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General Troubleshooting (14)

Using the virtual keyboard with a page turner

iOS disables the virtual on-screen keyboard whenever most page turners are connected, because many page turners use a “keyboard” device profile. If you’re using iOS 7, you can enable the “force virtual keyboard” option in the “Page turners & shortcuts” section of forScore’s settings panel to override this default behavior. Unfortunately, changes beyond our control to iOS 8 beyond broke this setting’s functionality and we don’t expect to be able to fix it. However, certain devices listed below include a hardware workaround.

AirTurn BT-105 (firmware v1.22 or later)

After connecting your device via the Bluetooth section of the Settings app, open forScore and tap to activate the text field you’d like to type in. Then, press the red power button. Once that’s done, you should be able to use the virtual keyboard and still turn pages normally. Be aware that pressing the virtual keyboard’s “hide” button in the lower right-hand corner will undo this workaround, and you’ll need to repeat these steps to continue to use the virtual keyboard. For a video demonstration of this feature, visit AirTurn’s website.

AirTurn PED

After connecting your device via the Bluetooth section of the Settings app, open forScore and tap to activate the text field you’d like to type in. Then, press the keyboard button on the PED device. Once that’s done, you should be able to use the virtual keyboard and still turn pages normally. Be aware that pressing the virtual keyboard’s “hide” button in the lower right-hand corner will undo this workaround, and you’ll need to repeat these steps to continue to use the virtual keyboard.

PageFlip Firefly (all models) and Cicada (revision 4 or later)

After connecting your device via the Bluetooth section of the Settings app, open forScore and tap to activate the text field you’d like to type in. Then, press the currently selected mode button (the button with the blinking red light below or next to it). Once that’s done, you should be able to use the virtual keyboard and still turn pages normally. Be aware that pressing the virtual keyboard’s “hide” button in the lower right-hand corner will undo this workaround, and you’ll need to repeat these steps to continue to use the virtual keyboard.

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Overriding your device’s sleep setting

In the settings panel you’ll find a forScore-specific option called “Auto-lock”. If enabled, forScore will allow your device’s screen to dim then sleep if it’s set up to do so. If you disable this option, forScore will override the device’s settings and prevent it from going to sleep as long as forScore is visible on the screen.

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Half-page turns

When your device is in portrait orientation, half-page turns allow you to see the top half of the next page while finishing up the bottom half of the current page. This feature can be enabled by tapping on the circled “1/2″ button in the main control bar. Tap it once to enable half-page turns (it will turn blue) and tap it again to disable them (it will turn gray).

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Which version do I have?

We update forScore a lot—in fact, there have been over a hundred updates since we launched in 2010. If you’re not sure which version you’re working with, choose “Support” from the tools menu (that’s the toolbox icon that’s farthest to the right in the main control bar). The version number should be there, just below the forScore logo.

If you need to update, just open the App Store app on your device and select the tab called “updates” along the bottom of the screen (don’t see it listed there?). Remember, updates are free for life so as long as you’re signed in with the same account you originally used to purchase forScore, you won’t be charged a second time.

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Repeated crashing when you launch forScore

If the app has started crashing repeatedly when you launch forScore, it’s possible a recently added or modified file is causing issues, either because it’s too large for your device to process or it contains data that is causing an error.

If you connect your device to your computer, you can use the iTunes File Sharing panel to delete the most recently added file(s) from forScore and then try re-launching the app to see if that clears out the error. If you’re able to see a page of a score before it crashes, try removing that file first. Once you’ve identified which file it might be, we can do some testing with it to see if we can identify why it’s causing issues.

Retrieving/Removing Files through File Sharing

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  • Connect your iOS device to your computer
  • Open iTunes on your computer
  • Click the small iPad icon in the upper left corner, as if you were going to adjust the syncing settings
  • Click the “Apps” button in the left sidebar that appears below the iPad info
  • Scroll down in the main window to where it says “File Sharing”
  • Choose forScore from the list, and a panel will appear to the right showing all of your files
  • Locate the file in the list, then click to select it
  • Click the “Save To…” button and specify a location on your computer to save the file
  • Once chosen, the transfer will begin immediately, with a progress bar displaying at the top of the iTunes window
  • When the transfer is complete, select the file in the panel and press the Delete or Backspace key, then confirm to delete it immediately from your device
  • You can then disconnect your device from your computer and relaunch forScore to see if it opens successfully

iTunes 11 and earlier

  • Connect the device to your computer
  • Open iTunes on your computer and select your device from the list of devices (the same as if you were managing its syncing settings)
  • Click the “Apps” button across the top of the iTunes window, then scroll down to where it says “File Sharing”
  • Choose forScore from the list, and a panel will appear to the right showing all of your files
  • Locate the file in the list, then click to select it
  • Click the “Save To…” button and specify a location on your computer to save the file
  • Once chosen, the transfer will begin immediately, with a progress bar displaying at the top of the iTunes window
  • When the transfer is complete, select the file in the panel and press the Delete or Backspace key, then confirm to delete it immediately from your device
  • You can then disconnect your device from your computer and relaunch forScore to see if it opens successfully

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Before You Buy (11)

Compatible file types

You can view virtually any PDF file with forScore, and use a wide range of free applications for every major platform to convert other files to the PDF format. forScore also works with password-protected PDF files, and will prompt you for the password the first time you open it, then store that password in your iOS Keychain so you don’t need to enter it every time. Note that some PDF files are restricted and require special software, so we can’t guarantee compatibility.
 
As of version 7.0, forScore can also import TXT, RTF, DOC, and DOCX files and automatically convert them into PDFs for you. In addition, you can import audio files in MP3, AIFF, AAC, ALAC, WAV, and M4A format and store them locally to link to scores in your library for playback.
 
forScore’s uses the following “4S” formats that can be shared with other forScore users:

  • 4SB: a backup file that contains all annotations, metadata, setlists, and settings from your library, but not the PDFs themselves
  • 4SC: a score file that contains the PDF file and all annotations and metadata in a single package
  • 4SS: a setlist file that contains the setlist data, and optionally includes the referenced PDFs and/or 4SC data

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Transposing and music playback

Since forScore relies on user-supplied pdf files that could come from any source (scanned, exported from another program, or even handwritten), it doesn’t have the ability to detect notes on a page, so it isn’t able to transpose the music or play back the notes for you.

