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Sib. 6.1: New Plugin: Convert Spaces To Units - Bob Zawalich, 06 Nov 09:57PM
     Re: Sib. 6.1: New Plugin: Convert Spaces To Units - David Ross, 06 Nov 11:09PM
         Re: Sib. 6.1: New Plugin: Convert Spaces To Units - Roman Molino Dunn, 07 Nov 07:35AM
             Re: Sib. 6.1: New Plugin: Convert Spaces To Units - Robert Puff, 07 Nov 09:00PM
                 Re: Sib. 6.1: New Plugin: Convert Spaces To Units - Andrew Moschou, 08 Nov 03:28AM

Sib. 6.1: New Plugin: Convert Spaces To Units
Posted by Bob Zawalich - 06 Nov 09:57PM (edited 07 Nov 01:54AM)
A new plugin, Convert Spaces To Units, is available for free download at
http://www.sibelius.com/download/plugins/index.html?plugin=260.

This is a plugin that not many will want to use. When I offered it to Daniel he said "That's quite the nerdy plug-in ;^)".

Nonetheless, I have found it useful and so am offering it for any nerdy types who might find it useful.

Sibelius stores certain sizes internally in units of "spaces", where a space is defined as 1/4 of the height of the staff, as defined in Document Properties.

The X and Y offsets in the General pane of the Property window are in spaces, and font sizes are internally stored as spaces, which is why your 12 point font shows up in the text pane as 11.9 points (There is a bit of rounding error going from 77-32nds of a space to 12 points). Storing sizes as spaces lets them automatically scale up when the staff size changes.

So say you want to move a text item over an inch. What do you put in the X offset? You can find out that the staff size is .28" and so a space is .07" and you can divide 1 by .07 and thus you would need about 14.3 spaces to do that.

Or you could run the plugin and ask how many spaces in an inch.

In another obscure example, there is a wildcard modifier "s", defined as:

\s123\ Size change to 123 (units are 1/32nds of a space, not points)

So fine, what if you want to change a font size to 12 points. Now let's see, how many 32nds of a space is that? Run the plugin and find out. Or maybe you prefer to find the staff size in points, divide by 4, divide again by 32 and then decide maybe it is time to go out for a grande nonfat latte...

So yeah it is obscure, but if you ever need it you will be glad it is around.



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Re: Sib. 6.1: New Plugin: Convert Spaces To Units
Posted by David Ross - 06 Nov 11:09PM
Thanks, Bob. I'm nerdy enough to use this.

David

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Re: Sib. 6.1: New Plugin: Convert Spaces To Units
Posted by Roman Molino Dunn - 07 Nov 07:35AM
Bob,
Also nerdy enough here. I've been waiting for this! Seriously awesome :)

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Re: Sib. 6.1: New Plugin: Convert Spaces To Units
Posted by Robert Puff - 07 Nov 09:00PM
>In another obscure example, there is a wildcard modifier "s", defined as: \s123\ Size change to 123 (units are 1/32nds of a space, not points)

>When I offered it to Daniel he said "That's quite the nerdy plug-in ;^)".

Nerdy, he says? What about the nerdy feature \s123\ in Sibelius to control the size of wildcard text in units of 32nd of a space in the first place? ;^)

Someone had to stop the insanity. Glad to not have to think in EVPUs*, too. Thanks, Bob!


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Re: Sib. 6.1: New Plugin: Convert Spaces To Units
Posted by Andrew Moschou - 08 Nov 03:28AM
> Nerdy, he says? What about the nerdy feature \s123\ in Sibelius to control the size of wildcard text in units of 32nd of a space in the first place? ;^)

I actually like this approach.


Thanks Bob! Looks like a useful plug-in.

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Sib. 6.1: New Plugin: Convert Spaces To Units - Bob Zawalich, 06 Nov 09:57PM
     Re: Sib. 6.1: New Plugin: Convert Spaces To Units - David Ross, 06 Nov 11:09PM
         Re: Sib. 6.1: New Plugin: Convert Spaces To Units - Roman Molino Dunn, 07 Nov 07:35AM
             Re: Sib. 6.1: New Plugin: Convert Spaces To Units - Robert Puff, 07 Nov 09:00PM
                 Re: Sib. 6.1: New Plugin: Convert Spaces To Units - Andrew Moschou, 08 Nov 03:28AM