PDF - MusicReader Community Documentation

Table of Contents
1 Software Installation............................................................................................................1
1.1 Hardware requirements............................................................................................1
1.2 Installation................................................................................................................1
1.3 Upgrade....................................................................................................................2
1.4 Security messages (Windows only)..........................................................................2
1.5 Plug-in Installation....................................................................................................2
2 Configuration Manual...........................................................................................................5
2.1 Access to Configuration............................................................................................5
2.2 Configuration Options...............................................................................................5
3 Library Manual....................................................................................................................10
3.1 Search Library........................................................................................................10
3.2 Playlists..................................................................................................................12
3.3 Add and remove pieces..........................................................................................13
3.4 Library Folders........................................................................................................13
4 MusicReader Manual..........................................................................................................14
4.1 Display modes........................................................................................................14
4.2 Menu.......................................................................................................................15
4.3 Library.....................................................................................................................18
4.4 Navigation and Mouse Modes................................................................................18
4.5 Advanced Features................................................................................................22
5 MusicConvert Manual........................................................................................................25
5.1 Menu.......................................................................................................................25
5.2 File management....................................................................................................26
5.3 Pages.....................................................................................................................27
5.4 Parts, measures and staffs (Solo Pro only)............................................................28
5.5 Recordings (Solo Pro only).....................................................................................30
5.6 Convert third-party files...........................................................................................31
6 Hardware Manual................................................................................................................33
6.1 Foot pedal...............................................................................................................33
7 MusicReader FAQ...............................................................................................................34
7.1 Installation..............................................................................................................34
7.2 User Interface.........................................................................................................35
7.3 Library.....................................................................................................................35
7.4 MusicReader..........................................................................................................35
7.5 MusicConvert..........................................................................................................36
7.6 Troubleshooting......................................................................................................37
7.7 Other.......................................................................................................................37
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1 Software Installation
This chapter describes the hardware requirements and installation of MusicReader.
1.1 Hardware requirements
• Windows XP/Vista/7 or Mac OS X
• Processor of at least 1.3 Ghz.
• 512 MB RAM or more (1024 MB or more recommended)
• At least 200 MB free hard disk space for program
• MusicReader recommends medium screens (12"+) in portrait mode (1 page) or large
screens (17"+) in landscape mode (2 pages) .
• Digitizer pen or touchscreen is recommended as input device, but mouse and keyboard
are also supported.
• Normal screens provide a larger display-area than widescreens, on widescreen
monitors the sheet music will be a little smaller in size.
1.2 Installation
This section describes the program and license installation.
Windows
The installation steps on Windows for the program are:
1. Run the installation program (musicreader.exe) and follow the instructions in the
installation wizard.
2. Create a directory where you want to store all your sheet music.
3.
Start MusicReader and go to
in the menu
to configure the software.
4. Configure at least the library and recording paths and choose your screen size.
5. Restart MusicReader and you are ready to use it.
Mac OS X
The installation steps on Mac OS for the program are:
1. Run the installation program (MusicReader.dmg) and follow the instructions in the
installation wizard.
2. Create a directory where you want to store all your sheet music.
3.
Start MusicReader and go to
in the menu
to configure the software.
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4. Configure at least the library and recording paths and choose your screen size.
5. Restart MusicReader and you are ready to use it.
License
The licenses of MusicReader are integrated in special license file (license.lic). In most cases
you will receive this license file by e-mail. Before you can install it, you need to save the file
on a temporary location on your computer. You can't open the license file itself.
There are two ways to install a new license:
1. If you are a new user or if your previous license is expired or corrupt, then you can
choose a new license when you start MusicReader or MusicConvert.
2.
Otherwise you can install the new license via the settings dialog,
in the menu
The button "Install..." in the tab "License" can be used to install a new license file.
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1.3 Upgrade
When you want to upgrade to a newer version of MusicReader you can simply install this
version over the old installation. It's not necessary to uninstall the old version, but you need to
be sure you install the new version in the same directory.
1.4 Security messages (Windows only)
During installation and first start of MusicReader you can get some security messages and
warnings like:
• Printer Driver not certified
• Firewall notices
• User Account Control / Administration messages (Vista)
You need to confirm these messages in order to use MusicReader. There is no need to worry
about these messages because they are standard procedures for the security of your system.
1.5 Plug-in Installation
Some functionality of the software needs to be manually. The reason for not integrating them
in the standard installation lays mainly in legal restrictions for distribution of these plugins.
These restrictions do not apply when plugins are installed separately, but you are advised to
read the license agreement of the software. This chapter describes installation of the MP3,
PDF and screen rotation plug-ins.
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1.5.1 MP3 Support
To enable MP3 support you need to download the Sun Java MP3 plugin. Follow steps below
to do this, please ignore all information on the website of Sun Microsystems.
1. Go to this website
2. Click on "Download"
3. Select "Other" (!!! Not "Windows" !!!)
4. Select "I agree to the Software License Agreement" and press "Continue".
5. Click on "javamp3-1_0.zip".
6. Save this file in the plugins directory of MusicReader
1. On Windows this is in most cases c:\program files\MusicReader\plugins\
2. On Mac OS you need to go to Application->MusicReader then click with right
button on MusicReader and choose "Show Package Contents". Move the file to
Contents -> Resources -> Java -> Plugins .
