Add Fake Barlines to Bars

Version 01.28.00
Added 25 Jan 2017 (last updated 01 Jul 2021)

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

Adds one or more vertical lines to each selected bar to serve as "fake" barlines. The line can span all the staff lines or only part of them by adjusting the Top and Bottom settings as viewed in the Inspector.

The line styles of any lines present in the score will appear in the list box.

You can add a "Between Staves" Special Barline at the same time.

You can divide up a bar with multiple fake barlines. No extra space is allocated for these lines.

Updated 26 January 2017. Lines are now drawn at the END of bars rather than the START. This allows lines to appear at the last bar of a system. Several other tweaks made.

Updated 20 February 2017. Added checkbox that allows you to double any fake barline and specify the gap between lines.

Updated 28 April 2018. Fixed bug that allowed number of quarters to be less than or equal to 0, which caused infinite loop. Also added ability to add to the start of a bar and a Help button.

Updated 15 May 2018. Changed the "line every n quarters" so it selects a note following the added lines rather than the line. You can then type shift+alt+right-arrow to space the notes. See Help for details.

Updated 18 May 2018. Changed routine that searches for lines in the score to look at all objects, not just a subset of lines. This appears to be fast enough, and it allows more choices. Be careful to choose a reasonable line type though. Some will not work well.

Updated 21 May 2018. The plugin will now work with non-passage selections. If will process all the bars that contain selected objects. It ignores all system objects except Special Barlines. If it finds a special barline in a bar, it will add that bar in each selected staff to the list of bars to be processed. This lets you add a line to each staff in one go.

Added lines can be automatically be colored.

Added lines can be sent to display behind the staff, so they can simulate a transparent block.

Updated 1 July 2021. Version 01.28.00. Changed colors from the highlight and command color set to the colors used in Apply Named Colors. Default X offset changed to 0. See Help for details.

Plug-in written by Bob Zawalich.