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Instructions (version 2.3)     (Show in PDF)

Contents Summary

Navigation

  1. Home   bars
    • Open, Save, Save as, Close

  2. Bar Number of Leftmost on screen and Bar Location Slider
    • Tap this to show/hide Scroll Slider
    • 1st Double Tap goes to Last playback location.
    • 2nd Double Tap goes to Top of the song.

  3. Playback   bars
    • Start / Stop playback

  4. Playback Options  bars
    • Each track volume
    • Solo/Mute
    • Voice Select (1 - 4)
    • Loop/Swing options

  5. Quick Help   bars
    • Show/Hide Quick Help (this view)
    • Please use in Landscape on iPhone Screen.

  6. Page View   bars
    • Go to Page View
    • Change Page Layout (Number of bars per line, Staff size, etc.)
    • Printout
    • Export PDF/JPG, iWM data, Standard MIDI

  7. Score Settings   bars
    • Track Settings
      • Add/Delete/Reorder Tracks
      • Percussion Notation Settings
      • Playback Instrument Change
      • Track Local Key Setting for Keyed Instrument
    • Primary Key Signature
    • Primary Time Signature
    • Primary Tempo
    • Chord/Lyrics font size

  8. Application Settings   bars
    • Autosave
    • Editor Settings (Page layout settings are within PageView)
    • Email Attachment settings

  9. Palette Mover (iPad version ONLY)   bars
    • Touch + Hold, then slide to anywhere you like.

    Navigation related
    Bar Location Slider, Page Layout Adjustment

Basic Tools

  1. Docked Mode/ Undocked Mode   bars   bars
    • Change Note/Rest entry palette to Docked/Undocked mode
    • Check Note/Rest Command for more details.

  2. Command Lock   bars   bars
    • Double Tap to Lock the command.
    • Locked Button turns to purple and will be locked until another command is selected.

  3. Note Entry   bars   bars   bars   bars   bars   bars
    • Vertical line shows next input location.
    • Horizontal line shows note pitch value. (Go up/down along with Vertical line)
    • Notes entered over bar limit appear in red.
    • Undocked Mode
      • Is editor's default mode.
      • Note palette appears under your finger tip.
      • To enter Note with this mode, select a location, select a pitch value, then slide to select a note duration.
    • Docked Mode
      • Select a note duration first, then select a location and a pitch value.
    • To add harmony,
      • select the same note duration as the target note. (Ignore dot value)
    • To change the duration of a note already entered,
      • Applying different duration to note changes note duration.
      • Docked mode: Select a note duration then select a note.
      • Undocked mode: Select a note, then slide to select a different duration.
    • To change note pitch of a note already entered,
      • Touch + hold a note head then Up/Down arrows appear.
      • then slide your finger up/down without lifting it.
      • You can change Holding Time in Application Settings.

  4. Rest Entry   bars   bars   bars   bars   bars   bars
    • Rests entered over bar limit appear in red.
    • Undocked Mode
      • Rest Button on Main Palette changes Note/Rest entry mode.
      • Rest palette appears under your finger tip.
      • To enter Rest with this mode, select a location, then slide to select a rest duration.
    • Docked Mode
      • Select a rest duration first, then select a location.
  5. Eraser   bars
    • To erase an item, select it with blue X mark.
    • Blue X mark only appears when your finger tip is on an item.
    • To erase a note from Harmony, select a note with Vertical + Horizontal line.
    • To erase entire bar content or delete a bar, you must use Delete/Clear Bar command.
      (Check Delete/Clear Bar Command for details)

  6. Dot   bars
    • Select a note/rest to apply dot.
    • The value will be applied to all the harmonies.
    • Apply multiple times to change the value (No Dot >> Single Dot >> Double Dot >> No Dot).

  7. Accidentals   bars   bars   bars
    • Select accidental type, then select a note head
    • Apply multiple times to change Single or Double.
    • To clear it, set the default accidental of the key.
    • (Courtesy accidental is not supported yet.)

  8. Beam   bars
    • To apply, select the first and the last notes.
    • Target notes must be 8th, 16th or 32nd. (You can't add Beam on Whole, Half or Quarter notes.)
    • To remove the beam, select Eraser, then select space between the notes.

