Modifying Text & Graphics

When you are in Select mode or Select Score mode and have selected images you wish to modify, you can choose from any of the green Edit buttons in either the Edit Toolbar or the Tools Palette. The buttons on the Edit Toolbar bring up panels with the settings and buttons required to perform your edit.

The buttons close to the right side of the palette bring up panels that modify the appearance of text and graphics.

Graphics Panel

The Graphics Panel appears when you select the Graphics Button on the Edit Toolbar.

This panel contains settings that allow you to alter the characteristics of graphic objects that have been added to your score using the Line, Rectangle, Circle or Curve tools. To select a graphic object for editing, make sure you have its Primary Control point selected. This will be the starting position of a line, the starting position of a curve and the bottom-left corner of a rectangle or oval.

For lines, you can change the line type by moving the slider to see the many options of line types, you can use the other slider to change the line thickness and you can set the line to be solid or to be dashed in different ways. As well, you can also use the Frame/Line colour well to select a new colour for your lines. Once you have chosen your line settings, select the Change Line button to transfer your settings to the selected lines.

In the example below, 4 horizontal lines have been altered to different colours, line types, line thicknesses and dashed line types:

Curves can also be altered to have different line colours, line thicknesses and dash types:

For rectangles and ovals, you can use the radio buttons to set them to be framed, filled or both, you can choose the colour of the fill and the frame and you can set the line thickness for the frame. If you want the rectangle or oval to have a fixed size, you can check the Has Fixed Size checkbox and while it can be moved, it will not be resized by formatting operations. Once your have set the new characteristics of your rectangle or oval, select the Change Graphics button to make the changes. In the example below some transparency was used in the rectangle fill colour so the staff lines show through:

Touch the Done button to dismiss this panel.

Font Panel

The Font Panel appears when you select the Font Button on the Edit Toolbar.

This panel allows you to alter the fonts of text in your score. To select text, touch or drag through the target located at the bottom-left corner of the text. Bring up this panel and choose the new font, font size and colour you want applied to your text. The example below show two different fonts with different colours.

Touch the Done button to dismiss this panel.

Text Panel

The Text Panel appears when you select the Text Button on the Edit Toolbar.

The Text Panel is used for setting text justification, putting a frame or circle around text, turning text into Header text, or designating text for part extraction. To use the editing operations in this panel, first select the text in the score you want to alter by touching the target at the bottom-left corner of the text or dragging across the target. To change the justification of the text, choose one of the three justification options. To place a frame around the text, touch on the Toggle Text Frame button. To place a circle around the text, touch the Toggle Circle Text button. These same buttons can be used to remove frames and circles around text. Below is an example of text that has a frame around it and text that has a circle around it.

The Toggle Global Text button sets selected text so that it is associated with all staves. Global text will be included in all instrumental parts when they are extracted. This is important for text that has metronome markings or tempo changes. When text is global a green frame appears around it.

Header Text is text that appears in a set position on every page. The Make Header Text and Remove Header Text buttons set selected text to be a header text or to regular text. Header text is drawn with a blue rectangle around it. Once you have created header text, you will see it appear at the same location on every page of your score.

- The rectangles around global text and header text are not printed when the score is printed.

Touch the Done button to dismiss this panel.

Lyric Panel

The Lyric Panel appears when you select the Lyric Button on the Edit Toolbar.

Lyrics are entered using the Lyric tool on the Variable toolbar and will appear below the staff. The lyric panel can be used to alter the appearance of lyrics, to switch to different verses and to connect lyrics with dashes and underscores.

If we begin with this lyric passage:

We could select some of the lyrics and change their font to italics by Selecting a New Font and touching the Change to Font button.

We could set the verse number to 2 and when we enter more lyrics, they will appear below the first set of lyrics at the distance indicated by the Leading.

We could select the two lyrics "Bil" and "ly" and join them with a dash using the Link Dash button.

We could extend the underscore after the "ly" by selecting (in order) the lyric and the note in the next measure, then touching the Extend Underscore button.

The Remove Link and Remove Underscore are used to remove the dash between lyrics and to remove the underscore extension at the end of a lyric.

- Underscores at the end of lyrics are drawn to notes, not other lyrics, so you have to select both the lyric you want altered and the note it extends to. To do this use the Edit Link button to first select the lyric then select the note.

Touch the Done button to dismiss this panel.

Freehand Graphics Panel

The Freehand Graphics Panel appears when you select the Freehand Graphics Button on the Edit Toolbar.

The Freehand Graphics Panel is used for editing complex graphical figures that were entered using the two Freehand Graphics tools in the Graphics Category. To use these editing options, first select the main control point (starting point) of your freehand graphic, then touch the button to show the panel.

Two colour wells are provided so that the line colour and fill colour can be chosen.

The Line Width slider and the solid/dash line radio buttons can be used to alter the width and line type of the line. Touch the Change Line button to change the line colour, line thickness and dash type of the selected freehand graphic image.

As well, the End Arrow button can be used to add or remove an arrow at the end of the line (past the last control point), and the Start Arrow button can be used to add or remove an arrow at the beginning of the line (before the first control point).

In the example below, the line colour was set to red, the line width to 2.0, a dashed line was selected, and then both an end arrow and start arrow were added:

The Make Closed / Open closes the graphic image by joining the end point to the start point. If the freehand graphic image is already closed, it opens it by disconnecting the first and last point.

The Toggle Filled button fills the freehand graphic image with the selected Fill colour or removes the fill if it is already filled. In the example below the image was converted into a closed image and then set to be filled:

Touch the Done button to dismiss this panel.

- While freehand graphics will adjust as beats are moved within the system, they won't draw properly across systems. Because of this you should only add freehand graphics to your score after you have formatted your music and will no longer be moving measures to other systems.

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