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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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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

  • Access the iTunes File Sharing panel
  • In the documents panel, 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
  • On the target device, first check to make sure “automatic fetching for new files” is disabled in forScore’s settings panel
  • Connect the target device to your computer
  • 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.
  • 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 (please note: iCloud Drive does not support multiple file selection)
  • 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, first check to make sure “automatic fetching for new files” is disabled in forScore’s settings panel
  • 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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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).

A blue horizontal divider shows you where the page is split so you don’t get lost, and you can reposition this divider vertically by dragging the three horizontal lines up or down. The divider’s position is saved per page of score, so you can set it once to the most convenient location for each turn and it’ll always split in that same spot.

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Annotating near the top of a page

While you’re annotating, forScore displays a toolbar so you can change drawing presets, tools, save or cancel your changes, or move between pages. This toolbar covers up part of the page, so you’ll need to move it when you want to annotate near the top of the screen.

On either side of the toolbar you’ll see a set of three horizontal lines. This is a standard iOS control that signifies when something can be moved up or down, for instance when reordering items in a list. Tap and drag this control up or down to move the annotation controls out of the way and they’ll stay there until you move them again (even if you exit and re-enter annotation mode later).

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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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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:

About 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.

About 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.

About 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.

Creating a full backup to 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.
  • Access the iTunes File Sharing panel
  • Select all of the files in the documents panel 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.

Creating a full backup using the Services panel

You can also back up your library to a supported cloud service through forScore’s Services panel. We don’t typically recommend this since backing up an entire library can be slow when relying on an internet connection (instead of a USB connection to your computer), but the following instructions will create a full backup using the Services panel:

  • 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 (please note: iCloud Drive does not support multiple file selection so there is no way to backup your whole library to iCloud Drive)
  • 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

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

If you ever need to restore your data from a forScore backup, see this article: Restoring your library from a forScore backup file

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

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Virtual keyboard won’t appear

iOS disables the virtual on-screen keyboard whenever most page turners are connected, because many page turners use a “keyboard” device profile. Disconnecting your device will allow the virtual keyboard to reappear when it is needed, and the devices listed below include an additional hardware workaround that can allow you to use the device and the virtual keyboard at the same time:

AirTurn BT-105 (firmware v1.22 or later) or BT-106

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 (if used in mode 2 or higher)

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. If possible, use the AirTurn PED in mode 1 to connect via Bluetooth Smart and avoid this issue entirely.

PageFlip Firefly, Butterfly, Dragonfly, 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. Note: Earlier revisions of the PageFlip Cicada do not have any way to toggle the virtual keyboard. If you have an early model of the Cicada, consider updating to a newer PageFlip model.

IKMultimedia iRig BlueTurn

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. Press and hold the left (“up” arrow) pad for three seconds to activate the virtual keyboard. Once that’s done, you should be able to use the virtual keyboard and still turn pages normally until you repeat these steps or power cycle your BlueTurn.

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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 (toolbox icon) 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
  • Use the slider in the crop toolbar to adjust the skew of the page 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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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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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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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 72×72 or 144×144 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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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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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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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:

  • Close forScore on your iOS device
  • Access the iTunes File Sharing panel
  • Click “Add…” in the documents panel to open a file browser
  • Choose one or more files from the file browser
  • OR, drag and drop items from a file browser window over the documents panel
  • 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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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:

  1. Connect your device to your computer
  2. On your computer, open the iBooks app, click Collections in the top section, then choose PDFs from the left sidebar
  3. Select the files you’re like to transfer, then click and drag them to your computer’s desktop
  4. In iTunes, access the iTunes File Sharing panel
  5. Drag the file(s) from your desktop into the panel that appears to the right of the forScore symbol
  6. The file(s) will be copied to your device automatically

If you use a PC, iBooks are stored in the iBooks section of your iTunes library. Browse the library to locate the PDF files you’ve added, then click and drag them to your desktop to copy the files there. Once you’ve finished, follow steps 4-7 above to add them to forScore.

If you have purchased music through the iBooks Store, there is no way to transfer those files to forScore due to proprietary file formats and copy restrictions.

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Connecting your AirTurn PED

AirTurn’s PED features six different modes for compatibility with a wide range of devices. Using the PED’s mode 1 will give you the best battery life and won’t interfere with iOS’s virtual on-screen keyboard, while modes 2 and up use an older keyboard-based profile like all previous AirTurn page turners.

Note: AirTurn PED requires a Bluetooth Smart-capable device, iPad 1 and 2 not supported.

Switching PED modes:

  • Turn on the PED.
  • Press and hold the MODE button. The red LED will flash once per second from 1 to 6 flashes. The number of flashes corresponds to the same MODE number. Be sure to count the flashes.
  • Release the MODE button following the number of flashes that reflects the desired MODE. The blue and red LEDs will flash together the number of times indicating which MODE has been set.
  • IMPORTANT: You must restart the device after switching between modes 1 and 2. With the PED powered on, press and hold the power button for six seconds. After two seconds, the PED will appear to power down. Continue to hold the power button. At six seconds both LEDs will blink three times. After the third blink release the power button.

Connecting via mode 1 (forScore 8.3 or newer, forScore mini 1.2 or newer):

  • Check the “Bluetooth” section of the Settings app for your PED under the “My Devices” list. If listed, tap the circled “i” button to the right of it and select “Forget This Device.”
  • If you haven’t done so already, set your PED to mode 1 (see above).
  • In forScore, open the Devices panel and select “AirTurn PED.”
  • Ensure that “AirTurn Support” is enabled and select your PED from the devices list when it appears.

Connecting via mode 2 or higher:

  • If you haven’t done so already, set your PED to your desired mode (see above).
  • In the Settings app, select Devices and select your PED when it appears.

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Minimum Requirements

forScore requires iOS 9 or later, which is compatible with every iPad except for the original iPad 1 (models A1219 and A1337). All other iPad models, including iPad Air, iPad Pro, and iPad mini are currently supported. Existing customers who purchased forScore before certain dates can still download and use these last compatible, unsupported versions of forScore if needed:

iOS 5/6: version 5.1.5 if purchased prior to October 7, 2013
iOS 7: version 10.0.4 if purchased prior to September 13, 2016
iOS 8: version 10.2.6 if purchased prior to September 19, 2017

forScore mini requires iOS 9 or later, which is compatible with the iPhone 4S or newer and the iPod Touch (5th generation or newer). Existing customers who purchased forScore mini prior to September 19, 2017, can still download and use forScore 10.2.6 with their devices running iOS 8.

We do not make forScore for any other platforms, such as Mac OS X, Windows, or Android.

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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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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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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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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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Viewing two pages at a time

As of version 5.0, forScore includes an optional two-page or 2-up mode. While holding your device in landscape orientation, use the round button just to the left of the main toolbar’s title to switch between this mode and the default one-page view.

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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.

Note: iCloud Drive has a very specific framework and interface, and does not currently allow for multiple file selection, so it behaves differently than other supported cloud services as described below.

Getting Started

The Services panel can be used to access files in your Dropbox, Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive (personal), 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.

To download all files within a folder:

  • View the folder you’d like to download from
  • Tap the Edit button in the upper right corner of the panel
  • Tap the “select all” button along the bottom of the panel (a circled check mark)
  • Tap the “download” button (cloud with an arrow pointing down out of it) to start downloading the selected files

Tip: tap and hold a PDF or 4SC file with two fingers and—assuming you have some setlists in your library—you’ll be prompted to either download it normally, download it to the current setlist, or download it to any setlist in your library. You are also prompted with these options when downloading multiple files at once. Learn more here: Feature of the Week: Services to Setlists

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 + button at the bottom of the panel. 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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Linking audio to your scores with 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 in the metadata panel and tap the round + button to select tracks from your iTunes music library, 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 transferred via iTunes file sharing.)

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 to move between them. You can also tap on the album artwork to shrink the media box down so it’s out of the way. Tap it again to restore it to full size.

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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.

With forScore 10 or later, you can also rearrange tabs: tap and hold one of them for a moment until it animates and grows larger, then drag it left or right as needed and lift your finger to drop it.

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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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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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Displaying your music on an external display

AirPlay video mirroring is built into iOS 7 and up, 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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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.

