Best Practices to Import MusicXML Scores into Newzik
– For Sibelius users –
Newzik is pioneering in reading MusicXML scores on the iPad. The benefits of supporting this format are significant. Whereas PDF music is static images, the Newzik MusicXML scores are completely dynamic, transposable and automatically synchronized with a MIDI.
Although there is a process in getting all the metadata contained in the MusicXML file extracted from any notation software.
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 reading MusicXML files. Which means that the system break is not relevant here. This liquid mode view enables you to freely adjust the font size and the number of bars per system. It can be done with a simple zoom in/out motion using two fingers (see video below).
In this liquid mode, as shown in the video below, there is one long “page”. Which means, there is no relevance to the page break as well.
Thus, if you are starting a new score in Sibelius and know in advance you will be using Newzik to read it off, for best results use Panorama display mode in your Sibelius workflow as shown below (see the red arrow).
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: No Dragging
If you want to optimize your MusicXML experience in Newzik, try avoiding dragging in Sibelius.
Sibelius has a very fun and seducing feature which allows you to drag almost anything on your score too freely rearrange the layout. Our recommendation would be not to drag at all. There are many smart ways to edit your score layout without manually dragging symbols/notes/staves. Some of them can be found in this article.
By applying this work behavior, you will prevent bugs and symbol recognition while importing your MusicXML file into Newzik. If you yet chose to drag a text/symbol, make sure when you move it from one place to another, that it is attached to the dashed line and the note you really intend it to be related to (an example below).
Tip 3: Parts vs Full Scores
One of the beauties of MusicXML is the ability to extract the different parts from the full score. In Sibelius, you are able to treat the score and the part differently. For example, You can hide a certain note in the full score, but allow it to appear in the individual part as in (the screenshot shown below).
You can drag a symbol in the part as shown below (see image), and it won’t affect the full score.
Unfortunately, if you export a MusicXML from your full score, it won’t show the changes you have previously made on the part. Therefore we have put together two suggestions to help the process:
If you want the MusicXML to nicely generate parts from the full score, try not to make changes to the individual parts, only in the full score
If you have made some important changes in an individual part that doesn’t appear in the full score, you must export both the full score and the part as 2 separate MusicXML files. How does one export a MusicXML part? You simply go to the desired part by clicking the “+” button on the right-hand side, as seen below (the red arrow).
Then whilst inside a part view, export the MusicXML as usual (File=>Export=>MusicXML). This way, ONLY the part will be exported with all the changes you have previously made (see the image below).
Afterwards, when you want to connect it to the full score inside Newzik, you must first import your full score, then while inside the interface, press the parts button as (shown below).
Then, press “add” to import the separated individual part, which can be replaced with the original one that was created by default. See the example image below for guidance.
Of course, there are many other elements to be aware of while exporting MusicXML scores from any notation software. We hope we have provided you with a significant amount of information, but we are always here and happy to help.
For any other questions or case by case export issues, please feel free to directly write to us for any support.