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EasyWorship 2009 – the official announcement

We’re happy to finally announce the most powerful version of EasyWorship to date, EasyWorship 2009. In addition to highly anticipated features like Display Foldback (Stage Display), Video Jockey Mode (VJ), and a fully integrated Media Store, you’ll also see Audio integration and Web display in this version, all working within a redesigned User Interface that’s easier to use than ever.

Official release date:    September 2009
Official retail price:      $399

Existing EasyWorship users can upgrade for $99 and, for a limited time, will receive a $25 promotional credit to EasyWorship’s new Media Store. (Customers who’ve purchased EasyWorship 2007 since January 1st 2009 are eligible for a free upgrade.)

What’s new in EasyWorship 2009?

Display Foldback (Stage Display)
  • Send Lyrics and Scripture content to stage monitors (automatically synced with audience output)
  • Send Alerts and custom messages to stage monitors (only seen on stage)
  • Clock Display shows the current time (HH:MM:SS)
  • Lyric Display, optional verse/chorus tags, shows first line of next slide, automatic word wrap, and more
  • PowerPoint Display shows current and next PowerPoint slides
  • Full control of format and style, including: text/font styles, custom background (not just black), scrolling or static alerts, and more
  • (requires additional hardware)
VJ (Video Jockey) Mode
  • Live background switching (with transitions)
  • Switch between Videos, Images, Feeds and Slide Backgrounds
  • Create custom categories for just your VJ stuff
Audio integration
  • Add audio files directly to the Schedule
  • Add audio files as backgrounds to Songs or Scripture
  • Background audio can be controlled (play/pause, volume, mute)
  • Background audio syncs with background videos (controls are synced)
Web Display
  • Easily enter URLs to display web pages
  • Integrated navigation controls (home, back, next, refresh, stop)
  • Full support for YouTube videos, and more
  • Full support for Flash-based content
Integrated Media Store
  • Easily browse thousands of popular Mini Movies, Motions, Countdowns and Stills
  • Preview media directly in EasyWorship
  • Integrated Downloads, automatically puts your new media where it should be (no need to manually find and install downloaded media)
Updated User Interface
  • Updated buttons and icons throughout
  • Redesigned media player and interface controls for video, DVD and feeds
  • Redesigned resource area and display options (preferences) area
  • Theme aware so the look automatically customizes for XP, Vista or Windows 7
  • Redesigned control header (top bar) and pane dividers to optimize workspace
  • Redesigned to work with varying screen DPIs (large fonts)

Download the Beta

NOTE: THIS IS A BETA.  DO NOT USE IN A LIVE ENVIRONMENT.  MAKE A BACKUP COPY OF YOUR DATA.

Though we have worked out most of the bugs, there are a few cosmetic issues that we are aware of and will be fixing soon.  Also, this release has all the features that the final EasyWorship 2009 build will include, so if you don’t see it in the Beta, it won’t be in the final release.

The 2009 Beta will create a new application folder leaving your existing EasyWorship install intact. When the 2009 Beta application is run it will update your database, so make a backup copy of your data if you wish to keep it unmodified.  You can also copy your database to a new profile.  If you go back to the old version, it should convert your data back to the old version.  You will not be able to open 2009 schedules in older versions of EasyWorship, but older schedules (pre-2009) should open fine in this version.

Please post any issues or feedback you have in our 2009 Beta forum…
http://easyworship.com/support/forums/viewforum.php?f=24

You can download the installer here…
http://www.easyworship.com/downloads/ew_builds/v2009.0.2/EasyWorship2009_web.exe

Have fun :)

add your comment73 comments so far

  • Brian says...

    Thanks Jeff! You guys ROCK! I’ll be playing with this most of tomorrow. :D

    comment added July 10, 2009 @ 11:16 pm

  • Trevor Lyon says...

    I have been playing with this since EARLY this morning. So far AMAZING! Everything that I wanted is in this version! GREAT WORK!

    comment added July 11, 2009 @ 3:14 am

  • EasyUser says...

    Is the slide looping feature available in this release? (like for announcement slides?)

    comment added July 11, 2009 @ 8:06 am

  • Rich says...

    Thanks for posting the info Jeff. The beta installed without a hitch. I’m liking what I see so far.

