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Working with big scores


I have been learning to use SmartScore Pro X2 starting with simple one liners and advancing to large scores. When things go wrong I sometimes loose work and this can be frustating. Consequently a large score (26 parts) induced me to break it up into small sections of 10 pages. Each section was scanned, converted to a tiff file and recognised to an enf file where it was edited. This seemed to work fine, however, I was at a loss as to how each section should be combined into one enf file for the entire score (36 pages).

My strategy through trial and error was to select all the music on one page(S tool) and copy to the clipboard, open the first section enf file, add a page and copy the notes onto that page. Page by page I was able to build an enf file containing the entire score.
To get a matching tiff file I had to combine all the pdf files of each section into one file, convert it to a tiff file and then associate this file to the new score enf.

Is this the best way to work with big scores? or is there a more rational approach. I tried to copy entire pages with "Ctr A" but could not get them into my master enf. I also tried selecting several pages at a time but this did not work for me either."Select all" would have been the most effective approach but all these alternatives resulted in errors and sometimes corruption of the master file necessitating starting from the beginning again!

Finally creating and xml file for transfer to MuseScore has been my appraoch to date. Perhaps the best approach is to have Finale and transfere the data directly from SmartScore for editing. It is expensive but in the long run it might be the best approach and require the least number of steps. Any comments or suggestions from people with direct experience of this subject would be appreciated.

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Re: Working with big scores


I don't work with large scores so I can't make a comment on the best way.

SS does not really have any special transfer between it and Finale other than it will automatically "do it" by importing xml data into Finale. Creating an XML file and importing into Finale manually results in the same thing. Prior to the XML files, SS apparently did do a conversion of its format so Finale could understand it.

I did work out a procedure where XML files could be combined into one using a XML or text editor but it is a bit cumbersome. I don't know if having 26 parts would make it a lot more cumbersome though.



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I really wish I could help, but I've never worked with anything larger than 10 [sign in to see URL] maybe one 12 pager quite a while back.

Man, a score with 26 parts and 36 pages is a monster in my book. I admire your tenacity.

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