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Swipe to Share

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One of several big advantages digital sheet music has over the old paper variety is the ease with which you can share copies with colleagues. No more hunting down a photocopier, files can be transferred from one iPad to another in seconds.

That gets even easier with forScore 10, because now you can swipe from right to left over a score or setlist in your library to share it. If you’ve ever used this gesture to delete something from your library then you already know how it works: the item slides off to the left exposing a red “Delete” button, now joined by a gray “Share” button. Simply tap that Share button and you’ll be asked to pick which format you want to share, just like when you use any of the other existing methods to share a file or setlist. It’s easy, flexible, and now quicker than ever.

Rearranging Tabs

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One popular feature in forScore is the ability to open multiple scores or bookmarks in tabs. We discussed this feature in our second ever Feature of the Week, so feel free to check that out for a quick refresher.

With forScore 10, we added a simple but important enhancement: the ability to rearrange your tabs. To do so, just tap and hold your finger on a tab until it animates, then drag it left or right as needed. When it’s in the right spot, just let go. Some features are complex and take a lot of words to explain. Rearranging tabs isn’t one of them, but that doesn’t make this enhancement any less useful!

Inserting Pages

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While the big news this week is the release of iOS 10 and forScore 10.1, we’ve still got a few features introduced earlier this year that we just can’t skip! Today’s is an extremely helpful addition to the Rearrange tool that combines its flexible features with the merge function to create an even more powerful tool. In fact, if we were naming it today, we’d probably call it the Layout tool instead.

Using this new functionality is easy, just pick a file you want to edit and choose “Rearrange” from the tools menu. The new + button at the bottom of the screen lets you add the pages of any other score in your library to your current workspace. Pick the file you want, and its pages will be added to the bottom of the grid view. You can duplicate them, delete them, rotate them, and arrange them any way you like. It’s a great way of solving some common problems, like when a file you’ve scanned ends up missing a page or when one or more pages are changed later on and need to be replaced.

That’s not all, though, because you can also use this new feature to insert one or more blank pages. These blank pages can be placed anywhere you like, and once you save your changes you can even annotate on them. It’s Rearrange, and it’s Merge, and it’s even more—all in one easy place.

Darkroom: Adjust

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As we’ve discussed over the past several weeks, forScore 10 brought a lot of big improvements to the Darkroom feature. First, we took a look at the Crop tool which allows you to get the best possible view of your page by accounting for margins, rotation, and shifted perspective. Then we discussed the Enhance tool which gives you better results by adjusting brightness, contrast, tone, and more with just a single tap. Finally, today we’ll be taking a look at the Adjust tool which lets you modify your images even more granularly: it’s like the Enhance tool in manual mode.

Like Enhance, the Adjust tool can be used to modify one specific image or all of your images at once: tap the Adjust icon (three overlapping circles) in the toolbar at the bottom of Darkroom’s main view or tap an image to show the full-screen preview and use it there to adjust only that specific image.

When you tap the Adjust tool, a new view appears with controls for saturation, contrast, and brightness. Drag these sliders back and forth to see how they change your image: the preview updates instantly while the full image is only updated when you dismiss the panel. Tap the preview image at any time to switch between a thumbnail image or a zoomed in closeup.

Darkroom’s three new tools work together to help you get even better results when digitizing your scores on the go. So next time someone hands you paper and there’s no flatbed scanner to be found, don’t forget to put them to good use.

Darkroom: Enhance

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Last week we began our discussion of the major improvements made to forScore’s Darkroom feature in 10 with the Crop tool (read more about that here if you haven’t had a chance to already). Today we’re looking at another new tool, Enhance.

The Enhance tool is easy to use: tap the magic wand icon in the toolbar at the bottom of Darkroom’s main view to use it for all of the photos in your workspace, or tap an image to show the full-screen preview and use it there to affect only that particular image. In short, it makes your images better.

Behind the scenes, iOS scans your photo and creates a customized set of filters that are designed to give you the best possible results by adjusting brightness, contrast, tone, and more. Then, since we know we’re working with images of printed paper rather than portraits or scenic landscapes, we remove color information and increase the contrast a little more (both of these changes are editable since they’re made using the Adjust tool, which we’ll be discussing next week).

Easy to use, and a little more complicated to explain, the end result is that your images generally look clearer and more like they were made on a flatbed scanner than with a point-and-shoot.

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