This is most likely obsolete information now. Most music notation software now includes the ability to save-as or export as PDF. This wasn’t always the case. It’s also worth noting that for a long time there were only cost prohibitive music notation programs like Sibelius and Finale, and they weren’t the greatest for marching percussion or drumline. Many programs have come a long way, and with sound fonts like Virtual Drumline we’ve really moved out of the stone age. Even better than that, all the things you could’ve ever wanted, sounds and all – for drumline – is available with Musescore. I discussed this in episodes 1 and episode 2 of the podcast. It really is amazing!
The following article appeared in 2005.
|Convert Your Notation Files to Easily Viewed Files|
Convert Sibelius and Finale files to .jpg and .pdf The following will give you information to easily share the .mus files created by finale or other output files created by Sibelius or other notation software. Only free options will be included in the page since the majority of people don’t have hundreds of dollars to purchase full mainstream programs. With that said, all of the options here are legal, we are not using illegal downloads or pirated software. All that is required is that you already have some version of music notation software.
If you’re lost in the language that I’ve just used; If you have Finale, .mus files are not easily viewed by everyone on the internet. If you want to share your music on one of the popular drum forums you will need to use an image file (jpeg, gif, etc) or an Acrobat Portable Document Format File (pdf). These files are more acceptable and 99% of people have the software required to view them no matter if they’re at home, work, or any other location with a computer. For this option you will need Cute PDF Writer and the GPL Ghostscript (available on the same page). These are free downloads of full versions of software with no expiration, need for registration, or license requirement. Using this option to create an easily shared copy of your music is the easiest, it involves the least of amount of steps and actually quite simple.Download and install the Cute PDF Writer and the Converter script: Download Link Please note that for some systems you may need to reboot your computer before using the writer in order for it to function properly.Open Finale or your music notation program, create your notes, save if you wantIn your program click “Print” and go to “Print Setup” or from “File” go to “Print” and then “Print Setup.” This will depend on what program you’re using. You will need “CutePDF Writer” as your printer. Again, this too may vary depending on what program you’re using. In Finale, after clicking “Print Setup” click “Setup” and click the dropdown box next to “Name:” and choose “CutePDF Writer.” -For all programs be sure you select the appropriate orientation, either “Portrait” or “Landscape”. After all of that click “OK” and click “OK” from the previous menuYou will then be prompted for the name/location you want for your new file. Click “Save” and you’re done!
This file can now be opened with any Adobe Acrobat Reader and any other program that supports Adobe files!
For this option you will need to download and install IrfanView. This program is one of the most popular image viewers/editors worldwide. You can download IrfanView 100% free here, this is a full program with no expiration or limitations. This option is most ideal for a few measures of music as it will be impossible to copy more than one page or even an entire page at times.
- Open your notation file, create your notes, save it if you want but leave the program and file open.
- Open the IrfanView program
- From the menu click “Options” then go to “Capture/Screenshot.” (a shortcut to this menu->press the “c” button after the program opens
- When the “Capture Setup” menu opens the default settings should work fine for you. If you have made changes or you’re concerned the won’t work be sure that:
“Whole screen” is selected from the “Capture Area” as this leaves a much smaller window for any errors to occur.
In “Capture options” DO NOT check the box next to “Include mouse cursor.”
In “Saving method” check “Show captured image in viewer” as it will allow you to edit your file if needed.
In “Capture method” be sure “Hot key” is selected and remember the keys required, by default it shoudl be “Ctrl+F11” What that means to you is when you’re ready to take a picture of your music you will press the Control key and the F11 key at the sametime.
- Click “Start”
- Return to your music notation program and ensure it’s the one “on top” of your screen. You know if the program is on top by the color of the info bar (it should say Finale 05 or whatever your version above the main program window). If the bar is light blue click it, it should now be darker blue
- Whatever bars of music you’re copying be sure they’re in view
- Click your hot key (Ctrl+F11)
- The captured image will now be open in IrfanView
- You will need to select the area of music you want to be contained in your image file
Place your mouse on the image
You will be creating a box around the measures you want in your image, click and hold the left mouse button on the image to adjust the size of the box around your music
If you mess up you can adjust the size of the box and you can also remove the box and start over by clicking anywhere else on the image
- When you have the image selected click “Edit” from the IrfanView menu then click “Crop selection” (the shortcut is “Ctrl+Y”) and your selected space should be all that shows in Irfanview
- You can continue editing your file in the same manner if you need to but if you’re happy with how it looks go to “File” then “Save”
- You are now saving this file like you would any other file. Type a name and then put this file in the location you’d like it to be in. There is a second window open next to the save menu, the majority of users need to only worry about the save quality, it should be 100.
- Save this file and you’re all done!
- To share on a forum it will need to allow attachments or you’ll need to get it on the internet somewhere so that you can link to it (inside your post use the following code: [img]http://www.yoursite.com/yourimage.jpg[/img]