Attaching documents to songs

The document types that can be opened inside of Setlist Helper are text lyrics, PDF files, and Image Files. When you open a document not supported by the app it will open it in an external viewer such as Polaris Office. The Android platform does not provide components for developers to integrate word document into their apps.

We suggest importing all your documents with Dropbox so you can share them with multiple devices.

Using dropbox with Setlist Helper for Android

Attaching Documents

You can attach documents to songs in 1 of 3 ways:

1. Import your documents.

Put all your Doc, Docx, RTF, PRO (chord pro), image, or pdf files in a directory on your device. You will need to connect your device to your PC. Follow the instructions in the following link to add files to your device

Go to the Songs tab. Select “import” from the menu with 3 dots in the upper right.

Android 10 and above devices only

Android 10 has radically changed the way apps use files. All files regardless of the location will be copied to the Setlist Helper private directory. The reason for this is the permisson to the file outside of app is temporary. Copying the file to the private directory allows the permisson to the file to be permanent.

You will be prompted to select Dropbox or SD Card. Import select

For Dropbox,  click this link for instructions.

When you select SD Card the Android directory browser will open as shown below. NOTE: The first directory that is opened won’t allow you to select it. Navigate to another directory then come back to the previous directory if you want to select it. Choose “Use This Folder” and the import will start.

Android Directory Browser

The view above is a directory browser provided by Android. If you are using Android 9 and below the directory browser is a custom view created by the Setlist Helper developers.

The Android directory browser will allow you to pick a directory from cloud providers such as Google Drive, Dropbox, One Drive, etc… However, the connection to the file is used once. If you update files in your cloud drive you will need to reimport the directory. Setlist Helper has developed support for Dropbox. We suggest using the Dropbox import in instead. You can use “Update Dropbox Files” to pull in updates to your files.

The Android directory browser will allow you to import from an external SD card. However, the files you import will be copied into the Setlist Helper private direct on your internal SD card. The reason is this is the file permissions mentioned above.

After a Folder is selected

The name of the song will be the document file name. If you want to import from an external SD card look at Browsing for documents and audio files on your external SD card.   You can import the folder multiple times if needed when importing songs. The existing files won’t be duplicated. The import will find the existing songs that have the file name and give update the file path to the song.

2. Edit the song.

To edit the song document tap the circle to the right of the song name in the Song catalog or Setlist view. Choose “Edit”.

There is a field called “Document”. Click the pencil button to browse for a document and select it.

3. Attach Document in the lyrics.

If you click on a song and there are no lyrics in it you will have a button that says “Attach Document”. If you do have lyrics there will be a menu item that says Attach Document. Choose either of these options.

Opening Attached Documents

1. Click on a Song 

When you have a document attached to a Song you can click on it in the Songs tab or the Setlist Songs list and it will open the document rather than going to the lyrics page.

2. Open from the lyrics page.

The default is to open the document when you click on it in the Song list. If you want to open the lyrics page you need to click on the down arrow in the list. Select “Lyrics” then it will take you to the lyrics screen.  When you are in the lyrics screen you can open the document from the Open Document menu item.

If you would like to open PDF files in another editor you need to go to the lyrics page containing the PDF file. Then choose “Open document” from the 3 dot menu in the upper right of the screen.

Opening documents that are not PDF files.

  • The documents are opened in another app such as Open Office. Therefore, once you open it you are leaving Setlist Helper. To go back to Setlist Helper use the back button on your device.
  • Because you are opening the document in another app there is no support for Auto-scroll. However, the Airturn pedal should work if you wanted to move the page up or down.
  • To keep your screen on you will have to go the Android Settings > Display and adjust the Screen timeout to 10 or 30 minutes.
  • The document location on the device is synced to However, the actual document is not uploaded to the server. In the future we will provide an option upload your documents.