Adding Graphic Images
  1. Locate the graphic image (PDF, EPS, TIFF, JPG, GIF or PICT) image in a Finder Window.
  2. Drag the icon of the graphics file onto your score to the location you want it to appear.
  3. Release the mouse button when the icon is in the correct position. It will appear where you have "dropped" it on the score
  4. You can adjust the position of the image by selecting and dragging the bottom-left corner of the image. The top-right corner can be adjusted to change the size of the image.

- The image you add may be in PDF, EPS, TIFF, JPG, GIF or PICT file format. For more information about graphics formats on your computer, see your computer's Help pages.

- The graphic images you add are copies of the original. The files containing the original image remain on disk.

- It is also possible to drag graphics (and quicktime movies) into text boxes. To do this, the text box must be active (i.e. it must have a flashing cursor). The graphic will be inserted at the cursor position in the text box.

- A library of PDF graphic images is included with NoteAbility. Look in the /Library/Application Support/NoteAbilityPro/NoteAbilityLib folder on your hard drive for percussion mallets, guitar chords, cues, rehearshal letters, large time signatures, etc., etc. You are free to build your own graphics libraries of commonly used symbols. PDF and EPS images generally produce better results when they the images are resized, but other graphics formats may be used as well.

Pasting Graphics into NoteAbility

You may use copy and paste commands to add graphics images to a NoteAbility file. To do this, copy the image from any graphics application that supports either PDF, TIFF, PICT or JPG images. Once your have copied the graphic image, return to NoteAbility, and use the Paste command from the Edit menu. A copy of the image will be located at the Entry Cursor. Once it is pasted, it can be adjusted to the correct position by selecting the bottom-left corner of the image and dragging it. The size of the image can be altered by dragging the top-right corner of the image.

In the example below some graphics were copied from the Sketch.app and pasted into NoteAbility (any standard graphics program - Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, etc. could be used instead of Sketch.app):

  1. Create the graphic image in Sketch.app.

  2. Select the area to copy and choose Copy from the Sketch.app Edit menu.

  3. Return to NoteAbility (by clicking on a NoteAbility window), position the Entry Cursor approximately where you want the graphic placed and choose Paste Into from the NoteAbility Edit menu TIFF images (such as this one) typically have an opaque background, EPS images are transparent.

  4. Move the graphic image by making a selection rectangle around the bottom-right corner of the image and dragging it to the desired location on the score.

If you want the graphic image to appear behind the staves and music, select the bottom-left corner of the graphic image and click on the Send to Back button on the Graphics pane of the NoteAbility Inspector. In the example below, the first graphic is in the foreground, and the second copy of the graphic is in the background.

Collections of PDF and EPS images can be also be stored in the Image Library Panel and inserted from this panel into the score. Refer to the Image Library Panel for details on how to load and save image libraries.

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