From our June Newsletter, written by Gil Fray.

A Couple of Features Under the Format Menu Lock and Load. Or rather, Lock and Save.

Protect your score data from yourself…and others. Locking your score secures the content from unintentional alterations AND automatically puts the score in performance mode.
Once you have finished tweaking your score to your desired performance level, you can protect it from accidental changes. Locking a score is not like locking your file with a password; there are no keys or passwords to remember. With Notion, there is no key to lose. It’s just a simple click of the mouse button to lock and unlock your score. Go to Format on the menu and choose Lock Score.

Or if you prefer fewer mouse clicks, click on the padlock icon on the toolbar.

Once you lock your score the Padlock icon will change to the locked position.

When locking the score, you are, in effect protecting your score and at the same time placing it in performance mode. To unlock the score, click on the padlock again. Clicking this icon toggles between the locked and unlocked state of the score. The convenience of this is that you don’t have to worry about making any mistakes because you cannot edit your score while it is locked. Additionally, since locking a score automatically puts the score in performance mode, as soon as you open the file you can begin performing by triggering the pulse using NotionPlayer™. Or, if you want, simply press the Play button to hear your composition performed by the London Symphony Orchestra. Locking and unlocking is as easy as clicking the Padlock icon on the toolbar.
Format Your Options
If you have a pickup note (or as the academic types call it, an anacrusis) going into the first full measure of a work, you have the option of starting your measure numbers with the first full bar or with the pickup bar. From the Menu, choose Format then click on Options. Your two choices are “Starting measure number” and “Space between systems” (see “Format Options” image below). In the case of a pickup bar at the beginning, you can change this number to “0” so your first full measure is measure number 1. This can help avoid confusion with bar numbers and road maps through the course of your music.

Another feature is the flexibility of adjusting the amount of space between systems. If you like a lot of white space to keep your score open and clean looking, increase the space to 20 or 25. If you want to condense your score into a smaller area, reduce this to a smaller number. Experiment with this so you can decide what looks best and what has the best score readability.

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