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3.5 Recognition Sequence

When scanning pages is done, choose Save As and Begin Recognition to initiate recogni- tion. Or you can choose Open Pages in Image Editor to view scanned pages and make alterations to the scanned image (e.g. cropping, deskewing, line drawing, cutting and past- ing). Pushing Cancel before recognition is complete will exit the process and return you to the main window.

NOTE: Turn to “Image Editor” on page 57 to learn about editing scanned images (Open Pages in Image Editor).

To save your scanned image file and begin recognition sequence,

a. Push the Save As and Begin Recognition button.

b. Browse to a location for saving your SmartScore ENF files. You may wish to add a unique directory at this time.

c. Give the image file a name. If you are using Windows, the extension “.TIF” will be added automatically.

d. Push OK to begin the recognition process.

The image file you have just saved contains all pages you scanned. The default file type is “Compressed TIFF” (CCITT Type 4), a multi-page, single-file highly-compressed TIFF file format. It will be approximately 10 times smaller than an uncompressed TIFF image file.

NOTE: If you are going to open the scanned image in Adobe Photoshop®, you may want to save in the larger, uncompressed TIFF format; Photoshop does not currently support CCITT Type 4 files.

TIP:When you Save a file to a specific location, SmartScore will continue to save to that directory until you change it. The same is true when you Open a file.

image Remember that SmartScore may look in one directory when opening a file and

then go to a different one when saving a file. Once changed, the new file path

becomes the default.

3.5.1 Recognition Options

The following section describes options you can choose for recognition. When satisfied with your choices, push Begin Recognition.


FIGURE 3 - 3: Recognition - Options

NOTE: If Recognition fails, refer to “Troubleshooting Scanning and Recognition” on page 54.


Check this box if you wish to recognize lyrics and text in the music.

TIP:If you are scanning in single-line parts for the purpose of joining them into a con- ductor’s score, it is recommended not to recognize text. Otherwise, text from

image every score-part will be overlaid on the pages of the conductor’s score.

Recognize Lyrics Outside of Systems

Check this box if you are recognizing a score which has one or more lines of lyr- ics written under the last staff line of each system or if it is a single-line score with lyrics underneath the staff. Otherwise, leave unchecked.

Suppress Chord Symbols

When checked, chord symbols and guitar fret diagrams will be ignored. Even if recognized, chord symbols and guitar fret diagrams can still be turned off later. Check only if you are sure you never want chord symbols to appear in your score.

Suppress Lyrics

Check this box if you are recognizing a score which has one or more lines of lyr- ics written under the last staff line of each system or if it is a single-line score with lyrics underneath the staff. Otherwise, leave unchecked.


Check this box if the score contains triplets or tuplets that are indicated with the a number above or below an arc or bracket. Unchecking will avoid false recognition of tuplets.

Limit to Triplets

When checked, SmartScore will ignore non-triplet tuplets (duples, quintuplets, sextuplets, etc.).


If pedal markings are written into the music, check this box.


If up/down bowing marks are written into the music, check this box.

Heavy beams

Some printed music is written with especially thick note beams. If single beams are recog- nized as double or triple, re-recognize the music again with this option selected.

Hymnal Fonts

If you are scanning in music from a hymnal (with stubby flags and short stems), check this box. NOTE: “Shaped notes” do not apply.


Select if your score has one or more ossias (line above a staff suggesting an alternative passage) that you wish to have recognized.

Recognize Tablature and Percussion staff lines

Select to recognize TAB (guitar) notation or percussion staves having other than 5 lines per staff.

Join Offset Voices (“Y”)

Two notes belonging to opposite voices are often offset even though they’re meant to sound at the same time. By default, noteheads of different (colored) voices having no more than 1/4 of a notehead’s space between them will share the same “time event” and will sound simultaneously after recognition.

If your music has offset noteheads which are meant to sound simultaneously but gen- erally exceed 1/4-width of a notehead, choose a greater distance. The amount of white space between note heads determines this distance.

If your music has dense polyphonic texture, like that found in solo guitar music or tightly-spaced orchestral passages, it may be necessary to “tighten up” the allowable distance between offset voices. In these cases, choose a distance of less than 1/4 of a notehead.

Setting “Join Offset Voices” to “Exactly aligned” will join only those voices with note- heads that are exactly vertically aligned.

For editing details on joining / un-joining offset voices, see Section 4.5.5, "Correcting Ver- tical Alignment").

Part linking (Ctrl + “L”)

When a score is “optimized”, parts (i.e. stafflines) will appear only when they are meant to be played. Otherwise, the parts remain invisible. Optimized systems can be referred to as either “collapsed” or “expanded”. Usually, parts are added to the top of a system, e.g. after a piano introduction, the vocal line will appear above the piano part. This “top-down” arrangement is the default. However, some scores may have parts are added to systems in a “bottom-up” fashion, e.g. existing staves are bumped upwards. If your score is struc-

tured in this way, change default to “Add Parts to Bottom”. Orchestral scores, being grouped by instruments, may have no pattern. For more information on part linking and maintaining playback continuity, see "Part Linking (Ctrl+L)", Section 7.7.7

Fretboard Strings

The default fretboard for recognition is the six-string guitar. If your music has ukulele fret- boards (4 strings) or some other configuration, change the selection to the correct number of strings.

3.5.2 Post-Recognition

Scanned pages will be saved as a .TIF file prior to recognition. When recognition is com- plete, a System Report will list the number of parts found in the largest and smallest sys- tems. If any of these do not agree with the original music, investigate the cause before spending a lot of time editing the score... it could be difficult to restructure your score later on.


FIGURE 3 - 4: Post-recognition System Report

Normally, you will select Open SmartScore file. You can accept or change the name and the destination directory. Press Save to save and open the file.

If you selected Open Super System, you will be able to view a list of the largest sys- tem. You can locate and edit any system that contains an incorrect number of parts. See Section 7.4.6, "Super System" for more details.

If you selected Open Image Editor, the scanned image will open in the Image Editor where you can correct certain flaws in the scanned image. See Section 3.9, "Image Editor" for more details.

A checkbox allows you to skip viewing the System Report in the future. To reset this option, go to Edit > Program Preferences > User Interface > Recognition.

Using to SmartScore X2

Another window will prompt you to Unify Key and Time signatures. Refer to “Unify Score (“U”)” on page 168 for more details.