NoteAbility Pro Preferences
  1. Choose Preferences... from the NoteAbilityPro menu.
  2. Set the preferences for NoteAbilityPro in the panel.
  3. Click OK to save your preferences.

The NoteAbilityPro Preferences panel contains 7 panes, each of which is accessed by clicking on the tabs along the top of the panel. Each of the panes allows different categories of preferences to be set. Once you have selected your preferences, click on the OK button and they will be stored for you. To revert to your previous settings, click on Cancel button.

Sound / MIDI Pane

The Sound / MIDI pane contains all the preferences related to sound output, default instrument choices, and playback settings.

Default Sound Output - Choose the default sound output method to be used during note entry and score playback. Sound output can be set to use an external MIDI synthesizer (provided you have a synthesizer and a compatible MIDI Interface connect to the USB port of your computer), using Apple's DLS Synthesizer, or using an installed Audio Unit Synthesizer.

Scroll During Playback - Indicate whether or not the score will scroll from page to page during playback by checking the Scroll Score During Playback box.

Playback Hightlight - Set whether the score will highlight measures, highlight beats or provide no display during score playback by choosing from the three options:

  1. Show Each Measure - highlights each measure during playback
  2. Show Each Beat - an arrow indicates each beat during playback
  3. Show Sub-beats - a vertical line with the current score location is displayed during score playback
  4. No Display - no score display during playback

Play Messages On Max - This setting is for users wanting to send Max messages embedded in the score to Max/MSP using System exclusive MIDI or Network messages.

MIDI Input Channel - Set the MIDI input channel using the input channel slider or by typing in the Input Channel text field. The input channel number should correspond to the channel that your keyboard is set to transmit on. Normally channel 1 is the default transmission channel.

MIDI Click Channel - Set the MIDI channel to be used as a click track when recording using the MIDI Recorder can be set using the Click Channel slider. The Click Channel should be set to a MIDI channel that you are not using for recording.

Receive MIDI Input - You can set NoteAbilityPro to receive MIDI input from a connected MIDI keyboard. When the Receive MIDI Input box is checked NoteAbilityPro is set to receive notes whenever keys are played on the MIDI keyboard.

Process MIDI in Background - You can set NoteAbilityPro to receive MIDI input from another application while NoteAbilityPro is running in the background. This setting can be used to transfer data from other MIDI applications either directly to NoteAbilityPro or via a MIDI interface.

Monophonic MIDI Input - You can set NoteAbilityPro to receive MIDI as a successive stream of notes. When this box is checked, incoming MIDI data will not be formed into chords - all notes will be treated as separate events.

Set MIDI Velocities - This button causes a drawer to appear below the Preference panel on which the velocity and relative duration values for various articulations can be set. The MIDI Velocity and Percent Duration fields can be set for each of the 14 articulations available in NoteAbilityPro. The Velocity values are added to the note's velocity during score playback. They should normally be in the range of 20 - 35. A value of 0 means that the note's default velocity value will be used. The percentage duration controls how short or long the note will sound relative to its notated duration (50 indicates that the note will only sound for 50% (1/2) of its indicated duration.) Durations can be larger than 100 percent if desired. Click on the Close button once you have set your articulation preferences and they will be saved when you click on the OK button on the Preference panel.

Default DLS Instrument - You can use the Default DLS Instrument slider to select the default DLS Synthesizer instrument. This is the DLS instrument that will be used by all staves when a new document is created. Once the document is created, you can the Track Setup panel to alter the DLS Instrument for each staff on the score. To transfer the selected DLS Instrument to the current score, click on the Set In Score button.

Default DLS Player - You can either Apple's Quicktime Music Instrument DLS player or NAPro's General MIDI DLS Player as your default sound generator. Once the document is created, you can use the Track Setup panel to alter the DLS Player by loading a different soundfont. While the Quicktime Music Instrument DLS has more timbres available, the quality of the sounds in the NAPro GM DLS Player is better.

- If you select MIDI for audio playback, you must have a compatible MIDI interface connected to your computer's USB port and the necessary MIDI drivers must be installed in your System. Contact the manufacturer of your MIDI interface for information on drivers for Macintosh OS-X.

Text / Fonts Pane

The Text / Fonts pane contains all the preferences for fonts to be used for page numbers, measure numbers, staff labels, etc. As well, the music font (which is used for drawing all music symbols) is selected on this pane.