Please note that Autoturn and Replay are not intended to be used in tandem. We recommend choosing one method or the other.

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Using performance mode to focus on your music

forScore’s performance mode disables most gestures and controls to allow you to focus entirely on your music. The only functions available are paging forward and backward, and the forward page turn zone is enlarged to take up the right two-thirds of the screen. This makes it much easier to turn pages quickly and removes the possibility of unintentionally triggering annotations or other features.

To enable performance mode, swipe right to left in the control bar’s title display to see the shortcuts for common functions. Tap the “full screen” arrows button.

To exit performance mode, tap the blue X button in the upper right corner of the screen.

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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. Setlists can be shared from the root view of the setlist menu (that’s the list of all of your setlists, not the contents of a specific setlist). If you’re using forScore 10 or newer, swipe from right to left over the setlist you want to share and choose the gray “Share” option that appears. If you’re using an earlier version of forScore, tap the “Edit” button on the right-hand side of the menu’s navigation bar, then select your setlist and tap “Share” from the options at the top of the list. Either method will present you with the following 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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Creating bookmarks

In the bookmarks menu (the open book icon), press the + button at the top to open the bookmark creator, and type in a title as well as start and end pages. If something is wrong with the values you’ve entered, the bookmark validator will alert you. Once any errors have been corrected, tap the Save button to finalize your bookmark.

Tip: to create a traditional bookmark that simply opens your file to a particular page, leave the “to” page field empty. Note that these bookmarks are not listed in the score menu.

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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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Using Apple Pencil

Although Apple Pencil works with all versions of forScore and provides superior palm rejection right out of the box, forScore was highly optimized for use with this accessory with our 9.3 update. Performance was dramatically improved, especially when using larger presets or when drawing long, continuous marks, and the update added support for Apple Pencil’s pressure sensitivity. Using earlier versions of forScore with Apple Pencil is not recommended.

Live Annotations

Version 9.3 added the ability to annotate by simply drawing on the page with Apple Pencil (removing the need to activate annotation mode first). Use the “automatically enter annotation mode” option in the Apple Pencil section of forScore’s settings panel to enable this behavior. We call this “Live Annotation.”

Because forScore remembers which drawing preset or tool you were using the last time you annotated, and because Live Annotation starts immediately, it can get confusing to keep track of exactly what will happen when you begin drawing with Apple Pencil. In forScore 9.4, new settings allow you to control how this works: check and uncheck tool types to either allow them to be saved between annotation sessions or not. Or, if you prefer, simply set a default drawing tool (stamps, shapes, or any one of your freeform drawing presets) and that tool will always be active every time you start annotating.

Version 10.0 added an additional setting called “prevent finger input” that allows you to continue using your fingers to control the interface, but only allows Apple Pencil to draw or place stamps and shapes. Note that this only applies when you’ve entered annotation mode by drawing with the Pencil; using any other method, like the default tap and hold gesture, will recognize finger input as it normally does (this allows you to annotate even when Apple Pencil is connected but out of reach).

Instant Annotations

Version 10.1 added another setting, called “automatically exit annotation mode” that works in conjunction with the “automatically enter annotation mode” option. This setting allows you to start drawing with Apple Pencil, but does not show the annotation toolbar and automatically saves your work and returns to the normal viewing mode after a delay. This setting’s options are “short” (a very quick delay), “long” (a slightly longer pause), or “never” (annotation mode stays active until you explicitly save or cancel your changes). If you’re using this option, finger input is blocked by default so the “prevent finger input” setting is disabled. We refer to this setup as “Instant Annotation.”

Compatibility

Apple Pencil is currently only compatible with iPad Pro.

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Deleting Links from a score

To delete or reposition a link, enter annotation mode by choosing “Annotate” from the tools menu or by tapping and holding the page for a few moments. If the “erase” tool is selected, links will transform into delete buttons—tap on one to remove that link. If any other tool is selected, links appear as white circles that can be dragged around on the page. If you’d like to reposition the orange destination circle, delete the blue circle and recreate the link set.

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Understanding the setlist menu

Unlike the score menu, with automatically generated contents, the setlist menu is completely manual. Create a setlist by tapping the + button and typing in a title, and rename or move it up or down at any time by tapping the “edit” button. Tap on any setlist to view or edit its contents.

The main list of setlists and the contents of each individual setlist can be sorted manually, alphabetically, or by least-recently played (fresh). In addition, individual setlists can be sorted randomly and shuffled at any time: drag the list downward until you see the refresh control, then let go to re-shuffle the queue.

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Playing audio through other apps

Since forScore lets you automatically queue up a particular audio track when you view a score, it also takes control of the device’s shared music system (the music app) when it launches. If the track that’s currently playing in the background isn’t associated with the visible score, your audio will stop and forScore will get ready to play the right song, if applicable.

If you’d prefer that it not take control of the music system automatically, enable the “use external audio” option in forScore’s settings panel. Now, if a track is playing in the background and it’s not associated with the current score, it will continue playing and a circled “x” button will appear in the top right-hand corner of the media box. Tap it at any time to stop the external track and allow forScore to queue up the correct song, if applicable.

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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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Converting images to PDFs

Use forScore’s Darkroom to digitize scores on the go: it allows you to take photos with your device’s camera or import images from your Photos library, then turns those images into a PDF file and adds it to your music collection. To begin, choose “Darkroom” from the tools menu.

In the middle of the navigation bar you’ll see a segmented control with a camera icon on the left and a photos icon on the right. The first time you use either of these methods to add photos to Darkroom, iOS will prompt you to grant forScore access to your device’s camera and/or photo library. Darkroom cannot function without permission to access at least one of these. If you decline, you will not be prompted a second time; you must use iOS’ Settings app to change these permissions. (In the “Privacy” section, see “Photos” and “Camera.”)

After you’ve added a few images, tap and hold, then drag to reorder them as needed. Or, to remove an image, tap the “x” button over its top left-hand corner. Use the automatic enhancement or manual adjustment tools to improve the contrast, brightness, tone, and saturation of your images, or tap on any image to see a full-screen preview and make similar changes to just that particular image. In this full-screen view, you can also rotate your images or use the Crop tool to eliminate white space and correct any perspective or rotation issues. When you’re done, tap “Save” to give your new file a name.

Note: if you’re using forScore 9 or earlier, please note that Darkroom does not feature most of these image processing capabilities and is intended to provide a quick method for digitizing scores, not as a replacement for a true scanner. For the best results, we highly recommend upgrading to forScore 10 or using a fully-featured “scanner” app like Scanner Mini or Scanner Pro, which then allows you to export as PDF to forScore.

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Using forScore’s in-app store

We know how hard it can be to find high-quality scores online that don’t force you into using proprietary systems or obscure formats, which is why forScore includes an in-app purchase storefront. It’s the best place to discover, preview, and download free and paid PDF scores that are perfectly optimized for the iPad. Note that the in-app storefront is not available in forScore mini.

Finding Scores

The storefront can be accessed by selecting the “Store” entry in the tools menu, and lets you browse by artist, genre, instrument, and publisher. Tap on a score to see details about the piece, including a preview of the first page, a description of what it contains, and more. You can also switch between “browse” and “purchases” at the bottom of the screen to monitor your downloads or to access and re-download any previously purchased scores.

Purchasing and Downloading

Your Apple ID is your gateway to purchasing digital content, so you don’t need to worry about entering your credit card information into the app. The download button next to each score tells you the item’s price—tap the button to purchase the score, then once more to confirm. The app will prompt you for your Apple ID authorization, then begin downloading your file. When the download is complete, the button will change to a blue Purchased button, and the score will be immediately available in your forScore library. You can check the status of downloads and review your purchase history in the Purchased section of the Store.

If you accidentally delete a purchased score from your library, don’t worry! You can re-download the original content at any time at no additional charge. Just return to the Purchased section of the Store and tap on the “Purchased” button to download it to your library again. You can also use the Restore function to unlock any previous purchases that you may have made from another iPad or with a different Apple ID, then re-download them as needed.

Copy Protection

Publishers may elect to use copy protection with some or all of their scores, changing how you can work with these files in several important ways. These files can be backed up to a computer for safe keeping, but they can only be viewed on the iPad that was originally used to download them. They cannot be shared, printed, or rearranged.

