Using nkoda

1. Search

1.1. How do I search on nkoda?

Go to the ‘Search’ section, and select either the ‘Find’ or ‘Explore’ tab at the top of the screen. In the ‘Find’ tab, you can search for a specific artist and/or title. In the ‘Explore’ tab, you can search by any keywords.

1.2. Why can’t I find what I’m looking for?

We’re constantly adding content and new publishers to the app. So, if it’s not there today, it might be soon! You can always request content by writing to support@nkoda.com, or via the chatbot on the right of your screen.

1.3. Want to help us improve our search?

We’re continually improving our search and data to optimise the search - if you can’t find something let us know at support@nkoda.com, or via the chatbot on the right of your screen.

2. Managing your profile

2.1. How do I change my profile name?

For iOS and on app.nkoda.com: Click on your icon at the top of the page and click on ‘Account’.

A panel will appear which will allow you to change your name, profile picture, and subscription information.

For Windows/Android/MacOS: Go to ‘My Library’ and click on the three dot context menu in the top right-hand corner of the screen. 

Click ‘Edit Profile’ - after editing your profile, click save.

2.2. How do I change my instrument choices?

Currently, the instrument personalisation is only available on Windows, Mac and Android devices, and no longer exists on our new iOS products.

If you’re using Windows, Mac or Android then select the ‘Personalise’ button on the Discover page. You can then select as many instruments and genres as you want, as well as your ability. Once you’re done, you’ll be able to see our specially curated playlists on your Discover page.

When you select ‘Personalise’, a selection menu will pop up so you can:

Choose your instrument,

Then select your ability,

How you play, and what genres you play.

Select ‘Add instrument’,

To save these settings, Select ‘I’m done’.

2.3. How do I change my profile picture?

For iOS and on app.nkoda.com: Click on your icon at the top of the page and click on ‘Account’.

A panel will appear which will allow you to change your name, profile picture, and subscription information.

For Windows/Android/MacOS: Go to ‘My Library’ and click on the three dot context menu in the top right-hand corner of the screen.

Click ‘Edit Profile’

Select the 'Camera' icon

Choose a photo from your device.

To save these settings, select the save option.

3. Score view

3.1. How do I open a score?

For iOS and on app.nkoda.com: Find the piece that you want to view using either the nkoda library app, or on app.nkoda.com.

Click on the instrument name or thumbnail, and this will open a panel showing you a preview of the first page of music. Click the ‘Open in nkoda’ button - this will open the score or part in the nkoda music reader.

View our tutorials on the nkoda music reader here.

For Windows/Android/MacOS: Choose the piece that you want to view. 

To open the score or part, click the instrument name or thumbnail. You’ll be presented with an overview of the score (Navigation view). From here, you can scroll through the whole piece and select the page you want to open by clicking on it directly.

When you open the same part a second time, you will be taken to the first page of music.

3.2. How do I get into the score from Navigation view?

Navigation view is the first overview of the score you will receive on Windows/Android/MacOS devices. 

From the Navigation view, select the page you want to open. To return to Navigation view, Select the middle right of your screen.

On tablets and phones, you can also use the pinch gesture (moving two fingers together) to move to Navigation view.

3.3. How do I navigate in the nkoda music reader?

The new navigation tool in the nkoda music reader (currently for iOS) exists in your toolboxes for easy access. View our tutorial on how to use this tool or do the following:

Open one of our preset toolboxes, and click the icon that looks like a book. This will activate a scrubber that will be displayed at the bottom of your screen. You can use this tool to quickly navigate around a score.

If you’re customising your own toolbox, you can add it in yourself. Select the plus icon in the toolbox and select and add the page navigation tool, which is the second tool to appear in your tools list.

3.4. How do I exit a score?

For iOS: There is no ‘exit’ feature. To open a new score, do one of the following:

  1. Click on the ‘My Library’ in the top left hand corner, you will then be able to select your own uploads or one of the scores from the nkoda library that you’ve recently viewed.
  2. To open a new score that is not listed in My Library, go to the nkoda library app or app.nkoda.com and follow the usual process for opening a score.

For Windows/Android/MacOS: Select the back option on the top left-hand side of the navigation bar - this can be accessed either by tapping/clicking the middle of the screen in Score View, or at the top of the screen in Navigation View.

