Nov 17, 2009:
Beltower support added.
Jan 1, 2010:
Controllers now available at lower prices.
Jan 4, 2010:
Beltower Version 11 released.
Jan 5, 2010:
Handbell Manager Version 1.2.1 released.
“This is easily, by far, the best development to happen to handbell learning. Whilst a good tutor is invaluable in guiding one's learning experience, this gives every 'would be' learner and developer of handbell skills the ability to expand their skills at any time, anywhere, and in an accelerated timescale. It could easily lead to an explosion in change ringing on handbells, and I think will.”
Many handbell ringers have been looking for a better way to practice ringing two handbells with change ringing simulators than pressing keys on the keyboard. Here, at last, is a cheap and easy way to obtain and use dummy handbells.
Handbell Manager is free software (under the GNU General Public Licence) that enables USB motion controllers to be used as dummy handbells with Abel or Beltower.
Click on play below to see a demonstration video of three leads of Bristol using Abel, Handbell Manager and ActionXL wired motion controllers.
There is no computer keyboard or mouse interaction during the video - the controllers are swung to ring two bells, and buttons on the controllers are used to start the others ringing, initiate "Go Bristol" and call the three bobs.
Once you have obtained your motion controllers then click on the link below to download and run Handbell Manager's installer.
For background on this project, visit the Background page, or for features of the software see the Documentation page. If you are a software developer, the source code for Handbell Manager is available from Sourceforge. If you already have controllers and are interested in seeking more realism then check out the ideas on the Improvements page. To buy motion controllers go to the Buy Controllers page.
If you have any queries that are not answered in these pages, you can email the author via the email link in the footer.