After many months of hard work by my colleagues Dan Atrill, Richard Payne and John Barron, the redesigned SibeliusMusic.com has gone live today.
SibeliusMusic.com is the community site for Sibelius users to share their compositions online using the free Scorch web browser plug-in (which works in all popular browsers on Windows and Mac). Users can upload their scores, together with an MP3 of a live performance or great-sounding virtual instrument mock-up, and they are available immediately for all the world to see. Composers, arrangers and students alike can even choose to sell their music at any price (and receive half of the proceeds).
The site has had a great facelift, with a cleaner, sleeker look, lots of new features, improved search, improved purchasing, and all around a better experience both for publishers and folks who visit the site looking for music. It’s not just a facelift, however: huge scads of the old Perl code that my former colleague Andrew Davis wrote have been rewritten in faster, more efficient PHP.