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What are the system requirements for Number Chart Pro?

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Can I order Number Chart Pro with my credit card?

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I tried to run Setup or Install, and it won't install Number Chart Pro. How do I get it installed?

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Can Number Chart Pro make chord numbers, where there is a chord with a different number in the bass?

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How does Number Chart Pro work? Is it a stand alone program? What are the basics of creating a chart?

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I like the look of charts created with Number Chart Pro, but they take a long time to create. How do I speed up the creation process?

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I like to put boxes around my split bars. How do I do this in Number Chart Pro?

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I like to put large diamonds around chord numbers. How do I do this in Number Chart Pro?

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How do I tie measures in Number Chart Pro?

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How do I create macros to use with Number Chart Pro?

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I tried to send a friend a chart via email. It doesn't display properly on his computer. What's wrong?

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Is there another solution to emailing charts?

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There are certain characters that I'm trying to use (like the "sixth" character or the 1 over 4 time signature) that will not display properly. What's wrong?

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How do I use Number Chart Pro with notation programs, like Encore or Finale?

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I'm writing a music instruction book and need to use musical characters that are not included in my normal text fonts. Can I use Number Chart Pro to utilize these characters?

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There are certain characters or features that I would to see in future versions of Number Chart Pro. Can you add these in future releases?

What are the system requirements for Number Chart Pro? This is a non-issue because Number Chart Pro is basically two fonts, documentation/help files and example files. There is virtually no minimum hard disk space or RAM requirements. Number Chart Pro will work with any Operating System that uses system fonts. This is all OSs on the Mac and every version of Windows on the PC. The only systems that will not work are DOS based.

Can I order Number Chart Pro with my credit card? Sorry, I'm not setup to accept credit cards at this time. If you are in a hurry to receive Number Chart Pro and require the PC version I can email the software to you if requested, upon receipt of your check. See Order Page.

I tried to run Setup or Install, and it won't install Number Chart Pro. How do I get it installed? Since Number Chart Pro is basically two fonts, documentation/help files and example files, there are no Install or Setup routines like a regular program. Follow the installation instructions in the README.TXT file. It simply involves installing the fonts.

Can Number Chart Pro make chord numbers, where there is a chord with a different number in the bass? The NASHVILLE2 font is almost completely dedicated to this. Every possible combination of numbers is available. See example #2 on the Sample Charts Page.

How does Number Chart Pro work? Is it a stand alone program? What are the basics of creating a chart? Number Chart Pro is basically two fonts, documentation/help files and example files. It works in any program that uses system fonts. That is, virtually every program except DOS programs. Most musicians use it in a Word Processor. Once the fonts are installed you open a new document in your word processor, click <Tab>, hit "1" for a 1 chord. Hit <Tab> then "4" for a 4 chord. Hit <Tab> and click "5" and "d" to create a 5 seventh chord. You get the idea. The basics are very simple. I usually create all of the chords with the two NASHVILLE fonts and then go back and create "text" like "verse", "chorus", etc. with a text font like Times New Roman. Use macros to speed up the process. There is included a README.TXT file with complete installation and procedure documentation.

I like the look of charts created with Number Chart Pro, but they take a long time to create. How do I speed up the creation process? How do I create macros to use with Number Chart Pro? You don't need macros to use Number Chart Pro but they help in the speedy creation of charts. Use your word processor "macro recorder" feature to create macros for switching quickly back and forth between regular text and the Nashville fonts. For instance, one hot key (function key) could switch to Times New Roman, point size 12. A second function key could switch to the Nashville1 font at point size 24. A third could give you Nashville2 at point size 24. Or how about Courier at 14 and the Nashville1 font at 20. With most word processors you can create a macro and save it in a template file. When you want to create a chart you simply open the template and the macros are available. Create several templates for charts with different fonts and sizes. Refer to your word processor documentation for specific instructions on creating macros. 

A lot of uses are intimidated by the thought of creating macros, it's not that hard. Here are the steps for creating a Number Chart Pro macro in MS Word. It's similar in other programs. First look up the keyboard shortcuts in your word processor help system. Write down the commands to change or select the font and point size. For instance in Word97 the commands are:

CTRL+SHIFT+F changes the font.
CTRL+SHIFT+P changes the point size.

