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Text size (in points) (editable) - (no tooltip help yet)Larger (button) - Makes everything larger - text, bouncing ball and the marginsSmaller (button) - Makes everything smaller - text, bouncing ball and the marginsLeft (editable) - (no tooltip help yet)right (editable) - (no tooltip help yet)Editable Lyric - Edit the text for the lyric here. You can use: UNDERSCORE _ to JOIN words on the SAME BEAT HYPHEN - to SPLIT a word over several beats TILDA ~ for a REST EQUALS = to REPEAT a word ...Bottom (editable) - (no tooltip help yet)Show shadow (check box) - (no tooltip help yet)Highlight in bold (check box) - (no tooltip help yet)Highlight word in red (check box) - (no tooltip help yet)Highlight next word in blue (check box) - (no tooltip help yet)Auto select lyric to match rhythm (check box) - (no tooltip help yet)Scroll to top for each new verse (check box) - (no tooltip help yet)Lyrics for bouncing ball (Ctrl + 230) - Show ball bouncing on the lyrics as for the Song Car Tunes in early movies...Edit Lyrics drop list... (button) - To add your lyrics, edit this file, add a new line with #### to the end, then add your new lyrics after that.Tool tip help - F1Organise Windows - F2Fractal Tunes Dialog Star - Tip of the day - Fractal Tunes category - right click for neighbouring windows...PLAY Sound (button) - Click here to Play or Stop Keyboard shortcut: RETURN If out of sync, ADJUST SYNC...Pause (button) - Click here to Pause or ContinueVolume - Set master volume for Bounce Metronome. Part controls etc. also affect the volumePlay bouncing Balls (button) - Click to animate or halt BOUNCE...More » (button) - Shows this window with either more space, more options, or alternative layoutLess « Lyrics Only (button) - Shows this window with either less space, less options, or alternative layoutPreset (button) - (no tooltip help yet)For 640 by 480 (button) - (no tooltip help yet)For 1280 by 720 (button) - (no tooltip help yet)Refresh (button) - (no tooltip help yet)Editable Lyric (check box) - (no tooltip help yet)Show next word to sing (check box) - (no tooltip help yet)Show next word in smaller letters on same line (check box) - (no tooltip help yet)Show next word in smaller letters on same line (editable) - (no tooltip help yet)Use IMAGE or SPRITE for bouncing ball (check box) - (no tooltip help yet)Use IMAGE or SPRITE for bouncing ball (editable) - File location for sprite or image to bounce on lyrics. You can get more examples online or make your own images...Browse... (button) - Browse for sprite or image to bounce on lyrics. You can get more examples online or make your own images...>> History (button) - Click here to show recently visited files of this type...>> History (editable) - (no tooltip help yet)Ball size (editable) - (no tooltip help yet)Show BALL BOUNCING ON LYRICS (check box) - note - automatically switches on / off the shadow at the same time...Show BALL BOUNCING ON LYRICS (editable) - (no tooltip help yet)Show BOUNCING LYRICS AS CANON (check box) - For songs sung in canon like Frère Jacques & its variants (I hear thunder etc)Lyrics - The preset list has lullabies and nursery rhymes most for 4/4 time...
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TEXT size (in points) (editable) - (no tooltip help yet)Left (editable) - (no tooltip help yet)right (editable) - (no tooltip help yet)Top (editable) - (no tooltip help yet)Bottom (editable) - (no tooltip help yet)Highlight word in colour (check box) - (no tooltip help yet)Highlight next word in colour (check box) - (no tooltip help yet)Highlight in bold (check box) - (no tooltip help yet)Scroll to top for each new verse (check box) - (no tooltip help yet)Scroll at (editable) - (no tooltip help yet)Auto select lyric to match rhythm (check box) - (no tooltip help yet)Lyrics for bouncing ball (Ctrl + 230) - Show ball bouncing on the lyrics as for the Song Car Tunes in early movies...Refresh list (button) - (no tooltip help yet)Edit Lyrics drop list... (button) - To add your lyrics, edit this file, add a new line with #### to the end, then add your new lyrics after that.Editable Lyric (check box) - (no tooltip help yet)Add this lyric to the drop list (button) - (no tooltip help yet)Tool tip help - F1Fractal Tunes Dialog Star - Tip of the day - Fractal Tunes category - right click for neighbouring windows...Organise Windows - F2PLAY Sound (button) - Click here to Play or