7. Start MusicReader to complete the installation, if previous steps are correct you get a
"Installed MP3 Plugin, please restart MusicReader." message. Under Windows Vista
you need to start MusicReader as administrator to install the plugin. To do this click
with the right mouse button on the MusicReader icon and select "Run as administrator".
You only need to do this once.
8. Start MusicReader again to use it with MP3 Support
1.5.2 PDF Support (Windows only)
There are two ways to install PDF support
Using Setup
You can install PDF support by running the MusicReader setup again. Under "Select
Additional Tasks" there will be a item called GPL Ghostscript - PDF import support if GPL
Ghostscript is not installed already. This option will download and install the necessary
support and requires an Internet connection on your system.
Manually
For import of PDF files in MusicConvert you need to install Ghostscript.
1. Download Ghostscript 8.70 from SourceForge or Ghostscript 8.62 from
http://pages.cs.wisc.edu/~ghost/doc/GPL/gpl861.htm (Download gs861w32.exe which
is at the bottom of the page - under "Microsoft Windows").
2. Install the downloaded file
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1.5.3 Rotation Support (Windows only)
On some systems MusicReader cannot automatically rotate the screen. If this is the case on
your system then you can download iRotate to enable it. There are two options for the
installation.
Using Setup
You can install rotation support by running the MusicReader setup again. Under "Select
Additional Tasks" there will be a item called IRotate - Support for screen rotation if screen
rotation is not yet supported. This option will download and install the necessary support and
requires an Internet connection on your system.
Manually
You can also download this program manually from
http://www.entechtaiwan.com/util/irotate.shtm and install it on your system.
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2 Configuration Manual
This chapter contains information about the configuration of MusicReader and MusicConvert.
2.1 Access to Configuration
Configuration is available in both MusicReader and MusicConvert.
To access the configuration go to
in the menu
.
This enables a dialog with multiple tabs, these tabs and the available settings will be
discussed in the next section.
2.2 Configuration Options
2.2.1 Interface
This tab contains the standard interface settings.
Screen Size:
Screen size currently used, this setting adjusts the size of the interface (buttons, text, etc.) to
the screen. In this way the interface components is always large enough to read and click.
This setting is especially important when you use a pen or touch screen.
Check Screen Rotation:
When this setting is enabled, MusicReader detects the rotation of the screen at start-up.
When the rotation is landscape MusicReader will ask if you want to rotate the screen or
display two page. If this setting is disabled two page will be shown in landscape mode.
Standard Screen Rotation:
If you have disabled "Check Screen Rotation" then this setting can be used to determine the
standard display mode. This standard display mode is used when the MusicReader is started
in landscape mode. (Only available in Version 3.0 with v. 3.0 license )
Onscreen Keyboard:
This setting determines if the onscreen keyboard is shown in the application.
Fullscreen Startup:
When this setting is enabled MusicReader will start fullscreen instead of in a standard
window.
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Keep Focus on Program:
The application will gain focus again when it loses it. In this way foot pedals and keyboard
shortcuts will always remain active. When this setting is disabled then the application can
loose focus.
Widescreen:
Check this option when your screen is a widescreen, it will adjust the user interface of
MusicReader to this type of screen.
Reposition Cursor:
If this setting is enabled the cursor will be moved automatically to the top-left of the screen
when it did not move for 2 seconds. This prevents the cursor from blocking the sheet music. It
is recommended to use this option only when you use a pen or touchscreen, it is less suitable
for mouse usage.
Page Turn Block:
This setting specifies the time for which the page turning should be blocked to prevent
accidentally double clicks, when using keys and foot pedals. Accidental double clicks could
otherwise result in more page turns then intended. To prevent this a larger block time is
recommended. If you on the other hand want multiple page turns at once then you are
advised to choose a small block time.
Sensitive Pen Pressure:
This setting is only useful for Tablet PC users, it makes the pen more sensitive to pressure.
With this setting you need less pressure to get a thick line.
Half Page Automatic Turn:
This setting specifies the time the half page turn should be visible, after this delay the
complete page is automatically shown. The value 0 (standard) means this features is turned
off, in that case you need to turn the half page manually.
LOW VISION MODE:
A special display mode for visually impaired musicians. This mode will:
1. make the text, buttons and icons larger (only in landscape mode)
2. disable the mouse cursors of the application and instead use the Windows cursors
3. It will adjust the colors, the background of the menu will be lighter for higher contrast
2.2.2 Colors
In this tab you can change the layout of the user interface.
Menu:
The color of the menu buttons.
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Background:
Before version 3.0: Background color of the application. This color will be used for areas
around the sheet music, not for the music itself.
Version 3+: This color is used for the background of the sheet music.
Point:
Color for pointing at a measure, this color is used when you select a measure manually.
Indication:
Color for indicating the current measure when using the follow function of the music player or
metronome.
2.2.3 Files and Library
This tab contains the settings for file locations of the library and recordings.
Library:
Here you can specify the location of your music library, all MusicReader files should be in this
directory. It is recommended to use this directory only for sheet music files. You can enter the
location manually using the on screen keyboard or select it using the browse button.
Recordings:
This is the directory were you store all your recordings. This directory is the standard directory
for the music player. You can enter the location manually using the on screen keyboard or
select it using the browse button.
