What it is
The Score provides an interactive drawing of your music in western classical notation (staves organized in systems, with clefs, measure bars, notes and accidentals). Interactivity comes from the fact that nearly all score elements that have a relationship to one of the node types in the hierarchical structure are clickable, e.g., notes, voices, measures, parts, etc.
How does it look / behave
The Score very much resembles to a sheet of music printed on an A4 paper. Both the “ink” and “paper” are monochromatic: colors only appear on the Score when you hover or click on a hotspot. These hotspots are rectangular areas drawn around points of interest in the notated music, such as noteheads, notes, voices, measures, part or section names. Generally, there is a dedicated hotspot for each type of element in the Score, with the notable exception of voices and measure, which overlap perfectly and thus require a floating toolbar to help refine the selection.
- the content of the Editor gets updated, in order to display relevant settings;
- the corresponding item becomes highlighted in the Project tree (and brought into view, if needed);
- the buttons for creation, deletion and nudging found in the Toolbar change their availability;
- specific items from the menu change their availability and/or label;
- playback starting point is set to the first measure of the selection.
Consequently, directly or indirectly changing the selection outside of the Score also changes the selection inside it.
Apart from selection handling, the Score also provides means for zooming in or out in the notated music (which is rendered as vectors and can accommodate any scale), fitting the page width to the available width, bringing the selection into view and navigating to previous and next pages.
Shortcuts are also provided: right-clicking on hotspots reveals a contextual menu which can be used to access common functions, and the floating toolbar (mentioned earlier) can also add a second voice to a measure.
What to Use it For
You use the Score to visually locate, proof and asses the symbolic elements that make up your music. You also use it as a superior selecting device (compared to the Tree) and as an alternate mean to trigger editing tasks via the contextual menu.
Note: the complete list of pending bugs, features and epics is available in Jira.