Stop Keyboard shortcut: RETURN If out of sync, ADJUST SYNC...Pause (button) - Click here to Pause or ContinueVolume - Set master volume for Bounce Metronome. Part controls etc. also affect the volume...Play bouncing Balls (button) - Click to animate or halt BOUNCE...Less « (button) - Shows this window with either less space, less options, or alternative layoutPreset sizes (check box) - (no tooltip help yet)For 640 by 480 (check box) - (no tooltip help yet)For 1280 by 720 (check box) - (no tooltip help yet)Larger By (check box) - Makes everything larger - text, bouncing ball and the marginsLarger By (editable) - (no tooltip help yet)Smaller (check box) - Makes everything smaller - text, bouncing ball and the marginsShow next word to sing (check box) - (no tooltip help yet)Show lyrics drop list in Bounce windows (check box) - (no tooltip help yet)Show lyrics drop list in Bounce windows (editable) - (no tooltip help yet)Prefix next word with ... (when unselected shows in brackets) (check box) - (no tooltip help yet)Show current word in CAPS (check box) - (no tooltip help yet)Add * to current word (check box) - (no tooltip help yet)Show next word in smaller letters on same line (check box) - (no tooltip help yet)Show next word in smaller letters on same line (editable) - (no tooltip help yet)Show maximum of (check box) - (no tooltip help yet)Show maximum of (editable) - (no tooltip help yet)CLEAR THE LYRICS with coloured screen between consecutive ~s (check box) - (no tooltip help yet)Set Colours for Lyrics (check box) - (no tooltip help yet)Bounce depends on duration (check box) - (no tooltip help yet)Bounce depends on duration (editable) - (no tooltip help yet)% (editable) - (no tooltip help yet)Show lyric in recording (check box) - (no tooltip help yet)Set text for last cleared screen in lyric (check box) - (no tooltip help yet)Set text for last cleared screen in lyric - (no tooltip help yet)Hide ~s (check box) - (no tooltip help yet)Centre (check box) - (no tooltip help yet)Fade last phrase (check box) - (no tooltip help yet)Play lyrics once only (check box) - (no tooltip help yet)Editable Lyric - Edit the text for the lyric here. You can use: UNDERSCORE _ to JOIN words on the SAME BEAT HYPHEN - to SPLIT a word over several beats TILDA ~ for a REST EQUALS = to REPEAT a word ...Show BALL BOUNCING ON LYRICS (check box) - note - automatically switches on / off the shadow at the same time...Ball size (editable) - (no tooltip help yet)by (editable) - (no tooltip help yet)Bounce height (editable) - (no tooltip help yet)Show shadow of ball (check box) - (no tooltip help yet)Shadow scale (editable) - (no tooltip help yet)Use IMAGE or SPRITE for bouncing ball (check box) - (no tooltip help yet)Use IMAGE or SPRITE for bouncing ball (editable) - File location for sprite or image to bounce on lyrics. You can get more examples online or make your own images...Browse... (button) - Browse for sprite or image to bounce on lyrics. You can get more examples online or make your own images...>> History (button) - Click here to show recently visited files of this type...Indent Lyrics for Canon (check box) - (no tooltip help yet)Indent Lyrics for Canon (editable) - (no tooltip help yet)Indent by (editable) - (no tooltip help yet)Vertical spacing (editable) - (no tooltip help yet)Vertical spacing 3D (editable) - (no tooltip help yet)% (editable) - (no tooltip help yet)Show BOUNCING LYRICS AS CANON (check box) - For songs sung in canon like Frère Jacques & its variants (I hear thunder etc)Move on every frame of animation (check box) - (no tooltip help yet)Permit the minimalistic full screen lyrics window to be shown normal size (check box) - This is for the window Bounce >> Ball Bouncing on Lyrics - Fill Screen - a special minimal version of the Lyrics window...Stop bounce animation at end of lyric (check box) - (no tooltip help yet)Stop bounce animation at end of lyric (editable) - (no tooltip help yet)Outline with black circle (check box) - (no tooltip help yet)Show as sprite ("See through" background colour) (check box) - (no tooltip help yet)Unsorted (check box) - (no tooltip help yet)Unsorted (drop list) - (no tooltip help yet)Use skin font (check box) - (no tooltip help yet)Lyrics - The preset list has lullabies and nursery rhymes most for 4/4 time...
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This is what you get in the More version of this window (you use the More button to show it).

