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(@dylan-schwartz)
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Hey Guys,

I'm looking for a solid Tablature writing/editing/printing program, preferably for MAC.

I've tried TablEdit and Powertab. They're okay but I need a program that can export to PDF, JPEG, or both. What I'm trying to do is create Tabs in PDF format that I can send out to students, post in my blog, and include in Word documents.

Any suggestions (especially from those who create Tab for professional purposes).

Many Thanks.

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(@jwmartin)
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Have you tried Tux? I'm not sure if there is a Mac version though. It reads and WRITES Powertab, GuitarPro and others. You can export to MIDI, MusicXML and PDF. The best thing is, it's free and open source. The guitarist in my band paid $60 for GuitarPro and we send files back and forth and he has no problem reading the GP files generated from Tux.

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(@lue42)
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I highly recommend TuxGuitar as well.

http://tuxguitar.herac.com.ar/

And, there is a mac version...

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(@dylan-schwartz)
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Thanks guys.

I'm downloading it right now. Will report back.

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(@dylan-schwartz)
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Does Tux have the ability to create a format like this:

:note1: :note1: :note1: :note1:

:note1: :note1: :note1: :note1:

:note1: :note1: :note1: :note1:

Where each staff is displayed individually and vertically? What I want to do is tab out Example 1, go to a new staff, tab out Example 2, go to a new staff, etc.

Guitar Player Magazine style.

I haven't found that feature on Tux yet. Does it exist?

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(@lue42)
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I took a quick look and did not see a way.

I would guess that you would need to do it a hard way... multiple files for each one... export/screenshot to a Word document for each measure/section that you want.

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(@greybeard)
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There's an option in Guitar Pro to force a new line, maybe Tux as the same

Edit: I've just checked and can't find a way to do it, in Tux.

Tux doesn't support some of the formats that you mentioned, either

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(@lue42)
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As a free option... Tux is definitely the way to go...

However... I use Guitar Pro exclusively and it is the best one out there I for sure... but, that obviously comes at a price.

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(@rr191)
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There a program called Tablatures for the Mac. I believe they have an editor package and a free PowerTab reader called Tab View. I don't know if it can do what you're asking.

http://www.tellini.org/mac/tablatures/

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(@jbeckforever)
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Guitar Pro is easily the best. It exports to pdf, midi, jpg, ect. It runs smoother, it looks better, its easier to work with. Its got more features than all the other tab programs out there, and its easier to write with. I'm not great with computers, but minutes after opening the program my first time I was writing a solo with taps, legato runs, bends and staccato notes. Its just really well done. But yes, as for the free alternatives, they are certainly worth looking at.


   
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