Creating Charts and Setting New Chart Defaults
Creating a new chart
To create a new chart, tap in the top right of the Chart/Notebook Browser. 1Chart will ask you to name the file and select a template. Click “Done” and you’re ready to chart.
Choosing a Template
When you first create a chart, you can select which type of template you think will best fit the material you’re working with. Don’t worry if you’re not sure which format will work best – you can always change an in-progress chart to another template.
- The freeform templates are useful for charts that are going to contain a lot of content – you’ll be able to fit more on the page. They’re also useful when you know your song isn’t going to have a predictable repeating structure, or when you want to use extensive rhythmic notation. You can choose between one- and two-column freeform templates.
- The measure-alignment templates helps bring visual structure to a chart that has measures of varying length, providing a timeline-like view of a song’s flow. (Due to space constraints, measure alignment is not available when using the two-column format.)
- When measures are aligned, if you add a Begin Repeat, Segno or Coda symbol prior to a measure, the symbol will be offset left so that measure alignment remains consistent from line to line. For example:
TIP: File Names vs. Chart Titles
The File Name you specify when you create a new chart is automatically used as the Chart Title that’s displayed at the top of your chart. If you like, you can change either of these after the fact (they’re independent of each other):
- To edit a File Name, tap next to the chart name in the Chart/Notebook Browser.
- To edit a Chart Title, tap the title in the header of an open chart.
Font Size Options
1Chart gives you the choice of viewing your chart in any of three font sizes. You’ll find the font choices in the Chart Settings menu (accessible via the icon at the top of the screen).
Choosing Defaults to Apply to New Charts
To define the settings that will be applied to new charts you create (e.g. numbers vs. letters, font size, accidentals format), go to “Defaults for New Charts” in the Settings menu.