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NAMM 2017: Talking MusicXML and more with Michael Good

by Philip Rothman on January 21, 2017 · 0 comments

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Our NAMM 2017 coverage continues as we talk about MusicXML and more with Michael Good, MakeMusic’s vice president of MusicXML technologies.

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NAMM 2017: Newzik continues to grow and evolve

by Philip Rothman on January 19, 2017 · 5 comments

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Our NAMM 2017 coverage continues with an update on Newzik, the sheet reader app for iOS. We learn about how development is going and plans for the future of the app.

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Musitek’s new SmartScore Music-to-XML music notation recognition utility — the same feature originally planned for inclusion in Finale 25 — can analyze scanned PDF files of music and send them directly to Finale, Sibelius, or Dorico, or save them as MusicXML.

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2016: A year in review

by Philip Rothman on December 26, 2016 · 6 comments

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Have some down time during the holidays? Or looking to get ahead for the new year? Here you’ll find many of the posts 2016, from industry news to tips and tutorials in the field of music notation software and related technology.

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Get 3 free months of Backblaze cloud backup

by Philip Rothman on December 10, 2016 · 6 comments

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It’s time to start thinking about those new year’s resolutions. One resolution that many computer users have is to get serious about backing up their files. If that’s on your to-do list, check out Backblaze, a simple and affordable solution for Mac and PC that gets even more affordable with three free months.

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As part of the recently concluded Normady Impressionist Festival, l’Opéra de Rouen Normandie performed a concert of student compositions, reading scores and parts entirely from the Newzik sheet music reader app.

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Go wireless with the Xkey Air MIDI keyboard: a review

by Philip Rothman on July 19, 2016 · 8 comments

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CME delivers on its promise to make a version of its Xkey that connects to your computer or tablet wirelessly. Hands-on with the Xkey Air 37, the latest addition to CME’s MIDI keyboard lineup that connects via Bluetooth.

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After a week where a PDF importing feature unexpectedly ignited a firestorm on social media, MakeMusic decided to pull the feature — and all scanning capabilities — from future versions of Finale.

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Finale’s recently announced PDF-importing feature does not spell doom for composers, despite what you may have otherwise heard.

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A take on the week’s news in music notation and technology, from Sibelius upgrade plans to new Finale features, Logic Pro X updates, and a dual-screen e-paper music reader that may be in our future.

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