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Displaying your music on an external display

AirPlay video mirroring is built into iOS 7, and you can use an Apple TV on the same network to display what you’re doing in forScore. Swipe up from the bottom of your screen to access Control Center, then tap the AirPlay icon to choose a device.

You can also use the appropriate video adaptor to connect the device directly to an external display of your choice.

If you need more control over the display or prefer to show only the music instead of mirroring everything on your device’s screen, you can enable an alternate video output system by selecting “TV Output” from the tools menu.

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Where do I get content?

The easiest way to get started with your existing digital sheet music collection is to transfer your PDF files from a computer using iTunes’ file sharing panel. You can also use forScore’s Services panel to upload and download files via FTP, WebDAV, and your Dropbox, Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, or Box accounts.

When you’re looking for something new to play, our in-app purchase storefront is a great place to find free and paid scores that have been optimized specifically for the iPad (not available in forScore mini). Many apps also offer an “Open in…” function that sends a copy of a PDF file to your forScore library. For example, you can use Safari to find a score online or use Mail to save an attachment that someone has sent you. Since forScore keeps its own copies of these files, you don’t have to worry about having an internet connection when you’re ready to play.

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forScore vs. forScore mini

We’ve released over a hundred updates to forScore for iPad, and we’ve never charged an upgrade fee or used in-app purchases to unlock additional features. Because of this and the unique challenges we faced when creating forScore mini, the iPad and iPhone/iPod Touch versions of forScore are sold separately.

If you have an iPad (including an iPad mini), you’ll want to check out forScore. If you have an iPhone or iPod Touch, you’ll want to take a look at forScore mini instead. Note that forScore requires iOS 7 or later, and forScore mini requires iOS 8 or later.

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Getting Started (18)

Overriding your device’s sleep setting

In the settings panel you’ll find a forScore-specific option called “Auto-lock”. If enabled, forScore will allow your device’s screen to dim then sleep if it’s set up to do so. If you disable this option, forScore will override the device’s settings and prevent it from going to sleep as long as forScore is visible on the screen.

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Backing up your data to your computer

Your data is incredibly important—priceless, in some cases. That’s why forScore includes a built-in backup function that plays an essential role in your overall backup strategy. Here are a few things to know to ensure that your data is always protected:

iOS Device Backups

Depending on your settings, iOS can regularly back up your entire device through iTunes or iCloud. If your device is lost or damaged, you can usually* use this information to get back up and running quickly. Keep in mind, however, that iCloud offers limited storage and that you can’t restore data for a single app—it’s all or nothing. Because of this, we also recommend manually backing up your forScore library on a regular basis.

4SB Files

In forScore’s tools menu, you’ll find the backup panel. This panel allows you to save all of your library information—including metadata, setlists, links, annotations, and more—into a forScore Backup (4SB) file in the app’s documents directory alongside all of your PDFs. In fact, forScore automatically creates these files every time you launch the app, just in case something goes wrong and you need to revert back to an earlier state.

It’s important to note, however, that these backups don’t contain duplicates of your PDF files, so while they’re an important part of backing up your data, they’re not a complete solution on their own. 4SB files can only be used in conjunction with PDF files—it cannot replace them if they’re lost.

PDF Files

When you connect your iOS device to iTunes on a Mac or PC, the File Sharing panel allows you to not only add files, but to save them back to your hard drive as well. Since forScore’s backup files are stored in that same location, saving all of your information is as easy as selecting all of the files in that list and saving them to a safe location on your computer.

  • In forScore, open the Tools menu and choose Backup
  • Tap the + button to create a new backup file that will save all of your annotations, metadata, setlists, and settings into a single file. When it’s finished, you will see the new file listed in the backup panel, named with the date and time.
  • Close forScore and connect your iOS device to your computer
  • Open iTunes on your computer and select your device from the list of devices (the same as if you were managing its syncing settings)
  • Click the “Apps” button across the top of the iTunes window, then scroll down to where it says “File Sharing”
  • Choose forScore from the list, and a panel will appear to the right showing all of your files.
  • Select all of the files by clicking on one and pressing Ctrl-A (PC) or Command-A (Mac)
  • Click the “Save To…” button and specify a location on your computer to save all the files. We recommend creating a dedicated folder for your forScore library.
  • Once chosen, the transfer will begin immediately, with a progress bar displaying at the top of the iTunes window.
  • When the transfer is complete, you can disconnect your device from your computer.

Please don’t leave your hard work up to chance, back up regularly!

*iCloud’s ability to back up your documents can be unreliable, so your mileage may vary.

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Half-page turns

When your device is in portrait orientation, half-page turns allow you to see the top half of the next page while finishing up the bottom half of the current page. This feature can be enabled by tapping on the circled “1/2″ button in the main control bar. Tap it once to enable half-page turns (it will turn blue) and tap it again to disable them (it will turn gray).

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Cropping pages to enlarge your music

Most PDF files contain white space around the edges, but these margins are more important for printing something out rather than displaying it on a screen. To crop individual pages within a PDF file, use Crop tool by following these steps:

  • Open the Tools menu and choose Crop
  • The app will attempt to detect the edges of the music and auto-crop the score
  • Use two fingers to zoom in or pan around and enlarge the page further if needed
  • Tap the next page arrow to move through the rest of the file and make further page-specific adjustments if needed
  • Tap Crop when finished to save your changes

If you’d like to adjust the margins for all pages in a file at once, learn more about margin adjustment.

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Using Margin Adjustment to remove white space

Most PDF files contain white space around the edges, but these margins are more important for printing something out rather than displaying it on a screen. The margin adjustment slider allows you to zoom in equally towards the center of every page of that score at once. It doesn’t affect the original file, so you can still print it out later if you need to.

