Convert Non Magnetic Glisses

Version 02.03.00
Added 17 Jul 2017 (last updated 22 Feb 2020)

For use with 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 replaces non-magnetic glissando lines with magnetic glisses. It requires Sibelius 8.6 or later, and will only process instruments containing 1 or 2 staves (including ossias). You must passage select the line and its start and end notes.

It should work well if the lines are evenly between 2 single adjacent notes in the same voice and staff. It is trickier in other situations, and the plugin will make educated guesses. You should make a copy of the original score to compare the positions of the resulting lines.

Running the plugin is equivalent to finding the note before the line, deleting the line, and adding a magnetic gliss line to the note. The plugin does not control the end note, so you may need manual adjustments.

The plugin looks at the line and if it finds a reasonable preceding note it will add a magnetic gliss and delete the line. This will incorrectly change cross staff glisses and glisses between non adjacent notes to glisses to the next note in the same staff. Be very careful to confirm and adjust the results if you have these kinds of glisses.

Converted lines will have default playback even if the original lines had different playback settings.

WARNING: if you choose the option ''Process plain lines as glissando lines'', *all* plain lines could be converted, so be careful which lines are selected.

To tell if a line was replaced, select the line and look at the status bar or Inspector. You will see Edit Note for a Magnetic Gliss, and Edit Line for an unconverted line. All notes with converted lines will be selected at the end of the plugin. You can use the Go To plugin (selected objects option) or There It Is! to list and navigate the selected notes.

Magnetic glisses are actually a type of slide, and are properties of Note objects, rather than separate Line objects. A selected magnetic gliss will highlight the forward slash in the 2nd keypad layout.

Updated 22 Feb 2020. Version 02.03.00. Improved descriptions.

Plug-in written by Bob Zawalich.