iBandManager Pro FAQs


Upgrading from iBandManager

Go to App Settings in iBandManager and select Get iBandManager Pro!
Purchase and install iBandManager Pro.

Go back to App Settings in iBandManager and select Export Data to Pro. The data export could take a few minutes, please wait. Once the data export has been packaged, a popover menu will show with the iBandManager Pro icon with the title, Open in iBandManager. Tap the icon to export the data.

iBandManager Pro should open automatically, and the data import/conversion should start. When finished, an alert message should pop-up to show that the upgrade was successful.


The app will launch with the Bands page shown. The top-level menu items – Songs, Setlists, Gigs – will show all of these objects for the current band only.

Information Hierarchy – A Band is the top-level object. Songs are typically created (or imported from iTunes) next. Charts are created or imported and are attached at the Song level. Setlists can then be created, containing songs and additional details. Gigs can then be created, containing setlists and a venue (location) along with additional details.

Single-tap is used for selection. You can now select multiple objects and perform actions (delete or create a new object with the selection). Single-tap on thumbnails within detail views to change the associated image (for bands and gigs only).

Double-tap is used to drill down to an object’s details.

Tap and hold (long press) is used to grab the item for re-ordering. This works everywhere except songs (which can be sorted instead).

You can view most objects in either a Grid or List layout by selecting the grid/list toggle at the far left of the header.

You can search objects in most views. Additionally, songs have multiple sort criteria including ascending and descending ordering.

Basic Charts

The chart viewer included with the basic app purchase is similar to iBandManager, providing view-only of most file formats. You can attach multiple charts to a song. You can view all of the charts for a setlist by using swipe gestures to move to the next or previous song’s chart. You can also use the chart list to jump to any chart in the setlist. In setlist mode, only the first chart per song is available.

Advanced Charts & Live Mode (In-App Purchase)

Go to App Settings and select In-App Purchases. Tap the icon to purchase and follow the App Store prompts. Once the purchase and download is complete, Advanced Charts & Live Mode will be activated the next time you open the chart viewer (from a song or a setlist). Additionally, when adding charts to a song, 2 new options will be available – Create New Chart and Create from Camera.

Important Note – All imported charts are converted to PDF. Charts that are imported do not have editable text initially. You can put the chart in edit mode and add annotations, however. If you create a new chart (from a song’s details), it will have a “backing” text annotation that is fully editable. Most annotations seem to be editable in PDF readers outside of the app as well, including the Mac Preview app and Adobe Reader.

Navigation – You can move to the previous or next chart by swiping left and right, using the media toolbar controls (bottom of screen), or using the chart list (top toolbar, left side).

Chart Editing & Annotation – New charts created within the app will have a “backing” text annotation that is fully editable and configurable. Annotations of many different types (text, highlighters, colored pens, sticky notes, embedded images, and audio) can be added to any PDF.

Live Mode Features – The chart viewer by default is set up for Live Mode. The configurable tempo indicator, settings bar, and media toolbar are available with the chart(s). In addition, several other functions are available including configurable auto-scroll (based on song/chart length), configurable pedal scroll amount, day/night modes, thumbnail mode, and playback of the track (if linked with iTunes) via the media toolbar. The visibility of the tempo indicator, settings view, and media toolbar can be configured also.

Bluetooth Pedal Support – Bluetooth pedal actions can be configured from App Settings -> Bluetooth Pedal Configuration. Keyboard actions are mapped to app functions within this menu.

iBandManager FAQs

See the FAQ articles below for solutions to common issues. You can also contact us via the form at the bottom of this page with any issues or general feedback.


    Back Up Your Database

    iBandManager provides a very convenient way to backup your database.  The back up database option is in the settings menu, which is accessible from the top toolbar on any screen.  


    Share Your Database With a Band Member

    You can (and we highly recommend that you do) share your iBM database with your other band members so that everyone is not re-creating the same setup of bands, songs, and setlists initially.


    Adding Files to iBandManager

    We’ve received several questions about how to add files to iBandManager so that they can be used as charts. Currently, iTunes File Sharing is the only supported method. V1.1 will bring the ability to add files via email attachments, etc. Here is the iTunes approach:


    Creating Charts

    Creating charts is fast and easy in iBandManager, but the available options depend on what type of chart you will be saving.


    Viewing Charts in Setlist Order

    You absolutely can go forward/backward through charts in setlist order, but the behavior is different on the 1st generation iPad vs. newer generations.

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