Narrow Two Voices

Added 01 Aug 2005 (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

This plug-in controls the horizontal note offset in passages which use voice 1 and voice 2 simultaneously. There are three actions predefined (you can define and save more actions for yourself):

  • Default Rules of Sibelius: This essentially behaves identically to Sibelius, but corrects some known problems: a unison of two semibreves shows now two noteheads, and so does a unison of e.g. a dotted minim and an undotted crotchet.
  • Narrow Mode: In situations where voice 2 goes above voice 1, move the voice 2 notes to the left. This allows a more dense note typesetting and is used in particular in organ and piano music.
  • Arpeggio Mode: If you have fast arpeggios running in voice 1 while voice 2 doubles the first note of each arpeggio with a longer note, it is common that the noteheads on the first beats are typeset overlapping.

To use the plug-in, make a passage selection (i.e. a single box), then choose Narrow Two Voices from the Plug-ins menu and follow the on-screen instructions.

Changes in v2.0 (updated 29 August 2005):

  • Plug-in now requires use of the Preferences plug-in, so will only run in Sibelius 4
  • Added wizard with three pre-defined modes, to select your job with two clicks
  • Added font metrics for Helsinki font
  • improved offset mechanism for several combinations of dotted/undotted notes

Changes in v1.20 (updated 17 November 2004):

  • Now possible to force noteheads to overlap, even if their shape differs (useful for arpeggio-like passages where the first note is played with longer notes in a second voice)
  • Added fixes for the positioning of unison semibreves and dotted notes in one voice at the same pitch as undotted notes in another
  • Added a full set of user options

Plug-in written by Hans-Christoph Wirth.

Split Multirests

Version 01.55.00
Added 06 Oct 2007 (last updated 07 Mar 2014)

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

Breaks up multirests at various intervals using true split multirest breaks (the previous version used hidden text).

Updated June 7, 2008 to allow multirests to be split before and after irregular bars

Updated February 7, 2009 to add a separate option to split all multirests and to allow totals notification to be inhibited.

Use this version for Sibelius 5 and later. For Sibelius 3 and 4, use Split Multirests for Sibelius 4.

Plug-in written by Bob Zawalich.

Create Blank Page

Version 01.01.00
Added 14 Dec 2007 (last updated 07 Mar 2014)

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

Adds one or more blank pages before or after a selection. (This is somewhat redundant because it just adds a Special Page Break, but it avoids having to select a barline and is comparable to Create Title Page).

Plug-in written by Bob Zawalich.

Time Signature For Irregular Bars

Version 01.70.00
Added 13 Apr 2008 (last updated 07 Mar 2014)

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

Adds a time signature appropriate to the length to an irregular bar, so that irregular bars are made regular. It can also trace the locations of irregular bars.

It also puts an appropriate time signature into the following \"regular\" bars where this is required. Its goal is to end up with a score where every bar has a size that matches an explicit time signature.

It will not always spell the time signature correctly (it only looks at the length of a bar, not the notes it contains). The lowest denominator is 4, so it will not generate 3/2 or 2/2, but other than that, it picks the simplest fraction, so it will always choose 3/4 over 6/8 and 6/4 over 12/8.

If there is no initial time signature, it will add one.

Updated 20 March 2011 to add an option to choose 6/8 rather than 3/4 and 12/8 over 6/4.

Updated 6 February 2012 to add option to use cautionary accidentals - on by default.

Plug-in written by Bob Zawalich.

Change Selected Barlines

Version 01.04.00
Added 07 Jan 2009 (last updated 07 Mar 2014)

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

Adds a barline of a specified type to each bar in the selection, thus allowing multiple barlines to be changed at once.

It offers a special barline type called Default, which resets the barline in selected bars to the default barline type as defined in Engraving Rules. This is usually, but not always Normal. (Normal adds in a Special Barline of type Normal, which is also what Create Barline in Sibelius does).

Updated 7 August 2009 to work with individually selected barlines as well as passage selections of bars

Updated 24 August 2009 to fix problems with individual barlines

Plug-in written by Bob Zawalich.

