AbelSim Change Ringing Simulators

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Mabel 1.0.0 and 1.0.2 will not run on MacOS Catalina. Mabel 1.1.0 is now available as a free download for anyone who is already using Mabel. You must upgrade to Mabel 1.1.0 if you are using MacOS Catalina. All Mabel users running macOS 10.7 (Lion) or later should upgrade to Mabel 1.1.0 now, to avoid future problems.

Abel 3.10.1a is now available. If you have already bought Abel, the upgrade is a free download. A few people found that Abel's toolbar could disappear in version 3.10.1; this is now fixed. If you use Handbell Manager with any version of Abel before 3.9.2, you need to update it for use with Abel 3.10 (and 3.9.2). See the Handbell Manager section of the Downloads page for details.

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(SP3)/Vista/7/8/8.1/10, on any PC with a Pentium IV processor or later. 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 13,000 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 or later, 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 Info and Mobel Info.


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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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Site last updated: 15 October 2019.