A view is a different way of displaying a same document. This display can be
stored in the document itself, and saved with it.
The user can switch quickly from one view to another, add or delete
views. There is no limit for the number of views that can be related to
For instance, by using views, an orchestra score can be
easily created. This score file contains a general view, displaying all
the performers' staves, then one view for each kind of instrument.
Of course, this can be printed.
||Note : Views related to a document
need page mode: they are
therefore available only in Harmony Assistant.
If, with Melody Assistant, you load a score that contains views, only
the general view will be available. A message will warn the user about
When defining a view, you choose the settings that are specific to this
view, and those that will be inherited directly from the general view.
If a setting is specific to a view, changing it in the general view (or
in any other view) won't affect this view.
If a setting is not specific to a view, changing it in the general view
will affect this view, and vice versa.
The name of the current view is displayed in the window title, after
the file name. When a view-specific setting is edited, the name of the
view is displayed in the edit box title. If no view name is displayed,
then it means you are currently working on the general view, and that
all the changes will affect both the general view and all the views
that inherit this setting)
Music symbols as notes, dynamics, clef changes, keys,
time signatures, etc, are common to all views. For instance, if you
change a note pitch, it will affect all views.
A view is primarily defined by its name, the staves it contains, and by
staff in the document can be displayed or not in a view. It is the
basis of the notion of view. A view can contain as many staves as you
wish. A same staff can only be displayed once in each view.
Tempo display: Tempo
marks in the score will be displayed on the first staff of this view
Global dynamic display:
Global dynamics (that apply to all staves in a
score) will be displayed on the first staff of this view.
Global text display: Text
objects related to staves will be displayed on the first staff of this
Title, Composer, Remarks: A
view can set its own header ("File > Title, Composer, Remarks" menu
option). This is especially useful if the printing options ask for
displaying this information at the beginning of the document.
Page settings: In
page mode, the exact preview of what will be printed is displayed on
screen. A view can define its own page settings ("File > Printing
options" menu item). For instance, the printing scale, group captions,
margins, page header and footer, etc, can vary from one view to another
Engraver mode: Each
view can define its own engraver mode settings ("Score > Engraver
mode setup" menu item). Note spacing rules can then be different
from one view to another.
Score appearance settings:
Each view can define its own score general
appearance ("Score >Display setup" menu item): line thickness,
accidental spacing, tie appearance, etc.
Fine positions: Each
view can define its own fine positions: staff spacing, group name
Staff appearance settings:
Each view can define its own staff appearance
settings ("Staff > Staff display mode" menu item): symbol size,
default colors, etc. Of course, it only apply to staves that are
displayed in this view
Transposed score: Each
view can define whether the score is displayed transposed or not
("Options > Display transposed score" menu item).
Group symbols: Each
view can define its own appearance and position for bracket and braces
that represent staff groups.
The view menu enable to edit (thus, create) views, to
switch between views or to select directly a view to work on it.
To create and edit view, please use the "Views > Edit" menu item.
The window that opens is split into three parts: the document staff list, the document view list, and the view staff list.
Creating and editing views
Document staff list
Staff names are displayed in the order of their presence
in the document. Because a same staff can only be included once in each
view, staves are displayed in grey when already present in the view.
Select a staff and click the "Add to view" button to add
this staff to the current view, or double-click the staff to add. You
can select several staves through Shift+Click to add several staves in
The Create view from
staves button will wipe out the view list then create one view
for each staff.
The Create view from groups button
will wipe out the view list then create one view for each staff group.
Document view list
When a view is added to the document, it appears here.
The view order can be changed: click a view name and drag it in the
list to change its position.
Several buttons enable to apply actions to the view
list: create a new view, change the view settings, duplicate the
selected view, delete the selected view, delete all views, change the
printing options of the selected view.
To copy the settings or the printing options to all
view, right-click a view and select the action to be applied in the
You can select several views through Shift+Click then
apply actions to all the view by right-clicking an item in the list.
View staff list
It's the list of staves in the selected view. A button
enables to delete the selected staff from the view. This doesn't delete
this staff from the document.
By default, text objects related to staves are displayed in all view
that contain this staff.
Text objects in views
If the staff that contain the text object is not present in the view,
and the view define that global text objects are also displayed, then
the text is displayed on the next visible staff of this view
When editing a text object, a pop-up menu enable to relate this text to
a given view, or all the views except the general view.
When editing a freeobject, a pop-up menu enable to relate object to a
given view, or all the views except the general view.
Free objects in views
In the "Play tools" palette, you can select whether you wish to play
the view content only, or all the staves.
When printing a score, the current view will be printed.
If you wish to print all the views, select "File > Print > All
Please note that the view order (thus the printing order) can be
changed from the view creation and editing window
To switch quickly between view, a palette is available in "Scripts >
Notation > Select View"