    The web display allows me to show Flash SWF files if I enter the local address of the SWF file into this address bar. I’ve been waiting for this feature for ages – thanks!

    Stage display works nicely.

    Thanks again to all of you of EW…

    Rich

    comment added July 11, 2009 @ 12:00 pm

  • Jeff says...

    Thanks for the good feedback.

    EasyUser, the goal for announcments and looping is for EasyWorship 2010.

    We have looked at this over and over in EasyWorship and though we can do pretty much anything, it wouldn’t make sense and you’d wind up with a feature monster that doesn’t work or look right.

    So… We have slated for EasyWorship 2010 an announcement engine similar to PowerPoint and KeyNote. It’s likely that the first release of 2010 will have the underlying engine and the interface will follow after that.

    Your best bet until then is PowerPoint. If you can’t afford PowerPoint there is also OpenOffice.

    comment added July 11, 2009 @ 3:26 pm

  • Jeff says...

    Also on the WebBrowser live output there is a hidden toolbar on the top. Place your mouse up on the top of the live output if you need to navigate.


    comment added July 11, 2009 @ 3:36 pm

  • Donovan says...

    One thing that continues to bug me is the unprofessional display of the nursery alerts and on screen messages. Is there any way to make it look more professional? Maybe it’s a setting that I can change.

    comment added July 11, 2009 @ 5:04 pm

  • Olamide Stevens says...

    Thanks EW Team.
    you guys Rock. you said it, and through the SPIRIT got it done. Now you have added ease and excellence to how God is worshiped the world over.

    Thanks.

    OLAMIDE

    comment added July 11, 2009 @ 5:42 pm

  • Max says...

    How do you backup the database?

    comment added July 11, 2009 @ 6:25 pm

  • Jeff says...

    Hey Donovan, can you eloborate?

    At one time the nursery alert and message alert animated and was transparent but after we added support for PowerPoint and DVD, we had to remove those elements since we have no real painting control over PowerPoint or DVD. Now that we have support for Web display, that would also make it problematic.

    comment added July 11, 2009 @ 11:27 pm

  • Jeff says...

    Actually when you install the new version it will make a backup copy.

    The folder for XP is
    C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Documents\Softouch\EasyWorship\Default\Databases\Data, usually.

    On Vista
    C:\Users\Public\Documents\Softouch\EasyWorship\Default\Databases\Data

    The default directory is the name of the profile. So if you have created new profiles, you will have different directories.

    comment added July 11, 2009 @ 11:30 pm

  • Donovan says...

    I think you described it well… the transparent fading in and out of the nursery/message alert. ProPresenter does it in a nice, clean, transparent way. I wish EasyWorship would as well. It makes it an unusable feature in a professional environment.

    Other than that, I haven’t found much that I don’t like with the new version. There are definitely some quirks, but I realize that it is still in beta. Thanks so much for great software with great licensing terms.

    comment added July 12, 2009 @ 12:58 am

  • Trevor says...

    I know that you said not to use this in a live enviroment but I couldn’t resist seeing as this version has ALOT more features than 2007. Actually I am using it right now. I must say even though this is a BETA I have had no issues with anything, everything works great. Thank you so much for making 2009 and spending all of this time on it. I am once again sure that EasyWorship is the best worship presentation program.
    – Thank You
    Trevor Lyon

    comment added July 12, 2009 @ 10:51 am

  • John says...

    >Add audio files as backgrounds to Songs or Scripture

    Is this enabled? I can’t seem to find it.

    comment added July 12, 2009 @ 12:54 pm

  • Jerod says...

    John, just add an audio file to your audio resources and then you can drag-n-drop that onto a song or scripture in the schedule (just the same as you would for setting a background).

    comment added July 12, 2009 @ 1:15 pm

  • John says...

    Bingo! That is sweet. We are a small church and use EasyWorship with mp3 tracks. This greatly simplifies things.

    comment added July 12, 2009 @ 1:26 pm

  • Dave D says...

    It all looks very good, the only slight issue I have with it is the PowerPoint view on the foldback monitor, it seemed to show all the slides at once rather than the current slide which would be more useful for speakers, is there any way to do this?

    comment added July 12, 2009 @ 2:11 pm

  • Jeff says...

