At NYC Music Services we’re excited to announce that Notation Express is now available for iPhone and iPad. Notation Express is the custom-designed profile for the Stream Deck console that makes powerful notation features in Sibelius and Dorico accessible via an easy-to-use touch interface.
Thanks to this week’s introduction of the Stream Deck Mobile app for iOS by Elgato, you can enjoy the same functions on your phone or tablet in the same way you would on the dedicated Stream Deck console.
You don’t have to own a Stream Deck to use Notation Express or use the Stream Deck Mobile app. The app runs on your iPhone or iPad and connects wirelessly to your computer. Both your computer and phone/tablet must be on the same network.
If you’re already a Notation Express user with Stream Deck for either Sibelius or Dorico, you can use both your Stream Deck console and the Stream Deck mobile app.
Here it is in action:
As before, you can still create your own profile to use in addition to Notation Express, and switch between them.
Anything you can do on a Stream Deck, you can do on your iPhone — plus a bit more!
If you listen carefully you can hear the haptic feedback when the virtual buttons are pressed on the iPhone.
One nice perk with Stream Deck Mobile on iOS is that you can switch between different computers, and indeed different operating systems and notation programs seamlessly, because of the wireless connection. Here I’ve got Sibelius on Windows running on the left, and Dorico on Mac on the right:
Another nice benefit is that, if you have multiple iDevices, you can run Notation Express on them simultaneously. And if you’ve got a Stream Deck console, you can include that in the mix, as well.
The Stream Deck Mobile app for iOS is a subscription product that costs $2.99 per month or $24.99 per year to use. It requires iOS 12.2 or later.
Notation Express for Sibelius or Dorico is available from NYC Music Services for $29 and requires either the Stream Deck console or Stream Deck Mobile app. Notation Express is not a subscription product.
If you purchase Notation Express, you are allowed to use it on both the Stream Deck console and the Stream Deck mobile app. However, be sure to purchase the correct version for your operating system (Mac or Windows).
If you’ve already purchased Notation Express for Stream Deck, head over to the Notation Express site at NYC Music Services to enter your e-mail address at Order Lookup / Get Updates to download a free update. You technically don’t even need the Notation Express update to run it on your iPhone, but you do need to download the latest Stream Deck software from Elgato (version 4.3.0 or later).
Today’s updates to the Notation Express profiles are mostly cosmetic and logistical. We’ve improved the appearance of some of the icons so that they display better on the iPhone. Notation Express also now runs its own installer for both Sibelius and Dorico, automatically placing the support files in the correct folders and greatly simplifying the setup process overall.
Of course, if you use Notation Express on your iPhone or iPad with any regularity, you’ll want a stand. There are plenty of iPhone and iPad stands out there, but one economical product that I can personally recommend is the AmazonBasics Adjustable Tablet Holder Stand ($9) I actually use it for my iPhone (you’ll see it in the photo and video above). Its light weight and compactness makes it great for travel, and at the price I’m not worried about losing it.