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A modest proposal for a Sibelius app store

by Philip Rothman on July 7, 2015 · 18 comments

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A concept for a place where users can discover add-ons, purchase plug-ins, sound sets and more, with installation and updates automatically managed all from directly within Sibelius.


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2014 holiday shopping guide, Sibelius blog style

by Philip Rothman on November 25, 2014 · 3 comments

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Whether you’re buying for yourself or a like-minded music and technology enthusiast, get the lowdown on some products that see regular use around here.


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Back to school

by Philip Rothman on September 3, 2014 · 3 comments

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A few thoughts on school and music teachers at the start of the academic year.


Steven Reading’s prepared remarks for the opening plenary of the 2014 conference of the Major Orchestra Librarians’ Association (MOLA): The Art of Reprinting and Re-Engraving — A Dialogue.


An independent guide that compares certain features of the two leading commercial music notation applications, as prepared for the 2014 conference of the world’s orchestra librarians.


The old Mac Pro sucked power at a rate far greater than its more efficient successor, and for a pro user constantly using the machine, the different in the electric bill is significant.


One year on

by Philip Rothman on October 31, 2013 · 11 comments

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Reflections on the one year anniversary of the departure of Sibelius’s Finsbury Park development team, with some thoughts and news about the future.


Finale, Sibelius, and knockouts

by Philip Rothman on May 27, 2013 · 2 comments

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Can’t we all just get along? Focusing less on knocking out the competition and more on creating top-quality products should be the goal of the makers of music notation software


Thank you, Daniel — and what’s next for the blog

by Philip Rothman on November 2, 2012 · 13 comments

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It’s impossible to overstate how much Daniel Spreadbury has meant to anyone who uses Sibelius. From the occasional newbie to the most experienced pro seeking advice, Daniel has tirelessly offered his help, expertise, and good humor. So many times we have seen a Sibelius user, stressed out and under a deadline, post a frantic message […]


Reflecting on the ribbon

by Daniel Spreadbury on March 16, 2012 · 20 comments

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…or how I learned to stop worrying, and love the ribbon. Over the years we’ve made some pretty controversial changes to Sibelius. Who remembers when the Enter key on the numeric keypad stopped editing the selected note and instead added a tie? Or when the Space bar was changed to start and stop playback, instead […]