In SonicMood, almost every menu item has a shortcut key. For example: Press spacebar to Pause/Un-Pause SonicMood, ⌘C/⌘V to copy and paste a Mood or Moods from one Theme to another, and ⌘? to display this Help window. Some menu items can be toggled on or off. When in their on or active state a check mark will be shown next to them.
The following discusses each menu, starting with the leftmost.
To display some useful information, including your registration acknowledgment, code, and license type, which version you registered with and which version (if any) will require an upgrade fee, or the number of days left on your free trial, select "About SonicMood" from the SonicMood menu.
Select “Check for Updates” to see if a newer version of SonicMood is available. You can have SonicMood automatically check each time it’s started by selecting that option from the Preferences window, General page.
Select "Sleep Wake Schedule Settings…" (⌘T) to open a sheet window and set a time of day for SonicMood to pause (sleep) and/or resume (wake) playing. When that time is reached, the volume will change slowly up or down and after approximately one minute SonicMood will pause or start playing, as appropriate. More information is available under Timers.
Select "Register SonicMood" at any time to Register and remove the "nag" screen at startup. Once you've registered, this item becomes “Change Registration...” in case you change your registration name, need to register for a newer version, etc.
Select "Preferences" (⌘,) to change some of the basic ways SonicMood looks and works. See Preferences for more info.
You can "Hide SonicMood" (⌘H) and continue to listen to it. Click its icon in the dock to bring the window back.
Quit SonicMood by selecting "Quit" (⌘Q).
Select "New Mood" (⌘N) to make a new Mood that's based on the currently highlighted Mood. It will be called "New Mood." Pressing the "+" button under the Mood list gives the same result.
"New Theme" (⇧⌘N) creates a new Theme titled (oddly enough) "New Theme," followed by a number. Pressing the "+" button at the bottom of the Theme list does the same thing.
You can create a new Mood file from scratch by selecting "New Mood File... (⌘F)". Name this file anything you'd like ("My Mood File" or whatever). The current file is saved and a new file created containing the original default Moods. You can delete or modify those Moods and add others as you wish. This way you're free to experiment with Mood settings without worrying that you're really messing something up.
"Open Mood File..." (⌘O) opens (loads) a Mood file previously Saved. Mood files are saved with all the Mood-related control settings and the currently selected Mood. Opening a Mood file automatically saves the current Mood file first. The SonicMood title bar shows the current Mood file name.
If you load a Mood file then want to go back to the default Mood file, just select "Open Default Mood File" (⌥⌘O) from the File Menu.
If you have a Mood file or files whose Moods you'd like to add to another Mood file, select "Add Mood Files..." (⇧⌘O). The Moods in the file(s) you specify will be added to the Moods in the current file. The source file(s) (you're adding from) will not be changed by this.
If the "Picture" window is open, you can choose "Add Picture File(s)..." (^⌘O). A file selection window will open so you can choose image files to add. You can also add Pictures by dragging and dropping them (or a folder containing them) on the Picture window.
You can close any open (non-floating) window by selecting "Close Window" (⌘W) when that window has the focus. Note that the Chimes and Colors windows are floating.
Use "Save Mood & Prefs Files" (⌘S) to quickly save the Mood and Prefs file settings. Changes are always saved when quitting and can be saved automatically after a short delay any time they’re made. Automatic saving of changes and the length of the delay are user settable on the "General" page of the Preferences window.
"Save Mood File As..." (⇧⌘S) allows you to save the current set of Moods to a file whose name you specify.
If you want to save a selection of Moods and not all of them, use "Save Selected Moods..." (⌃⌘S) instead. Select the Moods in the Moods list using the normal selection tools.
Clicking "Show Current Mood" (⌘L) will cause the Mood list row highlight to jump to the row of the currently playing Mood.
"Undo" (⌘Z) and "Redo" (⇧⌘Z) allow you to reverse changes in control settings and text editing. Note that most deletions are not undoable, except while editing text.
"Cut" (⌘X) removes the highlighted Moods from a Theme (except the "All Moods" Theme) but keeps a copy which you can then paste into another Theme. The Mood itself is not deleted using "Cut" but only the link to it in the Theme.
"Copy" (⌘C) lets you copy the Mood links from one Theme and "Paste" them into another Theme.
"Paste" (⌘V) puts the last Mood links copied into the currently selected Theme.
You can edit a highlighted Mood's settings by selecting "Edit Mood" (⌘I) or by clicking the "Edit" button. You'll find more information in the Mood Editing Help topic.
