The flats/sharps issue

We have made changes to Power Music to allow selection of all key signatures - sharps and flats in major or minor keys.
The current setting were based on the most widely used keys, but there are occasions when different options are required.
We have therefore added a couple of buttons to enable this feature, both in the main selection screen for transposing and in the edit screen for setting up the key signature for the song.

Before public release we are asking for feedback from our users. you can download the new version here.
Once installed the next time you run it you will be prompted to install an update because it is a different version from the live one. Don’t install the update to continue using the test version. We will inform you when it becomes live so that you can then update to the final live version.

If the changes confusing or not self-explanatory then please let us know. These buttons use the following rules:

Select screen
Pressing the button will change the available keys in the list - except for the original song key. The only place you can change that is in the editor. The list will drop down to show the changes.
The song chords will change for transposed keys if the enharmonic equivalent is changed by the button. Songs transposed to C major will also be changed to sharps or flats.
The major keys without accidentals - A, B, D, E, F, G will continue to use their default key signature regardless of whether you have selected sharps or flats for the list.
Minor keys without accidentals - C, F, G will have their chords changed because the relative major is changed by this.

Edit screen
As above, but you can change the original key and the other lists will change according to the same rules.

Please leave feedback here over the weekend. We are keen to get this live as soon as possible, but it has been a complicated change so it has to function correctly.

Thank you!

This change is important an seems to be intuitive.

Except why do you need the ‘Down Arrow’ anymore? It’s just confusing. If you click the # and then the ‘Down Arrow’ nothing changes. At first I thought it didn’t work at all. The same thing happens Clicking the b and the ‘Down Arrow’. Yes, confusing.
I would keep the # & b and get rid of the ‘Down Arrow’.

Otherwise an excellent change.

Thanks for it.


Hi Cat_moses
Thanks for the feedback.
The reason nothing appeared to change is that the buttons changed the list to sharps and opened it for you to select a sharps key, then when you clicked on the arrow without selecting a key it closed the list.
The down arrow allows you to open the drop down list and select a transpose key, as before.
The extra buttons do more - they change what appears on the list and then open it to show the changes and allow you to select a transpose key. They also change the current chords of the song if it is already transposed. For example, if you have a song which has been transposed to Eb but you meant to transpose it to D#, then clicking the button will do that. However, if you have a song in Eb and want to transpose it to Ab then you just need to click on the arrow to show the list and select Ab.
The arrow is a faster process because it just opens the list.
The buttons process complicated functions in the background which are not always necessary. It does it very quickly so it is not apparent to the user, but think of it as a feature which is only needed if the key you want is not on the list.

Thanks to those of you who helped with this version.
This has now been implemented live along with some other new features - see V.