    Hey Donovan,

    It was as I suspected. ProPresenter does not support PowerPoint or Web integration which means they do not have to worry about transparency.

    Anyway, we originally did it more like ProPresenter but as the product matured and we added more features, we where forced to remove transparency.

    comment added July 12, 2009 @ 9:14 pm

  • Jeff says...

    Dave we had toyed with doing a full PowerPoint preview on the foldback but it just did not make into the release.

    It’s possible that as the release moves forward we can make this work differently, no promises :) .

    comment added July 12, 2009 @ 9:16 pm

  • Arko says...

    O no, totally missed the beta.
    Now I’m on vacation and the 2009 beta does not run on my iPod. ;-)

    Will try in three weeks….

    comment added July 13, 2009 @ 4:24 am

  • bill says...

    thanks for all your hard work ew 2009 is great .
    i was wanting to know would it be possible to put a timer on the audio player so you can choose where to start and stop a file where you want!

    comment added July 13, 2009 @ 5:39 am

  • Donovan says...

    If I’m not mistaken, ProPresenter doesn’t support Powerpoint because it integrates with Keynote, instead. Perhaps Keynote, and not Powerpoint, supports transparency for nursery/message alerts? Do you know? At this point I’m just curious. I don’t have a Mac at this moment to test it out.

    On another note, I used this is my live environment yesterday morning for Sunday service. Works wonderfully. This is so much easier than MediaShout 4.1 and has many of the same features. But then again, that wouldn’t take much. :)

    One thing that I notice MediaShout can do, that I can’t find in the EasyWorship Beta, is individual transition control for each song. I can control the length of the transition for each cue in MediaShout, but in EasyWorship it seems like there is only one universal setting. Any plans to change that? I like to fade in text more slowly for slower songs and more quickly for faster songs.

    comment added July 13, 2009 @ 11:24 am

  • John says...

    Unfortunately, the Audio integration lacks one key feature we use a lot in media player – a minute:seconds counter so we know where we are in the track.

    We use headings like Intro (1:20) to give the operator a heads up on the length of instrumental portions of the track when we have a no text on screen. Since there are no visual cues from a worship leader, it helps us get the words back on screen a few beats before the singers start.

    comment added July 13, 2009 @ 11:48 am

  • Donovan says...

    I’ll post in the blog from now on so it’s searchable. :)

    comment added July 13, 2009 @ 11:59 am

  • Jeff says...

    Hey Donovan, you are correct, you cannot set transitions for individual items in this version. You will be able to do this in EasyWorship 2010.

    As far a ProPresenter and KeyNote is concerned, they handle both of these the same way. In order to run Keynote or PowerPoint, you have to start up the application sideways to ProPresenter. When you are ready to display the keynote presentation, you simply switch applications.

    Here is an excerpt from their web page.
    “You cannot, however, show ProPresenter generated nursery alerts over Keynote or PowerPoint slides.”

    In any event we do not want to limit ourselves to what the competition does, I was simply trying to point out there was a difference and why.

    comment added July 13, 2009 @ 2:13 pm

  • Jeff says...

    Hey John, we had talked about before this release, it just did not make this beta, a time and time remaining readout on the player controls.

    comment added July 13, 2009 @ 6:53 pm

  • Charlie says...

    Hey, great product so far. Any who, two pieces of feedback:
    1) The foldback should really support at a minimum, two slides (current and next) for PowerPoint. Having all the thumbnails makes it impossible for the speaker to see form a distance.
    2) The clock should be customizable to show the time or allow the user to set a specific amount of time and have it count down.

    comment added July 13, 2009 @ 11:17 pm

  • Dave says...

    Feedback:

    1) Powerpoint on foldback NEEDS to have full screen option. It’s impossible to see any useful information from any distance on a foldback screen when displayed in thumbnail mode.

    2) Is it possible to hide the progress bar when playing Youtube clips full screen in schedule?

    3) REALLY want time played / time remaining on videos! Both in control window, and on foldback screen. eg. “Video Playing – 3:51 remaining”.

    4) Background categories for songs – is this possible yet?

    These functions will help us to no end!

    comment added July 13, 2009 @ 11:35 pm

  • Tim says...

