Drum Score Editor version 2.11 is here!
SummaryThe major changes are as follows:
- Text tags for any musical element
- Space bar to jump to next bar
- Increase or decrease a note's duration
- Backstick note head notation
- Additional licensed productivity features
The cursor is placed at the start of the first note in the next bar, if the next bar is empty it's placed at the very start of the bar. This means that when the next bar line is the last one on the line, and the next line has space for an anacrusis which isn't used, the cursor stays on the bar line at the end of that line. If there is an anacrusis, the cursor is placed at the start of it's first note.
Increase / Decrease Note Duration
The value in this feature is that once a note has been entered on the staff line, maybe had grace notes added, back beaming set as required, text tags added and eventually it's realised the note should have been a demisemiquaver instead of a semiquaver this can now be changed without having to delete the note, insert the correct one and start the process of adding the grace notes etc again.
For the technically minded, halving the duration of a note adds an extra tail to the stem, doubling the duration of a note is the same as removing a tail from the stem.
Backstick Note Notation
The choice was made to indicate backsticking by altering the note head rather than adding another symbol above the note to specify the backstick, as there's already too many ways to clutter the space above a note, resulting in a less legible score.
Licensed Productivity Features
Applying the license key unlocks a number of productivity features as a thank you for your financial assistance! The full list of timesaving and enabling features now unlocked is:
- Rudiment Libraries
- Export as PDF
- Export as JPEG (new for 2.11)
- Export as PNG (new for 2.11)
- Export as SVG (new for 2.11)
- Clone staff line (new for 2.11)
- 1st and 2nd Time Workflow (new for 2.11)
- Workspace Preferences
Each list is a new Rudiment Libraries, and can be used according to the score author's preference. For example to store phrases from similar time signature together or perhaps different tune styles. This feature maps perfectly to the rudimental style of drumming and allows very fast score composition to an author's personal style.
To add a new Rudiment Library, use the View -> New Rudiment Library option. From the View menu you can also open an existing rudiment library, perhaps sent from a friend or saved on disk elsewhere, or close a library from the list open in the rudiment tool space.
Export as PDF
Export as JPGThis feature allows the whole score to be saved as a jpeg compressed picture, with a solid white background. This is a useful option for creating images for websites or adding to other documents
Export as PNGSimilar to the JPG export, this feature allows the whole score to be saved as a png compressed picture, but with a transparent background. This is a useful option for creating images for websites, adding to other documents or even maybe sending to printers to have a score rendered on a t-shirt or other media!
Export as SVGThis feature allows the whole score to be saved as a scalable vector graphics file, with a solid white background. This is a useful option for producing high quality images that don't lose quality as they're scaled. This is much more useful for advanced web site images, and allows printers or others to retain the quality of the score if for example scaled to fit a larger surface.
Clone Staff Line
1st & 2nd Time Workflow
Workspace PreferencesWhen Drum Score Editor exits, it remembers the size and location of the main window, and if you docked the Rudiment Libraries and Note Toolbox on opposite sides of the screen - some people prefer that!
- Export as PDF now correctly renders the unison shading and other colour transparency, and aligns the scores correctly for landscape and portrait.
- Bar lines not sizing correctly causing them to be dropped when copying / pasting multiple selections.
- If a triplet or any other tied group starts or end with a rest as the first or last element, the score will note load after being saved, appearing as if it's lost the edits or sometime preventing the score file loading at all.
- Text cut, copy, paste not being enabled on the menus sometimes when a text areas has the keyboard focus.
- Text format menu not being disabled when a text area loses keyboard focus.