"Delete" (⌦) or "Backspace" (⌫) deletes the list items that are highlighted. It can be Moods, Themes (you can't delete the "All Moods" Theme), Scales, Patterns, Soundfiles, or Pictures. An "Are you sure?" prompt will be displayed, unless "Ask..." is unchecked on the "General" page of the Preferences window. These deletions can't be undone.
"Select All" (⌘A) selects all the items in the list with the focus, except the Theme list.
"Pause" pauses SonicMood, "Play" (shown if SonicMood is paused) restarts it. Pressing the spacebar does the same thing. If SonicMood is paused on shutdown, it will stay paused when it's restarted.
"Master Volume Up" (⌘↑) and "Master Volume Down" (⌘↓) raise or lower the main volume by 10% for each key press.
Selecting "Inst/Soundfile Vols Window" (⌥⌘↑) will open or close a drawer window containing volume sliders and mute buttons for the instruments and the soundfiles.
"Mute" (⌥⌘↓) mutes the Master volume.
To turn Instruments and Soundfiles on or off for the Mood that's playing, select "Instruments Enabled" or "Soundfiles Enabled." They're enabled if the menu item is checked and disabled otherwise.
Use "Instruments Vol Up" (⌥↑), "Instruments Vol Down" (⌥↓), "Soundfiles Vol Up" (^↑), and "Soundfiles Vol Down" (^↓) to adjust the overall volume of the instruments or soundfiles.
Note that if the SonicMood window is in its small ("zoomed") state, the Moods and Themes lists will not be visible and some of the menu items will be “grayed out.” In order to see the lists, click the green "+" in the title bar first.
"Create Custom Mood..." (⌥⌘+) is a quick and easy way to make a unique new Mood. Select this and a sheet window will descend where you can name the Mood and set it's properties in 3 steps. See Create a Mood under "Loading, Saving, Adding, and Creating Mood Files" in the "Moods & Themes" Help topic for more information.
Select "Add a Theme" (⌥+) to add a new Theme to the "Themes List". Pressing the "Plus Sign" button below the "Themes List" does the same thing. A new Theme will be added to the list with the name "New Theme x" where x is the Theme number. You can change the name using the "select-pause-click" technique, and drag & drop Moods onto it from the "All Moods" Theme. Get details in the "Moods and Themes" topic under Working with Themes.
You can use "Copy Moods to Theme..." (⌃+) as an alternative to "drag & drop" or "copy & paste" to copy a Mood or Moods from one Theme to another.
If you select "Mood Play Timer Settings..." (⌘J) or click the button in the lower right of the SonicMood marquee, a sheet window will descend over the SonicMood window. You can set the time and the Mood Play Order ("Shuffled", "In Order", "✓Marked") from this window. See the Help topic Timers for more information.
To just change the "Mood Play Order," select it directly from the menu item.
Start the timer by selecting "Mood Timer On" (⌥⌘J) or clicking the button in the lower left of the SonicMood marquee. Turn the timer off by selecting "Mood Timer On" again or clicking the button.
"Next Mood" (⌘→) and "Previous Mood" (⌘←) go forward or back one Mood in the current list (which depends on the Theme).
"Next Timer Mood" (⇧⌘→) changes the Mood to the next one in the timer sequence. It accomplishes the same thing the timer would do after the time interval was over.
"Previous Timer Mood" (⇧⌘←) changes the Mood to the previous one in the timer sequence.
To set up a schedule of Mood play times, select "Mood Play Schedule..." (⌘U). A sheet window will descend and you'll be able to select a Mood and play start time for as many Moods as you'd like. See the Timers Help topic for more information.
If you want to make a MIDI or “Digital Audio” recording of SonicMood while it’s playing, select "Record Audio..." (⌘R). The "Audio Record" window will open so you can set up and start the recording. More information is in the Audio Recording Help topic.
Selecting "Restore Selected Moods to Session Start Values" (⌥Z) returns the highlighted Moods to the way they were when the current Mood file was loaded. This action cannot be reversed.
If you've changed one or more of the Moods supplied with SonicMood and you want to restore them back to those original settings, you can highlight those Moods in the "Moods List" and then select "Restore Selected Moods to Original Values" (^Z). This action cannot be reversed.
If you want to reset SonicMood to its original Moods (removing any you've added) and set them to their original settings, select "Reset to Original Moods Only" (^⌥Z). This action cannot be reversed.
