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Do you know if there is a way to translate between tef and gpx files and vice versa? I guess I could dump to MIDI and read as MIDI.
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Here’s my experience with that. Tabledit has their little downloadable conversion tool, but it won’t work with the new .gpx file format of Guitar Pro 6 (or, if I remember correctly, the .gp5 format of the previous release). I guess if you could manage to get Guitar Pro 4 it might work. I tried dumping to MIDI also, and was able to convert from .gpx to .tef, but not without glitches, so I still had to go over the tab note by note, which was about the same as starting from scratch.
As for comparing tab editors, I’ve used Tabledit and Guitar Pro 6, plus the free Powertab and TuxGuitar. Guitar Pro has the simplest learning curve, by far. Everything is laid out graphically and you can pretty much just jump in without any help. It can do most anything you want musically. My only complaint being that there is no mandolin soundbank (but Tabledit doesn’t have one either).
Tabledit is full featured, too, but not nearly so intuitive. It relies to a great extent on hotkeys (which is really fast if you’re a knowledgeable user, but takes some getting used to).
The other two are okay for free programs (I think Tuxguitar is the better of the two), but both are lacking in features. For instance Tuxguitar doesn’t have a way to zoom in on the musical staff, which is tough on my old eyes.
I think Guitar Pro would be my first choice if ease of use were the only consideration, but Tabledit is also valuable because so much bluegrass music is already tabbed that way.