export text from LIVE?

is there a way to extract the stuff you've typed into live? Notes, info text, the names of markers, etc?


ian hands 4 years ago | 0 comments

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  • vitaminB
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    If you're prepared to do a bit of interpretation, then it is possible to get at all the text in a set.

    A Live set (.als file) is just a structured text file in XML. You can open it with a plain text editor like Text Wrangler, or an XML editor.

    Open A COPY of the als file and have a look around. You see that everything is divided into consistently named sections. I won't go into detail about XML here but you can find out more on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/XML 

    Names of markers, for example are found in the Locators section, you will see something like this (edit: Bulleted the markup as I cannot format it properly in this editor!!).

    • <Locators> 
    •    <Locators> 
    •       <Locator> 
    •          <LomId Value="0" /> 
    •          <Time Value="32" /> 
    •          <Name Value="name of first trackmarker" /> 
    •          <Annotation Value="" /> 
    •          <IsSongStart Value="false" /> 
    •       </Locator> 
    •    </Locators> 
    • </Locators> 
    You can just pull your marker name from the Name Value. Same applies for almost all other labels and notes.
    It takes a bit of effort to do this manually for large sets, but it beats copy pasting out of the main interface and if you've a geeky friend, they might just be kind enough to write a script for you... if they do, please share with us :)
    Hope this saves you some time.
    4 years ago | 0 comments
  • DJ Peter Henry
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    Note: Ableton files are not encrypted, but rather gzipped XML files.

    11 months ago | 0 comments
  • opinsky
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    Apparently now Live encrypts its als files so it cannot be read as XML. Any alternative to this method, or to export labels as text file?


    3 years ago | 1 comment
  • kabooty
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    Windows XML Editor (Open Source):

    jEdit, http://www.jedit.org/

    4 years ago | 0 comments
  • ian hands
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    WOW! That's amazing!

    Thanks so much for taking the time to explain that : )


    4 years ago | 1 comment

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