    Echoing the comments here.

    1. For PPT on foldback all we need is current and next (ala Keynote style). I’m not sure if it’s possible, but if the transitions are the problem performance wise, is there a way to strip the effects for the foldback? I can’t see why effects are needed for the speaker when most of their time will be looking at the congregation, not the foldback.

    2. Timer countdown in addition to the clock, it could be in the “alerts” menu.

    3. “REALLY want time played / time remaining on videos! Both in control window, and on foldback screen. eg. “Video Playing – 3:51 remaining”. Not only that, but to include the filename of the video playing :-)

    Other than those things, very well done and I can’t wait to use this at church when we hit GM :-)

    comment added July 14, 2009 @ 5:41 am

  • Dave S says...

    Question of foldback display of song lyrics:
    Love how the foldback shows the tag, lyrics, and first line of next tag; but what about the case when the worship leader ad-libs? For example, most of our songs are similar to:
    Verse 1
    Chorus
    Verse 2
    Bridge
    The foldback option works great for going from Verse 1 to Chorus then Verse 2, but after Verse 2 we go back to the Chorus and then Bridge – the first line of the next tag would be wrong. Plus the worship leader ad-libs all the time so impossible to pre-setup the exact pattern – but he always prompts me to which tag is next – I guess what I’m asking is – is there anyway to display the first line of the next tag when this tag is not the next tag in order?

    comment added July 15, 2009 @ 10:45 am

  • Mike says...

    My Church can’t wait to buy Easy Worship 2009…how much will 2007 be then if we could still buy that?

    comment added July 15, 2009 @ 12:15 pm

  • Jeff says...

    Dave S, not today. The foldback was really designed so it could be a benefit to the operator and stage without being another task they would have to manage on the fly.

    comment added July 15, 2009 @ 3:09 pm

  • Jeff says...

    Hey Mike, you can buy EasyWorship 2007 today and you would get 2009 as a free upgrade since you bought within 6 months.

    comment added July 15, 2009 @ 3:10 pm

  • Ricardo says...

    We have EW2007, and is a good software, but I just want to know if the EW2009 can be installed in 64 Bit OS, like Windows Vista or Windows 7?

    Another thing, this software would be good if we can install in another languages than English.

    comment added July 15, 2009 @ 4:17 pm

  • Dave says...

    Version Confusion.

    Just clarifying, as I’m a little confused by previous posts on the Easyworship forums by EW team members.

    To my knowledge, EW 2009 was to be a *free* upgrade, with EW 2010 being a complete re-write and paid upgrade.

    Since when did EW 2009 become a paid upgrade?

    While it’s nice to have some of the extra features, we’ve been waiting years for these changes and many competitor products have featured foldback, clock options etc for a long time now.

    EW hasn’t had a decent update for a good 5 years now. Just wondering why the sudden change in charging process? Or am I mistaken? Was EW 2009 always going to be a paid upgrade?

    Don’t get me wrong – I’m extremely happy to finally see some of the user requested changes to this product materialise – but just wasn’t expecting the price tag.

    Regards. (Looking forward to the final version of 2009!)

    comment added July 15, 2009 @ 5:17 pm

  • Jeff says...

    Dave, you can read about the change here.
    The last post is from me and talks about this change.

    http://www.easyworship.com/support/forums/viewtopic.php?f=18&t=6322

    comment added July 15, 2009 @ 6:25 pm

  • Dan says...

    I’ve been an EW user for several years and I am a solid fan of your product. This new version has a lot to like and I commend you for your ongoing work.

    Some questions I have that are not new to this version are about the UI. Specifically, I have always wondered why the “Go Live” button is so subtle. To me this is like the director of the movie saying “Action” but only in a whisper. I would like to see it marked with a border, given a color and made as large as possible.

    Also, the other buttons should (I think) be labeled with words or with pop-up boxes that better explain their function including the view buttons, the nyrsery alert button, the whole set above the schedule area and the schedule control buttons. This may seem too simple to experienced users but we have to keep in mind the beginner and the non-power user–exactly the market where EW has done so well.

    That’s enough for now. Thanks for listening.

    comment added July 16, 2009 @ 8:16 pm

  • Dave S says...

