Bob Zawalich has written a number of new plug-ins in the last couple of months, many of which he has chronicled in his developer’s notebook posted last week. Among his latest creations is Position Rehearsal Marks, which is designed to center rehearsal marks at the start of a system horizontally over the clef.
For example, look at the part displayed below. By default, Sibelius’s Magnetic Layout feature strangely positions the rehearsal marks way too far to the right (to avoid the chords). Even if that wasn’t happening, the best we could hope for would be a rehearsal mark that appeared after the clef and key signature:
In many editions, especially in jazz and commercial music, it is customary for the rehearsal mark to be aligned with the left barline. (This is something that is easily achieved in Finale, by setting an expression’s justification to “Center” and its horizontal alignment to “Left Barline.”) However, Sibelius doesn’t allow this, as Bob explains in this helpful document. However, his plug-in can approximate the effect. It’s worth reading his explanatory document should you need to tinker with the settings to fine-tune your results.
Still, even by simply running the plug-in with its default settings, much more desirable results are easily achieved:
Position Rehearsal Marks may be downloaded directly through Sibelius 7 or 7.5 at File > Plug-ins > Install Plug-ins > Text. Users may also install it manually in Sibelius 6, 7 or 7.5 by visiting the plug-in download page and following the usual manual installation procedure, or by using the Install New Plug-in plug-in.