[sib-access] Re: Fw: Sibelius Blog

  • From: "Dale Lieser" <dale.lieser@xxxxxxxxx>
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  • Date: Wed, 23 May 2012 21:59:34 -0400

I read this from Twitter also, Most of it doesn't sound like much I would use.

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Sibelius BlogFYI on Selection Techniques.
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      Advanced selection techniques in Sibelius 

      Posted: 23 May 2012 04:15 AM PDT

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      In this guest post, Bruce Munson, explains some of the advanced selection 
techniques you can employ in Sibelius. Bruce is a composer, arranger, copyist 
and Sibelius trainer, based in the San Francisco bay area, and runs regular 
training sessions for beginners, intermediate and advanced users at various 
venues in California and around the US. For more details about upcoming 
training courses, please check Bruce’s web site.

      From when I first started teaching Sibelius in 2000, to the present, I 
have come to the opinion that one of the things that most slows down the use of 
the software is one not being able to select material correctly and quickly. 
Selection is very important in the software, and you will be doing a lot of it, 
so it is important to be quick at it. This is why, in Sibelius, selection is 
part of the undo and redo history, and why undo and redo are very powerful in 
the software. So I very much emphasize basic selection techniques in my 
Beginning to Intermediate Sibelius workshop. In my Intermediate to Advanced 
workshops, I always like to throw in a few of the more advanced tips, some of 
which I have listed below. Enjoy!

      Selection for Copying
      All Sibelius users should know that to quickly copy notes or objects like 
text or lines, one simply selects the desired notes or object (s) and then Alt 
or Opt clicks on the desired position in the destination bar (although in the 
many trainings that I have done around the country, I’m still surprised how 
many users do not know this!) The result of selecting and then Alt- or 
Opt-clicking objects (rather than notes) is that the selection is copied 
exactly to where one clicks the mouse, both vertically and horizontally.

      What users may not know about quick copying is that if one is attempting 
to copy an object like an expression mark and adds Shift to Alt or Opt when 
clicking, the result is that the selection is copied to its default vertical 
position. This is very useful when quick copying text objects like dynamic 
marks around a score because one does not need to be careful about where one 
clicks vertically, and there will be fewer markings that will require 
repositioning after copying.

      Now, even fewer users will know this: if one multiple selects a number of 
objects in a staff that have been moved to a vertical and horizontal position 
different from the default, and then Alt or Opt clicks into another position in 
the score, the result is that the objects are copied with their vertical and 
horizontal position in memory. Here is an example:

      1. In a multiple instrument score, create a p expression mark followed by 
a crescendo line, f, diminuendo, and a final p.
      2. Multiple select (click the first object, and then Ctrl- or 
Command-click the rest) all of the objects and use Ctrl+ or Command+down arrow 
keys to move all the objects down a bit all at once.
      3. Then use the right arrow to move them to the right a bit
      4. With the objects still selected, Alt- or Opt-click into the same 
horizontal position in another instrument staff in the score.

      You will see that the copied objects in the destination staff retain the 
same vertical and horizontal position relative to the staff as the objects in 
the source staff. Turn on Selection Rulers or Object Rulers to confirm the 
vertical position: View > Rulers > Object Rulers. The Magnetic Layout vertical 
group line will confirm the horizontal position.

      Selection for Editing
      I always say the following in my Beginning to Intermediate Sibelius 

        “How one selects things in Sibelius often determines what one can do 
with the contents of that selection.”

      A clear example of this is selecting bars by simply clicking in the bar 
with the mouse or Ctrl+ or Command+clicking in the bar with the mouse. The 
first, with the single blue marquis (Sibelius 6 or earlier) or blue highlight 
(Sibelius 7), is mainly for the purpose of editing; and the second, with the 
double purple marquis (Sibelius 6) or purple highlight (Sibelius 7) is mainly 
for the purpose of deleting bars.

