GOODFEEL Tutorial (SharpEye, Lime and GOODFEEL)
These instructions describe how to transcribe print music into braille music
using GOODFEEL, Lime and SharpEye.
These instructions were written mainly for sighted people.
For instructions for blind users click here.
Transcribing with Scanning
Transcribing without Scanning
If the sheet music is hand written or very dirty you may not be able to
scan the music. In this case you will not use SharpEye at all and instead
do all notation editing in Lime.
- Scanning and Recognition
- Handling Multiple Pages
- Sending Music to Lime
Some things are incredibly easier to fix in SharpEye than in Lime.
First make sure that you are done in SharpEye because you will lose
all of your Lime editing if you need to go back to SharpEye.
Use the menu item File | NIFF | Save and open temp file.
When Lime opens, accept the defaults in the Import NIFF dialog.
This section describes steps that don't always need to be performed.
- NIFF Options
Go to the menu item Options | NIFF Options... and check Musical.
- Window Positions
If you want to save the positions and sizes of your music and image
windows and the zoom level of your image window
(see View | Zoom Image)
then use the menu item Options | Save window positions.
You might want to start working in SharpEye before adjusting your
window positions so that you can see how the windows are
filled with data.
- Text Recognition Options
From the menu item Options | Text Recognition Options check or uncheck
Read Lyrics depending on your music and what you want from your scan.
If a piece does not have lyrics SharpEye might mistakenly identify
an annotation as a lyric and having just one lyric may confuse GOODFEEL.
On the other hand, missing lyrics if you want them can be easily avoided.
This option needs to be set properly before the recognition step
(Read | Read). If the text characters in your music are not indicated in
the Text Recognition dialog you should uncheck
Read Lyrics and Read other text.
- Sending Music to Lime
Lime needs to run once before you can go easily from SharpEye to Lime so
be sure to run Lime once before using SharpEye.
This is only necessary once after a version of Lime has been installed.
- Selecting a Scanner (seldom needed)
If you have more than one scanner or scanner driver you may need to
go to the menu item File | Select TWAIN Source and
select the correct scanner.
SharpEye: Scanning and Recognition
- Get the image: File | Acquire
Your scanner's interface will be opened.
Check out Using Scanning Interfaces
for specific directions for some scanners.
We can't give any details for this step because it depends on your scanner.
Set the image type to grayscale (the next best thing is black & white).
Set DPI to 300.
If the interface displays the file size, check that it is about 8MB (1MB for black and white).
- Save the image: File | Save Image As...
- Convert the image into music: Read | Read
If SharpEye displays the message "Nothing in image" then click in the
image window, press the delete key and try Read | Read again.
To learn more about zones, look for Zones in Reading in
the index of SharpEye's Help.
- Save the Music: File | Save Music As...
We highly recommend reading about SharpEye's editor in SharpEye's
help file. See Music Editor in the index.
Here is a brief summary:
- Left-click is used for selection and modification.
- Right-click is used to bring up the insertion toolpane and
for inserting music symbols on a staff.
- Undo is under the Edit Music menu.
- There is a "Go to next rhythm warning" button below the menu.
- What to Edit
While it is imperative that some items be correct before moving
on to Lime
we recommend that you fix as many mistakes and omissions
as possible in SharpEye because the image of the music is on the
screen and it is much easier to look somewhere else on the screen than it is
to look off the screen onto a piece of paper.
On the other hand,
there are some things that SharpEye can't do that must be done in Lime.
In addition, we feel that it is easier to add lyrics in Lime than SharpEye.
Items that MUST be correct before moving on to Lime:
- Clefs (The menu item Edit Music | Copy clef to
is sometimes useful.)
- Rhythms on the parts that you are concerned with.
- Time signatures (Add one even if one does not exist in the print.)
- Key signatures (The menu item Edit Music | Copy key sig to
is sometimes useful.)
- Multiple Rests
SharpEye does not recognize or allow the user to enter multiple rests so
we recommend placing a single whole measure rest at the location
of the multiple rest and adding the other measures in Lime.
It is also possible to insert multiple individual measures with
whole measure rests (and bar lines) to account for the
- Musical Features that SharpEye Supports
SharpEye only supports the music symbols that are in the toolpanes.
Everything else must be added in Lime.
There are some situations that call for simplifying the music in SharpEye so
that measures have the correct amount of time.
SharpEye: Handling Multiple Pages
It is vastly easier to join pages in SharpEye than in Lime.
(See Multi-page scores in SharpEye's help index.)
- For each page perform the Scanning and Recognition and
After each page use the menu item File | Save Music As...
and use a name that indicates the page number.
- Use the menu item File | Open Music... to open the
first page and click on Replace if you are presented
with the Replace or append music dialog.
- For each of the remaining pages use the menu item
File | Open Music... but click on Append in the
Replace or append music dialog.
Finishing in Lime from SharpEye
This section lists specific actions that should or can be performed
in Lime after creating a piece of music in SharpEye.
- Always add a title (Very Important!).
- Always name your parts (Very Important!).
- Fix anything that could not be entered completely in SharpEye.
- See the Lime Quick Reference
- See the Lime manual which is available from Lime's Start menu entry.
- You can start GOODFEEL right from Lime by using the menu item
File | Launch GOODFEEL
- GOODFEEL info
- Add a Generic/Text Only printer in Windows if one does not exist.
- Start GOODFEEL from the Start menu and go to the menu item
Options | Embosser Setup...
- Choose a Generic/Text only printer in Printer Name.
- Click on Save these values as defaults so that GOODFEEL will
use the settings the next time that it is started.
- For more help read Braille Setup, Embosser Setup in the index of
GOODFEEL's help file.
- If you are having problems,
please check our internet support area.
GOODFEEL: Transcription Options
GOODFEEL offers many transcription options to its users including
the option to use or not to use grade 2 translations.
Transcription options can be accessed by starting GOODFEEL
from the Start menu and then using the menu item
Options | Transcription Options.
It is especially important for these options to be checked by
users who live in locales outside of North America and Europe.
- Input File Checker Dialog
When a file is loaded into GOODFEEL, it is screened for some common
mistakes and if any are found GOODFEEL will list them in the
Input File Checker dialog.
Help on any item in the list can be obtained by double-clicking
the list item.
- Braille Process Dialog
This dialog allows a user to simply produce braille automatically or to
customize the braille output. The big Automatic Transription button
will properly produce braille most of the time.
- Output Options
After GOODFEEL converts your music into braille you are presented
with the GOODFEEL Output dialog which allows you to:
- Emboss your braille with the Embosser button
- Edit or view your braille with the Braille Editor
button. (If you'd like to change your braille editor, read
Changing Your Braille Editor.
- Send your output to a floppy, special folder or device.
- Go to GOODFEEL's main screen where you can change
options, rebraille some music and perform other tasks.
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on the usefulness of these instructions.
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