  • Open the metadata panel for the item you’d like to adjust (tap the title display for the current item or tap the round arrow button to the right of an item in a menu)
  • Make sure the “Layout” tab is selected about 2/3 down the panel
  • Use the slider at the very bottom to make a global adjustment to the margins of the file
  • The preview image will update when the slider is released, and you can page through by swiping or tapping the blue arrows to check how the adjustment affects the other pages in the file
  • When finished, tap away from the panel to close it and save the changes

To crop individual pages differently or off-center, consider using the Crop function in the tools menu instead. Note that cropped pages won’t zoom in when you move the margin adjuster.

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forScore vs. forScore mini

We’ve released over a hundred updates to forScore for iPad, and we’ve never charged an upgrade fee or used in-app purchases to unlock additional features. Because of this and the unique challenges we faced when creating forScore mini, the iPad and iPhone/iPod Touch versions of forScore are sold separately.

If you have an iPad (including an iPad mini), you’ll want to check out forScore. If you have an iPhone or iPod Touch, you’ll want to take a look at forScore mini instead. Note that forScore requires iOS 7 or later, and forScore mini requires iOS 8 or later.

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Sharing files between forScore and forScore mini

You can share your files or copy your entire library from forScore on your iPad to forScore mini on your iPhone or iPod Touch (or vice versa). Use Bluetooth or AirDrop to transfer a few files between devices quickly and directly, upload and download files using your favorite cloud service, or share files via email, send them to other apps, or print them out.

To move your entire music collection from one device to another, click here.

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Adding Files (14)

Compatible file types

You can view virtually any PDF file with forScore, and use a wide range of free applications for every major platform to convert other files to the PDF format. forScore also works with password-protected PDF files, and will prompt you for the password the first time you open it, then store that password in your iOS Keychain so you don’t need to enter it every time. Note that some PDF files are restricted and require special software, so we can’t guarantee compatibility.
 
As of version 7.0, forScore can also import TXT, RTF, DOC, and DOCX files and automatically convert them into PDFs for you. In addition, you can import audio files in MP3, AIFF, AAC, ALAC, WAV, and M4A format and store them locally to link to scores in your library for playback.
 
forScore’s uses the following “4S” formats that can be shared with other forScore users:

  • 4SB: a backup file that contains all annotations, metadata, setlists, and settings from your library, but not the PDFs themselves
  • 4SC: a score file that contains the PDF file and all annotations and metadata in a single package
  • 4SS: a setlist file that contains the setlist data, and optionally includes the referenced PDFs and/or 4SC data

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Moving PDFs from iBooks to forScore

If you previously kept your PDF files in iBooks, or accidentally added them into iBooks through iTunes, you can transfer them from your computer into forScore. Here are some instructions for that process using a Mac computer, with the iBooks app installed:

  • Connect your device to your computer
  • On your computer, open the iBooks app, click Collections in the top section, then choose PDFs from the left sidebar
  • Select the files you’re like to transfer, then click and drag them to your computer’s desktop
  • In iTunes, click on the name of your device, then go to the Apps button across the top of the window
  • Scroll down to where it says “File Sharing” and choose forScore from the list
  • Drag the files from your desktop into the panel that appears to the right of the forScore symbol
  • The file will be copied to your device automatically

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Adding files using iTunes File Sharing

The best way to add files to forScore from your computer, whether using a Mac or a PC, is through the iTunes File Sharing panel using the following steps:

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  • Connect your iOS device to your computer
  • Open iTunes on your computer
  • Click the small iPad icon in the upper left corner, as if you were going to adjust the syncing settings
  • Click the “Apps” button in the left sidebar that appears below the iPad info
  • Scroll down in the main window to where it says “File Sharing”
  • Choose forScore from the list of apps
  • Click “Add…” in the panel that appears to the right to open a file browser
  • Choose one or more files from the file browser
  • The file transfer will start automatically, with a progress bar displaying at the top of the iTunes window
  • When finished, you may disconnect your device and launch forScore

iTunes 11 or earlier

  • Connect your iOS device to your computer
  • Open iTunes on your computer
  • Select your device from the list of devices, as if you were going to adjust the syncing settings
  • Click the “Apps” button near the top center of the iTunes window (next to Summary and Tones)
  • Scroll down in the main window to where it says “File Sharing”
  • Choose forScore from the list of apps
  • Click “Add…” in the panel that appears to the right to open a file browser
  • Choose one or more files from the file browser
  • The file transfer will start automatically, with a progress bar displaying at the top of the iTunes window
  • When finished, you may disconnect your device and launch forScore

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Using cloud services

Use online storage services to access any scores you don’t have room for on your device, to share scores with friends, or to manually back up your most important files.

Getting Started

The Services panel can be used to access files in your Dropbox, Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, or Box accounts, and can also be used to access any number of FTP or WebDAV servers.

Tap the + button in the top left-hand corner to pick which services you’d like to use or to set up a new server connection. Services will ask you to log in as you start using them, while FTP and WebDAV connections must be set up with a name, domain, username, and password up front.

Once you’ve successfully logged in, you’ll be able to navigate through your folders and see your files. You can upload, download, move, and delete PDF files or forScore-specific scores, setlists, and backups (4SC, 4SS, and 4SB files). You can also download some kinds of text files (TXT, RTF, DOC, and DOCX) and they’ll be automatically converted to PDFs once they’ve been downloaded. Other file types are greyed out.

Downloading Files

Tap on a file to download it, and a copy will be saved into your forScore library. If a file with the same name already exists in your library, you’ll be asked to duplicate or overwrite the file, or to cancel the transfer. Tap the stop button in the middle of the progress wheel to cancel a file transfer.

Moving Files

While in edit mode, tap to select one or more files, then choose “Move” from the control bar. The selected files will turn blue, and you’ll be able to select directories or use the back button to navigate to the desired destination. When you’re ready, tap the “Move” button once again to send the selected files to the current directory.

Uploading Files

To upload files, tap the upload button in the control bar. You’ll be presented with a searchable list of all the files in your library, and you’ll also see an option in the lower right-hand corner to use the forScore- specific 4SC file format which includes annotations, metadata, links, and more. Tap one or more files to select them, then tap the “Upload” button in the upper right corner of the menu to begin the upload process. If you would like to select all files, tap the All button at the bottom of the panel.



