iReal b

iOS Manual

General usage

You can browse the song library by title, composer, style or playlist by selecting the appropriate tab at the bottom of the screen on iPhone and iPod and at the left bottom of the iPad screen when in landscape mode:
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On the iPad in portrait mode you have to tap on the Song button to access the browser:


In the Songs index and in the Composers index you can do a search by scrolling to the top of the list and typing the desired search query in the search field.
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To view a song chart simply tap on the title of the desired song in the Songs, Composers, Styles or Playlists index. On the iPhone and iPod, to return to the index tap anywhere on the screen to the toolbars and press the back button.
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On the iPad, when in landscape mode, the song index will always be visible on the lefthand side. When in portrait mode tap anywhere on the screen to reveal the toolbars and press the button in the top left corner that will always be named accordingly to the last mode of browsing.


On the iPhone and iPod, songs can be viewed in full screen in portrait mode. In landscape mode you get a larger font but most songs wont fit on the screen so some vertical scrolling might be necessary.
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By swiping left or right you can easily go to the previous or next song respectively.



Settings for iReal b can be accessed from the main list view or form the song view.
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General:
- Edit song chart color themes
- Choose preferred minor symbol
- Choose global transposition

Player:
- Turn off the marker that indicates the position of playback
- Turn off the the audio portion of the count in
- Turn off Background Audio to allow iReal b to function in conjunction with iRig/Amplitube and other guitar connection kits

Store:
- In-App purchases of additional Styles Pack for the player

Utilities:
- Backup: it's very important to regularly backup your song library. The backup is done via email.
- Reset Settings, resets all the settings to their default values without deleting any user songs or playlists.
- Delete all Songs and Delete all Playlists. This cannot be undone so make sure to backup.
- Restore Exercise Songs. iReal b comes with 50 exercises. If you delete any of them you can restore them here.

Transposing a song

Any song chart can be transposed to any key signature. Tap anywhere on the song chart to reveal the toolbars. The button in top right corner will indicate the current key signature of the song and will be preceded by the character if the song is not in the default key signature.
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Tap the button indicating the key signature, choose a new desired key signature and press the Transpose button.
All transpositions are saved, so next time you open iReal Book the songs you’ve transposed will be in their new key.

If you play a transposing instrument you can changed the global transposition in the settings to match the key of your instrument.
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All songs will now be transposed to the appropriate key but the transpose button will still indicate the concert key. When using global transposition there will also be an indication of it under the title.
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Since iReal b 4.0 it's now possible to choose to use number notation to display a song (can also be defined globally in the setting).
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This way of transposing sometimes yields some unusual enharmonics.
To achieve more control over the transposition of each chord it's recommended to use the transposition function in the editor.

Player

About
- The new Player function is included with iReal Book starting with version 3.0 and works on iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. (requires iOS3 or better).
- It generates piano, bass and drums accompaniments perfect for practicing.
- The base version of iReal b includes three styles: Jazz Medium Swing, Bossa Nova and Rock.
- Additional styles can be obtained with In-App purchases directly within iReal b.
- The Player generates accompaniments by reading the chord progression in the charts and also by following rehearsal instructions such as D.C. al Coda or D.S. al 2nd Ending.
- It plays all of the songs currently included in iReal Book’s library and it can play most user generated song charts as long as they follow some simple layout rules.
- It generates accompaniments with random rhythmic variations in the various instruments’ patterns making each chorus sound different and spontaneous.
- It plays all of the times signatures available in the iReal Book Editor including odd time signatures such as 5/4, 7/4 and 7/8. It’s even able to play mixed meters opening the possibility for many other time signatures.
- The song can be transposed and it will playback in the new key.
- Any song will playback in any of the available styles, although some styles obviously sound better than other with particular songs or particular time signatures.
- Sections in songs are recognized and marked with drum fills.
- Automatically generates an ending for all songs.