3.5. How do I zoom in/out on a score?

On tablets and phones:

  • To zoom in - use two fingers on the screen and move them away from each other (a reverse pinching motion)
  • To zoom out - use two fingers on the screen and move them towards each other (in a pinching motion)

On desktops:

To zoom in:

  • Laptop trackpad - Use two fingers on the trackpad and move them away from each other (a reverse pinching motion).
  • Laptop trackpad (Mac) - Hold the command [Cmd] while scrolling with two fingers on trackpad
  • Laptop trackpad (Windows) - Hold the command [Ctrl] while scrolling with two fingers on trackpad
  • Mouse (Mac) - Hold the control key [Cmd] while turning the mouse wheel.
  • Mouse (Windows) - Hold the control key [Ctrl] while turning the mouse wheel.
  • Keyboard only (Windows) - Hold the control key [Ctrl] while pressing the plus [+] key
  • Keyboard only (Mac) - Hold the command [Cmd] while pressing the plus [+] key

To zoom out:

  • Laptop trackpad - Use two fingers on the trackpad and move them towards each other (in a pinching motion).
  • Laptop trackpad (Mac) - Hold the command [Cmd] while scrolling with two fingers on trackpad
  • Laptop trackpad (Windows) - Hold the command [Ctrl] while scrolling with two fingers on trackpad
  • Mouse (Mac) - Hold the control key [Cmd] while turning the mouse wheel.
  • Mouse (Windows) - Hold the control key [Ctrl] while turning the mouse wheel.
  • Keyboard only (Windows) - Hold the control key [Ctrl] while pressing the minus [-] key
  • Keyboard only (Mac) - Hold the command [Cmd] while pressing the minus [-] key

3.6. How do I pan on a score?

On tablets and phones:

When zoomed in,

  • use a 1-finger or a 2-finger drag to pan through the score
  • In annotation mode, use a 2-finger drag to pan through the score

On desktops:

When zoomed in,

  • Mouse - Click, hold and drag the cursor to the desired direction
  • Laptop trackpad - Click, hold and 1-finger drag to the desired direction
  • In annotation mode, Trackpad (Windows), Hold the control key [Ctrl] while clicking & holding and perform a one finger drag to the desired direction
  • In annotation mode, Mouse (Windows), Hold the control key [Ctrl] while clicking & holding and drag the cursor to the desired direction.
  • In annotation mode, Trackpad (Mac), Hold the command key [Cmd] while clicking & holding and perform a one finger drag to the desired direction.
  • In annotation mode, Mouse (Mac), Hold the command key [Cmd] while clicking & holding and drag the cursor to the desired direction.

3.7. How do I change the page layout of my score?

For iOS: In the nkoda music reader tap ‘View’ in your Menu bar. Choose between 4 different viewing modes:

  • Fit to screen: Ensuring the score pages will always fit to your screen no matter your orientation or app size.
  • Fit to width: Maximising your score view, Ensuring the score pages will always fit to the width of your device while using it in landscape orientations/sizes.
  • 2 pages: - Ensuring the score will display 2 pages at a time while using your device in landscape orientations/sizes.
  • 4 pages: - Ensuring the score will display 4 pages at a time while using your device in landscape orientations/sizes.

For Windows/Android/MacOS: From the top navigation bar (this can be accessed either by tapping/clicking the middle of the screen in Score view, or at the top of the screen in Navigation view) select the page layout icon. From the menu displayed choose between 4 different viewing modes:

  • Fit to screen: Ensuring the score pages will always fit to your screen no matter your orientation or app size.
  • Fit to width: Maximising your score view, Ensuring the score pages will always fit to the width of your device while using it in landscape orientations/sizes.
  • 2 pages: - Ensuring the score will display 2 pages at a time while using your device in landscape orientations/sizes.
  • 4 pages: - Ensuring the score will display 4 pages at a time while using your device in landscape orientations/sizes.

3.8. How do I change the scroll speed in 'Fit to width' layout?

For iOS: Head to your ‘Settings’ in the nkoda music reader and go into the ‘Fit to width’ area. 

You can adjust scroll speed settings here.

For Windows/Android/MacOS: Go into the ‘My Library’ section of the app,

Select the three horizontal dots in the top right corner and then select 'Settings'.

In the settings section, you can change the scroll speed in 'Fit to width' by adjusting the corresponding slider.

3.9. How do I avoid page turns for small page sections in "Fit to width' layout?

For iOS: Go to your ‘Settings’ in the nkoda music reader and go into the ‘Fit to width’ area. 

You can adjust scroll speed settings here.

For Windows/Android/MacOS: Go into the ‘My Library’ section of the app,

Select the three horizontal dots in the top right corner and then select 'Settings'.

