Symbol & Glissandi Pane
  1. If the Music Images panel is not already visible on your screen, choose Music Images Panel... from the Tools menu to make it visible.
  2. If the Symbols & Glissandi pane (which contains the tabs: Fermati, Symbols, and Glissandi is not visible in the Music Images Panel, select Symbols & Glissandi from the Available Panes pull-down menu at the top of the Music Images Panel.
  3. Choose between the three tabs in the Image Attributes pane to view controls for Fermati, Symbols, or Glissandi.

Fermati Tab

The Fermata pane is used to add fermati (of various types) to selected notes or rests. Although it is possible to add fermati graphically (using the ferm or fermu commands, the fermati added using this pane are retained with the notes and rests during reformatting and part extraction. As well, it is possible to add text and/or images along with the fermata.

To add fermati to notes or rests, select the images in the score, the set the relative position of the fermata (above or below the note/rest) and the vertical distance from the note/rest (in staff spaces). If you are going to add a fermata type which includes text (fermata types 3, 5, 7 or 8), then type the text into the text box located at the bottom of the pane. Once the text has been entered, you can change the font, by selecting the text and using the standard text panel (Command-t). If you do not want the fermata to be centred directly above or below the note/rest, you can set the Horizontal Offset slider to cause the fermata to appear to the right or left of the note/rest. Once all these settings are correct, click on the fermata type you want and each of the selected notes and rests will have a fermata attached to them.

The Clear button removes existing fermatas from any selected notes.

The Change Fermata/Symbol Position menu item (in the small pull-down menu) is used for changing the position (i.e. the vertical distance, horizontal offset and relative position) of the fermati on any selected notes or rests.

- As well as typing text into the fermata text field, you can drag or paste images (PDF, TIFF, etc.) int the text field. Text can contain multiple lines, colours, etc.

In the example below, two different types of fermatas (type 2 and type 5) were applied to each of the two measures.

For the second measure, the text "longa" was added in the fermata text field - as shown below:

The last fermata type allows text and/or graphics to be added to notes or rests without a normal fermata image. This is very useful for times when you want some text or an image to appear above or below a note - even if it is not being used as a fermata. In the example below, a small button has been dragged into the text field, and the last fermata type has been choosen.

When you add this fermata type to a group of selected notes, the images appear above the selected notes:

The Horizontal Offset slider is useful in conjunction with the first fermata type. This fermata normally appears to the right a note. In this case it was offset to the right by 8 staff spaces using the Horizontal Offset slider.

Finally, it is possible to drag the fermata image up and down directly on the score, by selecting the fermata and dragging it. However, these images can only be moved horizontally by using the Horizontal Offset slider along with the Change Position button. In the example below, the positions of the fermatas have been adjusted manual by selecting each one and dragging them up or down.

Symbol Tab

The Symbol pane is used to add ornament and other symbols to selected notes. Although it is possible to add these symbols graphically (using commands such as mord or tr, these symbols are retained with the notes during reformatting and part extraction. As well, it is possible to add text and/or images and have the text or image associated with the note.

To use the Symbol pane, select the notes in the score that you want symbol to appear on, then set the relative position of the symbol (above or below the note) and the vertical distance from the note (in staff spaces). If you have chosen a mordent, turn, or trill symbol, you can also select an accidental to appear above the image. If you have chosen to add text or graphics to a note, type the text in the text field. Fonts can be changed by selecting the text and using the standard text panel (Command-t). Once you selected all the symbol settings, click on the button corresponding to the type of symbol you want and the symbol will be added to all selected notes.

The Clear Symbol button removes existing symbols from any selected notes.

The Change Fermata/Symbol Position item in the small pull-down menu is used for changing the position (i.e. the vertical distance, horizontal offset and relative position) of existing symbols on any selected notes.

- As well as typing text into the symbol text field, you can drag or paste images (PDF, TIFF, etc.) into the text field. Text can contain multiple lines, colours, etc.

- Trills added with the symbol pane do not include an extension line. If you need an extension line, add the trill using the Trill tool from the NoteAbilityPro Tool Palette.

In the example below, different symbols have been added to each of the notes. (A sharp was selected in the accidental radio buttons.)

I is possible to drag the symbol image up and down directly on the score, by selecting the symbol and dragging it. However, these images can only be moved horizontally by using the Horizontal Offset slider along with the Change Position button. In the example below, the positions of the fermatas have been adjusted manual by selecting each one and dragging them up or down.

Glissandi Tab

The Glissando pane is used for creating glissandi between notes and for altering the appearance of the glissandi.

Although it is possible to create glissando lines by using the Line tool, it is often useful to have the glissando lines connected to notes so that when the notes are adjusted, the glissando line is adjusted as well. In order to have glissando lines connected to the notes, you must first select the notes using either the Selection or Select Score tools. Next, click one of the 7 different types of glissando lines available in NoteAblityPro and the glissando line will connect the selected notes. If desired, you can choose to have your glissando line curved using one of the radio button in the bottom-left corner of the pane. Curves operate both in upwards and downward directions.

- If more than two notes are selected before the Gliss between Notes button is pressed, glissandi are created between successive notes in the selection. However, in cases where confusion might occur (as in the case of glissandi between chord notes) it is best to select notes in groups of two and create a single glissando between the pair of notes.

The example below shows the 7 types of glissandi available in NoteAbility.

Below, several of the pitches were altered and accidentals added. Notice that the glissando lines are adjusted to the new pitch level and allow space for the accidentals.

It is possible to have glissando lines cross from one system to another in this case, the glissando line continues at the beginning of the next system (as in the example below)

The Remove Glissandi button is used to remove glissandi from selected notes. Only the glissando which begins at the selected note is removed, not the glissano which ends at the selected notes.

The Gliss Length arrows adjust the position of the start or end points of the gliss relative to the notehead. These arrows operate on the glissandi that are attached to selected notes. The End Pos arrows alter the gliss line that ends at the selected note, and the Start Pos arrows the alter the gliss line that starts at the selected note.

Menus Items

The pull-down menu located at the top-right corner of the Symbols & Glissandi pane contains the following items:

See also

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