General use
To open the Player first open a song that you’d like to play and press the
button at the bottom of the screen:


The Player will open and you can simply tap the play button to start the accompaniment:


The first large button is used to switch between Styles Packs (Currently only Jazz is available).
The second large button is used to switch between the styles included in the currently selected Styles Pack. (Only Medium Swing is available as a demo with the base version of iReal Book)

The Tap button is useful to set the tempo to a specified value by tapping it out. The tempo can also be changed with the slide and fine tuned with + and - buttons next to the tempo marking.

The next option [: 3 :] indicates the number of choruses that the Player will generate when pressing the play button. Note that the more choruses you select the longer it will take to generate the accompaniment.

The last option indicates whether you want one or two bars count in before playback starts.

During playback a red bar line indicates the playback position and a number in the top right corner indicates what chorus is currently playing.

Note: in landscape mode the page automatically scrolls to reveal the current playback location.

During playback if you change the tempo, the style or another setting the change won’t take effect until you regenerate the song by pressing the play button again. This will be indicated by the flashing refresh button:



In-App Purchase of Styles Packs
To purchase the Jazz Styles Pack open the Player Settings either from the iReal Book Settings page:


or from the Player itself tapping the settings button in the lower left corner:


Once inside the Player Settings open the store for the Jazz Styles Pack:


Once inside the Store you can read more about the 10 included styles, watch a demo and finally make the In-App purchase by pressing the green button:


Note: If you already purchased the Styles Pack you will not be charged again to download it to again to your device.

Back in the Player Settings in the Store section a check mark will indicate that the Style Pack has been purchased:


The Jazz Styles Pack description:
The Piano, Bass and Drums are high quality samples of real acoustic instruments.
The patterns in all the instruments are generated with a 'smart' random system which makes the accompaniment sound organic and improvised.
The included 10 styles are:
1. Ballad Swing: Piano plays sparsely, Bass in 2 feel, Drums play brushes (Optimized for 40-80bpm).
2. Ballad Even: Similar to Ballad Swing but with even 8th notes (40-80bpm).
3. Slow Swing: Bass walks, Drums with cymbal and brush (60-100bpm).
4. Medium Swing: Light Piano accompaniment. Bass walks with embellishments, Drums with light embellishments (80-140bpm).
5. Medium Up Swing: Piano plays more marked rhythms, Bass walks with less embellishments, Drums play slightly stronger accents (140-200bpm).
6. Up Tempo Swing: Piano sparse, Bass walks with no embellishments, Drums with less triplety 8th notes (200bpm and up).
7. Even 8th's: A contemporary style with even 8th notes instead of the classic triplety swinging 8th notes (100-200bpm).
8. Bossa Nova: A Jazz version of the famous Brazilian rhythm (100-200bpm).
9. Latin: Afro Cuban rhythms as played in jazz (140-200bpm).
10. Afro 12/8: The african triplety groove filtered through South America and Cuba, here reinterpreted within Jazz (90-140bpm).


Player Settings
Open the Player Settings either from the iReal Book Settings page:


or from the Player itself tapping the settings button in the lower left corner:


In the top part of the Player Settings page you’ll find the mixer that will allow you to adjust the volume of each instrument or even to mute them if you are a piano player, bass player or drummer and want to play along. In the mixer also the overall level of reverb can be adjusted.
Note: these settings can be adjusted during playback.


Further down in the Player Settings you’ll find the General Settings.
Here you can:
- turn on and off the red bar line that indicates playback location,
- turn on and off the chorus counter number in the upper right corner of the song
- decide whether or not you want the player to automatically hide once it starts playing
- turn on and off the sound of the count in
- turn on and off the visual numbers of the count in



Time Signatures
The Player recognizes all the time signatures provided in the editor.
Here’s how the are interpreted:
- 4/4, 3/4 and 2/4 simply play as written in all styles
- 2/2 plays as 4/4
- 3/2 plays as 3/4 + 3/4
- 5/4 plays as 3/4 + 2/4
- 6/4 plays as 3/4 + 3/4
- 7/4 plays as 4/4 + 3/4
- 6/8 plays as 2/4 so a triplet based style like Afro 12/8 is recommended for this time signature
- 7/8 plays as 2/4 + 3/8 and does not work with triplet based styles like Swing and Afro 12/8
- 9/8 plays as 3/4 so a triplet based style like Afro 12/8 is recommended for this time signature
- 12/8 plays as 4/4 so a triplet based style like Afro 12/8 is recommended for this time signature

The time signatures can change within a song, for example for each section, but as often as each bar.
This allows to coming different time signatures to create sophisticated combinations.
Here’s an example of 9/4:


Note: if no time signature is provided at the beginning of the song, 4/4 will be chosen by default.


