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The 'v.5.2 REALLY Read This!!' file
(updated May, 2006)

Thank you for purchasing Nightingale X, v.5.2: Your support helps us continue to improve the program, which, as Nightingale users, is something we all want. Feel free to share anything on this disk with your friends and encourage them to join you!

Getting Started:
The installer will install the Nightingale X application and supporting files in a 'Nightingale' folder created on your Applications folder, and the fonts as described below. Note that before running Nightingale X, you must first use the InterLok® Extensions Installer provided (see below). We advise occasionally checking for a) updates to Nightingale and b) updates on our support page.

If you are already running Nightingale X v.5.1, you can select custom install to forego reinstalling the fonts. You must also delete the Nightingale X Prefs' file before running v.5.2. (When it is first launched a new prefs file will be created.)

Nightingale has traditionally relied on Adobe's Sonata font as its music font. In version 4.5, we began 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.) The music font can be switched from from within the 'File/Preferences/File Preferences' dialog to either Briard, Sonata, or BlueNotz. (We hope to support other fonts in the future.)

Nightingale's fonts will be installed by the installer into the main Library:Fonts folder. These are: 1) the PostScript version ('Briar') and a screen version ('Briard.suit') of the Briard font; 2) NightFonts 2000, which is our customized version of the Sonata screen fonts and includes several sizes not originally provided by Sonata [Note that our Nightfonts 2000 should be used instead of the original Sonata Screen fonts: having both in the same fonts folder can cause problems]; and 3) BlueNotz, which is currently provided in bitmap form (for the screen) and as a PostScript font ('BlueNotNG'). (BlueNotz is a handscript font which is being provided by Thomas Williams, who can be contacted at Also installed is the nfonts.rsrc file, which is for the duration, modifier and dynamic popups.

Note that the Sonata printer font, a component of the Sonata package which is called 'Sonat', must be purchased from Adobe (unless you already have it) as we are not licensed to provide it. There may be problems if Sonata is used, even in a text dialog, and 'Sonat' is not available; the current fix is either to switch the file's music font (and any text using Sonata) to Briard, and/or to purchase 'Sonat'.

Nightingale X will create a 'Nightingale X Prefs' file in the Users:'YourName':Library:Preferences folder. You can edit the prefs file with the NightCustomizer Utility, or with a resource editor such as Resorcerer ( or the classic freeware ResEdit. In NightCustomizer, use the 'open' command and then navigate to the 'Nightingale X Prefs' file.

Starting with v.5.2, there is now a Nightingale_X_Prefs.txt file. Currently its only setting concerns the decay duration for the Midi Pedal control.

----The Help File and other Documentation:
The 'Nightingale Help' file is accessed from within the application under the Apple menu. In the Documentation Folder, we suggest a good look at the tutorial, a series of PDF files which can be opened with Adobe's Acrobat Reader® or Apple's Preview. There is also a detailed Nightingale User's Guide, although be forewarned that it is in need of updating. (Note also that it is a classic application.) In the 'Ngale User's Guide f, changes' folder, there are supplemental files for versions 3.5 through 4.5 which should be looked at. A summary of changes can also be found in the 'Condensed Version History' file. There are also short text files on various subjects in the Documentation folder. It is a good idea to periodically check for news and support issues.

----The InterLok Extensions:
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. Double click on 'macextsx.dmg' (in the 'Pace InterLok Extensions Install OSX' folder) to mount the Installer provided before running Nightingale. (If you have a previous version of the Pace extensions installed on your computer, it may be necessary to run the 'uninstall' option before 'easy install'.) Current versions of these extensions are available at under End Users. Updates usually come out after major changes to Apple's OS.

Important: To keep Nightingale unlocked:
Nightingale is currently protected by Pace's Anti-Piracy Software. Nightingale will run for 30 days after first launch, at which time you will be required to initiate a challenge-response procedure to authorize it. You will occasionally be reminded (nagged) about this during the initial 30 day period. It is suggested that you initiate this procedure early enough in the 30 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 You can now press cancel. (Nightingale can be re-launched without the control and command keys until the 30 day period expires.) 3) The necessary response code will be sent back to you via e-mail, usually within 24 hours. 4) Copy (command-c) the code from the email message, hold down the control and command keys again while launching Nightingale and paste the copied response code into the lower window. (Then hit the 'next' arrow.) See the document 'Pace Challenge-Response' for illustrations.

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: in this paragraph, please note the distinction between 1) PostScript and non-PostScript printers and 2) Inkjet and Laser Printers.] 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. To take advantage of any of these PostScript printing options, the PostScript printer fonts are necessary. These are provided for Briard and BlueNotz. The PostScript font for Sonata (named 'Sonat') is available 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 Hard Drive's main Library/fonts folder.

In Panther and Tiger, saving a Nightingale file as a PostScript file, opening this file in Apple's Preview Application and saving as a PDF file will give excellent results on any printer. See the document ' print' for further information.

Midi setup for external Synthesizers in Nightingale X uses Apple's AudioMIDI setup utility, which can be found in your Applications/Utilities folder. Setup is simpler than it used to be in previous (classic) versions of Nightingale when either the OMS or FreeMIDI drivers were required. Make sure your Midi interface and synthesizer show cables, which are 'drawn' between the arrows. See the document 'Basic Audio Midi setup.pdf' for further information.

Playback through the Mac's internal speakers now uses OS X's built-in DLS synthesizer and is superior to QuickTime Playback in terms of timing and sound quality. For through-Speaker Playback all that is required is the selection (by double clicking) of the Mac's DLS_Midi Controller in the device window of Nightingale's Instrument Midi Settings dialog. (In the initial release of Nightingale X patches are identified by number and not by the instrument names of the general MIDI standard; it therefore may be helpful to refer to the OS X DLS Synthesizer Patch Set document provided. Using the MasterPage's Instrument command to set or reset a part by name will automatically set the patch number, however.)

Midi Troubleshooting tip #1: Make sure that a device, either the Mac's built in DLS synthesizer or a connected external device, is selected for each part. To do this, make your choice in the option box of either the Instrument MIDI Settings dialog or at the bottom of the Master Page's Instrument dialog. A new feature: Use the Instrument Midi Settings Device 'To All Parts' button to set the entire score's parts to a particular device with one click.

Note that the file format changed in Nightingale X, as it did in 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 Nightingale X will NOT be openable in classic versions of the program.

The installer places supporting files and utilities in the Applications folder in a sub-folder it creates and names 'Nightingale'. To access the demo and template score files, you may first need to unstuff NightScoreFiles.sit.

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. Contact us if you wish to acquire either the existing or future versions of NoteScan. A demo version which will run for 14 days after installation on your hard drive is in the 'Classic Nightingale Utilities' folder.

Intel Macs: Reports we have received indicate that Nightingale will run fine on Intel Macs, although there is a relatively long launch time (c.45"). Note that classic applications, which includes NightCustomizer and NoteScan, will not run on these machines. We are attempting to address this situation as quickly as possible.

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

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This page last updated 12 May, 2006.

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