*While we provide access to some third-party services through our app, we have no control over their service or terms and conditions, both of which are subject to change at any time. Please be sure to visit their respective websites if you have any questions prior to signing up or using these service.

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Tips for scanning your hard copy sheet music

Most scanner software will allow you to create a PDF file directly from individual page scans, but keep in mind that forScore’s performance can vary widely based on the characteristics of the files you’re using. Keep your file sizes low by choosing a dpi of around 100-150 (up to 300 if you’ll need to zoom in often to see small details or if you have a device with a Retina display), and consider using a grayscale setting since color information typically isn’t very important for score. Each combination of scanner hardware and software is different, so try a few different test files to find the best balance between quality and performance to suit your own needs.
 
Note: most scanner software also has an option to “append” or create “multi-page” PDFs. We highly recommend using this feature to combine all pages from a score into a single file, rather than keeping each page as a separate file.

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Working with Scores (25)

Transferring your forScore library to another device

The best way to move your entire library to a new device is through the iTunes File Sharing panel and your computer, but you can also do it through the Services panel through a support cloud storage account.

Using iTunes File Sharing

  • On your original device, open forScore and choose the Backup section from the Tools menu
  • Create a new backup file by tapping the + button in the upper right corner of the backup panel
  • Connect your device to your computer and open iTunes

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  • Click the small iPad icon in the upper left corner, as if you were going to adjust the syncing settings
  • Click the “Apps” button in the left sidebar that appears below the iPad info
  • Scroll down to where it says “File Sharing”, then select forScore from the list of File Sharing apps
  • In the panel that appears to the right, select all of the files listed (Cmd-A or Ctrl-A works easiest) and save them to a folder on your computer. The transfer will begin immediately with a progress bar showing at the top of the iTunes window.
  • When complete, disconnect your source device and connect the target device
  • Repeat the process to access the File Sharing panel, then add all of the files you just saved to your computer. Again, the file transfer will begin immediately, so there’s no need to sync.
  • Once the transfer is complete, launch forScore on your new device, then open the Backup panel once it’s scanned for all the new files
  • Restore from the backup you made (titled by date/time) by tapping on it and choosing “Restore Library and Settings”

iTunes 11 or earlier

  • Select your device from the list of devices, as if you were going to adjust the syncing settings
  • Click the “Apps” button near the top center of the iTunes window (next to Summary and Tones)
  • Scroll down to where it says “File Sharing”, then select forScore from the list of File Sharing apps
  • In the panel that appears to the right, select all of the files listed (Cmd-A or Ctrl-A works easiest) and save them to a folder on your computer. The transfer will begin immediately with a progress bar showing at the top of the iTunes window.
  • When complete, disconnect your source device and connect the target device
  • Repeat the process to access the File Sharing panel, then add all of the files you just saved to your computer. Again, the file transfer will begin immediately, so there’s no need to sync.
  • Once the transfer is complete, launch forScore on your new device, then open the Backup panel once it’s scanned for all the new files
  • Restore from the backup you made (titled by date/time) by tapping on it and choosing “Restore Library and Settings”

Using the Services Panel

  • On your original device, open forScore and choose the Backup section from the Tools menu
  • Create a new backup file by tapping the + button in the upper right corner of the backup panel
  • Open the Services panel in the Tools menu, choose your account, and select a folder to upload to
  • Tap the + button to view the Upload screen and tap All to select all scores
  • Make sure PDF is selected as the Format option in the lower right corner
  • Choose Upload to start the upload process (note: this may take some time depending on the size of your library)
  • When the upload is complete, tap + again and choose the Backups view
  • Tap to select the backup file you created earlier and tap Upload
  • On the target device, open the Services panel and either log into the same account or use your cloud service’s sharing features to give another account access
  • Locate the folder that contains all of the files and tap the Edit button in the upper right corner
  • Tap the “select all” button at the bottom of the panel (a circled check mark), then tap the “download” button next to it
  • When the download is complete, open the Backup panel
  • Restore from the backup you made (titled by date/time) by tapping on it and choosing “Restore Library and Settings”

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Managing a score’s setlist and library membership

The “setlists” tab in the metadata panel lets you quickly manage which setlists the current score is a part of. Tap a setlist to add the current score to it (a blue checkbox will appear) and tap it again to remove it. If you have multiple libraries set up, a similar “libraries” panel lets you manage library membership in the same manner.

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Inverting the screen for low light environments

While forScore doesn’t have a “night mode”, iOS has an “invert screen” feature that may help. If you open the Settings app, under General, choose Accessibility. At the bottom of that panel, set the Accessibility Shortcut option to “Invert Colors”. Then, when using forScore, triple-click on the Home button on your device and it will invert the colors of the screen, setting white text on a black background.

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Sending and receiving MIDI signals

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.

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Merging two or more files

With version 5 of forScore and later, you can merge multiple files into a single PDF:

  • Open the score menu and navigate to a view that shows all of the files you’d like to combine
  • Tap the edit button in the upper right corner of the menu
  • Tap to select the files you would like to combine in order from first to last
  • Tap the Merge button that appears when multiple PDFs are selected
  • The app will then prompt you to name the merged file and ask if you’d like to retain the source PDFs, then begin the merge operation

Please note: Merging files is limited to the processing and memory limits of your device, so this process may crash the app if the files being merged are too large for the device to handle. Merging only retains the metadata of the first file selected, and any metadata in the subsequent files will be omitted/deleted.

Lastly, if you need to change the location of one of the PDFs (e.g. place a missing page in the middle of an existing score), you can then use the Rearrange tool to edit the page order.

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Working with Bookmarks (6)

Extracting bookmarks as separate PDFs

If you would like to save a particular bookmark as its own PDF file, view the bookmark you’d like to save, then open the Rearrange tool and choose “Save As…”, then specify a file name. You can also use the share panel to extract a bookmark directly as either a 4SC or PDF file and send it to someone else.