Rules for user generated songs to work with the Player

The player adheres to specific rules when it interprets the chord progression in a song chart.
Rather then simply reading from beginning to end it tries to decipher the form by recognizing repeat bar lines, 1st, 2nd and 3rd endings and other rehearsal marks such as D.C. al Coda or D.S. al 2nd Ending.

Rehearsal Marks
The in (intro) and V (verse) rehearsal mark indicate a section in the song that will only be played once at the very beginning. Subsequent choruses will start from end of the intro or verse indicated by the presence of a A, B, C or D rehearsal marks.

Repeat bar lines

The first 8 bars will play twice. Make sure in your charts to always pair an open repeat bar line with a closing one.
You can also add a text indication like 3x, 4x...Nx within the repeat section and it will be repeated N times.


In conjunction with repeat bar lines, 1st, 2nd and 3rd endings are also recognized:


Here’s and example of use of the 3rd ending which need an accompanying “D.C. al 3rd ending” or “D.S. al 3rd ending” to work correctly.


Rehearsal indications
D.C. (Da Capo) indicates that the form goes back to the very beginning (including eventual Intro or Verse) of the piece and it need to be paired with an indication of what to do after going back to the top:
D.C. al fine (also needs a fine to indicate where the form ends): this results in an ABA form.


D.C. al coda (also needs a coda sign and an actual coda): the Coda will be played each chorus as part of the form resulting in an AABA’ form.


D.C. al 2nd ending (also needs a Fine to indicate where to stop after going to the 2nd ending): this goes back to the top but then skips the 1st ending and goes straight to the 2nd ending,


D.S.
The previous three examples also apply to D.S. (Dal Segno) but with the inclusion of a Sign.
D.S. al coda (Needs a Sign, a Coda sign and a coda)


Coda
In the examples above we saw the use of Coda in conjuction with D.C. and D.S. which both make the coda a part of the form. If you would like to add a coda not as part of the form but as a coda only played at the very end of the song, don’t add any D.C. or D.S. indications. Simply add a Coda symbol within the song where you want it and then a Coda at the end of the chart.

In the above example only during the very last chorus with the player take the Coda.

As a help the editors for iPhone and iPad have been updated to include commonly used rehearsal text indications:
(iPhone)


(iPad)


The Player recognizes other special symbols such as
N.C. (No Chord) which is going to result in the piano and bass droping out for the duration of the N.C.:


The Single and Double bar repeats:





Chord qualities
The player recognizes all the chord qualities that are included in the editor but also recognizes a few of the commonly used custom chords such as 7+ (uses 7#5), m#5 (uses -b6) and more.

Chords spacing in bars
The player can read bars of different length but the chords within the bar to be properly spaced to indicated on what beat of the bar the chord is supposed to happen.
Currently, supported note length values for chords are whole notes, half notes, quarter notes and (in 3/4 time signatures) dotted quarter notes.
You might get some error message about the spacing of chords when you try to play your own charts. This happens when the Player is not able to calculate the length of a chord relative to the other chords in the same bar. It’s important to position the chords spatially so they unambiguously indicate their length.
This next example doesn’t clearly indicate the length of each chord:


While this is perfectly clear:


If you leave the first beat or beats of a bar empty they will simply be ignored so for example if you want the second the first two beats of a bar to keep playing the chord from the previous bar you need to add slashes to indicate that.
This will play correctly:

while this:

will sound like:


Note: Blank bars are ignored completely, this includes empty space (no bar lines) anywhere in a system, for example the empty space before a 2nd time bar where it starts mid-system to line up vertically with the 1st time bar. That means you’ll have to add the % (repeat bar) sign if you want the chord from the previous bar to repeat.

