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Quick guide to piping software

Postby viperpiper » Wed Aug 29, 2007 7:04 pm

There is a good selection of piping music related software available that you can use to view, compose, and listen to piping music wih. Most of the tunes on this site are available in a format suitable for use with these programs.

Below is a quick summary of the most widely used software. Most of the suppliers of the software provide a free time limited evaulation of their software so you can try before you buy.

NEW! musicSheet for Android

Website: http://www.clonedbinary.com
Free Evaulation: YES (extended "pro" version coming April 2013)
File Formats: bww
Audio Playback: YES
Operating System: Android

Bagpipe Music Writer GOLD

Website: http://www.robertmacneilmusicworks.com
Free Evaulation: NO
File Formats: bww, bmw
Audio Playback: YES
Operating System: Windows

Bagpipe Reader

Website: --not listed--
Free Evaulation: YES
File Formats: bww, bmw
Audio Playback: YES
Operating System: Windows
Notes: This is essentially the same software as Bagpipe Music Writer GOLD. There was a dispute between those involved in creating Bagpipe Music Writer which resulted in this version being made available for free. The reason the website is not listed above is that to the best of my knowledge this is an illegal download.

Celtic Pipes

Website: http://www.celticpipes.net
Free Evaulation: YES
File Formats: bww, bmw, abc, pio
Audio Playback: YES
Operating System: Windows and Mac
Notes: New. The only piping software that will run on a Mac.

Electric Pipes

Website: http://www.bakedbean.co.nz/Electric_Pipes.htm
Free Evaulation: YES
File Formats: bww, bmw, abc, epm
Audio Playback: YES
Operating System: Windows

Piob Master

Website: http://www.ceolmor-software.com
Free Evaulation: YES
File Formats: bww, bmw, pio
Audio Playback: YES
Operating System: Windows


Pipewriter

Website: http://members.aol.com/Pipwriter
Free Evaulation: YES
File Formats: pip
Audio Playback: NO
Operating System: Windows
Notes: Lack of support for the popular bmw and bww fileformats means this software is not recommended.



I would recommend downloading and trying all the ones with a free evaluation and picking the one that best suits your needs.
Last edited by viperpiper on Tue Dec 11, 2012 8:23 pm, edited 2 times in total.
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Vista problems

Postby Seahorse » Wed Sep 12, 2007 6:53 pm

If you have upgraded to Vista, and find that once you have re-installed your engraving software you no longer have access to the HELP link in the software, there is a way to remedy this.

Microsoft no longer bundled with new versions of their operating systems, starting with Vista. The link below explains all, and what you can do to resolve the issue.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/917607
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Postby okiwen » Mon Nov 19, 2007 3:35 am

I kind of like CelticPipes. Just started using it. Hope they continue to update with some of the suggestion I have made.

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