It seems like only yesterday that Apple released OS X Mavericks, but it was, in fact, nearly a year ago. Today Apple’s Craig Federighi gave consumers a demonstration of its newest operating system, OS X Yosemite (10.10), and announced its availability today, as a free update from the Mac App Store.
If you use Sibelius or Finale, here’s what you need to know.
Sibelius users interested in upgrading to Yosemite should note the following information, which was provided to me by Avid’s Sam Butler and Joe Pearson:
- Sibelius 7 and Sibelius 7.5 are fully supported by Avid, and qualified by the testing team.
- Sibelius 6 is not officially supported, but should work. However, in early beta versions of Yosemite, there were serious issues, so it is not advised to upgrade to Yosemite if you intend to remain working in Sibelius 6.
- Sibelius 5 and earlier do not work in Yosemite.
It’s also worth noting that Apple has changed their system font and other subtleties (such as radio buttons and check boxes). Sibelius respects these changes and updates the UI accordingly. However, this does mean that the font in the Ribbon and dialogs has changed from its pre-Yosemite appearance:
Thanks to A. Eric Heukeshoven for providing the screenshots!
You can find Avid’s official Yosemite compatibility page for Sibelius and other products at their knowledge base.
Yesterday MakeMusic’s Scott Yoho provided an update on Finale’s performance on Yosemite. He says “Finale 2014 runs well. We are tracking a few issues, including performance of pinch zoom gestures, but overall things look very promising.”
This official support article says that Finale 2014, PrintMusic 2014, and NotePad 2012 are all supported in Yosemite, with the following caveats:
- Pinch to zoom can be slow (especially in Scroll View).
- When changing between tools which cause an additional dedicated top-level menu to appear (like the Staff Tool or Expression Tool), the menu bar may not update right away. Redrawing the screen (Cmd+D) will fix this.
- Users may encounter a warning that Java Runtime must be installed when launching notation programs for the first time. Java will be automatically downloaded to your computer and the program should open correctly afterwards.
However, earlier versions of Finale have a problem with Human Playback and new file creation causing crashes on Yosemite:
Finale 2012, 2011, PrintMusic 2011 and SongWriter 2012 can crash if Human Playback is enabled. In Finale 2012 and SongWriter 2012, this crash can occur when pressing “play” or exporting to an audio file. In Finale 2011 and PrintMusic 2011, we have also seen crashes occur after creating a new file with the Setup Wizard.
Changing HP to “none” can prevent the crash in Finale 2012 and SongWriter 2012, and in Finale 2012 the “Apply Human Playback” plugin can be used as an alternative to HP.
This crash is NOT present in Finale 2014, PrintMusic 2014, or NotePad 2012.
Users working with Finale 2011 and 2012 are advised to not upgrade to Yosemite until more information is available, or at the very least, turn off Human Playback. To turn off Human Playback, go to Window > Playback Controls. Under Human Playback Style, choose None. Here is the official support article for this issue.
Using Yosemite? Let us know about your experience working with Sibelius or Finale.
Updated October 17 and October 18 with additional information about Finale, and with links to the Finale support articles.