Resize Bar

Version 01.36.00
Added 22 Aug 2009 (last updated 07 Mar 2014)

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

Changes the length of selected bars by a fixed amount (e.g., a quarter note/crotchet) or to a given size, including the size of the current time signature. This will change the affected bars to be irregular bars in most cases.

Updated 24 August 2009 to fix some error handling code

Updated 26 August 2009 to fix problems with special barlines

Updated 11 August 2011 to change Shrink to Fit to remove both leading and trailing rests, to simplify its use for pickup bars. Sib 6 or later required.

Updated 3 December 2011 for compatibility with Sib 7 version.

Plug-in written by Bob Zawalich.

Break At Bars

Added 27 Sep 2009 (last updated 07 Mar 2014)

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

This plug-in allows users to enter a string of bar numbers to make page breaks or system breaks, or both. This is especially helpful when used in conjunction with the Suggest Page Turns plug-in. Other situations, such as making corrections from a PDF, where it is easiest to put page turns into the Sibelius file before correcting (easier to navigate), and quick formatting, are made a little bit easier.

Plug-in written by Roman Molino Dunn.

Trace Internal Bar Numbers

Version 01.02.00
Added 01 Oct 2009 (last updated 07 Mar 2014)

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

The bar numbers you see in a score (the external or displayed bar numbers) may not reflect the consecutive ordering of the bars. So you may have bars numbered 0 (for a pickup), 1, 2, then 1 again, 2, 3, then 10, 11, 12 in an extreme case. You could at least restart bar numbers as a section break.

Sibelius keeps an internal or consecutive bar number as well so that each bar has a unique and consecutive number. If your score has any bar number changes, the internal and external bar numbers are most likely different.

Note that in the General Pane of the Properties Window, the bar number displayed is the external number (it reflects bar number changes) while the page numbers displayed are internal page numbers (they do not reflect page number changes).

In Sibelius 6.1, the new Manual Repeats Playback feature (in Play Repeat) requires that internal bar numbers be used.

This plugin writes the internal and external bar numbers of selected bars to the Trace window.

Updated 3 October 2009 to show range of selected bars for a passage selection.

Plug-in written by Bob Zawalich.

Export Document Layout Style

Version 01.11.00
Added 05 Feb 2010 (last updated 07 Mar 2014)

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

Creates a text file in the (newly created) user Document Layout Styles folder containing Document Layout, Music Font, and Engraving Rules settings (all of them that are available to a plugin) from the current score.

The created file can be used by other plugins (such as Import Document Layout Style) to import these properties, similar to importing House Styles.

Updated 22 October 2010 to include score and part name and whether the generating score was a part.

Updated 9 August 2011 for Sib 7 user file location compatibility

Plug-in written by Bob Zawalich.

Import Document Layout Style

Version 01.65.00
Added 05 Feb 2010 (last updated 07 Mar 2014)

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

Imports selected properties from previously created (by the Export Document Layout Style plugin) Document Layout Styles files into the currently active score.

Properties include staff size, page size, and margin settings.

Requires Sibelius 6.1

Updated 13 July 2010 to fix incorrect interactions with page margins fields.

Updated 22 October 2010 to read updated file format and allow import into parts.

Updated 9 August 2011 for Sib 7 user file location compatibility

Plug-in written by Bob Zawalich.

Split Score Into Movements

Version 01.13.00
Added 05 May 2010 (last updated 07 Mar 2014)

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

This plugin requires Sibelius version 6.2

Splits the current score into a number of separate movement scores, based on the location of bars marked as Section Ends. There are options to break if the section end is followed by Title or Subtitle text.

The movement scores will be named using a base file name plus the numbers 1, 2, 3,...

Updated 28 December 2012. Fixed bugs. Can now handle path and file names with periods and will ask to create a folder that does not already exist.

Plug-in written by Bob Zawalich.

Tidy Appended Scores

Version 1.1
Added 21 May 2010 (last updated 07 Mar 2014)

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

This plug-in is designed to be run after appending one score to the end of another via File > Append Score. Appending scores can require a number of small fixes to things like the final barline, cautionary time signatures, redundant key changes, duplicate text, and so on.

To use this plug-in, first append the scores together, then run the plug-in, and choose the additional items you want to hide or delete in the dialog that appears. Help text is provided for each type of item.

