AbelSim Change Ringing Simulators

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Mobel 2.2 is now available from the App Store. You can now show the blue line for a composition that you have added, and browse blue lines for methods in the microSIRIL library.

Abel 3.9.1, which has a few new features suggested by users, is now available. It is suitable for Windows XP/Vista/7/8/8.1/10. You can order it from the Buying Abel page. If you have already bought Abel, you can get a free update from the Downloads page.

Abel 3.9 provided extra feedback on your striking. There is colour-coded feedback on each blow as you ring with the simulator, and a score out of 10 when you stop. The striking summary (press S after ringing) has many new features, helping you to see what aspects of your striking need improvement. You can also save a record of the striking in a file that can be opened by the CAS striking analyser (a free download), used in the National 12-bell Striking Competition. Abel 3.9 also included some new features suggested by users.

Of course, Abel 3.9.1 still features the "moving ringer" display released in Abel 3.8. This is a video-like display of real ringers as they ring the simulated bells. When ringing with a tower bell or dumbbell connected to the PC, ringers who are used to ropesight find it easy to follow the ropes, and learners find it very helpful for learning ropesight, initially while tenoring behind, and later while ringing inside. You can see a short video of it on youtube.

What are Abel, Mabel and Mobel?

Abel, for Windows PCs, is the most popular change ringing simulator in the world, for both home and tower use. Mabel is a ringing simulator for the Apple Mac, intended primarily for home use. Mobel is a simulator for Apple iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. Ringing simulators are used by learners and advanced ringers. At home and in the tower, learners use them to practise call changes, plain hunt, and basic methods; advanced ringers use them to practise for peals and public demonstrations of ringing, right up to the level of Bristol Surprise 16 and 100-spliced minor. Towers also use Abel for "silent practice" sessions. All the simulators can also display the blue line diagram for any method.

Abel, Mabel and Mobel are the latest in a line of bellringing simulator programs starting with one running under DOS, back in 1993. Versions of Abel are available for Windows 95 onwards; the latest version of Abel runs on Windows XP/Vista/7/8/8.1/10. Mabel runs on any version of Mac OS X from 10.4 (Tiger) onwards. Versions of Mobel are available for iOS 3 onwards; the latest version runs on iOS 8 onwards. Ringers have bought more than 10,000 AbelSim ringing simulators. All AbelSim's profits go to charities, including ringing-related charites.

Abel and Mabel provide a wide range of features, simulating all the situations you're likely to encounter in real-life tower- and hand-bell change ringing. You can use Abel or Mabel to:

  • Practise ringing and conducting from the keyboard
  • Ring any method or touch, on any number of bells from 3 to 24
  • Practise calling and ringing Call Changes
  • Splice up to 100 methods
  • Print methods and touches
  • Simulate tower bells or handbells, using real bell sounds - you can add your own recordings, too

In addition, Abel provides the following facilities intended mainly for use in towers:

  • Connect to sensors on external bells - so you can ring real bells or dumbbells or dummy handbells with Abel to practise with a perfect band, and also have truly 'silent' practices
  • With Abel 3.8+, ring with a "moving ringers" display, providing real ropesight
  • Vary the quality of the striking, and get reports on the accuracy of your own striking.

Mobel provides the facilities that are most useful on a mobile device: the ability to practice plain courses or touches of any method, or spliced, by tapping the screen, and display its blue line diagram.

For further details of the facilities of Abel see the product documentation. For further details on Mabel and Mobel, see Mabel News and Mobel News.

 

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Abel ringing tower bells

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Abel ringing handbells

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Mabel ringing tower bells


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