The 2017 NAMM Show opens one week from today in Anaheim, California. Music companies and representatives from around the globe will be showcasing their latest wares, and we’ll be filing reports from the corners of music notation and technology to keep you informed.
Musitek’s new SmartScore Music-to-XML music notation recognition utility — the same feature originally planned for inclusion in Finale 25 — can analyze scanned PDF files of music and send them directly to Finale, Sibelius, or Dorico, or save them as MusicXML.
The first version of the Dorico guide is now available to download as a PDF from Steinberg’s help site. While far from exhaustive, it is easy to follow and logically structured, making it a comprehensive, well-organized resource to help you make the most of the new software.
The second Dorico update, version 1.0.20, is available. New features and improvements abound, with arpeggios, more page layout options, better bar rest handling in voices, and a new playback options dialog among the many enhancements and bug fixes.
Finale 25.2 is the second maintenance update to Finale. It adds two long-requested options: instruments that transpose at the octave can retain their transposition in concert pitch scores, and a ruler to display bar numbers.
The Sibelius 8.5 update introduces the long-awaited ability to change the staff size on a system-by-system basis. A refresh of the Inspector and various other fixes round out this latest update.
If you’re eager to try out Dorico, the new scoring software from Steinberg, but you haven’t yet committed to laying out the cash, you’re in luck: a 30-day free trial is now available for download.
The first Dorico maintentance update is full of new features and bug fixes covering all areas of the program. Notable among them are the significant performance improvements, the addition of a transpose feature, customizable vertical staff spacing, and better selection techniques.
Steinberg’s Daniel Spreadbury delivered a 90-minute presentation of Dorico to attendees last evening at the Yamaha Artist Services Piano Salon in New York, covering the software’s existing features and previewing those to come in the next update.
The latest StaffPad update brings support for the new Surface Dial along with useful improvements to writing recognition, working with selections and symbols, tuplet processing, and more.