Daniel Spreadbury returns to Scoring Notes to talk about the common set of font specifications known as the Standard Music Font Layout, or SMuFL. We get into the history of music fonts and how we got to where we are today with this essential component of music notation software technology.
Talking about music notation software design and development
It’s possible to make a really beautiful, usable application that produces terrible scores, and it’s possible to create a terrible application that produces beautiful scores. The goal is to put those things together into a beautiful application that produces beautiful scores.
Are your plug-ins up-to-date?
A handy tool for keeping current on your Sibelius plug-ins was itself recently updated, so now is a good time to check to make sure you’re running the latest versions.
NAMM 2020: Sibelius development and accessibility
At the 2020 NAMM Show, we spoke with Avid’s Sam Butler and Sarah Rossy about the Sibelius development process and the emphasis on adding support for accessibility in recent updates.
NAMM 2020: An interview with MakeMusic’s Jason Wick
Our 2020 NAMM Show coverage continues as we talk with Jason Wick, senior manager at MakeMusic, about the latest Finale developments and what to expect for the future.
NAMM 2020: An interview with Musescore’s Daniel Ray
Our 2020 NAMM Show coverage continues as we speak with Daniel Ray, who is in charge of Musescore’s product strategy, about how the product has fared in the nearly two years since the Ultimate Guitar acquisition, its recent progress, and its future.
Introducing the Norfolk and Pori chord symbol fonts for Sibelius — and an angled slash variant
At NYC Music Services, we’ve released seven new free chord symbol fonts for Sibelius. Four of the fonts are part of the Norfolk family. The other three fonts are the inaugural members of a new font family called Pori. Pori is a derivative of Petaluma, the handwritten font that first appeared in Dorico 2.0. One of the Pori fonts is something very special.
MuseScore 2.2 released with playback updates and other improvements
MuseScore has released the 2.2.1 update to its desktop notation software, introducing a new default soundfont and other playback improvements, a handful of other new features, and hundreds of bug fixes and user interface enhancements. This is the first release of MuseScore since the company was acquired by Ultimate Guitar.
NAMM 2017: Talking Sibelius with Sam Butler
Our NAMM 2017 coverage continues as we talk with Sam Butler, Avid’s senior product manager for Avid‘s music notation and learning products, about the road ahead for Sibelius.
2016: The Sibelius plug-in year in review
Thanks to Bob Zawalich, Kenneth Gaw, Hans-Christoph Wirth, and Tom Curran, 2016 brought us more useful Sibelius plug-ins. Bob summarizes the year in plug-in development along with a list of all plug-ins newly created in the past year.