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General Discussion / Extra Sharp in RCs
Check the attached: two staves, one with one note having one sharp accidental; the other with two notes, one having one sharp accidental.  Now layer the staves.  From whence the extra sharp??
Thank you.
General Discussion / Re: Breve
So, in short, the answer to my question is "NO."  But thanks for providing the meaningless (to me) coding.  Perhaps it will help someone else.
General Discussion / Re: Breve
Has there been any progress on Breves being supported natively?  I've been requesting this since 1998.
Thank you.
General Discussion / Breves
Do we have any idea when the breve will be supported natively in Noteworthy?  I am running into more and more situations where breves are indicated, but there is no way to notate them without all sorts of hijinks with other fonts, hidden notes, etc.

I have requested this several times, both in the forums and in the wish list, but have no idea if/when breves will be supported.

Thank you,
Doug Baumann
General Discussion / Re: workaround sport
A wish list wouldn't necessarily need to be voted upon by members.  Just knowing what has been requested could keep the number of duplicate requests to a minimum.  Additionally, knowing what has been requested may light a fire under other members who have expertise in programming and NWC to come up with an alternate solution or enhancement.
General Discussion / Re: Hiding Hairpins
So, I guess having the hairpin assume the characteristics of the preceding dynamic is out of the question, but without a good reason.  jim_jr has it right (too many "clicks" to accomplish something so simple).
General Discussion / Hiding Hairpins
Perhaps I am the only one who is bothered by this, but if dynamics are hidden ("Visibility Never") in a score, why are the ensuing hairpins visible?

See the attached sample.  The dynamics (mf, f) are not visible in the lower staff, but the hairpins are visible.  Seems to me if the dynamics are not visible, the hairpins should not be visible.

In the case of the attached sample, seeing the hairpins in the lower staff is not necessary (or wanted).

Perhaps the hairpins could take on the visibility of the preceeding dynamic.
General Discussion / Re: music recognition/transcription?
I have had rather impressive results with "PDF to Music Pro" from  This program takes an PDF file that was generated by any music software, plays it, exports it in miscellaneous formats, plays and even sings it.

I use it to export a file in mxml format, then use "Music XML to NWC Converter" from to generate input into NWC.  This combo is definitely not perfect, but can save a passel of time, especially with a large score.
General Discussion / Re: Converting PDF to Noteworthy
Bullzip installs as a pseudo-printer.  You "print" your nwc file (or Word, or whatever file) by selecting the Bullzip printer.  It saves the output as a pdf file into whatever directory you choose.  You can then print that pdf file as you would any pdf file.

General Discussion / Re: Converting PDF to Noteworthy
PDFtoMusic Pro is $199.  Pricey, but the $49 version (non-Pro) doesn't have the options in Pro.  Pro will export to XML, mid, etc.

For converting nwc to pdf, I use Bullzip (a freebie from which will work with nearly every application.  It defines a PDF printer that will save your output as a PDF file wherever you want to save it.  Anything you can print on your printer can be saved as a PDF file.


General Discussion / Re: Converting PDF to Noteworthy
There is a program I use, PDFtoMusic Pro, available at, which can read a PDF score generated by any music software, play it, export it in miscellaneous formats, play or even sing it.  It works on about 95% of the files I've tried.  It's nice since you can get a feel for the music before converting it.

General Discussion / Re: Disable Short-Cut Keys??

Now, THAT will help since my chubby paws are already over there anyhow to enter the notes.  I do use the ENTER on the keypad occasionally (usually when I miss the "3"), but never thought of the * for TA.

General Discussion / Disable Short-Cut Keys??
Is it possible to disable certain short-cut keys in NWC2?  Since the last NWC updates, "Q" is used for notehead selection and "\" is used for notehead color.  As a sloppy typist, I frequently hit the "Q" instead of "TAB" while coding, and similarly with the "\" instead of "ENTER".  Most of the time, I'm many measures ahead before I look up and see (e.g.) red notestems with no noteheads!

If it were possible to disable these two keys, it would save me beaucoup time (not to mention $$ for typing lessons!).

Please advise.

General Discussion / Dotted Note Discrepancies
Blessed Easter, everyone!

I've been plagued with dissimilarities in the appearance of dotted notes between layered and non-layered staves.

Example 1: "Without Layering" - notes entered twice at each position per staff.
Example 2: "With Layering" - notes entered once at each position per staff, staves layered.

Why two dots on the "lined" notes in Example 1??

Shouldn't each example look like Example 2?

D E Baumann
General Discussion / Optional Text Expression Overlays Tempo on Preview
Good day, Everyone,

Just completed coding a Purcell choral number, and hoped to add this comment to the tempo:

  "Rather slowly; with power and dignity"

Unfortunately, the "(quarter note)=90" overlays the last two characters of the comment on the "Print Preview". 

