Command Location: View Menu / Toolbars

The List Bar contains four powerful tools for managing and working with your music.  Click on the tabs to show each list and its corresponding control set in turn.  You can easily resize and move the List Bar using the mouse.

Right click any list to bring up a context menu of actions relevant to that list; including the following general commands:

List Bar Font

The List Bar Font button allows you to set a custom font for display of all text in the List Bar.  You can, for example, choose a larger font to make reading from a distance easier.

AutoSize Columns

Your preferred list-column-widths are now stored and restored for each 'tab' in the List Bar.  Column 'autosizing' is also a menu option which will tell MidiIllustrator to size list columns to fit list content as it changes.  Autosizing is enabled by default, but will be deactivated if you size a column manually.

List Purpose
Browser This list shows the contents of a particular folder which might contain the music (MIDI, Karaoke and MidiIllustrator files) on which you are currently working. It allows you quick access to a list of scores which can be opened with a single click. Since the list is always on the screen, there is no need to constantly reopen and close the File Open dialog whilst you are browsing a collection of files.

The following button/menu commands are available:

  • Browse button “…”: Click the button to browse to a particular folder. The standard File Open dialog will be shown, but modified to select a folder. The number of song files in each folder is shown in the “Folder Name” field of the Folder Open dialog.
  • Single Score Browse Mode: Only one score will be open at a time, saving system resources and making browsing faster. Each time a score is opened, all other scores will be closed. You will be prompted to save and open scores which have been modified.
  • Play Scores on Open: Each score will be played (if possible) as soon as it is opened. Scores can only be played if MIDI playback devices have been setup in MidiIllustrator.
Playlists This is an advanced tool for creating, storing and playing lists of your favourite scores.  You can load up a playlist and begin playback whilst you are entertaining friends, or for your own listening/viewing pleasure.

The following button/menu commands are available and enable you to create new playlists and add songs to those lists:

  • Add Songs to List
  • Add the Current (open) Song to the Playlist
  • Remove Selected Songs
  • New List
  • Rename List
  • Delete List
  • Clear List

Begin Playback

This command will switch MidiIllustrator to Playlist Mode.

Pause Between Playing Songs

This command will insert a small delay in between songs in Playlist Mode. This provides a more pleasant transition between the end of one song and the start of another song. It is generally only necessary to enable this option on very fast systems.

Playlist Mode

In this mode, all editing and modification of scores is disabled, as MidiIllustrator prepares to play each score in turn from the current playlist. As a result, many menus/toolbars will be disabled in this mode.

You can exit Playlist Mode at any time by hitting the Escape key.

MidiIllustrator will play each song in the playlist, and then restart at the beginning. Each song will be opened and displayed as a score in the normal way.

Only one score will be open at a time, saving system resources and making the application more efficient. Each time a score is opened, all other scores will be closed. You will be prompted to save and open scores which have been modified when you first enter Playlist Mode.

If a song has been saved in practice mode, it will be opened and played in practice mode.  So you may want to avoid adding such songs to certain playlists as the practice session may instruct a section of the song to loop forever!

Open Scores This list simply shows a list of all open scores, and allows easy switching between them.

Log The log contains a history of the last 300 songs opened. Double click an item in the list to reopen the song instantly. If you are working through a large group of works (such as Bach Chorales) then the log will help you keep staff of which works you have recently viewed. You can also monitor your practice sessions as each entry is dated!