Page Turners & Shortcuts

Accessories

forScore works with a variety of accessories, including page turners, keyboards, MIDI devices, and styluses. Most MIDI devices and certain page turners can be connected using a cable (and usually an adapter such as Apple’s USB adapters or the iRig MIDI).

Most other accessories use Bluetooth and can be connected to your iOS device through the Settings app, or through System Preferences on a Mac. Several specific devices can also connect directly to forScore through the Devices section of the app’s settings panel: these include AirTurn’s page turning devices that use the newer “Bluetooth Smart” technology, such as the PED, PEDpro, and BT200 series, as well as the iRig BlueBoard, and Turn Touch remote.

Note: forScore does not currently support direct connections with AirTurn devices on macOS. To use these devices on your Mac, connect to them using any of their standard keyboard modes through System Preferences.

Keyboards

When an external (computer) keyboard is connected to your device, forScore allows you to use a variety of shortcuts to perform common actions depending on which view you’re working in. In the main view, default shortcuts allow you to turn pages, enter annotation mode, open most menus, search, work with tabs, and more. Most of forScore’s menus include default shortcuts like search, back, and dismiss, while other views like the Metronome and Pitch Pipe feature shortcuts for common actions specific to each utility. On iOS, press and hold the command key to see an overlay that shows all currently available actions and the key combination you can use to activate each one.

By default, forScore turns pages when you press the arrow keys, space key, return key, and the page up/page down keys. That’s because many page turners are actually simplified keyboards that feature just a few “keys” or pedals and they usually send some combination of these keystrokes; this configuration allows forScore to work with most accessories right out of the box.

Customization

Most of forScore’s shortcuts can be customized, and you can set up dozens of optional actions with almost any keyboard shortcut you like. To do so, open forScore’s Tools menu and choose Settings, then tap “Page Turners & Shortcuts.” All available actions are listed here, grouped into several categories with their default commands in gray on the right-hand side, where applicable. To configure an action, tap to highlight it and then activate a control on your external deviceā€”if the signals it sends are compatible with forScore, you’ll see the command appear in blue next to it. Tap the “x” button to remove a custom command, if needed.

Note: if a shortcut isn’t being recognized, check that it’s not already assigned to a different action; if so, you’ll need to remove it from that other action before reassigning it to a new one. Note that certain signals, like MIDI commands that represent a range of values rather than a simple on/off state, cannot be used in this panel.

Apple Pencil

Apple Pencil 2 features a unique double tap gesture that can be used to switch or adjust drawing tools while in annotation mode. If you like, you can also use that gesture to perform any of the shortcuts listed in this panel whenever annotation mode is inactive.

Note: If you’ve set the “Switch Tools” option to “any time” in the Apple Pencil section of forScore’s settings panel, that gesture will not be available for configuration here.

Virtual Keyboard

iOS’ virtual keyboard, which normally appears on the screen when you need to type, is hidden automatically if an external keyboard is connected (since Apple assumes that it would be redundant). However, since many page turning devices behave similarly, you may find that you can’t type when one is connected. Some page turners include a hardware workaround to help you with this issue, which you can learn more about here.

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