Introducing Sibelius Multi-Edit Text Workflows

By in Music Creation, NAB 2018, Notation

In January 2018, we introduced huge enhancements in marking up your score quickly with slurs, hairpins and other types of line. With April’s release, we are adding to that the ability to add and edit text on several notes on a single staff or across many different instruments at once.

As soon as we released the Multi-edit workflows in 2018.1, we were bombarded with “well, this is great, but what about text, and what about even more intelligent ties”… so we listened and set to it.

Multi-Edit Text

Sibelius 2018.4 introduces the ability to enter and edit text across multiple staves all in one go. Entering text in Sibelius has always been easy to do, but if you wanted to apply the same text to several instruments at once, you’d have to copy and paste the text manually across to those other staves, and even then would have to do this process one at a time if the music didn’t all start on the same beat. Now though, it’s much easier and can be done in far fewer steps.

To enter text across multiple staves, simply make your selection and enter the text as normal using the standard keyboard shortcuts e.g. Ctrl/⌘+E for Expression text or Ctrl/⌘+T for Technique, for example. Before you start typing, you’ll see cursors appear under the note you have selected. When you start typing, the text is entered across all staves:

Of course, like adding slurs, hairpins and other staff lines across multiple staves, Sibelius will enter the text on the first note that’s under the selection, allowing you to quickly mark up the score with dynamics and other technique text:

Editing text is simple too. Select more than one piece of text of the same style, and press Return or F2 to start editing. As when entering the text, you’ll see all text objects update as you type.

What is supported, and what isn’t?

When editing more than one text object at the same time, ensure you have the same type of object selected i.e. Expression text or Technique text. Sibelius won’t allow you to edit when you have a selection that includes a combination of several text styles e.g. Fingering and Figured Bass, say.

It’s worth noting too that changes will be applied to all the text items that are selected, so after editing all text items in your selection, they will end up with the same content. This is useful if you want to change several different dynamics to be the same, say.

Multi-edit text also only works for Staff text, but does not work for Chord Symbols or Lyrics, nor any System text.


Multi-edit overview

As you can see, combining the multi-edit lines with the new multi-edit text, it’s possible to mark up a score incredibly quickly:

Sibelius 2018.4 doesn’t just include these new enhancements but spans new improvements to note spacing, working with tied notes and a total of 70 improvements. To read more about all this, head over to the What’s new in Sibelius 2018.4 blog post.

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