As a chorus and opera singer, I frequently download public-domain scores in PDF form and read them with my iPad. There is a built-in PDF reader on the iPad, and it is serviceable for music performance. But there are flaws:
- Some PDF files containing high-resolution scans of the score take a long time to display. The degree of lag is a function of how the PDF file was made. In some scores it seems like the page starts off blurry and comes into focus.
- It's difficult to jump to arbitrary points in the score (e.g. director says, "let's skip to page 166", those with books turn easily, I fumble fumble on the iPad)
- It's hard to add bookmarks to PDF files to correspond to rehearsal numbers, to speed up jumping to points in the score.
- There's no way I know of to make annotations on the score during a rehearsal, even an "x" to say "review this later".
A good PDF score-reading app for iPad would fix these problems:
- App should read ahead in the PDF file, digesting the next couple of pages of the socre, so that when I turn to the next page it appears instantly -- for all PDF files, even those with high-resolution scanned images.
- Easy ways to jump to page numbers and rehearsal numbers quickly, while rehearsing.
- Ways to add bookmarks to scores for rehearsal numbers
- Some way of annotating the score.
- I can think of many features which would make the app even better.
Can any of you recommend iPad apps which work well for you as PDF score readers?