Remove Coloring

Version 01.50.00
Added 01 Aug 2005 (last updated 26 Apr 2016)

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

This plug-in removes all colors or a single specified color from objects in the open score, turning them back to their default color (i.e. black).

Updated 26 April 2016 to allow coloring of individual note objects

Plug-in written by Bob Zawalich.

Apply Named Color

Version 01.05.00
Added 01 Aug 2005 (last updated 26 Apr 2016)

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

This plug-in allows you to color any selection of objects using a set of named colors. Simply select the objects you want to color, run the plug-in, and choose the desired color from the drop-down list.

Updated 13Feb2015 to respell version name; no code change, no update of version number.

Updated 14 April 2016 to allow coloring of individual note objects

Updated 26 April 2016 to allow coloring of individual note objects.

Plug-in written by Bob Zawalich.

Remove All Coloring

Version 01.02.00
Added 01 Aug 2005 (last updated 17 Jun 2015)

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

This plug-in resets all colored objects in the open score back to their default colors (i.e. black).

Plug-in written by Bob Zawalich.

Locate Colored Objects

Version 01.30.00
Added 01 Aug 2005 (last updated 17 Jun 2015)

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

This plug-in creates a log file listing the location of every colored object in the selected score.

New in version 1.3:

  • When run in Sibelius 4, now handles bar number changes

For Sibelius 5 or later, you can use Find Colored Objects instead of generating this log file.

Plug-in written by Bob Zawalich.

Apply Color To Text In Style

Version 01.07.00
Added 27 Feb 2006 (last updated 17 Jun 2015)

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

Apply Color To Text In Style allows you to specify a named color and a text style, and apply the color to all selected text, system text, and lyrics object whose style matches the specified style.

The latest version of the plug-in fixes a problem with coloring system text that was not in a passage selection.

Updated 13Feb2015 to respell version name; no code change, no update of version number.

Plug-in written by Bob Zawalich.

Pitch Spectrum

Version 01.05.00
Added 21 Aug 2006 (last updated 24 Jun 2012)

For use with Sibelius 4, Sibelius 4.1 and Sibelius 5

This plug-in allows you to specify the colors of the pitches in the pitch spectrum from a list of named colors. Since, unlike Edit > Color, the pitch spectrum can color individual notes in a chord, this can be a useful way to color chords. The plug-in allows you to reset to the Sibelius default spectrum colors when you are done.

This plugin will not work in Sibelius 6. Try the shipping Color Pitches plugin for the closesest workaround.

Plug-in written by Bob Zawalich.

Replace Color

Version 01.10.00
Added 03 Mar 2009 (last updated 26 Apr 2016)

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

Changes the color of all selected objects that match the original color to be the replacement color. It will only replace \\\'\\\'added\\\'\\\' colors, such as from Edit > Color or a plugin, not the built-in colors.

You can remove coloring by setting the replacement color to Black, or add colors by setting the original color to black.

If you want to replace the colors of system objects, such as Tempo text, run the plugin with a system (double purple box) selection.

Updated 24 June 2012 to fix version information.

Updated 13Feb2015 to respell version name; no code change, no update of version number.

Updated 26 April 2016 to allow coloring of individual note objects

Plug-in written by Bob Zawalich.

Color Notes On String

Version 02.50.00
Added 13 Sep 2010 (last updated 26 Apr 2016)

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

Allows you to specify a color for each string of a stringed instrument (up to 12 strings), and to color selected notes that are marked with the string the note is on. String 1 is the lowest pitched string of the instrument.

To mark the notes, copy the notes from a notation staff to a TAB staff, adjust the strings as needed, then copy the TAB notes back to the notation staff. Now run the plugin. Notes that are not marked will not be colored.

You can set up your own coloring scheme and it will be saved across Sibelius sessions. You can also edit the color RGB values. All notes in a chord will have the same color.

Updated 26 April 2016 to allow coloring of individual note objects

Plug-in written by Bob Zawalich.

Color Picker

Version 01.04.60
Added 17 Mar 2011 (last updated 26 Apr 2016)

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

Allows you to choose a color by selecting a colored object and running the plugin. You can then apply the chosen color by selecting the objects you want to color, running the plugin, and choosing Apply color.

The picked color is normally the first colored (non-black) object in the selection, if any. You can optionally allow Black as the color to pick, which will effectively remove coloring when applied.

The color is remembered for the duration of a Sibelius session.

Updated 20 March 2011 to pick up system objects.

Updated 25 October 2011 adding feature to filter objects that match the picked color.

Updated 26 April 2016 to allow coloring of individual note objects

Plug-in written by Bob Zawalich.

