Avid today released Sibelius 8.6.1, a maintenance update to the Sibelius 8.6 update that introduced magnetic glissandi lines for the first time in the program. The 8.6.1 update further refines that feature and addresses some bugs brought about from earlier updates. A number of plug-ins are also updated.
Whether you’re enjoying some lobster bisque, listening to Yo-Yo Ma, or simply tending to your Pez dispenser collection, the release of JW Yada Yada Tremolo for Finale 25 is an early Festivus miracle.
Despite its modest version number, Dorico 1.1 qualifies as a major release, and we cover it accordingly. Read our comprehensive review of the new major features, such as chord symbols, piano pedaling, linked dynamics, repeat endings, note spacing, filters, and much more.
Sibelius 8.6 is available, and its new engraving feature is magnetic glissandi lines — lines that snap to both their start and end note, updating their positions if the notes change. Other improvements and fixes are included in this update.
Cory Davis from Dunvagen Music shares the detailed method that he used to create custom line ends in Sibelius for a new edition of Philip Glass’s Music in Twelve Parts, by taking SVG files made in Illustrator and importing them into Sibelius.
The third Dorico update, version 1.0.30, is available, with some new features particularly in the areas of rests, barlines, bar numbers, tremolo and grace note playback, as well as other areas of the program. In addition, dozens of bugs and other performance issues have been addressed.
Here’s how to change the default appearance of octave lines in Finale and Sibelius, if, for instance, you’d like the octave line to simply read “8” instead of “8va”.
If you have a passage in Finale with eighths and sixteenth rests (and vice versa) which you want to automatically combine into a dotted eighth rests, the solution is far from obvious — but it’s possible, if you know where to look.
Thanks to Bob Zawalich, Kenneth Gaw, Hans-Christoph Wirth, and Tom Curran, 2016 brought us more useful Sibelius plug-ins. Bob summarizes the year in plug-in development along with a list of all plug-ins newly created in the past year.
The second Dorico update, version 1.0.20, is available. New features and improvements abound, with arpeggios, more page layout options, better bar rest handling in voices, and a new playback options dialog among the many enhancements and bug fixes.