Ties Into Second Ending

Version 01.25.00
Added 14 Jun 2018 (last updated 15 Jan 2020)

For use with Sibelius 6, Sibelius 7.1, Sibelius 7.5, Sibelius 8.x, Sibelius 18.x, Sibelius 19.x and Sibelius 20.x

This plugin fakes ties into a second or later ending by turning a note into a tuplet with a hidden short first note tied to a note that appears to be the original duration. The first note and the triplet brackets are hidden, so it appears as if the visible note is tied from nothing. The note that starts the tie is given the notehead style HeadlessStemlessSilent, which the plugin will derive from its associated data file if it is not defined in the score.

The data file is included in the zip file, and the installer will copy it into the same folder where the plugin is installed.

At the end, the visible note(s) will be selected. To adjust the tie length use Shift+Alt/Option+Right to change the bar width. You can also adjust the horizontal position of the invisible note. Do not Reset Note Spacing on the bars with added ties.

Updated 17 August 2017. Rebuilt with slightly different tuplet mechanism so tied notes are offset less that before. You will still need to make horizontal adjustments by hand. See the PDF file at http://www.bobzawalich.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/The-Ties-Into-Second-Ending-plugin.pdf for more details.

Updated 8 November 2019. Version 01.20.00. This is a completely different implementation, using grace notes for hidden notes rather than tuplets. (Thanks to Samuel Wilson for suggesting this). Grace notes let the main notes align with similar notes in other staves, and this requires less manual adjustment.

You may still not like the wider gap at the start of the bar, and suggestions for reducing the size are given in the Help... button in the plugin, and in the PDF file noted above.

As before, there is a data file included in the zip file, which will be installed in the same folder as the plugin. It provides a source for the special notehead styles needed by the plugin.

Updated 15 January 2020 - Version 01.25.00. Changed to use a playable grace note, which often makes playback work better than it did before. In some cases playback of the tied-into notes does not work, and there are new options to silence the grace note or the visible note, or both, using Play on Pass settings.

Plug-in written by Bob Zawalich.