Before you get started, you will need 3 things:
1. A Band Name
2. A Connect ID (some sort of passphrase that you will share with the different members of your band so that they can connect).
3. Some music files stored in either GoogleDrive, Box, or as local files. Supported file formats are PDF, JPG, BMP, TIFF, GIF
Firstly, you will need to sign up for an account using the sign-up link on the sidebar.
Then, check your email for an authentication link (you may need to check spam).
Once you've authenticated your email, login again and click the My Bands button on the sidebar.
Then click the New Band link in the middle of the page and it will prompt you to select a payment plan.
If you're not ready to pay yet, simply click continue on the free plan as you can easily change the plan whenever.
Enter your Band Name and Connect ID that you decided on. Remember to keep the Connect ID secret among the members of your organization.
Then click the gear icon under the settings header in the table provided. This will open a page where you can control everything about your new band.
At the top of the band settings page, you can change both the name of your band and the Connect ID. Simply enter whatever you want to change them to in the boxes and click Submit.
WARNING: This will disconnect anybody who is currently connected to your band since they would of authenticated with the old Connect ID.
Below the Band Name and Connect ID section is the band management section.
The Disconnect Individual Devices button brings you to a list of devices and when they connected so you can disconnect just the ones you want.
The Disconnect All Devices disconnects all currently connected devices from the band.
The Add Song button will bring you to a wizard in which you can add a new song to the band from either a cloud storage or local files.
The Lock Band button will disallow any new devices to connect to the band. All devices still connected to the band will stay.
The Delete Band button will delete the band after a confirmation.
Below the Band Management section is the Band Leader Devices. Here you can authenticate devices as leaders so that they have the ability to control performances.
To add a device, type in a name to remember it by and then click Add. A pop-up display will appear with a one-time code for authenticating just one device. You, or the person who is being authenticated as a leader, will then need to open up the band in their app, click the gear icon in the right menu, then click Leader, Enter Leader Token and enter the token that was provided to you in the pop-up.
Once you click out of the popup, you will never be able to see that token again.
Once you open the app for the first time, you will see this screen. To connect to a band, simply press Enter Connect ID and a popup box will open up where you should enter the Connect ID for the band.
Once you have connected, it will ask you to choose a part and then if you'd like to download all of the song files for this band to your device. If your band has a lot of songs, it might be best to wait to do this until you are connected to Wifi at some point. We'll later go over how to download all of the songs after you have already connected.
You'll then see a screen with two menus. One on the left and one on the right.
The one on the left is the song menu. Here you can manually select songs for just your device. This is not how you would select songs if you were a band leader in a performance. We'll talk about that later.
To select a song, simply click it's name in the list.
You can click Search to search for a song by name (you don't have to type the full name) and Clear will clear your search.
The menu on the right is the option menu. This menu will likely have too many options to fit on your screen at once so you can scroll with your finger through them. Going from top to bottom we have:
1. The exit button. This will bring you back to your band selection page.
2. The settings. This will bring you to a settings menu we'll talk about later.
3. Drawing. This will open up drawing tools for the song you currently have open.
4. Page stacking. This will change the direction your pages are stacked in the viewer. Either from top to bottom or left to right.
5. Rotate Left. This will rotate the currently selected song 90 degrees counter-clockwise.
6. Rotate Right. This will rotate the currently selected song 90 degrees clockwise.
7. Save Transformations. This will save any transformations you have made (movement, rotation, zoom, stacking) to the selected song which will be loaded next time you switch to this song.
8. Delete Transformations. this will delete any transfoormations you have made (movement, rotation, zoom, stacking) to the selected song bringing everything back into it's default value.
If you click the gear icon in the optionbar, then you will open up the Band Settings which looks like this. the options in this menu do the following:
1. - Back - This will bring you back to the song view.
2. Change Part. This will bring up a menu of parts to switch to.
3. Download All Songs. This will download all of the songs in the band for your currently selected part. If your band has a lot of songs, make sure to do this with Wifi to save data. Note: If you already have your songs downloaded before-hand, EFlipFolder uses very little mobile data during a performance. It may not even be a noticeable amount at all.
4. Leader. This will bring you to a page where you can enter a leadership token generated from the website. (See other help tab for details on how to generate this leadership token).
5. Application Settings. A menu where you can change whether you want Error Reports to be sent and also force the application to stick in a certain orientation (in case your phone's orientation locking isn't working).
6. Remove Band. Removes this band from your device.
If you click the pen and paper icon in the optionbar, then you will open the Drawing view. Due to limitations in phone graphics capabilities (mostly due to speed), you aren't able to move around the music as you draw. As of right now, you will need to move around the music in the song view and then switch to the draw view.
The menu in this view contains the following options:
1. Back. This will bring you back to the song view.
2. Tool. This will either be an eraser icon or a pencil icon. You can toggle between the two by clicking this option.
3. Increase Brush Size.
4. Decrease Brush Size.
5. Clear. Clears only the drawings currently on the screen.
If you are a band leader, and you click Start Performance in the song menu (the left of the song view), you will be asked to name your performance.
The reason we ask for a performance name is because you can optionally have more than one performance at a time. Perhaps because their are two gigs at once or you want to do sectionals.
If there is only one performance happening at a time, then all band members will automatically join that performance. If there is more than one performance at a time, it will prompt the band members to select a performance (but not the ones that are already connected to another performance).
After starting a performance, you will be brought to the performance manager. Which, if a performance is running, you can also get to by pressing Manage Performance at the top of the song menu.
The top has what song is currently playing, the number of connected devices to just this performance, and the name of the performance. the menus work as follows:
1. Back to Band. Brings you back to the song view.
2. Change Performance. Allows you to switch to or add another performance.
3. End Performance. Ends the selected performance. All connected devices will connect to another running performance if there are any (if there is more than one, once again prompting them to pick).
The rest of the features of this menu are identical to the song menu, except that when you pick a song, you pick it for everybody connected to the performance.
The app is incredible. It’s completely transformed the readiness of our band when we need to play with short notice.
This app is extremely easy to use and suits the needs of band members better than any app I have used before.
It’s really helpful and a lot easier than having to find music on your own. This is especially the case in the stands, and it is more convenient to have your phone than a big flip folio on your lire.
I love it! SOOO much better and more efficient than the box app! Has made rehearsal and performances much more efficient!
It's very helpful in that you don't need to manually select the song. All you need to do is pull out your phone, pull up the app, and the music is already there. Search feature also works great.
I think it's great, easy to use, director controlled song switching is awesome, and even the local search is fast and easy.
Excellent work! It’s so much easier than using file sharing apps or paper music.
It is so convenient and as a bass player sitting at the very top of the band, when we can't hear anything it's so nice to have it just pop up and we don't come in late or get yelled at because we actually know what we're playing. This whole concept is so so cool and honestly the fact that more people can't/don't use it is a bummer. Get it out there! You did an amazing job!
I think it works very well and the option to draw is very helpful.