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.

Merge Bars

Version 01.50.00
Added 29 Jul 2008 (last updated 28 Aug 2014)

For use with Sibelius 5 and Sibelius 6

Merges adjacent bars into a single larger bar.

It requires a passage (blue box) selection of at least 2 bars. Any unselected portions of the first and last bars selected will be split off as separate bars.

Any blank pages attached to barlines that are merged will be lost.

It can draw barlines where the barlines were, but their spacing must be adjusted manually. It can also reset bar numbering in the following bars.

One use is to simulate tuplets crossing a barline. Merge 2 bars so the tuplet crosses the former barline, then draw in a barline.

For Sibelius 7 and later, Merge Bars ships with Sibelius and is invoked from Home-Bars-Join. Use the shipping version rather than installing this plugin (which is an earlier version).

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.

Suggest Page Turns

Added 11 Jan 2009 (last updated 17 Apr 2009)

For use with Sibelius 5

This plug-in scans the currently opened score for bars that would mkae suitable locations for a page turn. It outputs two lists, \'Best Suggested Page Turns\' and \'Other Suggested Page Turns\'. The plug-in does not actually make the page turns for you, it simply suggests the beat locations for such a turn. It is most effective when run on a part, as there are fewer staves, and larger/full scores are generally not concerned with the playability of a page turn.

The plug-in recognizes the number of staves and will notify the user if the the staff count is high enough as to complicate page turns. Additionally, if in a score with more than one staff, you can select a staff to base the suggested page turns on. If there are no apparent good spots for page turns the plugin will notify the use. The output is printed to the trace window or a user specified log file.

Plug-in written by Roman Molino Dunn.

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.

Resize Bar for Sibelius 5

Version 01.25.00
Added 26 Apr 2011 (last updated 24 Jun 2012)

For use with Sibelius 5

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 For Sibelius 6 and later use the Resize Bar plugin

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.

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.