Barlines & Braces Pane
  1. If the Score Structure panel is not already visible on your screen, choose Score Structure Panel... from the Tools menu to make it visible.
  2. If the Barlines & Braces pane (which contains the tabs: Barlines and Braces) is not visible in the Score Structure Panel, select Barlines & Braces from the Available Panes pull-down menu at the top of the Score Structure Panel.
  3. Choose between the two tabs in the Barlines & Braces pane to view controls for Barlines or Braces.

Barlines Tab

The Barlines tab view is used for modifying the attributes of the barlines in your score.

There are eight barline types (including one type with no lines) that can be used within NoteAbilityPro:

To change the barline type through the entire system, place the Entry Cursor in the measure you want altered, and click on one of the eight barline buttons. If you want only one barline within the system changed, check the Change One Barline Only box before clicking on the barline button.

The three radio buttons in the top-left corner specify whether barlines are changed only in the measure that the Entry Cursor is in, in all measure in the system, or from the position of the Entry Cursor to the end of the score.

When changing barlines, you can also set radio buttons to either retain the current arrangement of staff groupings by the barlines (i.e. Retain Staff Format), to create one barline through the entire system, or the create a barline on each staff.

To change the staff groupings of barlines, use the Join To Staff Above or Break From Staff Above buttons. These buttons will join the staff that the Entry Cursor is on to the staff above, or break the staff that the Entry Cursor is on from the staff above.

It is also possible to hide or show the barline with the Hide/Show Barline menu item located in the small pull-down menu located in the top-right corner of the pane.

In the example below, the Entry Cursor was placed on the second staff of the measure and the Break From Staff Above button was clicked, then the Entry Cursor was moved to the first staff and the Hide/Show Barline menu item was selected:

Mensurstrich barlines can be drawn between staves by using the MensurStrich On/Off item in the Modify / Barlines menu. Mensurstrich barlines appear between the staves in the system, but not across the staff lines. This type of barline is found in some editions of early music. Mensurstrich barlines can be set as the default barline method in the Other pane of the Preferences panel.

Tick barlines can be drawn above the top staff of the system using the Tick Barline On/Off item in the Modify / Barlines menu. This barline type is useful in scores where second markings rather than barlines are desired as in the example below. Tick barlines can be set as the default barline method in the Other pane of the Preferences panel.

- the barline for a measure is always the barline at the end of the measure, not at the beginning.

- Graphic version of barlines can be added anywhere in the measure with the barline commands listed in the Commmand List.

- Barlines are part of the underlying music structure (along with braces, clefs and staves), so they cannot be selected and adjusted in the same way that other music images can.

Braces Tab

The Braces tab view is used for modifying the attributes of the braces or adding new braces to your score.

There are three main brace types in NoteAbilityPro:

Straight Brace -- Piano Brace -- Thin Brace

As well, you can choose to just have barline instead of a brace, or you can have no brace or barline at all. A brace may be set to cover as many staves as you want, and braces can be nested around one another.

To add a new brace,

If the new brace includes staves that already have a brace on them, then the brace is offset to the left. In the example below, a new Thin Brace is added starting at staff number 2 and ending at staff number 3. Since staff number 3 already has a brace, the new brace is offset to the left. Next, a Straight Brace is added starting at staff 1 and ending at staff 4 - again the brace is offset to the left because the new brace overlaps the existing braces.

To change the type of brace in your score place the Entry Cursor on one of the staves within the brace group, then set whether you want the brace changed only on the system you are on or until the end of the score, check the Change Current Brace To box, then click on the brace button for the type of brace you want.

To remove a brace place the Entry Cursor on one of the staves within the brace group, set whether you want the brace removed only on the system you are on or until the end of the score and select the Remove Brace menu item from the small pull-down menu located in the top-right corner of this pane.

- Braces are part of the underlying music structure (along with barlines, clefs and staves), so they cannot be selected and adjusted in the same way that other music images can.

- Braces added or altered with the Braces pane appear only at the beginning of the system. To place braces elsewhere in your document you can add graphical straight and piano braces with the commands: "(", ")", "{" and "}" or use the line tool to draw thin braces.

Menu items

The pull down menu located at the top-right corner of this pane contains items to Hide or Show barlines in your score and to remove braces from the score.

The Add/Remove Begin Repeat menu item is used when you have a repeat segment beginning in the first measure of a system. A begin repeat barline will be placed before the first beat in the measure, as seen below:

See also

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