New Features – July 2014

Even as spring and summer kicked into gear here in Boston, we’ve spent a lot of indoors time working on improvements to the Noteflight web site and score editor! Here are some of the highlights of the past few months.

Score Editor Features

Perhaps one of the coolest new things is our new “Jazz” font (see the screenshot image at the head of this article). This feature, available to Crescendo and other premium users only, allows you to give your score the handwritten look seen in many jazz and rock charts. To get it, go to the Document Layout panel and change the font from “Standard” to “Jazz”. Access to this great font happens to be one of the benefits of our recently becoming part of the Hal Leonard family.

Addressing requests from our feedback site is one of our favorite things to do in any season, and we got to a few things that have been near the top of the list for a while. One of the most important was the ability to manually position the Editing Palette, something that we’ve just rolled out in the last few days. If you look on the View menu in the Flash editor, you’ll see a new setting that allows you to drag the palette wherever you want it to go, instead of Noteflight automatically moving the palette as you edit. This setting is persistent for a given user on a given machine.

Another top request was to correct the playback of tied notes in and out of repeats, as well as across repeat-ending boundaries, Codas, D.C. and D.S. sections. Noteflight will now respect ties (and bends and slides too) that are matched on both sides of any place where the musical form jumps from one bar to another.

Finally, as a small but significant change, all new scores now have bar numbers for each system turned on by default, to make practice and rehearsal easier. These can easily be turned off on the View menu.

Website Features

We’ve added a new feature that makes it easier to work with lists of scores or lists of students (in educational versions). When viewing such lists, click the “Edit List” button that appears near the top. In this mode, you can individually click a checkbox on each item to include it in the set of things that will be operated on by some action. Shift-clicking works to select whole ranges of items. Once you’ve picked out the set of things you want to operate on, you can select the action you want to apply.

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Also, we’ve restored an earlier Crescendo website feature that many users missed, namely the ability to see which collections a score belongs to. This option can be enabled by clicking the settings gear icon in the Collections side panel when viewing your private scores.

One final nice touch: many bits of text are now able to be formatted nicely for the website, including user profile descriptions and score information. These can now include text styles, headings, hyperlinks, lists and more, just like forum posts do.

HTML5 Improvements

In the playback department, the HTML5 editor is now fully caught up with Flash. Now ornaments, bends and slides will play in HTML5 exactly the same as in Flash.

The HTML5 editor also now offers the ability to zoom in or out of the score view with a variable scale. It allows you to pick a special “autoscale” setting in which the score exactly fits the window. Along with these changes, we’ve improved access to the various palettes and provided more control of the display of the onscreen piano keyboard.