Note on Error messages:
After you press the play button, the audio begins to construct before it starts playing. If there are problems with your chart, error messages tell you what is wrong and the bar number of the error. It counts from the first bar and keeps on counting up through any repeated sections.
e.g. if a song has a repeated A section of 8 bars then a B section of 8 bars and an error is found in bar 18, this is the 2nd bar of section B
(A8 + A8 = 16 + B2 = bar 18)

END charcter
A special END character has been added to the editor to control the functioning of the Player.
While playing the last chorus the Player will end the song with a fermata at the bar indicated by the END character. This is useful for song that includes a turnaround at the end that goes to a chord that is not the final chord.
If no no end character is present the Player will look at the final chord: if it’s the root or the dominant of the key signature it will play a root chord otherwise it will simply end on the last chord.


Song Editor on iPhone

Opening the Editor
With iReal Book for iOS you are able to create your own new song charts and to edit existing ones directly on your device.
To open the editor (both on iPhone and iPad) from the song view tap the edit button at the bottom of the screen:


You’ll be greeted by two possible sets of choices depending on whether you were viewing a library song or a user created song.
Library songs (songs that come preinstalled with iReal Book) are not directly editable and are not deletable, therefore you’ll be offered the choice to edit a copy of the original song while if you tapped the edit button while viewing a user song you’ll also be able to edit the song directly (without making a copy of it).


Edit song
will open the current song in the editor, provided it’s a user song and therefore editable.
Edit copy of the song will make a copy of the current song, append a number to the end of the title and open it in the editor.
Create new song will open the editor starting from one of 5 templates that you’ll be able to choose from:


Up to this point the iPhone version and the iPad version behave in the same manner but the editors themselves are quite different so we’ll deal with them separately.




iPhone Editor

Layout
The Editor on the iPhone (and iPod Touch) has three main areas:
Editing area: in the upper half of the screen which is where you see the song being edited and can be scrolled up and down to reveal the whole song. Here a blinking cursor indicates the location currently being edited. To move the cursor stepwise you can use the two arrows in the toolbar below or you can simply tap anywhere you want it to move to.
Toolbar: in the middle section of the screen, where you switch between the different editing tools.
Tool area: in the bottom half of the screen where you’ll find the editing tools to add chords, symbols and text to the song chart.


The dotted gray line indicates the actual size of the iPhone screen.
Any chords added below this line will cause the layout to squeeze slightly to fit it on the screen.


Note: to keep charts readable on the small iPhone screen a maximum of 12 staves is allowed and to avoid any squeezing of the layout at all, one should use 9 or less staves.
Note: Undo is enabled in the iPhone editor. Shake your device to call the Undo dialog.

Chords
The first tool selectable from the toolbar is the
Chords tool (the editor opens up to this tool by default).
The Chords tool has four picker wheels, the first one sets the size of the chord and the following three are used to set the root, quality and inversion respectively.
To set or change a chord, you move the cursor in the desired location (if a chord is already present the picker wheels will position themselves to spell out the selected chord).
Now you can set your chord starting always from the root and moving on tho quality and inversion.
It’s not allowed to have a quality and/or inversion without first selecting a root.
To remove a chord select the square empty box in the root picker wheel.
If you absolutely need to display a quality or inversion without having a root you must select the Invisible root. Here’s an example:


The passage in question will look like this when exiting the editor as the light red dot is just a place holder in the editor:


In addition to the expected root names, the root picker wheel offers 4 extra symbols to choose from.


N.C. indicates No Chord, the next two symbols indicate two bar repeats and one bar repeats respectively while the last one is the slash symbol. None of these symbols are allowed to have a quality or an inversion attached to them.
Here’s an example of their use:


The quality picker wheel helps to easily select what kind of chord you would like to have.
The predefined chord qualities are grouped together and each group is distinguished by a different color. The most commonly used qualities are the ones just below the clear square box and have a white background. Next, with a green background, are the major qualities, followed by the minor qualities with orange background, dominants in yellow and sus in purple. Above the empty clear box you have in beige the abbreviated and short qualities, and finally at the very top you find the “Custom” quality option.
When selecting
custom quality you’ll be presented with a text field for entering your custom quality and the keyboard will appear.


