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Getting your Music into PDF or TIFF Format

Now that Project MIDI is installed and connections established, it's time to start using it. The first function we'll work with is displaying music.

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In order to display music, it needs to be converted into PDF or TIFF format. I prefer working with PDF, but this requires that you have a copy of Acrobat. If you don't have a copy of Acrobat then you can use TIFF files instead of PDF files. If so, make sure that you have installed the TIFF assembly. You can also uninstall the PDF file. In either case, you probably don't want both PDF and TIFF assemblies installed. It shouldn't hurt anything, but may make things a bit more complicated.

Both TIFF and PDF support multiple page files. Project MIDI provides support for multiple page documents. If your display is standard landscape orientation, then 2 pages can typically be displayed side by side book-fashion.

Scanning your music

Depending on what scanner and scanner software you have, you may be able to scan multiple page documents directly into multiple page format. If not, it may be possible to use a graphics editor or other software to convert it. If not, don't worry. You can use Project MIDI to display each of the pages as separate documents.

In addition to scanning music, you may be able to use your software to convert files in Word or other formats directly to PDF or TIFF format. Acrobat will allow converting just about any document type to PDF format. Many programs offer a 'Save-As' option to create TIFF format also.

Once you have your music files in PDF or TIFF format, copy them to the Project MIDI PDF or TIFF folder. The name that you give them will be the name that you will use when organizing your song into sets.

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