Trace Colored Objects

Version 01.05.00
Added 25 Oct 2011 (last updated 26 Apr 2016)

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

Traces the color values (name if available, RGB values, decimal and hex color values) of selected objects that have been colored something other than black.

Updated 6 March 2013. Fixed problem with White not getting recognized in Sib 7.

Updated 26 April 2016 to allow coloring of individual note objects

Plug-in written by Bob Zawalich.

Colored Notehead Styles

Version 01.65.00
Added 20 May 2015 (last updated 22 Nov 2016)

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

This is a suite of plugins and data files which allow you to use colored notehead styles to color notes. The advantage of this over traditional Sibelius coloring of notes is that notes in a chord will retain their separate colors. The enclosed document Coloring Notes in Sibelius Using Colored Notehead Styles.pdf will be installed onto your desktop in Sibelius 7.x Plug-ins Documentation, and will explain how to use colored noteheads and the tools in this suite.

The plugins that will be installed are

Import Colored Notehead Styles

Colored Noteheads On Harp Strings

Remove Colored Noteheads

Colored Notehead Data File

Colored Noteheads On Strings

A data file, Colored Notehead Styles.sib, will be installed into a subfolder of the user Manuscript Papers folder,and will be used by various plugins. You should also install the plugin Color Enharmonic Pitches, from category Color, and possible Filter Other, from category Filter and Find.

To use these plugins, install this suite, then install Color Enharmonic Pitches, and use it to apply the colors. The enclosed PDF document explains more things you can do.

This plugin and the concept of using notehead styles for colors was inspired by Kai Struck, who also created the SVG graphics used to create the Sibelius symbols and noteheads in this score.

Updated 15 June 2015 to update PDF file. No code changes were made.

Updated 25 July 2015 to include new plugin Colored Noteheads On Strings and String numbers for notes in stringed instruments in Sibelius.pdf

Updated 26 April 2016 to fix typo in Colored Noteheads On Strings

Updated 12 November 2016. Added the color White as a color choice and now allow multiple data files in addition to Colored Notehead Styles.sib.

Now any score in the user Manuscript paper folders whose name has the prefix "Colored Notehead Styles.sib" will be made available as a notehead set the plugins will recognize. This version adds the file Colored Notehead Styles_Bordered.sib, and it will be installed into the For Plug-ins subfolder of the Manuscript paper folder along with Colored Notehead Styles.sib

If there is more than 1 data file installed, the plugins will let you choose which one to use. Colored Notehead Styles_Bordered.sib uses a set of noteheads that are colored with a black border around them, which are more visible especially with lighter colors.

You should also install the updated versions of the plugin Color Enharmonic Pitches, from category Color, and Filter Other, from category Filter and Find.

As before, Kai Struck kindly created the bordered noteheads for me, and donated them to the Sibelius community.

Coloring Notes in Sibelius Using Colored Notehead Styles.pdf explains how to create you own custom data file

Updated 22November 2016. Only the file Colored Notehead Style_Bordered was replaced. Kai created some noteheads with a thicker border which I preferred so I am replacing that data file.

Plug-in written by Bob Zawalich.

Color Enharmonic Pitches

Version 03.50.00
Added 15 Jun 2015 (last updated 12 Nov 2016)

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

Allows you to specify a color for individual pitches, using separate colors for enharmonically equivalent pitches (such as F#/Gb). You can use it to apply a rainbow of unique colors for each pitch, or use it for proofreading and analysis.

Double sharps and flats can be colored the same as an enharmonic pitch (Gx -> A), or the same as the corresponding single accidental (Dx -> D#), and quartertones are colored as the nearest flat or sharp. You can, however, select a color from the double/quartertone lists, and all double accidentals or quartertones will get the same color, regardless of pitch.

One significant feature is the ability to edit the RGB values of any of the named colors in the color list. So if you like a different shade of red or yellow, you can have it.

The plugin saves its settings (in the plugin Preferences database), so your rainbow and your RGB edits and be set up once and retained across Sibelius sessions.

Note that, as with all coloring in Sibelius, all notes in a chord will be given the same color, unless the notes are in different voices.

Updated 2 June 2006 to allow it to use Colored Notehead Styles to color notes, so that notes in a chord can have separate colors (Feature available in Sib 7.1 and later).

Updated 15 June 2015 to remove any application of specific colors to specific pitches. A user may create their own color scheme and save it to be used as the default colors. Googling on color music scales will yield some historical coloring schemes.

Updated 15 April 2016 to allow coloring of individual note objects

Updated 24 April 2016 for minor tweaks.

Updated 26 April 2016 to allow coloring of individual note objects

Updated 12 November 2016. Now handles the color White, both for applying and for editing colors, and will also now work with the updated Colored Notehead Styles plugins.

Plug-in written by Bob Zawalich.