described in this chapter depend on Page Mode and can only be used
fully with Harmony Assistant.
Assistant or Harmony Assistant, it is possible to add miscellaneous
objects in a staff: text, graphics, chord diagrams...
are linked to the staff area. Inserting a bar or moving the staff will
move these objects on the printed page.
objects are not related to a staff but to the page itself.
anything on score won't affect their location.
Here are some
samples of what free objects can be used for:
- Displaying additional
titles on the first page
- Adding a comment
page about the score, with graphics and text
- Adding a logo
in the margin of any page of the score
- Displaying complete
lyrics at the end of a page
- Creating a document
that embeds several scores, in order to annotate and print them.
objects can be inserted anywhere on any page, Page Mode (only available
in Harmony Assistant) is the quickest and simplest way to handle them:
you actually see these objects on score and can change their size, move
them or edit them with the mouse.
In the "Miscellaneous
tools" palette, a new tool has been added (Harmony only). Select
tool and click on the score where you want the object to be inserted:
is added and its editing window opens. You must be in page mode to
this kind of operation. If not, editing automatically switches to this
In the Edit
menu, the "Free objects" option provides several features:
- "Edit" opens the
free objects editing window. This is the only way to manage free
in Melody Assistant. Please note that in Melody Assistant, these
only be displayed in print preview or on the printed page.
- "Lock" disables
any movement or resizing of free objects during score editing.
- "Mask/Show" masks
(hides) or shows free objects in their different layers. Please note
to edit a free object?
In Page Mode, double-click the object,
or select "Edit free objects" in Edit menu. The complete list of free
You can delete, add or duplicate
an object from here, as well as edit its characteristics.
A free object
can be defined by:
- Its type: text, graphics, frame, etc.
object can include special character commands that will be substituted
when displayed. These commands are the same as those used in page
and footer editing.
- $F: file name
- $T: document title
- $D: current date
- $H: current time
- $P: page number
- $N: number of pages
- $$: $ character
- $L is substituted by lyrics. You can create text objects with different verses. $L,n
extracts the line "n". $L followed
by the staff name selects the lyrics for one staff. For example
- $M: total music duration (mm:ss)
- $N : number of pages
- $Oxxx: Value to add to the actual page number.
This enables, when you split a music piece into several files, to print
them with consecutive page numbers.
- $P : page number
- $R : remarks related to the document
- $T : document title
Free objects of "text" type can also include special text.
You can select style, font, color and alignment for the text.
A picture object
is imported from a file in BMP or PICT format. The picture can be in
Picture data are saved along with your document, so be careful about
picture size because it can increase the document file size
A frame or circle object
is displayed using the selected color and line width.
A score object is an embedded
page from an external music file. The page is drawn at 200 dpi.
You can change the type of an existing
object. It affects neither its position, nor its size.
- Its page number. Page
number can be relative to the beginning or the end of document. If you
select a page number that exceeds the available number of pages in the
document, the needed extra pages are added. This is very useful to add
a comment page at
the end of the document.
can also be displayed on all pages. For example, a logo added to the
page header will be repeated automatically on all other pages.
can be displayed on even or odd pages only, for example to define
headers or footers.
- Its location within the page. Location
on the page is given in tenths of a millimeter (254ths of an inch). The
is the page's top left corner. "Page" means the usable area on paper,
the page area
always being smaller than the paper itself (because of the margins left
by the printer). If printer characteristics change, free objects will
remain well positioned. It is also possible to define another origin:
bottom or right edge of the page, etc...
- Object size on page. The object's size is
is given in tenths of a millimeter (254ths of an inch). It describes
the picture display
area, the text formatting area...
- Layer. Free objects are split
into two groups: those displayed in front of the staves (foreground)
those displayed behind the staves (background).
In a same layer, objects are sorted.
To change an object display order, drag it in the list with the Ctrl
(or using the right mouse button).
- Colour. This is the object display
color. For black and white pictures, this color will be printed instead
- Line width. For objects like
frame, circle, etc. (in tenths of a millimeter or 254ths of an inch)
- Page number to display. For embedded
External files in BMP or PICT format, or even
scores in MUS format, can be displayed within the document.
are completely copied into the document. Thus, even if the
external file is moved or deleted, your document won't be affected.
However, if the external file stays
at the same location on your hard disk and is modified, an icon in the
(icon with a little watch) tells you an update can be performed by
If the external file cannot be found
in its original location, Harmony-Melody searches for it at the same
level as the document
it is embedded into.
If the external file cannot be found
anymore on the hard disk, an icon with a broken file is displayed
This does not affect the document content, but tells you this object
not be updated.
In "display control handle" mode
(Score menu), this icon is also displayed in the top-left corner of the
free objects in Page mode
Using the mouse, you can:
Using the "Edit>Free objects>Edit" menu
option, you can edit all these objects globally.
- Double-click in the object area to edit
- Click and drag to move it
- Click and drag its bottom right corner
to resize it.
In some cases, objects can be empty.
For example, you might have a text object without any text. It becomes
difficult to see
it on the page and therefore to edit it. In that case, turn on Display
(Edit menu). The object area will be displayed on screen.
When a picture
object has no related data, it is displayed as a crossed black frame.
If you create
a collection of short tunes, you can have them printed and annotated
in a single document. Create a new document ("Very Simple" template),
select "Staves>Delete empty staves" in order to get a completely
document, then embed your tunes as free objects of the "score" type.
If you want to always be able to update embedded files
in a document, even
if your document is moved on your hard disk, keep the embedded files at
the same level as your document: when an embedded file is not found
at its original location on hard disk,Harmony-Melody searches for it at
same level as the document it is embedded into.
Otherwise, the embedded files will
still be displayed and printed, but it won't be possible to update them