Update for v1.1: Allows common and alla breve time signatures. (Previously these were being replaced by 4/4 and 2/2.)

Plug-in written by Neil Sands.

Import House Style History

Version 04.00.10
Added 14 Jun 2010 (last updated 07 Mar 2014)

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

Imports a House Style into the currently open score (a close imitation of House Styles - Import House Style), and appends the name of the imported House Style to the Score Info - More Information field to act as a record of imported House Styles.

It will optionally add the current date to the Score Info data.

Updated 9 May 2012 to respace dialog for Sib 7.

Plug-in written by Bob Zawalich.

Convert Two Staves Piano

Version 01.03.00
Added 09 May 2011 (last updated 01 Aug 2014)

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

Given 2 selected adjacent, single-staff instruments, it will convert them into a single grand staff instrument (piano, harp, marimba, or harpsichord, your choice).

Useful for Photoscore or other conversions where you end up with not exactly real pianos.

Converted staves are in the same score location as the original staves.

Updated 12 October 2012 to add option to not delete the original staves.

Updated 1 August 2014 to allow it to run in Sib 5. In Sib 5, the new grand staff will always be placed at the bottom of the score, instead of at the position of the original staves.

Plug-in written by Bob Zawalich.

Delete Special Normal Barlines

Version 01.04.00
Added 14 Aug 2011 (last updated 07 Mar 2014)

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

This plugin removes Special Barlines whose type is "Normal". These barlines are often created to replace other special barlines, such as double barlines, but have the undesirable side effect of splitting multirests.

Deleting these barlines will, in almost all cases, cause no visual change (except in multirests), as the default barline, which is almost always a single barline, will now be visible.

Plug-in written by Bob Zawalich.

Delete Empty Staves

Version 01.53.00
Added 04 Sep 2011 (last updated 07 Mar 2014)

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

Deletes and/or traces staves in a score that contain no notes. This could be useful if you start a score from a template and end up not using some of the instruments.

It can process a single score, all open scores, or a folder of scores.

This plugin is dedicated to Derek Bourgeois, who had need of such a thing.

Updated 24 Oct 2011 to repair some minor control focus issues in the main dialog.

Updated 18 January 2013 to correct typos in dialog

Plug-in written by Bob Zawalich.

Map Hide Empty Staves

Version 01.02.00
Added 28 Sep 2011 (last updated 07 Mar 2014)

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

For each staff in the score tells which bars (if any) are hidden due to Hide Empty Staves

Plug-in written by Bob Zawalich.

Empty Staves

Version 01.03.00
Added 28 Sep 2011 (last updated 07 Mar 2014)

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

Tells whether selected staves contain notes or not. It will report whether the staves are Not empty (visible notes), Not empty (notes, but all are hidden), Totally empty (no notes, bar rests only), or Partially empty (no notes, but rests, text, lines, symbols possible)

This could be useful if you have a template score where some staves may be unused but it would take a long time to look at the entire staff to figure out if there are notes present.

Plug-in written by Bob Zawalich.

Import House Style To Manuscript Paper

Version 01.11.00
Added 26 Oct 2011 (last updated 06 Feb 2017)

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

Imports a House Style into a Manuscript Paper file, creating or modifying a user copy of the Manuscript Paper file. It does not change the shipping version of the Manuscript Paper.

After importing the House Style, files created with File - New will include the House Style information.

There is an option dialog which allows you to specify which elements of the House Style are to be imported.

In Sib 6, File New will have access to the MS paper immediately after running the plugin. In Version 7 and later (you will need at least version 7.0.3), you will need to restart Sibelius to have access to the modified manuscript papers.

Updated 3 March 2012 to remove duplicate names in Sib 7.

Updated 7 February 2017 to show folder names and ship/user status of MS Papers so it reflect subfolder use in Sib 7.1.3 and later

Plug-in written by Bob Zawalich.

Delete Title Page

Version 01.05.00
Added 01 Jan 2012 (last updated 07 Mar 2014)

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

Deletes "special page break"-style title pages, or lets you change the number of additional blank pages associated with a title page.

Plug-in written by Bob Zawalich.

