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Messages - Richard Woodroffe

General Discussion / Re: How does the NWC newsgroup work?
Just to add to what Fred's said - I use Forte Agent as my newsreader and it has no problems whatsoever in reading thousands and thousands of records.

I even have the backup on CDRW with all of the attachments that have been posted and can switch to that at will even though this has all the records from before the EZUSA server as well.

Hope to see you in the newsgroup Dave.
General Discussion / Re: How does the NWC newsgroup work?

The NoteWorthy newsgroup is on a remote newsgroup server that does not host all of the alt newsgroups. This is based on a server called EZUSA but I am not sure what it is that you are downloading onto OE. The NoteWorthy newsgroup only has 49,000 records since it's been on that server and I don't think all of those would be downloadable now.

Maybe you are downloading all of the newsgroups on that server?
For the record, the address for the server is :  and the NoteWorthy newsgroup is ntworthy.nwc
General Discussion / Re: Noteworthy
Pinball in Word  -  (Version 97 only)
1. Open a new document
2. Type "Blue"
3. Select word
4. Go to Format -> Font
5. Choose Font Style Bold, Color Blue
6. Type " " (space) after word "Blue"
7. Go to Help -> About
8. Ctrl-Shift-Left click the Word icon/banner
9. Use Z for left flipper, M for right flipper, and ESC to exit

Flight sim in Excel  -  (version 97 only)

1. On a new Worksheet, Press F5
2. Type X97:L97 and hit enter
3. Press the tab key
4. Hold Ctrl-Shift
5. Click on the Chart Wizard toolbar button
6. Use mouse to fly around - Right button forward/ Left button reverse

There are some later versions of Excel 97 where this doesn't work. If this happens, try entering
r97c12:r97c24    in step 2.

There was also meant to be a midi file embedded in some versions of Word 2000 but I've never found it.

General Discussion / Re: Noteworthy
Hey !

I did the bones.nwc song - Never thought of it as an NWC egg though.

There have been some interesting ones in some of the microsoft programs like the pinball game in Word and the flight simulator in Excel.

I don't ever remember finding a "musical" egg though.

General Discussion / Download the Scriptorium Database

You can now download a CSV file  holding a database of all of the NoteWorthy files on the Scriptorium so that you can browse off-line.
The file can be reached from the main database page (Click to visit)

The CSV file contains the following information :
the Composer, the url of the file, the name of the music, the url of the info file, the Scriptorium classification, and the user that created the file.

The Database file will be updated periodically - probably about once a month, depending on the rate of submissions.

Note that the url of the music and/or  the info file can be coped and pasted into your browser. If you paste the url of a  NoteWorthy file into your browser, this will either be downloaded or played dependant upon the installation of the NoteWothy plug-in.

General Discussion / Rogues Gallery
Just to let non - newsgroupers (?) know that the rogues gallery is alive and well. You can see mugshots of the infamous by clicking here : Rogues gallery page.

But be careful - wear dark glasses, you have been warned.

Anyone who would like to be included, please send a mugshot to me - with your birthdate if you want others to know it.
Tips & Tricks / Getting Rid of Negating Natural Signs
On changing key, if you dislike having natural signs negating the sharps or flats of a previous key, there is a workaround.

At the end of the previous bar (measure) insert the new key. This will have the negating natural signs. Make this invisible. (select it, and then hit ALT and ENTER.  Choose the visibility tab and follow your nose). Insert the new key again after the bar line. This will not have any negating natural  signs.
Tips & Tricks / Highlighting Two Different Lyric Lines at Once
There are many pieces of music around which have lyrics in more than one language. For example, Plaisir d’amour where both French and English versions are common, Schubert’s Ave Maria (Latin and English) etc. NoteWorthy Composer highlights the words as well as the music when you are playing back. With these dual language songs, changing from one language to another could be tricky if you do not wish to double up the number of verses. Using the layering feature, you can highlight both language versions at the same time.

For each staff that has lyrics attached, copy the music to a new staff directly below. In the first staff, enter lyrics for the first language and in the copy staff, enter the lyrics for the second language. The position of the lyrics with respect to the staff should be modified (from the lyric configuration tab) so that the first set of lyrics has a different position with respect to the staff than the other set on the copy staff (They can be both at the bottom or the top as required though). Finally, on the first staff, select ‘Layer with next staff’ from the Staff properties and you will now have what looks like a single staff with two different language lyrics by it. Both of these language lyrics will be highlighted on playback.
Tips & Tricks / Spread Chords with Grace Notes
Until now, if you wanted to achieve a spread chord effect (denoted by a vertical wavy line) using NoteWorthy Composer, you had to enter the notes exactly as they should be played. Whilst this worked well, there was always the problem of balancing the notes in order to keep to the time signature. With the implementation of grace notes on version 1.5, there is now another way of achieving the spread chord effect without having to balance the note values.

This is how : Supposing you have a chord of 4 quarter notes (crotchets) in a single stave. To turn the chord into a spread chord, turn on the persistent note tool, turn on the grace note attribute, turn on the tie. Select the eighth note (quaver) and before each note in the chord apart from the top one, enter the eighth note (i.e. press the enter key). Because you are entering grace notes, the note value of the chord does not need to be altered. (Each grace note will be above and in front of the previous one.)

If the spread chord is divided between two staves then use this procedure for ALL notes in the chord for the lower stave (left hand). For the upper stave (right hand), before entering the grace note eighth notes enter the appropriate number of 'grace note eighth rests' (If you enter a rest while the grace note attribute is selected, the rest will behave the same way a grace note does). You should enter the same number of rests that there are notes in the chord in the lower stave. After doing this, enter the grace notes for all notes in the upper chord apart from the top note.

You can beam the grace notes so that the chord looks neater. Press play and be happy with some good results without too much effort.
Version 1.75 Discussion / T&T: MIDI Instrument Numbers
When setting up the instrument type from the Staff Properties Midi tab, you can select from the instrument names (using for example the General Midi), or a numeric system (starting from 0 or from 1). Sometimes it would be easier to be able to see the instrument names as well as the number rather than switching between the numeric and named systems.

To achieve this you can edit the file ntwpatch.ini.

Important: Before editing this file, make a backup copy so that you can go back to it if you make a mistake or change your mind.

In the file you will find lists of your midi instruments. Under the [General MIDI] heading you will see the first instrument.

Acoustic Grand Piano=

To add the reference number, insert it immediately before the equals sign so that the line now looks like :

Acoustic Grand Piano 1=

(make sure that the equals sign is the last character on the line)

Continue in this way until you reach


which, after amendment, will look as follows:

Gunshot 128=

Save the file and also save a backup copy as a different file name since a new release of NoteWorthy Composer will overwrite the file. The next time you select an instrument from the Midi tab, you will see both the instrument and its related number.