What is ABCJ ?

Known Problems

ABCJ Version History

ABCJ Availability and Download

Related Links

What is  ABCJ  ?

ABCJ is a pure-Java editor, player and librarian for music files stored using Chris Walshaw's ABC notation. I primarily built it for my own use managing a large library of tunes so you may find that some ABC features are not present ... for example, I haven't provided any support for lyrics ... sorry ! For those of you brave enough, I have made the source code available though.

ABCJ has the following features :-.

There is also a minimal function applet version of ABCJ which can be accessed within a web browser. See the ABCJ Online section below.

Following an excellent idea from a good friend of mine, I have also made the simpler web-based version available as a standalone application outside of a web- browser. This is now part of the downloadable version of ABCJ. I've also adopted Ian's suggested name for this and called it ABCJunior. ABCJunior provides the ability to cut and paste ABC from elsewhere and display it as music. You can also print, play and save to a MIDI file (latter not available in ABCJ Online).

Click  here  for a sample ABCJ screen.

Click  here  for a another sample ABCJ screen.


Known Problems

Player shows "55.55:55" and is locked up or a player warning dialog appears preventing playing.

ABCJ uses the standard Java sound capabilites. There is also another Sun product called theJMF (Java Media Framework) which can be used for playing MP3 files etc. The JMF was built for use with Java version 1.4.2 and will cause problems if installed with later versions of Java (1.5 onwards). This happens because JMF installs a couple of extra Java JAR files in your Java installation directory (JMF.JAR and SOUND.JAR), one of which will break the Java sound functions provided by the already installed Java platform. You can resolve this in 2 ways :-

  1. Uninstall JMF as it is not really intended for use with Java 1.5 onwards ... Yes, I know, what do you use instead (try JavaZoom) ! I recommend this approach.
  2. Locate the SOUND.JAR file in your Java installation directory and delete it. It's likely to be in <Java-Installation-Directory>/lib/ext or <Java-Installation-Directory>/jre/lib/ext. I have had to do this as I currently have other software which requires the JMF !

!!!!!!!!!!!!! Good luck !!!!!!!!!!!!!

ABCJ  Online

A limited version of ABCJ is provided online in the web pages below. Only a single tune may be editted, scored, played and printed. You must have java 1.4.2 or later installed for this to function correctly.

Choose one the options below dependent on your screen size :-

ABCJ  Version History

Here is a list of the changes I have made to ABCJ since its' inception in September 2006.


ABCJ  Availability and Download

A full copy of the latest version ABCJ is freely available here under the terms of the GNU public license.

You must have Java 1.4.2 or later installed (it may work on early versions of Java 2 though). The latest version of Java can be found here.

The following 3 downloads are available :-

  1. ABCJ as a self installing JAR file. Just download this file and then execute it. For Linux, use the shell command 'java -jar ABCJSetup.jar' or the equivalent.

    Download the ABCJSetup.jar self-installing JAR file (898K)

  2. ABCJ as a ZIP file. Just download and unzip the contents to a folder. You can then execute the ABCJ.JAR file directly or use the ABCJ.BAT file to do it for you. If you wish to use ABCJunior instead then execute the ABCJUNIOR.BAT file.

    Download the ABCJ.ZIP zip file (273K)

  3. The ABCJ source code in the form of an Eclipse 3.2 workspace. In the interests of space I have removed the compiled class files and JAR files.

    Download the ABCJSRC.ZIP zip file (276K)


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Email me (Steve Spencer-Jowett) with any comments about ABCJ

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