demo file to a place where you can easily find it.
Run the file that you downloaded.
Follow the installation instructions, until the software is
Some example pages have already been scanned into the
PhotoScore demo for you to try out.
Run PhotoScore by selecting
All Programs>Neuratron>PhotoScore & NotateMe Ultimate
Demo from the Start
menu at the bottom left of the screen.
You should see the
Scans & NotateMe Scores pane at
the left of the screen. If not, you can view it by selecting
View>Toggle Pages Pane.
Ensure Read Scans as Printed
is checked at the top of the pages pane.
Hover over one of the image names
so that Read is displayed at its right and then click on
PhotoScore will read the image, and after a short while
its interpretation will pop up.
Try moving the mouse around the output score.
You will find that objects under the mouse are highlighted in blue (which
means they can be selected by clicking on them). At the top of the screen the
relevant section of the original scanned page is displayed for comparison.
To do this you must have a scanner attached to your computer, with suitable
Click the Scan pages
button at the top of the PhotoScore window to display the scanning dialog.
Scanning should commence automatically.
When the scan
is completed, PhotoScore will automatically commence reading it if Read pages after scanning/opening is selected in the preferences.
PhotoScore will also open and convert music PDF files to notation so they
can be played back, edited and saved.
Here is a quick editing guide:
select an object click on it so that it turns a different color.
To change the selected note within a chord hold down Alt
whilst using the up/down cursor keys. To select a whole chord
double-click in the centre of one of its notes.
can be dragged up and down with the mouse or up/down cursor
a note click a note-value on the ‘keypad’ at the bottom right of
the window, then click on a staff to input the note at the pitch
where you click. The keypad button stays pressed down so you can
click more notes onto the staff. Input several notes, one above the
other, to make a chord. To stop creating notes, press Esc to
deselect all the keypad buttons. A note can quickly be added to an
existing chord by selecting the chord and double-clicking in the
edit notes: You can select a note and edit its articulations,
accidental, etc. just by choosing the relevant keypad button. To
edit a note’s length, choose a note-value on the keypad. Type the
left/right arrows to move between notes.
add/edit rests: To add rests, do the same as for adding a note,
but also click on the bottom left rest button in the keypad to
convert the note to a rest. Rests can be edited in the same way as
more exotic sets of symbols click the five buttons at the top of
change the voice of a note or rest, click one of the buttons
marked 1 2 3 4 at the bottom of the keypad (only voices 1
and 2 in Lite version). Individual notes within a chord may be
split into different voices, and chords in different voices may be
joined into single chords in this way.
keypad on the screen corresponds to the numeric keypad at the
right of your computer keyboard. Type these keys in preference to
using the mouse, as it’s much quicker. You can choose several keys
together (but type the note-value first), e.g. type 4 . – /
to get a dotted quarter-note (crotchet) with a tenuto and accent.
copy and paste you can use Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V respectively (clicking where you want to paste),
but it’s quicker to duplicate an object in a single action by
selecting it, pointing somewhere else and clicking with the Alt key held down. Try this with a note or some text.
delete objects type Delete.
edit guitar tablature notes: The fret number of a note can be
entered using the number keys.
edit other objects: Most objects such as clefs, time signatures
and barlines can be changed by double- or right-clicking over them
to bring up an appropriate dialog box or menu
create other objects: You can create other objects (e.g. clefs,
time signatures) from the Create menu, which you can also get
by right-clicking. Choose an object
from the menu, then click on the score to create it.
To reposition/resize objects: Most objects can
be moved around the page by clicking and dragging. Some objects such
as slurs and hairpins can be resized in a similar manner by clicking
and dragging their left or right edges.
Scanning and accuracy tips
Why do I get poor results from a clear piece of music?
The following may help to improve the accuracy:
scanning printed music ensure that Read as Printed music is
selected in the pages pane. For handwritten music ensure that Read
as Handwritten music is selected.
2) Check that Make
scans level is selected in the Scanning tab of the PhotoScore preferences.
2) Line the page up in the scanner as straight as possible.
When scanning from
books, try to keep the page being scanned as flat as possible. This will
help prevent dark shadows (from where the page curves) interfering with
music on the page, which can cause recognition problems.
switching Tuplets (includes
advanced rhythm detection) off in the
Reading tab of the
PhotoScore preferences. This
feature occasionally removes rests, and dots and flags from notes when it should
the TWAIN scanning interface:
5) In general, ensure you are scanning in 256 shades of gray - also called 'b/w photo', 'grayscale' or '8-bit gray'.
However, with some scanners you may achieve better results by scanning in 2 colors - also
called 'b/w drawing', or '1-bit gray' - and manually adjusting the
brightness setting so that there are no broken lines
or smudged objects.
6) If you are scanning in grayscale, but find that the image is ending up too light (e.g. lines are broken) or too dark (e.g. objects are merging together), try scanning in black & white (also called 'b/w drawing', '2 colors', or '1-bit') and adjusting the brightness of the image.
7) Make sure you are scanning at an appropriate resolution
(between 200 and 400dpi) - see right for details of resolutions for different staff sizes. Scanning at resolutions both too low and too high can dramatically affect results.
Ensure that the Scaling feature is not turned on (if it
exists), or is set to 100%. Otherwise the image could be scanned into
PhotoScore at an inappropriate resolution.
When I save the
output, why are some notes missing from the ends of bars?
When saving MIDI, MusicXML,
NIFF or Wave
files, or exporting music to Sibelius, you must ensure that the timing in
each bar adds up to the current time signature. This is because any excess
notes are clipped, and any missing ones are replaced with rests.
editing, first place any missing time signatures and edit any incorrect
ones. Bars highlighted with horizontal red dashed lines indicate bad timing.
should adjust the duration of any notes or rests which are wrong, and add or
remove any notes or rests which are missing or in excess. Finally, ensure
that notes and rests are in the correct voice, and that any tuplets/triplets
are in place (not Lite version). When there are no more bars
highlighted, the timing is correct.
A red dashed line drawn at the
end of a staff means the end barline is missing (whether intentionally or
not). Unless a bar is split over staves, barlines must be added to mark the
end of the bar. If a bar is split over staves, any rhythm warnings are only
displayed on the latter staff.
Not Lite versions: I am using PhotoScore with Sibelius, and find that transposing scores and triplets/tuplets are not transferred properly. Am I doing something wrong?
You need to be
using at least version 3.0 (7.0 recommended) of Sibelius to import transposing scores from PhotoScore. You need to be using at least version 3.0 of Sibelius in order
to import triplets/tuplets. Contact Sibelius Software for upgrade details.
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