Best Practices to Import MusicXML into Newzik using Finale

by | Mar 11, 2019

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 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!

1) No need for page or system breaks

Newzik offers a unique view mode for MusicXML files, with special editing features allowing users to adjust the font size and the number of bars per system using a simple pinch-to-zoom gesture, rendering system breaks irrelevant.

Our view mode displays the score as a single page, so there’s no need to use page breaks.

If you are starting a new score in Finale and know in advance you will be using Newzik to read it, use the Scroll View display mode in Finale for best results.

Scroll view to export MusicXML files from Finale

The Finale Scroll View is similar to Newzik’s single page display, which means you won’t need to worry about page or system breaks, staff size or distance between staves.

2) Avoid dragging

To optimize your MusicXML experience while using Newzik, avoid using the drag and drop feature in Finale.

Finale has a very fun and seducing feature which allows users to drag almost any element on a score in order to freely rearrange the layout. However, we would recommend Newzik users not to use that feature at all. There are many smart ways to edit your score layout without manually dragging symbols, text or staves. By doing so, you will prevent bugs and symbol recognition issues while importing your MusicXML file into Newzik.

If you nevertheless choose to drag text or a symbol, make sure that it is attached to the intended note by a dashed line.

Avoid dragging symbols when exporting MusicXML from Finale

3) Exporting parts vs. The full score

One of the beauties of the MusicXML format is that it offers the possibility of extracting parts from the full score. Finale allows its users to treat the score and the parts separately thanks to its Linked parts feature. For example, a certain dynamic could be hidden in the full score yet appear in an individual part.

Here’s how to do it. In the Document menu, select Edit Score.

Select "Edit score" to export your file as separate parts in Finale

With the Text Tool selected, right click on the text object you wish to hide in and check Show if it is not already checked.

How to export MusicXML in separate parts from Finale

Select Unlink In All Parts.

How to export MusicXML in separate parts from Finale

Check Show again. It toggles to become Hide

How to export MusicXML in separate parts from Finale

Using this technique you will be able to drag a symbol in one of the parts without affecting the full score.

Display in Parts using Finale

Part

Displaying the Full Score from Finale

Full score

(For more technical information about this process read the following article).

Unfortunately, when exporting a MusicXML file from the full score the program will generate the parts from the full score without taking into consideration all the manual changes that were made in the individual parts. Here are two tips to help you counter that issue:

Tip A:
If you want the MusicXML file to nicely generate parts from the full score, try not to make changes in the individual parts, only in the full score.

Tip B:
If you made important changes to an individual part that do not appear in the full score, Finale offers a unique feature which allows users to export Linked parts as separate MusicXML files.

Export MusicXML files in Linked parts from Finale

To reconnect the parts and the full score within the Newzik reader, first import your full score, then select Parts while displaying the wanted score.

How to display a score's parts in Newzik

The import process will have automatically generated all the parts from the full score. In our case, we want to remove the Newzik-generated parts and replace them with the relevant, edited ones exported using “Linked parts to MusicXML”. To do so, select Edit in the Full Score menu.

Edit a score's separate parts in Newzik

Manually delete all parts except the full score.

Delete one specific part in Newzik
All parts have been deleted to only keep the full score

Select Done.

Deleting all separate parts in Newzik

Select “add” to import the Linked parts.

Adding a new part to a score in Newzik

And you are good to go!

4) Optimize your MusicXML export

To enhance your MusicXML experience, we recommend that you read the article “How to Optimize Your MusicXML Export From Finale”, which contains tips on how to optimize your MusicXML export.

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

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