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Music Stand

 

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Music Stand eliminates the need for a word/metal music stand to hold music and lyrics. Designed by gigging musicians, it offers variable speed scrolling, plus complete control over font size/type and background color.Music Stand offers 3 methods for….. Read more

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0/5 stars
Amateurish app, really bad programming, zero support

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INTRODUCTION
"Music Stand" is a great concept potentially quite useful destroyed by an amateurish effort at app programming. The first tipoff is the uncorrected typo in the first line of the app description: "Music Stand eliminates the need for a word/metal music stand . . ." Surely they meant "wood/metal" music stand, right?

AMATEURISH WEBSITE
Your second tipoff to lack of attention to detail and amateurish effort is the online website itself. Before you buy, take one quick look. The "website" is a joke: some server somewhere spinning uselessly to host one static page--just one page with a screen shot of the app icon, all content lines jammed flush left without proper spacing, with "Welcome to MusicStnd.com!" and a "We're still building this site" message (no joke), then suggestion to use the links below in the meantime, which are links everyone already knows to song lyrics and guitar chord sites put into a cheesy two-column table badly formatted and imported from a word processor. To add insult to injury, the second link in the App Store description entitled "Music Stand Support" takes you to this exact same useless page as the first link!

AMATEURISH PROGRAMMING
For the app itself, fifteen minutes of fiddling reveal a ton of problems. Many of them reveal a shocking lack of programming experience and even minimal awareness of user ergonomics.

Button Implementation
As one example, button implementation is amateurish. On the play screen, the "Slower/Faster" buttons are stupidly set up as repeated touch rather than touch-hold; thus, to increment up or down requires a million repeated presses of the buttons, rather than values automatically incrementing or decrementing as the button is held. Since the increment values are so infinitesimally small (another really odd programming choice, since the difference in scroll speed with one increment is virtually undetectable) this crude repeated punching becomes an extreme annoyance immediately. Notice in the screen shot of the app that the Play button has the value "7.0000"--four decimal points! That is one ten-thousenth of a whole unit! (Are they seconds?)

Landscape Mode
As another example, landscape implementation is amateurish as well. The programming does not even account for the pop-up menu, which if activated in vertical orientation then gets cut off at the top in landscape mode!

Manual Input
For a third example, take the supposed "manual" input. You have three ways you are supposed to be able to create a file: (1) creating an empty document into which you can type manually, (2) pasting clipboard contents you have gotten from somewhere else, or (3) wireless transfer. However, if you create a blank document, you are not given a keyboard on which to type! Instead the blank document just goes into the main list of files to load and play. So, all you can do is create blank documents with which you can do nothing! They forgot the keyboard, for goodness sake.

File Support
For a fourth example, you also have as another input option a wireless file transfer, which does work. However, you never are advised that the app can display for playing (i.e., scrolling through the lines) ONLY text files in the .txt extension--no .pdf, .rtf, or other files that allow some form of formatting. In other words, either all formatting is stripped out of a file altogether, or, the screen just puts up the gibberish of the formatting code of the application that created the file. If you can download already set up lyrics and tabs, you are given not a hint how to.

Line Wrap
For a fifth example of amateurish coding, you can change the size of font of screen display, but be forewarned, the app is completely line wrap ignorant. This ignorance means that if you choose a font size that makes a line with a hard return go beyond the screen display, all the relationships of the words and spaces get scrambled, sometimes not only for that line, but messing up the line before as well.

Zero Help
Finally, you have no user manual, no help files, not even a basic "Getting Started" pdf that you could read online or have a link to download! While the app is simple, certain elements are not intuitive, and only someone who already is a little familiar with "how things work" with App Store apps could make an intelligent guess. Plus, many simple and immediate questions beg for an answer. Can you download existing tabs? What tab formats are recognized? Does the app recognize the ZIP format most of these tabs are delivered in? Does the app allow standard placement of chord names above lyric lines coordinated with specific words? (That answer already is known: No.) How does the manual input work without a keyboard? If a keyboard exists, what user action triggers the keyboard display on screen? And on and on.

CONCLUSION
Music Stand is a really bad app. Quite sad that someone is not incredibly embarrassed to have posted this app to the App Store in this condition, including redundant links to such a pathetic excuse for a web page. Also amazing to think that $2.99 was thought to be a fair price point for this thoroughly amateurish app, when FREE APPS are like a quantum leap in sophistication and programming savvy.

This app not only is a complete joke, this wasted code is an real abuse of unsuspecting buyers--in this condition, not even worth the basement price of $0.99. Should not have been offered in this form even for free. "Music Stand" is worse than a beta copy of new software.

5/5 stars
Music Stand

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This is exactly the program I was looking for. This ranks as my favorite of all time. It makes recording in the studio tons easier. No more flipping pages. Thanks!

4/5 stars
Critically Yours

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As someone who has fairly high expectations even when just spending $2.99 this little app is the best thing out there to date, the only thing that would make it better would be the ability to create set lists or at least arrange the songs in set list order. As for the two complainers or should I say whiiiiiiiners, go build one that does all that you say this is lacking, I might just buy it. Great little app does exactly what it claims......and for $2.99. AWESOME!!!!!

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