Use standard lists:
This setting enables the standard lists of composers, genres and publishers in the library and
in MusicConvert.
Remember Opened File:
When this setting is enabled then MusicReader remembers the last opened file and loads this
file the next time you start MusicReader.
Remember Playlist:
When this setting is enabled then MusicReader remembers the playlist and loads this playlist
the next time you start MusicReader.
Composer / Genre / Instrument / Instrumentation:
With these fields you can give the Composer / Genre / Instrument / Instrumentation another
name. This means you can use the fields for a another type of information about the piece.
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2.2.4 Scan and import
These settings are for customizing the scan and import functionality of MusicConvert.
Scan Resolution:
This is the resolution in which new pages will be scanned. Larger resolution gives better
quality, but slows down the scanning.
PDF Import Resolution:
This is the resolution in which new pages from PDF files will be imported. It is highly
recommended to leave this value on 125 dpi.
Scan Interface:
When this option is enabled the standard scan-software of your scanner will be used for
scanning. In this interface you can adjust the scan before sending it to MusicConvert. When
this option is disabled the scan will be sent directly to MusicConvert without showing the scan
interface.
Use Standard Scanner:
When this option is enabled MusicReader will always use the standard scanner on your
system. If you want to choose the right scanner for each scan separately you should disable
this option, then a selection box will appear each time you start a new scan.
Automatic Rotation:
This option rotates all newly scanned and imported pages to make the staffs horizontal, this
enhances readability of music and the staff/measure detection capabilities.
Automatic Cut:
With automatic cut enabled all unnecessary white and black borders will be removed from the
image. This results in a larger music display size. It is recommended to disable this option
only when it gives problems with a specific page.
Blur before resizing:
This setting enables blurring before the image is resized during the conversion process. This
can give a sharper result for some types of sheet music.
Color Import:
This setting enables import in color instead of the standard grayscale import. Please note that
colored images require more memory and might slow down the program. Use this setting only
if you really need it.
Standard Page Turn:
Here you can set the standard page turn for new MusicReader files or pages added to
existing files.
Filename contains ID:
This means a unique number ("MRxxxxxx") will be added to the filename when you save a file
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in MusicConvert. This is to prevent accidental overwriting of files with the same title.
2.2.5 Audio
MIDI output/Sound Output/Sound Input:
Here you can configure the audio devices used in MusicReader.
Automatic Play Embedded Recording:
With this setting on the embedded recording of a file will be automatically played. (Only when
Music Player is enabled)
Forward/Backward Page Turn using MIDI Command
Here you can set a MIDI Command to turn the page. You can set it in this way:
1. First check if the correct MIDI input is selected.
2. Then send the MIDI command you want to use to this input.
3. Press Refresh and select the command you want to use.
2.2.6 Updates
Automatic Update Notification:
When update notification is enabled MusicReader will do an online version check every time
you start the application. If there is a new version you will be notified about it.
2.2.7 Apple iPad
This tab is for synchronizing the library with MusicReader for iPad.
1. Make sure your iPad and the computer are on the same WiFi network.
2. Then start MusicReader for iPad and go to settings.
3. Copy the IP Address to "Address" listed there and press "Synchronize Now".
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3 Library Manual
This chapter contains information about the library available in both MusicReader and
MusicConvert.
3.1 Search Library
In this section the search functionality of the library will be discussed.
3.1.1 Options
With the search bar on top of the library you can search for pieces using the following
features:
• Composer - please use last name, first-name or choose a composer from the list. This
field also searches in arranger and lyricist.
• Title of the piece
• Genre of the piece
• Instrumentation - type of ensemble/orchestra
• Instrument - piece for a specific instrument (alone or in combination with other
instruments)
Some of these fields have predefined values and auto complete functionality. Fill in one or
more of these options and press search to start the search. With clear you can clear all fields
to start over again.
The button browse can be used to locate a file outside the library, for example on a USB
Stick, CD-ROM or another location on your computer.
You can also determine the order of the pieces listed in the results:
Composer
Title
The search results can be displayed in the following views:
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Block View
List View
List View
Small
3.1.2 Search results
The pieces of the search results are listed as an icon with text:
• Composer
• Instrumentation Icon
• Instruments
• Piece title
Extra information is displayed when you hold the mouse cursor on a piece.
To open a piece you simply click it, the library will be closed and the piece loaded.
3.1.3 Browse tabs
To get a sub selection of the results you can choose one of the tabs which represent a list of
categories. These categories are the genres, instrumentations and instruments available in
the search results. With these tabs you can make a quick selection of the results without
doing a completely new search.
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3.1.4 Instrumentation Icons
These icons are used in the MusicReader library to indicate instrumentations of pieces:
Solo
Duo
Trio
Quartet
Quintet
Sextet
Septet
Octet
Ensemble Orchestra/Band
3.1.5 PDF Files in library
Version 3.0 with v. 3.0 license only
The library can also show PDF files. The information shown for these files is the metadata
inside the PDF. In most cases this metadata is the title of the piece and the
composer/arranger. You can also open PDF files from the library, just like normal
MusicReader files.
In MusicReader the software will then automatically convert the PDF file to a MusicReader file
and then open that MR File.
