Score Formatting

When you click on the Score Formatting button from the Tools Palette,

buttons appear on the score which allow you to alter the layout and format of the score. As well, a series of buttons appear on the Variable Toolbar with global controls on the format and layout of your score.

System Buttons

All of these buttons can be manually adjusted by touching and dragging, and the score is updated during the drag operation.

  1. Score Margin Buttons These 4 buttons located at the top and far right of the score document adjust the margin of the entire score. Adjusting the left and right margin buttons will alter the staff length for all staves on the page. Adjusting the top and bottom margins will shift the systems on the page so the top line or bottom line is aligned with arrow.
  2. System Horizontal Button This button (which appears at the top of every system) adjusts the horizontal positon of the system. This button can be used to indent systems (for example on the first page of a score.)
  3. Staff Label Button This button (which appears at the top of every system) adjusts the horizontal position of the end of the staff label.
  4. System Vertical Button This button adjust the vertical position of the system on the page. Other systems are not affected.
  5. System Lock button This button displays a lock which can be locked or open and when locked stops formatting (adjusting of barlines and beats ) from occurring in the system. When you have a format that you don't want altered through normal editing operations, lock the system.
  6. Staff Vertical Button This button adjust the vertical position of the staff on the page. Other staves on the page are not adjusted.
  7. Lyric Vertical Button This button adjust the vertical position of lyrics below the staff.
  8. Beat Position Button This button allows each beat in the measure to be manually adjusted from is calculated position.
  9. Barline Position Button This button adjusts the position of the barline and proportionally adjusts the notes around the barline.

Since formatting occurs automatically in NoteAbilityPro (either when the format button is pressed or when music reaches the end of the line) it is not usually necessary to do manual adjustments unless collisions occur or the staff layout of the score needs to be adjusted to accommodate notes in extreme registers.

Format System and Mute/Solo Buttons

On the right side of the score are some buttons for formatting the layout of your music and for controlling playback settings

  1. Format System Button This button causes the music to be adjusted so that collisions between images are avoided and esthetically pleasing formatting is applied. Formatting can be done at any time although it is automatically activated when a full line of music has been entered.
  2. Increase Measures Button This button increases the number of measures on the system by 1.
  3. Decrease Measures Button This button decreases the number of measures on the system by 1.
  4. Mute Button Stops the instrument on this staff from being played back.
  5. Solo Button Forces only the instrument on this staff to be played back.

- Multiple staves can be muted and multiple staves can be soloed.

The buttons that appear in the Variable Toolbar can be used to perform more complex formating operations


Measure Format Panel

The Measure Format Panel appears when you click on the Measure Format button in the Variable Toolbar. This panel includes settings for adjusting the number of measures on systems:

The bottom-right portion of this panel allows you to move around the score by clicking on buttons to move the Entry Cursor to different measures or to change pages without leaving the panel. The measure number of the current Entry Cursor position is displayed. Operations in this panel are performed with reference to the Entry Cursor location. So, for example, if you are changing the number of measures on a single system, it will be system that the Entry Cursor is on.

To change the number of measures on a system, select one of the three settings (This System Only, This Page Only or All Subsequent Systems) and use the slider to set the number of measures you want on the system or systems. Then click on the Change Measures in Systembutton.

On the bottom-left portion of this panel you can set move measures from the Last Measure on the current system to the First Measure on the next system or from the First Measure of the current system to the Last Measure of the previous system.

- Using the Last Measure to Next and the First Measure To Previous buttons is different from using the on-score Increase Measures and Decrease Measures buttons since those buttons will only change the number of measures on the specified system with the systems before and after remaining unchanged. The two buttons on this panel will move a measures from one system to the previous or next system and the previous or next system will now have more measures in it.

Click on the Done button to hide this panel.


System Format Panel

The System Format Panel appears when you click on the System Format button in the Variable Toolbar. This panel includes settings for adjusting the number of systems on the page:

The bottom-right portion of this panel allows you to move around the score by clicking on buttons to move the Entry Cursor to different measures or to change pages without leaving the panel. The measure number of the current Entry Cursor position is displayed. Operations in this panel are performed with reference to the Entry Cursor location. So, for example, if you are changing the number of systems on a single page, it will be page that the Entry Cursor is currently on.

To change the number of systems on the page, set the new number of systems by adjusting the slider. Set whether you want the number of systems changed only on the current page or on the current page and all subsequent pages. If you want all the staves on the page adjusted so they are equidistant after the number of systems have been changed, check the Centre All Staves check box. Once you have set all of the above, click on the Change Systems On Page button. Systems will be wrapped from page to page as needed, and new pages will be added at the end of the document if required.

