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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, Duo, Quad

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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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. Modes 2 and up are not recommended due to double signal transmission introduced in recent firmware updates.

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. Once the device is reset and you turn it back on, you will need to re-select mode 1, as it defaults to mode 2.

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.

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Using Apple Pencil

Apple Pencil is great for annotating and more, and we’ve optimized forScore to give you the best possible performance while also providing a number of highly customizable settings to ensure that every user can work as naturally as possible.

As of November 2018, Apple has released two versions of Apple Pencil, each compatible with different iPad models. Apple also worked with Logitech to create the Crayon stylus which is, in Apple’s words, “built using Apple Pencil technology” and functions similarly. The features and settings described below apply to all three styluses, except where noted.

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.

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, additional 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 that will always be active every time you start annotating.

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.

Saving your work takes a moment, so drawing may be briefly unresponsive as forScore exits annotation mode. If you find that Apple Pencil is intermittently unresponsive and this setting is active, consider changing the delay from “short” to “long” so you have time to make all of your markings before forScore determines that you’re finished and begins the save/exit process.

Preventing Finger Drawing

Version 10.0 introduced a setting called “prevent finger drawing” that allows you to use your fingers to do things like change tools or zoom in on the page, but only allows Apple Pencil to draw or place stamps and shapes. If you’re using forScore versions 10.0-10.4.9, this setting only applies when you’ve entered annotation mode by touching the Pencil to the page (see Live Annotations above). If you activate annotation mode using any other method, like the default tap and hold gesture, forScore will recognize finger input as it normally does. This is intended to allow you to annotate with your finger even when Apple Pencil is connected but out of reach.

With forScore 10.5 this setting was changed to no longer depend on how annotation mode is activated. Instead, forScore disables drawing if Apple Pencil has touched the screen at any point within the last 15 minutes. If your Pencil is out of reach or out of power, tap the hand icon in the center of the annotation control toolbar to re-enable touch drawing. Touch drawing will remain enabled until the next time you touch the screen with Apple Pencil.

GesturesforScore 10.5 & 3.5

The front third of Apple Pencil 2 is touch sensitive (not just the flat side) and can be double tapped to perform certain actions depending on which app you’re using. Apple provides a system setting that influences how other apps should generally behave, and forScore responds as logically as possible to each while in annotation mode. “Switch between current tool and eraser” and “switch between current and last used tool” work as stated, while “show color palette” opens the currently selected tool’s options, if applicable, so you can adjust its properties as needed. If you choose “off” forScore will ignore this gesture entirely.

When annotation mode is not active, this double tap gesture can be configured to activate one of forScore’s more common tools or actions. Visit the “Page Turners & Shortcuts” section of forScore’s settings panel to enable this gesture to function while not annotating.

Compatibility

As of November 2018:

• Apple Pencil (2nd generation) is compatible with iPad Pro (11-inch) and iPad Pro (12-inch, 3rd generation)

• Apple Pencil (1st generation) is compatible with iPad (6th generation), iPad Pro (9.7-inch), iPad Pro (10.5-inch), and iPad Pro (12-inch, 1st and 2nd generations)

• Logitech Crayon works solely with iPad (6th generation)

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Sending and receiving MIDI signals

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

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

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Customizing page turner shortcuts

With forScore 6 or later and with all versions of forScore mini, you can assign custom commands and shortcuts to a Bluetooth 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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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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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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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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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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Preventing finger input while drawing

If you’re using Apple Pencil (1st or 2nd generation) or Logitech Crayon to annotate, iOS provides great palm rejection right out of the box. While the system is good at ignoring unintentional touches, there’s still a chance that your fingers can make stray markings while you draw with one of these styluses. If that’s the case, the “prevent finger drawing” option in the Apple Pencil section of forScore’s settings panel may help. When this setting is enabled and active, you’ll be able to use your fingers to interact with forScore normally (switch tools, zoom in on the page, and tap other interface elements), but only your stylus will be able to draw markings on the page.

Because your stylus isn’t always around, and because Apple doesn’t give developers an efficient way of checking whether or not a stylus is currently connected, forScore uses different techniques to determine when to apply this setting or not. In previous versions of forScore (10.0-10.4.9), this setting only worked if you entered annotation mode by tapping the page with your stylus.

As of forScore 10.5, forScore simply tracks the last time the stylus touched the screen. As long as you’ve used your stylus within the last 15 minutes, finger drawing will be prevented no matter how you activate annotation mode. If you need to re-enable finger drawing because your stylus is out of reach or out of power, tap the new hand icon in the center of the annotation toolbar. If you do, you’ll be able to continue drawing with your fingers until the next time you use your stylus.

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Connecting your Turn Touch remote

The Turn Touch remote is a Bluetooth LE device that forScore can communicate with directly to turn pages or perform other commands.

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.
  • Press the top arrow button of the Turn Touch to turn it on.
  • In the list of available devices, select Turn Touch Rem.
  • The remote should pair with forScore immediately.
  • By default, the right and left buttons and up and down buttons will turn pages in forScore. Adjust the page turner and shortcut settings using these instructions, to customize each button for a command in forScore.

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