I am using OpenLP and so far I have been adding songs one at a time for the new British Methodist Hymn Book "Singing the Faith". To do that I boot into Windows (ugh) to run the (horrible) software provided with the lyrics, export and songs we have not used before to TXT or RTF. Then I boot into Linux (lovely) and manually add these songs to the database.
I am thinking about a better way to do this.
At the same time I also have managed (ish) to import the Songs Of Fellowship Books 1 to 4 from the files on their CD's. Not a fantastic result as the songs are not connected to the SoF Song Books and the versification is not brilliant.
My thinking is to write a python script for each book that converts the files that purchasers of the book/software will have into OpenLyrics files that are as rich as I can make them (which sadly I suspect will require song specific hints in the conversion).
It seems to me that long term it is more open to have ways of creating OpenLyrics files than it is to have imports into specific versions of OpenLP.
I can imagine a situation where the conversion to OpenLyrics is provided as a web service. This should be less problematic in copyright terms (as the website does not provide the songs themselves) as well as reducing the technical skills needed to run the scripts.
What do you think?