(last update: September 13, 2023)

Manual

LyChor displays lyrics and chord sheets in a simple and efficient way.

To get your songs into LyChor, you need to create a zip file with plain text files inside and upload it to the app.

Importing

All in all you have to:

done.

If you don’t know how to do that, don’t worry: there is a more detailed description on how to do that on each platform below.

Overview

LyChor is an application that lets you store your lyric and chord sheets in a digital way for easy access.

It can display these in various ways to help you perform your gig in an efficient way.

To achieve that, LyChor uses three main page types to manage your lyrics:

Start

On startup, you are greeted with an overview of the songs you have as a list; this is the List View.

There’s only two songs as tutorial songs which you probably won’t need, since you’s like to see your own set of music.

To change any setting of LyChor, go to the settings menu by clicking on the main logo.

Settings

Here you can adjust various preferences to your liking.

Most importantly, you can change the stored songs by importing a compressed (‘zipped’) file containing all your songs.

This file can be selected if you store it somewhere where the App can find it, typically in iDrive (or Dropbox, Google Drive etc).

Preparation

Creation of the zip file is best done on a regular desktop computer.

To create it, you copy your sheets as simple txt files (not .pdf, not .doc, just simple text) into a folder and compress this folder by right clicking it and selecting ‘compress’. Once you put this zip file somewhere your mobile device can find it, you can import it by selecting the file.

Result

Once you did that, you see all your songs in the list view, and you are ready to roll!

Detail View

If you click on any song, it is displayed as a typical lyrics and chord sheet.

It’s displayed in one of these modes:

Transposition

By clicking on the transpose button (‘T: +0’) various times, you transpose the chords in 12 steps.

Text Size

You can toggle the text sizes by clicking on the ‘M’ button.

Prev/Next

You can switch directly between songs in the Detail View by clicking the prev/next buttons.

How to import

Mac OSX

Create plain text files

Creating a plain text file on a Mac is suprisingly complicated if you are not used to it.

To create plain text files, you can either download an editor from the app store for free like CotEditor and there are many more.

Or you can use TextEdit, which is included as a default application on a standard Mac.

If you are using TextEdit, we encourage you to change your settings so that TextEdit uses plain-text by default. Open TextEdit, click on the name TextEdit in the menu bar, and select Preferences. Next, in the Format section of the Preferences window, choose Plain Text.

You can find an even more detailed description on how to do that on MacReports or here.

Zip it

After you created the text files, put them in a folder. To create the ZIP file, hold the option key while selecting the folder and choose ‘compress’.

Windows

Create plain text files

You can use a free text editor like Notepad or Notepad++ in Windows. These programs should save plain text files by default.

WordPad is the standard editor in Windows. Use File → Save As… and select the option that allows you to save the file as a Text Document - rather than Rich Text Format (RTF), which is the default.

Zip it

After you created the text files, put them in a folder. Right click and choose ‘compress’ from the context menu.

Linux

Create text files and zip them.

Videos

Manual

LyChor displays lyrics and chord sheets in a simple and efficient way.

To get your songs into LyChor, you need to create a zip file with plain text files inside and upload it to the app.

Importing

All in all you have to:

done.

If you don’t know how to do that, don’t worry: there is a more detailed description on how to do that on each platform below.

Overview

LyChor is an application that lets you store your lyric and chord sheets in a digital way for easy access.

It can display these in various ways to help you perform your gig in an efficient way.

To achieve that, LyChor uses three main page types to manage your lyrics:

Start

On startup, you are greeted with an overview of the songs you have as a list; this is the List View.

There’s only two songs as tutorial songs which you probably won’t need, since you’s like to see your own set of music.

To change any setting of LyChor, go to the settings menu by clicking on the main logo.

Settings

Here you can adjust various preferences to your liking.

Most importantly, you can change the stored songs by importing a compressed (‘zipped’) file containing all your songs.

This file can be selected if you store it somewhere where the App can find it, typically in iDrive (or Dropbox, Google Drive etc).

Preparation

Creation of the zip file is best done on a regular desktop computer.

To create it, you copy your sheets as simple txt files (not .pdf, not .doc, just simple text) into a folder and compress this folder by right clicking it and selecting ‘compress’. Once you put this zip file somewhere your mobile device can find it, you can import it by selecting the file.

Result

Once you did that, you see all your songs in the list view, and you are ready to roll!

Detail View

If you click on any song, it is displayed as a typical lyrics and chord sheet.

It’s displayed in one of these modes:

Transposition

By clicking on the transpose button (‘T: +0’) various times, you transpose the chords in 12 steps.

Text Size

You can toggle the text sizes by clicking on the ‘M’ button.

Prev/Next

You can switch directly between songs in the Detail View by clicking the prev/next buttons.

How to import

Mac OSX

Create plain text files

Creating a plain text file on a Mac is suprisingly complicated if you are not used to it.

To create plain text files, you can either download an editor from the app store for free like CotEditor and there are many more.

Or you can use TextEdit, which is included as a default application on a standard Mac.

If you are using TextEdit, we encourage you to change your settings so that TextEdit uses plain-text by default. Open TextEdit, click on the name TextEdit in the menu bar, and select Preferences. Next, in the Format section of the Preferences window, choose Plain Text.

You can find an even more detailed description on how to do that on MacReports or here.

Zip it

After you created the text files, put them in a folder. To create the ZIP file, hold the option key while selecting the folder and choose ‘compress’.

Windows

Create plain text files

You can use a free text editor like Notepad or Notepad++ in Windows. These programs should save plain text files by default.

WordPad is the standard editor in Windows. Use File → Save As… and select the option that allows you to save the file as a Text Document - rather than Rich Text Format (RTF), which is the default.

Zip it

After you created the text files, put them in a folder. Right click and choose ‘compress’ from the context menu.

Linux

Create text files and zip them.

Videos


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