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PostPosted: Tue Jan 24, 2023 4:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dale Proctor wrote:
I’ll stick with paper…lol


It's worked for millenia!
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 24, 2023 4:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Right now I am using camscanner on my phone to scan my paper music and books. It's working but taking time. I'll update in here once my tablet arrives tomorrow.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 24, 2023 5:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Am using the scan feature on my Brother DCP-L2550DW laser printer. Excellent results, saves as sharp, high-contrast PDFs. In my experience using a cell camera to scan gives mediocre/uneven results at best so I prefer a bed scanner.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 24, 2023 5:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Proteus wrote:
Am using the scan feature on my Brother DCP-L2550DW laser printer. Excellent results, saves as sharp, high-contrast PDFs. In my experience using a cell camera to scan gives mediocre/uneven results at best so I prefer a bed scanner.


My only issue with using my printer is my books I would have to tear them apart to scan them.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 24, 2023 5:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Often true - but the Brother software allows me to scan the page in any orientation and then rotate the image 90 or 180 degrees, so I never have to take books apart.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 25, 2023 5:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use my Cannon printer/scanner for most things, and a scanner app on the iPad or phone at times.
The quality on the scanner seems to be better. (sharper lines, etc)
But the apps are more than good enough - sometimes a little awkward to get a flat scan.

Using a Mac you do have the built in ability to edit .pdf's and then again in Forscore.

I'm not 100% there yet, but very close. The last musical I played, because of time (I was a last minute sub), and numerous printed edits, cuts, and additions, I used paper.

I'm finding it extremely valuable for teaching lessons, not only can you carry a ton of music with you, but easy to send/share a page with and without edits to the student. "I don't have that book/music with me..." doesn't fly anymore.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 25, 2023 9:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Proteus wrote:
Am using the scan feature on my Brother DCP-L2550DW laser printer. Excellent results, saves as sharp, high-contrast PDFs. In my experience using a cell camera to scan gives mediocre/uneven results at best so I prefer a bed scanner.

I used to agree. But big books are a pain on a flatbed. And the cameras and apps have gotten so much better. My app locates the page edges and takes the scan without needing to push a button. If it detected that the camera isn't exactly straight it automatically corrects for it. There's even a tool that allows quickly cropping any page to maximize the image size. See my earlier post. I don't even have to hold the camera/pad.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 25, 2023 9:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What pedals are you guy/gals using?
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 25, 2023 10:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have an Airturn pedal that I use once in a while. I find it to hard to find the right section of the pedal when I’m looking at music, so I only use it if I have to. I prefer to use the half-screen page function in Forscore. I can usually find a rest of a measure or two where I have the time to turn the page manually on the iPad.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 25, 2023 10:21 am    Post subject: Re: Going 100% Paperless Reply with quote

[quote="nieuwguyski"]
LaTrompeta wrote:


I would echo those who mentioned backup plans. Not too long ago I played a gig with a bass player who had scanned the gig book and only brought his iPad... which, unfortunately, hadn't charged when last plugged in. There was an awkward moment while the band rearranged on the stage so the bass player could read off the piano player's charts.


This is the kind of mistake I fear. I triple check to make sure the iPad is charged, and I keep an auxiliary charging battery in my bag. I believe in Murphy’s Law because, hey, I could be related. But I’d still rather tote the iPad than several 4” thick binders.

And even if the iPad isn’t fully charged, it only uses about 20% of the battery for a 2 hr rehearsal or gig.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 26, 2023 1:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I also don't bother with a pedal and I use half-page mode quite a bit.

And I also try to keep a backup USB battery on hand. I found an inexpensive one at Target that has short fixed cords for both lightning and USB-C. Works great and is cheap insurance.
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