In the text field you can type your custom chord quality that will appear next to the selected chord root.
Note: If you intend to use your chart with the built in Player it’s not recommended to use custom qualities as only the most common ones will be recognized and interpreted by the Player.
Pressing the done button will remove the keyboard and the text field and bring you back to the Chords tool.


Chord size
The first picker wheel in the Chords tool is used to change the size of the chords.
The default size is called Normal and wherever possible it’s recommended to use this size. In some situations where many chords needs to be displayed close to each other it’s possible to select the
Small size. You’ll see a small red “S” appear in the current cursor location which means that from that position on all the chords will be displayed in a smaller font until a Normal size character (“N”) is encountered. The red S and N characters will not be visible once exiting the editor. The N works in the same way of the S in that all chords will be displayed of normal size until an S is encountered.
Use the clear square box to remove any S or N characters from the song chart at the cursor position.



Symbols
The second tool selectable from the toolbar is the
Symbols tool where you find all music symbols supported in iReal Book and some useful editing functions selectable using one of six picker wheels.



The first picker wheel is used to add, remove or change
Time Signatures anywhere in the song chart selecting from the 12 currently available time signatures.

The second picker wheel has all the available
Rehearsal Marks plus a few other symbols. You can select from V (verse), in (intro), A, B, C or D.
Any given cell, in addition to one of these rehearsal letters can also include a Segno, a Coda or a Fermata sign also selectable through this picker wheel by rotating further down past the letters.


Further down in the second picker wheel you’ll find the red
END character used for the Player to indicate where the playback should end during the last chorus.


The third and fourth picker wheel in the Symbols tool are used to add, remove or change opening and closing
Bar lines respectively. The available bar lines are: single, double and repeat for opening and closing plus the thicker final bar line for closing.
Note: ‘Opening’ and ‘Closing’ indicate left and right position respectively, in relation to the current position of the cursor.

The fifth picker wheel has the
repeat ending numbers: 1st, 2nd and 3rd ending plus an empty ending mark that can be used for custom repeat indications by adding your own text using the Text tool (e.g. “Open”, “On cue”, ...).
Note: custom ending indications are not interpreted by the Player.

The last picker wheel in the Symbols tool has two editing functions:
Delete Beat and Insert Beat when scrolling up above the neutral position. The Delete Beat function removes the current cell moving the rest of the chord progression backwards one beat/cell. To delete a whole beat you’ll need to choose the Delete Beat four times (if that’s how many cells where used for the bar).
Insert Beat adds a blank cell in the currently selected position shifting the following part of the chord progression of one beat/cell forward.

Below the neutral position in the last picker wheel of the Symbols tool you’ll find the
vertical spacers that shift the layout of the chord progression downwards of three different distances.
To eliminate a previously inserted vertical spacer select the clear square box in the same picker.



Alternate chords
The Alternate chords tool works in the same way as the main
Chords tool with the difference that the chords will be added in small font above where the regular chords are positioned.

Note: you cannot add slashes or repeat bar symbols in the alternate chord position.


Text
The fourth tool selectable is the Text tool used to add text below or above the staff.


The two arrows allow you to move the text up or down:


The list button on the left presents you with a list of commonly used texts that are also understood and interpreted by the Player:



Song Info
The last available tool if the Info tool where you can edit the title, composer, style and key signature of the song.


Title: you’re not allowed to use a title already in use by a library song or another user song.
Composer: provide separate first name and last name. If the song has multiple composers, include only the last names separated by dashes in the last name field.
Style: type in your own style name or choose one of the existing or previously typed ones.
Key Signature: when changing key signature you can choose between simply changing the indicated key signature or also transpose the currently edited song to the new key signature. To do the latter turn the switch to the ON position and tap the Transpose button.




Song Editor on iPad

Thanks to the larger screen, the iPad Editor displays most of the symbols and functionalities on the same page.


The
dotted gray line indicates the actual size of the iPhone screen. Any chords added below this line will cause the layout to squeeze slightly to fit it on the screen.
Note: to keep charts readable on the small iPhone screen a maximum of 12 staves is allowed and to avoid any squeezing of the layout at all, one should use 9 or less staves.


