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3.2 Using the SmartScore Scanning Interface


a. Go to File > Scan Music > Choose Interface = SmartScore’s. This will ensure that SmartScore’s scanning environment is activated.

b. Push the Scan button found in the Navigator and in the Toolbar or choose File > Scan Music > Acquire.

When you start scanning, a low-resolution pre-scan will appear in the Preview window. If your scanner does not respond properly inside SmartScore’s scanning interface, select File

> Scan Music > Choose Interface = Your scanner’s and try again. If your scanner still fails to respond correctly, turn to “Scanning Outside of SmartScore” on page 44.

3.2.1 Enhanced scanning functions

Auto Cropping

If your music extends to the edge of the preview window, uncheck “Cropping” and push “Prescan” to scan again. This will allow for maximum scanning coverage. If cropping is checked, a bounding box will limit the scanning region. If you scan with cropping on, make sure about a 1/4” of clear white space is left on all sides of the music inside the pre- view image.

Auto Deskew

If the preview appears slightly crooked, push the “Deskew” button to correct. If the pre- view is very crooked or if some music is cut off, reposition the music in the scanner and scan again.

Auto Resolution

This feature takes the guesswork out of choosing the correct resolution (dpi) setting for each scan. When selected, the image is analyzed and sized in order to obtain an optimum image resolution, thus achieving the highest possible recognition accuracy. Use this when- ever possible.

If the preview image appears with white notes on black background, you will be able to invert image in the Image Editor (see Section 3.9, "Image Editor").

NOTE: Selecting Next Page immediately activates your scanner. Before selecting it, position your next page onto the scanner and wait until the scanner bar resets. If you push too soon, you may get an error message that “Scanner is not ready.”

c. Push Next Page and continue to preview, deskew and scan until you have fin- ished scanning your entire song, project, section or movement. Select Finish when done.

NOTE: If the piece you are processing exceeds 10-15 pages, divide it into smaller, dis- crete sections, e.g. Intro, Part1, Part2, etc.

3.2.2 Scanner settings

The following section lists image-enhancement and scanner settings which you can con- trol within the SmartScore scanning interface.


The default brightness setting is -35%. For typical printed music, this setting should be fine. If beams smear together and whole and half notes appear closed or “blobbed”, then brighten the scan. If the original music is faded, if it is a weak copy you may want to scan even darker than the default setting. SmartScore wants to see solid, well-defined lines that are neither razor-thin nor smeared together.

NOTE: If recognition accuracy is poorer than expected, examine the file in the Image Editor (See Section 3.9, "Image Editor"). Zoom in close on a detailed area and examine the following:

If large black areas are stippled (shot full of holes) instead of being solid black, you scan is probably half-toned / dithered and will not recognize well. For more information refer online to “Dithering” in the FAQ section at www.musitek.com.

If note stems and staff lines are broken, thin or appear to be only one pixel wide: Re-scan with -30% to -40% decreased brightness.

If stems and staff lines are thick and continuous but objects appear small and lack detail: Re-scan at a higher resolution.


It is recommended that you use Auto-Resolution whenever possible.

NOTE: When scanning music with staves having different widths (e.g. containing both standard notation and TAB staves or smaller “cue” staff above a piano accompa- niment) or if you continuously receive error messages suggesting alternative res- olutions, turn Auto-resolution OFF and re-scan at 300 dpi.

If you choose to set resolution manually, turn Auto-Resolution off. For most printed music, the recommended resolution is between 300 and 400 dpi. If the original music is printed in smaller type, you can increase resolution to 400 or 500 dpi. For miniature scores, try 600 dpi. SmartScore works best with an optimum resolution. Scanning at too high or too low a resolution will actually reduce recognition accuracy. It is not recom- mended to scan music below 250 dpi or higher than 600 dpi.

3.2.3 Choosing an alternative scanning interface

If your scanner fails to respond properly to the Scan command in the SmartScore interface or your scanned image is unacceptable (partially scanned, distorted, etc.) your alternative is to scan using the software provided with your scanner. See Section 3.3.1, "Scanning Outside of SmartScore" for details.