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Q & A for Showpieces

  1. How do I search for a track?

    When you first open the media picker, the search bar is hidden just off the top of the screen. You can reveal the search bar by dragging the list down or by tapping the status bar at the top of the screen.

  2. How do I define highlights of a track?

    First, make sure the track is opened for editing. If you don't see the ↳ and ↲ buttons, hold down the play or pause button until a pop up menu appears and select "Play in Edit Mode".

    While playing the track, click the ↳ button when you hear the beginning of something you like. Click the ↲ button when you want to mark the end of the highlight segment.

  3. How do I fine tune the position of a cue?

    First, make sure the track is opened for editing. If you don't see the ↳ and ↲ buttons, hold down the play or pause button until a pop up menu appears and select "Play in Edit Mode".

    Open the cue sheet and tap the Edit button. On the entry for the cue you wish to edit, tap the green wavy button to display the cue editor.

    The vertical line (cursor) at the centre of the waveform display is the current position of the cue. For a cue-in marker, this represents the beginning of a highlight segment. For a cue-out marker, this marks the end of a highlight segment.

    To reposition the cue position, drag the waveform so that the cursor is over the desired point of the waveform. For more precise adjustment, touch and hold the waveform to bring up the magnifying glass. Move the magnifying glass so that its cursor is over the point you wish to set as the position of the cue.

    You can then verify the new position by tapping the Review button. For a cue-in point, Review begins playing from the position of the cue for 10 seconds. For a cue-out point, Review begins playing from 10 seconds before the cue and finishes at the cue-out point. Note that Review does not reproduce the special effects like fade-in or fade-out so you can hear the precise point at which the cue cuts in or out.

    When you are happy with the new position of the cue, tap Save to save the new setting, or hit Cancel to discard the changes.

  4. What do the various symbols in the cue sheet mean?

    mark-in cueCue-in marker

    mark-out cueCue-out marker

    mark-in cue with fade-inCue-in marker - fade-in audio if this is the beginning of a highlight segment

    mark-out cue with fade-outCue-out marker - audio is faded out

    mark-out cue with silence paddingCue-out marker - silence added to the end

    mark-out cue with fade-out and silence paddingCue-out marker - audio is faded out followed by silence padding

  5. How do I adjust the fade-in and fade-out times and the amount of silence added between highlights?

    From the main player screen, tap the Configure (gear wheel) button. Move the Fade Duration and Silence Padding sliders to the desired values. Note that changes made here take effect when a new track is loaded. To apply the changes to the current track, change the play mode to Play All and then back to Play Highlights.

  6. Fade-in and fade-out do not work when I am playing the entire track. Is this a bug?

    This is working as designed. Fade-in, fade-out and silence padding are only operational when you are playing highlights. They also have no effect in the cue editor, both visually and aurally.

  7. What audio files are supported?

    Showpieces plays audio files that you have imported into your iPod Library. If a file plays on the native media player it will also play on Showpieces. However, as Apple has now phased out protected AAC files from iTunes, we have not been able to test them with Showpieces. As such, we do not claim that Showpieces can play protected audio files. If in doubt, please check with the free app before purchasing the full version. Any cue sheets you have defined on the free version may be imported into the full version.

  8. Showpieces does not show all the tracks in my library. Why?

    Showpieces can only work with tracks that are on your device. Remote tracks on iCloud cannot be played and are not shown to avoid confusion.

  9. When I export the database from the free app to the paid app, what happens to the database on the paid app?

    The database on the paid app is overwritten. When you upgrade, you should export the database from the free app to the paid app before you start working with the paid app.

  10. Where can I find more information about the app?

    The user's manual is built into the app. From the main screen, tap the i button to display the manual.

  11. I found a bug / have suggestions to make.

    You can contact us using the Contact Form.