Metagrid (and Metagrid PRO) Viewset for Sibelius
It's with great pleasure that I present to you the first complete viewset for Metagrid that covers the entirety of the Avid Sibelius application.
Once properly setup it will allow you to control Sibelius from your iPad, taking advantage of all the features one would normally spend ages looking for in the ribbon.
The setup process is very easy and explained in the included README file, which I kindly advise you to read thoroughly before installing (unless you are a veteran user of Metagrid). I also advise that you backup any of your pre-existing views for Sibelius, should you have any, in order to avoid any data loss.
The best feature I am so proud of is the Keypad scene, where one can finally have all the Sibelius keypad layouts in one single screen! This is the only place where clicking on a button will also change the layout in Sibelius! It's pretty cool to behold!
How does it work?
Launch Sibelius and Metaserver on your Mac or Windows PC and Metagrid on your iPad and, well, that's it! You will see TEN scenes at the bottom of the screen, through which you can tap to navigate to the different sections of the program. Unfortunately, due to the limitations of Sibelius's UI, it was not possible to have a view automatically show up when you select something in Sibelius. Should this change I will gladly update this viewset.
MetaGrid assumes—sadly—that every user is equipped with a UK/US layout keyboard, which was not the case for me at the moment of programming this product. Luckily, Sibelius automatically translates the keyboard shortcuts to the keyboard layout you are currently using.
Still, some keys react badly to the Shift modifier in some locales (languages layouts) so it may be possible that in your personal configuration some buttons will seem like they do not work. Your best option is to change the shortcut assigned in MetaGrid and in the Keyboard Shortcut in Sibelius for that precise button.
In my personal layout a couple of buttons needed to be wired to Keyboard Maestro (a separate software not needed to use this viewset successfully) but, luckily, it was only a 2 of them. (no longer needed in version 1.3!)
Should you not be liking something in this viewset you will be able to change and customise anything you want, from actions to shortcuts, from buttons to colours. This viewset is not something I am imposing to the music notation world as a fixed and final truth, rather I am sharing my personal setup, hoping someone will find it useful and will want to contribute to the amount of time spent in setting all of it up. Besides, in MetaGrid Pro you can now have as many view sets as you want, so just import the new one alongside the old one and see if you like it better
First of all, thank you for supporting my engraving work with purchasing this or any of my available scores. I hope you will find this useful in your everyday's workflow.
Should you encounter any issue not described here or in the README please do not hesitate to drop me a line here on Gumroad or on my website and I will gladly help you.
UPDATE 1.1 RELEASED!
7 June 2021
Added a couple of important buttons and edited a few shortcuts. Both versions are still available in the download so that if you do not like something or if you want to get back, it is still possible and all compatible!
UPDATE 1.2 RELEASED!
24 February 2022
Added new .zip archive with the new version which is designed to work with Metagrid Pro. This will not work with the previous Metagrid app, please continue using the previous version, which is still included here.
UPDATE 1.3 RELEASED!
1 October 2022
Biggest update ever!
- Added complete support for Windows—yes, all 1000+ buttons! Now all macros should either work through the default shortcuts or through the Command Search functionality.
- Added a new Selection page including the new selection commands introduced in Sibelius 2022.9
- Changed the Scrub Forward and Scrub Backward shortcuts on Mac, now they just work!
- Removed dependency from Keyboard Maestro on Mac
If you find anything that is not working, please contact me.
An .mvset file to use with the Metagrid application; profile & workspace files for use with the Metagrid Pro application; an .sfs file that contains the necessary keyboard shortcuts for Sibelius; an .rtf README file with instructions, recommendations and FAQs.