When you make changes to your music scores on Flat, we automatically store every change you make. With our history, you can browse the older versions of your creations, and if necessary, restore them at any modification that you want.
When using Flat, every single change you make is automatically synchronized to our servers, so you will never lose a single note. That’s why you won’t see a save button in our editor, new versions are automatically created.
We display the date of the last modification synchronized to our servers on the top of the screen and create a full save of your document more often and faster than before (e.g., a few seconds after you stop working on a document). And you can click on this last modification date to open the history of your document.
Differences between the free history and full version
The free history allows you to:
- Browse major version of your score (a major version is created every 50 modifications or less)
- Restore one of the 10 last major versions of your score (that’s about the last 500 modifications of your score)
With the full history available with Flat Power and Flat for Education, you can:
- Browse major versions and every single change you made in your score, since the first note you added
- Easily see what change in the versions, and “rewind” or “replay” the changes
- Restore, Copy, and Export (MusicXML/MIDI) your score at any single modification you made
On the right of your screen, you have the list of main versions of your document, and who made the changes to the different versions. The colors next to the names are used to display the modifications on the score and are the same across the different versions.
The small notes in green and red next to a version indicate how many additions and deletions have been made in the version.
Browse single modifications
When you are viewing a version of the document, you can see how this version has been made, and replay every single change:
- On the bottom of your screen, you will have a slider to rewind and replay the different changes. This one basically works like a video player.
- On the left of your score, you have a minimal scrollbar that displays where the changes of the version are located. This allows you to quickly jump and see what changed in the version.
- On the music notation, the modifications are highlighted with different colors corresponding to the people who worked on the version (listed on the right of your screen).
Restore, Copy as a new Score and Export
When viewing older modifications that you made to a document, you can recover this version by using the tools at the top of the history.
Click on “Restore this version” to replace the current score with the displayed score (the history will be kept intact, so you still recover the last modification you made any time).
Flat Power and Flat for Education users can also copy the displayed score as a new score in their accounts, or export it to MusicXML (.musicxml,.xml) or MIDI (.mid).