To record a macro in Word97:

Click Tools, Macro, Record New Macro.
Fill in the Record Name dialog and click OK. I like to assign the macros to Function Keys.
CTRL+SHIFT+F  (brings the cursor to the "fonts selection").
Type "nashville1", hit ENTER.
CTRL+SHIFT+P  (brings the cursor to the "point size selection").
Type "24", hit ENTER.
Then click the "stop recording" button.
(Not hard. By the way, I never get it right the first time.)

Do the same/create a macro assigned to a different function key for the NASHVILLE2 font and one for a text font of your choice. Save the document as a template. Every time you open the template the macros are available and it will speed up the chart creation process.

If your word processor does not have it's own macro recorder there are many great third party macro utilities. Check out Macro Magic at www.iolo.com/mm/.  Tip: an easy way to obtain a stand alone macro creation program (for windows) is to copy: RECORDER.DLL, RECORDER.EXE, and RECORDER.HLP from your old version of Win3.1 to the WINDOWS directory of Win95, Win98 or NT. It will work. Microsoft included this macro recorder with the early versions of Windows but dropped it with the release if Win95.

How do I tie measures in Number Chart Pro?
I like to put boxes around my split bars. How do I do this in Number Chart Pro?
I like to put large diamonds around chord numbers. How do I do this in Number Chart Pro?
Since Number Chart Pro is basically fonts and not a graphics package, it cannot create such graphics by itself. To make a tie just draw it with a black pen on the printout. However there are great ways to create boxes around measures and diamonds enclosing the entire chord number. Newer word processors like MS Word have basic graphics features that will create these and do more. Check out example #5 and #8 on the Sample Charts Page.

Here's how to create boxes around measures and large diamonds to go completely around chords in MS Word. Select the Rectangle from the Drawing Toolbar. Click and drag on the page to create a box (you can re-size and position it later).  Right click on it and select Format AutoShape, then Fill, open the drop down, click No Fill. This makes the box "see through". At this point you could use it (drag it and resize if need be) as a box around measures. OR select the box and then click on the Free Rotate Tool. Click and drag on one of the corners of the box to turn it into a diamond, a big diamond to go around the whole chord. When I create these kind of boxes and diamonds, I start by creating one off to the side. Then I hit CTRL/click + drag to make copies. It's faster than creating each one individually, they are all the same size and look uniform. 

I tried to send a friend a chart via email. It doesn't display properly on his computer. What's wrong? The recipient of the chart has to have Number Chart Pro installed on his computer, then it will display and print properly. Please do not distribute illegal copies of Number Chart Pro. It's copyrighted and besides, it's very reasonably priced.

Is there another solution to emailing charts? Yes, purchase one of the Abobe Acrobat products that converts documents like Microsoft Word files into Adobe PDF file format. The Adobe Reader is free, it had become the standard and most people have it. The PDF file format is cross platform, Mac and PC. The least expensive version is Adobe Acrobat Standard and is highly recommended.  Check it out at www.adobe.com..

There are certain characters that I'm trying to use (like the "sixth" character or the 1 over 4 time signature) that will not display properly. What's wrong? The are some AutoCorrect features in most word processors that need to be turned off or disabled in order for certain characters to display properly. For instance in MS Word turn off "AutoFormat As You Type", "Replace quotes with smart quotes", and some other features if necessary. If they are not turned off this can happen: you type "i" to create a sixth chord symbol, and AutoFormat automatically turns it into a capital "I". Or type the quote character (") to make a 1 over 4 time signature and AutoFormat will replace it with a smart quote.

How do I use Number Chart Pro with notation programs, like Encore or Finale? Create a text box, select the NASHVILLE1 or 2 font and create a chart. Refer to the application's documentation for more complete instructions on creating text boxes. Check out example #6 on the Sample Charts Page.

I'm writing a music instruction book and need to use music characters that are not included in my normal text fonts. Can I use Number Chart Pro to utilize these characters? Yes, absolutely. It's a great way to have access to musiccharacters when creating any kind of document. I've have a number of persons that purchased Number Chart Pro for that reason specifically.

There are certain characters or features that I would to see in future versions of Number Chart Pro. Can you add these in future releases? Probably, depending on the request. Email me with your wish list. I keep a list for consideration in upcoming upgrades.

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