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2015: A year in review

December 31, 2015

Whether it’s your first time reading these posts or you’re coming back for seconds, here are many of the posts from the past year, from industry news and interviews, to tips and tutorials in the field of music notation software and related technology.

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2015: The plug-in year in review

December 28, 2015

2015 was another active year for plug-in development, thanks to Bob Zawalich and Kenneth Gaw. Bob summarizes the year in plug-ins for us along with a list of all plug-ins newly created in the past year.

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Changing default dialog settings in Sibelius plug-ins

December 23, 2015

Bob Zawalich, the plug-in developer’s developer, explains how to use Sibelius’s dialog editor to change plug-in dialog default values, should you wish to tailor certain plug-ins to suit your workflow.

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Tacet parts in Finale and Sibelius

December 16, 2015

Tacet parts are useful in performance and recording contexts, to let a player know that their part has been accounted for even if they aren’t playing. Learn how to make these parts in Finale and Sibelius.

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2015 holiday shopping guide, from the Sibelius blog

December 10, 2015

Ho ho ho, the 2015 holiday shopping guide is out for music nerds and those who love them, with some new goodies and some old favorites to stuff your stocking and lighten your wallet.

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A matter of status

December 4, 2015

Yes, the lowly status bar in Sibelius is more useful than it first appears, and it’s time it gets its due. Learn a few things it’s capable of that you may not have known about.

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Using the Style Sheet plug-in in Sibelius

December 1, 2015

The new Style Sheet plug-in is an advanced way to display which text styles, line styles, symbols, and notehead styles are being used in a score. Its creator Bob Zawalich gives us an in-depth tutorial on how to take full advantage of its power.

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Following up with Gear Fisher, MakeMusic CEO

November 24, 2015

More than a year after taking the helm of MakeMusic, and shortly after its latest software release of Finale 2014.5, I caught up with CEO Gear Fisher about the company’s products, its progress, and future.

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Finale 2014.5 released

November 17, 2015

Finale 2014.5 is released with a slew of bug fixes, interface changes, a few new features — and, some promised performance improvements that are worth exploring for a closer look.

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StaffPad for Windows 10 released with new features

November 10, 2015

Completely redesigned for Windows 10, the latest version of StaffPad is a free update for existing users and boasts impressive new features like partial bar selection, swing playback, handwritten dynamics recognition, sketch layer colors, and a new voice activated smart assistant.

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