I too have began testing the BPM Notepad application. I'm a guitarist in an active band and I continue to search ways to improve our performance. I stumbled across this forum as I was looking for an application to scroll text. I notice when we have a request that we normally don't do often we stumble through a large book looking for the words. I hate dead space on stage. Aside from that I also periodically play acoustically, duo, sequence, etc.. and becoming more relyant on a laptop as part of my music future. (Culture change here).
So, back to BPM Notepad. I thought I could format words in MS Word and then paste them into the BPM application. I noticed they just kept going back to plain text. So, after testing the XML function using a piece of sheet music in gif format http://www.8notes.com
I then formatted a document in BPM and exported to XML. I then wrote a perl script that would simpy read through a text file and convert it to XML with all the attributes. So, if anyone needs a quick fix to convert text files to XML for the BPM application I have a simple but effective script to do this. Now, I can start copying lyrics in text format, paste in Notepad, and move on. Come back after I'm done, and convert all the text files to XML from the command line.
Here's what I have noticed though, if you right click on an XML file you have the option to open the file in BPM. But BPM opens a blank document.
From a musician's standpoint, Im looking to be able to simply sort a folder by name, choose view->list and click.
But, on a more positive notes, the ability to arrange an entire show, by inserting images, chord diagrams, breaks, etc... into one document is also attractive. Imagine you the musician hosting a wedding party for 3 hours and the entire time, the application is scrolling from the first song, to the money dance, to the bride/groom speech, down to the minute? Maybe, even coordinate before hand with the wedding party and insure to them that everything will go smoothly because you now have an automated wedding coordinator. (Including lyrics, speeches, vows,) lol.