In the layout tab, the number symbol in the lower right-hand corner allows
you to set a page offset, so your page numbers will match any page
numbers displayed in the ﬁle or on printed copies.
Setlist and Library Management
The “setlists” tab lets you quickly manage which setlists the current score
is a part of. Tap a setlist to add the current score to it (a blue checkbox
will appear) and tap it again to remove it. If you have multiple libraries set
up on your iPad, a similar “libraries” panel lets you manage library
membership in the same manner.
Use the action button in the lower left-hand corner of the panel to print
the current score or share it via email, AirDrop, or with other PDF-
compatible apps on your iPad. When sharing a ﬁle, you can either send
the original PDF, an annotated PDF, or you can send a 4SC format that
includes annotations, metadata, links, and more. Note that 4SC ﬁles can
only be used by other forScore users.
If you have an audio track of a particular piece, you can bind that track to
the corresponding sheet music in forScore and control playback directly
from within the app. Select the “Audio” tab and tap the round + button to
select tracks from your iTunes music library, or tap the rectangular +
button to view ﬁles stored in the app’s documents directory. (Audio ﬁles
can be created using the record feature, downloaded via the in-app
browser, imported from other apps, or transferred via iTunes ﬁle sharing.)
The media box updates every time you turn the page, disappearing if
there is no track associated with the current score or bookmark, so you
don’t have to spend time looking through your audio library every time
you want to listen to it—just press play.
If multiple tracks are associated with the current score, swipe left and
right to move between them. You can also tap on the album artwork to
shrink the media box down so it’s out of the way. Tap it again to restore it
to full size.
Learn more about working with audio tracks on the next page.
In the “MIDI” section of the metadata panel, you can assign a unique
command to each score and open it with some MIDI devices. You can
also save a list of commands to be sent out each time that score is
opened. If you plan to use the same set of commands more than once,
presets make it easy to save them and assign them to other scores later.
Note: USB-enabled MIDI devices can often connect to an iPad via Apple’s
Camera Connection Kit, while others may require an adapter like the iRig Midi.
Associate each score with an audio track
in your music library, and it’ll be queued
up and ready for you to play whenever
you’re viewing that piece
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Au d i o
Whether you’d like to review your practice sessions later or share your
progress with friends and colleagues, forScore’s recording feature can
help. Choose “record” from the tools menu to begin, and tap the
microphone icon when you’re ready. You’ll see a red volume meter so you
can make sure you’re close enough for the microphone to pick up clear
audio. Tap the microphone again to stop recording, and then either save
or discard it. Saved recordings are automatically linked to the current
score so you can review them later.
The list icon next to the microphone lets you view, share, or delete any
recordings you’ve made for the current score.
Note: The media box is not visible while recording. Tap the X button when you’re
ﬁnished recording to continue using the media playback controls.
Although not currently supported for tracks from your iTunes library, audio
ﬁles (including your own recordings) can be played back at full, three-
quarter, or half speed for easier review and study. Tap the “1x” button to
cycle through the three available speeds.
If your settings allow you to ﬂip between scores, you’ll see a lock icon in
the media box that prevents you from accidentally ﬂipping to the next or
previous score as long as the track is still playing.
Automate your page turns by recording them in conjunction with a linked
audio track. Tap the Replay button in the media box (the page with an
arrow in it) and turn pages while the track plays. On subsequent plays,
pages will turn themselves at just the right moment.
While replay mode is on, small lines in the seek bar will show you where
saved page turns are located. An X button will also appear on the right-
hand side of the seek bar, allowing you to delete saved page turns and
start from scratch.
If you’d like to loop a portion of the song, just tap on the repeat symbol
and drag the blue handles left and right to set the loop time.
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Me t ro n o m e
With forScore’s metronome, you can use several different methods to
keep time. In Audible mode, you’ll hear a tick at regular intervals, based
on the beats per minute (BPM) that you set. With the Visible metronome,
a black border pulses around the edges of your score, allowing you to
keep time visually while still being able to see the entire page. If you like,
you can use the Both option to both see and hear the metronome
BPM and Time Signature
For each score in your library, forScore saves a unique BPM value and
time signature that’s automatically used every time you return. Just tap
either value to change it with the number keypad. You can also adjust the
current score’s BPM by rotating the wheel, or by tapping twice in the
center of the screen.
If you’re using headphones or a line out, an icon at the top of the panel
controls which channel(s) the audio plays through. Tap to toggle between
left, right, and both channels.
Use the “Count In” feature to automatically turn off the metronome after a
certain number of measures.
For scores with sequential pages, forScore’s metronome can also turn the
pages for you automatically. To use autoturn, follow these three steps:
For each page of your score, enter in the number of beats on that page
or type in the number of measures and the app will do the math for you.
