For the modern Christian church, a crap spouting priest who delivers his nonsense from high above a pulpit is no longer fanciful. I agree. We should tear down the entire thing and covert the church back into a pagan temple. But that's not the idea of OpenSong. With OpenSong, you can augment the power of the Torah/New Testament and make the entire congregation spout the same nonsense along with the priest, since now they have a visual aid projected onto a screen. It's just like Karaoke, but sinister.
OpenSong can be used either to recite scripture or to follow along with singing songs. You might say "But Johnny, there's nothing inherently Christian about these features". On contrary, OpenSong comes with a selection of Christian songs that can be added with the base installation. It also comes with its very own KJV Bible, so it's pretty clear what it's being used for.
In the Song Editor screen, you can create new songs or choose from the saved songs list. The main editable area, the Chords/Lyrics, is where you can input and edit the content. OpenSong uses a system of tags that let you set the verses and also split bigger verses to make them easier to view on the screen. When performing, each verse will have its own slide.
Split verses will cover multiple slides, but they will still be shown as part of a single verse in the control list. However, the Presentation field allows you to set the-the sequence in which these verses are ordered. For example, you may designate a chorus verse and have it displayed every so often from the Presentation field without needing to copy it and paste it all throughout the document.
The Slide Editor is used for more complex content. In it, you can queue up multiple songs and also insert Bible passages. The passages can be picked up from the Scripture Lookup dialog. You can also insert custom slides, such as announcements or schedules or whatever content you need to fill up the hour.
With all this, the editing style is not lost. You can edit the text style of everything that is displayed, and you can also set icons and backgrounds that are to be shown behind.
- Live presentation of slides
- Bible Lookup
- Timed loops and sets
- Fully customizable font styles and sizes with shadowing and outlining
- Custom background colors and images
- Chord and lyrics presentation
- Chords to key
- Print capability
OpenSong is rather handy if you're into this kind of Bible sing-along stuff. I guess you could customize its use for other types of presentations, but the whole package stinks of Judeo-Christianity, so I wouldn't touch it with a ten thousand pixel pole. Praise Jewsus!