To view protected files on another iPad authorized with your Apple ID, you must re-download those files through the storefront. As long as you use the same Apple ID each time, you won’t be charged more than once.

Note: Protected files are listed with the letters “DRM” below the title in the storefront’s detail view. You’ll also see an additional notice below the copyright on the lower left-hand side of the screen.

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Playing music with repeats

You can use the Links tool to specify two points within a score and jump to that exact spot with a single tap. When you do, forScore will flash a small signal showing you exactly where to begin playing. You can also use the Rearrange tool to duplicate and re-order the pages of your score as needed so that the correct page is always a flip away.

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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 or MIDI device. To do so, first make sure your device is paired with your iPad or iPhone in the Settings app (or your MIDI device is connected to your iPad), 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 device to send the signal, and the corresponding characters/keystrokes/MIDI command 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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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. The Libraries menu should close and return to the main score menu showing only the selected library.
  • Add the files via iTunes, email, or Dropbox and they will be imported into the currently selected library by default.

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Customizing forScore’s settings

You can customize forScore’s settings as needed to tailor the app to your particular needs. Below are descriptions for each of the settings available through the Tools menu.

Note: These settings are found in forScore 10.1. Earlier versions may differ.

Navigation

  • Gestures: Configure forScore’s taps, swipes, and shortcuts to better suit your needs.
  • Page turners & shortcuts: Use keyboard shortcuts, MIDI signals, or page turner pedal presses to trigger certain actions, and choose to allow page turners to function while in annotation or crop mode.
  • MIDI: Toggle the ability to send and receive MIDI commands or use the piano keyboard as a synthesizer.
  • Page transitions: This setting affects the transition animation that is used when turning pages.
  • Flip between scores: Choose when to advance from the end of one score to the beginning of the next, like a book.
  • Two-up page advance: Choose whether to advance one or two pages at a time when using two-up mode.
  • Up next: See the next queued item’s title in the status bar when you reach the last page of the current item.

Appearance

  • Gradient effect: Applies a subtle gradient effect to pages, simulating natural lighting and reducing eye strain.
  • Sepia effect: Tint forScore’s views for a warmer, more natural color.
  • Always show seek bar: The seek bar (the dotted line along the bottom of the page) usually appears and hides along with the control bar. Enabling this setting keeps it on the screen at all times.
  • Always show tab bar: Prevents the tab bar from hiding automatically when only one tab is open.
  • Always show playback controls: Shows the rewind, play, and pause buttons even when other controls are hidden.
  • Show status bar: Controls whether the system status bar along the top of the screen is visible while using forScore.
  • Scale text annotations: Enables a more accurate method of scaling text annotations when switching between portrait and landscape mode.
  • PDF annotations: Choose which kinds of embedded PDF annotations forScore should display, and whether or not they should be tappable if their author has included additional comments.

Metadata

  • Score menu includes bookmarks: Bookmarks typically appear in two places—the bookmarks menu itself, and alongside other files in the score menu. Disable this to hide bookmarks from the score menu.
  • Smart sorting: When enabled, items are sorted by ignoring common prefixes like “the,” “a,” or “an.”
  • Sort composers by first name: Alphabetizes by first word in the composer value instead of the last word.
  • Automatic fetching for new files: Allows forScore to scan new files for PDF metadata and import it automatically.
  • Use external audio: When forScore launches, it checks to see if the iPad’s audio system is currently in use. If so, this option will allow you to control playback of that track, temporarily overriding any linked tracks.

Annotation

  • Apple Pencil: Allow forScore to automatically enter and/or exit annotation mode when Apple Pencil is used.
  • Annotation tools: Control how forScore saves your last-used preset between annotation sessions.

System

  • Auto-lock: Disable this setting to prevent the iPad from sleeping automatically while forScore is open.
  • Accessibility: Enable Reflow, change the app’s color, use full-screen menus, or use custom metronome sounds.
  • Restrictions: Set a passcode and hide certain features.
  • Reset: Restore default app settings, stamps, or drawing presets, or scan your library and remove any unused data.

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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 both forScore and forScore mini require iOS 9 or later.

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Using Console to access your library from your computer

Console is an app-hosted web interface that allows you to access your forScore library from the web browser on your computer, making it easy to edit metadata and organize your library from the comfort of your desk and a keyboard. This feature is available in the Tools menu in forScore, and tapping on it provides instructions for authorizing and accessing it through your web browser. Here are some additional tips:

  • If you have a dual-band router, make sure both devices are on the same band/frequency
  • Keep the Console screen open on your iOS device for the duration of your web access
  • Make sure you’re using the latest version of your browser (Safari, Chrome, Firefox, Opera, and Internet Explorer are supported)

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Offsetting page numbers to match printed copies

Some PDFs may contain extra pages at the start of the score that aren’t paginated in print. To compensate for this, tap on the Layout tab in the metadata panel, then tap the number next to “Page Number.” This allows you to set a page offset, so your page numbers will match any page numbers displayed in the file or on printed copies. For example, if the first two pages of a PDF show as roman numerals i and ii, enter “-1” in the field to offset the first page backward 2 steps from the PDF’s page 1.

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How do I annotate behind the toolbar at the top of the page?

While you’re annotating, forScore displays a toolbar so you can change drawing presets, tools, save or cancel your changes, or move between pages. This toolbar covers up part of the page, so you’ll need to move it when you want to annotate near the top of the screen.

On either side of the toolbar you’ll see a set of three horizontal lines. This is a standard iOS control that signifies when something can be moved up or down, for instance when reordering items in a list. Tap and drag this control up or down to move the annotation controls out of the way and they’ll stay there until you move them again (even if you exit and re-enter annotation mode later).

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Hands-free page turning with foot pedals

If you want to avoid tapping the screen to turn pages and the Autoturn and Replay options aren’t right for you, consider purchasing a foot pedal that allows you to turn pages without moving your hands from your instrument. You can find several available options listed on our Extras page.

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Why is forScore crashing on launch?

Important: If your app is crashing repeatedly, deleting the app is not the solution. Doing so will also delete all of your forScore library and data and should only be done if you have tried these troubleshooting steps, have contacted us for further assistance, and are absolutely certain you have a recent backup of your files and library data saved to your computer.

Crashing When Viewing a PDF File

If the app crashed when trying to view a PDF file and continues to crash on launch, it’s possible the file itself is causing issues, either because it’s too large for your device to process (typically only an issue with older iPads) 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 save that file to your computer, then delete that file from forScore to see if that stops the crashing. If you’re able to identify a problem PDF file, please contact us so we can do some testing with it to see if we can identify why it’s causing issues.

Retrieving/removing files through iTunes File Sharing

  • Connect your device to your computer and access the iTunes File Sharing panel
  • Locate the file in the documents panel, 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 again 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. If the app is still crashing, please contact us using the form in the upper left corner of this page to troubleshoot further.

Crashing After an iOS Update

Currently, the most common issue with crashing on launch is due to incompatibility between some older versions of forScore and iOS 10.3. We resolved these compatibility issues with forScore 10.1.8, but if you do not have the current version of the app installed, the app will crash on launch. Please follow these steps to troubleshoot the issue and install the latest version of forScore:

Determine which version of forScore you have installed

  • Open the Settings app and Choose General > Storage & iCloud Usage
  • Tap “Manage Storage” under the Storage section
  • Locate forScore in the list and tap to select it, then make note of the version number you have installed. If the version installed is forScore 10.1.8 or newer, please contact us using the form above to troubleshoot further. If you do not have the current version installed (listed in the upper left corner of this page), please continue to the next section.

Check for updates in the App Store

  • Open the App Store app on your iPad
  • Tap the Updates tab
  • Look for an update to forScore in the list and tap the Install button if one appears
  • Some users have reported that the App Store is not accurately showing available app updates. If no new version is listed (or you see an Open button instead of an Install button), proceed to the next section to try and install the update.

Log out of the App Store and log back in

  • Tap the Featured tab in the App Store app and scroll down to the bottom
  • Look for buttons that either say “Sign In” or “Apple ID: yourappleid”
  • If it says Sign In, tap the button and enter the Apple ID credentials that you used to purchase forScore originally, then check for the update
  • If it shows your Apple ID, tap the button, choose Sign Out, then sign back in with the Apple ID used to purchase forScore originally and check for the update.
  • If the update to the current version of forScore still does not appear, continue to the next section.

