Part Extraction Panel
  1. Choose Tools in the menu bar.
  2. Choose part Extraction... from the Tools menu.

The Part Extraction panel is used to extract instrumental parts from a score. In order to extract a part you specify which staff (or staves) to extract. All the images associated with that staff as well as any text that has been designated as "global text" are copied into a new document. The Part Extraction panel can be kept visible until all the desired parts have been created.

The procedure for extracting parts is:

  1. Make sure that the score you want to extract from is the front document - be careful that you are not trying to extracting parts from a parts document that you just created.
  2. Set the paper size, paper orientation, margins, the systems per page, and the number of staves to extract. (Normally the number of staves will be 1 - unless you are extracting a piano, harp or other instrument that uses two staves.)
  3. Set the Staff ID number that you want to extract (or the Staff ID number of the top staff if you are extracting several staves.) The Staff ID is always displayed at the right side of the staff in the score.
  4. Set the kind of braces you want and whether you want staff labels extracted.
  5. Set the note density of the extracted part. The note density refers to the number of notes and other images in a system. For more complex scores, it is better to keep the density medium-low or low. In simple scores (or parts with lots of rests), you can use a higher note density. The example below shows the first line of an extracted part with low, medium and high density.

    High Density

    Medium Density

    Low Density

  6. Set whether you want the new document
  7. Set whether you want empty measures (or measures with only rests) merged into multiple measure rests by checking the Compress Measure Rests button. The example below shows a passages with empty measures left unmerged and the same passage with empty measures merged into mulitple measure rests.

  8. Click on the Extract These Staves button

If you have indicated that the extracted part should be created and saved on disk, a Save Panel will appear so that you can name the new document. If you have indicated that the new document should be miniaturized, it will appear as an icon at the bottom of the screen, but will not be saved until you choose to save it.

Adding Cues

If mulitple measure rests are are not created when the part is extracted, they can formed later by using the Select Score tool to select a series of measures and choosing the Measure Rest menu item from the Modify menu. If this procedure was used on the first two measure of the above example, the result would be:

A cue could now be added to the third measure if desired. Cues can be entered as regular-sized notes, then resized with the Set Image Size button on the Control panel or the image size can be set before the notes are entered. In the example below, 18 point image size is used for the cue notes. Measure Text can also be added to identify the cue instrument.

- When the length of multiple measure rest images is altered (by dragging one of the ends) the number that appears in the centre of the image is updated to indicate how many measures it now encompasses. After changing the length of a multiple measure rest, you may have to adjust some of the barlines that were previously hidden or shown. (You can using the Barlines & Braces pane to do this.)

Multiple Measure Rest shortened - a barline must be added

Multiple Measure Rest lengthened - a barline must be hidden

Global Text

Any text or imported graphic images that you want included with every extracted part can be designated as "global text" by selecting the text object or graphic image and choosing the Make Text Global item from the Modify/Text menu. This operation is necessary for text such as tempo changes, rehearsal numbers and titles. Global text is drawn on-screen with a light green box around it so that you can distinguish it from other text.

- Since extracted parts are separate editable documents, any changes you later make to the score must also be made to the parts, or the parts must be extracted again.

- If you are extracting parts from a score which consists of several seperate documents, check the Extract From All Open Documents box. Documents are extracted in the order they were opened, so you should make sure you open your documents in the correct score order. Also, make sure you close each extracted part before extracting the next part or the previous part will be included in the extraction (since it would be another open document).

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