a character font?
A character font defines the appearance
text will have on screen. A font is stored in a file that includes all
characters to be drawn.
The fonts that are installed in the computer system folder (Times, Courier, Arial...) can be used in any software. The "embedded" fonts, provided in the "Fonts" folder of Melody or Harmony Assistant, can only be used by these programs.
Several embedded fonts are provided, and can therefore be used within the program without requiring any install.
are two kinds of embedded fonts: music fonts (Harmony Assistant only),
that enables to change the appearance of a score, and text fonts,
available as well in Harmony Assistant as in Melody Assistant, that
enable to insert special symbols in text.
A group of music fonts is provided in Harmony Assisyant. These fonts are also included in Melody Player and the
sets are only available in Harmony Assistant. To use them or define
your own music character set, please refer to the dedicated chapter.
Text that is displayed on the score,
as well as in the page header, page footer, lyrics line, chord line,
use any font.When viewing the document on a
computer that does not own one of the used fonts, an alert message is
and the font is substituted with the default font (Geneva on Macintosh
Arial on Windows).
To change the text font or its attributes
(size, display mode), click the lower-case light blue "A" icon. The
window, including an example of text in the selected font, appears.
Some text can combine several styles. A box enabling a fast access to styles and fonts is then automatically opened.
menu lets you change the font.
Several text fonts are provided in Harmony Assistant and Melody Assistant.
Under Windows, a right-click on
this menu opens the regular font selector window.
any text of the score (title, comment, text objects, lyrics, chord
names, etc.), you can then insert special characters or music symbols.
In Harmony Assistant, these fonts can be used by dedicated scripts, for
instance to create tablatures that need particular symbols.
In order to locate easily these fonts, their names start by "My ".
How to use text fonts?
When typing in a text, select one of the "My " fonts in the
selector, then consult the sections below to match the enterer
character and the symbol that will be displayed.
In these tables, character names follow the PostScript nomenclature.
The "My Chords" font
To write chord names (as well Latin as Anglo-saxon) with accidentals as well as Jazz chord symbols.
To enter a flat E chord, enter Eb. For a sharp F, enter F#. For a double-flat D, enter D<.
For instance, if you enter Mi=7 C! D#'
You will get :
The "My Figured Bass" font
This font is dedicated to figured bass symbols.
To ease the use and alignment of figures, most of the characters have the same width.
(/), backslash (\) and underscore (_) characters have no width, i.e.
any character entered after will be superimposed. It enables for
instance to cross a number.
For instance, enter /7 to get a diagonally crossed 7.
Spacebar moves forward by a demi-width, the equal key (=) by a complete width.
"f" and "g" characters, entered one above the other, draw an open
bracket that encloses several lines. "h", "i" and "j" chararcters draw
the matching closed bracket.
Please note that the width
of roman numerals, available from "K" to "V" keys, is proportional
to the actual witdth of their symbol. They are therefore inadvisable
for drawing perfectly aligned numbers.
For instance, if you enter:
you will get:
The "My Autoharp" font
It enables to enter tablature symbols for Autoharp.
It is mainly used in Harmony Assistant by the "Notation > Staves > Autoharp tablature" script.
O, P and Q symbols have no width, i.e. when entered before a digit or the "T" character, they circle the symbol.
the same for U, V and W , which are also align on the writing base
line, enabling arrows and horizontal lone to be drawn on top of each
For instance, if you enter: O2 P3 QT U V X UVW
you will get: