Say you have music that you literally wish to swap between two different staves — a common task whether you use Sibelius or Finale. Sure, you could copy music from Staff 1 to the clipboard, select the music in Staff 2, option (alt)-click it into Staff 1, select Staff 2 again, and paste in the music from the clipboard.
But why not do it all in one step?
That’s where a plug-in comes in handy. Sibelius users should check out Bob Zawalich’s Exchange Staff Contents. It literally swaps the contents of two selected staves. If two staves are selected, they will be swapped. If more than two staves are selected, the top and bottom staves are swapped, like so:
Run Exchange Staff Contents:
Recently, Finale plug-in developer Jari Williamsson added the same feature to v.1.07 of his plug-in suite JW Staff Polyphony. It works the same way. Start with this:
Run JW Staff Polyphony and choose Swap:
And get this result:
Exchange Staff Contents for Sibelius may be downloaded directly through Sibelius 7 at File > Plug-ins > Install Plug-ins > Other. Users may also install it manually in Sibelius 6 or 7 by visiting the plug-in download page and following the usual manual installation procedure.
JW Staff Polyphony for Finale 2010 and later versions may be downloaded by visiting the Mac or Windows plug-in pages. These pages also contain instructions for installing the plug-in for use in Finale.
To see a video of Exchange Staff Contents in action, watch our tutorial.