Share the song!
You can upload your song along with all the markers and info to our servers,
and then share a link to the song with anybody who needs to practice to the song!
When people go to the link, they will get the song, all the markers and info
so that they can start practising right a way!
This is great if you have team where everybody needs to work on the same song.
Then only one needs to prepare the markers!
Note: Downloading the songs via a link might take some time, a minute is not uncommon.
So please let the people you share the songs with know to wait for the download at least 15 minutes before
thinking something is wrong
(unless an error message pops up).
You upload and share the song via the -button
above the play-button.
The Url in the address bar
Songs that are uploaded to the server will display the sharable address in the url-bar.
However, if the markers, song info or states are changed, the url will be reset to troff.app.
If you want to share the newly edited markers, simply click the share button again,
and you will get a new link to the new markers.
In the same way, if the people who have downloaded your song edit the markers,
their url will be reset to troff.app.
And in order for you to get their new markers, they will have to click the share button
and you will have to go to their link.
You will then get a choice if you want to import the new markers, keep your existing markers or
merge the markers.
The settings area
The settings area is where you configure Troff to play the current
song the way you like it. Here you decide how fast the song will
be played, how many times, which part of the song that will be played
Markers - what are those?
Markers are labels that you can add to the timeline.
The timeline in Troff is vertical and stretches the full height of the
The markers contains text, and can be colorized so that you easy can
find specific parts of the song later.
To add a marker, press "Add marker!" or (M), then the "create new marker"
dialog appears, here you can write the marker name (will be visible
on the timeline).
The marker will be added to the timeline where the cursor was when you
pressed the button, but the location of the marker can be adjusted in the
"create new marker" dialog.
In the info-area you can add more info to the marker.
This will not take up space on the timeline but will be easily
accessible at the info part.
This dialog also lets you decide the color of the marker.
You can always press the edit button () next
to a marker to bring up the same dialog to edit the marker.
Play only part of a song
If you want to play only a part of a song, click the marker where you
want to start and the marker will be selected (indicated by the purple
color). Then click the "stop" button next to the marker where you want Troff
to stop playing, the purple color indicates that the "stop" button is
When you press "play" only the selected part of the song will be played,
the selected part is shown in purple on the timeline.
This is a great way to focus on tricky parts of the song.
Note: You might have noticed that the purple color of the timeline
you select start and stop-markers. The purple part is the
"active playing region" and indicates simply where Troff will
start and end.
If Troff should start playing at the beginning of the active playing region,
when pressing space, enter or the play pause button,
can be edited in the Global Settings.
But you can always move the cursor to the beginning by pressing "G",
as in "Go to marker".
play full song
If you have a small part selected and want to play the whole song
you can either press the name of the first marker, and then the
stop-button of the last marker, or you can press "play full song" or (U)
to select the first and last marker.
There are a number of ways in which you can change the time of, or
move, a marker.
If you press (Shift + Up/Down), (Alt + Up/Down) or (Shift + Alt + Up/Down)
the selected marker will move Up/Down by 1, 0.08 or 8 seconds
You can also click the edit button of the marker,
and change the time there.
If you click "advanced" followed by "move markers" you can move all markers at the same time,
or just the markers between the two selected ones
(including the selected markers).
Export and import
If you want to share your markers to someone,
the members of your show-team or band for instance,
use the share-button explained in the "Share the song"-section.
However, there is a manuel way to share everything except the song itself.
If you want to share the markers manually, press "advanced" followed by "import / export" and
the import export dialog appears.
Note: When you export, not only will your markers, marker-info,
be exported, but the states,
settings and song-info as well.
More on that later.
When you are exporting you will get a long text-string.
Copy the text and share it with your friends that want to import
To import settings, click on "advanced" followed by "import / export" and then "import", paste the
the text-string in the text-box and click ok.
Note: If you miss a single sign or character when copying or pasting,
the import will not work. Then, just try again.
There are a number of ways in which you can delete one or several markers.
You can click the edit button of the marker, and then press remove.
If you click "advanced" followed by "delete markers" you will get an option to
delete all markers at the same time,
or just the markers between the two selected ones
(including the selected markers).
When a marker is deleted, there will be a notification square letting you know
that the marker has been deleted, as well as an undo-button in the top right corner.
If you have markers for a song, and then stretch the length of the song in an external program
(for instance; using Audacity going to Effect > Change Tempo)
then the markers will no longer match the new length of the song.
Then you can stretch the markers. click "advanced" followed by "stretch markers".
stretching the markers to 200% will create
twice as much space between the markers as before.
Stretching them to 50% will reduce the space to half.
There is no "undo" functionality when stretching markers,
therefore it is recommended to export your markers and settings first
so that you can undo the stretch if it did not match your desired result.
Zoom on the timeline
In Troff, you can zoom in on the timeline which makes it easier to for
example focus on a 3 minute song in an 1 hour movie,
or just to focus on a few bars in a song.
You zoom by pressing "Zoom" or (Z), this will zoom the timeline to the
active playing region, hence select a marker before and after the area you
want to zoom to and press (Z).
To zoom out, either select the first and last marker
(by "play full song" or (U) ) or press "zoom out" (shift + Z)
Start before and stop after
One way to work with markers is to set a marker at the start of every bar.
Then have good short names for the markers and maybe colorize them in a
way so that they are easy to understand.
This way, it is easy to find the particular part you want to practice.
However, you might not want Troff to start playing from the first beat,
but rather 3 seconds or so before, so that you can prepare.
Troff lets you do exactly this with the "start before" functionality.
If you toggle "start before" or (B) you will se that the
"active playing region" will change. If "start before" is active,
Troff will start to play the song a few seconds before the selected
The number of seconds can be changed in the start before-number box,
or can be increased or decreased by (shift + B) and (alt + B)
"stop after" works in the same way but for the stop-selected marker.
Play more than once
You can loop the selected playing region a number of times
by pressing the number of times you want it to play.
If you press "∞", Troff will loop the selected part of the song
until you pause it.
Pause and wait
As default, Troff waits 3 seconds before starting to play a song.
This way you can hit play, and then have time to get in position
before the song starts.
You can change the number of seconds Troff pauses before starting to
play by changing the number in the "pause before"-number box
or by (shift + P) and (alt + P).
You can also quickly toggle if Troff should pause or not by pressing
"pause before" (P).
"Wait between" works in the same way as "pause before" but it changes
the time Troff will wait between loops. It lets you catch your breath
before doing it again!
Volume and speed
Troff let you control the volume and speed of the song with a slider,
or by using the "+" and "-" buttons.
If you press "Volume" (V) or "Speed" (S) you will reset the values to
You can also increase or decrease the volume or speed by
(shift/alt + V) or (shift/alt + S) respectively.