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7.3 Score Properties

The “Score Properties” window contains powerful options for controlling staff and system spacing, bracketing and part linking (for re-linking parts in optimized systems). Other major editing functions include adding or removing a part (staff) to the score (Section 7.3.8), adding or deleting a system(Section 7.3.7) and appending a score-part to the ENF file (Section 7.3.9).

a. Select “Score Properties” from the FILE menu, Or, with Properties Tool selected, right-click (alt / option + click for Mac) inside any staff line of any system.



FIGURE 7 - 9: Score Properties (Right-click inside staff line)

7.3.1 Line/staff spacing

With the Score Properties window open, select “Staff / Line Spacing”.


FIGURE 7 - 10: Line/staff spacing window

The Spacing window provides a method to make and uniformly apply changes in staff and system distances to the remainder of the score. Measurements shown are numerical representations of distances for all staff lines the active system. Changes to staff line and system spacing can be made on a system-by-system basis using colored spacing tabs along the left-hand ruler. See "Vertical Reformatting (Line, staff and system spacing using tabs)", Section 6.2.

Here are some practical examples:

Improve page layout by optimizing number systems in pages.

Create piano accompaniments with smaller (reduced) solo parts.

Create large-notehead (“E-Z Read” format) scores.

Resize staves converted from TAB to melody and vice-versa.

To numerically change staffline and system spacing,

a. Select FILE > “Score Properties”.Or, Right-click (alt + click for Mac) inside a staff line. In Score Properties, choose “Line/staff spacing” among the options.

b. Make changes to staff line distances and to top / bottom staff spacing in the active system. Push OK to view changes.

To apply distance changes to other systems in the score,

a. Once changes in distances are confirmed in the ENF display, right-click on the source system and select Staff Line Spacing again to continue.

b. In the Copy Settings To area, select either “Next Systems” or “All Systems”.

Next Systems will change subsequent systems and All Systems will change all systems in the score.

c. Push Copy to apply the changes. Push OK to close the window.

Use the Next System or Previous System buttons to compare settings. To visually

check changes in the ENF display, push OK and examine changes made.

7.3.2 Staff Properties


With Properties Tool arrow, click into any yellow marker to the left of a staff line. image Staff properties for that part are shown in the window.

FIGURE 7 - 11: Staff Properties window

Editable properties include:

Visibility: View or hide active staff line.

NOTE: Turning off visibility permanently removes all notation symbols.

Apply Staff Type: Change the characteristics of the staff (e.g. change a “melody” staff to a TAB or percussion staff). For information on creating and editing TAB and per- cussion staff lines, see Chapter 9, "Working with TAB & Drums"

Apply Current Line Spacing: Select to apply current staffline spacing to other staves in the system or score.

Set number of Systems: Select number of measures per line to apply to current or other systems.

Apply to: Select which staff lines will have selected property changes applied: Cur- rent, subsequent (System+) or all (Score).

7.3.3 Bracketing: See "Bracketing", Section 8.4.3.

7.3.4 System Manager: See "System Manager", Section 7.4.

7.3.5 Part Linking: See "Re-linking parts", Section 4.14.

The following sections of the Score Properties window (File > Score Properties) addresses adding/removing parts (staff lines), systems, pages and score parts to the score.

7.3.6 Add empty page

This command will append an empty page to the end of the score.

7.3.7 System > Insert above/Insert below/Remove

Select one of these commands to insert a new, empty system above or below the active system or to delete the active system.

NOTE: Added systems will include every part contained in the Super System. See Sec- tion 7.4.6, "Super System" for details. If it’s necessary, individual parts (staff lines) within any system can be optimized or made “invisible”. Refer to “Visibil- ity” in "Staff Properties", Section 7.3.2 for details

7.3.8 Staff / Part > Insert / Remove

Use to insert a new part into the score or to remove the active staff line from the system. The “Insert” command is identical to the “Add Part” button found in the System Manager (see Section 7.4.5, "Adding a new part to the score"). The “Remove” command removes only the active staff line from the current system. To remove an entire part from the score, refer to Section 7.4.8, "Deleting parts"

7.3.9 Score-Part > Insert above/Insert below/Remove

Select one of these commands to insert a new, empty Score-Part or to remove the active Score-Part. A Score-Part is one of a multiple set of pages for a piece that is scored for sep- arately-sheeted parts. For details, see Section 3.6, "Scanning Part Scores (Score-Parts)".

7.3.10 Ossia

Use this tool to delete or insert an ossia above or below the active staff. Inserted ossias are editable just as any normal staffline except that ossias are not played back.


FIGURE 7 - 12: Ossia

To resize an ossia,

a. Hold the Shift key down (Nudge mode) and drag either of the control points at either end of the ossia. Barline, key and time signature information is inherited from its associated staffline.

b. Re-space ossias using tabs in the left margin just as any staffline.

7.3.11 TAB

This command opens the “Staff Properties” window and applies “6-string guitar” TAB

7.3.12 Go to.

Use this tool to jump to a new measure, page or score part.