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3n. Importing songs from SongSelect

Find new songs
If you or your church has a valid SongSelect licence, you can now download chord charts as PDF files directly within the app.  If the app detects that the PDF file contains a text version of the song within it, it will also attempt to extract this and create an OpenSong version of the file.

To download songs from your SongSelect account, open the right hand options menu and select the 'Find new songs' category.  Then click on the 'SongSelect' button.  You will then be asked for a phrase to search for.

When you use this feature for the first time, you will need to log in to SongSelect with your details before the search results are available.  Click on the 'Sign in' link text and then enter your details.  Remember to tick the box that says 'Keep me signed in'.  This will save you having to do this again when importing from SongSelect when using the app.


Choose chords from SongSelect
From the results page, select the chord charts of the song that you want to download by scrolling down and clicking on the 'Chords' button as shown in the screenshot to the right.  The song chords will then load in the browser.

PDF chord sheets available from SongSelect are either image based or text based.  Image based PDFs can be identified by the loading circle (as they tend to be bigger files), whereas text based PDFs can be identified by trying to highlight/select a portion of text on the song preview.  If you can highlight text, the PDF is text based and the app will be able to automatically convert the PDF once it has downloaded.  Image based PDF will not be converted. 

If you want to proceed with the PDF download, click on the 'Extract ChordPro data' button - do not use the normal button on the webpage as this will not copy the file into your OpenSong directory.  This will download the PDF and then try to extract text if possible (text based PDF files only).  Clicking on this button automatically logs the download to SongSelect and will count towards your download quota.  Only unique files are counted in a reporting period (downloading a song multiple times does not use up your quota).

Wait for the message 'Download complete' to appear on your device before proceeding with choosing a song title and folder to save the files into.  If a text based PDF was detected, OpenSongApp will save the PDF into this folder along with an OpenSongApp version with the same name.  If the PDF is image based, only the PDF file will be created.

Text based PDF loaded
Image based PDF loading

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