    Jeff,
    Reference my question a few days ago about displaying the first line of the next song tag when not in the order of the song. Understand this capability will not be available in 2009, but a relatively easy way to do this for EW2010 would be something like this: active song is displaying Verse 1 with Chorus next and therefore 1st line of Chorus is also showing. If worship leader verbally prompts me that the next tag will be the bridge – one could right click on the Bridge and then the first line of the Bridge would show instead of the 1st line of the Chorus. Then when Verse 1 is done, left click like normal on the Bridge and the Bridge is displayed, etc. Please pass this on to the development team.

    comment added July 17, 2009 @ 11:39 am

  • evan says...

    Every release I say the same thing, along with a host of others…

    LITURGY TAB LITURGY TAB LITURGY TAB!!!

    I’m going off into a quiet corner to sob for a little while now.

    That is all! :-(

    comment added July 18, 2009 @ 5:15 am

  • Dave T @ Taigum Church, Australia says...

    Hi,

    Love your work with EW2009 – have just run my first meeting with it and the foldback monitor function worked well, but can I make these suggestions:

    1) I’ll add my vote to the “get rid of the multiple slide display” thing for Powerpoints on the foldback. If we can’t have current-slide + thumbnail of next slide, please just have the foldback display the current slide as per main display. Also is there any registry hacks we could do in the interim to revert this display to a single slide which matches the main display?

    2) EW2009 doesn’t work on a “limited” account – I’ve had to upgrade our general user account to administrator so it will work.

    3) Font-sizing on the foldback display gets tripped-up when some songs have embedded fonts (ie they don’t follow the default font). So having huge fonts on the foldback works sometimes, but then it falls back to the same size as the main display for those songs where fonts have been changed. Can you have the foldback output strip all font tags from the text prior to making a standard font output?

    4) Word-wrapping on the foldback display also fails when fonts have been embedded on the main slide.

    Other than these few points, it seems like a worthy upgrade! Good work!

    comment added July 18, 2009 @ 5:18 am

  • Dave T @ Taigum Church, Australia says...

    Oh, another point I just noticed for the FB monitor,

    5) The font settings for the clock don’t seem to “stick” – if you change the font, the next time you launch EW, it’s reverted to Tahoma, white text..

    6) Background settings don’t seem to “stick” either – next time EW is started, you’re back to basic black background.

    Also – is there somewhere else that beta testers should be logging feedback such as this? Perhaps this “announcement blog” isn’t the most appropriate forum for application feedback…

    Thanks again for a great product. I hope this feedback helps it be better,

    Dave.

    comment added July 18, 2009 @ 5:57 am

  • Perryn says...

    Hi EW, thanks for the beta version to try. I love it!!! Working my way through it in depth, but wondering, based on the foldback option, what additional hardware do i need? Is it that based on a laptops config, i wont be able to utilize this option, while still projecting?

    Expecting favourable response.

    comment added July 19, 2009 @ 3:19 pm

  • Stemp says...

    In two years, what has actually changed?!
    The foldback monitor is great but I’m still waiting for the scriptures function to be improved. Why can’t we choose a passage and then display it, verse by verse on screen, automatically split into readable chunks so that it runs like a song, you press down to go to the next verse etc. At the moment you have to edit it or display individual verses one at a time, which is an immense effort! If only this feature were added EasyWorship would be fantastic.
    Also, with the VJ mode (which is brilliant, by the way), is there any way to make it so that the transition between videos/images/backgrounds is a Blend, or anything else, rather than a straight cut?

    Thanks, I really love EasyWorship, have been using it for years and it is such brilliant software.

    Stemp

    comment added July 20, 2009 @ 8:21 am

  • Josh says...

    One thing that if a possibility would be a better song search. Under the song database where typing in the words to find the song, it only searches by the first line. This isn’t helpful when the first line is something like “Men” or “Women” or “All” and someone is looking for a keyword. Is there any chance of improving the search utility by key words and not by the line of the song?

    comment added July 20, 2009 @ 1:19 pm

  • Jeff says...

    Dave T, you can post your bugs in the forum at
    http://www.easyworship.com/forums/viewforum.php?f=24

    The first issue with foldback clock font will be fixed in Beta 3.

