StaffPad Ltd. has released a minor update to its flagship StaffPad music handwriting app. Made available over the past weekend, v.22.214.171.124 includes the following fixes and improvements:
- Improved MusicXML export for improved support in Dorico
- Improved MusicXML support for correctly exporting other dynamics text
- Portamento line no longer has “port.” text by default; this can be switched on a case-by-case by doing a long-touch on the line itself and choosing Switch Port Style
- Added sleigh bells (a month too late!)
- New instruments in the store: Hammond B3 and Accordion
- A few instrument fixes for gong, cymbals, etc.
The update is free for all existing users. The latest significant update in November added support for the Surface Dial and a number of other feature enhancements in the areas of beamed groups, tuplets, copying and pasting, symbols, bar number changes, and several other miscellaneous areas.
We’re off and running in 2017, and next week I’ll be taking my show on the road…to another show. A much, much, larger show.
I’ll be attending the 2017 NAMM Show, and I’ll try to take in as much as I can in my 48 hours on the ground in southern California. This year’s show runs from Thursday, January 19 through Sunday, January 22, although due to prior commitments I’ll have to leave on Saturday before the conclusion of the exhibition.
If you won’t be there, don’t fret; we’ll plan on publishing several NAMM-related posts to try to get a flavor of the experience. I’ll be sitting down with representatives from MakeMusic, Avid, and Steinberg to talk about the latest happenings in their respective corners of the music notation universe. My good friend and SoCal resident Doug LeBow will be filing a guest post on these pages as well, as he’ll be covering Daniel Spreadbury’s pre-NAMM presentation at the American Film Institute on January 17, along with a Cubase Pro 9 demo from Daniel’s Steinberg colleague Greg Ondo.
Although I have several appointments scheduled, I should have some free time. So if you plan on attending and would like to say hi, feel free to drop me a line. Or you can likely find me hanging around one of these booths:
- AirTurn (2396)
- Alfred Music/MakeMusic (booth 4618)
- Avid (booth 6400)
- Hal Leonard (booth 5720)
- Newzik (booth 201C15)
- PreSonus Audio Electronics (booth 5700)
- Semitone LLC/Komp (booth 201C3)
- Sonic Scores (booth 7708)
- Soundslice (booth 1670)
- Virgin Musical Instruments (booth 6110)
- Yamaha/Steinberg North America (Elite 3 ballroom in Marriott)
Last spring, you may recall that MakeMusic announced that they were going to include PDF importing directly into Finale 25. Mark Adler, MakeMusic’s notation product manager, snapped a photo of a piece of music with a mobile scanning app, sent the file to his computer, and demonstrated opening the file directly with Finale.
The inclusion of this planned feature was a relatively modest evolution in that it obviated the need for separate music scanning software (priced at around $300) to read these files, save them, and then open them in your music notation software of choice. There was no real breakthrough in terms of music recognition capability, for which the technology had been available and modestly improving for a couple of decades already.
Surprisingly, though, a row ensued, with one prominent composer predicting lawsuits over the feature along with “the collapse of music sales” and declaiming “no upside” to it. This misguided opinion gained a following on social media, and in light of the brouhaha MakeMusic decided to pull the feature prior to release of Finale 25.
Nevertheless, the music recognition technology which had been available all along remained so.
Without burying the lede further, Musitek, the maker of that technology, has released it as a separate $100 product called SmartScore Music-to-XML that will do the exact same thing as what was planned for inclusion in Finale: take a PDF containing scanned music and convert for use in music notation software. The Mac version can be purchased from Apple’s App Store and the PC version can be purchased from Microsoft’s Windows App Store.
What is SmartScore Music-to-XML, exactly, and how does it differ from what’s already available, or indeed, what was going to be included in Finale? Read the full article →
This blog post is written by Bob Zawalich, composer, guitarist, software designer, and creator of hundreds of useful plug-ins for Sibelius. In this post, Bob reflects on the past year of Sibelius plug-in development.
On a personal note, I would like to thank Bob for all of his guest posts to the blog over the past year, and for his continued selfless help and support of the Sibelius user community through his plug-in development and general assistance.
For a year-end review of our coverage on this blog, please read our 2016 year-in-review published earlier this week. — Philip
This year, 19 plug-ins were published to the plug-in download page, and were made available for free download. Six were written by Kenneth Gaw, one by Tom Curran (welcome to the published plug-in writer’s club, Tom!), one by Hans-Christoph Wirth, and 11 by me. Many of these plug-ins have writeups on the Sibelius Blog or Of Note, and I have linked to those posts in the table below, which is in the order that the plugins were written.
This is a relatively small number of published plug-ins compared to previous years. There have been no new shipping plugins (the last shipping plugin was released in Sibelius 7.0 in 2011) and no new features have been added to the ManuScript language in the releases of this year. One consequence of this is that the new plug-ins are available in English only, since the volunteer plug-in authors do not have the resources to translate plug-ins into the various languages supported by Sibelius. Read the full article →