Tidy After Conversion

Version 01.15.00
Added 21 Feb 2012 (last updated 16 May 2014)

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

Tidy After Conversion undoes some things that convertors like MusicXML and Photoscore do to retain the original appearance of a score. It can unlock the formatting and reset the staff spacing, which changes the original layout but makes it easier to do your own layout.

Reset clef positions fixes a problem where clef changes at the end of a bar end up over the barline in Photoscore conversions.

Photoscore forces every visible accidental to be cautionary, so it will not disappear even if another note with the same accidental is added before it in a bar. Remove forced accidentals resets accidentals to behave as if you had entered them by hand.

Updated 18 Feb 2013. Added option to fix initial system key signatures in certain situations. Photoscore sets all key sigs to one staff only, so if the intitial key sigs for all staves are one-staff-only, the plugin will set the initial system key signature to the key signature used by notation staves, if they are all the same. It also fixes an odd case when the staves are not one-staff-only but the initial system key signature does not match the key sig in the staves.

Updated 30 April 2014 to add Optimize Staff Spacing, Reset Position and Reset Design.

Updated 16 May 2014 to include system objects when processing entire score

Plug-in written by Bob Zawalich / Jeremy Hughes.

Page Size Score and Parts

Version 01.670.00
Added 06 Mar 2012 (last updated 29 Jun 2016)

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

Changes the Document Layout page size for a score and/or all its parts. This can be useful for scores created by MIDI and Photoscore imports where the parts might be created as A4 when the score is Letter.

Changing page size will also reset the page margins to their default values.

The plugin can also trace the page size and units of any scores. The plugin can run on the current score, all open scores, or a folder of scores.

Updated 28 June 2016. Fixed bug where the page size was always set to Letter.

Plug-in written by Bob Zawalich.

Beam 3 Eighths In Common Time

Version 01.10.00
Added 12 Mar 2012 (last updated 07 Mar 2014)

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

Changes the beaming of consecutive 8th notes/quavers in common time (4/4 or C).

This only affect groups of 3 notes and a rest that start on beat 1 or beat 3, and have the rest as the first or last member of the group.

The plugin can beam the 3-8th notes together, or split 3 beamed notes into rest/single note/2 beamed notes or 2 beamed notes/single note/rest.

It should work correctly whether beam to/from rests is on or off. This plugin requires a passage (box) selection of full bars.

Updated 15 March 2012 to add ability to trace changed beam groups.

Plug-in written by Bob Zawalich.

Delete Bars Move System Objects

Version 01.90.00
Added 20 Mar 2012 (last updated 07 Mar 2014)

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

Deletes all the bars in a passage selection of full bars, after moving any system objects attached to the first selected bar to the bar following the deleted bars. It will retain a title page if the first bar in the score is deleted.

Plug-in written by Bob Zawalich.

Systems Per Page

Version 01.06.00
Added 26 Mar 2012 (last updated 07 Mar 2014)

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

Lays out a score so that there are a specified number of systems on a page without changing the number of bars in a system.

If the format is not locked, the number of systems chosen may not fit on a page. Use ''Lock format'' to make the number of systems into a page.

It is simpler if the selected bars are at the start of a page; otherwise, the first changed page starts at the first bar of the original page containing the first selected bar.

Options chosen in the dialog will be preserved over Sibelius sessions.

Plug-in written by Bob Zawalich.

Reset Position Independent

Version 01.06.00
Added 18 May 2012 (last updated 07 Mar 2014)

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

Resets Position of selected objects. The trick is that it can reset the horizontal and vertical positions independently, so you can reset one without resetting the other.

So you could, for example, realign sets of lyrics vertically without losing manual horizontal adjustments.

This plugin is dedicated to Robert Puff, in part because it was so easy to do.

Plug-in written by Bob Zawalich.

Proportional Note Spacing

Version 01.53.00
Added 22 May 2012 (last updated 07 Mar 2014)

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

Sets the notes in a selection or score to use proportional note spacing, where the spacing corresponds to the duration of the note, or restores the notes to default spacing.

If the entire score is selected, the Proportional Spacing will become the default for the score; otherwise, only the selection is changed and respaced, and the defaults for the score return to the original Note Spacing settings.

Plug-in written by Bob Zawalich.

