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This page shows my program 'Method Writer'. A screenshot is provided below.

Version 2.40 is now available with a lot of new developments:

Multiple change lead ends
Methods with (bob) commands of more then one change are now supported. The actual question was support for Grandsire Doubles.
As this method needs a two-change bob there is also a "lead end" interpreted with a length of two changes.
This feature is implemented as a general behavior: any method with any number of bells is allowed to have lead ends of more than one change.
Of course the bob should have the same number of
As test you can take Plain Bob minor and set the lead end to "x.12". Of course nothing changes.
It opens a whole new range of yet unexplored

Command notation
As command separator the ampersand "&" is introduced.
A valid two course Plain Bob minor can be programmed into the lead end as "x.12&x.14" (or of course in this case: "12&14").

The bells window
This was disliked/not understood by most users. However, the playing mechanism was based in this window.
The playing mechanism is completely rewritten as a independent facility. Therefore the bells window can now be switched off completely.
(try F7 or the viewing menu)

Now the setup of the remaining windows can be reorganized as the user wishes. Don't forget to save your settings afterwards.

The library window
The library is now a page in the main window. The library dat are not loaded into memory until this page is displayed.
This should reduce the
processor load a lot.

An auto save settings option
This can be switched on the setting menu.

As an example I have used a composition published by the Methods Committee of the CCCBR at:
http://www.methods.clara.net/wpcomps/wp56comp.htm. This composition is shown below at the left. The two used methods, Plain Bob and Cambridge Surprise, have been registered already after selection in the library. Now the peal can be defined very easily as shown in the right screenshot. This is expanded to a list of all changes, lead end or course ends. Note that the upper limit of the number of courses (60 in this example) is set sufficiently, the needed command positions are defined and the observation bell is set to its default (tenor). The string "PPCPP" may also be reduced to "PPCP" since the last element is reused until the course end. Please note that all command references, including "I" and "B" are defined on the backstroke, i.e. the lead end.
arr. R Baldwin [RW 1956 p.160]
23456 W M H
42635 - - 3
. - 3
63542 - - 3
. - 3
. - 3
All courses rung PPPCPP
3600 Plain Bob,
1440 Cambridge Surprise,
90 c.o.m.
Shedfield, 11.2.56


        For an introduction to change ringing you may start at the Change Ringers Web Directory or Roger Bailey's Change Ringing Resources.

        If you want to know more about bell ringing in the Netherlands you can visit the page of the Utrechts Klokkenluiders Gilde.


Here is the download page.

When you have comments on the current version or want to be informed on new versions, you can mail me.

Theo van Soest
e-mail: mailme

Last updated 01.09.2004