Sync your device with your computer to check for updates

  • Connect your iPad to your computer using the sync cable
  • Sync your device if it doesn’t do so automatically (check for any prompts from iTunes about updates, etc.)
  • From the dropdown menu in iTunes, select Apps, then click the Updates tab
  • Locate forScore and click the icon, then click the Update button
  • Sync your iPad once more and the new version should sync across to your iPad
  • Try launching forScore to see if it opens successfully
  • If the app does not open successfully, use the steps above to check the installed version and see if the update was synced
  • If you’re still having issues beyond that, please contact Apple Support for further assistance

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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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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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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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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.)

Editing a Score

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.

Merging Files & Inserting Pages

With forScore 10 or newer, you can tap the “+” button at the bottom of the screen to add all of the pages from another score or bookmark to your Rearrange workspace. When you save, the pages will all be merged into one continuous PDF file. You can also insert a blank page if needed—they’re fully annotatable so you can use them for just about anything.

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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Moving setlists between libraries

With forScore 10 or later, use these instructions to manage a single setlist’s library membership:

  • Open the main setlist menu and tap the circled “i” button next to the setlist you want to edit
  • Tap to select a library from the list and a check mark will appear next to it
  • 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

If you want to edit multiple setlists at once, or if you’re using forScore 9 or earlier, use these instructions:

  • Open the main setlist menu and tap Edit in the upper right corner
  • Tap to select one or more setlists, then tap the Edit option that appears at the top of the menu
  • Tap to select a library from the list and a check mark will appear next to it
  • 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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Restoring your library data from a forScore backup file

If you want to reset your library to a previously backed up state, or recover information that may have been lost by deleting the app or restoring your device, you can do so by re-adding your PDFs and restoring from a 4SB backup file as described below.

  • Launch forScore and open the settings panel to make sure “automatic fetching for new files” is disabled
  • Close forScore and connect your iOS device to your computer

Using iTunes File Sharing

  • First, check to make sure that “automatic fetching for new files” is disabled in forScore’s settings
  • Access the iTunes File Sharing panel
  • Click “Add…” in the documents panel on the right and navigate to the folder that contains your forScore data.
  • Select all of the files (including any 4SB backup files) by clicking on one and pressing Ctrl-A (PC) or Command-A (Mac), then click “Add”
  • 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.
  • Launch forScore, then open the Tools menu and choose Backup
  • Tap to select the most recent backup file in the list, and choose “restore library and settings” when prompted.

Using the Services panel

You can also restore your library from a supported cloud service through forScore’s Services panel. We don’t typically recommend this since uploading and downloading an entire library can be slow when relying on an internet connection (instead of a USB connection to your computer), but the following instructions will help you restore from a full backup of your library in a supported cloud service. (Please note: iCloud Drive does not support multiple file selection so there is no way to restore your whole library from iCloud Drive)

  • Open the Services panel in the Tools menu and log into the account that stores your backup
  • 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”

If you not familiar with backing up your forScore library and database, see this article: Backing up your library to your computer

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Adding files from an email attachment

When you are viewing an email in the Mail app with a PDF attachment, here’s how you can import it into forScore:

  • Some larger files may not be completely downloaded yet. If that’s the case, the PDF icon will say “tap to download”. Tap the icon and the file will download completely
  • Once the file is downloaded, tap and hold on the PDF attachment icon, and a list of options will appear
  • Choose forScore from the “Open In…” list, and the file will open in the app and be saved to your forScore library
  • If you accidentally tap quickly on the PDF icon, the file will open in “quick look.” In this case, tap once on the screen to show the file options, then tap the “share” button in the upper right corner (the box with an arrow pointing upward), and you’ll see the same sharing options and be able to choose forScore

Note: if you use a different email app, this process may be different, but most mail clients have a “share” or “action” function that will allow you to send a file to another app on your device.

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How to replace a file but keep forScore data intact

Sometimes you may want to replace an existing file in your forScore library with a new version of the PDF, but keep any existing annotations and metadata intact. For example, a composer might rewrite a few measures of a new piece, but the changes aren’t significant enough to scrap all of your work with the original version.

Here’s how you can “live replace” a file using the iTunes File Sharing panel:

  • Export the file you’d like to modify in 4SC format to either email or a supported cloud service as a safeguard
  • Connect your device to your computer and force forScore to close completely using multitasking
  • Make note of the exact file name of the file you’d like to replace, and edit the new, revised PDF file to have the same exact file name
  • Using the iTunes File Sharing panel, add the new file to the forScore documents directory, and choose Replace when prompted
  • Once the file transfer is complete, disconnect your device and launch forScore
  • The revised file should show when selected, but with the existing annotations intact

If you’re using the Services panel, forScore will prompt you with options for handling duplicate file names. In this case, choose “Overwrite” and the app will replace the original PDF with the new one and keep any existing metadata in place.

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Sharing scores

Whether you want to share a file with a colleague, print out a score with all of your annotations, or send a copy to another app on your iPad, forScore’s Share function can help. To share one or more items, use any of the following methods:

  • Choose the “Share” option in the tools menu to share the score you’re currently viewing.
  • Tap the share icon (a box with an arrow pointing out of the top) on the right-hand side of the Metadata panel’s navigation bar. If you’re batch editing several files, this will share all of them at once.
  • While viewing a list of scores or bookmarks in most of forScore’s menus, swipe from right to left over an item and choose the gray “Share” option (available in forScore 10 or later).
  • In the Scores or Bookmarks menus, or while viewing the contents of a setlist in the Setlists menu, tap the “Edit” button on the right-hand side of the navigation bar, tap to select one or more items, and choose the “Share” option at the top of the list.

Any of these actions will prompt you to share your item (or items) as an unmodified PDF file, a permanently annotated PDF file, or using a special forScore-only “4SC” format that includes annotations, metadata, links, and more. Once you make your selection, a new popup will appear giving you a wide range of sharing options. This popup, called a “share sheet,” is provided by iOS and its contents depend on your device’s setup and which apps you currently have installed.

Common options include Mail, Messages, Print, and—if your device supports it—AirDrop (which lets you share files quickly with other iOS users in close proximity). You will also have the option to copy your file to any other PDF-compatible apps on your device, like iBooks or Dropbox.

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Sharing files via Bluetooth

If your devices do not support AirDrop (the preferred method for transferring files between iOS devices), you can 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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Fixing crooked scans

With forScore 10 you can use the Crop tool to not only remove excess margins around the page, you can also correct crooked scans by precisely adjusting the angle of the page. The slider at the top of the screen can be dragged left or right, rotating the page by up to 20° in either direction.

Note that while your annotations, links, and buttons will all be updated to align properly with the page, these changes are not backwards-compatible with forScore 9 or earlier. If you need to share files with colleagues using an older version of forScore, sending an annotated PDF is the best way to keep your edits intact.

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Deleting Files

There are two ways to delete scores within the app, but you can also delete them directly from your device through iTunes, or through the Console web editor. Below are instructions for all four methods.

Swipe to Delete:

  • In the scores menu (music note icon), swipe from right to left across the title of an item and a red “Delete” button will appear.
  • Tap the Delete button to confirm, and it will be removed from your library immediately.

Delete One or More Files:

  • In the scores menu, tap the Edit button in the upper right corner of the menu, then tap to select one or more files from the list.
  • When finished, tap the Delete button that appears in the menu options at the top, then confirm when prompted to delete the files immediately.

Managing Your Files through iTunes:

  • Connect your device to your computer and access the iTunes File Sharing panel
  • Select one or more file like you would in your file browser, then press the Delete or Backspace key to delete them, and confirm when prompted.

Deleting files through the “Console” web editor:

  • Make sure your iOS device and computer are on the same wi-fi network
  • Open the forScore Tools menu and choose Console
  • Follow the on-screen instructions to authorize your computer to access your forScore library
  • Click on an item in the menus in your browser to display its metadata
  • Click on the file name to view the PDF in a new tab if needed
  • Click the Delete icon (trash can) to delete the file. (You can also hold Ctrl/Command or Shift while clicking to select multiple items and delete them all at once.)
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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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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, using the + and – buttons (available in forScore 10 or later), or by tapping twice in the center of the screen to feel out the beat.

