Problems and Solutions
Problem: unrealBook is acting strange – something used to work, now it doesn’t.
Try to completely quit unrealBook. Double-press on the Home button to access the task bar. Press and hold on the unrealBook icon until it wiggles. Press the minus sign at the top left of the icon to completely quit the application. Try and run unrealbook again.
You want to be able to remember the songs that you played in a large pdf book and want to quickly access those songs again.
Solution – use Bookmarks.
Select Add Bookmark from the Do Menu. Name the bookmark. Now the bookmark will appear in the main song list like any other file. Choose it to load the book and go directly to the song.
Solution2 – use Export Pages.
Tap the Action Menu and choose Export Pages. The advantage of export pages over a bookmark is that Export Pages creates a new file that may load faster.
You need to quick way to recall songs that you need on the gig tonight.
Solution – Use the set list feature in the Do Menu.
Create set lists using the set list feature and use the set list song popup to quickly access any song in the set list on the fly.
You need to quick jump to another page due to a d.s. or to coda mark.
Solution – Use the Hot Spot feature in the Do Menu.
Create Hot Spots and assign the page to jump to.
You have a large “real book” type PDF with hundreds of pages. People are calling out songs on the fly. You need a way to get to the index page fast and a way to jump to the correct page number. The problem is that the page numbers don’t match what the PDF is telling you. Page 1 visually is really page 6 due to the cover page and notes.
Solution – Use the Go Menu buttons.
Turn to the index page and hit the M+ button in the Go menu. Now any press on the M button will take you quickly to the index page. Now go to the first page that shows Page Number 1 visually (which could be page 6 etc….), now press the Set Page 1 button, now when you type any value into the Page:  field, the correct page will be brought up. (Note: this will not work for PDFs with negative page offsets)
Solution2 – Create an index for the PDF. Although this requires work ahead of time, you can create a searchable index for any large PDF in unrealBook.
You need to put a note to remind yourself to press program 8 on your keyboard during a section.
Solution – Use the Add Text button in the Do Menu.
Select the Add Text button in the Do Menu and then press any where in the score. Now type in “program 8” and hit return. The note is placed on the score and automatically highlighted.
You need to skim through a book quickly.
Use the Go Menu -10, -2, -1, +1 +2 and +10 buttons to jump through the document quickly along with the Go Menu slider.
You need to send someone a PDF or an annotated version of the current PDF.
Solution – use the Action menu.
Press on the Action menu and choose from the various email choices. WARNING: do not choose Email ALL Screen Shots with a huge file because there is a limit to the maximum size and attachments that most email systems can handle. Use this for a maximum of 10 pages.
You need to delete a file/bookmark or rename a file.
Solution – use the Do Menu->Manage Files command.
Choose the Manage Files command in the Do Menu and select, then rename/delete your file.
Using an Airturn Pedal
You can use a Bluetooth Pedal to turn pages wirelessly with unrealBook.
Setup unrealBook for the Airturn Bluetooth Pedal
Choose AirTurn Setup, then turn AirTurn Support ON. Connect to your PED or BT-105. Please make sure your AirTurn is set to send arrow up and arrow down (iPad Profile Mode).
It’s easy to choose a song/PDF file.
Press the Songs menu
Select All Files from the Songs menu.
Select a song to load
Simply press a song to load. If you press and hold on a song in the All Files menu, a small preview will appear. From this preview you can rename and delete the file.
Search for a specified song
Type into the search field to locate a specified song. You do not have to type the entire name. unrealBook can search for a subset of letters. If you make a mistake, swipe left on the search field to clear it. Swipe right to bring back the last search term. Swipe left on the file name to delete it.
Deleting a song
Swipe left on the file name in the All Files menu to delete a file.
Preview a song
Press and hold on the song name in the All Files menu to get a preview of the file. You can Duplicate, Rename and Delete the file from this preview window.
Rebuilding the All Files list
To rebuild the All Files list, pull down on it. You may have to do this after adding a PDF to unrealBook’s folder. You can also rebuild the Quick Find and any index list by pulling down on it.
Quick Find will display a list of files and indexes (if you have created them). This can be useful if you want to see every single song listing – but if you have lots of indexes, it can be overwhelming. In that case, using All Files and then pressing the All Indexes button may be a quicker way to switch between files and index listings. Pull down on the Quick Find to rebuild the list.
This will list files in order of newest at the top and oldest at the bottom. Useful if you have just added a few PDF files and want to remember which ones you have added recently.
This will list songs in the order they were loaded in unrealBook. This is useful if you want to see what songs you played previously. To reset the list, simply swipe left across the Recently Loaded text and press the red delete button to reset the list and start over. If you press the Save button, you can also choose to save the Recently Loaded list as a set list or as a regular alphabetized list that appears in the Songs menu.
The first thing that you must do is get PDF files into unrealBook. There are several ways to do this. Using iTunes is the main way to load a number of PDF files into unrealBook. All PDF files that are in the unrealBook Documents folder will be listed in the Songs menu. All files must be of PDF type and have a .pdf extension.
There are many ways to get PDF files into unrealBook, please access the Info & Help menu to access the support pages (must have internet connection).
You can use iTunes, iMazing (from imazing.com), email, open in…. from another program, Dropbox.com, Box.com and Airdrop from a computer. Access the support pages for all fo the latest information.
Access the support pages (FAQ-Knowledge Base and Manual)
Access the unrealBook support page and get the latest information regarding unrealBook and iOS changes. All the latest information and questions answered.
Quick Start for dropbox.com – Access dropbox
You must have a dropbox.com account. Once you have an account, put your PDF files inside a folder. All of the PDF files must have a .pdf or .PDF extension. Choose Dropbox – Remote files from the Action menu. Log in with your dropbox name and password.
Quick Start for dropbox.com – download your new files
Navigate to your dropbox folder and choose Get New. All the newest files will be downloaded into unrealBook.
The top toolbar is what you will be using most of the time.
Tap the center of the screen to hide and show the toolbar.
The buttons are Songs menu, Go menu, Do menu, dB (keywords menu), CD/Music menu, Draw menu, Action menu button and Settings.
The bottom toolbar accesses the set list operations.
The buttons are: + button on the left, previous song, set list popup/chooser, next song and set list songs popup.
You can tap in different areas of the screen.
Tap in the middle to toggle the toolbars. Tap in the left to go to the previous page. Tap in the right to go to the next page. Double-tap in the middle of the screen to reset the zoom to default.
**There is also a shortcut to the Songs menu. Tap the top left corner to quickly access the Songs menu.
Access the support pages (FAQ-Knowledge Base and Manual)
Access the unrealBook support page and get the lastest information regarding unrealBook and iOS changes. All the latest information and questions answered.
Thank you for choosing unrealBook. I hope it will make your musical life much easier on stage and off. Good luck with your music!
unrealBook is written by Aron Nelson in Hawaii