatically activate itself on each computer that has the appropriate Rhyme Genie activation file on the desktop. Windows users have the option to automatically activate a shared stand-alone version of Rhyme Genie 5 (or higher) in the same fashion.
Will I be able to export my song catalog to a different songwriting software in the future?
TuneSmith can create an unencrypted backup of your song data in a standard FileMaker® format. In addition, the audio files can be exported in their native file format so they can be imported into more advanced audio editors, sequencers or iTunes.
TuneSmith 2.0 includes the following improvements.
TuneSmith's interface has been refined:
The graphic user interface has been updated to take advantage of Apple's new high resolution Retina Display and allows improved rendering on Windows PCs. A new 'Preview' button can generate fully formatted and freely zoomable on-screen previews of all printouts. Numerous small improvements have been made.
A chord sheet editor with a chord dictionary has been added:
A new chord sheet editor, which offers the same style and format features as TuneSmith's lyrics editor, can add professionally formatted chord symbols with matching guitar chord charts to your lyrics. An integrated chord dictionary allows you to look up the notes, fret positions and intervals of over 4800 chords and can be used to maintain an unlimited number of custom chord charts.
The Rhyme Genie plug-in can now automatically activate itself:
The new auto activation feature of the Rhyme Genie plug-in makes it easier for Mac users to share TuneSmith files on multiple computers. You can now move the entire TuneSmith program folder from the 'Applications' folder of your Mac to an external hard drive. The Rhyme Genie plug-in will automatically activate itself on each computer that has the appropriate Rhyme Genie activation file on the desktop. You can also use Dropbox or similar synchronization tools to share the entire TuneSmith program folder on multiple computers provided you stay within the Mac platform. To ensure data integrity NEVER SYNCHRONIZE TuneSmith's program folder with another computer while TuneSmith is running.
Note to OS X users of TuneSmith 1.0-1.3.1:
If you are unable to export vCards with TuneSmith please download the TuneSmithVCF.xsl.zip file (53 KB), extract (unzip) it and place it into the TuneSmith folder located in your 'Applications' folder.
TuneSmith 1.3.1 includes the following improvements.
A major bug has been fixed:
A glitch that would limit audio recordings via the computer's microphone to 3 minutes or less has been fixed. The installation on OS X has been simplified with a drag-and-drop procedure which installs the Rhyme Genie plug-in by default.The code signature of TuneSmith has been updated to ensure compatibility with OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion) and Gatekeeper.
TuneSmith 1.2 includes the following improvements.
Several bugs have been addressed:
A bug that could cause TuneSmith to crash during shutdown has been fixed. A glitch that inadvertently attached the currently playing audio files to a newly created email has been corrected. Numerous small improvements have been made.
TuneSmith 1.1 includes the following improvements.
A number of issues have been fixed:
A glitch that prevented the creation of pitch task reminders in iCal has been corrected. A bug that caused TuneSmith to print the copyright info of a song instead of the lyrics sheet has been fixed. Name changes to revision entries can now be saved by pressing the return or the tab key.
Kindly suggest any improvements to TuneSmith or submit any further questions via email:
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