Using the index editor for large PDF files

Using the index editor for large PDF files

Indexes allow you to create a file containing a list of titles and pages for a specific document. Think of it as a table of contents that you can create for a large PDF book. unrealBook now includes an index editor so you don’t need to use a computer to create and edit indexes.

Use the Songs menu and load a PDF that you want to create an index for. Go to the page that you want to create an index listing for.

Make sure that your PDF is loaded and you are on a page that you want to create a listing for.

Press the +/Verify button to start creating an index or skip to edit an existing index below.


Choose Create Index


Press the + button to create a listing


Press the + button to create a new listing.

Edit the title


Use the onscreen keyboard to change the title. Use the x button to quickly clear the title and type in a new name.

Continue the above for every page that you want a index listing for.

Repeat as many times as necessary.

Save your index


Press Save to save your index

Name and save your index file


Name and save your index.

Your index file will now be available in the Songs->Indexes menu


Other index editor features


The extra buttons from left to right in the editor are as follows:
Go to top of list.
Go to bottom of list.
Sort by title alphabetically.
If you are on a particular page of a PDF, press the Locate Page to scroll to a matching line in the index.
Email the index.

Creating Lists for subsets of songs

Creating Lists for subsets of songs

Lists are a way of displaying a subset of all the charts you have. For example if you are playing with a Jazz band, you might want to only see charts that pertain to that Jazz band. Lists are similar to set lists, except they are in the Songs menu. In addition, they are sorted and indexed automatically. When you search through a list, only the songs in the list are searched

Choose Add List… from the Songs menu


Add songs into a list using the -> buttons


Use the -> buttons to add songs to your list. You can also use the search icon to add files to the list. Press Save List after you are done.

Turn a set list into a list


You can use the Add Set List To Songs Menu command to turn the current set list into a list that you can access from the Songs menu.

Access your saved lists in the Songs menu


Saved lists appear in the Songs menu after the Indexes entry. Choose any list and select a song to display in unrealBook.

Advanced- Use to turn a folder hierarchy into lists


You can use to organize a directory that contains folders arranged exactly as you want them to appear in unrealBook. Name the folders exactly as you want them to appear and put pdf files in the folders. Choose Action->Remote Files navigate to your folder that contains the folder hierarchy on Once the folder is current, press the Build Lists button. Your lists will automatically be created. Any existing lists with the same names are overwritten. Note that nested folders are not allowed and files are not copied from the folders. This is just a quick and easy way to create lists.

Choosing a Song/PDF File

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

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.

Recently Loaded


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.

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