Presentation Worship Software

December 6, 2007 at 9:00 pm 5 comments

Alright, so here’s the deal.  I used to run the worship slides at my church back home.  It wasn’t bad although there were days I simply dreaded it, now I really miss it.  So I used to sit in this little booth and I was awesome at doing this, I mean, the best bar-none.  I ended up training two other guys before moving to Nebraska for the Air Force and they also do an awesome job, simply because they were trained by me.  Ok, so yeah right, they are just really good at what they do with or without my help although I think they doubted my training methods which were, here is the program, the keyboard and mouse, there are the projectors, good luck, bye.  Anyway I am completely off subject at this point in time.  So the program my church back home used was called Easy Worship (www.easyworship.com) which is a pretty rocking program.  Well I started attending a much smaller church and they also were running some type of software, I have also had to use MediaShout in the past which I found not near as easy as EasyWorship.  I’m not sure what they use at this smaller church but I do know that they use Windows and now that I am a linux (more specifically Ubuntu) fan boy I really want to see the run Ubuntu, I think the less resources will help improve their problems. 

The problem came in that I wasn’t sure what program they could use to also make the switches of song slides and words more efficient as well.  I immediately thought back to my days back home where I used EasyWorship and went to their website only to find out that there is no native linux version of it.  There isn’t, but with the use of Wine apparently from what the wine application database gave it a gold in the tests that people did.  I don’t have it so I can’t test it out myself, either way I do trust people and I was thinking viola! it’s fixed. 

Well now that comes to why I am writing about this today and so here is my thoughts.  I am a programmer by nature, well from college degree, and now I am in management in computers are work and so I don’t get to do much programming anymore.  I did enjoy it and am looking for ways to improve and keep up to speed on my programming skills.  So I am going to make a linux version of Easy Worship, with a new name of course, I don’t want to break any laws doing this.  It will probably also be something I work and learn on that never comes to fruition.  My question for those reading that are way smarter than I.  What programming language should I use?  I’m thinking JAVA.  Also if anyone wants to contribute to this project I plan on making it open source and publish anything I am able to come up with under the GNU/GPL.  So give me some ideas!

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  • 1. Spud  |  January 4, 2008 at 4:01 am

    i recommend python, it is the easiest language to write in. And i’m pretty sure its fairly easy to get a python program working in windows and os x. I’m getting into programming and this is pretty much exactly what i want to do. This is probably the most important thing to a church and the only reason i don’t think churches should switch to linux. I’m not a fan of easy worship. i personally like mediashout alot better but i do have to say that pro presenter blows them both out of the water no question. It’s unfortunately mac only and very expensive but if you were to “copy” a worship presentation program it is this one. This is the program that david crowders band uses during performances, runs without a hitch and takes about 30 seconds to train someone to use it. and they can run it like a pro. if you have access to a mac please download the trial and get to understand what i’m talking about, it’s absolutely amazing especially since they integrated scripture lookup recently. if you have questions about how the interface is, if you don’t have access to a mac please email me at almostdvs@aol.com and i will describe it.

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  • 2. bradleelandis  |  January 22, 2008 at 2:57 pm

    I once tried to start something like this using Mozilla’s XUL, but gave up after I couldn’t figure out how to use full screen. I manage http://lyrics.bradlis7.com, and was going to work the site into the program, but I lost interest after a while.

    I’ve become big on Python lately too, and I would recommend it as well. I’m not too sure on full screen capabilities, they are probably different on each operating system.

    I might even be willing to help you with the project as time permits.

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  • 3. Matt  |  February 6, 2008 at 1:25 pm

    Derrick,

    I might check out opensong at http://www.opensong.org/. Maybe you could help that guy out with programming his. I haven’t tried it myself, but instead of duplicating effort, maybe you guys could team up and get more accomplished. I plan to try it out when I get home from work today.

    Regards,

    Matt

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  • 4. Tyler  |  February 26, 2008 at 10:15 pm

    I think I would have to second the python idea. It would probably make it fairly easy to port to Windows and Mac as well and should be fairly easy to integrate external programs into it. You could make the interface rather quickly in glade too.

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  • 5. Al Lamarre  |  February 28, 2008 at 10:53 pm

    I’m currently in my first year of computer science in university and last month I started working on exactly what you’re talking about, it’s also done in Java and will be released under the GPL if you’re interested in working alongside me on it or want any help getting things done contact me at alamarre@gmail.com. I already have video and songs working in linux and windows. And unlike Easyworship customising the video and background of each song in a schedule can be done already and video backgrounds are supported.

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