Edit Lyric and Lyrics Options

Edit the lyrics here. Also has options such as text size, bounce height, whether to show bouncing ball or shadow, etc

Lyrics for bouncing ball (Ctrl + 230)

Show ball bouncing on the lyrics as for the Song Car Tunes in early movies...

The ball bounces on the lyrics. The shadow helps you to anticipate the next beat exactly. The red highlight shows the word you are singing now, and the next word to sing is highlighted in blue. The metronome plays the beats of the rhythm as the ball bounces.

Edit Lyrics drop list... (button)

To add your lyrics, edit this file, add a new line with #### to the end, then add your new lyrics after that.

HOW TO EDIT THE DROP LIST FILE

This button will open the file for editing in the program you have set up for editing text files (usually Notepad).

The file has all the lyrics one after another, with comment lines in between them.

The l ines that begin with # are comments, i.e. not displayed. These can be used to add notes such as the author of the lyric, where you got it, or any other details. If you have nothing you want to add then just add ##### which will mark the end of the last lyric so that your new lyric gets a new entry in the drop list.

After the comment, enter the text for your lyric one line at a time.

Place an underscore between any words you want shown for the same beat

Use hyphens - to split a word over two or more beats.

Use a tilda ~ for a rest - a beat which isn't sung.

Rests are shown as ... in the bouncing lyrics display

To repeat a word or syllable, place = after the word to repeat e.g. Break = -ers displayed as Break Break-ers (i.e. sing Break for two beats) Then add any comment line e.g. ###### to mark the end

of your lyric.

When you have finished editing the text, resave the file, and the drop list of lyrics will automatically update.

OPTION - ADD NUMBER OF BEATS PER BAR FOR THE LYRIC

After the comment, you can add the number of beats per bar for the lyric as e.g.

4 beats

If this is left out then the number of beats in the first line of the lyric is used as the number of beats for the rhythm - make sure you break the line at the right place so that the beats can be counted properly.

This number is used to automatically select an appropriate rhythm for the lyric. It's the same number that's shown in the window as "This lyric needs ... beats to the bar (or mulutiple of)

FOR THE FUTURE

In the future I'll make it so that you can add your new lyric to the drop list automatically in Bounce metronome.

Also in future, will have separate files for different lists of lyrics, e.g. you could have separate lists for nursery rhymes, and lullabies or whatever.

Some day also, I plan to add an option to enter the melody as well, probably in the popular abc notation used widely for folk songs, fiddle tunes and the like. Then Bounce metronome will be able to play the tunes for the lyrics. The obvious way to do that is to add the new abc section after each lyric in the file, so that the tune is closely associated with its tune.

I'll make sure it is backwards compatible so that if your tune has no music with it, then that's okay too.

Larger By (check box)

Makes everything larger - text, bouncing ball and the margins

Smaller (check box)

Makes everything smaller - text, bouncing ball and the margins

Editable Lyric

Edit the text for the lyric here. You can use:

UNDERSCORE _ to JOIN words on the SAME BEAT

HYPHEN - to SPLIT a word over several beats

TILDA ~ for a REST

EQUALS = to REPEAT a word ...

Example:

Up_ a-bove_ the world_ so high,

The beats for the bouncing ball are:

1. Up_a

2. -bove_the

3. world_so

4. high,

where the underscore join words such as world_so together to make a single beat.

The hyphen - splits a word like a-bove over two beats.

t's ~ for a rest and = to repeat a word.

In more detail:

WORDS ON THE SAME BEAT

To join together words that all belong on the same beat, use an underscore.

world_so

- these are on the same beat.

RESTS

For a REST - a beat which isn't sing, use a TILDA ~. It's shown as " ..." in the bouncing lyrics display

TO REPEAT A WORD

To REPEAT a word or syllable, place an = after the word to repeat.

Example: Break = -ers displayed as Break Break-ers

(because you repeat "Break")

WHEN YOU SING A WORD FOR SEVERAL BEATS

To SPLIT a single word over several beats, use a HYPEN -

a-bove

the "a-" and "bove" are on separate beats.

WHEN YOU SING HYPHENATED WORDS ON THE SAME BEAT

To place HYPHENATED WORDS all on the same beat, place an UNDERSCORE before the hyphen, e.g. Hush_-a_-bye

ADD LYRICS TO THE LIST

To add your lyrics to the list use the Edit Lyrics drop list... button.

Comments begin with a hash '#'

To add a new lyric, scroll to the end of the file and add a comment line after the last lyric in the file like this:

Then put your new lyric after the comment line.

Optionally, you canset the number of beats per bar for your lyric You need to put that first, and you do it like this:

4 beats

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

...

