The popular PDF Batch Utilities, available from Notation Central on a pay-what-you-wish basis, have been updated recently to fix several issues that appeared on macOS Big Sur (macOS 11).
PDF-MusicBinder takes the tedium of setting up PDF files for accordion-style and booklet printing and turns it into a one-click process. PDF-BatchStitch combines multiple PDFs into one file with the option to set the number of copies per file.
PDF-Batch Booklet quickly imposes many booklets or 2-ups from single-page PDFs at once. Available for Mac & PC.
PDF-BatchScale quickly scales many PDF files to any size PDF. Originally intended to scale sheet music of different sizes, PDF-BatchScale can be used for any purpose.
StaffPad, the music composition app that uses handwriting recognition as the means of music entry, has been released for iPad and completely rebuilt for Windows, with a bevy of new features, improvements, and add-ons compared to the previous version. In addition, there is a new free digital music stand app for performers, called StaffPad Reader, providing a synced performance experience across multiple tablets.
forScore has released forScore 11, the first major update to the iOS score reader since 2016. It’s largely an evolutionary update, but the improvements are thoughtful, practical, and welcome.
There are plenty of holiday shopping guides — but none, I assure you, with this unique list of recommendations. I’ve assembled a list of some of my favorite products that I think you will enjoy as well, and relate to the task of creating music notation (more or less!).
We review the nkoda sheet music subscription service, which launched earlier this month on the iOS App Store. With an incredible library of scores and parts, and a promising application, nkoda could quickly become an indispensable resource for composers, students, teachers, and performers.
Here’s a quick take on a few developments of late regarding the upcoming free Sibelius First software, and two keypad apps for iOS that offer notation software support: Sibelius KeyPad for Mac and NumPad.
nkoda, a London-based company, aims to bring a subscription model to sheet music. Development and licensing has been in progress for several years. In 2018 they finally plan on launching their product, with beta signups currently underway.