    I can’t reproduce the background issue. Are you sure you first song does not have the background set to black on it.

    comment added July 20, 2009 @ 6:01 pm

  • Brandon says...

    Jeff,

    Will you be able to use QuickTime files and QuickTime motion backgrounds in EasyWorship 2009 without installing the K-Lite Codec Pack?

    Thank you

    comment added July 21, 2009 @ 9:56 am

  • EmmteeProd says...

    This is a HUGE improvement! now, I’m just waiting for the Mac beta to arrive.

    comment added July 23, 2009 @ 7:21 am

  • Jonathan says...

    Awesome a great new upgrade!

    However, you are aware that you just put out an add in Church Production Magazine (July 2009) that touts one of the great things about EasyWorship is that you haven’t charged for upgrades… and here you are now starting to charging for upgrades. Seems a tad bit inconsistent.

    comment added July 23, 2009 @ 7:20 pm

  • Camilo says...

    I would like to found in the next version of the software a transition between the verse and the chorus of the Songs.

    Also will be great some difference transition of the nurse alerts and the alerts.

    Thanks and EW is great software congratulations!!

    comment added July 23, 2009 @ 8:14 pm

  • Jeff says...

    Hey Jonathan, thanks for the feedback. I guess will have to change the adds to read “One great thing about EasyWorship is that for the first 10 years of EasyWorship, upgrades were free. During that same period if you would have owned a competitive product, you would have spend nearly a thousand dollars more to own those products than EasyWorship”.

    Maybe that’s a bit wordy though :) .

    Anyway, thanks for pointing that out well fix it in the new adds. Sorry if it sounded misleading, that was not our intention. I think that add was designed like 4 months ago.

    comment added July 24, 2009 @ 2:53 pm

  • ncn720 says...

    I just started playing around with the EW09 beta, and I really like what I see so far. One thing I would like to know is what other sites, other than Youtube, will play in full screen mode once you go live?

    I usually play videos from http://www.churchpond.com, http://www.praizevision.com, and http://www.amazingfacts.org, and when I select a video to play through EW09, it brings up windows media player. The option to play any videos from those sites within EW09 is not available, which is a feature I would really like to justify upgrading. Is there a way to play videos from the above sites in full screen mode like youtube?

    comment added July 25, 2009 @ 3:24 pm

  • Jeff says...

    ncn720, From what I can tell there is no way to fullscreen those sites except through flash which we have no control over in this context.

    What you need to do is have the sites add a link that is a full screen player link, like you tube does.

    For example, “youtube.com/watch?” is the url for normal youtube videos. “youtube.com/watch_full” or somethink like that is youtube’s full screen.

    comment added July 25, 2009 @ 3:41 pm

  • Ed says...

    What are the system requirements for the new version?

    comment added July 29, 2009 @ 1:46 pm

  • Jeff says...

    Hey Ed, the requirements are the same as 2007 unless you want to do foldback. Then you will need additional hardware to make that happen.

    comment added July 29, 2009 @ 1:50 pm

  • Robby Mathews says...

    I posted this question in the forum, but after 152 views, no one has seen fit to post a comment. Perhaps you can help. EW 2009 looks great; I’m really excited about some of the new features. But, I’m really looking for to the 2010 version that will work on a Mac. I currently use EW on a Macbook Pro with a Windows partion. If I upgrade to EW 2009 for $99, any idea what the cost to go from there up to the 2010 version when it becomes available? Church budgets are tight and I don’t want to strain mine by purchasing an upgrade that I may not see any return on if I upgrade again in a few months.

    comment added July 29, 2009 @ 1:59 pm

  • Jeff says...

    Hey Robby, sorry I didn’t have an answer for you.

    Because we have not finalized the pricing for the EasyWorship 2010 PC/MAC version, I cannot really comment on what will or won’t happen except to say that it will be fair.

    comment added July 29, 2009 @ 2:01 pm

  • Bill Whitt says...

    Can there be an analog clock instead of digital?

    comment added July 30, 2009 @ 9:04 am

  • Jeff says...

    Hey Bill, probably not at this time.

    comment added July 31, 2009 @ 4:00 pm

  • Ormond says...

