Accurate measurement is crucial to the creation of quality music notation. Learn how to use the built-in tools in the free Acrobat Reader and Preview desktop apps to measure anything in your PDF, from staff size, to margins, to text.
Essential to any good printed part layout is the page turn. The easiest way to check for good page turns on-screen is to view the music as a two-page spread. We’ll quickly run through how to view music this way in all the major desktop music notation applications as well as in Adobe Acrobat and Mac Preview.
I’ve noticed that one of the most frequently viewed posts on this blog is Creating PDFs from Sibelius by Daniel Spreadbury. It’s with good reason; a PDF file is, more or less, the lingua franca of electronic documents, viewable on practically any system and device. To share your Sibelius scores with the wider electronic world, […]
Update – September 16, 2013: The following post from 2008 pertains to Sibelius 6 and earlier versions. For instructions and tips on how to create PDF files from Sibelius 7, see this blog post. Nowadays many Sibelius worfklows end with creating a PDF file. “PDF” stands for “Portable Document Format,” and it’s an open standard […]