2. "Bells & Methods" can be used to hear how a hypothetical new set of handbells might sound when tuned to different keys or temperaments. (Actual results will vary.)
3. "Help & Videos" includes some introductory change ringing videos, demos showing how to use Minibell, and videos of change ringing performances.
4. "Hunt" is a visual aid for beginners learning to ring plain hunt in hand.
Bell sounds are courtesy of Sue DeVuyst, Cally Perry, Anna Gladstone,
Ed Futcher, Leland Kusmer, and John Schreiner.
The handbell photograph is by user Oosoom on en.wikipedia, and is licensed under a creative commons share-alike attribution license (CC BY-SA).
Install Node.js, which is a
This also installs "npm", the Node Package Manager.
The Node.js installer may give you the option of installing command line compilation tools, since some packages need them. The packages below do not need these tools.
Install express by typing "npm install express" at the command line.
Install Socket.IO by typing "npm install socket.io" at the command line. This allows the computer to listen for input from the phone.
Install RobotJS by typing "npm install robotjs" at the command line.
If installing RobotJS produces a message saying that Python needs to be installed first, then Python can be installed from here.
From the command line, type "node bellreader.js".
This will produce keystroke events when Minibell
instructs the computer that the bell should ring.
Warning: These keystroke events will occur in whatever window currently has focus. Ideally that window will either be a Ringing Room browser tab or Abel. When running this script, to prevent extraneous keystrokes in other windows, one can set the phone down.
On Macs, the "node bellreader.js" command should be executed
from the command terminal. MacOS will ask if you would like to allow
Terminal to control your computer (so it can send the keystroke
events), which can be enabled in System Preferences / Security &
Privacy / Accessibility by checking the box by Terminal.
Peripheral motion data mode
In peripheral motion data mode, the phone sends its motion data to the
computer, where it can be processed by Richard Johnston's program to
produce the keystrokes needed by Ringing Room, Abel, or Muster.
This program runs on Windows computers, and can be downloaded from here.