The following default fonts can be set as preferences:

When you click on the Choose... button located to the right of each of the font categories, the OS-X Font panel is displayed and you can select from all available fonts and sizes. The choosen font is displayed in the Font View located in the top-right corner of the pane.

The Change Fonts in Document button transfers the current font setting to the front score, and the Load Fonts From Score... loads the settings for Lyrics, Page Numbers, Measure Numbers, and Staff Labels from the current score.

Staff Label Justification - Staff Labels can be set to be either Right or Left Justified by choosing one of the two radio buttons. By default, staff labels are Right Justified.

Text Library Location - The location of the default Text Library is indicated at the bottom of this pane. If you want to choose a text library that you have created and previously saved (using the Save button on the Text Library Panel) as your initial library, click on the select... button and locate this text library - it will be loaded each time NoteAblity is launched.

Formatting Pane

The Formatting pane contains preferences for page and system formatting and for some display attributes.

First Beat Inset - the First Beat Inset setting controls the distance from the barline to the first note position. A value of 0 places the first beat location very close to the previous barline, while a value of 1 allows ample room between the barline and the first beat. To alter the settings in the current score, click on the Set In Score button.

Compression Factor - This setting controls the way in which note spacing is adjusted when a system or page is formatted. The Compression Factor is adjusted using a slider - it has a range between 0.0 and 1.0. The larger the Compression Factor, the more equal the beat spacing will be regardless of how many notes are in each of the beats. The smaller the Compression Factor, the more groups or notes are spread out to take up the empty spaces in other places within the system. Below are a few of examples of how this value affects the format of the system.

Compression Factor of 0.1

Compression Factor of 0.4 (the default)

Compression Factor of 0.9

Compression Factor of 1.0

Auto Beam On - Causes notes to be automatically beamed as they are entered.

Auto Format On - Causes the system to be formatted whenever the last note on a line is entered.

Show All Buttons - Causes all page, system and staff buttons as well as the buttons which constitute the rhythmic spine along each system to be displayed on the page.

Scroll To Cursor - Causes the score view to adjust so that the Entry Cursor is always visible.

Lyric Buttons - Show Lyric Position buttons below each staff in the document. This setting only needs to be turned on if lyrics are being used in the score.

Avoid Collisions - you can set NoteAbilityPro to check for collisions between images during system or page formatting. The following boxes can be checked:

Image Palette Layout - Choose from one of three arrangments of the image palette icons.

Measure Numbers Pane

The Measure Numbers pane contains preferences for measure number appearance and location.

In this pane, you can set which measures will have measure numbers on them, whether the measure numbers have a circle or a rectangle around them, whether they appear above the system, below the system or above every staff in the system, whether they appear at the barline, or in the middle of the measure, the distance they appear above or below the staff, and a horizontal offset from their normal drawing position. The Measure Number view shows the appearance of the measure numbers. To change the font used for measure numbers, switch to the Text / Font pane of this panel and choose a different measure number font.

You can also choose to have measure numbers represented as minutes and seconds rather than numbers. If you do this, it is assumed that there is one second in each measure (1/4 at mm=60 or 2/4 mm=120, etc.). When using this feature, you may have to modify specific measure numbers using the Measure Number pane in the Score Structure Panel.

Graphics Pane

The Graphics pane contains preferences for screen graphics and other drawing characteristics.

Default Line Width - You can set the Default Line Width by moving the Line Width slider. This line width is used for drawing lines, rectangles and ovals with the NoteAbilityPro drawing tools.

Anti-aliasing On-screen - The Use anti-aliasing on-screen for staves and lines check box controls whether anti-aliasing is used for thin lines and staff lines. Normally this box is not checked since thin lines appear gray when antialiasing in on.

Staff Thickness - You can set thickenss of staff lines by selecting one of the 6 radio buttons. This setting controls the thickenss of the actual lines drawn, not the distance between the lines. N.B. You may find when large scores are printed (at small reduction percentages) that increasing the staff thickness will help make the staff lines clearer.

Default Barline Type - Choose to have regular, mensurstrich or tick barlines in new documents by default.

Crescendo Width - You can set the default crescendo width by selecting one of the 5 radio buttons, and you can set all selected crescendo and decrescendo images by clicking on the Change Selected Cresc button. The Associate to Staff Above button connects selected crescendo and decrescendo marks to the staff immediately above the image.