In MusicConvert the file will be imported when you open it, you can then change the settings
and save it manually to a MusicReader file. The browse dialog in the library can also show
PDF files outside the library location.
3.2 Playlists
This feature is only available in the library of MusicReader, it is not available in
MusicConvert.
In the library you can create a playlist of pieces which you want to load in MusicReader. To
enable the playlist mode of the library click the
button and it will change to
. When
this mode is enabled all selected pieces in the Library will be added to the playlist. The pieces
in the playlist are visible on the right side of the screen. You can drag and drop pieces to add
them to the playlist or to change their order inside the playlist. To remove a piece from the
playlist simple click on that piece in the playlist panel. You can load and save playlist files by
using
and
buttons. To confirm the playlist simply exit the library and the pieces will
be loaded automatically.
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3.3 Add and remove pieces
If you want to add a piece to the library then you need to copy/move that file to the library
directory. You can find the location of this directory in the Configuration Screen under the tab
"File Location". You can also remove pieces from this directory.
Removing a piece is also possible in the library itself, simply use the right mouse button. Be
careful with removing pieces in this way because the software cannot undo this action.
3.4 Library Folders
Folders created in the library files location can be used in the library itself to select files.
Under the Browse button you find a selection field which lists these folders. When you select
one of the folders the library will only show the selected folder.
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4 MusicReader Manual
The MusicReader program is described in this chapter.
4.1 Display modes
The software can display your sheet music in multiple display modes:
1. One page only
2. Two pages (Solo Pro only)
3. Half page
When your screen is in portrait mode the software will always display only one page. If it is in
landscape mode (standard on most systems) then you can choose between the following
option.
1.
Rotate the screen left or right to display one page
2.
Display two pages
3.
Display half a page
4.
Display whole page on landscape
After MusicReader started you can change to display mode by using
in the menu
.
4.1.1 Screen rotation
This section provides information about the screen rotation on Windows and Mac.
Windows
On Windows MusicReader can automatically rotate the screen when:
1. the computer already supports screen rotation, or
2. IRotate is installed
Mac OS
Some video cards include support for display rotation in Mac OS X. Look in Displays
Preferences; if you see a Rotate pop-up menu on the right side of the window, your video
card supports display rotation.
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On some macbooks screen rotation is unfortunately disabled by Apple. There is not
yet a solution for this problem.
There is also a utility to rotate your screen called Display Rotation Menu.
It can be downloaded from http://www.magesw.com/displayrotation/
4.1.2 Mouse/Touchpad Rotation
On notebooks/laptops it could be handy to rotate the integrated mouse touchpad. In that way
you can still use it when the screen is rotated. Officially Windows doesn't supports a mouse
rotation, but there is still a (unsupported) way to so it:
1. Uninstall IRotate (If you have installed it)
2. Install EeeRotate - http://vk.edward.li.googlepages.com/eeerotate (please read the
description)
This program can only rotate the mouse to one side, it doesn't support both sides
unfortunately.
Please keep in mind that we don't support this software.
4.2 Menu
This section lists the menu icons and keyboard shortcuts.
4.2.1 Icons
The icons of the menu:
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Main
Library
Previous Page
Next Page
Next Half Page
Browse
Select Measure /
Bookmark Mode
Zoom Mode
Application
Eraser
Marker
Symbol
Color
Zoom Out
Current Zoom
Navigation Mode Annotation Mode
Annotations Mode
Pencil
Width
Zoom Mode
Zoom In
Applications
Metronome /
Tuner / Player /
Recorder
Help
Settings
Edit in
MusicConvert
Print Music
Exit
Metronome / Tuner / Player / Recorder
Metronome
Tuner
Music player
Sound recorder
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Screen Rotation
4.2.2 Keyboard shortcuts
There are keyboard shortcuts available in the software for the most common operations.
[F1] Help
[Page-up] or [Up] previous page
[Page-down] or [Down] next page
[Ctrl] + [Up] Previous Bookmark
[Ctrl] + [Down] Next Bookmark
[Home] first page
[End] last page
[M]inimize / [M]aximize screen
[H]alf page turn
Open [B]rowse
[P]lay / [P]ause recording
[S]top Playback
[U]ndo
[R]edo
[+][=] zoom in
[-][_] zoom out
[N]avigation
[D]raw
[E]rase
Hi[G]hlight / marker
[I]mage
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[A]dd Bookmark
[Ctrl]-[Alt]-[-->] (left key) or [Ctrl]-[Alt]-[<--] (right key) Rotate screen 90 or 270 degrees
[Ctrl]-[Alt]-[/|\] (up key) Normal screen rotation.
[Ctrl]-[Alt]-[\|/] (down key) 180 degrees rotation.
Playlist shortcuts
When a playlist is loaded then you can also type a number (for example 1, 11 and 125) to
jump to another piece in the list. This number is the place in the playlist where the piece is
located.
4.3 Library
Check the library chapter for information about using the library.
4.4 Navigation and Mouse Modes
This section describes the navigation and mouse modes available in the MusicReader menu.
Mouse modes determine the action performed on the sheet music. Some mouse modes have
alternatives also listed in this section.
4.4.1 Navigation
In this subsection the navigation methods of MusicReader will be described.