Chords
Using the keyboard simply type the desired chords pressing ‘Next’ when done to move to the next cell.
Press
to move to the previous cell.
You can also tap anywhere in the song view to move the cursor to the desired position.
To choose a specific chord quality you can press the ‘Choose Quality’ button to display a list of available qualities (only possible if you already have typed in a root).
The predefined chord qualities are grouped together and each group is distinguished by a different color. The most commonly used qualities are the ones just below the clear square box and have a white background. Next, with a green background, are the major qualities, followed by the minor qualities with orange background, dominants in yellow and sus in purple. Above the empty clear box you have in beige the abbreviated and short qualities.
With the two buttons ‘
Small Size’ and ‘Normal Size’ you can change the size of the chords starting at the current position of the cursor up until the next chord size marker.
The ‘Main Chord’ button will let you switch between inserting regular chords and alternate chords when the button will display ‘
Alt. Chord’.


Symbols
All the symbols can be added or removed with this set of buttons.

Depending on where the cursor is, the buttons will highlight which symbols are present in that particular position.
Press the highlighted button to remove the symbol or press another symbol to add/replace it.

Text
To add text at the current cursor position simply type it in this text field:

Pressing the ‘Staff Text’ button will present you with a list of commonly used texts that are also understood and interpreted by the Player.
The two arrows will allow you to move the text up or down.

Song Info
The ‘Edit Song Info’ button allows you to edit the title, composer, style and key signature of the song and it works exactly as the iPhone editor
Info tool.

Other Buttons
This is the
Undo button:


Insert Beat’ and ‘Delete Beat’ are self explanatory.
The ‘
END’ button inserts an END character used for the Player to indicate where the playback should end during the last chorus.
Following the ‘END’ button you’ll find the
one bar repeat, the two bars repeat and the N.C. indicating No Chord.


The following buttons are help buttons for chord inputing. Most of these symbols can be obtained with the regular keyboard but to simplify and speed up typing they have been added above the keyboard.
The two exceptions are the red oval button indicating and
invisible root and the back button that moves the cursor back one cell.


Select, Copy and Paste
Drag a finger across the area of the song you would like to select (this currently only works by starting at the top of the desired area and dragging downwards).
A menu will appear that will let you choose from Cut, Copy and Delete.


Cut will remove the selected area moving the remaining part of the chord progression back.
Delete will only clear the content of the selected cells without removing them.
Copy will save the content of the selected area to the clipboard.
To paste it double tap at the location you would like it and select
Paste.

iReal b Forums

In the iReal b Forums you can find help and useful information about all things iReal b and you can download a large number of user contributed songs and you can share your own. To access the Forums from your device navigate to www.irealb.com/forums on Mobile Safari or simply follow the link in the settings of iReal b.

To import songs or playlists from the Forums to your iOS device, navigate to the desired song or playlist and tap the link. (it's not necessary to be a registered user)

This will open iReal b and you'll be asked to confirm the import.

To publish your own songs and playlists on the forums you need to register.
Choose the song or playlist that you want to post and press the action button followed by the Post to Forums button.
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From here you'll be redirected to the forums on your Mobile Safari where you'll be able to add your song/playlist to a post using the pasteboard.
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Printing

The easiest way to print a song charts is by emailing a printable jpeg image of it to a computer.
Open the song you would like to print and tap the send button:


When this menu opens, select As printable image.


An email that includes the song in jpeg image format as an attachment will be generated.
The resolution is not very high so if you scale the image it might get a little blurry.
If you use an iPad you’ll get a higher resolution image that looks better when printed.

If you don’t have an iPad you can get higher resolution prints by using the Mac Editor.
Send the song from your iOS device to the Mac Editor (instructions
here).
From the Mac Editor simply select Print.
Note: with the Mac Editor you’ll also be able to use the Print to PDF function to generate PDF’s of your songs.