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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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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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Selecting Links or Buttons with an external device

With forScore 9.3 and later, you can use a supported accessory like a Bluetooth page turner, keyboard, MIDI controller, or Bluetooth Smart device to select and/or activate Links and Buttons on a page without needing to tap them. To configure your device, follow the customizing page turner shortcuts instructions and set a shortcut for “Select Control” and/or “Activate Control.”

Select Control allows you to move focus between any of the currently visible links or buttons on your page, and Activate Control simulates a tap on the currently selected control. You can also skip the first step to immediately activate the first (or only) control on the page.

Note: Only one command can be assigned to each button or pedal on your device. So if you’d like to be able to use Previous Page, Next Page, Select Control, and Activate Control commands, you would need to use a device that has four buttons or pedals. Some two-pedal devices (AirTurn BT-105/106 and PageFlip Firefly) also have inputs on the back to expand to four pedals.

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Jumping quickly to a page using the seek bar

forScore has a seek bar that appears along with the rest of forScore’s controls when you tap once in the center of the screen. It displays down at the bottom just like in iBooks and shows a thumbnail preview of the page as you drag the slider back and forth. If you’d like the seek bar to stay put at all times, enable the “Always show seek bar” option in the app’s setting panel.

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Letting forScore turn pages for you

forScore can turn pages for you automatically with two different tools: If you use the metronome, just enter in the number of beats per page, activate autoturn, and start the metronome. Once the metronome reaches the specified number, the page will flip. Learn more here: Turning pages automatically with Autoturn
 
If you’re using an audio track with your score, use Replay to automate your page turns instead—listen to the audio track once all the way through and turn pages when appropriate, then press play and watch as forScore moves from page to page at just the right moment. Learn more here: Using Replay to automate page turns

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Troubleshooting the Cue feature

Cue allows multiple devices to connect to each other and send signals from a “leader” to one or more “followers.” The way the devices communicate with each other is built into an iOS framework, so the majority of it is under the system’s control, not forScore’s. Typically iOS will choose either Bluetooth or WiFi based on what it thinks is the best connection, and there are a number of environmental factors that could be causing interference (other active Bluetooth devices within range, architecture of a building, etc.)

However, there are a few things that you can try to troubleshoot the issue:

  • Make sure there are no other devices on the same wi-fi network
  • Try disabling either Bluetooth or WiFi with the iOS control panel to force the connection to one or the other
  • If you’re using an Apple TV and AirPlay, force the devices to use the Bluetooth connection instead of WiFi by disabling Bluetooth on all the “following” devices

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Creating a new library

Use these steps to create a new library in forScore:

  • Open the Scores menu to the root Categories view (tap the back button if necessary) and tap the Library button in the upper left corner
  • Tap the + button to add a new library, then give the library a name
  • If you’d like to reorder your libraries, tap “edit” and drag the three lines to the right of each item up or down
  • Tap to select your new library and make it active, closing the Libraries list and returning you to the Scores menu

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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Using tabs to view multiple files at once

forScore includes a tabs feature that works much like the tabs in your web browser. 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 in the center of the screen, then tap the + button in the corner of the preview to open that item in a new tab. Or, 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.

Once the tab bar is visible, you can also tap the + button in the tab bar to open a new tab immediately. And if you’d like the tab bar to always show, there’s an option for that in the app’s settings panel.

With forScore 10 or later, you can also rearrange tabs: tap and hold one of them for a moment until it animates and grows larger, then drag it left or right as needed and lift your finger to drop it.

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Adding files from the web

Use Safari to save PDF files to your library from just about anywhere:

  • Use the Safari app to navigate to a PDF file offered by a website. Direct access to the PDF file is required (some websites use frames to obfuscate the file source).
  • Once the PDF has downloaded and loaded into the “preview” view, you will see a toolbar appear briefly at the top of the file with either “More…” (iOS 10) or “Open in…” (iOS 9 or earlier) on the left side. On the right side, it typically says “Open in iBooks…” or another common app used to view that file type. If the toolbar disappears too quickly, tap the PDF file to show the toolbar again, then tap the More or Open In button.
  • Select “Copy to forScore” to save a copy to your forScore library.

Many other apps—including Mail—offer similar functionality, and scores imported in this manner are copied to forScore’s documents folder so you won’t need to be connected to the internet to use them later. The more often you choose forScore for opening PDF files, the more likely that “Open in forScore…” will appear on the right side of this toolbar as a shortcut.

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Fetching PDF metadata

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. If you’ve already imported a PDF file that might contain metadata, tap “Fetch…” above the keyboard while editing any field to see if any of this information exists and then decide if you’d like to use it or not. To automatically check for and use this information when a new file is added to your library, enable the “automatic fetching for new files” option in forScore’s settings panel.

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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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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. Please note that Autoturn and Replay are not intended to be used in tandem. We recommend choosing one method or the other.

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Turning pages from one score to the next

By default, forScore’s settings allow you to turn pages from one file to the next in the queue when viewing a setlist, but not from the main score menu (music note icon). You can adjust this in the app’s settings panel under “Flip between scores.” The options are:

  • Off: Only allows you to flip between pages within the same PDF file.
  • Setlists: Allows you to flip from one score to the next when viewing a setlist. Queue order is determined by the sort order you’ve selected in that setlist (Manual, Sorted, Fresh, or Shuffle)
  • All: Allows you to flip from one score to the next when viewing a file from either the Score or Setlist menu. Queue order is determined by the sort order of the menu or sub-menu where you first viewed the file.

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Using the Reflow feature

Although forScore can’t interpret the notes in a PDF file, it can detect where important information is generally on each page. With Reflow, forScore takes that information, magnifies and redraws it, then lays it out end-to-end so you can read your music in one long line—like a horizontal teleprompter. Reflow gets you most of the way there with its smart detection, and if it gets something wrong you can correct it quickly and never worry about it again.

To use Reflow, begin by enabling it in forScore’s settings panel, under ‘Accessibility.’ Once that’s done, Reflow will show up as an option in the tools menu and the main view’s title display.

Tip: The title display’s shortcut buttons are rearrangeable: tap the edit button on the far right of the second page of shortcuts to move the Reflow button to the first page for easy access.

Select Reflow in either location to begin using it and you’ll see a few new controls appear: Edit, zoom, navigation mode, and an exit button.

Editing Zones

The Edit button allows you to adjust Reflow’s zones if needed. You’ll see them as gray rectangles—tap once to see its resize controls, and tap again to show the delete option. Drag the green control at the top of each rectangle to downward to split it horizontally into two new areas.

You’ll see a control bar along the bottom of the screen: use the + button at the bottom of the screen to create a new zone, use the arrows to move between pages, and drag the set of three lines on either end of the control bar to drag it up or down and out of your way.

Zoom

Zoom in or out to find the best magnification for you—up to twice as large as the original page.

Navigation

Choose to page or scroll through your music. In Page mode, tapping on either side of the screen will shift the music over by half of your screen’s width. In Scroll mode, your music will scroll by continuously: tap the left side of the screen to slow it down or the right side to speed it up. Tap in the center of the screen to start or stop scrolling.

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Setlist folders

Setlist folders allow you to organize your setlists into discrete groups. Unlike in the score menu, where an item can appear in multiple category lists based on its attributes, folders are concrete locations: a setlist can only ever be in one folder at a time, just like on a computer.

To create a new empty folder, tap the “edit” button and then tap the new folder icon with a “+” symbol inside it. Supply a name and your folder will appear at the bottom of the list. Folders can be rearranged and mixed in with your other setlists, so you can put them anywhere in your list.

Use the setlist metadata panel to move a setlist into or out of a folder. Tap the circled “i” button next to any setlist or use edit mode to select multiple setlists and batch edit them to change their folder location. Select any existing folder, create a new one, or select “no folder” to move your setlist or setlists.

Note: Setlist folders are available in forScore 10 or later.