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Editing bookmarks

To edit a bookmark, tap the round arrow button next to it just like you normally would for any other score. The metadata panel will open up, and two additional fields will be available next to the title field for start and end page. These values can be changed at any time, along with the other standard metadata values.

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Importing bookmarks

If your PDF file already contains a table of contents, you may be able to use this information to create bookmarks. Tap the edit button, then choose “Import” to scan for any usable information.

If you prefer to use a PDF’s table of contents directly, simply choose the third sort type, “TOC,” and you’ll be able to quickly navigate to any section by selecting it from the list.

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Understanding forScore bookmarks

Bookmarks are a great way to work with a particular section within one of your existing files. They show up just like any other item in the score menu, start and stop on the pages you specify, and can even have their own metadata (including audio tracks).

They also show up in the bookmarks menu, which only shows bookmarks for the score you’re currently viewing. You can sort them by page number, alphabetically, or search for a particular title.

The only major difference between a file and a bookmark is that all bookmarks depend on their source file (so if you delete the original file, all of its bookmarks will disappear as well).

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Deleting bookmarks

If you need to remove a bookmark, you can delete it either from the main score menu or from within the bookmark menu itself without removing or changing the bookmark’s source file.

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Working with Setlists (6)

Managing a score’s setlist and library membership

The “setlists” tab in the metadata panel lets you quickly manage which setlists the current score is a part of. Tap a setlist to add the current score to it (a blue checkbox will appear) and tap it again to remove it. If you have multiple libraries set up, a similar “libraries” panel lets you manage library membership in the same manner.

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Moving setlists between libraries

With forScore 8 and later, you can manage library membership for setlists from the main setlist menu:

  • Open the main setlist menu and tap Edit in the upper right corner
  • Tap to select the setlist, then tap the Edit option that appears at the top of the menu
  • Tap to select one or more libraries from the list and a check mark will appear next to each one
  • The app will prompt you to move all associated files from that setlist to the corresponding library if applicable
  • Tap the back arrow to return to the setlist menu

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Sharing a setlist

If you’re using setlists as a group, forScore makes it easy to share them with your colleagues, even if they’re using another app. In the root view of the setlist menu (that’s the list of all of your setlists, not the contents of a specific setlist), tap the “Edit” button and tap to select the setlist you’d like to share. Then, tap the Share button to see a wide range of options:

Text List

For colleagues using paper, a text list might be the best choice. It sends a numbered list of titles and composers.

Setlist Only

If your colleagues are using forScore and already have the PDF files they’ll need, this choice is best. It’s a forScore-specific file type (4SS), and it includes all of the information about your setlist but leaves out the score files themselves.

Include Scores

This also creates a forScore-specific .4SS file, but includes the necessary PDF files as well. It does not include any additional information about each score, however, such as annotations, metadata, and more.

Include Scores & Extras

This also creates a forScore-specific .4SS file, but includes the necessary PDF files and additional information about each score like annotations, metadata, and more.

Merged PDF (forScore 8+)

You can also merge the scores in your setlist into one long PDF file. This option is great for colleagues who are using another music reader.

Annotated Merged PDF (forScore 8+)

Like the last choice, this merges your setlist’s scores into one long PDF file, but this time also includes permanent annotations.

Note: If you’re planning on sharing your setlist via email, you may need to check that the combined file sizes of all the scores in the setlist are smaller than any attachment limit your email provider may have.

Sharing Setlists via Cloud Services

If your setlist file is too large to be sent via email or your group uses a cloud service to share files, you can upload your setlist through the Services panel:

  • Open the Tools menu and choose Services.
  • Navigate through your cloud service’s folders until you’re viewing the folder you’d like to send the file to.
  • Tap the + button at the bottom of the panel.
  • Choose the Setlists view.
  • Tap to select one or more setlists.
  • Tap the Format button in the lower right corner to toggle between the options. In the services panel, only Setlist Only, Include Scores, and Include Scores & Extras are available options.
  • When ready, tap the Upload button in the upper right corner and the upload will begin.
  • Use your cloud service’s sharing functions to share the file or folder with other forScore users.

Sharing Setlists via Bluetooth

You can also use the Bluetooth file transfer panel (in the Tools menu) to send setlists to other nearby iPads. In this case, setlists are listed after all files in your library, so look toward the bottom of the list to locate the setlist you’d like to share.

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Rearranging Setlists

In the Setlists menu, with the “Manual” sort order selected, you can arrange your setlists or their contents by tapping the Edit button and using the control on the right-hand side of each item (three horizontal lines). Tap and hold the control until the row pops out of the table view, and then drag the score upward or downward. You can also do this from within the full screen setlist editor, where the gray bars are always visible in the setlist column.

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Adding and removing setlists

To delete an entire setlist, swipe your finger across it from right to left and confirm by pressing the “delete” button. You can also tap the “edit” button and select one or more setlists, then choose “delete” from the options along the top.

Use the same process to remove one or more entries from a setlist (note that the buttons will read ‘remove’ instead of ‘delete’ since removing an item from a setlist doesn’t affect the original item).

While viewing a setlist, use the + button to add new items to it. A full- screen editor will appear, showing you the current setlist on the left and your library on the right. Tap on any item in your library to add it to your setlist—a dot will appear next to items that already belong to the setlist. You can also delete items from the setlist or rearrange them at any time.

Three buttons along the bottom of the editor give you additional options: add the current score to your setlist, create a placeholder with a custom name, or add all of the items listed on the right to your setlist at once.

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Editing Your Scores (6)

Adding or creating new stamps

forScore’s annotation stamps include a general set for music markup, but we’ve also included the ability for users to create and add their own stamps to further customize the stamps palette and tailor it to their individual needs.

You can add stamps by pressing the + button or edit any existing stamps by first selecting them, and then tapping the action button. Either action will launch the stamp editor, where you can use your finger to draw or edit your design.

You can even create stamps by importing your own images. First, create an image on your computer (it must be a PNG image, and for best results should be 48×48 or 96×96 pixels), and add it to forScore via iTunes File Sharing. Then, create a new stamp and press the “Import” button to see the PNG files on your device. Tap on one to place it on the canvas and continue to edit it or simply save it as is.