If you’re on the ﬁrst page of your score, consider adding a few extra
beats as a lead-in.
Tap the autoturn button to turn it on (if it isn’t already)
Start the metronome by selecting Audible, Visible, or Both
Once the metronome counts up to the number you’ve speciﬁed, the page
will turn automatically.
If you’re viewing your score in landscape mode, forScore will also scroll
down when it reaches half of that number. (If you have 64 beats on a
page, it’ll scroll to the bottom of the page at 32 beats.)
Turn the metronome off at any point to reset the autoturn count.
To o l s
The tools menu gives you quick access to many of forScore’s functions.
Some of these items are explained in greater detail throughout this guide.
Edit This Score
Annotate: Use your ﬁnger to draw directly on the page, add text
annotations, or use the stamp tool to add common markup symbols.
Links: Create links between two pages of the current score to quickly
Rearrange: Move, duplicate, rotate, or delete pages of your score.
Versions: Save and restore complete sets of metadata, annotations,
links, and notes for any PDF ﬁle in your library.
Notes: Keep track of important page-speciﬁc information.
Crop: Move and resize the page to maximize your screen real estate.
Share: Print a score, send it to another PDF-compatible app on your
iPad, or share it via email, AirDrop, and more.
Browser: Find and save PDFs directly from the web.
Store: Discover and buy commercial sheet music optimized for iPad.
Dropbox: Download ﬁles right to your library or save them to the cloud
for safe keeping and easy access (Dropbox account required).
Darkroom: Create PDFs from images in your iPad’s library, or use the
built-in camera to take pictures of each page on the spot.
Bluetooth: Share your scores wirelessly with nearby forScore users.
Pitch: Start off on the right note by hearing it in advance.
Piano: Use this keyboard to work through tricky measures on the go.
Record: Review or share your practice sessions.
Perform: Temporarily disables most of forScore’s gestures and auxiliary
features, letting you focus and turn pages even more reliably.
Cue: Broadcast page turns and/or program changes to nearby iPads.
Console: Edit metadata and add ﬁles to your forScore library from a
computer on the same wi-ﬁ network with this web-based interface.
Backup: Create and restore from forScore library backups.
Support: Learn more about forScore, see which version you’re using,
view library statistics, or send us questions and comments.
Settings: Customize your forScore experience to meet your needs.
TV Output: This item appears only when the iPad is connected to an
external display and can override iOS’ standard screen mirroring feature,
giving you greater control over resolution, rotation, and zoom.
Tip: Many of these actions can be
assigned to three customizable gestures
via the settings panel
An n o t a t i o n
Add notes to your score at any time by selecting “Annotate” from the
tools menu, or by tapping and holding your ﬁnger on the page for a few
moments. When you do, a new set of controls will appear along the top
of the screen:
Done: Press the done button at any time to save your changes and
return to normal mode.
Page Turns: Navigate to the previous or next pages, automatically saving
Snapshots: Create up to 24 snapshots of the current page’s annotations
and restore them at any time.
Undo/Redo: Tap these buttons on either side of the toolbar to undo or
redo up to ten drawn changes.
Draw, Type, Erase, Clear: These four major functions of annotation allow
you to draw with your ﬁnger or a stylus, add text notes via on-screen or
Bluetooth keyboard, erase a particular part of your drawings, or clear the
Drawing Styles: Create, edit, and use an unlimited number of drawing
styles, and adjust the size at any time with the slider along the bottom of
Cancel: Exit annotation mode without saving any changes.
If you’re about to make signiﬁcant changes to the current page and you’d
like to have a backup, or if you’d simply like to save two different types of
annotations—one for practice and one for performance, for instance—
snapshots let you save and restore complete sets of annotations and
links for an item.
Text annotations can be used to display custom text directly on the page
at all times. With the “type” mode selected, tap anywhere to create a text
box. You’ll see two small handles on either side of the box: the left handle
allows you to move the text box around the screen, while the right handle
allows you to change the width of the box. When you do so, the text box
automatically adjusts its height to ensure that all of the text is visible.
Tap inside the text box to edit it, and you’ll notice a toolbar appear with
several buttons on it. The “Format” button allows you to change the font,
size, and color of the current annotation (save them as the default
settings for any new text boxes if you like). The “Delete” button removes
the current text box, and the “Done” button completes the edit. You can
also tap anywhere on the page outside of the text box to ﬁnish editing
and dismiss the virtual keyboard.
Use forScore’s styles panel to create, edit, and use an unlimited number
of different presets perfectly tailored to your needs. Edit any preset by
tapping the arrow button on the right-hand side of each entry, or create a
new preset by tapping the + button. You can adjust the hue, saturation,
transparency, brightness, size, and overlay mode for each preset. Name
your preset and tap “save” when you’re done.
