A review of the leading iPad score reader apps — forScore, Newzik, and nkoda — to assess the current state of the category, and to help musicians decide which of the excellent options best suits their needs.
Apple announces Logic Pro for iPad, available May 23
Apple will be releasing iPad versions of their digital audio workstation (DAW) Logic Pro as well as the non-linear video editor (NLE) Final Cut Pro.
Dorico 4.3 brings Key Editor power tools and chord symbol note generation
Dorico 4.3 is out with more powerful controls in the Key Editor and a robust system for automatically generating notes on staves from chord symbols. There’s also improvements in the areas of engraving, note input, and editing, and the iPad version is updated, too.
Music notation software, macOS Ventura, and Apple Silicon [updated]
A summary of desktop notation software compatibility with macOS Ventura (macOS 13) and Apple Silicon-powered Macs: How Sibelius, Finale, Dorico, MuseScore, and Notion are faring on Apple’s latest operating system and hardware.
Dorico 4.1 review: a better Key Editor; improvements to lyrics, interface and more
Dorico 4.1 further refines the Key Editor, improves the user interface with more color options, overhauls the way lyrics are treated, prints selected flows in a layout, and adds new effects plug-ins and a library export function. Plus, a lifetime unlock option for Dorico for iPad.
Dorico for iPad adds one-time purchase in addition to subscriptions
With Dorico for iPad 2.3, users can access all the app’s premium features with a single in-app purchase via a new “Lifetime Unlock” option. This update also keeps pace with the newest version of Dorico on the desktop (version 4.1).
Sibelius for Mobile adds transpose feature; perpetual license upgrades are back (again) [updated]
The latest update for Sibelius for Mobile adds transposing for both staff and system selections, along with other improvements. Separately, Avid is once again bringing back upgrades for perpetual license users who have older versions.
Dorico for iPad adds “Open In Place” for better file management
Dorico for iPad 2.2 adds Open in Place, bringing a more desktop-like file opening and saving process to the app and making it easier to handle files when moving between different devices.
PlayScore 2 adds text, lyrics, guitar chords, and more
The most recent updates to PlayScore 2 support lyrics, guitar chords, and multi-measure rests. A count-in feature, better rehearsal instrument support, and more improvements are also included. Plus, a preview of what’s to come.
Dorico for iPad 2.0 brings over many desktop features, plus annotations
Steinberg has released Dorico 2.0 for iPad, a major update to the app that shares many features with its desktop counterpart. Many of the additions in Dorico 4 are now available on the mobile platform, as well as a bonus: freehand annotation for marking up scores in Read mode.