4.4.1.1 Onscreen buttons
In the menu there are multiple buttons to navigate through the music. These are for page
turning:
With these buttons you can turn pages back and forward. The half forward buttons changes
the top of the screen to the next page and keeps the bottom on the current one. In this way
you can see the top of the next page when you are at the bottom of the current one.
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With
you can request a dialog for browsing the music. In this dialog you can select the
page or measure you want to navigate to. It contains thumbnails of the pages which you can
view and select. There is also an option to select a specific page or measure number. When
you enabled a playlist in the library, this list will also be visible in the browse dialog. From the
playlist you can select a piece, which will then be loaded into MusicReader.
4.4.1.2 Navigation mode
When
is selected in the menu you can turn pages by clicking on the sheet music. A click
on the right side will turn the page forward and on the left side will turn it backward.
The separation between forward and backward is shown at the bottom of the screen:
In this mode there are three submodes which determine the actual type of page turn:
1.
2.
3.
Standard turn of the file*
Always Whole Page
Always Half Page
You can change these modes after the navigation mode has been selected.
*=these page turns can be changed in MusicConvert.
In the half page view of MusicReader the page turn modes are completely ignored. In the two
page view a whole page means two pages at once and half means only one page is turned.
4.4.1.3 Foot pedal and keyboard keys
Other possibilities are page turning by using keyboard keys:
• Page up or Up Arrow for previous page
• Page down or Down Arrow for next page
All foot pedals that can simulate these keys are compatible with MusicReader. Also function
buttons on Tablet PCs can be used for this purpose if they activate the mentioned keys.
4.4.1.4 MIDI commands
With the program MIDI Translator you can translate MIDI commands to the keyboard
shortcuts of MusicReader. In this way you can also turn pages with MIDI commands, simply
map it to the Page Up and Page Down keys. The software can be downloaded from
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http://www.bome.com/midi/translator/
4.4.2 Annotation
The annotation mode consist of the following sub modes:
•
•
•
•
Draw line
Erase area
Highlight area / Mark area
Insert Symbol
In each mode you can choose the color
and line-width
which you want to use. With
the draw, erase and mark modes you can simply draw a line on the sheet music. This line will
be displayed with the selected color and width.
TIP 1a - Tablet PC users can also use the erase side of the digitizer pen to erase
annotations.
TIP 1b - Other users can use the right mouse button to erase, simply hold this button when
erasing.
TIP 2 - Use the color white to whiteout / hide parts of the sheet music.
When you want to insert a symbol you either click on a location or draw a rectangle. When
you click the symbol will be resized to the chosen line width. Drawing a rectangle will cause
the symbol to be resized to the size of that rectangle. In this way you have full control over
the size of the symbol.
It is also possible to add text to the sheet music. In the
dialog you can select
to
enable this feature. Simply type the text and press OK. You can now insert it just like a
normal Symbol.
There is a redo/undo function for annotations in the last drop-down menu of the software.
With
you can undo changes and with
redo changes in annotations. In Version 3+ of
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the software you also have the option to clear a page from annotations (
) and to
save/clone a file (
). With the last feature you can create files of the same piece with
different annotations.
4.4.3 Select Measure
With
->
you can activate a mode where you can select a measure. This selection is
used for the metronome, music player and for sending the measure to another musician in
the network (not yet available).
4.4.4 Add Bookmark
With
->
you can add a bookmark to a page. Bookmarks can be a number or letter.
Naming the bookmark is optional. All bookmarks are listed in
for fast navigation. To
remove a bookmark simply click on the same location again and the bookmark will be
removed.
4.4.5 Change Half Page Height (Single Page View Only)
With
->
you can change the height of the half page turn. Click on a location in the
music and the height will be changed to the choosen height. In this way you can for example
use 75% of the height for the current page and 25% for the next page, instead of the standard
50% setting. You can determine the height for every page in the file and these settings are
saved when you close the file.
4.4.6 Zooming
Enlarging the sheet music can be done in the zooming mode. In this mode you can zoom into
a specific area of the page and make for example accurate annotations. Zooming in can be
done by clicking on the sheet music. You can also use the menu buttons:
Choose
zoom factor
When the page is zoomed in, it is also possible to use scrollbars to go to another area of the
page.
Zoom in
Zoom out
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4.5 Advanced Features
In this section the advanced features are described.
4.5.1 Applications (Solo Pro only)
In this subsection the special application wil be described.
4.5.1.1 Metronome
MusicReader has a metronome with the base functions and some enhanced functions.
Before starting the metronome you need to specify:
• Beats (1-12 beats per measure)
• Tempo (40-240 bpm)
To start and stop the metronome use the
and
buttons.
can be used to turn the sound on/off (only possible if Windows has sound turned
on).
The metronome has an enhanced function which shows the current measure in the music.
For this functions it is required that the measure locations are known (see MusicConvert). If
you have selected
, the metronome will indicate the current measure starting at the
measure of the displayed page. If you want to start from a specific measure you can also use
to select a measure and then start the metronome. While the metronome is running the
is automatically selected, so you can change the measure on the fly.
4.5.1.2 Tuner
When the tuner is activated it starts to listen to the input from the microphone attached to
your system. Before you can use your microphone you need to activate it in Windows. You
can adjust the tuner by selecting another pitch. Pitches from 410 up to 480 Hz are supported.
