In this video tutorial, David MacDonald demonstrates his current workflow for creating graphic elements using the basic drawing tools in Adobe Illustrator and placing them in his scores in Sibelius.
A summary of desktop notation software compatibility with macOS Big Sur (macOS 11) and M1-powered Macs: How Sibelius, Finale, Dorico, MuseScore, and Notion are faring on Apple’s latest operating system and hardware.
A handy Sibelius plug-in, Replace Line Style, is the easiest way to quickly change the style of a line — such as replacing dashed crescendo hairpins with solid ones.
Managing properties of objects in Dorico is powerful and flexible. You can change properties in two modes: a global mode where the properties are immediately propagated, and a local mode where they are set in the active layout only.
Learn about Name Mangler and Moom, two apps for Mac users that automate common tasks of file renaming and screen re-sizing.
“Vote” is a public service announcement, visual art, and musical statement. It’s a special arrangement of “America the Beautiful” that is apparent to anyone who “reads” music.
Learn how to import only certain elements of a Sibelius house style — such as lines, symbols and noteheads — without otherwise changing the appearance of your score.
Dorico supports creating empty staves either at the end of a part layout — sometimes referred to as “Hollywood-style” parts — or simply in order to create custom manuscript paper.
You can customize your color scheme in Sibelius in lots of ways — including making it resemble another software product entirely, if you like.
What are the best practices when preparing a score with the expectation that it will be read from a screen, not paper? This is an excellent question — one whose answer today may likely change in the coming years.