Why do bookmarks stop me from turning the page?

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When you create a bookmark in forScore 11 or newer, you can choose whether you want an “item” or “page” bookmark. There are important differences in how forScore works depending on which choice you make.

Older versions of forScore do not provide a choice of “item” or “page” in the bookmark creator. When using these versions, you can choose which type of bookmark you want to create by either including or omitting an end page value. The information described below applies equally to all versions of forScore.

If you create a “page” reference (or leave the end page blank), the bookmark works like a table of contents entry: 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 create an “item” (or supply an end page), you’ll be creating a virtual score in your forScore library from the range of pages you specified. 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 range of pages as a unique item 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.

Note: Item bookmarks have their own unique metadata like composers, rating, and audio tracks, but they don’t have their own page-specific information like annotations. If you draw on page 1 of a score, a bookmark made from pages 1-2 will also display those annotations.

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