      But there are other interesting examples such as this one: if one selects 
a single note with an accidental by clicking on just the notehead (so it turns 
blue), and then uses the arrow keys to move it up or down, the accidental 
disappears. However, if one selects a passage of notes with accidentals so that 
there is a blue marquee (v6) or highlight (v7) around or on the passage, and 
then moves them all with the arrow keys, the accidentals remain, maintaining 
their intervallic relationships: two different ways of selecting, two different 
visual cues, two different results when editing.

      So the question is: if I want to move just one note and have the 
accidental remain, how do I select it so that it has the blue marquee (v6) or 
the blue highlight (v7) on it? As we have seen, selecting just the notehead 
does not give us the desired result. The answer? Simply passage select the 
single note by clicking on it and then Shift-clicking on it, or use the 
following keyboard shortcut and mouse-sweep the notehead: Shift or Command 
mouse-sweep, starting outside the staff. Either way, the single note will now 
have a blue marquee around it (v6), or it will have the new v7 highlight on it! 
Now it can be moved with the arrow keys, maintaining the accidental.

      Another type of selection having to do with editing involves editing 
accidentals. For example, if you have a passage of notes that are all G-flats, 
outside the key, and you decide they should all be G-naturals, or maybe you 
want to copy the passage to a place where they are all G-naturals, clicking on 
the first notehead and turning off the flat causes the next note to have the 
flat accidental. This is purposeful, as it allows one to edit just one 
accidental, leaving all notes after the edit unchanged. But if one wanted what 
we first started out to accomplish, it would be very frustrating to have to 
click and edit each note! Instead, make a passage selection of all the G-flats 
and then click the natural from the Keypad or hit 7 on the numeric keypad. You 
can also use this method to add flats or sharps to a selection.

      Finally, one should be aware of the ability to edit over hidden staves: 
when creating scores with divisi staves, it is usually necessary to create 
additional staves for the divisi instruments so that the divisi instruments 
have separate parts. Once these staves are created and the music is copied and 
edited for the individual parts. One hides the music (Show in Parts) and then 
hides the individual part staves so that they do not appear in the score.

      If there is additional editing needed to be done to the score after the 
separate part staves have been created, one does not always have to go into 
Panorama view to edit the hidden staves. It really depends on what the edit is. 
For example, if the edit is to remove all the slurs in a passage across all the 
instruments in the score, one can remain in page view, select all the visible 
instruments in the score by making a lasso passage selection across the 
material, filter slurs and hit delete. Because a passage selection has been 
made, the slurs will be deleted from the hidden staves as well.

      Note Selection: non-mouse
      Once one is in the score with something selected, one can easily select 
notes or bars without using the mouse:

      1. To select to the right by note, simply use the shortcut: Shift-right 
arrow. To select to the left, use Shift-left arrow. This not universal (not in 
Word) as universally, Shift-left arrow would unselect. But because undo 
unselects in Sibelius, this is not needed and the key stroke is allocated to 
select to the left: very cool!
      2. To select by bar, simply add Ctrl or Command to Shift+left or right 
arrow, as Ctrl or Command is the modifier for “more”.
      3. To select vertically, either up or down, use Shift-up or down arrow.

      Selection While Navigating Vertically
      To navigate vertically through notes of a chord and instruments in a 
score, do the following:

      1. Select a note in a chord and use Alt- or Opt-up or down arrow to 
navigate through the notes in a chord. The last Alt- or Opt-up or down arrow 
will select the handle of the stem.
      2. To continue on to the next instrument above or below, add Ctrl or 
Command to Alt- or Opt-up or down arrow.