Another way of printing is to do it directly from your iOS device.
There are a number of iOS apps which allow printing directly to your printer via wi-fi or using your nearby computer/printer combination.
Take a screenshot of the song (press Home and on/off button at the same time) and the image appears in your Photo library from where it can be printed via these types of apps.

Here are some apps which should work:
Eurosmartz markets a number of apps which do this or Air Photo wifi printing

Playlists

Creating a New playlist
There are three ways of creating a new playlist:
1. Open the Playlists index, tap on Edit and tap on + New Playlist.
2. While viewing a song chart tap on the playlist button in the lower right corner then select + New Playlist.

3. While browsing the Songs index, swipe the song name, Add to Playlist, select + New playlist (This does not work on iPad).


Changing the order of the playlists
Go to the Playlists index, tap Edit then drag the handle on the far right up or down to change the order of the playlists.



Deleting a Playlist
There are two ways to delete a playlist:
1. Go to the Playlists index, swipe across the playlist name, tap Delete (to cancel, tap anything else).
2. Go to Playlist index, tap on Edit, press minus button on left, tap Delete (to cancel, tap anything else).

Note: to delete all playlists at once, go to the Settings->Playlists->Delete. A menu will appear confirming whether you want to delete them all or cancel. This does not delete any songs listed in the playlists, just the playlists themselves.


Renaming a Playlist
Playlists index->Edit->tap playlist name;
Rename then press Done.


Adding a song to a Playlist
There are two ways:
1. While viewing a song chart tap the Playlist icon, tap the desired playlist name or create a new one.
2. In the Songs index swipe the song name, select Add to Playlist or + new playlist at bottom to create a new playlist (does not work on iPad).
Note: You cannot add a song more than once to a playlist.


Deleting Songs in a Playlist
Go to the Playlists index, open the playlist you would like to edit. Now you can either simply swipe the song you want to delete or you can tap the Edit button and tap the red - (minus) button followed by the Delete button (to cancel, tap anywhere else).
Note: deleting songs from a Playlist does not delete the song from your library nor any other playlist.


Changing the song order in a Playlist
Go to Playlists index, open the playlist you would like to edit, tap the Edit button. Drag the handle on the far right up or down to change the order a song.


To sort the songs alphabetically, you can tap the Sort button in the lower left corner when viewing a playlist.



Transpositions and Playlists
As when transposing a song from the main Songs index, transpositions made of songs in playlists are saved. The saved transpositions are independent and that allows for a song to appear in different playlists with different transpositions. For more information go to: Transposing.


Sending a Playlist
A playlist can easily be shared with other iReal Book users or with other editing programs like the Mac Editor or the Web Editor.
While viewing a playlist tap on the send button:


From here you’ll have two choices:
Send Playlist to iOS Devices, that will create an email containing the playlist code in a link format (also includes a useful list of the included songs).
Post Playlist to Forums, that will save the playlist code in the clipboard of your device so it can be used in the Forums with a ‘Paste’ command.

Note: sending a playlists via email to yourself is a good way of making a backup of that playlist.
Warning: when sending a playlist via email or posting to the Forums, as of now iReal book does not retain transpositions you had made to any songs inside the playlist. All the song will be in their default key.

Importing Playlists
From an email: open the Mail App on your device, navigate to the email containing the playlist code link, tap on the link. iReal Book will now open and ask for you to confirm import on the playlist. You will now have the newly imported playlist added to the Playlists index where you can access it.
if the email was made with the Mac Editor you will need to first open the html attachment and then tap on the link).
From the Forums: tap on the Forums tab and wait for the page to load. Navigate to the desired Forum and tap the link of the desired playlist. After confirming a new playlists will be added to the Playists index.

Note: in both cases if any of the songs in the incoming playlist are not already in the song library they will be added as User songs.

Merging Playlists
You cannot currently (iReal Book v3.0) merge playlists within iReal book, but you can easily use the Web editor or the Mac Editor for this and then send the resulting merged playlists back to your iOS device.

