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NtEd new musical score editor for Linux.

ntedNtED marks the return of Dr. Joerg Anders into the field of Linux music notation software. Professor Anders is perhaps best known for his pioneering NoteEdit

Many of that program's best features are present in NtED, and the list of planned improvement indicates that the good doctor intends to take special care of his project. NtED is advertised as a true WYSIWYG notation editor, with MusicXML import capability and MIDI and PostScript export functions (for printing scores directly from NtED). 

Four-part polyphonic staff entry is supported, along with score playback (via TiMidity or any synthesizer connected to an ALSA sequencer port) and a wide variety of rhythmic values and other staff directives. 

As I wrote this report I discovered that Dr. Anders has released version 0.19.1 of his program (Figure 1). I was a fan of his earlier work, and I must say that I continue to be impressed with this newer project. Of course, at this stage NtED is still evolving, but it is already stable and useful music software. On my personal wishlist, I'd like to see support for LilyPond and MusicXML as export targets, I think those features would greatly expand NtED's appeal and utility. Meanwhile, there's more than enough in NtED to keep me happy and productive.

1) Download source:

tar -xvzf nted-x.y.z.tgz
cd nted-x.y.z
If you want to install NtEd in a certain directory use:
./configure --prefix=
This should create NtEd
Type (as root):
make install
This should install NtEd.
If you don't like NtEd type (as root):
make uninstall
2) Terminal

sudo apt-get install nted
creating score from playing MIDI keyboard
determine pitch by MIDI keyboard
breath symbols
guitar chord diagrams / chord annotation
extract staves
import MusicXML
import NoteEdit (implicit)
system layout (braces, brackets)
direct replay, whereby: Configurable music instruments per staff
muting staves
export midi
play transposed
import midi
export PostScript
export PDF
export PNG
export SVG
multiple windows
Library usage as little as possible (Cairo, Gtk, X11,
Note! Some more packages are needed for immediate help (see: Installation from source)
simple installation tested on many Linuxes, i.e.:
make install
You may start NtEd by entering the following at the command prompt:
% nted &
Once NtEd starts, you will see a window like the following:
NtEd offers 4 different block instructions:
Block copy
Block delete
Empty block 

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Insert block
Select a block
To select a block make sure NtEd is in edit mode (see The 3 modes). Draw a diagonal with left mouse button such that the appropriate rectangle encloses all elements you like to work with:
The selected elements appear in violet color.
If there is a selection rectangle you can deselect some staves from selection by right clicking on the staff:
deselect from selection
This is especially useful if you for example want to copy only the 1st and the 3rd staff of 3 staves:
copy selective
Block copy
To copy a block select some elements as described in Select a block. Choose:
Edit → Copy
or press Ctrl+C. The selected items are copied into an internal clipboard.
Block paste
To paste a block select a note or rest as described in Shifting notes. This selected chord or rest is the upper left corner of a virtual destination rectangle:
virtual destination rectangle
Edit → Paste
or press Ctrl+V. The items from internal clipboard are copied to this virtual destination rectangle:
paste complete
Delete a block
To delete a block select some elements as described in Select a block. Choose:
Edit → Delete Block
Or simply press Ctrl + X. The block is deleted.
Independent of the concrete selection the delete operation influences all staves. Only whole measures are deleted.
block delete removes whole measures
Empty a block
To empty a block means to convert all notes groups to rests of appropriate length. Select some elements as described in Select a block:
selection for empty a block
Again, you can deselect some staves by right clicking them:
selection for empty a block, staff 2 deselected
Edit → Empty Block
Or simply press Ctrl + E. The block is emptied:
block emptied
Insert a block of empty measures
To insert a block of empty measures choose an arbitrary note or rest as described in Shifting notes.
select before block insertion
Insert → Insert block
Determine the number of measures you wish to insert on insert dialog. Click OK!
block insertion dialog
The measures are inserted after the measure with the selected note or rest.
block insertion performed
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1 commenti:

  1. I'd like to express my admiration for the developers of the Cairo library. Cairo can antialiasing, curves, deal with PostScript fonts, and fill in areas independent of whether these areas are concave or convex. Without any change of the drawing instructions you can bring Cairo to draw in a widget, create a PostScript, PDF, PNG, or SVG file image. And if you compare the output: It is always exactly the same image! And it is fast, very fast! This is important because the WYSIWYG user expects an answer to a mouse event during approximately 50 ms. The WYSIWYG behaviour of NtEd bases completely on the properties of the Cairo library.


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