The Tools Palette is located at the above the Main Toolbar
or above the Piano Keyboard if it is visible. The Tools Palette
contains controls for switching between the 4 Activity Modes of NoteAbilityPro for iPad, for setting which
of the 3 voices your notes and other music images are being entered on, for choosing which category of
music images you are currently entering into your score and for engaging some common editing operations.
- Set the Activity Mode for NoteAbilityPro for iPad:
the 4 Activity Modes are Insertion, Selection, Score Selection and Score Formatting.
- Set the current voice - there are 3 separate voice on each staff.
- Select one of 6 categories of music images
- Perform some of the common editing operations on selected images.
The 4 Activity Modes in NoteAbilityPro for iPad control how you interact with your score.
- Insertion Mode (target icon) is used for entering all images in the score.
- Selection Mode (arrow icon) is used to select images or groups of images for editing.
- Select Score Mode (double arrow icon) is used to select regions of the score (across
measures and pages if needed) for editing.
- Format Mode (ruler icon) is used to make changes to the score layout or formatting.
- When a new Activity Mode is selected, the Variable Image Palette located
directly above the Tools Palette is altered to provide you with the buttons and controls associated with that
During score playback, the Tools Palette changes to display playback controls such as a tempo slider and
There are 3 possible voices on each staff of a NoteAbilityPro score. While it is possible to
place any musical image on any of the 3 voices, changing voices is usually only necessary when
you want several independent lines on the same staff. The first voice has stems being drawn
up or down depending on the pitch of the note. The second voice has stems being drawn in an upward direction
and the third voice has stems being drawn in a downward direction.
To help distinguish between voices, voice 2 images are displayed with a red tint and
voice 3 images with a green tint. Chords can be created in any of the 3 voices. The example below shows the difference
between using a single voice (Voice 1) with chords and two voices (Voice 2 and 3) each with a single melodic line:
Voice 1 with chords Voice 2 and Voice 3
The example below shows a more complex example of three voices on a single staff:
- Beaming does not normally occur between notes in different voices.
Categories of Music Images
There are 6 categories of music images that can be selected using buttons on the Tools Palette. Each of the buttons
loads the corresponding images in the Variable Image Palette. The categories
of music images are:
- Notes - these are entered in the score at the position of the Entry Cursor and at the pitch you touch on the staff or at the pitch played on the piano keyboard.
- Rests - these are entered in the score at the position of the Entry Cursor and the vertical location you touch on the staff.
- Dynamic Markings - these are entered on the score just above the position you touch on the screen.
- Lines and Graphics - these are entered on the score just above the position you touch on the screen.
- Text and Lyrics - these are entered on the score at the position you touch on the screen.
- Graphical and Grace Notes - these are entered on the score to the left of the position you touch on the screen.
Common Editing Operations
For complex editing operations such as copy and paste, adding articulations, and altering the characteristics of images, you will switch the Activity Mode to Selection and perform the
desired editing operation. However, for some of the most common editing operations, you can click on any of these 6 buttons without changing modes.
- Delete button - removes the last image entered or any selected images.
- Add Articulations - adds the articulation shown in the button to the last note entered or to any selected notes.
- Move Images Up button - moves the last image entered or any selected image up one staff step.
- Move Images Down button - moves the last image entered or any selected image down one staff step.
- Slur Notes button - forms a slur between the entered note and the previous note or between any selected group of notes.
- Tie Notes button - forms a tie between the entered note and the previous note or between any selected group of notes provided that the notes are the same pitch.
- Beam Notes button - creates a beam between selected notes. if notes are already part of a beam group, the previous beam group will be removed and a new beam formed.
- the Add Articulation button will be set to the last articulation chosen from the Articulations Panel.
- when you remove the last note entered using the Delete button the Entry Cursor does not move to the previous position, so if you do want
to remove the image and move the Entry Cursor back, use Undo rather that Delete