Harmony Assistant lets you choose between two
display modes for your music score: scroll mode and page
In scroll mode, staves are displayed one
above the other, and bars are displayed in an infinite area from left
right. The right edge of the page (where printing will have to skip to
next line) is displayed as a vertical colored line.
This display mode, which has been used from the very
first version of the program, is still available.
In page mode, the score is displayed exactly
as it will be printed, from the first to the last page, as paper sheets
put side by side on a virtual desktop.
are invited to view the "Scroll mode, page mode, display control
handles in Harmony Assistant. " and "Harmony Assistant: Navigate
in Page Mode. How to input a score? " video
tutorials. ("Windows>Tutorials" menu in the program).
You can edit scores in
a similar way in both of these modes.
Switching from one mode to another is performed
through "Score>Page mode".
The display mode and current display zoom are stored
in the document file. Thus, when loading a file, you start up with the
last-used display options.
When a new document is created from a template,
page mode is set by default.
You can specify whether scroll or page mode is set when loading or
creating a document. See "Configuration>Global
Setup", "Load" tab index.
Since in page mode, the document is displayed just
as it will be printed, you can only edit staves which are marked as
"printable"; the other ones are not displayed on the page at all.
Similarly, if you define bar printing bounds,
only the printed bars can be edited in page mode.
By default, the area for a page in page mode is
the printing area (depending on the selected printer). In some cases,
it can be useful to work on a different page area.
In particular, it can be useful if you wish to publish your music
scores on the Web using the Myriad Music Plug-in.
For example, if you want choir members to refer to the
score, you must be able to say "fourth bar of the third page" and have
understand which bar you are talking about.
But if a member printed his score in "landscape" format instead of
"portrait", or if the print area is smaller on his printer than on
the page setup may be different.
The "Score>paper size setup" menu option enables you
to select a specific page area, instead of using the current printer
(by selecting "use instead" mode).
From then, when somebody prints your score
on his printer, you can specify that a scale adjustment has to be
so that the whole page area is used ("Fit in paper while printing").
If the printer area is very different from the original (for
example printing in portrait instead of landscape), strong distortions
To avoid them, select "Ratio observance".
You can specify the way pages will be displayed
in the virtual desktop:
• Pages can be placed side by side in
groups of two as in a book. This display shows the way pages will be
by the performer when playing this score.
• A space for a flyleaf can be kept. Then the
first page of the score is displayed alone.
By default, screen pitch is assumed to be 72 DPI (dots
per inch), which
is equal to 28 dots per centimeter.
In page mode, with a display scale of 100%, you should see
the page at real size on screen. (put a real paper sheet on your screen
to be sure).
Very often, screen pitch is greater than 72 DPI.
In that case the displayed
area for the sheet will appear smaller than the real paper.
You can adjust this setting in the software
to get the right size on screen by using "Score>Paper size setup",
"Screen setup" button.
Put a graduated ruler against your screen and move the
slider until the displayed size perfectly matches the ruler.
From now on, page mode displayed will be an accurate
representation of what will be printed.
This setting applies to all documents.
Control handle display
When control handle display is on ("Score>Display
control handles"), a set of control handles shows the following values
screen: staff heights, location of staff elements in the staff area,
widths, bar margins, location of page header and footer, etc. These
handles are not printed.
You can click and drag these control handles to
change their values. When moving a control handle, page display is
So do not be surprised if, for example, a staff
moves up when changing its height: it is due to the page setup values
you have set.
In page mode, in the bottom left corner of your document
window, a set
of icons lets you access the most common page setup commands. The
number of the first displayed page is also shown. Click on this number
change it and, in doing so, view another page of your document.
A palette specific to page mode (see "Windows" menu,
"Psge mode tool") shows your document
in a schematic way. The display area is shown and you can move it