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Missing Voices in Lime

Sometimes when bringing a piece with multiple voices on a staff from SharpEye to Lime, voices are missing or the hand signs are wrong. The voices might also be missing from your braille too. Basically, we recommend performing these steps for all pieces that have two voices on one staff if you are using GOODFEEL version 2.6 or earlier. This problem has been fixed but can't be released yet. Here are the steps that have been taken in this movie to make the additional voices show up:
  • Select the first note or rest of the piece.
  • From the menu, go to Voice | Parts and Voices...
  • For every part name that contains a name with a -1 in it and no -2, select the part in the list and then Start Voice. For example, if a part name is displayed as Piano RH-1 then select Piano RH-1 and then select the Start Voice button.
  • Select Use This Arrangement for the Remainder of the Piece.
  • Select OK

Making Tremolo in Lime

Here are the steps that have been taken in this movie to make a 32nd note tremolo that completely fills a whole measure of 4/4:
  • Select the note or rest at the correct place where the tremolo will go and press Control+N to activate the Note Entry cursor.
  • Select the 32nd rhythm in the piano window.
  • Double-click or select twice the little "3" (below grace) in the piano window and enter 2 in the time of 32 in the dialog that is displayed and then select OK.
  • Specify the first pitch or chord and then the second pitch or chord on the keyboard.
  • Use note group select (shift-select) to select all of the notes that are involved with this tremolo check Stem | Tremolo beam.
  • If you need lines in between and they aren't there, select the first note or chord and check Stem | Continue Beam.
See the Lime manual for more detail and examples.

Entering a Second Voice

Here are the steps that I have taken to add a second voice in Lime:
  • Set up your voices.
    • Select the first note or rest of the piece.
    • Go to Voice | Parts and Voices...
    • Select the part that needs a second voice and then select the Start Voice button.
    • Check Use this arrangement for the remainder of the piece and then select OK.
  • Separate the voices.
    • Select the first note of the system that needs another voice.
    • Go to Voice | Parts and Voices...
    • Select the part that needs another voice and select the Separate button and then select OK.
  • Enter the notes as you normally would.
  • Put the voices back together.
    • Select the first note of the system that you just worked on.
    • Go to Voice | Parts and Voices...
    • Select the top voice that you just worked on and select the Together button and then select OK.

Removing a Voice

Sorry, there's no movie yet but here is the script for the future action-packed movie. Sometimes, when coming from SharpEye, some parts have more than one voice. To get rid on an unwanted voice you have to remove all the notes and annotations from it. To make sure you can remove them all you should show the voice throughout the piece.
  • Show only the unwanted voice
    • Select the first note or rest of the piece.
    • Go to Voice | Parts and Voices...
    • Select the part that has the unwanted voice and then select the Start Voice button.
    • Select the Separate button.
    • One by one select each line except for the unwanted voice in the list of parts and voices and check Don't Print.
    • Check Use this arrangement for the remainder of the piece and then select OK.
  • Delete all the notes and annotations from the unwanted voice.
  • Show all the parts again and stop the unwanted voice.
    • Select the first note or rest of the piece.
    • Go to Voice | Parts and Voices...
    • One by one select each line and uncheck Don't Print.
    • Join the unwanted voice to the other voice in the part by selecting the top voice of the part and then selecting Together.
    • Stop the voice by selecting the part, selecting Stop Voice and then selecting the unwanted voice and selecting OK. If there should only be one voice in the part you are working on and you did everything right, you will see that your part doesn't have a dash and a number after it anymore.
    • Check Use this arrangement for the remainder of the piece and then select OK.

Transcribing Textbooks with GOODFEEL

Click here for instructions on transcribing textbooks using GOODFEEL. This movie starts from SharpEye to show the whole process and to show that the exercises are usually processed together. We reccommed that you become more familiar with the whole process of creating braille with GOODFEEL, Lime and SharpEye before attempting textbooks. The description of the steps in this movie are less specific because there are many steps and we expect you to be more familiar with the whole process.

In SharpEye:

  • Go to File | Acquire Image... Click here for a copy of the image file so you CAN try this at home (please don't forget your safety goggles).
  • In the Image window, select a zone that only includes the top three exercises (because the bottom exercise has a different number of staves).
  • Go to Read | Read to tell SharpEye for figure out the music.
  • Delete text that was not recognized well.
  • Go to Lime using File | NIFF | save and open temp file.

In Lime:

  • In the Import NIFF dialog: Select OK.
  • Add the title of the book.
  • Name the part Generic because it would be redundant to have the instrument name show up for every exercise. You could use the real name if you think it is necessary.
  • Add exercise titles and box them. Making the exercise names into rehearsal markers makes them show up on their own braille line.
  • Restarting the bar numbering for each exercise indicates to GOODFEEL that there is a new exercise.
    • Select a note on the system just above the new exercise. Yes, this will be in the previous exercise.
    • Select Bar Line... from the Symbol menu.
    • In the Bar Line dialog:
      • Select the correct bar line.
      • Select At End of System.
      • Check Restart Bar Numbering With and set the number to 1.
      • Select OK.
  • Go to File | Launch GOODFEEL.
  • Name the file. This step actually should've been done earlier but this is Hollywood.

In GOODFEEL:

  • Look at the braille.
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