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    Screen Rotating utility for Scoring work?

    Does anyone know of a utility that will rotate my screen's display, (or better yet, an individual window) by 90 degrees?

    I was trying to follow along with Jamie's "Equilibrium" score but I can only see half the page at once unless I zoom way out. I have this same problem when I work in Finale and Sibelius.

    My laptop is "widescreen," and it occurred to me that if I could *rotate* Adobe Reader, or Finale, or Sibelius on its side, I could see a full legal-sized page at once at 100% zoom. I could see a full 11x17 page with a just a bit of zooming out.

    I have a laptop, so I could simply stand it up on its side and plug in an external keyboard. This would greatly increase my workflow when scoring.

    I know that the Zune (Microsoft's new MP3/video player) can rotate it's display depending on whether the video is formatted upright or widescreen.

    Anybody know of a utility like this for PC?
    chris.

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    Re: Screen Rotating utility for Scoring work?

    Answered my own question!

    I found a program called iRotate. Free for personal use. Lost the link but it will turn up in a search.

    I am now in Sibelius, looking at a full 11x17 orchestra score zoomed to 50%. I can see the whole thing clearly, no scrolling or dragging or zooming. It's like working with a legal-sized page. My laptop is standing on its side like a book. I'm typing sideways because I don't have my external keyboard with me, but it's a good workout for my triceps.

    This has made my day, it might revolutionize the way I work.

    (I'm working on a laptop with a "wide" screen. Your mileage may vary if your monitor is relatively square).

    Hope this is helpful to some of you,
    chris.

    P.S. Incidentally I think this would be excellent for working with word documents, spreadsheets, etc. as well.

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    Re: Screen Rotating utility for Scoring work?

    First thing I'd do is hit [ctrl]+[alt]+[arrow key] (not sure which one... try them all). Depending on your system config, that might rotate the screen.

    If that doesn't work, try accessing Display settings or your video card settings through the control panel. Different video cards allow different options. Search for a rotate setting in there.

    Good luck.

    EDIT: Nevermind, looks like you've found a suitable solution.

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    Re: Screen Rotating utility for Scoring work?

    Many newer graphics cards have a screen rotation utility
    built into their associated software (my machine does).

    Prior to that, I used a utility from www.Portrait.com called
    PivotPro that worked perfectly for me.

    I've been running with the screen rotated 90 degrees (that
    is, "portrait mode") for years.

    I very highly recommend this, not just for scoring but for
    general use as well.

    David
    www.DavidSosnowski.com
    .

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    Re: Screen Rotating utility for Scoring work?

    Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger has screen rotation built-in.

    Just go to the Displays under System Preferences, pull down the Rotate menu, and choose between Standard, 90, 180 and 270 degrees.
    Wheat Williams
    Atlanta, Georgia, USA
    Music Copyist in Sibelius
    Apple MacBook Pro, Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion
    Apple Certified Support Professional. I also work with Windows.

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    Re: Screen Rotating utility for Scoring work?

    This is such a good idea, that I just did it! I use a dual-monitor set-up, and rotated my main monitor, keeping the secondary one in landscape mode. I'm not sure I'll keep it this way, but it's fun for now.... Sonar may be hard to get used to.
    - Jamie Kowalski

    All Hands Music - Kowalski on the web
    The Ear Is Always Correct - Writings on composition

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    Re: Screen Rotating utility for Scoring work?

    I've got a fairly large monitor with the resolution at 1024
    (which would be across) by 1280 (which would be down).

    Especially with orchestral scores, this makes a world of
    difference... and in general, even with other programs
    than the notation software, it proves to be a much
    better arrangement.

    David
    www.DavidSosnowski.com

    Sideways is a way of life for me...
    .

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    Re: Screen Rotating utility for Scoring work?

    Quote Originally Posted by etLux
    I've got a fairly large monitor with the resolution at 1024
    (which would be across) by 1280 (which would be down).
    This is the same resolution I run at, and it's an absolute necessity for working with a full orchestral score, both in notation and sequencing (for those of us who do this separately). Before rotating, I could see a whole page in Adobe Reader at about 85%. Now, I'm seeing it all at 110%... woohoo!
    - Jamie Kowalski

    All Hands Music - Kowalski on the web
    The Ear Is Always Correct - Writings on composition

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    Re: Screen Rotating utility for Scoring work?

    Woohoo indeed! ROFL... I admit, that was my reaction
    the first time I did it.

    That was a few years ago; an interesting exercise. I
    had this bloody behemoth of a Dell 21" glass (CRT)
    monitor that weighed probably 120 pounds. It takes
    three car-jacks to get the fool thing up on the desk.

    Somehow I managed to turn the thing on its side
    (they aren't designed to be rotated, of course), then
    propped it up at the tailpiece with copies of my
    Rimsky-Korsakov, Piston, Hindemith and Schillinger.

    Always knew those theory and orchestration books
    would be good for something...

    David
    www.DavidSosnowski.com
    .

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    Re: Screen Rotating utility for Scoring work?

    Quote Originally Posted by etLux
    Always knew those theory and orchestration books
    would be good for something...
    Ouchie!
    ~~~~
    - Jamie Kowalski

    All Hands Music - Kowalski on the web
    The Ear Is Always Correct - Writings on composition

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