Plug-ins can be solutions to various problems or ways to make it easier to accomplish tasks. Bob Zawalich looks back at the end of another productive year in the world of Sibelius plug-in development and gives a preview of what’s to come.
Avid has released Sibelius 2019.12. This year-end update tidies up a number of items such as accessibility, MIDI import, UX/UI, printing, PDF export, and plug-ins, but also drops support for Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite and Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan.
MuseScore 3.3 is now available. Redesigned palettes, accessibility enhancements, a new Roman numeral font, and updates to the plug-in framework are among the improvements in this update to the free, open-source music notation software.
The Edit Instrument Names plug-in for Sibelius can now handle various formatting conventions and apply preset formatting patterns to names, and you can multiselect instruments and apply formatting to all selected instruments at once.
Sibelius 2019.4 introduces loop playback and a new scrubbing option. In addition, you can now mark up a score in Review Mode, finding instruments and plug-ins has gotten easier, and there are a couple of engraving and notation iterations.
Jeremy Levy first fell in love with Gustav Holst’s “The Planets” as a high school student; now he’s premiering and recording his arrangements of the work for jazz band. Learn about his process and pick up some Finale tips along the way from this top orchestrator and arranger.
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.
The Chord Symbols As Polychords plug-in for Sibelius takes pairs of selected chord symbols and creates polychords, which are two full chords stacked on top of each other, represented by a horizontal line between the two chords.
Take maximum advantage of the new articulation features in Finale v26 with this script that automatically splits precomposed articulations (such as the combined accent-tenuto) into separate articulations that automatically stack and position correctly.
Bob Zawalich, Sibelius guru and plug-in developer extraordinaire, gives us a personal tour of how many new and updated plug-ins came to be over the past few months, meeting friends along the way.