Selecting and Editing Images

NoteAbility editing is done by first selecting the desired images, then choosing an edit command (usually a menu item or a button in one of the panes in the Music Images panel). Selection can be done with either the Selection or Select Score tool.

Editing with the Selection tool

The Selection tool can be used to drag a single image to a new location by depressing the mouse button with the cursor over the main Control Point of the image (for notes, this is at the centre of the notehead). Also, a group of images can be selected by dragging the cursor over a rectangular area. All images that have any Control Points within the rectangle are considered to be selected, regardless of which staff or system they are associated with.

In the example below the first four notes of the score and the slur are selected and ready for editing:

Editing with the Select Score tool

Selecting images with the Select Score tool involves two-stages. When the mouse button is first clicked, the starting staff and starting beat position is shown with an arrow facing right. Then, a second click indicates the ending staff and ending beat position with an arrow facing left. All images between the beginning and ending staves and the beginning and ending score positions are considered to be selected. This method allows you to select all the images on the specified staves across multiple pages. (For example, this selection tool could be used to select all of the images on a particular staff from the beginning of the document to the end.)

In the example, the middle four notes of the score are selected and ready for editing:

- Selected images are redrawn in the Selection colour so that you can more see which images are selected. The Selection colour can be customized in NoteAbility Preferences.

Shift-Selecting Images

Shift-selecting allows discontiguous areas of the score to be selected. To do this, create a rectangle with the Selection tool, then hold the Shift key down to create additional rectangles. All the images in all selection rectangles are now selected for editing, adjusting, or moving. (To move these images, release the Shift key, place the cursor in the last rectangle created and drag the mouse cursor.) To avoid confusion that may occur when copying and pasting discontiguous groups of images, it is best to collect images from left to right in the score (i.e from lesser to greater measure numbers and from the first to last staff in the system.)

In the example below every second note has been selected:

If you clicked on the accent button in the Articulation pane in the Music Images Panel, an accent would be added to each of the selected notes:

Adjusting and Moving Images

To adjust images, you can either click directly on the control point of an image using the Selection tool and drag it, or you can make a selection rectangle around a control point and place the mouse cursor inside this rectangle to drag it. The image will be altered according to which control point is dragged - for example if you drag the control point on the head of a note, the pitch will change, while if you drag the control point on the end of the stem, the stem length will be adjusted.

In order to adjust the position of an entire image, you can either make a select around the entire image, or select one of the Control Points of the image and hold down the Alternate key while dragging the image. Normal notes (i.e. not graphic or grace notes) and rests cannot be moved horizontally away from their spine position unless the image is selected and the arrow keys on the keyboard are used. This procedure should only be used in order to offset a note from its normal beat position -- if you need to move notes and rests to new beat locations, you should cut the images and paste them in the new location.

Modifying and Editing Images

NoteAbilityPro allows you to perform many different actions on selected music images from modifying an attribute or appearance of the image (such as adding an articulation or symbol to a note) to performing various kinds of transformation (such as transposing the notes or beaming a group of notes together.) To modify music images, you use the menu items in the Modify menu (which contains 9 submenus that are specific to certain kinds of images) or you use the panes in the Music Images Panel or in the Score Structure Panel. These panels are extensible and contain many of the editing and transformation operations you will need while creating your scores.

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