This dialog box enables you to set up the PDFtoMusic behaviour. Don't
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 be loaded.
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 user folder.
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 active or not
when a document is loaded.
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"
When ticked, all documents will be loaded in high
Note: you can activate/deactivate this feature on a per-document basis
through the "Correction" 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.
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.
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 window
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 close enough.
Display "Impossible to apply ornament"
PDFtoMusic located a character that looks like a note ornament, but
couldn't find a note close enough.
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 symbol"
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 error.
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
extracting the symbol duration, or when locating chords within the
measure (especially when notes in chord are not on the same vertical
. There is an error in the source score's notation. This
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
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.
These are the options for creating MusicXML files.
Enable MusicXML format extensions
PDFtoMusic Pro is based on the MusicXML format. To import MusicXML
files that have been created by PDFtoMusic Pro, you must use Melody
Assistant version 7.3 or more, or Harmony Assistant version 9.3 or more.
Although very complete, MusicXML format in its version 1.1 doesn't
manage some objects that can be found on scores. In agreement with the
MusicXML team, we added specific commands to the MusicXML format.
If the software used for reading the XML files is compliant with the
standard, these additional commands won't be a problem. In the best
case, they will be processed, and in the worst, simply ignored.
Otherwise, disable this option to forbid any extension to the standard.
Create MusicXML even if no vector music data have been
PDFtoMusic reads the PDF document in search for a music score. If it
can't find any, for instance if you ask PDFtoMusic to process a
payslip, you will be warned through and alert box that no vector
musical data could be located.
This can also occur when a PDF document doesn't contain a score made
of elemental graphic object, but a scanned music sheet.
Activating this option forces PDFtoMusic to generate a MusicXML file
from these data, even if they are not considered as music data.
To date, only Harmony Assistant or Melody Assistant
enable to load such MusicXML documents.
Export measures filled with rest as empty measures
Enables not to export in the MusicXML files the rests that fill
completely the measure. These measures will be considered by the
software that imports the file as filled by a "logical" rest instead of
a "physical" one. In some cases, in can ease the edit process.
Use MusicXML 2.0 format
When this option is ticked, the export is made in MusicXML 2.0 format.
This format, more advanced, enables to keep more information about the
score appearance, but might not be supported by music notation programs.
The export settings don't affect batch processing, which uses its own
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 the Preferences:
Export all opened files automatically
This check box activates/deactivates the automatic
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 (file) path.
This pop-up menu lets you select the export format to be used (Cf
appendix about format
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
When you ask PDFtoMusic to process a set of PDF documents
through the "Batch processing" option, some alerts can be displayed
during the processing. When this option is active, these alert boxes
will close automatically after a few seconds, so that the processing is
not stopped and can continue to its end.
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 memory consumption.
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 consumption.
Note: the glyph cache is located in the preference folder:
"Myriad Preferences/PDFtoMusic/GlyphesData". Please do not apply any
action to this folder while PDFtoMusic is running.