The tuner can also generate a tone at the desired pitch by clicking at
to
. It will then switch
. Then you can also select another note. To stop the sound press the icon again.
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4.5.1.3 Music Player
With the integrated music player you can play audio CDs and files. It works just like a normal
music player. Multiple audio formats are supported, although some require a separate plug in
(see Installation). It is also possible that there are audio files or CD tracks embedded in the
sheet music file, in that case you can only choose these embedded items.
There are three possible sources for the music player:
•
•
•
Embedded recording in the loaded file or an integrated reference to a CD tracks
(requires CD)
Audio CD
Audio File
You need to choose one of these source before you can use the music player.
The music player has an enhanced function showing the current measure in the music. For
this functions it is required that the measure locations are known and that the recording is
calibrated (see MusicConvert). If you have selected
the music player will indicate the
current measure starting at the measure of the displayed page. If you want to start from a
specific measure you can also use
the music player is playing the
on the fly.
to select a measure and then start playback. While
is automatically selected, so you can change the measure
You can add a new embedded file by using
or remove it by using
.
4.5.1.4 Sound Recorder
With this feature you can record what you play and listen to it afterwards. It requires a
working microphone. The recorder has the following buttons:
1.
2.
3.
start / stop recording
start / stop playback of recording.
save recording
You can save the recording you made to a WAV, OGG, AIF or AU File. If you want a small
file then save it to OGG, this format has a compression similar to MP3. The only drawback is
that not all players support OGG. The music player in MusicReader supports OGG.
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It also possible to embed a recording in the sheet music file so you can use it in the music
player. Embedded files are always saved as OGG to keep the sheet music file small. The
embedding feature is only available in version 3.0 with v. 3.0 license.
The recorder will always ask if you want to save the old recording when you record a new
one. In this way you can't accidentally overwrite a valuable recording.
4.5.2 Full screen / Hide menu (Solo Pro only)
Below the menu there is a bar with which you can hide/show the complete menu. In this way
you can use the space of the menu to show the music fullscreen whenever this is necessary.
Shown
Hidden
4.5.3 Switch to MusicConvert
Sometimes you could find it necessary to change the file (page order, information, etc)
currently loaded in MusicReader. When you press
the displayed file will be loaded in
MusicConvert. After changing the file you can easily switch back to MusicReader.
4.5.4 Print a file
MusicReader can print a complete piece including all the annotations. Simple click
select a printer and press OK.
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4.5.5 PDF File conversion
Version 3.0 with v. 3.0 license only
In MusicReader you can also open PDF Files. The software will then automatically convert
the PDF file to the MusicReader format and save it to a .mrs file. It will then load the
converted file, this means all annotations and other changes are saved to the created
MusicReader file. In this way conversion of PDF files is easy and fast. If you want to change
the file afterwards then you can always load it into MusicConvert.
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5 MusicConvert Manual
This chapter contains information about scanning and converting pieces to the MusicReader
file format using MusicConvert.
5.1 Menu
This section lists the menu icons and keyboard shortcuts.
5.1.1 Icons
The icons of the menu:
Main
New music
Open music from
Library
Save current
music
Music Info
Previous Page
Next Page
Select Measure
Detect/Draw
Measures
Change Staff
Page order &
turning
Add image
Delete current
image
Applications
Staffs & Measures
Detect staffs
Detect measures
Clear measures /
staffs
Settings
View in
MusicReader
Applications
Recording
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5.1.2 Keyboard shortcuts
There are keyboard shortcuts available in the software for the most common operations.
[F1] Help
[A]dd Page
[R]emove Page
Page [O]rder
[S]ave File
Open [L]ibrary
[N]ew File
[I]nformation
5.2 File management
This section describes the file management of MusicConvert.
5.2.1 Library & Storage
See the library chapter for the library functionality and for piece information changes read the
next subsection.
To save the current file use
. If you want to overwrite an existing file then keep the file
name the same, otherwise you can specify the filename you want. The standard file name
includes the title and a unique number. This unique number prevents replacing a file with the
same name, for example when there are multiple parts of the same piece.
5.2.2 Piece Information
With
you can access the information about the piece. Here you can specify composer,
title and all other features used in the music library. The fields of composer, instrumentation,
instrument and genre contain predefined values with an auto complete function. When you
have multiple values for a features you can add an field by pressing the + sign. Removal of
empty fields can be done by pressing the - sign.
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5.3 Pages
In this section the insertion, removal and ordering of pages will be described.
5.3.1 Add / Remove
With
a page-image can be added from both a scanner and an existing file.
File formats that are supported are:
• JPG - JPEG images
• PNG - Portable Network Graphics (PNG) images
• GIF - GIF images
• BMP - Bitmap images
• TIFF - TIFF images
• PDF - PDF file are supported with a separate plug in (See Software Installation).
• FH (unencrypted) - the format used by the MusicPad Pro® Music Tablet.
You can choose the location where the image is inserted to ensure you have the right order.
It is also possible to select a directory and import all images available in that directory. These
images are imported in alphabetical order, so if your files are numbered then please use
xxxx001, xxxx002, xxx003 numbering. When you want to remove a page image then press
, this will remove the image that is currently visible.
For unsupported file types you can use the MusicReader Printer driver. More information see
below.
5.3.2 PDF (and FH) Batch Conversion
It's also possible to perform a batch conversion of PDF and FH files. FH files are the format of
the Freehand MusicPad Pro.
