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Big Road Blues Discussion Forums 2006-08-05T22:13:49+00:00 2006-08-05T22:13:49+00:00 <![CDATA[posting power tabs]]>
I doubt it - you probably have GP5. BF was referring to GP4 and below; GP5 had not long been released at that time and I don't think he was familiar with the new version.

GP5 is yards ahead of earlier versions and now works well, including printing tab, standard and combined notations.

It will also import Powertab files and Tabledit. (GP4 couldn't even import ascii files, successfully, even though the facility was trumpeted as a feature.)

GP is still more difficult to use than PT as a tabbing tool (try inserting bar lines or writing a bar with more counts/beats than the time signature, for example).

PT has remained as is - simple, easy, and does everything many would want from tab software - but is still free; GP costs E59.

Statistics: Posted by raiph — Sat Aug 05, 2006 10:13 pm

2006-08-05T14:25:24+00:00 <![CDATA[posting power tabs]]>

Tabledit is better than Guitarpro (and gives you standard notation)

Are you seriously trying to tell me that GP doesn't give you both tab and standard notation?

For myself, another annoyance with GP is that while it allows the input of standard notation (with hassle) it only prints out tab, not "real" music

There's no problem in inputting in standard notation and GP prints out standard notation by default - but, then, perhaps I have a unique version of GP.

Statistics: Posted by Catweazle — Sat Aug 05, 2006 2:25 pm

2005-05-26T10:03:47+00:00 <![CDATA[RE: posting power tabs]]>
The software of choice is determined by what you do with it: I rarely use either of them for importing or acquiring tabs, but for writing music on the pc (eg, analysing and transposing from CDs or mp3 tracks).

For that purpose, PT wins hands down - it does what I want, not what it thinks I should be doing. (For example: if I wish to put a seven-and-a-half beat bar in the middle of a 4/4 piece, or construct a tune with but one 153-beat bar, GP won't let me, unless I change the time signatures.)

If you want to import someone's interpretation of what Eric Clapton did with "Navel Fluff Blues", complete with fuzz, drums, six extra guitars and a keyboard, then probably GP is for you. (Altho there are are PT sites with loads of similar stuff, eg,

When "importing" stuff, GP still can't read html or ascii files without buggering them up. (PT doesn't offer the facility, so at least one is not frustrated).

Both will import and export midi, which is a good way of transferring between the two, and both tend to leave you with a bit of editing/cleanup of the resulting tab. PT is less complicated in its midi import facility.

For myself, another annoyance with GP is that while it allows the input of standard notation (with hassle) it only prints out tab, not "real" music (I can't read tab very well), and seems to insist on printing in a style that gives about 12 bars only, per sheet. (There might be a way around that, but as I never print GP, it doesn't matter.)

Tabledit - I can't be bothered with! Tried it - too fussy.

Meanwhile, many sites/forums have their tab section in something like Tabledit (and, increasingly, GP) with, I guess, all the supporting software supplied free, thereby forcing the site patrons into buying it in order to participate.

So - have both GP (costs) and PT (free) and also the Tabledit "viewer" (TEFview - free) and you've almost covered all needs.

Statistics: Posted by badfinger — Thu May 26, 2005 10:03 am

2005-05-26T03:06:51+00:00 <![CDATA[RE: posting power tabs]]>
BUT, the main reason I have both is for the achives on the Internet. When searching for Tabs they will invariably be in either PT or GP or both and sometimes in Ascii. Ascii sucks as it doesn't give you the timing while the others do.

I didn't like Tabledit much but maybe the steep learning curve put me off. One gripe I have with GP is that it does try to be too clever and does things I don't want which I then sometimes stuggle to change.

One thing I will say is that all tabs are just a starting point. I haven't picked one up yet that I haven't changed after comparing to the record. All in all though, a very good way to learn a piece or write down an original.

Statistics: Posted by rhapsodie — Thu May 26, 2005 3:06 am

2005-05-18T08:38:48+00:00 <![CDATA[RE: posting power tabs]]> Statistics: Posted by stiff — Wed May 18, 2005 8:38 am

2005-05-18T06:29:37+00:00 <![CDATA[RE: posting power tabs]]> Later today (after work) I'll try to read some of BF's tabs using it.
So please, BF, don't delete the page just yet, ta.

Statistics: Posted by stumblin — Wed May 18, 2005 6:29 am

2005-05-18T06:24:22+00:00 <![CDATA[RE: posting power tabs]]>
Sorry about that. My only excuse is that I had, that very afternoon, been arguing with a site manager who wanted to make Tabledit the tab software of choice for his site. Tabledit is better than Guitarpro (and gives you standard notation) and not as expensive, but still not as good as Powertab... Oops, there I go again!

The question I didn't answer was the one about inter-compatibility: the only way you can read between these systems is through a third party conversion, such as midi.

Statistics: Posted by badfinger — Wed May 18, 2005 6:24 am

2005-05-17T07:15:09+00:00 <![CDATA[RE: posting power tabs]]> Be quick - these are being removed to a different location (some have already gone), and this page is disappearing during the next day or so.

You can send them as mail attachments, of course.

Of all the tab/notation software available (that I have tried) Powertab is the best.

Powertab is software that lets you
-write tab,
-print tab,
-export as .txt, .tab, midi, ascii...
-play tab as midi,
-print in standard notation (essential for me - GP doesn't).
- lots of other things that would fill the page...

Powertab does everything you want.
Guitar Pro does almost everything you want, but not as well or easily as Powertab.


Powertab handles like a word processor... You can toggle around, put bar lines where you want... With Powertab you can do all sorts of things easier and better than with any other tab software.

I use it all the time.

I also use GuitarPro - for one job only: transposition. GP does this a bit better than PT. To do this I export the tab from PT as midi, into GP, and then back again to Powertab where I can carry on editing/tabbing. (Have to do it as midi, cos GP makes a cods of importing ascii, txt, or other tab formats)

GP4 costs around E60. Powertab is FREE.

As far as a "favourite" is concerned, familiarity is a big factor. I have been using both for about six years - I still prefer Powertab and only hang on to GP for the the transposition jobs, even tho it cost me money!

(I've also tried a few others, such as Tabledit...)

Statistics: Posted by badfinger — Tue May 17, 2005 7:15 am

2005-05-17T06:11:51+00:00 <![CDATA[RE: posting power tabs]]>
I just purchased Guitar Pro 4 and let me tell ya,,,,,
it is the ULTIMATE learning tool.

You can learn a new song in minutes.

Statistics: Posted by grady — Tue May 17, 2005 6:11 am

2005-05-17T06:06:37+00:00 <![CDATA[RE: posting power tabs]]> Are they the ones that I need special expensive software to read?

Statistics: Posted by stumblin — Tue May 17, 2005 6:06 am