Double Barline at Time Signature

Version 01.05.00
Added 10 Aug 2012 (last updated 07 Mar 2014)

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

Given a passage (box) selection, which does not need to be a system (purple box) selection, the plugin will add a double barline before any time signature changes.

Plug-in written by Bob Zawalich.

Show Staves In Parts Only

Version 01.06.20
Added 27 Sep 2012 (last updated 07 Mar 2014)

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

Sets selected staves to show only in parts.

You need to make a passage (box) selection of the staves that you would like to hide. You only need to select a single bar, as the plugin will select the entire staff.

The plugin will make all objects in the selected staves appear only in parts. In Sibelius version 7.1.3, the staves will be hidden with Hide Empty Staves. In earlier versions of Sibelius, they remain selected, and you can the use Hide Empty Staves to hide the staves in the score.

Plug-in written by Bob Zawalich.

Hide Empty Staves Grand Staff

Version 01.05.10
Added 27 Sep 2012 (last updated 07 Mar 2014)

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

For Sibelius version 7.1.3 and later only

Hides empty staves that are included in a passage selection. For instruments that are defined as having more than 1 staff (pianos, harps, etc) it will only hide empty staves if both staves are empty. (Sibelius itself hides all empty staves even for grand staff instruments).

If there is already a hidden staff for such an instrument that has another unhidden staff, the hidden staff will be unhidden.

There is no dialog for this plugin; it is intended to be a replacement for Hide Empty Staves when using instruments like a piano, and other than its special feature, it should act the same as Hide Empty Staves.

Plug-in written by Bob Zawalich.

Delete Leading Empty Bars

Version 01.70.00
Added 18 Feb 2014 (last updated 07 Mar 2014)

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

This plug-in will delete empty bars from the start of the score up to a specified stopping point.

Before deleting, it moves any system objects, such as Title text, from the bar(s) to be deleted to the first bar that is not deleted. A title page will be preserved.

Only use the ''Delete bars before bar number'' option if bars numbers are always ascending.

There are some options to determine what the plugin will consider to be an empty bar.

This plugin was written to help with the large number of empty bars that can be added to a score when transferring from Pro Tools to Sibelius.

Plug-in written by Bob Zawalich.

Gap Before Bar

Version 01.60.00
Added 10 Mar 2014 (last updated )

For use with Sibelius 7.5 and Sibelius 8.x

Optionally traces bars that contain non-zero gaps before bars, or resets such gaps to zero. Can process the current score, all open scores, or a folder of scores.

The entire score is always processed, regardless of selection. To reset specific gaps, run the plugin to trace the location, and reset manually with the Inspector.

The plugins requires Sibelius 7.5 or later.

Plug-in written by Bob Zawalich.

Map Pages

Version 01.41.00
Added 14 May 2014 (last updated 12 Jan 2017)

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

Makes an overview of a score, creating a list of the bar numbers for each page, the bars in each system on the page, and the number of visible staves in each system and each page.

A "View" button will bring the first bar of a chosen page or system into view, so you can inspect various pages from the plugin dialog.

This can provide a sense of which pages are densely populated, and which ones are light.

Updated 17 Feb 2015. Fixed bug where hidden system was reporting 0 staves when really 1 was showing. Added score name and part name to data.

Updated 17 December 2015. Added score total and ability to hide dialog so that all output is traced. Plus made dialog smaller to fit laptop screens better.

Updated 19 December 2015 to make the plugin work more smoothly when run from Run Plugin On Score and Parts. A few more options were added.

Updated 27 February 2016 to include total pages and blank pages in score totals and add explanations.

Updated 12 January 2016. Fixed bug where View for last page went to page 1. Improved View placement so entire pages should be visible unless the final few bars are chosen.

Plug-in written by Bob Zawalich.

Hide Staves and Music

Version 01.85.00
Added 31 Jul 2014 (last updated 09 Dec 2017)

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

Hides the staves for all selected bars in a passage selection by creating an instrument change to Hidden no lines. It can also hide staff objects. By default it will hide the music in the staff (notes, rests, bar rests, tuplets, slurs, trills, and arpeggio lines), while leaving other text visible.

