BigStand Sources now on GitHub

October 11th, 2012

I’ve posted the sources (but no sample data) to

I need to fix the licensing, but the general idea is GPL – free for non-commercial use.

If you have Xcode you can add your own sample data as .zip files and distribute your own solid-state version of BigStand to your choir or band.

Or you can turn the metronome and scrolling back on. Or add some more functionality!

Have fun.

New BigStandXL 1.0 released for adhoc users

October 11th, 2012

It’s been a long time, but I finally got a new release together for adhoc users. It is reasonably bug free and has a lot more content builtin.

I rejiggered the release numbering scheme back to 1.0, and the current build is 179. You can verify the build on the title of the new Help Page which comes up the very first time.

Follow the links on the right.

My intention is to get the stripped down version with no builtin tunes into the app store as soon as possible.

BigStand.IPA re-issued with new provisioning

January 5th, 2012

I know some of you BigStand users  have been experiencing various failures today due to the expiration of a provisioning profile.

Please delete your exisitng copy of bigstand from your iPad. Then download and install the new ipa as detailed in the download link on the right.  For immediate gratification, the link is

BigStand 2.0 Is Finally Here, Come and Get It

November 26th, 2011

You must be running IOS5.0 and approved for AdHoc distributions. If you’ve ever had a BigStand on your iPad you are already on the list. Otherwise send your UDID.

Just follow Download link on the right.

Why you’ll find this BigStand much improved:

  • Simplified User Interface
  • Builtin Metronome and Autoscrolling
  • Improved Setlist Processing
  • Rock Solid and Battle Tested

Regrettably, you are going to need to actually delete your existing bigstand app and subsequently reload any tunes you have added.

Have at it

GigStand 2.0 To App Store (Soon), IPA withdrawn

November 26th, 2011

We are no longer building IPAs for private distribution of GigStand. GigStand 2.0 is on its way to the App Store, so anyone who wants one can get it for free. There will be a few sample tunes in GigStand, otherwise, it is completely empty for you to fill. It has been tested with over 50,000 tunes so it should keep most everyone busy playing music for a long while.

New Camera, New Code

August 24th, 2011

Somewhat tangentially, I bought a new camera – a micro 4/3 Panasonic DMC-GF3 with a 14mm/f2.5 interchangeable lens. It’s like a 28mm. It makes some very nice looking images and is small enough to fit in my pocket. I’ve been giving it a workout with inanimate objects before I shoot any people. Some images are here.

I like shooting everything at f4.0 or less, for limited depth of field. I’ve been running around taking five pictures at a shot using automated exposure bracketing which is very useful. This makes for a lot of pictures. I have some questions:

First: I am certain I want 4000×3000 jpegs OR full RAW but I could tell the camera to store Both. RAW turns out to be a real pain as detailed below, and would I need LightRoom or Aperture to really deal with this?

Second: The RAW are not really standard and even brand new iPhoto won’t open these RW2 files. They supply SilkyPix which does a nice job of conversion to jpeg with many batch features, but it is all a bit time consuming and wont even do any cropping.

Third: Even taking the jpegs directly into iPhoto still brings in five times more photos than I care to keep and frankly, I only want to keep a smattering of all the shots. In order to actually check the focus of a shot at very high res in iPhoto you have to really import all the images and then its a real PITA to get rid of the ones I don’t want.

Suggestions are always appreciated.

Back to IPAs with 1.055

August 7th, 2011

Apple’s got the IPA thing working again with Xcode 4.2 that just came out this morning. Meanwhile, a bunch of bug fixes (especially for the iPhone) and a builtin diagnostic routine (see slides here) round out this release. After I hear back from a few of you this is going to the app store.

1.052 Now Available

July 15th, 2011

This version is highly stable and has been reworked and tested with up to 25000 tunes.

GigStand now auto-assimilates any new files that are integrated thru iTunes or via Email. Hopefully this will be less mysterious.

This version is slated to go to the app store on July 24, 2011 and will be the last before IOS 5.0 in the fall.

Please send feedback.

Remaining Issues Prior to 1.05

June 24th, 2011
  • Some of the Archives Management Operations have loose ends
  • The Assimilation Controller is strange and needs some cleanup
  • The Archives Management Pane is particularly ugly
  • The iPhone UI must be thoroughly re-tested
  • Some internal testing of every file asset needs to be built
  • The per-Tune Settings for metronome and autoscroll are not yet implemented
  • The migration plan to expand the Core Data database must be tested
  • 1.1 will run on  IOS5 only

AutoScrolling is in 1.049

June 24th, 2011

You asked for it, you got it. This should work really nicely with a TV over 5.0, and hopefully wirelessly too!