To activate this go to
and choose the PDF Batch conversion option. You can convert a
complete directory or a set of files. All the converted file will be saved on the library location to
make them available in the library. MusicConvert automatically copies the title and author
metadata embedded in the PDF file to the MusicReader file. If there is no title in the PDF file
then the library will show "no title". In that case you have to load the file in MusicConvert
manually to add the title.
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5.3.3 Page Order
With
the order of the page-images can be specified. This is the page order that is used in
MusicReader. A page-image can be used for multiple pages to specify repeats and jumps in
the music. Each page has a page turn which can be whole or half depending on your
preference. The last page should always have [last page] as page turn.
In the half page view of MusicReader the page turns are completely ignored. In the two page
view a whole page means two pages at once and half means only one page is turned.
When you select or alter the image field from a page the selected image is shown in the
background. In this way you can verify if the correct image is chosen and also test the page
order.
5.4 Parts, measures and staffs (Solo Pro only)
This section includes the detection and drawing of parts, measures and staffs inside the
music.
5.4.1 Measure Information
When the measures are detected (see next section) MusicConvert shows the measure
structure onscreen. Each of the displayed measure has:
• measure number [top-left, in red]
• number of rest measures [middle, in red]
• recording timestamp [bottom, in blue] (see recording calibration)
The program only displays the information that is available.
is an interaction mode which can be used to alter measure information. Here you can
specify the measure number and the number of (rest) measures it contains. To access the
measure information simply click on a measure in this mode.
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5.4.2 Staffs & Measures
With
you can determine the location of measures in the music.
Detection
There is an autodetection features for both staffs and measures:
1.
Use
to detect the staffs in your music.
2. Check them and if necessary correct them (see section "drawing").
3.
Then use
to detect the measure lines in the staff.
4. Check them also for incorrect measures and correct whenever necessary (see section
"drawing").
5. Use Measure Info to adjust measure numbers (See previous section)
can be used to erase all measure and staff information.
Drawing
To correct the detected staffs and measure lines draw rectangles and lines on the music:
• To add a staff draw a horizontal rectangle in the shape of the staff you want to add.
• To add a measure
♦ draw a measure line on the staff by dragging the mouse
♦ or click on the measure line
• To remove measure lines and staffs draw the same shape, but let it intersect with the
one you want to remove. You can only remove one item at a time.
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5.4.3 Parts Definition
Some sheet music like piano piece and scores have grouped staffs which represent multiple
voices / instruments. With
you can specify if a staff is the top-part (green) or one of the
lower parts (yellow). Only the top-part contain measure information. To toggle the setting of a
staff simply click on it in this mode.
5.5 Recordings (Solo Pro only)
To change recording settings of your music click on
. You get the choice to either:
• Calibrate recording
• Organize embedded recordings
These option will be described in the next subsections.
5.5.1 Calibration
With calibration you can include the recording-position into the music. This can be used to let
MusicReader follow the recording visually on the sheet music. Before using this features you
have to specify the measure locations (See "Staffs & Measures").
When the calibration is is selected it ask for the source of the recording. You can use both
CD, music files or embedded recordings. A lot of music files are supported, although some
require a separate plug-in (See Software Installation). After selecting the source, it will ask if
you want to remove existing information about location. If you want to add locations then
press "No". After pressing "OK" on the start-dialog the music will start to play. Now
periodically press the measure that is playing at that time. For these measures MusicConvert
will record a timestamp. It is recommend to press on the first beat of each measure. If the
tempo is completely constant you only have to press the begin and end measure of a piece,
when there are differences in tempo them it is recommended to press as much measure as
possible. MusicReader will calculate the measure location which you didn't specify.
You can only specify one timestamp per measure, but it is however still possible to specify
repeats in the sheet music with a little trick. This can be done in the following way.
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1. Press the last measure before the repeat
2. Press the last measure of the repeat
3. Press the first measure of the repeat
4. Press the measure after the repeat
You can also specify repeats with a first and second ending. This can be done in the following
way:
1. Press the last measure before the repeat
2. Press the last measure of the first ending
3. Press the first measure of the repeat
4. Press the last measure before the first ending with a right mouse click (Important!)
5. Press the first measure of second block
In this way MusicReader will calculate the repeat measure in the correct way.
If you want to stop the calibration then simple press
you want to add additional timestamps.
again. You start calibration again if
5.5.2 Embedding Recordings
In this screen you can add recordings to the loaded file. There are two types of items which
can be included:
• music files
• reference to a CD track (track itself will not be included, CD will be required for
playback)
You can add a new item by using
specify either
or remove it by using
. For each item you need to
• music file or
• CD track number
You can also add a description to the item, this description will be visible when MusicReader
plays the recording.
5.6 Convert third-party files
Not all file types are supported directly by MusicConvert, these files can however still be
converted.
Windows
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In Windows you can use the virtual printer driver to convert files. From any application you
can print sheet music to a printer called "MusicReader Printer". MusicConvert will be started
directly after the printing finished and load the printed music. After adjusting it to your needs
you can save it to a MusicReader file.
Mac OS
In Mac OS you can print to PDF from almost every application:
1. Select File, Print...
2. Click the pop-up PDF button and select Save as PDF...
You can then import this PDF into MusicConvert, just like for any other PDF file.
