This dialog box enables to set up the PDFtoMusic
behaviour. Don't hesitate to explore carefully the
numerous options. It can prove to be very useful.
Load documents automatically at startup
If ticked, when the application is started,
documents that were open during the last session are
automatically reloaded. It's possible to cancel the
processing at any time, either by closing the
window, or by hitting the Esc key. You'll then be
asked for confirming cancellation.
Open file selector ar startup
When ticked, if no document is loaded when the
application starts, the file selector will
automatically open, so that you can select a file to
Detect new program versions
If ticked, you will be automatically alerted
when a new version of the program is available.
Store corrections in PDF file
When ticked, the amendments you could have applied
to the PDF file are stored within the file itself.
When not ticked, they are saved into a separate
file, located in the "Corrections" folder of your
Note: see the chapter
about the miscellaneous file saving modes.
Make a backup copy of the original PDF file
If changes are stored in the PDF file itself, you
can also ask for a backup copy .bak.pdf to be
created at the same level as the original PDF file.
It is even recommended.
Open drawer automatically
When ticked, the drawer will be automatically
open if the document contains more than one page.
Open full screen
When ticked the document window will extend over
the whole screen when loaded.
Activate Virtual Singer automatically
You can specify whether Virtual Singer is
automatically activated when a document is loaded.
Activate MyrSynth automatically
If ticked, when possible, instruments will play
using MyrSynth, our high-quality physical modeling
Display recognition results
When ticked, the recognition results will be
displayed when the document is loaded.
Note: you can activate/deactivate this display
through the "Display" menu.
Warn when embedded fonts are missing
Some PDF files do not embed the font drawing for the
characters they use. PDFtoMusic can warn you when
such a case occurs.
Full path in document title
If ticked, the complete path to the PDF file will be
displayed in the document window title.
Play music automatically
Music will start playing as soon as the PDF file has
At the end of the process
In this drop-down menu, select the sound that will
be played when the PDF file has been processed.
Apply corrections drop-down menu
Defines the default settings for the "Correction"
menu options when a new PDF file is processed. Each
of them can be activated/deactivated on a
per-document basis through the menu.
Display processing errors into a text window
When PDFtoMusic detects an error when processing the
document, it will display a small icon over the
document itself representing each item you have
ticked in the Alerts panel of general preferences.
In parallel, PDFtoMusic can create a list of all
errors encountered as text in a special window (pink
background). Right-clicking this window opens a
contextual menu for erasing, saving or printing the
The following items enable you to mask some errors
(these errors are still present but no longer
displayed). Here are the descriptions of the
miscellaneous processing errors
Display "Impossible to apply beam"
PDFtoMusic recognized a character that looks
like a beam, but couldn't find any music symbol
Display "Impossible to apply ornament"
PDFtoMusic located a character that looks like a
note ornament, but couldn't find a note close
Display "Broken slur"
PDFtoMusic recognized the shape of a slur
(possibly a tie), but either it could find the
source note for this slur but not the target note,
or it could find the target note but not the source.
It therefore can't apply the slur.
Display "Impossible to find a measure for this
PDFtoMusic recognized a musical character in the
document, but could not relate it to any measure
(bar) area. It can happen for instance for some time
signature indicators that are put as a reminder at
the beginning of a line.
Display 'Impossible to find the reference note on
When the document shows tablatures for fretted
instruments, PDFtoMusic estimates the duration of
notes written on the tablature by seeking for the
matching note in the regular staff. If PDFtoMusic
can't find this reference note, it generates this
Display "Incorrect measure duration"
When several staves are present in a single system
(staff group), PDFtoMusic checks that the duration
of each bar is consistent. If PDFtoMusic detects a
difference in measure duration, this error is
generated. It can occur in the following situations:
. PDFtoMusic made a previous
miscalculation either when extracting the symbol
duration, or when locating chords within the measure
(especially when notes in chord are not on the same
. There is an error in the source
score's notation. This may depend on a number of
factors, including the overall accuracy of the
source program used to create the PDF.
In some cases, PDFtoMusic can consider two notes
that are horizontally close together to be in chord,
instead of considering that they are consecutive.
By un-checking the various options in the
"Correction" menu, you can deactivate the display of
specific types of errors that cause "Incorrect
measure duration" warnings.
The export settings don't affect batch processing,
which uses its own options.
When loading a PDF file, PDFtoMusic analyzes it
automatically. It can then export it immediately in
any of the available formats, and open this
resulting document in an external application. The
following options are available in the Export tab of
Export all opened files automatically
This check box activates/deactivates the
If automatic export is activated, use this option to
select the path to the folder where the resulting
documents will be stored.
The "Change" button enables you to select another
This pop-up menu lets you select the export format
to be used (Cf appendix
about format description)
Don't export page setup
When this option is active, measure size, space
between staves, page breaks, objects related to
pages are not exported. Number of measure by line is
set to 4. This mode is automaticaly enabled when we
ask to export a reduced number of parts.
Open automatically exported files
When this option is active, each exported
document will be opened automatically by the program
of your choice (it supposes that the selected
software is capable of reading this kind of file).
The "Edit" button enables you to select the
application that will be used for opening each of
the export file formats.
The "Delete" button lets you specify that you don't
want this format to be processed.
PDFtoMusic uses optical recognition algorithms on
music fonts to detemine the meaning of each symbol.
Store glyphs into a cache
When this option is ticked, symbols that have
already been encountered at least once will be
processed more quickly.
However, activating this option can lead to a bigger
Erase font cache at exit
When this option is not ticked, glyphs are preserved
from one session to another.
Deactivating this option can lead to a bigger memory
Note: the glyph cache is located in the preference
"Myriad Preferences/PDFtoMusic/GlyphesData". Please
do not apply any action to this folder while
PDFtoMusic is running.