GuitarTeX 3.2.1

A tool for guitarists who want to print good looking and easy to play song sheets.
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GuitarTeX is a tool for guitarists who want to print good looking and easy to play song sheets or song books from their chord or chordpro files. It uses the well known chord format with several extensions. The program was developed on a Linux system, but it should run on any other Unix system which has a Perl/TK environment.

It is based upon an idea of Martin Leclerc and Mario Dorion from Canada and their program Chord (Version 3.5 from 1993). To use GuitarTeX, you need to have knowledge of the Chord program (explained later). Though the LaTeX text processing system is used by GuitarTeX, you don't have to know very much about it. GuitarTeX produces Postscript or PDF output automatically (if you want). The Chord directives supplied by GuitarTeX are described in Chapter 5.

Main features:

  • Graphical user interface with integrated editor and syntax highlighting
  • Prints good looking song sheets including guitar chords without using monospace fonts
  • Output formats: LaTeX, Postscript and PDF
  • Compatible with ChordPro format, import function for ascii format
  • Support for music typesetting with the LaTeX packages MusixTeX, MusixLyr and TabDefs
  • Flexible page layout (paper size, margins...)
  • User defined colors for different parts of a song (e.g. verse, chorus)
  • Optional printing of chord symbols at the end of a song
  • Transpose up or down your song by mouse clicks
  • Creates single song sheets or complete song books with a title page, table of
  • contents, headlines with page numbering, chord table and index
  • Supports ASCII tablature and the built in tablature directives for guitar and bass tabs
  • Support for multiple languages (if you don't find your langauage, you can help the
  • author to add it)
  • Runs on Linux operating system (it should run on any Unix system that is supported by Perl/TK and LaTeX, but it is not tested)
  • Setup your song book project from single song files with the include directive
  • LaTeX commands may be used in Chordpro files (for the professionals)

last updated on:
March 25th, 2009, 15:48 GMT
license type:
GPL (GNU General Public License) 
developed by:
Joachim Miltz
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What's New in This Release:
  • graphicx package removed
  • Use of Type 1 fonts lmodern
  • new directive {nopagenum}
  • pref window cleared up
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