Or else, just make sure the first line in the lyric has the right number of beats, and it will be auto detected for you.

Show BALL BOUNCING ON LYRICS (check box)

note - automatically switches on / off the shadow at the same time...

Sometimes it's useful to have the shadow without a ball or the ball bouncing without a shadow.

You can do that if you first show / hide the ball as desired here, then secondly, use the shadow check box to add / remove the shadow as desired.

Use IMAGE or SPRITE for bouncing ball (editable)

File location for sprite or image to bounce on lyrics. You can get more examples online or make your own images...

You can download a selection of suitable of public domain and creative commons sprites here;

http://bouncemetronome.com/download/extra-downloads#tab1

There are many other examples available in the online collections such as

http://openclipart.org - though you need to save them as images that Bounce metronome can recognize.

Or browse for any images you have yourself.

Gif images are probably best. Bounce metronome can't load png images at present, sorry, if you want that feature do let me know as it isn't hard to implement (can just the Freeimage plugin to do it quickly).

SUITABLE IMAGES FOR SPRITES

If you want to use the option to show as a sprite, then make sure the top left pixel of the image is set to the desired colour to treat as transparent throughout the image.

It can be as close as you like to the other colours in the image. For instance if you set the background of the image to , R 255 G 255 B 254 and have regions of white in the image at , R 255 G 255 B 255 then only the background will be treated as transparent.

Browse... (button)

Browse for sprite or image to bounce on lyrics. You can get more examples online or make your own images...

You can download a selection of suitable of public domain and creative commons sprites here;

http://bouncemetronome.com/download/extra-downloads#tab1

There are many other examples available in the online collections such as

http://openclipart.org - though you need to save them as images that Bounce metronome can recognize.

Or browse for any images you have yourself.

Gif images are probably best. Bounce metronome can't load png images at present, sorry, if you want that feature do let me know as it isn't hard to implement (can just the Freeimage plugin to do it quickly).

SUITABLE IMAGES FOR SPRITES

If you want to use the option to show as a sprite, then make sure the top left pixel of the image is set to the desired colour to treat as transparent throughout the image.

It can be as close as you like to the other colours in the image. For instance if you set the background of the image to , R 255 G 255 B 254 and have regions of white in the image at , R 255 G 255 B 255 then only the background will be treated as transparent.

>> History (button)

Click here to show recently visited files of this type...

Alternatively, Ctrl + right click on button, text field or drop list

Keyboard shortcut Ctrl + F10.

The menu includes a Current Folder option to explore the folder for the most recent file.

Show BOUNCING LYRICS AS CANON (check box)

For songs sung in canon like Frère Jacques & its variants (I hear thunder etc)

Permit the minimalistic full screen lyrics window to be shown normal size (check box)

This is for the window Bounce >> Ball Bouncing on Lyrics - Fill Screen - a special minimal version of the Lyrics window...

Though designed for full screen use, you might find it is also of value as a normal window with title bar and border etc. With the other controls removed there are fewer distractions and also more screen space available for the lyrics.

Normally it is shown full screen, and normally you can use CONTROL + CLICK on the button or menu item to show it as a normal window.

WHAT THIS CHECK BOX DOES

What this check box does is to change the way the ESCAPE key works for the full screen bounce on lyrics.

When you have this option switched on then you can switch between the normal and full screen version of the window by using the ESCAPE key shortcut.

When this check box is switched off then you can only show it full screen, and when you use ESCAPE you jst close the window - or else switch to the other version of the Lyrics window. If you show the full screen version when the other version is still visible then the ESCAPE key gets you back to the other version. If you show the full screen version when there is no other lyrics window visible then the ESCAPE key just closes it.

Lyrics

The preset list has lullabies and nursery rhymes most for 4/4 time...

The lyrics are only shown for parts with the right number of beats per bar. Other parts are shown as beat numbers. When you change rhythm, automatically selects a lyric to fit the current bar if available.

Most of the preset lyrics are suitable for a metronome at 4/4 (4 and 1 beats to a measure)). Some are sutiable for 6/8 or 2/4.

To edit use the Edit Lyrcs drop list button. Or use Edit Lyric and Lyrics Options (Ctrl + 231)

In the future I'll update this so that you can edit the text directly in Bounce metronome itself - and also easily add your lyric to the drop list - and also have separate files for different lists of lyrics, e.g. you could have separate lists for nursery rhymes, and lullabies or whatever.

Some day I plan to add an option to enter the melody lines as well, probably in abc notation, so that Bounce metronome can play the tunes for the lyrics.

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