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Editing Your Scores

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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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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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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Adding text annotations

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

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

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

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Using Links to handle repeats

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Using the Rearrange tool

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

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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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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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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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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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. Stamps is the first item on the second line of the annotation toolbar (a flat symbol by default), and shapes is the second item (a slur tool by default). 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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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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