Lime Frequently Asked Questions

All of these items refer to all versions of Lime unless otherwise noted. Also, please see our SharpEye FAQ page

Q: How are pickup measures specified in Lime?

A: Pickup measures are usually numbered "0" and in Lime, this is done in the Options dialog which is at the bottom of the Edit menu. For pieces with pickups, set Start Bar Numbers at to 0. To make the actual partial measure in Lime:

Q: How can I edit or enter more than one voice on a staff

A: See our movie with descriptive text: Entering a Second Voice. Note that this movie was made using an older version of Lime but it is similar enough to be helpful.

Q. How are XML files imported into Lime?

A: The ability to import MusicXML files started with Lime 9.13. Simply select Import, MusicXML from the File menu. Lime 9.15 has complete support for MusicXML.

Q: How are MXL files imported into Lime?

A: Lime can only import MusicXML files with the extension xml. MusicXML files with the extenrion mxl are compressed (or zip) files with xml files in them. The easiest way to get a .xml file out of a .mxl file is to change the mxl file extension to zip, double-click the renamed file to open it, and copy the xml file somewhere else. If you want to, you can rename the xml file after copying it somewhere else.

Q. How do I import MIDI into Lime?

A. Preparing the MIDI File for Import It is extremely helpful to use SONAR or another program that can allow you to review important information about the structure of your MIDI file. You want a one to one ratio of track to part. That is, the music for each part is recorded on a separate track in your MIDI file. In particular, the right-hand part for keyboard must be on a separate track from the left-hand part. The MIDI file must be saved as MIDI Format 1. Again, if you lack the ability to open your MIDI file in a sequencer before importing it into Lime or attempting to braille it directly with GOODFEEL, you may find that all parts are saved on a single track. In fact, that is just how MIDI Format 0 files are designed. If the creator of the MIDI Format 0 file assigned a unique MIDI channel number to notes for a particular part, there are utilities in SONAR and other programs for separating the information out to create a track for each MIDI channel.

Steps to Import a MIDI File into Lime

Q. How do I connect a musical keyboard to use with Lime?

A. Lime uses the General MIDI bank of any MIDI keyboard or MIDI module. As far as I know, virtually all MIDI keyboards and modules made since the late 1990's come with General MIDI as standard equipment. In order to record and play back sounds on any general MIDI device, you must install the device driver software for that instrument on your PC. Make sure the manufacturer offers drivers for the version of Windows you are using.

Instructions for after installing drivers.

Q. How do I rename parts in Lime?

A. Yes, you can rename the parts. Remember that a "part" is written on its own staff in print regardless of the number of voices in that part.

To rename:

Q. How can I configure Lime with Lime Aloud to use the UK Names for Notes?

A. To configure Lime with Lime Aloud to use the UK Names for Notes

In future, we will offer a choice of phrases during the installation process which will greatly simplify this set up. If you have problems following the directions above, please contact for assistance.

Q. How do I save tempo changes in Lime?

A. To set the tempo in Lime, you must insert a tempo annotation.

Here’s how:

Q. How do I enter simultaneous notes into one hand?

A. If you have a musical keyboard, this task is simple because you can just play the notes you want to enter. If you are entering notes from the PC keyboard, it is usually possible to press multiple keys simultaneously on the home row of the PC keyboard to enter chords. Ironically, the more expensive keyboards have a feature that blocks you from pressing more than one key at a time. But if one or more of the notes of the chord you want to enter is outside of the range of the PC keyboard, you must:

Q. How can I shift octaves when entering notes from the PC keyboard in Lime?

A. Be careful not to confuse transposing notes with the menu commands to shift the octave of the PC keyboard. You can use the shortcut keys of LEFT BRACKET and RIGHT BRACKET to shift the octave of the notes that sound when you type on the Home Row of your PC keyboard. If you plan on entering a lot of notes, we always recommend that you get a MIDI musical keyboard instead of trying to type notes in. It is so much more intuitive to play on an actual piano keyboard when entering music.

Instead of using the bracket keys to shift the octave for input, you may prefer to use ALT+H, K, which brings up a menu that gives you verbal feedback. The bracket keys work, but they do not trigger any speech.

