Chromebook for digital sheet music?

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Chromebook for digital sheet music?

Post by jbeatenbough » Tue Jan 28, 2020 8:13 am

Hi all!

Is anyone using a chromebook as a substitute for paper music? I recently got an acer spin-15 that I'm going to give a go at... just wondered if anyone else has tried this yet... if so, what software are you using? How is it going? ... details man, share the details :lol:
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Re: Chromebook for digital sheet music?

Post by JohnL » Tue Jan 28, 2020 12:05 pm

I looked around a bit and did not find anything promising as far as a Chrome extension. I expect you'll have to go with an Android app.

But now you've got me thinking of a way to brute force this with the tools at hand...
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Re: Chromebook for digital sheet music?

Post by timothy42b » Tue Jan 28, 2020 1:21 pm

I've done a bit of research. Many of the chromebooks open all the way back, so they're essentially a tablet, and some people are using them for music.

One of the websites says they will work but the screen resolution on an actual tablet is significantly better, so if you can afford the iPad Pro 12.9 or similar you will be happier with that. If not you can make chromebook work, they tell me.

I have an iPad Pro for work and am very happy with it, but of course I can't load personal stuff on it, and it is a bit pricey.
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Re: Chromebook for digital sheet music?

Post by jbeatenbough » Thu Feb 06, 2020 6:18 pm

ok, so I got the 15.6" chromebook (acer flip)... I got it off amazon refurbished for $200... it looks like new.

I loaded MobileSheets Pro on it and imported about 50 songs... it works like a champ.

Only issue so far is when I plug in a usb receiver for my page turner, the screen locks into "fixed" mode, so I have to manually adjust the screen setting by 90 degrees... so far, I'm really happy with the setup...

Btw, I'm using a ring like page turner I got off amazon for $17... It is made of really soft, flexible rubber.. I'm clipping it on the leadpipe and can change page forward or back with my left index finger while playing...
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Re: Chromebook for digital sheet music?

Post by JohnL » Thu Feb 06, 2020 6:42 pm

jbeatenbough wrote:
Thu Feb 06, 2020 6:18 pm
I loaded MobileSheets Pro on it and imported about 50 songs... it works like a champ.
That's an Android app, correct? You loaded it through the Google Play?
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Re: Chromebook for digital sheet music?

Post by jbeatenbough » Thu Feb 06, 2020 6:44 pm

Yes, the latest versions of chrome will run android apps... that is what started me down this path... = )
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Re: Chromebook for digital sheet music?

Post by JohnL » Thu Feb 06, 2020 8:53 pm

jbeatenbough wrote:
Thu Feb 06, 2020 6:44 pm
Yes, the latest versions of chrome will run android apps... that is what started me down this path... = )
Yeah, my personal Chromebook is way too old. As of this summer, it's past what Google calls AUE (Automatic Update End); the last update was Chrome 75.

Anyone reading this thread and thinking about picking up a used Chromebook would do well to check this list before buying. So far, my Chromebook still does what I need it to do, but there's no telling for how long.

As for Android capability?
That would be this list.
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Re: Chromebook for digital sheet music?

Post by dbwhitaker » Sat Feb 08, 2020 11:02 am

jbeatenbough wrote:
Thu Feb 06, 2020 6:18 pm
... I'm using a ring like page turner I got off amazon for $17...
Do you have a link or product name for this? I can't seem to find a product that matches this description.
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Re: Chromebook for digital sheet music?

Post by sacfxdx » Sat Feb 08, 2020 11:28 am

jbeatenbough wrote:
Thu Feb 06, 2020 6:18 pm
ok, so I got the 15.6" chromebook (acer flip)... I got it off amazon refurbished for $200... it looks like new.

I loaded MobileSheets Pro on it and imported about 50 songs... it works like a champ.

Only issue so far is when I plug in a usb receiver for my page turner, the screen locks into "fixed" mode, so I have to manually adjust the screen setting by 90 degrees... so far, I'm really happy with the setup...

Btw, I'm using a ring like page turner I got off amazon for $17... It is made of really soft, flexible rubber.. I'm clipping it on the leadpipe and can change page forward or back with my left index finger while playing...
Welcome to the digital age. :-)
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Re: Chromebook for digital sheet music?

Post by jbeatenbough » Sat Feb 08, 2020 12:43 pm

This is the one I got was https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07R66JHJM

I've only used it once so far, but it worked fine. I was able to just clip on on the leadpipe and then could hit forward/back with my left index finger.
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Re: Chromebook for digital sheet music?

Post by jbeatenbough » Sat Feb 08, 2020 12:45 pm

sacfxdx wrote:
Sat Feb 08, 2020 11:28 am
Welcome to the digital age. :-)
Where were you Tuesday night? I couldn't have been work - you are about to retire = )

You could have laughed at my entrance into digital music...
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Re: Chromebook for digital sheet music?

Post by BflatBass » Sun Feb 16, 2020 5:55 pm

jbeatenbough wrote:
Thu Feb 06, 2020 6:18 pm

I loaded MobileSheets Pro on it and imported about 50 songs... it works like a champ.
Did you import from another digital source? Did you ever go through the process of converting from paper to digital and if so how? Scan/PDF?
I'm just curious as I've never used a digital reader and I'm just trying to get familiar with the process.

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Re: Chromebook for digital sheet music?

Post by jbeatenbough » Sun Feb 16, 2020 6:06 pm

I made a temporary stand to hold my phone over a well lit table. Put a stack of music under it and started saying "cheese", then removing the top page... repeat (I saved them to my google drive), then I printed them into pdfs (if multiple pages for a song, I printed all those pages into one pdf. Then batch loaded into mobilesheets...

In 30 minutes, I did about 50 songs out of our most often played... I still have about 100 more to do, but haven't gone back to it yet.
John

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Re: Chromebook for digital sheet music?

Post by dbwhitaker » Mon Feb 17, 2020 10:28 am

I highly recommend ScannerPro app for iPhone for scanning music (or any other documents). It’s really fast and simple to scan a chart. It does a great job of automatically cropping image to pages, saves to PDF, and can be configured to automatically save to a cloud service (eg Google Drive).
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Re: Chromebook for digital sheet music?

Post by jbeatenbough » Tue Feb 18, 2020 9:47 am

Is there a corresponding android app? I see "Easy Scanner Pro for $7.99 - is that the same app?
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Re: Chromebook for digital sheet music?

Post by dbwhitaker » Tue Feb 18, 2020 12:53 pm

jbeatenbough wrote:
Tue Feb 18, 2020 9:47 am
Is there a corresponding android app? I see "Easy Scanner Pro for $7.99 - is that the same app?
It looks like a different company. Sorry - I don't have any experience with Android apps.
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