Occasionally new Moods may be added to the set of "original Moods" that are contained within SonicMood. If you are upgrading from an earlier version you might want to select "Check for New Moods" and see if any are added to your Moods list. There is no harm in checking.
Turn off automatic sorting of the Mood names in the Moods list by selecting "Don’t Sort Columns".
Use "Reset Column Widths" to restore the Moods list columns to their original (default) widths.
Open the Picture window by selecting "Picture Window" (⌘B). The other menu items in the Picture Menu will be "grayed out" if the Picture window is not opened.
Selecting "Picture List" (⌥B) will cause the Picture list to open below the Picture in the window. This list contains the pictures names and the selection checkboxes for the "✓Marked" timer selection method. To the right of each checkbox is the timer interval (in h:mm:ss format) for that Picture (see the Timers topic for more information). You can use the "+/-" buttons to add or delete pictures.
Assuming the "Picture" window is open, select "Picture Display Timer Settings..." (⌘K) and a sheet window will descend over the Picture window. You can set the time and the Picture View Order ("Shuffled", "In Order", "✓Marked") from this window. See the Help topic Pictures for more information.
To just change the "Picture Display Order," select it directly from the menu item.
Start the timer by selecting "Picture Timer On" (⌥⌘K). Turn the timer off by selecting "Picture Timer On" again.
"Next Picture" (⌥→) and "Previous Picture" (⌥←) go forward or back one Picture in the Picture window.
Move forward through the same Pictures the "Picture Timer" would by selecting "Next Timer Picture" (⌥⇧→). Move backward in the same way using "Previous Timer Picture" (⌥⇧←). See the Help topic Timers for more information.
Select "Minimize" (⌘M) to move the SonicMood window onto the Dock. It will continue playing.
To make the SonicMood window very small, select the "Zoom" (^⌘Z) item. Select again to restore SonicMood to its previous size. Note that the window can be moved to a different position in the zoomed state and that position will be remembered independent of its un-zoomed position.
Select "Resize Showing Contents" to toggle the "Live Resize" setting. When checked (on), a window's contents will be updated as you drag its resize tab.
"Bring All to Front" causes all SonicMood's windows to appear if they were behind the windows of other applications.
You can hide/unhide the SonicMood window’s toolbar by selecting "Hide Toolbar" (⌥⌘T) or clicking the oblong button at the right side of the titlebar. This menu item is only enabled when the SonicMood window has the focus.
Customize the SonicMood toolbar (add/remove buttons) by selecting "Customize Toolbar" or right/control-clicking the toolbar and selecting "Customize Toolbar".
Cycle through all open "document" windows (e.g. SonicMood, Picture, Audio Record, Piano Keyboard, Preferences) by selecting "Cycle Forward" (⌘` [grave accent]) or "Cycle Backward" (⇧⌘` [grave accent]). Note that the Chimes, Colors, and Mini-Controls windows are floating and are therefore technically always in the foreground.
The Main window can be closed or opened using the "SonicMood" (⌘1) item. Mood sounds will continue whether the window is open or not.
Open or close the Mini-Controls window by selecting "Mini Controls" (⌘2). It contains a big pause/play button, a master volume slider, and a popup menu containing all the Moods.
To open the Picture window, select the "Picture Window" (⌘3) item. Select again to close it.
You can display a "Chimes" window by selecting the "Chimes" (⌘4) option. Select it again to close the window.
The "Colors" window displays a pattern of horizontal colored bars synched with the instruments. Select "Colors" (⌘5) to open/close this window.
To open or close the Audio Record window, select "Audio Record" (⌘6).
The simulated piano keyboard can be shown or closed by selecting "Piano Keyboard" (⌘7).
Open or close the "Inst/Soundfile Vols" window using the ⌘8 shortcut key.
"Reset All Size & Position" resets the size and position of all SonicMood's open windows. This is for emergencies only, in case something happens that causes a window's size/position to be set in error.
If you are running OS X 10.5 or later, pressing (⌘?) will open the Help Menu and allow you to type into the "Search" field directly, to search for menu items. On 10.4.x, the same key combination will open Apple's Help Viewer window. Built-in Help does not work on 10.3.9, use the "On-Line Help" instead.
Click "SonicMood Help" to open a window in your default browser and display the Table of Contents. Click "On-Line Help" to use the Help that's on our web site instead (normally only useful if you're using 10.3.9).
Select "Show Help Tags" to toggle the display of the little yellow tags that appear while you're hovering over a window control.
Go to the Bit of Paradise Products website, SonicMood page, by selecting "Visit the SonicMood Website".