Tip: The import panel also allows you to manage your files; swipe your finger across any entry to see the “delete” button appear, then tap it to remove an image once you no longer need it.

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Adding text annotations

Text annotations can be used to display custom text directly on the page at all times. With the “type” mode selected, tap anywhere to create a text box. You’ll see two small handles on either side of the box: the left handle allows you to move the text box around the screen, while the right handle allows you to change the width of the box. When you do so, the text box automatically adjusts its height to ensure that all of the text is visible.

Tap inside the text box to edit it, and you’ll notice a toolbar appear with several buttons on it. The “Format” button allows you to change the font, size, and color of the current annotation (save them as the default settings for any new text boxes if you like). The “Delete” button removes the current text box, and the “Done” button completes the edit. You can also tap anywhere on the page outside of the text box to finish editing and dismiss the virtual keyboard.

Tip: We do not recommend using multiple spaces in between text to create exact spacing across a page. (Example: entering chord markings across the top of a line of music.) Due to text scaling differences and font characteristics, the spacing can change when rotating from portrait to landscape or when printing or exporting an Annotated PDF. Instead, try creating a separate text field for each set of text, or, if you’re marking chords, try using stamps instead.

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Using Links to handle repeats

Create a link (Tools menu) between two points in your score to handle repeats with a single tap. Every link that you create consists of two components: a blue circle and an orange circle (an activation point and a target point). Blue circles are visible at all times and act like buttons, taking you to the correct location when tapped. When you do, the corresponding orange circle flashes twice, showing you where to begin playing, but remains invisible the rest of the time.

Note: Links don’t have to be on different pages, they can also be used as visual cues on the same page. If you’re using forScore in landscape mode, it even scrolls up or down if necessary.

To create a link, select “Link” from the tools menu, and you’ll see a new screen appear with two copies of the current score displayed side-by- side. You can use the seek bar or swipe to flip through the pages of either stack.

Tap anywhere on the left-hand page to create a blue circle, and tap anywhere on the right-hand page to create a corresponding orange circle. Both points are required to create a link. If you need to adjust the placement of a link point, simply tap the screen again in the correct position and the circle will move.

Tip: Tap and hold the page for a moment and a magnifying glass will pop up just above your finger, letting you position your links more precisely.

Tip: If you’re using a foot pedal to turn pages, use the Rearrange tool instead to duplicate and re-order your pages for a linear play-through of the song.

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Using the Rearrange tool

Take charge of your music by reordering, duplicating, rotating, or removing pages. When you’re done, save the results to a new file or replace the original. (Note: Rearrange is not available for password-protected files.)

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While links are a great visual way of dealing with repeats, they still require that you reach up and tap on the screen. Rearranging a score in advance, however, ensures that the next page is always the correct one—it’s great for musicians who use the autoturn feature or a foot pedal to turn pages.

While viewing the score you’d like to edit, choose “Rearrange” from the tools menu. The system will take a few moments to generate thumbnails for each page, and then you’ll be ready to customize your score’s layout.

Simply drag pages around on the screen to rearrange them, and use the toolbar along the bottom of each page to remove it, rotate it, duplicate it, or to create a new section beginning with it.

Place two fingers on a page and twist them clockwise or counter- clockwise to rotate it, or use the arrow buttons at the top of the screen to rotate all of the pages at once.

Saving a Score

When you’ve got your score’s layout just right, tap either the “Save As…” or the “Save” button. When you save a rearranged copy of your file, the original score’s information is copied over and updated if necessary, but links, bookmarks, and versions won’t be included. Also, if you’d like to use the rearranged file in your setlists instead of the original, you must make those changes manually.

Saving over the original file is permanent, and cannot be undone. Doing so preserves all score information and updates it if necessary, including versions, but links and bookmarks will be removed.

Keep in mind that some files use special fonts that iOS cannot reproduce, and in some cases this can result in missing text or blank pages. Before overwriting any file, we strongly recommend that you save a copy first to ensure that the results are usable.

If you’ve split the file into multiple sections, the “Save” button won’t be available, but you can use the “Save As…” button to create a set of new, sequentially numbered files.

Tip: Use the “white marker” annotation preset or the rectangle shape to cover up the portions of repeated pages that you don’t need to play again. Since each page includes its own annotations, you will still be able to see that information on other copies of the page.

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Using Versions

Scores in your library can have a lot of information associated with them, including metadata, annotations, links, notes, and more. In some cases, you may prefer to work with the same file but with different sets of information depending on the context.

A music teacher, for instance, might want to keep multiple sets of information for the same piece depending on the student they’re currently working with. Some people prefer to keep separate notes for practice or performance. For others, it’s a way of backing up and restoring individual scores independently of the rest of their library.

In the tools menu, choose “Versions” to show the version tray. From here you can view all of your versions for the current score, create new ones (up to 24), and update or restore an existing version.

Creating Versions

As long as you have fewer than 24 versions, the last item in the tray (all the way to the right) will be the “Add Version” button. Tap it, enter in a name, and tap the “OK” button to create your new version. You’ll see it appear at the end of the list with an arrow next to the title, indicating that it’s the most current version.

Viewing Versions

Swipe left or right to see up to 4 pages of versions (3 in landscape orientation), and tap any version to see more information about it. You’ll see the version’s screenshot, date created, and metadata.

Working with Versions

Any time you create or restore a version you’ll see an arrow appear next to its name, indicating that it’s the most current version. Changes that you make to your score during this time aren’t saved automatically, but you can update it at any time by pressing the “Update Version” button in the version’s info panel, and if you decide to restore another version you’ll be prompted to update the current version first.

Note: Versions can be created for both files and bookmarks, but it’s generally a good idea to stick with one or the other for each PDF in your library. Using versions with a file and its bookmarks concurrently is not recommended.

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Sharing (2)

Sharing files via Bluetooth

Quickly share files with nearby forScore users via Bluetooth using the following steps.