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Troubleshooting App Store or Apple ID issues

If you’re having trouble getting the app to install or authenticating with your Apple ID, there are a few things you might try to troubleshoot the issue:

  • Log out of your Apple ID and log back in
  • Restart your device
  • Check iTunes on your computer for the update, download it, and install it by syncing your iOS device with your computer

Otherwise, you may need to contact Apple Support directly, since they manage all transactions and App Store processes on our behalf.

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How to purchase forScore

forScore is available exclusively on the Apple App Store for iPads running iOS 9.0 or later. The current price is $9.99 in the US (international pricing varies), though keep in mind that the price may increase as major new features are added.

forScore mini is also available exclusively on the App Store for iPhones or iPod Touches running iOS 9.0 or later. It currently costs $6.99 (USD) and its price may also increase over time as major new features are added.

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Deleting or replacing metadata

When you’re working with metadata, a box to the left of each field helps you understand and control what will happen to any existing information once you’re done editing. If it’s unchecked or empty, no changes will be made to your file for that specific type of metadata. If it’s checked, the file’s existing metadata will be replaced with whatever you’ve entered in. The best choice is selected for you automatically as you work with these fields, but you can tap the box at any time to change it. For instance, if you want to clear out any existing values for a field, delete the text and then tap the box on the left so it shows a check mark. This replaces the value that was there previously with the one you’ve entered in: nothing.

If you’re batch editing, the Composers, Genres, and Tags fields will toggle between the same “checked” state—meaning that existing values will be replaced with whatever you’ve typed in—and an “append” state (a plus symbol). In this case, the + indicates that the values you’ve entered in will be added to the selected files, and that all existing values will be preserved.

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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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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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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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Can I copy and paste parts of my PDF?

forScore is not able to copy and paste the contents of the PDF page itself, but you can use the Selection Tool to copy/paste, move, or change the color of annotations you’ve made within forScore.

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Can I brighten a bad scan or copy and paste measures between pages?

PDF files are designed to display their information predictably and to look the same no matter which device or operating system you use to view it. The file extension stands for “portable document format,” and it’s generally only meant to be read, not modified (except for in certain specific cases, like forms with fields).

Although PDF files can be created from images, you can’t work with them the same way you might work with an image file. Instead of pixels, PDF files think in terms of vectors and points—relative measurements rather than concrete ones. They often include highly specific data that can’t be conveyed through an image, like web links, multimedia, or computer-readable text.

What this means for apps like forScore is that while we can allow users to take photos and make adjustments to brightness and contrast, once those images are saved into a PDF file those kinds of changes can no longer be made safely. As a result, any issues with your scans must be corrected before you create your PDF file.

For the same reasons, copying and pasting measures isn’t practical with an app like forScore. We provide additional tools that let you augment how your document is displayed (by adding annotations, for example), but we can’t modify the document itself in the same ways.

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How do I “close” my files?

forScore doesn’t use “windows” like a conventional desktop app, so there’s not a home screen or a way to close the score you’re viewing, and the app will always recall the last thing you were viewing when it relaunches. You can select a new item from any of the menus and the one you were viewing previously will effectively “close”. forScore then clears that previous item out of memory automatically so you don’t need to worry about having too many things open at once.

If you would like to show multiple things at once, you can open items in new tabs, much like a web browser. To do this, tap and hold an item in the menu until the preview image appears, then tap the “+” button to open it in a new tab.

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Understanding alphabetical sorting

Alphabetical sorting in most of forScore’s menus works by skipping leading articles such as “a”, “an”, and “the”, much like a library catalog or book index. If you prefer, you can disable the “Smart sorting” option in the app’s settings panel to list the titles purely by first letter.

When viewing the list of composers, forScore also alphabetizes by last name (or the last word of a name). If you prefer to sort using the first name of each composer value, open the app’s settings panel and enable “sort composers by first name.”

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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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Using stamps and shapes for common markings

Some musical symbols cannot be typed into a text box or drawn precisely, but with the “Stamps” and “Shapes” presets you can place these kinds of annotations on the page quickly and easily. Tap on either tool to select it, and tap again to see all of the available options. Drag your finger around on the page to see how each of these tools works. At the bottom of the panel, you’ll see a preview, and you can drag the size slider back and forth to adjust it accordingly.

Tip: Use the “tint” tool to color your stamps on the fly. Tap “tint” at the top of the panel, pick a color, enable the “switch” in the upper right corner, then use the stamp tool like you normally would. Similarly, you can also change the color of a shape by tapping the arrow next to it. Note that tinting does not affect any existing annotations on the page.

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Troubleshooting the AirTurn BT-105 or BT-106

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

If your page turner 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.

BT-106:

  • Turn on the BT-106
  • Press and hold the MODE (6) button for 2 seconds. The red LED will flash once per second from 1 to 6 flashes. The number of flashes corresponds to the same MODE number. Be sure to count the flashes.
  • Release the MODE button following the number of flashes that reflects the desired MODE. The orange LED will flash the number of times indicating which MODE has been set.

BT-105:

  • 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 device 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 device 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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Connecting the iRig BlueBoard

The iRig BlueBoard is a Bluetooth LE device that forScore can communicate with directly, without the need for the intermediary BlueBoard app. If you have the BlueBoard app installed, make sure you have forced it closed using these instructions before pairing the device with forScore.

First Time Pairing

  • Launch forScore, tap the center of the screen to toggle the control bar, and open the Tools menu (toolbox icon).
  • Choose Devices from the tools menu.
  • Turn the switch on the bottom of the BlueBoard to the On position.
  • The blue light on the top of the device should blink repeatedly, indicating that it is available for pairing.
  • In the list of available devices, select iRig BlueTurn.
  • The BlueBoard should pair with forScore immediately.
  • Adjust the page turner and shortcut settings using these instructions, to customize each button for a command in forScore.

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Why is there a blue line across my page?

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).

A blue horizontal divider shows you where the page is split so you don’t get lost, and you can reposition this divider vertically by dragging the three horizontal lines up or down. The divider’s position is saved per page of score, so you can set it once to the most convenient location for each turn and it’ll always split in that same spot.

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Working with large files

Several things can impact performance for certain files. The most common reason why a file may be sluggish compared to others is the file size per page. If you’re scanning in your own files, try to use a relatively low DPI—remember that your device’s screen displays much less information than a real piece of paper does. Some other files can perform poorly but also have very small file sizes: this is generally due to the complication of the file itself. If the PDF file contains a large number of images or elements, even very small ones, it can take iOS some time to sort it all out. This is true for every PDF reader that we’ve seen, even Apple’s built-in apps, and is simply a hardware limitation.

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Score metadata is changing automatically

If newly imported scores are “disappearing” from the menus, the app might be reassigning metadata it finds within the PDF file . In this case, the “Automatic fetching for new files” option in the app’s settings panel is enabled, which scans imported music for existing metadata and assigns it to common fields like Title and Composer, among others. Some PDF exporters will generate this metadata automatically, so that’s probably what you’re seeing. If you turn the option off, it will stop scanning the files and retain the file names as the title of the score.

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Adding files from other apps

Use any app that supports the “open in” feature to send a copy of a PDF file to forScore. In general, look for an “action” or “share” button that will provide a pop-up called a “share sheet,” then choose “Open in forScore.” Each app works a little differently, so consult their documentation for explicit instructions.

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Scanning for new files

To make things as speedy as possible, forScore only scans for new files periodically and may not always show your newest files immediately. If you’ve just added something and it’s not showing up, drag the score menu’s list downward until you see the refresh symbol, then let go to update the listing.

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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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Customizing metronome sounds

With forScore 9 and later, you can customize the metronome “tick” and “tock” sounds to better suit your needs.

  • Create or find two .wav files, one for each sound that you’d like to substitute for the defaults
  • Add those two .wav files to forScore using any file import method
  • Once added, open the tools menu and choose Settings, then Accessibility
  • Choose Metronome Sounds, then tap a sound to see a list of compatible .wav files in your library
  • Select a file name, then repeat the process for the next sound
  • Close the tools menu to save your changes, and the metronome sounds will update automatically

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Adjusting audio track speed and pitch

As of version 10, forScore has the ability to independently adjust the playback speed and pitch of your audio tracks, with limitations depending on each track’s properties:

  • DRMed files or files that haven’t been downloaded to your device can be played at 50%, 75%, or 100% of their normal speed
  • Other tracks can be slowed down or sped up from 25% to 200% of their original speed
  • Other tracks can also be pitch adjusted by up to an octave up or down

These options are made available automatically whenever possible, and can all be accessed by tapping the dial button in the media box. Pitch and speed are saved automatically per track, so you can move between tracks or scores without losing your settings.

