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How do I change the orientation of Part Break symbols (they are always facing right)? To change the orientation of the part break symbol (with or without repeat dots), simply place the same type of part break on top of the existing one (the first placement always adds the symbol “pointing right”, the next click flips it, etc). The operation is very similar to the cut mark placed on notes (the first cut mark points left, the next click points it right, etc). I believe there is information in the help manual, as well as in the tutorial videos.

What are all the settings for on the Score Auto-Space Setup screen? The “Note Spacing” settings tell the system how many note spaces each note value should use. You can set these values to anything you want, but be aware that 250 note spaces per line is the maximum, and if your settings would theoretically exceed this maximum, auto-spacing will not be performed.

The “Offset to 1st Note in Each Bar” setting specifies how many note spaces to the right of a part or measure break the first note of each measure should start. This setting is probably what is placing your notes in the center of each measure with blank space on each side. If you reduce this value, notes within each measure will begin closer to the part/measure breaks.

The “Min Spacing between Beats” setting specifies how many blank note spaces there should be between beat phrases. This setting keeps phrases from running together.

The “Compress after Auto-Space” setting will automatically shorten the line length and move part/measure breaks at the end of each line for you. This is used to clean up the endings of lines after an auto-space operation.

There is also an “undo auto-spacing” menu option – if you don’t like the way the score was auto-spaced, select this option from the tools menu before doing any other operation.

One thing to remember is this: the auto-space tool will attempt to space out the score based on your settings. It is NOT meant to be a final “clean-up” tool, but a “quick-start” tool to get things roughed in – it’s up to you to tidy things up.

What are all of the Note Spacing, etc settings used for? DrumNote’s score sheet layout uses a “graph paper” analogy – when you create a new score (or auto-space an existing one), you are actually telling the system how to define your graph paper. “Note spaces per line” refers to the number of horizontal “squares” on your “graph paper”. “Note Spacing” refers to the width of each note space. Together, these two settings define the “horizontal attributes of your graph paper”. You may only place score elements (notes, etc) in a note space (or square) and empty note spaces are used as blank space.

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