Best Practices to Import MusicXML into Newzik using Dorico

by | Aug 19, 2019

– For Dorico users –

Newzik is pioneering in reading MusicXML scores on the iPad. The benefits of supporting this format are significant: whereas PDF files act merely as a static image, the Newzik MusicXML scores are completely dynamic, transposable, playable and automatically synchronized with a MIDI signal.

Here in this article, we have taken the liberty of listing the must-do instructions before exporting your MusicXML score and importing it into the Newzik app.

Let’s take a look!


Tip 1: No Breaks

Newzik offers a unique liquid mode view when using MusicXML files, in which one is able to freely adjust the font size and the number of bars per system by a simple zoom in/out motion with 2 fingers, which means there is no purpose to system break.

In this mode there is one long “page”. Which means, there is no purpose to page break. 


If you are starting a new score in Dorico and know in advance you will be using Newzik to read it, use Gallery view display mode in your workflow for optimal results.


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By doing so, you imitate the one long “page” mode of Newzik and don’t need to worry about page/system breaks, staff size or distance between staves.

Tip 2: Avoid Dragging

If you want to optimize your MusicXML experience in Newzik, try avoiding dragging in Dorico…

In “Engrave” mode, Dorico has a very fun and seducing feature which is being able to drag almost anything on your score to freely rearrange the layout. 

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Our recommendation would be not to drag at all. There are many smart ways to edit your score layout without manually dragging symbols/text/staves. By applying this tip to your work, you would prevent layout missmatching.


Tip 3: Exporting Parts vs Full Score

One of the beauties of MusicXML is the ability to extract the different parts from the full score. This can be done by simply importing the full score into Newzik, and the parts will be generated automatically:

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In Dorico you can treat the score and the parts separately. For example, you can hide a chord in an individual part, but show it in the full score. To do so, your first need to go to the desired part:

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Then select the chord symbol and while in “Engrave” press “Hidden”.

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However, when you export a MusicXML file from the full score, it generates the parts from the full score not taking into account all the manual changes you have made in the parts. As a result:

Tip A:

If you want the MusicXML file to correctly generate parts from the full score, try not to make any changes in the individual parts, but only in the full score

Tip B:

If you made some important changes in an individual part that doesn’t appear in the full score, you have a unique Dorico feature for this case which allows you to export all your parts and full score as separate MusicXML files. You can do this in “File==>Export==>MusicXML…”

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Then, make sure to select “Export layouts as separate files” and “Select All”

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Afterwards, to connect the parts and the full score to 1 piece inside Newzik, press the import button and import through the cloud of your choice:

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Select the full score + all the individual parts, and when you get the question “Do these files belong to the same piece?”, choose “Yes”

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Inside the score view click the “parts” button to view the different parts:

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Now you are good to go !

Tip 4: Optimize Your MusicXML Export

As a complementary action, we invite you to read the article “How to Optimize Your MusicXML Export for Dorico Users”, which contains tips regarding how to make sure your MusicXML export is optimal.

If after these tips you encounter a display inconsistency in Newzik with your musicXML, it can have two origins – Dorico’s export or Newzik’s import. In this case we encourage you to contact us at so that we can take the necessary actions and help you solve the problem.


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