Add Pickup Bar With Deleted Rests

Version 01.08.00
Added 23 Dec 2014 (last updated 17 Jun 2015)

For use with Sibelius 6, Sibelius 7.1, Sibelius 7.5, Sibelius 8.x, Sibelius 18.x, Sibelius 19.x, Sibelius 20.x, Sibelius 21.x, Sibelius 22.x, Sibelius 23.x and Sibelius 24.x

This plugin produces a pickup bar in the first bar of the score. It will either convert the first bar to a pickup bar, or add a new pickup bar to the score (See Help... for how to specify the new pickup length).

Unlike conventional pickup bars, the ones produced by this plugin will be full-sized bars, with leading rests deleted. The advantage of using deleted rests rather than using smaller irregular bars (the usual mechanism) is that pickups created this way that start on an off-beat will play back rhythmically correctly.

There are some issues with how Sibelius handles copying and pasting bars with leading deleted rests. This is discussed in the Help... dialog.

The automates a process suggested by Adrian Drover, to whom this plugin is dedicated.

Plug-in written by Bob Zawalich.