Stamps & Shapes
Some musical symbols cannot be typed into a text box or drawn
precisely, but with the “Stamps” and “Shapes” presets you can place
these kinds of annotations on the page quickly and easily. Tap on either
tool to see all of the available options, and select one to use it. Drag your
ﬁnger around on the page to see how each of these tools works. At the
bottom of the panel, you’ll see a preview, and you can drag the size slider
back and forth to adjust it accordingly.
Tip: Use the “tint” tool to color your stamps on the ﬂy. Tap “tint” at the top of the
panel, pick a color, then use the stamp tool like you normally would. Similarly, you
can also change the color of a shape by tapping the arrow next to it. Note that
tinting does not affect any existing annotations on the page.
Rearranging and Deleting Stamps
If you use particular stamps more often than others, you can rearrange
them as needed. Tap the “Edit” button, and all of the stamps in the panel
will begin to wobble. Drag any stamp around on the screen, and the
others will move out of the way. Drag a stamp to the edge of the panel to
move between pages, and let go when the stamp is in the desired spot.
While in edit mode, you can also delete stamps by selecting them and
then tapping the trash can button at the bottom of the panel.
You can also add stamps by pressing the + button or edit any existing
stamps by ﬁrst selecting them, and then tapping the action button. Either
action will launch the stamp editor, where you can use your ﬁnger to draw
or edit your design.
You can even create stamps by importing your own images. First, create
an image on your computer (it must be a PNG image, and for best results
should be 48x48 or 96x96 pixels), and add it to forScore via iTunes File
Sharing. Then, create a new stamp and press the “Import” button to see
the PNG ﬁles on your iPad. Tap on one to place it on the canvas and
continue to edit it or simply save it as is.
Tip: The import panel also allows you to manage your ﬁles; swipe your ﬁnger
across any entry to see the “delete” button appear, then tap it to remove an
image once you no longer need it.
Li n k s
Create a link between two points in your score to handle repeats with a
Every link that you create consists of two components: a blue circle and
an orange circle (an activation point and a target point). Blue circles are
visible at all times and act like buttons, taking you to the correct location
when tapped. When you do, the corresponding orange circle ﬂashes
twice, showing you where to begin playing, but remains invisible the rest
of the time.
Note: Links don’t have to be on different pages, they can also be used as visual
cues on the same page. If you’re using forScore in landscape mode, it even
scrolls up or down if necessary.
To create a link, select “Link” from the tools menu, and you’ll see a new
screen appear with two copies of the current score displayed side-by-
side. You can use the seek bar or swipe to ﬂip through the pages of either
Tap anywhere on the left-hand page to create a blue circle, and tap
anywhere on the right-hand page to create a corresponding orange circle.
Both points are required to create a link. If you need to adjust the
placement of a link point, simply tap the screen again in the correct
position and the circle will move.
Tip: Tap and hold the page for a moment and a magnifying glass will pop up just
above your ﬁnger, letting you position your links more precisely.
To delete or reposition a link, enter annotation mode by choosing
“Annotate” from the tools menu or by tapping and holding the page for a
few moments. If the “erase” tool is selected, links will transform into delete
buttons—tap on one to remove that link. If any other tool is selected, links
appear as white circles that can be dragged around on the page. If you’d
like to reposition the orange destination circle, delete the blue circle and
recreate the link set.
Re a r ra n g e
Take charge of your music by reordering, duplicating, rotating, or
removing pages. When you’re done, save the results to a new ﬁle or
replace the original.
Note: Rearrange is not available for password-protected ﬁles.
Editing a Score
While links are a great visual way of dealing with repeats, they still require
that you reach up and tap on the screen. Rearranging a score in advance,
however, ensures that the next page is always the correct one—it’s great
for musicians who use the autoturn feature or a foot pedal to turn pages.
While viewing the score you’d like to edit, choose “Rearrange” from the
tools menu. The system will take a few moments to generate thumbnails
for each page, and then you’ll be ready to customize your score’s layout.
Simply drag pages around on the screen to rearrange them, and use the
toolbar along the bottom of each page to remove it, rotate it, duplicate it,
or to create a new section beginning with it.
Place two ﬁngers on a page and twist them clockwise or counter-
clockwise to rotate it, or use the arrow buttons at the top of the screen to
rotate all of the pages at once.
Saving a Score
When you’ve got your score’s layout just right, tap either the “Save As…”
or the “Save” button. When you save a rearranged copy of your ﬁle, the
original score’s information is copied over and updated if necessary, but
links, bookmarks, and versions won’t be included. Also, if you’d like to
use the rearranged ﬁle in your setlists instead of the original, you must
make those changes manually.