Crescendo Line Thickness - You can set the default crescendo line thickness by selecting one of the 5 radio buttons.

Tie Location - You can choose between two different default tie positions: ties appearing between noteheads, and ties appearing above or below the noteheads.

Tie Type - Choose either to have solid or dashed ties.

Slur Type - Choose either to have solid or dashed slurs.

Slur Shape and Thickness - You can adjust the default appearance of both the slur thickness (vertical slider) and the slur shape (horizontal slider). The slur characteristics are displayed in the rectangle.

Appearance Pane

The Appearance Pane contains miscellaneous preferences related to the appearance of music images and default settings for their appearance.

Dot Position - The default horizontal location of dots relative to the notehead can be set by choosing from the 5 radio buttons.

Scale Piano Braces - You can set whether you want the thickness of piano braces to remain constant or to be reduced and increased as the height of the piano brace changes. Option 1 maintains the same thickness, while option 2 causes the thickness of the brace to be adjusted as the height is altered.

Breve Type - You can choose between two different images for breves (i.e. double whole notes).

Flag Type - You can choose between two different flag types: standard curved flags or straight angled flags. The straight angled flags are used in some editions of contemporary music.

Quartertone Type - You can choose between two different representations of 1/4 tones: independent symbols OR standard sharps and flats with an arrow up or down to indicate the quartertone change.

Beam Thickness and Spacing - Choose one of the seven options for beam thickness and beam spacing (i.e. distance between beams).

Default Stem Length - set the default length of stems

Lyric Dash Settings - set the character used to create dashes between syllables in lyrics as well as the underscore position and the length of the dash between syllables.

Rest Stems - set how rests are included in beams and whether they are beamed by default

Slur Offsets - set the behaviour of slurs on notes with accents.

Rules Pane

The Rules Pane contains preferences relating to music notation rules and conventions.

Accidental Rules - You can choose between 4 different rules which control the conditions under which accidentals are added to notes:

  1. Accidentals are assumed to carry through the measures (in the same octave only) - this is the standard rule for most music
  2. Accidentals are assumed to apply only to the note they immediately preceed and notes with no accidental are assumed to be natural
  3. Accidentals are assumed to apply only to the note they immediately preceed and all notes will display an accidental (including naturals)
  4. Accidentals carry through the measure while the pitch is immediately repeated, but does not carry through after a change of ptich

To apply the accidental rule to the current score, click on the Apply Accidental Rule to Score button.

Tie Rules - You can choose either to have durations entered in your score regardless of where they occur in a measure or you can choose to have tied notes automatically generated when durations cross beats and barlines. When option 1 is selected, you indicate how you want ties to occur explicitly in the Command (eg. a Command "qq.q" will form the following tied group regardless of where it is entered in the measure.

With option 2, this Command will be interpreted as 3.5 quarter beats and the durations will be re-calculated according to the meter and location in the measure.

Antesocofo settings - Specify the default settings for creating antescofo files for score-following.

Cautionary Time Signatures and Key Signatures - set whether cautionary time signatures and key signatures are automatically generated in new scores.

Other Pane

The Other Pane contains miscellaneous preferences such as background colour and measurement units.

Custom View Size - The custom view size can be set with the Custom View slider. This view size is used when Custom is selected from the Image View pull-down menu on the Control Panel or in the Score Control Bar.

Measurement Units - Choose the Measurement units to be used with rulers and panels in NoteAbilityPro. Options are:

  1. Inches
  2. Centimeters
  3. Points
  4. Picas

Document Display - Set your default document display to either Single-Page Display or Multi-Page Display. Individual documents can be changed using the Multi Page Display menu item in the Format menu or with the toggle button on the Score Controls.

Selection Colour - This colour well is used to set the colour of selected images in NoteAbilityPro. The new colour can be dragged to the colour well from the Color panel.

Default Paper Size - The default paper size pull-down menu can be used to specify the paper size to be used when new documents or parts are created.

Check boxes can be set for the following preferences:

Speech Recognition Dictionary Location - The location of the default Speech Recognition Dictionary is indicated near the bottom of this pane. If you want to choose a speech dictionary that you have created and previously saved (using the Save button on the Speech Control Panel) as your initial dictionary, click on the select... button and locate this speech dictionary - it will be loaded each time NoteAblity is launched.

File Location - The default path where new documents will be saved is specified at the bottom of the page.

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