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The Free-Format Multi-Method Touch Editors


With version 9, Beltower allows three types of Multi-Method Touch: Spliced, Mixed and Generic, and they can be used completely interchangeably.   It now also allows Mixed Stages (eg. Triples and Major) within the same touch.   They can be edited (with an unlimited number of methods and including splice at half-leads), rung, proved, analysed, listed, printed etc.   Beltower can accommodate virtually every type of notation.   Shown here are some of the more difficult examples.

Calling Positions


Screen Shot 1: a peal of Spliced Surprise Major

,   shows calling positions, using column headers, in spliced mode, including repeats, with a conditional insertion.   Half lead method changes and Rounds can also be entered here.   It also shows the course heads listing (where the tenor is at home, and with the treble and tenors omitted).   As you can see, there is a prover and there is a False Rows Report as well.

calling positions

The methods, under abbreviations, can be easily selected through the Touch menu, typed in manually or added automatically from selected defaults.

Screen Shot 2

  shows Mixed Methods and Mixed Stages using calling positions and column headers.   This illustrates different conductors (3 for Triples and 4 for Doubles) both calling themselves into the hunt and out at 2.   It also shows the call heads listing (without plain leads but with the lead/event count), and optional dashes for Bobs.   The defined calls and positions basis are updated as you move the cursor, as shown here with the cursor on Grandsire Doubles.   The listing shows only 5 bells for Doubles, but you also have the option to include all bells in the listing.

calling positions in columns


It will automatically stop (That's All) at rounds, where it comes round naturally, part way through a lead (eg. at a snap lead, hand or back stroke), and you can call Rounds here as well, where there is no jump change.

Screen Shot 3

  shows Splice at part-lead and Rounds
This shot shows Hnn, Wnn, P and R as the last event on each row signalling a method-change at a Half-lead, a roW and where it comes round at Part-lead, plus a final call of Rounds.   It also shows added freedom in formatting, provided the calls are under the columns header.
part-lead splicing

Method changes and Rounds can be entered in both calling positions and call events modes, and method changes can be called at Half-leads, Part-lead rounds, and now at any roW.

Call Events (Lead Ends)


Mixed and spliced touches can be entered in a similar fashion, as illustrated in Free-Format Touch Editor, but with one or more method IDs on the end of each line, as illustrated above.

Generic Touches


Some callings can be used with a variety of methods, all of which can be included under Abbreviations, and by simply changing the method ID, as shown above, either in the header for Grandsire Triples (#G) or on the end of each touch line (: g) for Grandsire Doubles, or even in the Abbreviations, a touch can easily be applied to a different method.

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