If you simply want to shift the last system on page to the next page or the first system on the page to the previous page, use the Last System To Next or buttons.

Click on the Done button to hide this panel.


Insert/Delete Measures Panel

The Insert/Delete Measures Panel appears when you click on the Insert/Delete Measures button in the Variable Toolbar. This panel includes settings for adding and deleting measures in the middle of your score:

The bottom-right portion of this panel allows you to move around the score by clicking on buttons to move the Entry Cursor to different measures or to change pages without leaving the panel. The measure number of the current Entry Cursor position is displayed. Operations in this panel are performed with reference to the Entry Cursor location. So, for example, if you are deleting a system, it will be system that the Entry Cursor is currently on. If you are inserting a Measure Before, it will be the measure before the measure that the Entry Cursor is on.

The Insert/Delete Measures panel is divided into 3 sections that deal respectively with operations on Pages, System and individual Measures.

For pages, you can choose the Delete Last Page button to delete the last page in your document - the number of the last page is displayed in the text box. The Delete This Page button will delete the page the Entry Cursor is on. The Insert Page Before and Insert Page After buttons will create new pages with the number of Systems and measures specified in the two text boxes. Please be aware that if your new page has 5 systems each with 3 measures on them, you will be inserting 15 measures on the new page.

For systems, you can choose the Delete This System button to remove the current system from the score or you can insert a new system before or after the current system using the Insert System Before or Insert System After buttons. The new system will have the number of measures that your document had when it was initially set up.

For measures, you can choose the Delete This Measure button to remove the current measure from the score or you can insert a new measure before or after the current measure using the Insert Measure Before or Insert Measure After buttons.

- The deletion operations are not undoable, so please be careful before deleting pages, systems or measures from your score because once deleted you won't be able to retrieve them.

Click on the Done button to hide this panel.


Staff Spacing Panel

The Staff Spacing Panel appears when you click on the Staff Spacing button in the Variable Toolbar. This panel includes settings for adjusting the positions of your staves within the system:

<>The bottom-right portion of this panel allows you to move around the score by clicking on buttons to move the Entry Cursor to different measures or to change pages without leaving the panel. The measure number of the current Entry Cursor position is displayed. Operations in this panel are performed with reference to the Entry Cursor location. So, for example, if you are altering the staff spacing on a single system, it will be system that the Entry Cursor is currently on.

The Staff Spacing panel is used for changing the vertical distance between staves in the system. Although it is possible to manually adjust the vertical position of staves with the Staff Position buttons, the Staff Spacing pane gives you more control over the spacing and allows changes to be made for all systems on the page or throughout the entire score.

Staff spacing distances are set in the number of ledger lines between the bottom line of one staff and the top line of the staff below. A normal spacing is 7 or 8 ledger lines, with 6 or less being a close spacing and more than 10 being a wide spacing. When changing the spacing between staves, first set the distance using the slider, then set which staves you want affected, and whether you want staff positions adjusted only on the current system (i.e. the one that the Entry Cursor is on), only on the current page, or throughout the entire document. After setting these controls, click on the Change Staff Spacing button.

In the following examples, we begin with a system of 3 staves (with staff spacing set to 4 ledger lines.)

If we place the Entry Cursor on the top staff and set the new staff spacing to 6 ledger lines. The effect of the various options are:

  1. Below This Staff Only option:

  2. Between This Staff and Next option:

  3. Between All Staves in System option:

The Below This System Only option creates space between the bottom of the current system and the top of the next system. The Between All Staves and Below System option sets the space between all the staves in the system and between the bottom of the system and the top of the next system.

- It is possible for systems to overlap one another or to run off the bottom of the page if the settings are not appropriate. If staves do run off the bottom of the page, you can readjust them by moving the Bottom Page Margin button which will reset the bottom staff of the bottom system.

Click on the Done button to hide this panel.


Document Size Panel

The Document Size Panel appears when you click on the Document Size button in the Variable Toolbar. This panel allows you to alter the dimensions of your score document:

The Document Size panel displays the current document size in inches and provides you with two sliders that can alter the size of the score document. If you alter the dimensions of your document, you will probably have to make an adjustment to the printing scale with the Print Setup panel before you print your document.

Click on the Change Document Size button to change the dimensions of your score. The margins of your score will be altered and the music automatically adjusted if you change the width of the score and the distance between systems will be altered if you change the height of your score.

- by default, NoteAbilityPro sets ups scores to print at approximately 85%. Because of this, a score designed to print on letter size paper will have dimensions of 9.75" X 12.75" rather than 8.5" X 11". When you are adjusting your score size, remember to accommodate the printing resolution into your calculation. If you are planning on printing your score at 75% then your document should be about 25% larger than the paper size.

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