Metadata


Tag your files with different pieces of metadata, and the menu listings will be generated automatically

Tap a suggestion at the top of the keyboard while typing to quickly add existing values to an item

Tap to rename most of the metadata names to better suit your needs

You can view and edit score metadata several ways: tap the title of the current score in the center of the main toolbar (see the image on the right), tap the arrow button to the right of any item in the score menu, or use edit mode in the menu to select multiple items and batch edit their properties.

Metadata Types

Each score and bookmark in your library can be tagged with a title, rating, difficulty, reference, time, duration, key, and multiple composers, genres, tags, and labels. While typing in a new composer, genre, tag, or label, you may see a suggestion appear in the toolbar at the top of the keyboard. These suggestions, already in use elsewhere in your library, are updated automatically as you type and let you quickly reuse values and save time. You can also access these values by tapping the circled down arrow to the right of the active text box.

A box on the left-hand side of each text field shows you what will happen when you close the metadata panel. A check mark indicates that the changes will be saved, while an empty box indicates that any changes will be discarded. If you’re batch editing files, a check mark indicates that the current value will replace any existing values for each file while a plus symbol indicates that new values will be added to each file’s existing information if it’s not already included. These boxes are updated automatically as you edit information, but you can tap them at any time to change them.

To add multiple composers, genres, tags, or labels to your score, use a comma to separate each phrase (i.e. “Favorites, Warm-up pieces”). Your score will then be listed under each of those items in the menu.

When you change the title of a score, forScore renames the PDF file to match as closely as possible. If you prefer, you can disable this behavior in the “advanced options” section of forScore’s settings panel (this adds a “rename” contextual menu option to the score menu so you can still rename a PDF if needed—without losing your annotations or metadata).

Customization

Some of forScore’s default metadata types might not fit your needs, and you can rename most of them to better suit your situation. (See the image on the right-hand side of this page.)

PDF Info Fetching

PDF files sometimes contain their own information for title, author, subject, and keywords, which can be used by forScore as values for title, composer, genre, and tags respectively. While editing any of these fields, tap “Fetch…” at the top of the keyboard to see if any of this information exists and then decide if you’d like to use it or not.

Layout

The lower portion of the metadata panel is divided up into several sections. The layout section shows a small thumbnail of the current item (swipe or use the arrow buttons to turn pages). Tap this image to open the score or tap the + icon in the bottom corner to open it in a new tab.

If you’re editing a score, you’ll see a field on the right that allows you to adjust your page numbers to match printed copies, if needed. You’ll also see a margin adjustment slider that lets you increase the size of all pages in a score by the same amount at once.

This is useful for removing uniform margins, but consider using the “Crop” function in the tools menu to adjust or re-center individual pages more precisely. Cropping takes precedence, so the margin adjuster won’t affect cropped pages.

When you’re editing a bookmark, this portion of the screen allows you to view and change its start and end page numbers.


Associate each score with an audio track in your music library, and it’ll be queued up and ready for you to play whenever you’re viewing that piece

Setlist and Library Membership

The “setlists” tab lets you quickly manage which setlists the current item is a part of. Tap a setlist to add the current item to it (a blue check mark will appear) and tap it again to remove it. If you have any libraries set up on your device, an additional “libraries” section allows you to make similar changes.

Music Binding

If you have an audio track of a particular piece, you can bind that track to the corresponding sheet music in forScore and control playback directly from within the app. Select the “Audio” tab and tap the round + button to select tracks from the Music app, or tap the rectangular + button to view files stored in the app’s documents directory. (Audio files can be created using the record feature, imported from other apps, or added via the Files app or File Sharing interface.)

The media box updates every time you turn the page, disappearing if there is no track associated with the current score or bookmark, so you don’t have to spend time looking through your audio library every time you want to listen to it—just press play.

If multiple tracks are associated with the current score, swipe left and right over the album artwork to move between them.

Learn more about working with audio tracks in the next section.

MIDI

In the “MIDI” section of the metadata panel, you can assign a unique command to each score and open it with some MIDI devices. You can also save a list of commands to be sent out each time that score is opened. If you plan to use the same set of commands more than once, presets make it easy to save them and assign them to other scores later.

Note: USB-enabled MIDI devices can often connect to an iOS device via Apple’s Camera Connection Kit, while others may require an adapter like the iRig Midi.

Libraries

If you’ve created one or more libraries, use the “Libraries” tap to choose which ones the current item or items should be assigned to.

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