In the settings section, you can change the percentage of page sections to avoid by adjusting the corresponding slider

4. Your library

4.1. How do I add titles to my library?

For iOS: Please see our tutorial.

For Windows/Android/MacOS: You can add titles to your library in two ways:

  1. From our ‘Search’ function, find the piece you’re looking for, select the three horizontal dots and then select ‘Save to library’.
  2. From the piece of music - you can decide whether to add the whole title or individual parts to your library.
  3. To add the whole title, select the three horizontal dots in the top right-hand corner and select ‘Save to library’.
  4. To add an individual part, simply select the three horizontal dots to the right of the instrument and select ‘Save to library’.

4.2. How do I add to playlists and create a new playlist?

For iOS: To add scores and parts to your playlists, select a score from Discover, My Library or Search.

Select the three horizontal dots at the top of the work to add the whole title, or select the three horizontal dots by an individual part to add just the part. Select ‘Add to Playlist’ and then choose the playlist you want to add it to.

Please see our tutorial on how to create a new playlist.

For Windows/Android/MacOS: You can add titles to a playlist in two ways:

  1. From the ‘Search’ - find the piece of music you’re looking for, select the three horizontal dots and select ‘Add to playlist’. Then choose the playlist you want to add to.
  2. From the piece - you can decide whether to add the whole title or individual parts to your playlist. To add the whole title, select the three horizontal dots in the top right-hand corner and select ‘Add to playlist’. To add an individual part, simply select the three horizontal dots to the right of the instrument and select ‘Add to playlist’.

To create a new playlist, select ‘New playlist’. Enter the playlist name, set it as public or private, choose its category, then select ‘Create playlist’.

4.3. How do I remove titles from my library or playlist?

For iOS and on app.nkoda.com: You can remove titles from your library or playlists by doing one of the following:

  1. Go into the title that you want to remove, and select ‘Remove from Library’
  2. Go into your library and deselect the heart next to the title
  3. Go into your library, select the three dots, and select ‘Remove from Library’

For Windows/Android/MacOS:

Library

In the ‘My Library’ section, go to your ‘Library’,

Select ‘View all pieces of music’,

Then select the tick next to the piece(s) you want to remove.

Playlist

Go into your playlist,

Select ‘Edit’ or pencil icon in the top right corner,

Select the circle to the left of the piece you want to remove,

Then select the bin icon on the right-hand side of the screen,

Select tick in the top right corner to save and exit.

4.4. How do I share titles and playlists?

For iOS and on app.nkoda.com: Please see our tutorial on how to access the option to share a title, part or playlist.

For Windows/Android/MacOS:

Enter the title or playlist, then select the three horizontal dots on the top right-hand side of the screen. Select ‘Share’ and choose your sharing method.

Alternatively, you can share titles directly from the list in your library by selecting the three horizontal dots to the right of the screen.

4.5. Can I share individual parts?

Of course! Select the three horizontal dots to the right-hand side of the part and then select ‘Share’ to choose a sharing method.

4.6. Can others see my library?

Not at the moment. We’ll have social features coming in future releases. We promise you’ll always be in control of who can see your profile.

5. Uploading music

5.1. What file types can I upload?

Only PDF files at the moment, but we’re looking to expand this in the future.

5.2. Can I share my uploads?

Yes, you can share your uploads with any of your friends who are using nkoda. To do this, select the three horizontal dots to the right-hand side of an uploaded item, and then select ‘Share’.

5.3. What’s the largest file size I’m allowed to upload?

Currently, the maximum limit for a PDF upload is 150MB.

5.4. How many files can I upload? Can I upload multiple files at once?

There’s no limit on the number of PDFs you can upload. Files can be uploaded in batches of up to 20 at once.

5.5. How long will it take to upload?

When you upload your file, it can be used immediately. The app converts the file from PDF to our own file format so that it is safer, faster to upload, and to let you use all our marking tools.

6. Markings

6.1. What mark-up tools are there?

For iOS: The following tools can be found and added to your toolboxes in the nkoda music reader. 