  9. Tuplet   bars
    • To apply, select the first and the last notes/rests.
    • Tuplet fraction will automatically appears by the number of notes / rests you selected.
         (Restrictions may be applied.)
    • To remove tuplet, select Eraser, then select space between the notes / rests.

  10. Tie   bars
    • To apply, select two notes.
        (The notes must have at least one common pitch value.)
    • To remove tie, select Eraser, then select space between the notes.
  11. Voice Change   bars  bars  bars  bars
    • Tap this to switch editing voice (V1, V2, V3, V4)
    • Selected voice turns to Black, while others turns to Gray.
    • When more than 2 voices entered in a bar,
        V1 & V3 becomes up stem, V2 & V4 becomes down stem.

  12. Copy   bars
    • Set a copy region by selecting the first and the last items among Notes, Rests, Barlines or ClefChanges.
    • Copying from multiple tracks isn't supported.
    • Only the CurrentVoice data will be copied.
    • Copied data will be kept until you perform the next copy.

  13. Paste   bars
    • Select an empty space where to start pasting the copied data.
    • will overwrite CurrentVoice data.

  14. Undo   bars
    • Cancels the last transaction of the moment.
    • The maximum Undo is 50 (will be less for larger data)
    • You can Enable/Disable Shake to Undo in Application Settings.

  15. Redo   bars
    • Performs the last 'undo' transaction again.

    Basics of Note Entry

Bar Tools   bars

  1. Barlines (Add / Insert / Modify)  bars  bars  bars  bars  bars  bars
    • To Add/Insert Barline, select a barline type, then select an empty space on staff.
    • To apply different barline type, select a new type, then select a barline.
    • To remove, select Eraser, then select a barline.
    • (Repeat Signs are ignored on playback.)

  2. Delete / Clear Bar   bars
    • Select a bar you want to delete/clear by touching anywhere of the bar,
    • then select an option. (delete, clear, voices)
    • This command is not available if the bar is not closed (No barline at the end of the bar).

  3. Repeat signs   bars  bars  bars  bars  bars  bars  bars
    • Select a type, then select a barline to set it.
    • To erase, select Eraser, then select a sign.
    • (Repeat Signs are ignored on playback.)

  4. Slash   bars   One Bar / Two Bars Repeat   bars   bars
    • Select a type, then select a barline to apply it.
    • To remove, select Eraser, then select the mark.
    • This command is not available if the bar is not closed (No barline at the end of the bar).

  5. Multi Bar Rest   bars
    • Select the first and the last bar to set the region to apply it.
    • MultiBars Rest will appear with numbers (4/15) on EditorView.
    • Will appear as MultiBarsRest when it is the only visible track in PageView.
    • Will be removed when any modification is made on any member of the group.
  6. Clef Change  bars  (You can change primary clef in 'Settings' as well.)
    • Select a space on staff to set Clef Change.
    • To modify, select ClefChange.
    • To remove, select Eraser, then select a clef. (You can 't erase primary clef.)
    • To set percussion clef, see 'Settings'

  7. Time Change   bars  (You can change primary time signatures in 'Settings' as well. )
    • Select a barline, then select a new Time from the selector.
    • To modify Time change, select a Time change.
    • To remove, select Eraser, then select a Time change.

  8. Key Change   bars  (You can change primary key signatures in 'Settings' as well. )
    • Select a barline, then select a new Key from the selector.
    • To modify Key change, select a Key change.
    • To remove, select Eraser, then select a Key change.

  9. Tempo Change bars  (You can change primary tempo in 'Settings' as well. )
    • Select a barline, then select a new Tempo from the selector.
    • To modify Tempo Change, select a Tempo mark or barline where the tempo change occurs.
    • To remove, select Eraser, then select tempo mark.
    • You can't remove Primary Tempo but hide by Score Settings. (see Settings').

  10. Track Grouping   bars  bars
    • Select a type, then select staffs of the first and the last tracks to set the region
    • To remove, select Eraser, then select a Brace/Bracket.