      Selection for Navigating Objects
      Often, objects such as slur lines and hairpins are positioned such that 
it is difficult to select, with the mouse, the handles that allow for 
adjustments to those objects. And besides, one should be using the mouse less 
anyway! So it is good to know the following non-mouse methods of selection:

      1. If you hit Tab with nothing selected in the score, the first handle of 
the first object attached to the first note in the first staff of the score 
will be selected.
      2. The next Tab will take one to the first handle of the second object, 
and so on until one runs out of objects and then the actual notehead that the 
objects are attached to becomes selected. The next Tab takes one on to the 
first handle of the first object attached to the second note in the same staff. 
– and so on.
      3. Shift-Tab takes one in the opposite direction, as Shift is the 
modifier for “opposite”.
      4. Once an object handle is selected, one can navigate all of the 
object’s handles by using Alt- or Opt-right arrow. Left arrow will take you 
in the opposite direction. Once one runs out of handles, the selection moves on 
to the note all of the objects are attached to – and so on.

      Selection for Avoiding a Lines Problem
      In earlier versions of Sibelius, if one wanted to quickly put a crescendo 
or diminuendo line across an entire system in a staff, one would double-click 
in the staff to select the staff for the system and then hit H for a crescendo, 
or Shift-H for a diminuendo. The problem was that, when doing this, the line 
would extend beyond the system and on to just the start of the next system, and 
there was no way to easily correct this. This problem with the hairpin lines 
was addressed in a later version of Sibelius, but other lines, such as repeat 
ending lines and octave lines, still behave this way. Two questions: why is 
this happening, and how can one keep it from happening? The answer to the first 
question gives one the answer to the second:

      The reason the line extends beyond the system is that the blue marquee 
(v6) or highlight (v7) extends just a little beyond the last barline in the 
system. Thus the line extends on to the next system. To keep this from 
happening, logically, one would need to make sure that when selecting, the 
marquee or highlight does not extend beyond the final barline. So, select the 
following way: Click in the first bar of the system and then Shift-click 
(passage selection) on the last note or rest in the final bar of the system. 
This way, the marquee or highlight will not extend beyond the last barline in 
the system. Then simply select the line from the Lines menu.

      Selection for Editing Text Styles
      When editing text styles, sometimes one is not sure which text style the 
text object in question belongs to. Furthermore, when importing house styles, 
sometimes the same text style can be duplicated, and one is not sure which 
instance of the same text style is in view or selected. To determine which text 
style one is working with, one can select it and go to the Text tab of 
Properties (v6), or open the Text tab on the ribbon (v7) and the text style 
will be listed in the text style menu.

      But one can avoid this identification step completely by simply selecting 
the text and going to: House Styles > Edit Text Styles (v6) or clicking the 
dialog launcher button in the corner of the Text > Styles group in the ribbon 
(v7; in both versions the shortcut is Ctrl+Shift+Alt+T or Shift-Opt-Command-T). 
Once the dialogue opens up, you will see that the correct text style of the 
piece of text that is selected will be highlighted and ready for editing.

      Selection for Going to and from Panorama, and to and from Score and Part, 
Maintaining Selection in View
      Often, one wants to go back and forth from page view to Panorama view 
with the same selection in both views. This is also the case when going from 
score to part. By default, Sibelius does a pretty good job of making sure a bar 
selected in Page view remains in view when going to Panorama view and back, and 
the same with going from score to part and back. This is because by default, 
Follow selection is turned on, on the Score Position page of Preferences.

      However, sometimes when entering notes or editing, it is better to have 
Follow selection turned off, particularly when in page view, so that the score 
does not unwantedly move or advance to the next page. But when Follow selection 
is turned off, selection views are not always maintained when going in and out 
of Panorama and switching from score to part. If you have Follow selection 
turned off and still want to get the same selection in view whether you are in 
Panorama or Page view, or in a score or part, then simply zoom in or zoom out: 
hold Ctrl or Command and type + or -. This works because in Sibelius, zooming 
in or out automatically centers in on the selection, even if it is not in view. 
This method can also be used when Follow selection is turned on and the 
selection is on the far right or left of the screen. Finally, if you have an 
optimized score (i.e. empty staves are hidden) and you have an empty bar 
selected in Panorama, then switch to page view, the bar may o
 r may not be selected when going to page view as the staff could be hidden at 
that point due to optimization.

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