  1. Musical symbols - Add predesigned symbols, such as dynamics and articulation. Select a symbol and tap on your music where you’d like to place it.
  2. Scalable symbols - Add symbols that can be scaled to your needs such as slurs, staves and hairpins. Browse and add our instrument-specific symbols too. Once you've selected your symbol, place it on the score and drag to resize.
  3. Free draw - Draw, write and circle anything you want on a score.
  4. Highlight - Highlight sections in scores.
  5. Erase - Erase markings, text and highlights - any annotations that you've made - by tapping the annotation you’d like to erase. You can also tap with two fingers to erase your last annotation, and tap with three fingers to redo the action.
  6. Text - Write notes on the score. When the text box opens, type away. You can also change the size and colour of the text, and move, extend or delete the text box.
  7. Move - Move any markings around the page by long tapping on them and dragging them.
  8. Lasso/Multiselect - Modify a range of markings you've created by drawing a loop around them. This tool is the first in our list of tools, under ‘Essentials’. Remember to check which layer of markings is active! To move, drag the selected markings anywhere on the page.
  9. Page navigation - Navigate through your score quickly by selecting this tool from your toolbox. This tool is the second in our list of tools, under ‘Essentials’, and the icon appears as a book. Select this tool to open navigation at the bottom of your screen. Your bookmarked pages will also be indicated here. View our tutorial on page navigation.
  10. Change colour - Change the colour of the annotations you're making. Long tap on an annotation, select ‘Edit’, change the colour and then hit ‘Save’.
  11. Pen thickness - Highlighter too thin? Drawings too thick? Adjust the width of your digital nib by long tapping on the icon.
  12. Undo - Tap with two fingers to undo your last annotation. View our tutorial on the undo-redo shortcut.
  13. Redo - Tap with three fingers to redo your last annotation. View our tutorial on the undo-redo shortcut.
  14. Add layer - Layer notes and markings so that you can focus on certain annotations and hide those that you don’t want to see. Please see our tutorial on annotation layers.

Please see our tutorials on how to customise your toolbox and add/edit your tools.

For Windows/Android/MacOS:

The following tools can be found in the toolbar on the left side of your screen in Score view.

  1. Musical symbols - Add predesigned symbols, such as dynamics and articulation. Select a symbol, close the window and drop the symbol with precision anywhere on your music.
  2. Scalable symbols - Add symbols that can be scaled to your needs such as slurs, staves and hairpins. Once you've selected your symbol, place it on the score and drag to resize.
  3. Free draw - Draw, write and circle anything you want on a score.
  4. Highlight - Highlight sections in scores.
  5. Erase - Erase markings, text and highlights - any annotations that you've made.
  6. Text - Write notes on the score. When the text box opens, type away. You can also change the size and colour of the text, and move, extend or delete the text box.
  7. Move - Move any markings around the page by selecting and dragging them.
  8. Lasso - Modify a range of markings you've created by drawing a loop around them. Remember to check which layer of markings is active! To move, drag the selected markings anywhere on the page. To resize and rotate, use a pinching motion on your touchscreen or trackpad, or scroll the mouse wheel while pressing 'Command' on Apple devices and 'Control' on Windows devices. To delete, select the bin icon attached to the selection.
  9. Change colour - Change the colour of the annotations you're making.
  10. Pen thickness - Highlighter too thin? Drawings too thick? Adjust the width of your digital nib.
  11. Undo - Erase the most recent annotations.
  12. Redo - Bring back markings that you've deleted.
  13. Add layer - Layer notes and markings so that you can focus on certain annotations and hide those that you don’t want to see.

6.2. How do I access and exit mark-up tools?

For iOS: We’ve removed the need to enter and exit annotation mode, meaning that you can annotate and navigate at the same time. Simply drag and dock your toolbox to any edge of your screen to get started.

Head to ‘Toolboxes & Widgets’, and select ‘New’ to choose a pre-made toolbox or one of your own to start customising. Hit the plus icon in the toolbox to start adding tools.

To close a toolbox, tap the cross in the corner of the toolbox. You can also tap ‘Toolboxes & Widgets’ and deselect the toolbox in use. Tap ‘Close’ and the toolbox will be gone from your screen.

For Windows/Android/MacOS:

In Score view, select the dark blue bar on the left side of the screen to open the toolbar, then select your mark-up tools.

You can continue turning pages while annotating by using the up and down arrows on the bottom right of the page.

To close the toolbar, select the ‘X’ at the top of the toolbar.

6.3. How do I add bookmarks, repeats, and hide pages?

For iOS: To add bookmarks and hide pages, head to your ‘Settings’.

Press the toggle that says ‘Show indicator bar’ and then ‘Close’. A bar on the right hand of your screen will appear. Select the bookmark icon to bookmark the page you’re on and change the colour.

Tap the eye icon to hide a page and tap it again to see the page again. Make sure the ‘Show skipped pages’ toggle is on in your ‘Settings’ if you’d like to see the hidden page again.