    Just read through the list of new features and they are very impressive. However, very few of the new features are ‘needed’ at our church and the ones that are most likely going to be of benefit, will require purchase of new hardware and cabling to be able to implement them.

    Like many churches, we don’t have internet available so ‘Web Display’ and ‘Integrated Media Store’ is not something that would be used.

    I applaud EW programmers for their efforts and will download the trial to check it out.

    I’m really hoping there is a way to sort or group backgrounds. That alone will be worth the upgrade costs!

    comment added August 1, 2009 @ 2:52 am

  • C.W says...

    Ok Guys this is a great piece of software, but can you please explain how to introduce the display foldback into the mix of things…. what is it connected to. we currently have a regular setup ie, 1 main projection screen with 2×50 inch left & right side plasma monitors. On stage there is a 17inch monitor employed as a (sort of) foldback but it is only repeating what is seen on the other screens. Assuming i can use this as the display foldback, where would it be connected to utilise this new feature in Easyworship?
    Thanks

    comment added August 3, 2009 @ 5:00 pm

  • Trevor says...

    I heard something about Beta 3 what is that exactly?

    comment added August 9, 2009 @ 5:58 pm

  • Daniel says...

    “Ormond says.. I’m really hoping there is a way to sort or group backgrounds. That alone will be worth the upgrade costs!”

    Ormond, in EW07, you can group your media files very easally by the following…

    Going to yor resource folder (C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Documents\Softouch\EasyWorship\Default\Resources\Videos)
    right click, create a new folder with any name that you like (e.g Count downs). Then place all your count downs (or so on) in that folder.

    Whilst in EW, click on media & then videos. You will see a little button on the right that looks like this … click on that & then you will see all you folders & files.

    I have created folders like, backgrounds, Mini movies, countdowns & Randoms. It makes things so much quicker.

    This also works in EW09!!!!!!!!

    Enjoy

    comment added August 10, 2009 @ 5:40 am

  • Steven says...

    When advancing slides for a song using the down arrow key, I would like to see the next slide on queue (i.e., the song lyrics). This can be accomplished by having the highlighted slide CENTER ITSELF VERTICALLY on the screen, rather than staying at the bottom, obscuring what’s coming next. This should be a simple fix and would make a world of difference…

    comment added August 12, 2009 @ 11:17 am

  • Steve says...

    I too have the similiar setup as CW posted on August 3rd. Can you explain how the foldback issue would work? Or how to make it work?

    Thanks,
    Steve

    comment added August 13, 2009 @ 4:08 pm

  • E.T. Anderson says...

    Are there any plans, now or in the future, to
    1. integrate with OpenOffice (Impress) as you have with PowerPoint?
    2. support open document presentations (.odp)?

    My church uses Powerpoint, but I use Linux at home and create announcement slides in Impress. PowerPoint export is ~okay~, but native odp would be much appreciated.

    comment added August 13, 2009 @ 8:01 pm

  • Gareth says...

    Very excited about the new version. I was just wondering if there will be a BETA of the Mac version?

    comment added August 14, 2009 @ 8:14 pm

  • RandyH says...

    Jeff,
    One thing I would like to see in the upgrade is when you cut and copy sections of songs that the color, size, italics, etc be carried with the copy. My initial try of the beta version did not show this upgrade feature.

    comment added August 15, 2009 @ 9:12 pm

  • cori says...

    Correct me if I’m wrong please!
    My volunteers who run media are most nervous about hitting the wrong key and advancing to the next item in the schedule instead of the next slide. I’m disappointed to see that in this version you still can’t revert back (undo?) to the last slide you were on without fiddling with hotkeys and moving through the preview screen, or go backwards (page up?) through items in the schedule to take you to the last slide of the previous item.

    comment added August 19, 2009 @ 8:03 pm

  • Brian says...

    In earlier new feature lists for EW 2009 there was mention that you were going to be able to import songs created in PowerPoint directly into your song database in EW. I don’t see that feature in the Beta. Am I overlooking something?

    comment added August 22, 2009 @ 8:31 am

  • Anthony says...

    Are there any plans to improve the song import/export capabilities? This seems to be one of the only areas of the software I run into problems.

    comment added August 26, 2009 @ 9:26 am

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