A few members have asked, “What is Tabledit?” or “How do I get it?” I figured we could start a thread on where you get it and what it can do for you.
Tabledit is tab (or tablature) software. It allows one to view, edit, transpose, print and playback tabbed music. Why not just use the PDF version of the tabs? With the PDFs, one cannot edit or playback tabs. However, I think the biggest feature of Tabledit for trying to learn a new song is that one can play back the tab and alter the tempo. So let’s say you have some tab with a really syncopated section where the timing is difficult to get down… just slow it down and play that section repeatedly, letting you hear it and play along with it until it becomes familiar. It’s a very powerful tool just by allowing one to playback a song back with varying speeds.
Tabledit has two major flavors available, the full version (costs money) and the viewer (free). The only difference I see between them is that the paid version allows one to edit and save unlimited measures of tab where the free version limits one to saving like 16 measures of each song. However, the viewer (free version) will still allow one to playback tabs of any length.
“What is a TEF file?” A TEF file is simply a file that contains a tabbed song in a format usable by the Tabledit program. Unless you have Tabledit installed on your system, one cannot do anything useful with it.
“Where can I get the Tabledit viewer?” The Tabledit viewer can be downloaded here:
Go to the above link. If you have a Windows machine click on “tefv.exe” This will download the installation program onto your machine. Then double click on the downloaded file and it will start the installation process. If you have a mac or other apple device, the above link has downloads and links for those systems as well. I have installed and briefly tried the iPhone app, but it was too small for me to get much use from it. Others may find it to be wonderful.
The full version of Tabledit is also available for download. It costs about $60.
That’s a start. If there are any questions on it, post them here!