Q. How can I transpose notes in Lime?

A. Instructions below allow you to shift the pitch of a passage of your piece up or down. If you need to transpose the entire piece, you will use Lime's Key Signature dialog instead (CONTROL+K). For more information, see How can I transpose an entire piece using Lime?

To transpose a selected passage:

Q. How can I prepare my Lime score to be most readable to sighted musicians? I've written all the notes and lyrics, but sighted readers cannot read it because the notes and lyrics all overlap and are too small. What kind of formatting do I need to do in order to make the notes, labels, tempo markings, mood, and lyrics more readable?

A. Review this tutorial on our website.

Q. How can I transpose an entire piece using Lime?

A. Try the following exercise to practice transposition techniques in Lime. You should be able to apply the same technique for transposing pieces you have scanned in SharpEye and imported into Lime. First, you will create a new piece in Lime. It will be a simple melody notated in G Major. Next, you will use Lime’s Key Signature dialog to cause that melody to play back in concert F Major but keeping the written pitch in G Major. Note that you can only transpose sections that are in one key. The process described below must be repeated for each section that's in a different key.

Step 1: Create a New Piece

Step 2: Transpose Your Piece

Q. How can I add a finger number to a note in Lime?

A. It is best to add finger numbers after you have entered the notes into Lime.

Q. How do I enter a grace note into my Lime score?

A. To enter an appoggiatura grace note into your score:

If you want the type of grace note called an acciaccatura:

Q. How do I enter fermatas and rit in music?

A. Entering a Fermata:

Entering Text for Tempo Alteration such as ""Rit."":

Q. How do I enter chords in Lime?

A1 (from our customer Andy). To type (notice the word ""type"", not ""play"") chords into Lime:

So, for an f-sharp-seventh chord, simply type F#7, but for a b-flat-seventh, type a Bs7 then go back and highlight only the ""s"" and change the font to ""Marl"" using the Annotations menu (ALT+A, then T, then F). Only do this for the ""s"", or all the other letters will change, also.

A2 (from our customer Brandon). The easiest way to enter chords is to use a MIDI keyboard hooked up to your computer.

Q. How do I create multiple staves for a 4-hand piano piece, multi-voice work, etc.?

A. You may find a template that is just what you want or very close to what you want in a folder called “Lime Templates” within the folder “Music” within your Shared or Public documents folder. There is a shortcut from the Lime entry on the Start menu.


Q. How do I copy specific voices in Lime?

A. In Lime, ""Parts"" have their own staff. That is, there is a one to one ratio of parts to staves. Parts with 2 or more voices still occupy a single staff. In print, you can distinguish notes belonging to one voice from another by the direction of the stems attached to the print noteheads. Using the instructions below you can separate voices and place them on their own staves effectively making them separate parts.

Q. How do I enter text annotations such as rallentando and ritardando?

A. Move to the position where you want to place the text and then press:

Q. How do I indicate lines of continuation in passages with 8va and 8vb?

A. See the Lime manual (page 33 for Lime 9) and check Hairpin under Annotation | Line and Line or curve style for dashed lines.

Q. In pieces with certain time signatures scanned with SharpEye, Lime mishandles whole measure rests. What is the solution?

A. There are two solutions to this problem:

Q. Is there a tutorial for entering lyrics?

A. It's generally much quicker and simpler to enter the melody first. Once all notes to be sung have been added to your score:

Q. How do I enter percussion parts?


Q. How do I add an additional title or subtitle in Lime Aloud?

A. If you try to add an additional title in Lime, the new one will be placed on top of the old one and it won't be readable. We are hoping to fix this problem but for now, to get around this, add the additional title first as a composer annotation and then change the category of this new "title" to title. This will fool Lime into placing it below the normal title location. Make sure you don't check "Delete current composer". Use the Alt and arrow keys to get back to the newly made annotation. When you change the annotation type (Annotation | Text Category), respond "Yes" if you want to change the annotation's font size and style and then change the font size to 18 or so if you want to make it look more like a subtitle.