Sibelius 7.1.2 update now available


A new Sibelius 7 update is available from today, bringing the program to version 7.1.2. This update is free for existing Sibelius 7 users, and includes more than 150 bug fixes and improvements.

Among the most significant improvements in this release are substantial performance improvements to both screen redraw and editing speed, improved support for 64-bit ReWire hosts, support for MusicXML 3.0  in both import and export, and changes in the way the single document interface works when closing score windows.

Read on for more information about the Sibelius 7.1 update, but if you want to get straight down to business, here are the links you need:

Alternatively, you can simply open any score in your copy of Sibelius 7, then click Check For Updates on the Help page of the File tab.

Performance improvements

Despite being rebuilt from the ground up as a 64-bit application, Sibelius 7 was often slower in operation on the same hardware than, say, Sibelius 6, in terms of editing speed (especially for text on Mac) and general screen redraw. We’ve made improvements in several areas in Sibelius 7.1.2 and the performance of the application is now directly comparable with Sibelius 6 – and in terms of pure screen redraw speed, in general Sibelius 7 is now faster than Sibelius 6.

Windows XP support

When Sibelius 7 was released, we dropped support for Windows XP so that we could concentrate our efforts on supporting the latest Windows technologies, such as DirectWrite and Aero, both of which are only available in Windows Vista or later. However, we have received lots of feedback from people who want to upgrade to or buy Sibelius 7, but are unable to because upgrading to Windows 7 isn’t feasible. For these people, we’ve restored Windows XP support to Sibelius 7.1.2. XP users won’t get the full Sibelius 7 experience (e.g. DirectWrite text measurement and rendering isn’t available, and the Quick Access Toolbar draws on a strip above the ribbon rather than directly on the window title bar as it does in Aero), and because there’s no 64-bit Windows XP support, use of the included Sibelius 7 Sounds library will be somewhat impractical, but they can now take advantage of all of the other great new features in Sibelius 7.

Improved MusicXML support

Sibelius 7 now exports MusicXML 3.0 files, including the latest additions to the format for describing the individual sounds and playback devices used by a score. We’ve also fixed a number of important bugs in MusicXML export, and we’ve spruced up MusicXML import as well, both allowing Sibelius to import MusicXML 3.0 files without throwing any errors (though Sibelius does not yet explicitly support any of the new MusicXML 3.0 features on import) and also taking care of some page layout problems for scores created by MusicXML import.

Improved locale support

Users running with non-English regional settings will be pleased to know that Sibelius now respects the number formats specified by your operating system’s regional settings throughout the application. For example, if you’re in France or Germany, Sibelius now correctly allows the use of comma (,) as the decimal mark, and a space as the thousands separator, making it much easier to read and type floating point numbers on the ribbon, in dialogs, and the Inspector. (Unfortunately, for deep-rooted technical reasons, this support does not extend to dialogs displayed by ManuScript plug-ins, but plug-ins that present floating point values to you are few and far between.)

Single document interface improvements

Document tabs in a Sibelius score window can now be re-ordered simply by dragging them left or right, and you can even “tear off” a tab to open the contents of that tab in an entirely new window, simply by dragging the tab up or down until the mouse pointer shows a Sibelius score icon under the grabber hand. Release the mouse somewhere else, and your chosen tab opens as a new window.

There are also improvements to how Sibelius behaves on Windows when you close the last tab in the last open document window: rather than quitting the application (if you have switched off the option to show the Quick Start window again after closing the last score), Sibelius disables all of the controls in the ribbon and allows you to open a score via the File > Recent tab, or indeed via File > Open, or to start a new one via File > New. This new mode of operation is very similar to how e.g. the most recent versions of Microsoft Word behave.

Get started

There are plenty of other improvements, too, some of which I’ll follow up in future posts. Don’t forget to check out the complete list of fixes and improvements.

If you’ve not yet upgraded to Sibelius 7, there’s never been a better time. Sibelius 7.1.2 has the benefit of hundreds of accumulated fixes and improvements in previous maintenance releases, and delivers substantial improvements in performance to boot. If you haven’t tried Sibelius 7 yet, the 30-day trial version has been updated to Sibelius 7.1.2 as well.

If you’re already using Sibelius 7, you should update as soon as you’ve finished your current project (never update in the middle of a project!). You can find the download in the Sibelius Help Center.


  1. Christoph Spengler

    Hi there,

    if I click the link for the update, just a German page with the 7.1.0 update is opened. How can I get the 7.1.2, are the German pages still to be updated to offer the new update?

    Best wishes, Christoph

    1. Daniel Spreadbury

      We’re waiting for the updated translations for this page, so for now I’ve reverted the non-English versions to use the English text. (You would still have received Sibelius 7.1.2 had you proceeded to download, though.)

  2. Peter Roos

    Fantastic – many thanks Daniel and team! Special kudos for making Sibelius 7 available to XP users, even if 32 bit only and not with all features, which is nice gesture to those users that are still on XP. The improved ‘already use loaded instruments’ will also be greatly appreciated by users who switch between scores.

