Update — February 22, 2013: Because of a trademark conflict with “Keeping Score”, the new name of the Steinberg notation blog is “Making Notes”, per Daniel. The trademark owner in the United States is the San Francisco Symphony, registered in 2010.
Original post — February 20, 2013
With his usual combination of wit and wisdom (see The Simpsons and Monty Python references), Daniel Spreadbury has launched Keeping Score, a new blog to chronicle the development of Steinberg’s new music notation and composition software.
Our mission is simple: to create a next-generation application that meets the needs of today’s composers, arrangers, engravers, copyists, publishers, teachers and students. We know we have a big mountain to climb: we’re starting work on a new professional-level application for Windows and Mac (and hopefully mobile devices later on) and looking to bring it into a crowded market that already has two very capable and mature competitors, not to mention an explosion of new products that exploit mobile devices and the web.
Despite the magnitude of the task ahead of us, I believe we can be successful because of three things: our experience, our vision, and because we have the support of a great company. The 12 of us who currently make up Steinberg’s scoring team have, between us, nearly 100 years’ combined experience in developing world-beating professional notation software. The core of this same team was responsible for developing six major versions of Sibelius, introducing hundreds of innovative features over the past 14 years.
Daniel, of course, was the senior product manager for Sibelius until last year, and he is the originator and author of the vast majority of posts on this, the Sibelius blog. His new official post is product marketing manager for Steinberg’s in-development scoring application. He and his team are extremely well-respected in the industry, and I am excited to see what he and his talented colleagues at Steinberg will produce.