Connecting:

  • On both devices, tap the “Bluetooth” item from the tools menu
  • On one device, tap the “Connect” button in the top left corner and select the device you’d like to exchange files with when it appears in the list of nearby devices
  • When prompted on the other device, choose to accept the incoming connection

Sharing: Tap on any item from the list to share it (use the search bar to quickly find something by name). Setlists, backups, and audio files appear at the end of the list.

At the bottom of the share panel, you can choose to send scores as 4SC files (which include editable annotations, links, notes, and more), or you can send the original PDF file as is.

Note: Due to recent changes in iOS, forScore 7 uses a different API that is not compatible with older versions. As such, file transfers are limited to nearby devices running forScore 7.0 or later.

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Sharing scores with other people

Use the action button in the lower left-hand corner of the metadata panel to print the current score or share it via email, AirDrop, or with other PDF-compatible apps on your device. When sharing a file, you can either send the original PDF, an annotated PDF, or you can send a 4SC format that includes annotations, metadata, links, and more. Note that 4SC files can only be used by other forScore users.

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Working with Audio (4)

Using Replay to automate page turns

Automate your page turns by recording them in conjunction with a linked audio track. Tap the Replay button in the media box (the page with an arrow in it) and turn pages while the track plays. On subsequent plays, pages will turn themselves at just the right moment.

While replay mode is on, small lines in the seek bar will show you where saved page turns are located. An X button will also appear on the right-hand side of the seek bar, allowing you to delete saved page turns and start from scratch.

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Locking audio when flipping between scores

If your settings allow you to flip between scores, you’ll see a lock icon in the media controller that prevents you from accidentally flipping to the next or previous score as long as the track is still playing.

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Looping a segment of audio

If you’d like to loop a portion of the song, tap on the repeat symbol in the media controller and drag the blue handles left and right to set the loop time.

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Recording audio in forScore

Whether you’d like to review your practice sessions later or share your progress with friends and colleagues, forScore’s recording feature can help. Choose “record” from the tools menu to begin, and tap the microphone icon when you’re ready. You’ll see a red volume meter so you can make sure you’re close enough for the microphone to pick up clear audio. Tap the microphone again to stop recording, and then either save or discard it. Saved recordings are automatically linked to the current score so you can review them later.

The list icon next to the microphone lets you view, share, or delete any recordings you’ve made for the current score.

Note: The media box is not visible while recording. Tap the X button when you’re finished recording to continue using the media playback controls.

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Working with the Metronome (5)

Using Count In to lead off a song

Use the “Count In” feature to automatically turn off the metronome after a certain number of measures. Tap the Count In button to enable it, then set the number of measures by tapping on the value and entering it with the keypad. Once you start the metronome (audible, visible, or both), the app will count out the number of measures specified and stop automatically.

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Adjusting the metronome audio channels

If you’re using headphones or a line out with your device, an icon at the top of the panel controls which channel(s) the audio plays through. Tap to toggle between left, right, and both channels.

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Turning pages automatically with Autoturn

For scores with sequential pages, forScore’s metronome can also turn the pages for you automatically. To use autoturn, follow these three steps:

  • For each page of your score, enter in the number of beats on that page or type in the number of measures and the app will do the math for you. If you’re on the first page of your score, consider adding a few extra beats as a lead-in.
  • Tap the autoturn button to turn it on (if it isn’t already)
  • Start the metronome by selecting Audible, Visible, or Both

Once the metronome counts up to the number you’ve specified, the page will turn automatically. If you’re viewing your score in landscape mode, forScore will also scroll down when it reaches half of that number. (For example, if you have 64 beats on a page, it’ll scroll to the bottom of the page at 32 beats.)

Turn the metronome off at any point to reset the autoturn count.

Tip: Autoturn relies on a consistent tempo for each page. If your score contains multiple time signatures or significant changes in speed, consider using Replay or a hands-free page turner instead.

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Understanding forScore’s metronome

With forScore’s metronome, you can use several different methods to keep time. In Audible mode, you’ll hear a tick at regular intervals, based on the beats per minute (BPM) that you set. With the Visible metronome, a black border pulses around the edges of your score, allowing you to keep time visually while still being able to see the entire page. If you like, you can use the Both option to both see and hear the metronome simultaneously.

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Adjusting the BPM and time signature

For each score in your library, forScore saves a unique BPM value and time signature that’s automatically used every time you return to the metronome feature. Just tap either value to change it with the number keypad. You can also adjust the current score’s BPM by rotating the wheel, or by tapping twice in the center of the screen to feel out the beat.

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Devices and Accessories (4)

Using the virtual keyboard with a page turner

iOS disables the virtual on-screen keyboard whenever most page turners are connected, because many page turners use a “keyboard” device profile. If you’re using iOS 7, you can enable the “force virtual keyboard” option in the “Page turners & shortcuts” section of forScore’s settings panel to override this default behavior. Unfortunately, changes beyond our control to iOS 8 beyond broke this setting’s functionality and we don’t expect to be able to fix it. However, certain devices listed below include a hardware workaround.

AirTurn BT-105 (firmware v1.22 or later)

After connecting your device via the Bluetooth section of the Settings app, open forScore and tap to activate the text field you’d like to type in. Then, press the red power button. Once that’s done, you should be able to use the virtual keyboard and still turn pages normally. Be aware that pressing the virtual keyboard’s “hide” button in the lower right-hand corner will undo this workaround, and you’ll need to repeat these steps to continue to use the virtual keyboard. For a video demonstration of this feature, visit AirTurn’s website.

AirTurn PED

After connecting your device via the Bluetooth section of the Settings app, open forScore and tap to activate the text field you’d like to type in. Then, press the keyboard button on the PED device. Once that’s done, you should be able to use the virtual keyboard and still turn pages normally. Be aware that pressing the virtual keyboard’s “hide” button in the lower right-hand corner will undo this workaround, and you’ll need to repeat these steps to continue to use the virtual keyboard.

PageFlip Firefly (all models) and Cicada (revision 4 or later)

After connecting your device via the Bluetooth section of the Settings app, open forScore and tap to activate the text field you’d like to type in. Then, press the currently selected mode button (the button with the blinking red light below or next to it). Once that’s done, you should be able to use the virtual keyboard and still turn pages normally. Be aware that pressing the virtual keyboard’s “hide” button in the lower right-hand corner will undo this workaround, and you’ll need to repeat these steps to continue to use the virtual keyboard.

