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Communicate
Make Friends
Manage Your Pictures
Navigate
Play Music
Record Music on a Computer
Update a Song

Communicate
The Mail Box (from left menu) is your communications center. Here you can browse your incoming messages as well as the ones you have sent out. This page will also display any pending friend requests which you may approve or delete. Only a few of the most recent bulletins and messages are shown here but you can select to view all of them by picking "More." You may also Archive or delete messages by clicking the appropriate icon.
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From a sub menu (towards the top of the page) you may select the "Send Message," "Send Bulletin," or "Browse Archives."
The "Send Message" also appears on other members pages and it will pick up up the member's id or display a list of members (depending on the page you are on at the time.)
The "Send Bulletin" will send a bulletin to all of your friends - please use sparingly because bulletins are not deletable.
The "Browse Archives" should be quite self explanatory.

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Make Friends
The member display list will show a + sign that you may click to send anyone a friend request. If you have a pending request the display will be a red check mark and if you're already friends a green check mark. The same markings will be available on your friends full list of friends. When you display your own list of friends you will instead see an x which you may click if want to terminate a freindship.

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Manage Your Pictures
Your picture Gallery can be accessed by clicking "Pictures" on the left side menu. The Following 9 albums are available:
    Profile.
    My CD's.
    My Favorite Photos.
    Songs, Lyrics & Poems.
    This Is My Family
    Pictures on the Wall
    Gigs & Other Events.
    My Art Gallery.
    Various.
You may use one or more of them to store images. The inages have to be smaller than 200k. Clicking your profile picture will invoke the picture management routines that will allow you to replace your profile picture. In the same way, you may replace your song or lyrics images as well as add a picture to one of your comments.
** Please note that you have to select a target album for your picture uploads.

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Navigate
   There are two navigation menus:
1. The top one is located underneath the Songweavers banner and is comprised of a number of icons. The ones to the left of the "Be Social" separator are linked to general Songweavers pages; The ones to the right of the "Be Social" separator are linked to popular internet sites. Placing your mouse over any of them will display a brief title.
2. The left side menu is composed of much smaller icons with a title next to each and they are linked to the individual user's pages. The one exception is the FORUM which will link you to a general FORUM used by everyone.
   NOTES:
The home page is the main destination of any user and it can be reached from anywhere by clicking the Songweavers banner, or the Home or profile icon.
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All pages are optimized for Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer. There are some known issues related to the Safari browser and they are being investigated. Please note that the site will look differrent on dissimilar browsers but that should be only a cosmetic issue.
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Some of the functions are only available or fully functional when you are logged in. Not being logged in, limits you to display mode. You have to be logged in to interact with other users and/or site functions (does not apply to the CHat.)

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Play Music
The song list is allowing many interactions. Here is what the icons mean:
Play
Download
Watch Video
Add to PLaylist
Display Words
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in addition if you are displaying your own songs:
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Update Song
Delete Song
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And if any options are grayed out it it means the same as always - Not Currently Available.

PLAYER
Your player will play any songs that you add to it - there is no limit but we suggest not to go too wild 20 - 30 song seem good enough.
Pick "Playlist" from the left side menu in order to organize your playlist. You may delete songs, or change their order by typing a number in the number box.
You can also change the autostart function on your player so that it can start playing automatically whenever someone browses your pages. Please remember this means that the player will be restarted every time someone goes to another one of your pages.

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Record Music on a Computer
PC
1. Download Audacity - FREE Audio Editor & Recorder
2. Follow their instructions on how to add mp3 support.
    (make sure you change the mp3 quality to 128 kbps so that your files will not be too large.)
3. Buy a good quality USB microphone - the Snowball USB Microphone is great!

   for better quality sound (if your budget allows):
* Buy a USB or FireWire Audio interface like the M-AUDIO FireWire 610 -
* Buy recording studio software like Cakewalk Sonar
   (Producer, Power Studio or Home Studio)
* Buy the M-AUDIO FireWire 610 + ProTools -

APPLE
Apple computers come with "Garage Band" so all you need is a good USB mic (see above.)
You can of course invest in better hardware and/or software (see above.)

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Update a Song
Next to every song on your Song List Screen there is a . Clicking on it will get you to the Update Song Page. You can also get there by selecting "Update" from the Song Display Page. This is where you may modify Publisher details, Upload and Collab options, etc. You may also add authors, composers, musicians and/or other crew members. The song name will always be in English - if the original is in another language that title will display in the Original Song Name box. Please note: we will not allow you to change the original song language, if you made a mistake you can delete the song and start over or e-mail Ernie at songweavers@gmail.com

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Upload a Song
1. Select "Songs" from the left side navigation menu.
2. Click "Upload Song"
3. From the new screen select one of 3 available options:
  a.  New Song - will show a new screen where you can enter information about the song.
  b. New Version of one of your Song - select the song and NEW VERSION then click "Upload".
  c. New Version of another member's Song - select member,song, NEW VERSION and (optional) New Author and/or Title then click "Upload".
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  * On "New Version of another member's Song" your name will be added to the composers list.
  * You may add a "New Author" is the lyrics were modified.
  * You can if you wish add a "New Title" the old title will remain as a sub-title.
  * The song has to be smaller than 8MB.
  * Your song (if not collab) gets uploaded with Publisher="Self" and Download="YES".
  * Collabs are published by W.A.T.S.
  * The upload display varies according to browser type/version.The progress bar may not always show, please have patience, the upload time is dependant upon the speed of your connection.

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