Making an exercise packet in Sibelius

I thought I'd have a better chance getting this answered here than on the Sibelius forum...

I'm making an exercise book and have written out several exercises ranging from 4 to 16 bars long. What I want to do is combine all of these onto the same page(s). The caveman way to do this would be to print out all the individual exercise, cut them out, arrange them on a photocopier, and hit ";print"; but I'd perfer to do it in Sibelius. I know Finale has a feature like this. Does Sibelius?

Thanks guys.

Chris
What I've done in the past is write an exercise, put a final barline at the end, then start the next exercise.  When you go in to edit the layout, make sure that you put the right amount of measures per system.  For example, if each exercise is 4 bars long but when doing your input it puts 5 measures per system, change the layout to be four.  Then, insert your own text to put the title of each exercise.
In your Sibelius Reference:�� [b]8.3 Splitting and joining scores[/b] (pages 568-569)

[b]Append Score[/b] - If all of the scores you want to join have the same number of staves, then this method of joining should suffice.
After you get it combined, be sure to dork around with all the document setup settings.  Even something as silly as changing the printing margins can give you more real estate and combine things.  Same with fonts.
Thanks a lot, guys. I think I have it figured out now.
Since I sometimes have exercises that are formatted differently, or have movements that contain different instrumentation, I turn each score into a PDF file.  This is a built-in feature on a Mac, or requires Adobe Acrobat on PC (not just the free reader program.)  Then I combine all the different PDFs into one PDF file.  I do it this way when I have Kinko's print and bind scores for clients.
I usually make exercise/technique packets that are fairly large in size (meaning they have a lot of pages)...but maybe this will help. 

I export just the music staff in Sibelius as a picture file.  I usually delete the title, copyright, and sometimes composer so that just the music is exported.  Then, I import those picture files as needed into a [i]Microsoft Word[/i] document to create the packet.  I have more control over uniformity of titles, text, and picture size, placement, etc. when I'm creating the packet.  This is also how I make 1-2 page handouts at clinics, so I think it might work for you.

Just a thought...
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Since I sometimes have exercises that are formatted differently, or have movements that contain different instrumentation, I turn each score into a PDF file.  This is a built-in feature on a Mac, or requires Adobe Acrobat on PC (not just the free reader program.)  Then I combine all the different PDFs into one PDF file.  I do it this way when I have Kinko's print and bind scores for clients.
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I'm a big fan of cutting and pasting the graphics electronically into word since my packets tend to have lots of text info and explanations on them. Word makes the text editing easy and gives me a little more control of the layout of the packet.
I have been pretty successful in making a really nice looking packet using Sibelius and MS Word 2007. I print everything to PDF or just select image in Sibelius and copy and paste it into word as an image/object. Maybe not the best way to do things, but I have figured out ways to make them all look really nice.
Similar to Jesse - I export as a graphic from Sibelius (under File), then use Adobe Acrobat 8.1.2 Professional to open the graphic and combine all files into one pdf document.  The Adobe Acrobat can change the file into several other file types (if needed).  It also gives me control over file's security if I post it for viewing or send it via Email.  Also, I take it to the local printer and have them make it into a nice ";package.";
I just created an audition packet with Sibelius 5.1 and VDL 2.5.
I found that in addition to the helpful comments above there is a really easy way to do different instruments.

For my audition packet I set Snare, Tenor, Bass, and Cymbal to the instruments.
I started with the snare audition piece.  When finished I put in a final bar.
The next measure started the next piece which could be snare or another instrument.
After all music was entered in I played with the layout until I had the right measures per line.
[b]Then under Layout I chose ";Hide Empty Staves";.[/b]  This took out all the empty measures and I was left with just the music I wanted.
I then shifted them around and added a title to the appropriate places.
And now I have an audition packet with multiple instruments and multiple pieces without having to deal with pdf's or image files.

Hope this helps someone.
i thought about trying to do this sort of thing specifically in Sibelius, I just haven't sat down and tried to work out the details. I am working a few camps this summer, and I think I might try to do this sort of thing for them.
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