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Sending and receiving MIDI signals

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.

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Customizing page turner shortcuts

With forScore 6 or later and with all versions of forScore mini, you can assign custom commands and shortcuts to a Bluetooth device. To do so, first make sure your device is paired with your iPad or iPhone in the Settings app, then choose “Page turners and shortcuts” from the app’s settings panel (in the Tools menu). Tap a command in the list provided to begin “listening” for a signal. Press the desired pedal or button on the Bluetooth device to send the signal, and the corresponding characters/keystrokes will appear to the right of the command in the settings panel. Repeat the process as necessary to customize your settings, and you should be all set!

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Troubleshooting the AirTurn BT-105

If the virtual keyboard isn’t appearing when you select a text field with your foot pedal connected, see this article.

If your BT-105 foot pedal is paired with your iPad in the Bluetooth settings panel, but isn’t turning pages in forScore, first try reselecting the correct mode on the device:

  • Turn off the BT-105.
  • Hold the “forward” footswitch closed with one hand (follow the cable from the footswitch—it will be plugged into the port next to the USB port)
  • While holding the footswitch closed, turn the BT-105 on with the other hand
  • As soon as the power light comes on, release both the footswitch and the power button

You should see a sequence of blinks that confirm the profile change as follows: 1 red, 3 green, 1 red. The BT-105 is now in Mode 3. This video from AirTurn demonstrates the steps further:

If that doesn’t resolve the issue, you can try resetting the default page turner shortcuts in forScore:

  • Open forScore’s settings panel (in the Tools menu) and choose “page turners & shortcuts”
  • Scroll to the bottom of the panel and tap “Reset…”
  • Confirm when prompted, and check the AirTurn device again to see if it’s functioning properly

If you’re having continued issues beyond that, you might check to see if another compatible app works properly with the AirTurn device. If the foot pedal isn’t working in any apps, please contact AirTurn support directly. If the foot pedal is working in other compatible apps but not in forScore, please submit a forScore support request using the form in the upper left corner of this page.

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Working with Libraries (5)

Managing a score’s setlist and library membership

The “setlists” tab in the metadata panel lets you quickly manage which setlists the current score is a part of. Tap a setlist to add the current score to it (a blue checkbox will appear) and tap it again to remove it. If you have multiple libraries set up, a similar “libraries” panel lets you manage library membership in the same manner.

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Moving setlists between libraries

With forScore 8 and later, you can manage library membership for setlists from the main setlist menu:

  • Open the main setlist menu and tap Edit in the upper right corner
  • Tap to select the setlist, then tap the Edit option that appears at the top of the menu
  • Tap to select one or more libraries from the list and a check mark will appear next to each one
  • The app will prompt you to move all associated files from that setlist to the corresponding library if applicable
  • Tap the back arrow to return to the setlist menu

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Creating a new library

Use these steps to create a new library in forScore:

  • Open the Scores menu and tap the Library button in the upper left corner (tap back to navigate to the root menu if needed)
  • Tap the + button to add a new library, then give the library a name
  • If you’d like to reorder your libraries, drag the three lines to the right of each item up or down
  • Tap a library to select it and make it active
  • Tap the Close button to return to the scores menu where you can view the files associated with that library

Any scores you add to forScore are automatically added to the current library, but since your new library is empty right now there won’t be much to look at. Return to the libraries list and select “All Libraries” to browse for the scores you’d like to use. In the metadata panel, choose the “libraries” tab and tap the name of your new library to place a checkmark next to it. This works while batch editing, too, so you can add multiple scores to a library quickly and easily.

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Adding files to a specific Library

To import new scores to an existing library, use the following steps:

  • From the Libraries menu, tap to select a library you’d like to use
  • Tap the Close button in the upper left corner to return to the scores view
  • Add the files via iTunes, email, or Dropbox and they will be imported into the currently selected library by default

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Moving scores between libraries

You can reassign scores to different libraries or designate multiple libraries for a particular score through the metadata panel:

  • From the Libraries menu, tap All Libraries to select it
  • Tap the Close button in the upper left corner to return to the scores menu and navigate to a sub-view that contains the scores you’d like to move
  • Tap the Edit button in the upper right corner of the scores menu, then select the scores you’d like to modify
  • Tap the Edit button that appears in the contextual options at the top of the list to open a Batch Metadata panel
  • Choose the Libraries view toward the bottom of the panel
  • Tap to select or deselect libraries in the list
  • Tap the back arrow in the upper left corner of the metadata panel to save the changes.

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Tips and Tricks (2)

Adding or creating new stamps

forScore’s annotation stamps include a general set for music markup, but we’ve also included the ability for users to create and add their own stamps to further customize the stamps palette and tailor it to their individual needs.

You can add stamps by pressing the + button or edit any existing stamps by first selecting them, and then tapping the action button. Either action will launch the stamp editor, where you can use your finger to draw or edit your design.

You can even create stamps by importing your own images. First, create an image on your computer (it must be a PNG image, and for best results should be 48×48 or 96×96 pixels), and add it to forScore via iTunes File Sharing. Then, create a new stamp and press the “Import” button to see the PNG files on your device. Tap on one to place it on the canvas and continue to edit it or simply save it as is.

Tip: The import panel also allows you to manage your files; swipe your finger across any entry to see the “delete” button appear, then tap it to remove an image once you no longer need it.

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Using tabs to view multiple files in forScore

forScore includes a tabs option, much like a web browser, that allows you to open multiple files at once.

The tabs bar is hidden by default when there’s only one tab in use, but you can open an item in a new tab in a couple different ways. When viewing a menu, tap and hold an item to see a preview pop up, then tap the + button in the corner of the preview to open that item in a new tab. When viewing an item’s metadata panel, you can also tap the + button in the corner of the page preview there to open it in a new tab.

And if you’d like the tab bar to always show, there’s an option for that in the app’s settings panel. If you enable that, there’s a new tab button accessible from within the tab bar directly.

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