The plugin allows text attached to a staff to be visible while the staff itself is hidden, allowing the text to retain the spacing of the attached notes. It can be useful for tonic-sol-fa notation, or solfege, or for showing chord symbols and lyrics without notes.

This plugin is dedicated to Mary McGuyer.

Updated 8 December 2017. In Sib 7.1.3, you can now use Hide Empty Staves to hide the staves instead of an instrument change. You will need to hide all staff objects for this to work.

Plug-in written by Bob Zawalich.

Tidy Score

Version 1.1
Added 11 Aug 2014 (last updated 17 Jun 2015)

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

This plugin runs a number of Sibelius options which tidy up and optimise the appearance of a score.

It may be necessary to drag the first stave down to make space for the title after running it, but overall it should improve the overall appearance. If the effect is not what is desired, then it is, of course, undoable.

It does the same as the following commands in Sibelius 7 (and their equivalent in Sibelius 6):

  1. Layout > Reset Space Above
  2. Layout > Reset Space Below
  3. Appearance > Reset > Position
  4. Appearance > Reset Note Spacing
  5. Layout > Optimize
1.1 Update: minor improvements

Plug-in written by Kenneth Gaw.

Move Time Sig Repeat Barline

Version 01.20.00
Added 17 Jun 2015 (last updated 01 Apr 2016)

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

When you have a bar that has both a start repeat barline and a time signature, Sibelius put them in the wrong order. The time signature should appear before the barline, but the barline appears first.

The usual way to fix this is to shift the positions of the time signature and barline using horizontal offsets, as in the Inspector. This plugin automates this process, and it can perform the shift i the main score and/or in all the parts.

The shifts will be lost if you perform Reset Position on the bars that have been modified. so do not do that if you can avoid it.

Updated 1 April 2016 to fix missing TrimBlanks for Sib 6.

Plug-in written by Bob Zawalich.

Add Bar Before Special Barline

Version 01.06.00
Added 22 Nov 2015 (last updated )

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

Add Bar Before Special Barline does what Home - Bars - Add Bar At End or Home - Bars - Add Single Bar does, except that if the bar at the end of the selection ends with a Special Barline, that barline is moved to the added bar. If there is no selection, the added bar is appended to the score. If there is no special barline, the plugin behaves the same way Sibelius does. It can act as a replacement for these Sibelius commands.

The visual effect is that the added bar slips in before the special barline, whereas, when adding a bar in Sibelius itself, an added bar will always be added after the special barline, even at the end of the score.

No system data except the special barline is moved; the added bar is always the size that corresponds to the time signature. The plugin runs with no dialog.

Plug-in written by Bob Zawalich.

Adjust Start Repeat Barline

Version 01.14.00
Added 10 Sep 2016 (last updated 10 Sep 2016)

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

Looks for Start Repeat barlines at the start of a bar, which are preceded by a visible Key Signature but not a Time Signature. You can add horizontal offsets to such barlines to give more space between the barline and Key Signature. These offsets will be removed if you reset note spacing so run the plugin late in your layout process.

You can also just trace the locations of potentially mispositioned barlines without changing any.

All potentially mispositioned barlines will be selected at the end of the plugin. You can use the Selected Objects option of the Go To plugin to browse among the selected barlines.

This was written to correct key signature and start repeat barline conflicts in Sibelius 8.4.2. These are most pronounced in fonts like Inkpen2 and Reprise and in flat keys.

Plug-in written by Bob Zawalich.

Lock or Unlock Score and Parts

Version 02.03.00
Added 06 Sep 2017 (last updated 08 Dec 2017)

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

Does the equivalent of Lock Format or Unlock Format to a full score and/or all the parts in a score, or a folder of scores. If both the score and parts are processed, the parts are processed before the score, which prevents changes in the score (especially breaks in multirests) from affecting the layout of the parts.

Like the Lock Format command it does not prevent notes from being moved, it just sets up breaks on bars to restrict layout changes.

When locking, the plugin will add breaks to bars at the ends of systems so that the current page layout is retained.

When unlocking, the plugin sets all bar breaks to default breaks.

Updated 8 December 2017. The folder and open scores options are now functional.

Plug-in written by Bob Zawalich.