Tonight I went through my scores for the upcoming concerts. I REALLY wanted to get rid of the paper scores. The problem I ran into this time through was the resulting file size. If I would have been smart I probably can reset the settings in my scanning software. Since I just used the presets that were already there, I ended up with scores that were 45 mb and 51 mb’s in size. Those were huge! I loaded them onto the iPad. They worked but the page redraws with this size of file, in GoodReader, were slower than what I wanted! The transfer from my iMac onto DropBox and to my iPad was fast though. I’m becoming less and less leery of wireless data transfers!
After some research on the web I came up with a good solution. Considering the time I had spent scanning these scores in already, which my wife wasn’t too happy about because our scanner at home is hooked up to her computer, I did not want to rescan the scores. Follow the directions in this link if you are on a Mac. If you are on a PC the basic translation is that this process uses jpg compression set in a manner that does not result in bad quality but does result in smaller file size. From 51 mb’s down to 3.5 mb’s. I think that is rather significant. You can notice a difference in the quality but at least I can turn the pages now without waiting for the screen to draw the image.
I have been printing scores out from Sibelius as PDF files and those scores are all under 200 KB. AND they are very nice and crisp looking!
What has been your process to get music scores onto your iPad?