Setting Initial Preferences

STEP 5: Setting Initial Preferences

NoteAbilityPro preferences are very extensive, and most of them require some familiarity with the program. The default preferences are suited to most user needs. However, you may want to set some important preferences (such as the default sound output, measurement units, and the music font) before using the program. To bring up the Preferences panel, choose the Preferences item in the NoteAbilityPro menu.

Different categories of preferences are located on different panes of the preference panel, with each pane being accessed by clicking on the tabs along the top of the window. Click on the Sound/MIDI tab first.

In order to hear pitches when they are entered and to listen to your scores you should select a sound method. Click on the radio button for the default sound output you want to use: By default the Apple DLS synthesizer is used for sound playback, but you can choose to have MIDI, Quicktime Musical Instruments, or Apple Audio Units as the default sound output. This setting is used to set the sound output method when new scores are created. Of course, each track (or staff) of your score can be altered to use any one of these methods after the score has been created. For more details on the differences between the various sound output methods, refer to the Audio pages of the Help files. If you choose to have MIDI as your default sound method, then you must have a compatible MIDI interface connected to your computer and the appropriate MIDI driver installed in your /Library/Audio/Midi Drivers/ folder. If you want NoteAbilityPro to receive imput from a MIDI keyboard, then make sure the Receive MIDI Input box is checked. It is possible to use a synthesizer keyboard for note entry in NoteAbilityPro, but use another sound output method (such as the Apple DLS Synthesizer) for sound production.

The Scriabin6 is the default music font for NoteAbilityPro and is included with the program. However, a number of other music fonts are supported by NoteAbilityPro, but they must be purchased and installed separately. To choose a different font, click on the Text/Fonts tab of the Preferences panel and choose from the list of available music fonts. Currently, the fonts supported by NoteAbilityPro are:

Font Company
Sonata font Adobe Systems Inc.
Petrucci font Coda Music Technology Inc.
Engraver font Coda Music Technology Inc.
Maestro font Coda Music Technology Inc.
MaestroWide font Coda Music Technology Inc.
Jazz font Sigler Music Inc.
Opus font Sibelius Inc.
Inkpen2 font Sibelius Inc.
Swing font Sigler Music Inc.
Broadway Copyist font Coda Music Technology Inc.
Vienna font MuseGraph Inc.

If you already own copies of these fonts in an earlier Macintosh operating system, you can move the fonts into the /Library/Fonts directory of your Macintosh OS-X hard drive.

If you prefer to use a measurement unit other than inches, you may also want to change the measurement units used in various panels and the rulers in NoteAbilityPro. The measurement units are located under the Other tab in the Preferences panel. Choose between Inches, Centimeters,Points and Picas.

Once you have set the above preferences, click on the OK button to store these settings. NoteAbilityPro preferences may be changed at any time in the future. Please note that your preferences are set only for the current user. Other users must set their own preferences.

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