  3. Christoph Spengler

    Thank you for your answer! It did not work this night, the download started with 7.1.0. Now I tried again, and it works.

  4. Stephen Begley

    If I update Sibelius, will I lose my customised shortcuts?

    1. Daniel Spreadbury

      No, you won’t lose your customised shortcuts, or indeed any of your other customisations.

  5. ollier vincent

    hello, there are many “bugs” on the French keyboard. ‘W’ = ‘Z’, not SELECTING alterations and dot on the numeric keypad…. thank you.

    1. Daniel Spreadbury

      Vincent, if you switch back to the default keyboard shortcut set in the Keyboard Shortcuts page of Preferences, these “bugs” will go away. If you send me your custom .sfs file, I can fix it up for you, or you can simply redefine your custom shortcuts, which should only take a few minutes.

  6. David Pilgrim

    I,ve upgraded to Sibelius 7.1.2 from Sibelius 7.0.3 but can,t remember downloading Sibelius 7 sounds, will it hurt if I did and try downloading it again to 7.1.2? thanking you in advance. David.

    1. Daniel Spreadbury

      David, it will do you no harm if you run that updater for your Sibelius 7 Sounds installation, provided you have definitely installed the main library itself from your four Sibelius DVD-ROMs.

      1. David Pilgrim


  7. Larry Kee

    The 7.1.2 update link at the top of this page — the computer screen with the green arrow — doesn’t work. All it does is open a new page with a picture of the computer screen & arrow, & you can’t click on that. Thought someone should know. I’m trying to open it on a 32-bit Toshiba laptop.

    1. Daniel Spreadbury

      Thanks, Larry. The picture isn’t supposed to be a download link, for what it’s worth: it’s just a picture!

  8. mhch

    I do like Sibelius a lot, but I’m worried !

    First I’m glad I didn’t decide to upgrade my Sibelius 6, since I didn’t notice the limitation of XP not being supported. For sure I would have been very upset from buying an upgrade which didn’t work. Was it clearly stated in a visible manner ?

    Second, XP is still the dominant OS after all (,14611.html) and a development decision not to support a major OS raises doubts about where/how is going the Sibelius development, specially now we hear that a lot of changes are coming to Windows

    Third, in terms of development, while I can understand the reason behind favoring 64 bits and multiprocessor support for a playback engine, I can’t for a UI engine. Hopefully these two are clearly separated in Sibelius.

    Fourth, as I already mentioned in the user forum, not all users are in need for a huge built-in sound library but instead prefer to stay with 3rd party sound libs which they think are best suited to their needs and tastes and are not interested in paying for it. That was actually the reason why I didn’t upgrade to Sibelius 7 and I glad not to have done so, because of what I mentioned in previous items

    1. Daniel Spreadbury

      The system requirements for Sibelius have always been very clearly stated on the Sibelius web site. Don’t get too carried away with statistics about overall worldwide OS usage: looking at all computer users worldwide and looking at a very specific and small subset of those users (i.e. those people using Sibelius) will not produce the same distribution. For example, around half of all Sibelius users are running Macs.

      If you don’t want to use the new sound library included with Sibelius 7, that’s fine: don’t even install it! There are many, many other improvements in Sibelius 7 aside from the sound library, so my recommendation would be to consider the application as a whole rather than to get hung up on a single detail. Not every feature is going to appeal to every single user, but deciding not to upgrade simply because you don’t like the inclusion of a single feature seems perverse to me.

  9. Ilja Panzer

    Thanks for the update, much more responsive and faster now. (MBP, OSX Lion)

  10. Jerome

    Thanks for the update!

  11. mhch4

    The web site does says XP SP3 as a requirement, and being a software guy at heart I doubt I would have skipped the fact XP wasn’t supported initially.

    So either the product page has been recently updated, or there was an oversight in the initial version of the page, or I’m really dumb.

    Anyway it’s good to know MacOS runs half of the installed Sibelius base, which leaves 50% for Windows, of which only 10% are XP (that still sounds low to me knowing that Vista was a big source of problems for music tools and Windows 7 is quite recent and most people use it when upgrading their PC. Me for sure)

    1. Daniel Spreadbury

      The system requirements page was updated on the day that Sibelius 7.1.2 was released.

  12. Steve W

    One little niggle–the link in your article says “download the Sibelius 7.1.1 update” which confused me for a moment but of course it’s actually “… 7.1.2 …” Thanks for the good work!

  13. Geert

    I have the same problem as Vincent. Letters ‘w’ end ‘z’ are switched… Also when I press the dot on the keypad, Sibelius shows the mixer… Tried to switch to default keyboard shortcuts, but no result. Anyone same problem? Solution?
    (I’m using azerty keyboard…)

    1. Daniel Spreadbury

      Make sure that you have the appropriate keyboard language chosen in the input source menu in the Mac’s menu bar, and that you have the matching keyboard language chosen in Sibelius itself, on the Keyboard Shortcuts page of Preferences.

  14. Hans Nel

    Sibelius is simply the BEST!! What more can I say?

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