Please see our tutorial on bookmarking and hiding pages.

Repeat marks are now found in your toolboxes. Tap the plus icon in your toolbox and start adding the repeat marks you need. If you'd like to skip to your repeat marks with one tap, try out our page link tool. View our tutorial on page linking.

For Windows/Android/MacOS:

To add bookmarks, repeats or to hide pages, you will need to be in Navigation view.

You can access this by tapping/clicking the middle-right side of the score that you have opened.

In Navigation view, you’ll find a set of icons to the left:

  1. Four coloured bookmarks
  2. Start and end repeat marks
  3. Hide pages
  4. Layers

Go to the page you want to bookmark, hide or add repeat marks to, then tap on the corresponding icon. To undo the action, tap the icon again.

6.4. If I share my markings, will those people have them forever?

Yes. Any markings you share with someone will be a copy of your original, so they’ll have it until they delete it from their library. Any changes they make will not be visible to you unless they share the changes back.

7. Storing music for offline use

7.1. How do I store music for offline use?

For iOS: Open a score from the nkoda library into the reader or one of your own uploads, and then follow our tutorial on storing music offline.

For Windows/Android/MacOS: You can store individual parts offline in several ways - they will all appear in the ‘Offline’ area of the ‘You’ section:

  1. From inside a score - when you have a score open, there is a cloud icon in the navigation bar at the top right-hand side of the screen. Select this icon and it’ll store the part offline.
  2. From a title - before you open a part, you can select the three horizontal dots to the right and select ‘Store offline’.
  3. Last 3 Parts that are already opened in your device - these can also be stored offline permanently in the 'Offline' section by selecting the three horizontal dots to the right and selecting ‘Store offline’.

 

7.2. How do I remove a score from my ‘Offline items’?

For Windows/Android/MacOS: Select the three horizontal dots to the right of the title (in your Offline items), and then select ‘Delete’.

7.3. What’s the maximum amount of music I can store for offline use?

nkoda does not set a limit on the app, but because of how it is stored it depends on how much available space you have left on your device.

7.4. Where is my offline music stored?

On your device, within the nkoda app. It’s encrypted data, which means it’s not available outside of the nkoda app. We do this to protect the music!

7.5. If I open nkoda on another device, will I have access to my offline music?

No, sorry - not unless you store your music offline on the additional device. We don’t sync offline music between devices just yet.

Also, please note that if you delete the app on one of your devices, anything you’ve stored offline will also be deleted from that device.

8. Using two apps - nkoda score reader

8.1. How do I use the two apps together?

In this new version of nkoda for iOS, we have separated the library and the music reader. On the nkoda library app, you will be able to search, find, store and manage your music. When you want to read or annotate anything from the nkoda library, it will open inside the nkoda music reader.

To get set up in the music reader, just hit the ‘My Library’ tab and select ‘log in’ if you have an nkoda subscription. If you already have the new version of the nkoda library app with your account logged in, it will check the credentials and automatically log you in. If you’re using the nkoda music reader on its own, go to ‘My Library’ and start uploading your scores.

8.2. Why are there two apps?

We decided to split nkoda into the nkoda library from the nkoda music reader for two reasons:

  1. We can make improvements to the library and WebApp at a much faster rate which means we can improve all experiences for our musicians at a rate we haven’t been able to before.
  2. We separated the music reader so that musicians can use a high quality reader without needing an nkoda subscription. To view any music from the nkoda library, you will need to subscribe, but if you’re only interested in uploading your own digital music then the reader is completely free to use.

Upcoming updates to the nkoda music reader will allow you to search the library directly without having to go back to the nkoda library app.

Until then any content from the nkoda library can be opened in the nkoda music reader. All you need to do it click on a score or part, and then on the ‘Open in nkoda music reader’ button and the score will open automatically in the reader app.

8.3. Will I have to create a separate account for the nkoda score reader?

No. Once you create an account on the nkoda library (or previously the standalone nkoda app), you will just have to download the score reader and use the same login details for access. Just remember, the nkoda score reader is completely free but access to the nkoda library requires a subscription.

8.4. Can I use the nkoda score reader without an nkoda subscription?

Yes. The nkoda score reader can be used as a standalone score reader, free of charge (but only for your own uploads). We believe that we shouldn’t prescribe the way you work, so everything inside our score reader is completely customisable. You can upload your own scores and use the various tools and features.

1. Search

2. Managing your profile

3. Score view

4. Your library

5. Uploading music

6. Markings

7. Storing music for offline use

8. Using two apps - nkoda score reader