A review of Finale version 27. Headlining the new features are deep support for two open standards: Standard Music Font Layout (SMuFL), and MusicXML. Tighter SmartMusic integration, playback improvements, and user interface enhancements round out what’s new.
The company that owns MuseScore and Ultimate Guitar has announced its acquisition of Audacity, the popular free audio editing software. The company is now called Muse Group, and its portfolio also encompasses MuseClass and Tonebridge.
Composer and educator David MacDonald describes in detail how he teaches composition using the iPad Pro, Apple Pencil, and a suite of apps, and why he can’t imaging returning to the dead-tree way of doing things.
A simple yet powerful custom-designed Stream Deck profile for Zoom that can mute, unmute, start and stop video, screen share, recording, chat and more. Also, a Notation Express update for Dorico 3.5.
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.
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.
Ultimate Guitar, the online community of millions of guitarists that creates and shares guitar tablatures, announced today that it has acquired MuseScore, the company that produces the free, open source desktop software of the same name, as well as a commercial sheet music sharing service.
Cloud Sharing (in Sibelius 8.7 and later) identifies a score using a hidden file ID that is created when a score is saved or exported in Sibelius. It is important to understand that if you make a copy of a score outside of Sibelius, the file ID will not change. Bob Zawalich discusses where multiple variant copies of a score are generated from a single score, and how to use Cloud Sharing with such a score.
Sibelius 8.7 is now available, featuring the first iteration of the new Cloud Sharing service, allowing Sibelius users to share their scores online with anyone in a format that can be displayed in any browser on a modern device.
The RSS feed serving Sibelius plug-in updates has been broken since early last week, leading all users of Sibelius 7 and higher to see an empty screen where a big list of plug-ins should be. Does it spell trouble for the next generation of services like Cloud Sharing?