Sibelius only allows for a text string as a fixed element. If text fields would be editable, many lines would be unecessary to create. This applies to the text fields at start and middle, and the relevant parameters. Also, a text field at the end of a line would be useful. As a reminder, by adding the feature to erase background, many copies of text styles were avoided. Doing the same for many other parameters in many ...more »
Certain markings such as Accel., rit., ral. and so on need to be able to appear in multiple parts of the score system similar to system object text like Allegro, etc. Currently, because these other markings contain variable line extensions, they appear in the Line menu. Unfortunately, when placed in the score they do not properly repeat on parts below the top line. There is a need to add an option (in the Inspector would ...more »
Sibelius used to allow separate manipulation of the position of each section of 8ve and other lines when they cross systems. At the moment, only the final section is independently adjustable.
System Line Objects, of any sort, do not move vertically in response to an "Align in a Row" command, regardless of what other objects are selected for the Align. As a result, for instance, it is not possible to align System Lines such as "rall..." with System Text Objects such as Tempo text. System Lines are also odd in that (a) they do not display attachment lines, and (b) they do not display Object Rulers when Object ...more »
When changing clefs, the position of - some - subsequent lines and symbols jumps with the notes; and then after another clef change it doesn't jump back to the initial position. This can cause for many objects to be wrongly placed, if the user doesn't watch out. PS: This only happens with some lines (which usually transpose), although that isn't possible to determine which ones they are. PSS: For lack of time I couldn't ...more »
When extending lyric lines, the y value of the end point is always 4. Since the standard position for lyric lines is -6, these have always to be corrected when extended by hand.
Similarly to finale, a bit more of choice in setting up lines would be interesting. E.g. features such as choose a different text strings for continuation, abbreviated version, and use both text and symbols in the same line. Also having the arrow size independent of the line thickness would be more elegant. Also, it would be very helpful if the shape of the line could be any symbol in the chart - not just the 4 wavy ...more »
The following behaviour would improve working with menus such as edit lines, text and symbol windows: - home/end keys go to start/end of menu (doesn't work in lines window) - select several elements to delete (lines, texts, symbols windows) - move elements with the mouse (instruments window) - move elements in lines windows - move elements in the symbols window, and add new categories - order the edit lines window through ...more »
Like most people the music I create uses repeat endings. Many times I need custom endings such as 1.-3. or 4., which don't seem to exist in the default list of system lines. I can create them in a session and use them but the next time I launch Sibelius (7.5) they are gone. How do I save custom endings that I create across sessions?
When applying wavy arpeggio lines in front of chords you have to manually pull the chord away from the bar line to make room for the line and move the line to avoid hitting accidentals Ex1. If one copies this bar all your hard work is undone Ex2 or Ex2b. Surely the magnetic concept could be applied to these lines so that their behaviour is more manageable. Also the length of the line should always adjust to the extremity ...more »
I prefer to use the keyboard shortcuts when I can. So if there is a way to remain editing after I add a slur or line type. For example. When I enter a slur. I select a note, I hit S, hit spacebar to the length I want, and hit Shift S to remove the slur. Wonderful! so fast. But now when I want to enter the next slur I have to select a note with the mouse again. If when you hit Shift S, the note remained selected then ...more »
(I raised this question on the ManuScript Developers' forum but got no responses, which I think means it can't be done at present. If I'm wrong, please correct me.) I would like to use a plug-in to eliminate lyric lines (the underscore lines that follow a word that is sung to more than one note), or to control their length. This could be done with additional variables in the LyricItem object, or with special LyricLine ...more »