Transfers


General
Song charts and playlists can be edited and created using the editor built into iReal Book on your iPhone, iPod or iPad; but also on a desktop computer using the Mac Editor or the Web Editor.
Once you’ve created or edited a song chart or a playlist it is useful to be able to share it with other iReal Book users or to save it for backup purposes.
Below is a list or various ways of transferring song charts and playlists between devices and/or various editors.
Webmail - Using a web browser to access your emails in the procedures below should work with either Firefox or Safari, although for Mac users, Mail application is recommended.


iOS Device to Mac Editor
To send a single song: while viewing the song In Song view, tap the send button:


Or to send a playlist: open the desired playlist in Playlist index. Tap the send button:


In either case you’ll be presented with these choices:


- Tap To iOS device; an email will be generated containing the song/playlist
- Email to yourself at your Mac;
- Collect your email; (recommended, Apple Mail application)

To merge into Mac editor's current playlist,
- Click on the song/playlist name; Mac editor will open and add the song/playlist to the existing playlist

To keep song/playlist as a separate song/playlist,
- Open Mac editor, choose File>New Playlist;
- Click on the song/playlist name; Mac editor will open and load the song/playlist


iOS Device to Web Editor
To send a single song: while viewing the song In Song view, tap the send button:


Or to send a playlist: open the desired playlist in Playlist index. Tap the send button:


In either case you’ll be presented with these choices:


- Tap To iOS device; an email will be generated containing the song/playlist
- Email to your computer;
- In email, right-click on the song/playlist name;
- Select Copy (webmail: Copy link in Safari or Copy link location in FireFox);
- Paste into the Web editor's Import box (right-click, Paste);
- Click Import button on the Web Editor (if some songs are already in the Web Editor, your pasted song/playlist will be merged with them).


iOS to Forums
To send a single song: while viewing the song In Song view, tap the send button:


Or to send a playlist: open the desired playlist in Playlist index. Tap the send button:


In either case you’ll be presented with these choices:


- Tap Post to Forums;
- If the ‘Clipboard alert’ appears you can turn the switch ON so it won’t appear next time, then Tap OK.
- Forums will open
- Log in (If you haven’t yet, you will need to register)
- Choose the appropriate category and the appropriate thread if one exists already, otherwise you’ll need to create a new thread. It’s recommended to insert songs into existing threads to help keep things organized.
- Press Post Reply (or New Thread in which case you’ll also need to provide an appropriate title for the thread)
- Tap in the body of the post, tap again and Paste; (the song/playlist has been automatically added to the clipboard)
- Add any comments if necessary;
- Tap Submit Reply


Mac Editor to iOS Device
- Open the desired song or playlist in the iReal Book Mac Editor
- If you have your toolbar set up for it you can click Song to Device or Playlist to Device;


- Alternatively you can choose Email Playlist to iOS Device or Email Selected Song to iOS Device in the File menu:


- An email containing the code will be generated and opened in Apple Mail (you’ll need to have it set up with a working email account)
- Fill in details and email to yourself on your iOS device;
- Collect the email with the Mail app on your iOS device and tap on the playlist/song name;
- iReal Book will automatically open and an instruction window will appear:

- Tap Add to add the song/playlist to the iReal book library.


Web Editor to iOS Device
- When done creating a song or playlist in the Web Editor select and Copy all the content of the Email box:


- Paste (right-click) the content of the clipboard into the body of an email and send it to your iOS device;


- Collect the email with the Mail app on your iOS device and tap on the playlist/song name;
- iReal Book will automatically open and an instruction window will appear:

- Tap Add to add the song/playlist to the iReal book library.


Forums to iOS Device
- Open the Forums browser by tapping on the Forums tab:


- Navigate to a desired song or playlist and tap the link:


- Tap Add to add the song/playlist to the iReal book library.



Send single song as Image file
A song can be sent via email as a jpeg image attachment. This can be useful for printing and for sending a song to others who don’t have an iOS device.
Open the song you would like to send and tap the send button:


When this menu opens, select As printable image.


An email that includes the song in jpeg image format as an attachment will be generated.

Note: this function does not work in landscape mode on the iPhone and iPod as the song wouldn’t be fully displayed for the screen shot function to work.
Note: on the iPad, this same method generates larger song images of better quality.
Note: you can also generate higher resolution song images for printing using the Mac Editor.