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Connecting the PageFlip Cicada, Firefly, Butterfly, or Dragonfly

All PageFlip models connected to your iOS device with a standard computer keyboard profile. Each device features several modes that are compatible with forScore. For the PageFlip Cicada, Firefly, or Dragonfly, choose modes 1, 2, or 3. All modes on the Butterfly are compatible with forScore.

First Time Pairing

  • Follow the instructions in your specific model’s user guide to pair the pedal with your iOS device.
  • Once paired, launch forScore and the device should turn pages by default in any of the 3 compatible device modes.
  • If the pages do not turn, or if you would like to configure additional pedals on the Dragonfly model, adjust the page turner and shortcut settings using these instructions, or reset them to the defaults.

Toggling the virtual keyboard

Since the PageFlip pedals connect to your device with a computer keyboard profile, the virtual keyboard will not appear when a text field is selected. See this article for additional instructions on toggling the keyboard: Virtual keyboard won’t appear

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I accidentally deleted a stamp, can I get it back?

If you accidentally delete a stamp from the default set that comes with the app, you can get it back by visiting the Settings panel in forScore’s Tools menu. Near the bottom of the list, tap “Reset,” then tap “Reset Stamps” and confirm.

Warning: resetting stamps removes all of your stamps and replaces them with the default set. If you’ve customized your stamps in any way, consider replacing the missing stamp with an image instead of resetting all of them.

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Does forScore sync or back up my files to the cloud?

No. forScore helps you work with your own PDF sheet music collection by augmenting it with additional information and tools. Due to technical and legal considerations, forScore deals only with the files that exist on your device (in forScore’s Documents directory) and does not transmit these files to any server.

If you use iCloud and have enabled iCloud backups for your device, Apple routinely updates a copy of all the information on your device to their own iCloud servers. If your device is damaged or lost, or if you’re migrating to a new device, this backup can be used to transfer all of your information and settings over. Note, however, that iCloud backups can not be used to restore information for a specific app—it’s all or nothing. Note also that these backups are not incremental; if your information is corrupted and then backed up to iCloud, there is no way to revert to an earlier state.

As such, it’s important to regularly back up your sheet music library and your forScore database to a computer. Learn more about forScore backups here.

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Editing file information with the metadata panel

In the score menu, the blue arrow button off to the right-hand side of any file will open the metadata editor, where you can edit an item’s title, composer, genre, difficulty, rating, and more. From the main screen, you can also tap the title in the menu bar for quick access to the current file’s information.
 
See pages 11–12 in the user guide for details about what kinds of metadata forScore can store for each file.

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Sending a backup file to forScore Support

Occasionally, having a backup file of your forScore library data can aid us in recreating your library and diagnosing an issue. Here’s how to create and send us a 4SB backup file:

  • Open the tools menu and choose Backup
  • Create a new backup file by tapping the + button in the upper right corner
  • Tap the Share icon to the right of the new backup file (it will be named by the date/time it was created)
  • A panel will appear with different share options. Choose Mail and email it to support at forscoreapp.com along with a description of the issue and any steps we can take to replicate it

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Sending a 4SC file to forScore Support

If you’re having trouble working with a specific file, sending it in 4SC format may be able to help us diagnose the problem.

  • View the score you’d like to share and open the metadata panel
  • Tap the share button in the lower left corner
  • Select 4SC when prompted (this will include annotations, metadata, etc.)
  • Choose Mail from the list of options, and a compose window will appear and you can email it support at forscoreapp dot com along with a description of the problem and any steps we might be able to take to recreate it

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Using forScore in landscape orientation

To get a better view of your score, turn your device sideways: the page will fill up the screen’s width and extend downward if necessary. Swipe or tap to scroll from top to bottom and between pages, or drag the page up and down with your finger.

You can also view two pages at a time in landscape orientation.

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Toggling the control bar

To save real estate, all of forScore’s controls are hidden by default. A quick, single tap in the middle of the page will reveal the control bar along the top of the screen. This control bar gives you access to six important items (in blue): scores, bookmarks, and setlists on the left, and search, the metronome, and the tools menu on the right.

The darker area in the middle of the toolbar displays the current item’s title and composer and gives you quick access to important settings and tools. By default, the button on the left toggles either half-page turns or a two-page view, depending on the orientation of your device. The button on the right reveals a second page of tools, and you can swipe left and right to move between pages at any time. Use the edit button on the second page to place the two you use the most on the first page for easy access.

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Understanding forScore’s menu layout and navigation

Menus are a big part of forScore, so understanding how they’re organized in general can help you move from one to another without getting lost.

forScore’s menus are usually presented in popups, and the first thing you’ll see when you open one up is the navigation bar. It’s the topmost portion of the popup, and includes a title as well as edit, add, and back buttons (when appropriate).

Below the navigation bar, you’ll see a series of buttons that alter the content or sort order of the list below it. While you’re editing a list, this bar may also show available actions, and it may scroll left and right if needed to display all of the options.

Next, you’ll see the list itself, which also includes a search bar hidden up at the top—just drag the list downward until it starts to appear, then let go and it’ll slide out. When you’re done searching, or when you drag the list back up, the search bar will slide back under the control bar and hide out of sight until you need it again.

Menus may also include an index down the right-hand side which allows you to move quickly through the current list. Tap or drag your finger up and down over it to navigate to a particular spot or first letter (if the list is sorted alphabetically).

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Working with lists

To open an item, just tap on it. If you’re viewing a list of scores, you can tap and hold your finger down on an item to preview it. Then, tap the thumbnail image of the page to open it, tap the + button in the lower right-hand corner to open it in a new tab, or tap outside of it to close the preview. To delete an item, swipe your finger across it from right to left and tap on the “Delete” button that appears.

You may also see a button or symbol off to the right-hand side of each item. A plain arrow or chevron symbol indicates that selecting that row will display an additional list of items, such as selecting a composer to see all of their scores. A circled arrow is a button: tap on it to view and edit metadata for that item, or tap anywhere else in the row to open it.

One of the most important items in a menu is the edit button in the top right-hand corner. When highlighted, you can choose multiple items in the list and use the options along the top of the list to work with those files in a number of different ways. These options can vary, but usually include the ability to select all items, reset (de-select all items), and delete items.

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Library organization

The score menu can organize your files by Composers, Genres, and Tags. These lists are generated dynamically, so they’ll only show values currently being used by one or more items in a library.

Tap any of these entries and you’ll see a new list containing all of the scores that pertain to that category. A single score may be visible in several different lists, so long as it matches the corresponding category or setlist. (For example, a score with “Johann Sebastian Bach” as its composer and “Romantic” as its genre will be listed under both of these categories.) Most submenus can be sorted by date added, rating, difficulty, key, time, or alphabetically.

Note: By default, forScore sorts Composers alphabetically by last name. You can change this in the app’s settings panel to sort by first name.

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Searching for items in your library

In many of forScore’s menus, a search bar hidden up at the top of the list will allow you to filter down its items and find exactly what you’re looking for. If you’re viewing a list of composers, for instance, drag the list downward and type a few letters to see composer names containing those letters. If you’re viewing a list of scores, you can also use multiple words in any order to match either the score’s title or its composers.

In most cases, however, it’s easier to find what you’re looking for by using the global search function (the magnifying glass icon in the main control bar). You can search for any score, bookmark, setlist, or category (composer, genre, or tag). You can even search for an action or tool by name to get to it quickly.

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If I delete forScore, will it delete my library?

Yes. Deleting an app from your device will delete all files and data associated with that app, and there is no way to undo this. Deleting the app should only be done after exhausting all other troubleshooting with us directly.

Your forScore library is stored locally on your device, but we provide the ability to back up that data to your computer or a supported cloud service. Please see this knowledge base article for more information and instructions for backing up: Backing up your data to your computer

Note: If you have contacted Apple Support or visited an Apple Store to troubleshoot an app-specific issue, they will often suggest deleting the app and reinstalling it to resolve the issue. This is not the solution. Please contact us directly to troubleshoot any issues with forScore instead of seeking help from Apple.

