Chapter 2: Introduction
More Annotation Options
The Annotations toolbar has changed to give you even more options for marking your
scores. A separate Tools Options Bar lets you set the pen width and color or font for
your annotations so you don’t have to go through the step of selecting the right color
and pen width each time you want to use a particular tool in a particular way.
Changes in Landscape Mode
By default, when you use Landscape Mode to view a score, the music displays enlarged
and one system at a time. This can be helpful if you have vision impairments or if you
like to view your scores enlarged. You can also display the score without the system
breaks too. Finally, you can place two pages side by side. See “Landscape Orientation
View Options” on page 66 for details.
For scores purchased from the FreeHand Music Store, you can play a “bouncing ball”
MIDI file and watch the notes change color while the piece is played. You can also
transpose your music to a different key from this toolbar. See “Playback Toolbar” on
page 99 for details.
Premium Tools, a separately purchasable item, adds new audio capabilities to your pad,
including a metronome, a pitch pipe, and an audio player that can play MP3s or MIDI
files. Additional colors and notations are also available to improve the look of your
annotations. See Chapter 9 for details.
About the MusicPad Pro Tablet Computer
The MusicPad Pro tablet computer is a music score tablet with a touch screen display
that you use to annotate, store, and display music scores during rehearsals or
performances. It comes with MusicPad Manager software, which makes it easy to add
or remove digital music scores to or from your MusicPad Pro tablet and to organize
your digital music portfolio. The digital music must be in a FreeHand (FH) file format.
Where do you find scores in FreeHand format? No problem! You can purchase music
in FreeHand format from FreeHand Systems Digital Music Store. You can also import
PDF music scores into FreeHand format, convert scores created in Sibelius® or
programs into FreeHand format, or use your scanner to create graphic files and
then convert them into FreeHand format.