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Saving

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A Sibelius document is really no different than a word processing document. It's very easy to save, and keep track of, as long as you have some basic computing skills. Let's take a look, now, at the options that Sibelius gives us for saving. In the File tab, we have three options for saving our scores. Save; this is your standard save command, which rewrites your file to save all of your existing changes. Typing Control+S on PC, or Command+S on Mac, will accomplish the same type of save as if you choose this Save command from the File tab. Save As; Sibelius also provides you with a traditional Save As command.

Saving

A Sibelius document is really no different than a word processing document. It's very easy to save, and keep track of, as long as you have some basic computing skills. Let's take a look, now, at the options that Sibelius gives us for saving. In the File tab, we have three options for saving our scores. Save; this is your standard save command, which rewrites your file to save all of your existing changes. Typing Control+S on PC, or Command+S on Mac, will accomplish the same type of save as if you choose this Save command from the File tab. Save As; Sibelius also provides you with a traditional Save As command.

If you choose Save As, Sibelius will prompt you with a dialog box, so that you can assign a new name to your document, and/or save your document to a new location. If you make your way down to Export, this is a way to save your Sibelius document in different formats, so that you can open it in a variety of software programs. We'll have more about some of the exporting options in future videos. Although, I should point out that Sibelius 7 does come with the ability to export your score as a MusicXML, and that's a feature that was missing from previous versions of the software.

Additionally, exporting is the way to back-save your Sibelius 7 files to previous versions, so that they can be opened in previous versions of the software. Let's go ahead and exit out of the File tab, using the Escape key. Now, you should be aware that outside of the traditional saving options that we've just seen in the File tab, in the background, Sibelius is always working to save your work for you, just in case something catastrophic should happen. Sibelius actually has not only one, but two automatic background processes working to save your score: Auto-save, and Auto backup.

When you install Sibelius, it is preset to automatically save your work every 10 minutes. This setting is found in the File tab, in Preferences, down toward the bottom, and it's on the Files page. So you can make your way to the Files page here, and all the way to the right-hand side, here's Auto-save right there. You can choose your own desired interval of time for Auto-save, or you can uncheck the feature to turn it off. With Auto-save on, if Sibelius, or your computer were to crash, the next time you launch Sibelius, it will search in a special folder, and if it finds any scores in that folder, you'll be asked if you want to restore them.

You should know that if Sibelius shuts down normally, all of the files in the Auto-save folder will be deleted. So you'd never want to save your work directly to the Auto-save folder, and in fact, it's best that you don't even know where that folder resides on your system. Now, the second automatic save feature in Sibelius is called Auto backup. Every time you save your score, Sibelius saves a second copy of it with a version number in your backup scores folder on your computer. The backup scores folder is located in the same path as your default save location, which is this location that you see here in Preferences.

If you ever accidentally delete, or mess up a score, you can look in your backup folder to get the latest version of your score that you had saved. Sibelius saves different versions of the last 200 scores that you've saved yourself. So, as you can see, not only is saving your score simple, but Sibelius has some great built-in features to save you, should something go wrong while you're working.

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Sibelius 7 Essential Training

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  1. 2m 4s
    1. Welcome
      54s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 10s
  2. 20m 22s
    1. Installing and launching Sibelius
      1m 42s
    2. The Sibelius Quick Start window
      3m 52s
    3. Opening a score
      1m 43s
    4. Saving
      3m 10s
    5. Setting essential preferences
      8m 27s
    6. Setting up a MIDI keyboard
      1m 28s
  3. 56m 0s
    1. Understanding the single-document interface
      4m 12s
    2. Exploring the Sibelius window
      4m 16s
    3. Overview of the ribbon
      6m 49s
    4. Accessing the ribbon
      2m 18s
    5. Showing and hiding panels
      3m 9s
    6. Working with the score page and undoing actions
      5m 4s
    7. Playing back the score and stopping all actions
      9m 51s
    8. Zooming in and out
      4m 16s
    9. Introducing Magnetic Layout
      2m 43s
    10. Personalizing the view
      8m 18s
    11. Navigating through notes, bars, and pages
      5m 4s
  4. 17m 30s
    1. Bar and staff selection
      5m 19s
    2. System selection
      4m 10s
    3. Making contiguous selections of objects
      2m 10s
    4. Making non-contiguous selections of objects
      2m 3s
    5. Making non-contiguous selections of staves and using Focus on Staves
      3m 48s
  5. 39m 14s
    1. Creating a new score
      6m 26s
    2. Exploring score layout
      10m 56s
    3. Creating objects
      4m 8s
    4. Adding key signatures
      5m 15s
    5. Adding time signatures
      5m 29s
    6. Adding clefs and using the Worksheet Creator
      7m 0s
  6. 45m 39s
    1. Entering notes and rests using the mouse
      7m 32s
    2. Entering accidentals using the mouse
      4m 4s
    3. Using the computer keyboard for alphabetic note entry
      5m 32s
    4. Advanced alphabetic note entry
      5m 13s
    5. Using the computer keyboard to create intervals and chords
      4m 38s
    6. Step-time note entry with the MIDI keyboard and the Keyboard panel
      2m 41s
    7. Entering notes in real time with Flexi-time
      6m 30s
    8. Entering tuplets
      5m 38s
    9. Working with tablature staves and the Fretboard window
      3m 51s
  7. 30m 40s
    1. Editing notes
      5m 25s
    2. Transposing notes
      4m 32s
    3. Editing beams
      4m 34s
    4. Editing with the Cut, Copy, Paste, and Repeat commands
      9m 16s
    5. Combining editing techniques for creativity
      6m 53s
  8. 16m 58s
    1. Choosing and adding lines
      5m 20s
    2. Creating and extending slurs and phrase marks
      3m 18s
    3. Creating and extending hairpins
      3m 53s
    4. Working with keypad symbols and lines
      4m 27s
  9. 10m 6s
    1. Introducing modifier key themes
      4m 15s
    2. The Sibelius ABCs
      5m 51s
  10. 1h 9m
    1. Getting to know text styles
      5m 15s
    2. Defining the four categories of text
      2m 49s
    3. Entering and editing text using Technique text
      4m 59s
    4. Creating Expression text
      5m 10s
    5. Working with lyrics
      7m 13s
    6. Creating tempo and metronome marks
      5m 10s
    7. Adding repeat text styles
      6m 21s
    8. Understanding text playback and the playback dictionary
      3m 37s
    9. Editing text style appearance
      3m 8s
    10. Editing the default positions of text
      7m 11s
    11. Setting system object positions
      7m 9s
    12. Adding rehearsal marks
      3m 38s
    13. Editing instrument names
      2m 58s
    14. Creating chord symbols
      5m 17s
  11. 31m 20s
    1. Preparing for a final layout
      4m 27s
    2. Formatting with Document Setup
      6m 13s
    3. Adjusting vertical spacing
      6m 1s
    4. Adjusting horizontal spacing
      4m 3s
    5. Formatting bar numbers
      2m 24s
    6. Making final score adjustments
      4m 3s
    7. Making Magnetic Layout work for you
      4m 9s
  12. 13m 0s
    1. Defining and working with dynamic parts
      3m 13s
    2. Formatting dynamic parts using Multiple Part Appearance
      5m 34s
    3. Laying out dynamic parts using Copy Part Layout
      4m 13s
  13. 9m 52s
    1. Printing
      3m 3s
    2. Exporting MIDI
      1m 42s
    3. Exporting a score as an audio file
      2m 1s
    4. Sharing a score using Scorch
      3m 6s
  14. 1m 41s
    1. Additional resources
      1m 41s

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