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6 Hardware Manual
Additional information about the hardware for MusicReader
6.1 Foot pedal
• The foot pedal is connect to your computer via the USB port. The pedal is plug and
play, no additional settings are required.
• The pedal uses page-up/-down keys to give MusicReader commands.
• The window of MusicReader must be the window that is focused, otherwise it will not
work.
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7 MusicReader FAQ
7.1 Installation
7.1.1 What are the system requirements of MusicReader?
Please check Installation chapter
7.1.2 Do you have plans for a Linux version?
We constantly monitor the wishes of our customers. If you are interested in a Linux version
please let us know. When there is enough demand we will consider the development for
these operating systems.
7.1.3 Is the installation of the printer driver required?
No, you can leave it out during the installation. You are then however unable to print to
MusicConvert.
7.1.4 Why do I get a security notice about the printer driver?
The printer driver is not certified by Microsoft, but you can ignore this notice, you can safely
install the driver.
7.1.5 Why is the support for PDF or MP3 not functioning?
You need to install a separate plug-in, please check Installation chapter for more information.
7.1.6 Do I have to uninstall MusicReader before installing a newer
version?
No, you can simply install it over the old version, you however need to make sure you install it
in the same directory.
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7.2 User Interface
7.2.1 Why are the icons so large or so small?
It is likely you have the wrong monitor size in the settings of MusicReader, you can change it
under the interface tab of the settings dialog. The standard value of this setting is 15".
7.2.2 I'm using MusicReader on a desktop, can I hide the onscreen
keyboard?
Yes, you can hide it using a setting on the tab Interface. (See Configuration)
7.3 Library
7.3.1 Where can I change the file location of the library?
Yes, go to the settings section to change this location.
7.3.2 Can I open a file which is not in the library?
Yes, use the browse button in the library.
7.3.3 Which information is displayed in the library?
The information which is specified in the Piece Information dialog of MusicConvert.
7.4 MusicReader
7.4.1 Which file formats are supported by the music player?
A complete list of file formats can be found on
http://java.sun.com/products/java-media/jmf/2.1.1/formats.html . The software also supports
Ogg Vorbis files. MP3 is supported when a special plug-in is installed. (See installation
chapter)
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7.4.2 MusicReader seems to have problems on my system, how can I
solve them.
You can disable virus and firewall to see if it solves your problem. If it does not then please
post a question in the MusicReader community.
7.4.3 The page is not turned correctly, why?
When using the navigation mode you can choose between three ways of page turning,
standard / whole page / half page. Please check your setting (see MusicReader Manual). The
standard page turn can be changed in MusicConvert.
7.4.4 Can I use MIDI commands to use MusicReader?
This is possible with a program available on http://www.bome.com/midi/translator/ . With this
program you can translate MIDI commands to the hotkeys of MusicReader.
7.5 MusicConvert
7.5.1 How do I create a new File?
To make a new file in MusicConvert follow these steps:
1. Start MusicConvert ? the program already opens with a new file
2. To add images to the file press the green plus-sign (+). You can add PNG, GIF, JPG,
BMP and PDF files.
3. You should see the images you added to MusicConvert.
4. Then go to the information panel (i) and enter the information about the piece.
5. After that save the file. The standard location is the library directory.
6. Now you can load the file in MusicReader.
7.5.2 I want to change scan and import settings. Where can I do it?
In the configuration these settings are under the "Scan and import" section.
7.5.3 Why are parts of the image cut off?
This sometimes happens when the cut option is enabled in the configuration. Disable this
option and import/scan again to get the full image.
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7.5.4 Why is the quality of the staff and measure detection so low?
This could be caused by a low quality image or a special kind of notation. Please remember
that the detection is not designed for full recognition, you always need to make some manual
adjustment.
7.5.5 PDF Import is not functioning, why?
For PDF import you need to install Ghostscript, for more information see Software Installation.
7.5.6 How do I improve the quality of the images?
You can try to change the following settings which can improve image quality: - Automatic
Rotation - Automatic Cut - Scan Resolution
7.5.7 Can I convert MusicPad Pro® files?
Yes, you can convert the (unencrypted) FH format used by the MusicPad Pro® Music Tablet.
7.6 Troubleshooting
7.6.1 I get the error message "Can?t reset output". What can I do about
it?
In the complete error message the location of the output.log file is mentioned (for example
C:\ProgramData\MusicReader\output.log). Remove this file and then start the software again.
7.7 Other
7.7.1 Is it legal to scan existing sheet music?
This depends on the country you are in, some countries do not allow making full copies of a
piece, others allow it when you have the original publication. For more information see the
copyright law of your country. In most cases it is however no problem to make a digital copy
as long as you have the original publication present for each digital copy and they are not
used simultaneously. If you are unsure about the risks then ask permission from the publisher
or purchase the digital version of the piece. There is also a lot of sheet music which is in the
public domain or for which the copyright is expired.
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7.7.2 I think I found a bug in the software or have a suggestion for
improvement.
Please contact us about it, we really want to know this information so we can improve
MusicReader.
7.7.3 I have a question not answered here. Where can I find the answer?
Use the MusicReader Community on our website to get the answer. The forum of this
community has the answer to most questions.
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