Looks fine while editing and on the printed output; it just overlays on the Preview.  Could be confusing for newbies.
User Tools / 64-bit mxml2nwc available
Having upgraded my ancient PC to a new one, I found it running Vista 64-bit.  Unfortunately, most of my apps, including mxml2nwc, was running 32-bit.  This caused a problem.

I contacted Nicolas who kindly updated and provided me a 64-bit version which runs superbly!  He also provided me with the following download information for this forum: (His quote)

"Standard version:
x64-only version: - to use ONLY if the other doesn't work."


He's quite a guy.  Use and enjoy!

General Discussion / Re: Spacing on Special Endings
Thanks for your answers and advice.  I was going nuts trying to figure out what I had done wrong.

I'll follow your suggestions and "clean up" my copy before printing.

Thanks again, keep up the good forum work, and have a Blessed Thanksgiving!

General Discussion / Spacing on Special Endings
I've searched the forum and have found similar problems, but not this one.  In the attached NWC2 file, please look at measure 64.  I have unlayered staves 1 and 2 to show the spacing difference.  Obviously, layering causes a double tune sig.

I cannot find what is causing the spacing problem at Special Ending 2.

Any ideas?? 

Thanks!  (The forums [fori?] are great!)
General Discussion / Re: Updating Templates in Vista
Uh, no, I'm the only "user" on the machine.  I suspect that installing 1.75c on Vista caused the RO flag to be set.

Also, when I think ownership, I also think properties (hidden, read only, etc.). 

Anywho, thanks!
General Discussion / Re: Updating Templates in Vista
As usual, you are correct, Lawrie.

I just checked properties on my "original" templates; they're all READ ONLY (not set by me).
The "copy" is NOT read only.

You're good!

Thanks again.
General Discussion / Re: Updating Templates in Vista

I just created a copy successfully.  It did ask for the Admin password, then created a copy with " - Copy" added to the template name.

And, I just updated it and it saved correctly?!?

Interesting.  Any ideas why I couldn't update the "original" properly, yet can update a "copy"??

General Discussion / Updating Templates in Vista
Gents (and ladies),

Last March, I "upgraded" to Vista.  Just after the first of the year, I attempted to modify my templates to reflect the date change (to 2008), but was unable to save the templates.  Yes, I have Admin priveleges.  The message is "(template name) failed to save properly" but the old ones still exist and I have to change them manually for each new composition.

Is there something in NWC that will not allow saving modified templates under Vista?  The templates are in:
C:\Program Files\Noteworthy Composer\Template

Yes, I'm still on 1.75c, but doubt the new version would act differently.

Many thanks for your assistance.   Y'all are great answering queries.
General Discussion / User Fonts
I code 4-part choral music (like from CPDL) for my church choir and for another choir I'm in.  As there are quite a few "user fonts" available for Noteworthy and the program allows for six, is there a standard/consensus on which should be included in a "typical" NWC document for choral music?  If so, in what order?

Is there (or, probably more rightly, could there be) a suggested "template" of these fonts and a quick reference list of what each provides?

   User font 1 Boxmarks
   User font 2 cresc
   User font 3 NWSlur

Then a one-page list showing what Boxmarks codes provide what graphic, followed by cresc, and NWSlur...

This would be most helpful for the occasional user such as me.  I only have about 2900 choral selections, and since 1999, have altered my templates to include some of the fonts, but I invariably end up having to add another or rearrange a template, then I really get screwed up!  How are all you handling situations such as these??

Many thanks (and I LOVE some of your posts on other topics!!) and still awaiting NWC2 (non-beta.  I don't do beta.)
Doug Baumann

General Discussion / Re: Possible bug: Page numbers
And, wouldn't it be nice if even page numbers were at the upper left instead of all page numbers at the upper right.  (At least, they're all at the upper right in V1.75.)  That way, when the music is printed two-sided, the page numbers would appear as in a book.

General Discussion / Re: NWC Viewer limitation
Put your cursor at the measure from which you wish to play.  Then when you press play, NWC will begin at the start of that measure.

At least it works that way with Version 1.

General Discussion / Re: Beta 2.09 coming soon
Any idea (however general) for the full release of V2.0??  I've been waiting and watching for over two years when 2.0 was starting in Beta. 

I've had Noteworthy since 1998 (original distribution was on a 3.5" floppy), and have always downloaded updates and upgrades (with appropriate remuneration)... never got the CD, so can't try the Betas.

By the way, I have just under 10,000 NWC files, mostly choral, some instrumental (and nearly 80% Baroque) if anyone is interested.