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The '1, REALLY Read This!!' file (updated March 9, 2003)

Thank you for purchasing Nightingale v.4.5: Your support helps us continue to improve the program, which, as Nightingale users, is something we all want. Feel free to share anything on/in this disk or download with your friends and encourage them to join you! (Note that some of this information only applies to the CD.)

Getting Started:
OK, you've moved the contents of the Nightingale 2001 CD-ROM (or the download) to your hard drive. What now? First you should read and accept (you can nod your head) the license agreement (which is found in 'folder 2, -->Look in Here<--'). Then check out the install guide for detailed information.

----Fonts: Nightingale has traditionally relied on Adobe's Sonata font as its music font. In version 4.5, we are providing Francis X. Mahoney's new and extensive 'Briard' font in both PostScript and TrueType versions. (Visit his website at to see more of his fine work.) In addition, the music font can now be switched from from within the 'File/Preferences/File Preferences' dialog. (NightLight users must still use NightCustomizer to switch fonts.) First, remove old Sonata Fonts from the System/Fonts folder, as it will be replaced by our Nightfonts suitcase. Leave the Sonata PostScript printer font, called 'Sonat', if you have it. To install Nightingale's fonts, go to the 'Nightingale Fonts' folder and drag the fonts to your closed System folder. These are: 1) the PostScript version ('Briar') and a screen version (for most people the TrueType suitcase, but for some the bit maps) of the Briard font; 2) NightFonts, which is our customized version of the Sonata screen fonts and includes several sizes not originally provided by Sonata; and 3) BlueNotz, which is currently provided in bitmap form and as a PostScript font. (BlueNotz is a handscript font which is being provided on a shareware basis by Thomas Williams, who can be contacted at If you decide you wish to continue using it, please send along the shareware fee of $30 to us, either by check/money order or via our website, and we will forward payment to Thomas.)

----Preferences: Nightingale 2001 will create a 'Nightingale 2001 Prefs' file (in the System/Preferences folder) when launched. (In the French Universal version of the Mac OS, you must first create a folder within the System Folder which says 'Preferences' without accents; this may be true in other non-English versions of the MacOS as well.) You can edit the prefs file with the NightCustomizer Utility.

----The Help File and other Documentation: The 'Nightingale 2001 Help' file must be in the same folder as the Nightingale 4.5 application. Nightingale Help is accessed from within the application under the Apple menu. In the Documentation Folder, we suggest a good look at the tutorial, which needs Adobe's Acrobat Reader® (you can use the installer provided on the CD). There is also a detailed Nightingale User's Guide, although be forewarned that it is in need of updating. In the 'Ngale User's Guide' folder, there are Supplemental files for versions 3.5 through 4.5 which should be looked at. There are also short text files on various subjects in the Documentation folder. (For now, rename the Help file to 'Nightingale 2000 Help' if using either NightLight 2000 or the 68K version of Nightingale v.4.5 from prior to 30 January, 2002.)

----The InterLok Extension: In order to make Nightingale more freely available without giving it away, which is what NightLight is for, we have protected it with Pace Anti-Piracy software. In order to enable Nightingale PPC, go to the '2, -->Look in Here<--' folder and drag the 'InterLok® Engine' to your closed System Folder. (It will be placed in the System/Extensions folder.) Note that because of this extension, OS 8.6 is required to run Nightingale 4.5's PPC version; if you need to run on an older OS, either use the 68K version or contact us. (If using the version for OS X classic, there is an installer for the InterLok extensions.)

To keep Nightingale unlocked:
Nightingale is now protected by Pace Anti-Piracy Software. Nightingale will run for 20 days after first launch, at which time you will be required to initiate a challenge-response procedure to authorize it. You will not be reminded (nagged) about this during the initial 20 day period. It is suggested that you initiate this procedure early in the 20 day period, however, in order to allow time for the Challenge/Response authorization codes to be e-mailed back and forth. To do this: 1) Hold down the control and command (apple) keys while launching Nightingale. 2) Copy the challenge code, which will be a series of words or numbers, by clicking the 'copy challenge' button, and paste (command-v) the code into an e-mail (the best method, because of accuracy) addressed to (or fax it to 1(215)736-8237). You can now press cancel. (Nightingale can be re-launched without the control and command keys until the 20 day period expires.) 3) The necessary response code will be sent back to you via e-mail. 4) Copy (command-c) the code from the email message, hold down the control and command keys again while launching Nightingale and paste in the copied response code. (Then hit the 'next' arrow.) Note that this procedure binds Nightingale to a specific hard drive. If you need to move between computers - and your license lets you run Nightingale on a second computer as long as it is not run simultaneously - you can either ask us for a second authorization or install Nightingale on a movable external hard drive to begin with. (To clarify, any registered individual user wanting a second code for their personal use, whether for home/office, desktop/laptop or old drive/new drive - but not institution/home if the institution owns the copy - will have it provided. A request for any third codes will be considered, and it will be provided if we like your reason; otherwise an extra charge will apply.) Note also that if you are careful not to launch the 68K version, it will be available for you if for some reason you have not properly enabled the PPC version. (Or vice-versa.)

