About the Pasteboard

Like other Macintosh OS-X programs, the pasteboard acts as a temporary storage location for data that NoteAbility uses when you perform a Cut or Copy command on a document . When using the Copy command, NoteAbility only stores the selection in NoteAbility format to save time. This means that the data can be pasted into a different location in the score or into another NoteAbility score, but it cannot be exported to another application.

When using the Copy All Types menu item (Command-Shift-C) NoteAbility copies the selection in a variety of formats which can include NoteAbility format, PDF (Portable Document Format), TIFF format, PICT format, Standard MIDI format, NeXT SCORE format, Max qlist format, CSound sco, GUIDO interchange format, JPEG format, and EPS format. Since NoteAbility supports so many file formats, and since some applications will accept more than one of these formats, there is a Copy Types... menu item (in the Tools menu) which displays up a panel which allows you to set the formats that Copy All Types will send to the pasteboard. Once copied, the data can be pasted in any application that is able to receive one of the copy types selected. In the example below, the Copy Types panel has been set to copy in PDF format so it can be pasted into an application that supports PDF graphics (such as Mail.app).

PDF, TIFF, PICT, JPEG and EPS are graphic formats, Standard MIDI and NeXT Score formats are audio playback formats, Max qlist format is used to transferring Max messages from your score into a Max qlist object, CSound sco format is used to transfer note information to a Csound score file, and GUIDO is a notation interchange format, used to transfer the score to another music application capable of receiving GUIDO format. In order for inter-application pastes to work, the application you are pasting the data into must be capable of receiving data via the pasteboard.) If an application (such as a text editor) can receive multiple formats (i.e. it supports both text and graphics), then it will paste the format it prefers.

- For more information on the GUIDO notation format and applications on various platforms that support GUIDO, please refer to the GUIDO home page.

- It is possible to copy a portion of your score in PDF format and paste it back into the score as a graphic image. This could be useful in situations where you might want a graphic example (such as an ossia) included in the score.

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