How do you use OpenLP?

edited November -1 in General Discussion

Hi, I haven't been around for a while, and didn't know there was a beta 2, but I'll try it at church Sunday and see how it works.

I've been a die-hard .994 user for about a year and a half, and I still love it. Bugs? Yeah, there's a few, but I know how to work around them. I've got my two volunteers (who only volunteer on occasion), trained to use it, and they get by when I'm not there. We're a small church, hence a small budget. I've entered about 300+ songs into it, either on our own, or from CCLI database. If I can't convert my database to future versions, I'm not sure what I'll do. I've tried demos of many commercial programs, but have pitched them all out for, OpenLP.

I haven't switched to the beta version, mainly due to initial rejection by my volunteers. They complain about the screen layout, indicatiing it's not logical, and confuses them. (Click on right for things to appear on the left, click on the left for things to appear on the right - kind of a crossover.) Also the text positioning, as mentioned in another post, is an issue.

What do I like about .994? It's easy. It works. It meets our needs. We do all our worship songs on it, I use a lot of scriptures with some of our speakers, (would like more Bibles to choose from), we use a lot of small PowerPoints, (Yes, I bought it), I've downloaded tons of backgrounds and change each service to match the season/weather.

Since I use it all the time, I have created a song, with no text, (well, only a period), and when we finish a song, I double-click the blank song, so the text fades and the background-du-jour get's displayed throughout the whole service. I'd like that as a feature, so my period will quit being mistaken for a UFO in my mountain scenes.

I'm really happy with it. It's got everything I need; songs, PPT's and interface to CCLI. (I've had mixed results with video, mostly bad experiences). I look forward to 1.x final, and even more to 2.x, especially if it has a cool/simple interface. I know I've rattled on here, but I'd like to know what other people are doing with it, and how they like it.

God Bless...
garry

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