Printing: In the Documentation/Ngale Information-Read Me folder is a file called 'Printing Tips', which is a great read. (Well, it's informative, anyway.) For optimum print quality along with ease of printing, we recommend a PostScript capable printer, of which there are several relatively affordable (less than $400) Ink Jet or Laser models available. (Note that the higher initial cost of a laser printer is offset by lower per page costs.) Nightingale is capable of professional quality output with a PostScript printer, or by saving to PostScript and converting to PDF format with Adobe Acrobat, or by using PostScript emulation software such as GhostScript. To take advantage of any of these PostScript printing options, the PostScript printer fonts are necessary. These are provided for Briard and BlueNotz, as explained above. The PostScript font for Sonata (named 'Sonat') is available from many sources for about $26. (To find Sonata on the Adobe Website, go to To use Sonata with a PostScript capable printer, move the Sonata PostScript font (called 'Sonat') to your system/fonts folder. (Check the 'Printing Tips' file for suggestions when a PostScript printer is not available.)

MIDI: In version 4.5, we have implemented support for Mark of the Unicorn's FreeMIDI®, which is the best choice for most users. A FreeMIDI 1.48 installer is either available on the CD or from Previously, it was suggested that users install Open Midi Systems® (OMS) from Opcode to implement MIDI capability. Nightingale still supports OMS, although OMS is no longer being developed. (OMS 2.3.8 is the latest version and is available from or on the CD). As of version 4.0, Nightingale dispensed with its own built in MIDI driver.

Etc.: Note that the file format changed as of Nightingale v.4.5. This means that files from earlier versions of Nightingale or NightLight will be automatically converted (the older files are left untouched and a new version of the file is created) but that files saved in the current version of the program will NOT be openable in older versions of the program.

NoteScan is mentioned in some of the documentation. This application allows for scanning of printed music into Nightingale. Adept Music Notation Solutions, Inc. now owns the rights to NoteScan. It has not been updated since 1994, but we are working on a new version. Contact us if you wish to acquire either the existing or future versions of NoteScan. A demo version which will run for 20 days after installation on your hard drive is in the '3, more useful stuff' folder.

Nightingale v.4.5 is not OS X native; we are working such a version, which we are hoping to have ready in the first half of 2003. If you are using OS X, we believe the following to be true. The beta OS X version of Nightingale PPC, which is located in folder 2 of the CD (and on the website), will run under classic mode. MIDI is limited, however, and if it is important to your work, we would advise booting up from OS 9.2. MIDI Playback functions in classic mode using QuickTime (Versions 6 or 4 suggested) and FreeMIDI (v1.46 or later), but there are delay artifacts. In FreeMIDI, the preference to 'Use OMS when available' option should not be checked. Do NOT access 'Edit FreeMIDI Configuration' while Nightingale is running; it is better to actually open the FreeMIDI setup application from the icon. In OS X, the Dock can obscure the bottom edge of the Nightingale window. You may want to use the option that lets you hide/unhide the dock by moving the mouse to the area of the screen where the dock should be. Go to "Dock" > "Dock Preferences..." in the Apple menu and check the item 'Automatically hide and show the Dock'. Also, to stop playback with the mouse button you need to click within a Nightingale window. [Update: With the release of OS 10.2.4, we have had more encouraging results with MIDI in classic mode. Equipment used was a MIDIMAN interface and OMS was selected as the MIDI driver.]

There have been reports of occasional intermittent problems (with rhythmic integrity and sound quality) when using QuickTime 5.0, so proceed with caution if replacing an earlier version. We suggest using either versions 4 or 6. Using the Standalone installers for each version available from the apple website at, boot into OS 9 and check the 'custom install' box, which will give you access to the uninstall procedure. After the uninstall is successful, open your System/Extensions folder and remove the 'Sound Manager' extension and any remaining QuickTime files. (An empty QuickTime extensions folder can stay, if it's there.) Then proceed with a full install of the new QuickTime version.

There has also been a report of a conflict with Adobe Type Manager (ATM) version 4.0.2 which can apparently be fixed by updating to v.4.6.2. This is downloadable from:

Also included on the disk is our Freeware NightLight 2002, which is based on Nightingale's Version 4.5. (NightLight 2000 was based on v.4.0.) Please share this with your friends. Here is a summary of what NightLight cannot do that the full version of Nightingale 4.5 can: NightLight is limited to 4 pages per score file and 9 staves per system whereas Nightingale will do a lot of pages containing up to 64 systems each; we have disabled the ability to hide/unhide staves in Work in Format in NightLight; we have disabled the ability to open NoteScan and Finale ETF files in NightLight; the page count in NightLight, if used, starts at #1 always, whereas in Nightingale, it can start at any number. That's all! Otherwise NightLight has all the features that Nightingale 2001 Version 4.5 (68K) has.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact us.

©2002 Adept Music Notation Solutions, Inc.
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This page last updated 9 March, 2003.

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