BrightStaves™ Viewer
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The Innovative Features of BrightStaves™ Viewer

Introducing BrightStaves™ Viewer for iPad, a new app that revolutionizes the way in which musicians interact with musical scores and notation. A new tool for publishers, conductors and performers that significantly simplifies the publication, learning, and performance of musical works!

Along with such standard features as the ability to display musical scores as PDF files, together with a built-in metronome, timer, stopwatch, and drawing tools, BrightStaves™ Viewer has several completely new and unique features:

Full-Size Musical Symbols

Through the magic of BrightStaves technology standard PDF files are optimized for display on the iPad. Headers and wide margins are removed, and the number of measures per system is changed to make optimal use of the screen width. The size of musical characters thus remains close to what it is in the paper original.

Easy Navigation with Just Two Taps

The toolbar always displays the title of the piece. If the work has sections with separate titles, these are also displayed.

The current page of a piece is always displayed in the toolbar in the format “page X of Y pages”. At any given time, you can visually determine your place within the work and just as easily go to a specific page.

Instant Transitions

For the first time since the invention of musical notation one can transition immediately to any particular measure, no matter how far away from the current view. If the piece has rehearsal marks, the transition is made just as easily.

To switch to another piece, a new section within a piece, or to go to a particular rehearsal number or measure in a piece, only two screen taps are needed!

Repeats: Easy as 1-2-3

Another innovation of BrightStaves™ Viewer is the ability to move instantly through reprises, segni, and other transitions. Measures that begin the transition are marked by translucent triangles; tapping the triangle takes you to the target measure, which is highlighted.

In the case of complex and multidirectional multiple transitions, the translucent triangles have numbers displayed in them, showing the transitions in order. It happens as easily as 1-2-3: instantly, error-free, and without the noise of turning pages! Take a look:

Integrated Pitch Pipe (Pitch Aid)

At any given time, with just a single gesture, you can produce a preconfigured sound. The main purpose of this tool is to assist a choral conductor in giving the pitch (while on stage) during an a cappella performance. The Pitch Aid can also be used while learning a piece individually, to check whether a difficult leap has been sung correctly, for example.

The pitch is selected in the Pitch Aid bar and is always displayed in the toolbar. The Pitch Aid bar has two scales to choose from—sharp or flat. The selected pitch is saved for each piece, so that when going to a new piece, the conductor immediately obtains the preset settings.

Expression Marks

The score may be marked up as needed by the user with performance indications (such as expression marks) using a library of ready-made characters. The library includes dynamic markings, tempo changes, and some other technical symbols (such as breath marks, fermatas, etc.)

A predetermined set of expression markings can be sent by the conductor to members of the ensemble and imported by them. In cases where there might be several sets of markings—imported and the performer’s own— you can switch between them. The display of expression marks can be switched on or off at will.


Musical pieces can be arranged in any order and saved as a list. When using a particular list, after turning the last page of a given piece, the performer will see the first page of the next piece.

The conductor can create a list and forward it to all the performers. This reduces the time spent searching for the right score at the rehearsal and eliminates the possibility of errors in a concert setting. See also "BrightStaves™ for Choral Conductors".

Adjusting the Brightness of the Screen and Page Backgrounds

The screen brightness can be altered without entering the iPad’s system settings, even in the course of a performance. Along with the ability to choose the color and texture of the background “paper,” you can set a comfortable display brightness for any lighting conditions — from sunshine outdoors to total darkness on a stage.