In order to perform editing operations in NoteAbilityPro you must first select the images or groups of images you want to alter. Once they are selected you move those images, copy those images, or modify their appearance. For example, you could select a group of notes and adjust their pitches, select two notes and add a slur between them, or select a note and add an articulation to it.
In order to perform most editing operations, you must change the Activity Mode to Selection Mode by clicking on the Arrow icon on the Tools Palette. When you do this, the Variable Toolbar changes to display buttons for accessing all the NoteAbilityPro Editing options. This Editing Toolbar scrolls left and right and contains 18 buttons which display panels with hundreds of editing operations that cover everything from Copy and Paste to changing the appearance of note heads or adding 1/4 sharps to notes. Before any editing operation is performed, you must first select the images you want to alter using the Selection tool or the Select Score tool.
The Selection tool allows you select individual music images or to make rectangles around multiple images. However, if you want to perform an editing operation on a larger portion of the score -- for example, all the notes on a staff across multiple systems -- then you should choose the Select Score button:
Both the Selection tool and Select Score tool can be used to select images and perform editing operations. The vast majority of the time the Selection tool will be used, but there are some editing operations such as Inserting Rests in Blank Measures, Building Multi-measure rests and Adding Pedal lines that require that you use Select Score tool. The documentation will make it clear when you must use the Select Score tool. In all other situations either tool can be used.
Control Points are the handles by which NoteAbilityPro images can be moved and adjusted, and they determine how an image is altered. Some images have one control point, some have two, and a few (eg. slurs and curves) have more.
Simple images such as dynamic marks one control point. Clicking on this control point, or including this control point in a selection rectangle allows the entire image to be moved.
Images with two dimensions such as notes (whose stem height changes), crescendo marks, trills, lines, etc. have two control points. Generally, the two control points are located at either end of the image (eg. at the note head and tip of the stem or flag on a note). Clicking on one of these Control Points will adjust the size or shape of the image (eg. dragging the right edge of a crescendo makes it longer.)
Slurs and curves have five control points, one at the start of the image, one at the end of the slur, and three control points in the middle which control the shape of the slur.
The following example shows the Control Points of various NoteAbility images:
When selected, the primary control point of an image is yellow and the second control point is green. Control points on slurs are gray.
When moving or adjusting images, you can just select individual control points (the head of a note, the stem of a note, or the end position of a crescendo line). Some operations such as Cut, Delete and Copy will consider any image with at least one Control Point in the Selection area to be selected. However, when you want to perform an editing operation that alter the characteristic of an image (such as adding an accidental, add a tremolo, or changing the colour of an image) you must have the primary control point selected. Only images whose primary (yellow) control point is selected will be altered by theses editing procedures.
Selecting images for editing.
There are 4 ways to select images for editing:
Once the images you want to alter have been selected, you can click on any of the green editing buttons which will either perform the operation or bring up a panel containing more options for editing.
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