lyrics presentation on a digital projector, e.g. for church services
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README.md

Song Database

The Song Database is a program to show lyrics on a digital projector for worship in a congregation.

Features:

  • runs on nearly all systems because it is a Java application
  • presentation control window shown separately from actual presentation (which means your graphics cards has to have two outputs, or you need two graphics cards)
    • you have a control monitor to display the database and the presentation control while the seperate projection screen shows only the content which the congregation wants to see - no confusion, very professional
  • show or hide the song title for the audience
  • guitar chords can be included in the database, but will not be shown when presenting songs - they are useful when printing song sheets for the band
  • english user interface
  • fonts and colors are customizable
  • you can add remarks to every song
  • easy song search - just type a part of the title or the text
  • show the song beginnings in the song list (additionally to the song title) - you can find songs faster in spontaneous worship sessions
  • filter on title or text parts
  • image slide show possible for announcements, e.g. before or after the service

Why use this software and not Powerpoint?

  • the database format is not binary, but XML (essentially a text file) - you can easily modify it by hand, synchronize it using any cloud service or even put it into a Git repository (producing nice diffs)
  • the days on which a song is presented are counted automatically (in a separate statistics file)
  • the song texts are displayed continually, not on individual slides, so everyone sees how the song continues after the current part
    • animation when displaying another part of a song

The program has evolved through more than 10 years at my church. If you find a bug or want a new feature, you are welcome to fix things yourself - or file an issue in the GitHub project (or at least drop me a line)!