Respell Flats as Sharps

Added 01 Aug 2005 (last updated 17 Mar 2008)

For use with Sibelius 3.x and Sibelius 4

The version of this plug-in that ships with Sibelius 3 and Sibelius 4 has two problems:

  • Any ties in notes that are respelled will be deleted
  • The plug-in produces incorrect accidentals for transposing instruments

This updated version corrects both of these problems.

For Sibelius 5, use the shipping version of this plugin

Plug-in written by Bob Zawalich.

Respell Sharps as Flats

Added 01 Aug 2005 (last updated 17 Mar 2008)

For use with Sibelius 3.x and Sibelius 4

The version of this plug-in that ships with Sibelius 3 and Sibelius 4 has three problems:

  • Any ties in notes that are respelled will be deleted
  • The plug-in produces incorrect accidentals for transposing instruments
  • Unison notes are not respelled correctly

This updated version corrects these problems.

For Sibelius 5, use the shipping version of this plugin

Plug-in written by Bob Zawalich.

Simplify Accidentals

Added 01 Aug 2005 (last updated 17 Mar 2008)

For use with Sibelius 3.x

This updated version of this plug-in fixes the following problems:

  • user-defined beaming of notes is lost when running the plug-in
  • quartertone and other microtonal accidentals are removed

For Sibelius 5, use the shipping version of this plugin

Plug-in written by Peter Hayter and Michael Kilpatrick.

Respell Uncommon Accidentals

Version 01.55.00
Added 01 Aug 2005 (last updated 29 Sep 2017)

For use with Sibelius 3.x, Sibelius 4, Sibelius 4.1, Sibelius 5, Sibelius 6, Sibelius 7.1, Sibelius 7.5 and Sibelius 8.x

Respell Uncommon Accidentals respells certain accidentals that are avoided in some musical styles. It will find and respell B# to C, E# to F, Cb to B and Fb to E. It can also respell double and triple accidentals. It assumes you know what you are doing in running it, and makes no judgments, but the author would like to remind the user that there are many musical situations where an E# is perfectly appropriate, and using this plug-in would produce incorrect musical notation.

You can run the Mark Enharmonic Pitches plug-in if you just want to know if you have these kinds of pitches in your score.

New in version 1.3:

  • This version shows both consecutive and displayed bar numbers in Sibelius 4, and has a new option to locate (write to text file or trace window) uncommon accidentals without changing the score.

Updated 25 Feb 2014 to fix endless loop when processing written names in transposing instruments. Changed some dialog defaults.

Updated 8 September 2017 to speed up the progress bar, and hopefully the entire plugin when run on large scores.

Updated 29 September 2017 speed up plus in Sib 8.3 and later changes made in a part will only affect that part

Plug-in written by Bob Zawalich.

Hide Specific Accidentals

Version 01.10.00
Added 05 Dec 2008 (last updated 18 May 2014)

For use with Sibelius 5, Sibelius 6, Sibelius 7.1, Sibelius 7.5 and Sibelius 8.x

This plugin hides accidentals on selected notes with the specified pitches in any octave. It may be useful when you are simulating an unconventional key signature.

You can also unhide accidentals, which will restore their original unhidden state, but this will also restore any accidentals in the selection that were hidden manually.

Updated 24 August 2011 to tidy up the main dialog.

Updated 18 May 2014 to allow hiding only visible accidentals (Sibelius 7.1.3 and later only)

Plug-in written by Bob Zawalich.

Respell Accidentals Allow Doubles

Version 01.11.00
Added 07 Aug 2012 (last updated 10 Jul 2017)

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

Respells selected notes to their enharmonic equivalent (same sounding) spelling. Unlike the Return key in Sibelius, Respell Accidentals Allow Doubles can change a note to a note with a double accidental.

If the key signature contains flats, the plugin favors double flats when starting with a note without an accidental. For other keys (sharp, C/Am or atonal), it favors double sharps.

Quartertones are not respelled.

It is probably going to be most useful if assigned to a keystroke shortcut, so you can run it again quickly if the first respelling is not what you want.

This plugin is dedicated to Daniel Spreadbury and the Sibelius development team.

Updated 23 June 2015 to fix a bug that generated a bogus error message.

Updated 6 July 2015 to move category to Accidentals

Updated 10 July 2017. Support added for magnetic glisses in Sib 8.6 and later

Plug-in written by Bob Zawalich.

Display Accidentals In Selected Notes

Version 01.07.00
Added 22 Aug 2013 (last updated 07 Mar 2014)

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

Hide, unhide, or make the accidentals in selected notes visible. The noteheads must be selected, not just the accidentals.

In Sibelius 7.1.3 or later, the plugin can hide or force only accidentals that are visible, so you can select all notes in a passage. In Sibelius 6, you must select the notes you want individually, or the plugin will change the accidental style on all selected notes.

With cross-staff beamed notes, even in Sibelius 7, Sibelius sometimes gets confused about whether an accidental is visible. If you try to change visible accidentals and they do not change, turn off the visible option and select only the notes whose accidentals you wish to change.

Updated 26 August 2013. Handles selection that include only parts of notes, such as stems, which would crash the plugin. These are now ignored. Also the plugin now respaces the selection at the end.

Plug-in written by Bob Zawalich.