Sharp-eyed Sibelius user, forum contributor and blog reader Ralph C. Bowers Jr. received a Sweetwater summer 2015 catalog in the mail the other day. After turning to p. 521, he noticed that Sibelius 8 was prominently offered for sale:
Avid hasn’t released Sibelius 8 yet, or offered it for sale on their own web site. As of today, though, Sweetwater was taking pre-orders for four versions, which only differ in the terms of the license, not the software itself: the upgrade from Sibelius 1-7, a crossgrade annual subscription, a crossgrade perpetual license, and an academic version.
There aren’t any surprises here, as Avid announced Sibelius 8’s new features and license plans a couple of months ago. Still, a release has been promised by the end of June, so it appears we are getting close.
Readers might be amused to see “Dotted-note support” high up in the list of features. So put to rest all the rumors about not being able to write in 6/8 time anymore!
We’ll have full coverage of the official release once it happens.