    Bar & Barline related

    Clef Time, Key and Tempo changes



More Tools   bars

  1. Item Mover   bars
    • Touch + Hold an item for a second, then arrows << >> will appear.
    • Tap an arrow to move the item.
    • Select other location of screen to deselect the item.
    • This command is always locked until other command is selected.
    • To move a note up/down quicker, check Note Command

    Item Mover

  2. Chord Symbol   bars
    • When you select CM7, chord entry bar will appear.
    • When you select a button, Chord Selector will appear.
    • Create a chord symbol, then select OK.
    • To Erase a chord symbol, select Eraser, then select a chord symbol.
    • Go to Score Settings to change:
      • Font size
      • Default Location of Chord Symbols
      • Minimum Devision of Harmonic Rhythm

    Chord Symbol Entry

  3. Lyrics   bars
    • Select a note to start writing lyrics from, then Lyrics Writing view will appear.
    • Hit 'Return' to enter / update lyrics.
    • Use  bars  bars to move entry location.
    • Select 'Line' to change line1 to line 10.
    • To modify, select a note and line number of the syllable you want to modify.
    • To erase, select Eraser, then select a syllable.
    • Go Score Settings to change Font size.

    Lyrics Entry

  4. Text   bars
    • Select text input location with horizontal+vertical lines, then Text Entry View will appear.
    • To modify text already entered, select the text.
    • To remove, select Eraser, then select a text.

    Text Entry


  5. Partial Transpose   bars
    • Select two notes to set the region to transpose. then set how you want the notes to move.
    • This Command has no way to clear / remove. Use Undo.

  6. Rhythmic Notation   bars
    • Select first and the last notes, then select 'Apply'
    • To Clear, do the same and select 'Clear'

  7. Slur   bars
    • Select the first and the last notes to set the region.
    • Can't including any rests in the group.
    • To Remove it, select Eraser, then select the space between the notes.


  8. Dynamics Marks   bars  bars  bars  bars  bars  bars  bars  bars
    • Select a mark type, then select a note.
    • To remove, select Eraser, then select a mark.

  9. Dynamics (Arrow)   bars
    • Set start and end locations with horizontal+vertical lines.
    • To remove, select Eraser, then select a mark.

    Dynamics Marks


  10. Articulations   bars  bars  bars  bars  bars  bars  bars  bars  bars  bars  bars  bars
    • Select a mark type, then select a note.
    • To remove, select Eraser, then select a mark.

  11. Octave Marks   bars  bars  bars  bars
    • Select a type, then select the first and the last notes to set the region.
    • To remove, select Eraser, then select a mark.

  12. Tempo Terms   bars  bars  bars  bars
    • Select a mark type, then select a note.
    • To Erase it, Select Eraser then select a tempo mark.
  13. Technical Marks   bars  bars  bars  bars  bars  bars  bars
    • Select a mark type, then select a note.
    • To Erase it, Select Eraser then select a mark.

  14. Break Marks   bars   bars
    • Select a mark, then select an empty space on staff.
    • To Erase it, Select Eraser then select a tempo mark.

  15. Note Heads   bars  bars  bars  bars  bars
    • Select a notehead style, then select a note head.
    • No way to remove. Apply Normal Head Style to set back to normal.

Settings  bars

  1. Track Settings
    • Score Settings >> Track Settings to add / delete tracks

  2. Primary Clef   (You can make these changes from 'Bar Tools' as well. Check Bar Tools)
    • Score Settings >> Track Settings >> Select a Track.
    • You can select from Treble, Bass, Alto or Tenor clef.
    • To set Percussion Clef, select 'Percussion Notation' (This option doesn't appear in Clef Setting options).

  3. Primary Key   (You can make these changes from 'Bar Tools' as well. Check Bar Tools)
    • Score Settings >> Key
      • Select 'Set key to' to change key signature without song transpose.
      • Select 'Transpose to' to change key signature with song transpose.

    • Score Settings >> Track Settings >> Track >> Key of Instrument
      • You can set key for keyed instruments (such as Bb for trumpet, Eb for Alto Sax)
      • Set 'Show as Transposed' ON to show it in transposed key, OFF to show in concert key.

  4. Primary Time   (You can make these changes from 'Bar Tools' as well. Check Bar Tools)
    • Score Settings >> Time Signature to change Time Signature.

  5. Primary Tempo   (You can make these changes from 'Bar Tools' as well. Check Bar Tools)
    • Score Settings >> Tempo to change Primary Tempo
    • Here you can find a switch to hide Primary Tempo Mark.
    • You can't erase Primary Tempo but only Hide it.

    Add/Delete/Reorder Tracks
    Primary Clef, Time, Key, Tempo and Track Local Key

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