Understanding Display Modes

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forScore 12 introduces a new page rendering and layout engine that features three different display (or page fit) modes:

Standard fit mode uses a common aspect ratio across all devices to ensure that you’ll see the same thing on any screen size, even if doing so creates gaps on the left and right side or bottom of the page. In most cases this is identical to how previous versions of forScore have always worked and emphasizes compatibility and consistency.

Best Fit mode is the best choice for most people. It makes each page of music as big as possible without clipping it, although some annotations, links, or buttons may be partially or completely clipped if they fall outside of the page’s bounds. Depending on your screen size and page aspect ratio, this may be indistinguishable from Standard mode.

Zoomed mode is similar to the “Display Zoom” feature that was previously offered exclusively for the 11-inch iPad Pro in older versions of forScore. It uses the same common size as Standard mode but zooms in to fit the height of your screen, even if doing so clips the left and right edges of your music or annotations. This offers an easy way to make your music even bigger, especially if it has larger margins, but may obscure your music in other cases. In some situations, such as when using two-up mode, this may be indistinguishable from Standard mode.

In summary, Standard shows everything, Best Fit shows the whole page but not necessarily the whole annotation canvas, and Zoomed makes the annotation canvas fit the height of your screen no matter what gets clipped.

Switching Modes

To switch display modes, double tap the center of the page to show the Display Options overlay. The fit modes are presented from left to right in the order described above. (Note: if you’ve changed forScore’s double tap gesture setting, you can still access this overlay by double tapping with two fingers instead.)

Display modes affect how your annotations are presented on screen but do not alter your annotations. If you make edits while using these display modes, drawings that you’ve previously made outside of the visible area will not be lost.


Note that once you’ve cropped a page, forScore assumes that the placement you specified offers the best possible view of your sheet music. In these cases, fit modes will have no additional effect.

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