Note Spacing

Note Spacing allows you to save different note spacing options for different regions of a file and then automatically apply note spacing using the options that correspond to the specified region. Allotment tables are not supported, but it is still possible to have an allotment table in the Document Settings and it will be used on any measures not covered by a region in the Note Spacing Options dialog.

As of version 5.11 it is possible to skip specific measures by assigning special Text Expressions. You might use this to mark measures where you have manually spaced the music. You could then rerun the plugin on the whole document without having to worry about destroying your manual spacing. The plugin skips any measure that contains a text expression with a Description of

NoteSpacing: skip measure

The Description must be this exact text (in English). The contents of the expression do not matter, and the font or expression itself can be hidden. The plugin does not recognize the expression unless you select the staff on which it appears. If you want to skip the measure only in part or score, you can use the assignment options (Score Only or Parts Only) to limit the expression to the desired view. You can also do this with a Staff List, if your expression's category has a Staff list.

Update Item. Update the selected row on the list with values from the edit fields.

+. Add a new item to the list populated with values from the edit fields.

-. Remove the selected row from the list.

Reference Duration. Identical to the Reference Duration in Finale's Document Settings->Music Spacing->Spacing Widths dialog. The pop-up list populates the edit box with the EDU value corresponding to the type of note selected in the pop-up list.

Link to Time Signature. Allows for dynamic determination of the Reference Duration based on the time signature. One might choose this, for example, in a piece that alternates between 2/4 and 6/8 with the beat remaining the same. Both the 2/4 and 6/8 bars would be spaced with each beat (a quarter in 2/4 or a dotted quarter in 6/8) receiving the Reference Width. (NOTE: for composite meters like 2+2+3, the smallest beat value is used.)

Reference Width. Identical to the Reference Width in Finale's Document Settings->Music Spacing->Spacing Widths dialog.

Scaling Factor. Identical to the Scaling Factor in Finale's Document Settings->Music Spacing->Spacing Widths dialog.

From Measure ___ To Measure___. Specifies the measure range over which the given spacing options are to be active.

Link to Measure Number Region <—Choice—>. Checking this option links the range for note spacing to a specific measure number range in the document. If bars are added to or removed from the measure number range, the note spacing range adjusts itself to match automatically.

Minimum Distance Between Ledger Lines ___. Allows for closer spacing between ledger lines than Finale's built-in spacing usually permits. This option is independent of any of the items in the list. It works by internally changing the ledger line width setting in the document and then restoring the original value after spacing is complete. If you set it equal to the "Minimum Distance Between Items" value in Document Options->Music Spacing, it has no effect. Negative values are treated as zero. Note that Finale may still leave a small amount of space between ledger lines even when this value is zero, depending on your ledger line options.

Extra Space for Upstem Flags ___. Allows for more control over spacing after upstem flags. This option is independent of any of the items in the list. It works by internally changing the horizonantal offets for all upstem flags in Document Options->Flags and then restoring the original values after spacing is complete. If you set it to zero, it has no effect. This value may be negative.

Force Empty Measures to Minimum Measure Width. Checking this option forces the width of all empty measures in the selected region to be equal to the Minimum Measure Width setting in Document Options->Music Spacing, irrespective of meter or other considerations. This option is independent of any of the items in the list.

Option-Select Opens Dialog [Mac] Shift-Select Opens Dialog [Win]. Normally, invoking the plugin brings up the Note Spacing dialog box. Checking this option causes the dialog box to be skipped unless the Opt key (Mac) or Shift key (Win) is depressed simultaneously when selecting the menu option.

Close On Go.The Note Spacing dialog box is modeless, so normally it stays open when you hit OK. Checking this option causes it to close the window when you hit OK, mimicking modal dialog behavior.

OK. Saves the list and spaces the selected region in the current Score or Part view. If there is no selected region, it spaces the entire document in the current view.

Close. Closes the dialog box with out performing note spacing. The user is given an opportunity to save the list if changes have been made.

Save Settings. Each Saved Settings has its own separate list of spacing options and independent options. You could for example create a saved setting called "Note Spacing for Parts" and use it to keep a different list for parts in each file where it mattered. Whether and how you invoke saved settings is up to you, so name them appropriately to how you intend to use them.

If you have questions, comments, or suggestions about the operation of Note Spacing, please feel free to contact me.