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Why do bookmarks stop me from turning the page?

When you create a bookmark in forScore, you can either specify an “end page” number or you can simply leave it blank. There are important differences in how forScore works depending on which choice you make.

If you leave the end page blank, the bookmark works like an easy reference to a specific page. Select it from the Bookmarks menu and you’ll go to the corresponding page, but everything else will stay the same—you can turn pages backward and forward throughout the entire score just like you’d expect.

If you supply an end page, you’ll be creating a kind of “virtual score” in your forScore library. This is intended to help people split up multiple works within a single PDF file without having to actually separate the pages into many different files. It treats a specific range of pages as a different piece in your library, so when you select it from the Bookmarks menu you’ll only be able to work with those pages. For instance, if your bookmark starts on page 3 and ends on page 5, you won’t be able to turn backwards from page 3 to 2, or forward from 5 to 6.

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Why can’t I connect to Dropbox?

In September 2017, Dropbox retired the first version of their API, which we updated to version 2 with forScore version 10.2. If you are using an outdated version of forScore (Which version do I have?) and running iOS 9 or later, please back up your files and library data (Backing up your data to your computer) then check the App Store app for an update and you should be back on track.

If your device is running iOS 6 through iOS 8, you will first need to update to at least to iOS 9 in order to have access to the latest versions of forScore.

If your device is running iOS 5 or earlier, there is no way to update beyond forScore 5 (we dropped support for iOS 5 and earlier several years ago), so the Dropbox integration will no longer function. As an alternative, you should still be able to use the Dropbox app and the native sharing function in both Dropbox and forScore to send files back and forth between apps.

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Accessing the iTunes File Sharing panel

Check which version of iTunes you have installed and use the instructions below to access the File Sharing panel and forScore’s documents.

iTunes 12.7 or Newer

Note: Apple removed the App Store and several syncing functions from iTunes 12.7, but the File Sharing panel is still accessible as described below.

  • Connect your iOS device to your computer
  • Open iTunes on your computer
  • Click the small device icon in the upper left corner, next to the library drop-down menu
  • Click the “File Sharing” item that appears in the left sidebar under Settings
  • Choose forScore from the list of apps to see a panel on the right showing all of forScore’s documents

iTunes 12.0 through 12.6.3.6

  • Connect your iOS device to your computer
  • Open iTunes on your computer
  • >Click the small device icon in the upper left corner, next to the library drop-down menu
  • Click the “Apps” button in the left sidebar that appears below the device info
  • Scroll down in the main window if needed to where it says “File Sharing”
  • Choose forScore from the list of apps to see a panel on the right showing all of forScore’s documents

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 to see a panel on the right showing all of forScore’s documents

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What happened to the page thumbnail preview?

With iOS 11, the long press gesture is used with Drag and Drop, so Quick Peek (the page thumbnail that allows you to preview a page or open a file in a new tab) can now be activated by long pressing with two fingers, or by swiping from left to right over a menu item. Users with iOS 10 or earlier can continue to use the long press gesture.

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Education pricing

forScore is a great tool for classrooms of any size, and we’ve made it available for discounted educational pricing through Apple’s Volume Purchase Program, which they manage on our behalf. More information about the program can be found on Apple’s website. Or, if your institution is already part of the volume purchase program, contact your program administrator for details.

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Bulk Purchasing

If you manage a large music group and would like to deploy forScore across all your players, you might consider enrolling in Apple’s Volume Purchase Program for Business. Learn more at Apple’s Website.
 
Looking for educational pricing? Learn more about Apple’s Volume Purchase Program for Education.

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Unable to add large batches of files

In some cases, transferring a large number of files through iTunes can cause your iOS device to run low on memory or to restart. Because these file transfers are handled by iTunes and iOS directly, we have no control over how they work or how to improve them. Until Apple fixes these problems, the easiest way to avoid this is to copy your files over in smaller batches.
 
If you’ve experienced this issue, we encourage you to submit feedback to Apple so that they can gauge the extent of the problem and respond accordingly.

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Taking and sending a screen shot to forScore Support

Sometimes providing a screen shot can help us visualize the issue you’re seeing and better diagnose the problem. To take a screen shot:

  • Press the sleep button and home button on your device simultaneously to take a screenshot of what’s currently being displayed
  • The screen will flash white and save the image directly to your device’s photo library
  • Locate the image in your Photos app, and send it via email to support at forscoreapp dot com

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Automatic backups are not working

The size of backup files largely depends on the volume and complexity of any annotations that you’ve added to your scores. If your device repeatedly runs out of memory while trying to create a backup file and crashes, forScore will deactivate the automatic backup feature to prevent further crashes.

If you’re experiencing this issue, you might consider removing or exporting any unnecessary or seldom-used scores as 4SC files (so they’ll include your annotations and metadata) and save them to your computer or to a file service through the Tools menu. That way you can re-add them easily when necessary while keeping your backup contents minimized.

If you’re not planning on making any changes to a score that you’ve annotated, consider archiving it using the Share or Services functions in the tools menu. These export options can create a PDF with permanent annotations that cannot be changed and won’t need to be backed up separately.

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Turning pages

Turn the page with two basic kinds of gestures: swipes and taps. Swipe left or right across the screen like flipping through pages in a book, or simply tap either side of the screen once.

You can also adjust the page transition type in the app’s settings panel under the Tools menu, and choose between curl, slide, stack, or no transition at all.

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Zooming in on a page

If you’d like to quickly see part of a page up close, place two fingers on the screen and move them farther apart to zoom in, or closer together (pinch) to zoom out. Double-tap the screen while zoomed in to return to the normal size.

Learn more about cropping and margin adjustment for more permanent options.

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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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Connecting the iRig BlueTurn

The iRig BlueTurn is a Bluetooth LE device that uses a standard computer keyboard profile to connect to your iOS device. It features three different command modes, all of which are compatible with forScore by default.

First Time Pairing

  • Turn the switch on the bottom of the device to the On position.
  • The blue light on the top of the device should blink repeatedly, indicating that it is available for pairing.
  • Open the Settings app on your device and choose Bluetooth.
  • In the list of available devices, select iRig BlueTurn.
  • Confirm when prompted to pair the device.
  • Launch forScore, and the device should turn pages without any further configuration in any of the 3 device modes.
  • If the pages do not turn, adjust the page turner and shortcut settings using these instructions, or reset them to the defaults.

Toggling the virtual keyboard

Since the BlueTurn connects to your device with a computer keyboard profile, the virtual keyboard will not appear when a text field is selected. 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. Press and hold the left (“up” arrow) pad for three seconds to activate the virtual keyboard. Once that’s done, you should be able to use the virtual keyboard and still turn pages normally until you repeat these steps or power cycle your BlueTurn. For more information, see this article: Virtual keyboard won’t appear

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Why is there a gray bar in annotation mode?

forScore 10 introduced a ruler feature that you may have enabled by accident. Learn more about this feature in this “Feature of the Week” article: Ruler

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Does forScore sync content across devices?

forScore doesn’t offer any syncing capabilities due to the complexity of the app’s data structure, but you can use these instructions to copy your entire library to another devices: Transferring your forScore library to another device

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Why can’t I turn pages?

There are a few reasons why you may not be able to turn pages in forScore:

The app’s default settings only allow you to flip pages from one score to the next when viewing items in a setlist. Details here: Flip between scores

Page turns are intentionally disabled when using the pinch-zoom feature because it is intended for quick up-close reference of your page. If you would like to reduce the margins or set the overall zoom level of a PDF to maximize the size of the music on the screen, use the Crop or Margin Adjustment tools.

If you are viewing a bookmark within a larger PDF, you will only be able to turn pages within the range set for that bookmark. View the source PDF file to freely turn pages throughout the PDF, or consider creating a “simple” bookmark by only entering a start page (no end page) to jump to a specific page in a file and page forward and backward freely.
Understanding forScore Bookmarks
Creating Bookmarks

If none of these apply to your situation or explain the behavior you’re seeing, please contact us using the form in the upper left corner of the page for further assistance.

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