Instructions and Help

General Features

2 ways to zoom in or enlarge the image:
1. Pinch with two fingers to zoom in and out.
2. Double tap with one finger to immediately zoom in fully. Once zoomed in, double tap with one finger to immediately zoom back out.

Portrait and Landscape View:
Rotate the iPad to alternate between portrait and landscape view.

Touch, hold, and drag anywhere on the score to shift it around. The linen background underneath the score indicates the edges of the page.
To scroll through a score with multiple pages, swipe one finger vertically up or down.
When you open a score with multiple pages, it will likely open on the final page of the score so you will have to scroll down to the bottom to access the first page of the score.


Open File

All of your files – both those you import from LabanWriter and those you create and save in KineScribe – live in this file list.
There is always a New Score file, which provides you with a clean score.

To open the file list, tap Open File once.

To choose a file on which to work:
Tap it once.
The file list will automatically retract.

There is currently no command to remove a file from the file list.


All symbols live here. Some of the symbols are “stretchables,” and some act like stamps. Tapping the Symbols button once brings up the symbol palette.
Tapping anywhere off the symbol palette makes it go away.
A long touch on any symbol in the symbol palette brings up a bubble that tells you what the symbol is.

To place a stretchable symbol:
Open the Symbols palette.
Tap once on a symbol. It will briefly darken underneath your finger so you know you tapped it.
Tap once off the symbol palette to make the palette disappear.
Tap, hold, and drag to create the symbol the length that you want it.
To make the symbol long, move your finger up or down the score; to make it wide, move your finger to the side; to make it long and wide, move your finger on a diagonal.

To place a symbol that acts like a stamp:
Open the Symbols palette.
Tap once on the symbol. It will not darken.
Tap once off the symbol palette to make the palette disappear.
Tap once on the score to place the symbol.

To manipulate a symbol:
Tap the symbol once. For some symbols, this will bring up a pop-up menu of modifying options. For these symbols, choose the option that you want. You can tap the same symbol to change it multiple times. These manipulations include:
Directions: levels.
Bows: showing addressing, nearness, surrounding, touching, grasping, supporting.
Pathways: solid, dotted.
Spring: 10 kinds of springs.
(Some symbols, like rotations, currently do not have pop-up menus, but will in future releases.)
Tapping any symbol once selects it by encasing it in blue lines.
Most symbols have 4 blue dots that encase the symbol when it is selected. These dots enable you to resize the symbol. To resize, drag the blue dots in the direction you want to resize the symbol. If the symbols are small, you may have to zoom in so that the dots realize you are moving them.

To erase a symbol, tap it once to select it and click the Delete button in the upper right-hand corner of the screen.

Some symbols (hold sign, center of weight sign, pause sign) do not have blue dots when they are selected. For these, a + and – appear for resizing when you select the symbol.

To move a symbol:
Press and hold it (a “long touch”) until it turns red. Retain your touch and while it is red, you can move it anywhere on the score.

Text Box:
The T at the bottom of the symbol palette creates a text box when you place it.
Like any text box, it places most effectively with a small swipe to the right instead of a single tap.
To edit the text, double-tap in the text box once you have drawn it, and the keyboard will pop up at the bottom of the screen.
Rotate the text by tapping on the text box and choosing Rotate from the pop up menu.

The staff symbol places a default staff of one measure of 4/4 time when you place it like a stamp.

To change the characteristics of the staff:
Tap once on the staff with one finger. Change the characteristics in the pop-up menu.

To increase the number of measures:
Tap once to make the menu disappear but retain the staff selection.
Drag the blue dot on the top of the staff away from you (up the score) and release. This will add one measure.
Repeat to add multiple measures.

Once you have multiple measures, a one-finger tap adjusts the characteristics of the entire staff. A two-finger tap over one measure adjusts the characteristics of that measure only.

To adjust the characteristics of an individual measure in a multi-measure staff:
Two-finger tap over one measure.
Adjust measure characteristics with pop-up menu.

Once you place symbols on the staff, they become part of it and move when you move the staff.

Floor Plan:
Place the Floor Plan like a stamp.
A one-finger tap anywhere in the floor plan places a pin. This enables you to place multiple pins quickly.
A two-finger tap (best with fingers close together) in the middle of the floor plan brings up a pop-up menu to edit the characteristics of the floor plan.
(Note: The caption slider enables you to assign space for a caption that will move with the floor plan. To insert a caption, make the text with the text box and then drag the text into the caption space.)

Adjusting Floor Plan Pins:
A one-finger tap on a floor plan pin brings up a pop-up menu with:
a slider to set the pin’s direction
– and + to decrease or increase pin size
a delete button (pins can only be deleted through this delete button)
options to make the pin male, female, or non-gender-specified

Front Sign:
Place the front sign like a stamp.
A one-finger tap on the front sign brings up a pop-up menu with:
a slider to set the pin’s degree/direction of facing
– and + to decrease or increase symbol size
a delete button (front signs can only be deleted through this delete button)

Help and Information

A single tap on the Help and Information button bring up links that connect you to this online help menu and general information about KineScribe.


Tap once on the Save button to bring up a dialogue box.
Name your score and click OK.
It will appear in the Open File list.
To save it to your computer as a LabanWriter file, download it via the sync through iTunes.
You can save the same file multiple times under the same name through the Save dialogue box.

Tools Menu

Add Page:
Tap once to add a page to your score to create a multiple-page score.
This button adds one page at a time.

Email score as PDF:
Tap once to email the score as a PDF directly from KineScribe.

Score Background:
Slide the Score Background slider on to have a graph-paper background on your score.
Slide it off to have a plain score background.

Symbol Color:
All symbols except for the Staff outline can be turned any of the colors in this palette.
While a symbol is selected, open the Tools Menu and select the color for the symbol.
The default color of all symbols is black.


Quitting KineScribe from the main iPad home screen wipes clean most instances of score freezing.

There is no “Undo” command at this time. Future releases will include an Undo command.