Compress measures / note space

• Dec 29, 2010 - 06:47

Hi, is it possible to force a certain number of measures in one line, or batch decrease (instead of changing using the <- arrow one by one) the space between notes in a specific bar? E.g. I have 2 bars with lots of demi-semiquavers. Now musescore will automatically "break" the 2 bars into 2 different lines. But I want them to be on the same line. I don't mind if the notes will appear crowded, but only for these 2 bars. I've checked the notes leading/trailing spaces and they are 0.00sp already.



In reply to by ceegers

1) Select the measures you want to compress
2) Menu "Layout | Less stretch", even repeatedly (but if you apply it more than twice to the same measures, notes can really crowd!)

And, no, negative trailing space does not work.


In reply to by Miwarre

I wouldn't have mentioned it if I hadn't tried it myself.

Try it yourself:
1. Fill a measure with 16th notes
2. Select them all (in one way or another)
3. Right-click --> note properties
4. Make additional leading space and additional trailing space -1
5. OK
Result: Squish!

Actually, trying it out, additional leading space doesn't seem to do anything on negative, but if you change just the trailing space to -1, it still works!

In reply to by Miwarre

Actually, looks like the Less Stretch feature has some issues.
Been playing around with it... check it out:
- stretchcompare1 shows the original and the best you can do with Less Stretch for all the notes
- stretchtooless shows what happens when I try Less Stretch one more time
- stretchcompare2 shows the original and the result when the trailing space is set to -.7 for all the notes (number easily adjusted to get other versions)

Edit: tested on both and R.3784

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Thanks to all. Before I had a chance to implement your suggestions I had to resort to decreasing the min. note space. This has a global effect but at least the short notes are compressed now without have a big effect on the normal notes. I'll try out your suggestions when I come across the same situation later. Thanks again!

ceegers: Negative trailing space is a great new! Thanks!! (remembering, I only tried negative leading space, saw it doesn't do anything and blindly assumed trailing space is the same).

ansonwun: I know that Less Stretch is easily overloaded, but in many cases it is the easiest solution (and usually the first to try out).


In reply to by Miwarre

It's 2019 now. There's a Measure Properties with a "layout stretch" specification. In my case changing from 4.3 to 2 was perfect. It only seems to work on one measure at a time though.

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