Saving over the original ﬁle is permanent, and cannot be undone. Doing
so preserves all score information and updates it if necessary, including
versions, but links and bookmarks will be removed.
Keep in mind that some ﬁles use special fonts that the iPad cannot
reproduce, and in some cases this can result in missing text or blank
pages. Before overwriting any ﬁle, we strongly recommend that you save
a copy ﬁrst to ensure that the results are usable.
If you’ve split the ﬁle into multiple sections, the “Save” button won’t be
available, but you can use the “Save As…” button to create a set of new,
sequentially numbered ﬁles.
Tip: Use the “white marker” annotation preset or the rectangle shape to cover up
the portions of repeated pages that you don’t need to play again. Since each
page includes its own annotations, you will still be able to see that information on
other copies of the page.
Ve r s i o n s
Scores in your library can have a lot of information associated with them,
including metadata, annotations, links, notes, and more. In some cases,
you may prefer to work with the same ﬁle but with different sets of
information depending on the context.
A music teacher, for instance, might want to keep multiple sets of
information for the same piece depending on the student they’re currently
working with. Some people prefer to keep separate notes for practice or
performance. For others, it’s a way of backing up and restoring individual
scores independently of the rest of their library.
In the tools menu, choose “Versions” to show the version tray. From here
you can view all of your versions for the current score, create new ones
(up to 24), and update or restore an existing version.
As long as you have fewer than 24 versions, the last item in the tray (all
the way to the right) will be the “Add Version” button. Tap it, enter in a
name, and tap the “OK” button to create your new version. You’ll see it
appear at the end of the list with an arrow next to the title, indicating that
it’s the most current version.
Swipe left or right to see up to 4 pages of versions (3 in landscape
orientation), and tap any version to see more information about it. You’ll
see the version’s screenshot, date created, and metadata.
Working with Versions
Any time you create or restore a version you’ll see an arrow appear next
to its name, indicating that it’s the most current version. Changes that you
make to your score during this time aren’t saved automatically, but you
can update it at any time by pressing the “Update Version” button in the
version’s info panel, and if you decide to restore another version you’ll be
prompted to update the current version ﬁrst.
Note: Versions can be created for both ﬁles and bookmarks, but it’s generally a
good idea to stick with one or the other for each PDF in your library. Using
versions with a ﬁle and its bookmarks concurrently is not recommended.
The Versions tray is where you manage
and use multiple sets of information
for a single ﬁle
Tap any version to ﬁnd out more about it,
restore it, update it if it’s the current
version, or delete it
We know how hard it can be to ﬁnd high-quality scores online that don’t
force you into using proprietary systems or obscure formats, which is why
forScore includes an in-app purchase storefront. It’s the best place to
discover, preview, and download free and paid PDF scores that are
perfectly optimized for the iPad.
The storefront can be accessed by selecting the “Store” entry in the tools
menu, and lets you browse by artist, genre, instrument, and publisher.
Tap on a score to see details about the piece, including a preview of the
ﬁrst page, a description of what it contains, and more. You can also
switch between “browse” and “purchases” at the bottom of the screen to
monitor your downloads or to access and re-download any previously
Purchasing and Downloading
Your Apple ID is your gateway to purchasing digital content, so you don't
need to worry about entering your credit card information into the app.
The download button next to each score tells you the item's price—tap
the button to purchase the score, then once more to conﬁrm. The app will
prompt you for your Apple ID authorization, then begin downloading your
ﬁle. When the download is complete, the button will change to a blue
Purchased button, and the score will be immediately available in your
forScore library. You can check the status of downloads and review your
purchase history in the Purchased section of the Store.
If you accidentally delete a purchased score from your library, don't worry!
You can re-download the original content at any time at no additional
charge. Just return to the Purchased section of the Store and tap on the
“Purchased” button to download it to your library again. You can also use
the Restore function to unlock any previous purchases that you may have
made from another iPad or with a different Apple ID, then re-download
them as needed.
Publishers may elect to use copy protection with some or all of their
scores, changing how you can work with these ﬁles in several important
ways. These ﬁles can be backed up to a computer for safe keeping, but
they can only be viewed on the iPad that was originally used to download
them. They cannot be shared, printed, or rearranged.
To view protected ﬁles on another iPad authorized with your Apple ID, you
must re-download those ﬁles through the storefront. As long as you use
the same Apple ID each time, you won’t be charged more than once.
Note: Protected ﬁles are listed with the letters “DRM” below the title in the
storefront’s detail view. You’ll also see an additional notice below the copyright on
the lower left-hand side of the screen.
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