Catch up on some news items from the past couple of weeks in the world of music notation software and technology. We’ve got news about Dorico crossgrades, Sibelius updates, Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, a Newzik giveaway and Symphony Pro’s new features.
Dorico 1.1.10 is the first update since Dorico 1.1 introduced chord symbols, pedal lines, and repeat endings. The update introduces improvements in all of those areas and more, along with other fixes.
StaffPad has been updated, adding several modest features along with bug fixes. The update, officially v. 18.104.22.168, adds support for cautionary accidentals, more printing options and a bar number staff, and hints at things coming later.
Avid today released Sibelius 8.6.1, a maintenance update to the Sibelius 8.6 update that introduced magnetic glissandi lines for the first time in the program. The 8.6.1 update further refines that feature and addresses some bugs brought about from earlier updates. A number of plug-ins are also updated.
Finale 25.4, the fourth maintenance update to Finale 25, is now available. It adds support for MusicXML 3.1, rounded corners for text enclosures, a new key signature display option and assorted bug fixes.
Sibelius 8.6 is available, and its new engraving feature is magnetic glissandi lines — lines that snap to both their start and end note, updating their positions if the notes change. Other improvements and fixes are included in this update.
Watch a thorough tour of the new features in the forthcoming Dorico 1.1 update in action, including chord symbols, piano pedaling, repeat endings, filters, grouped dynamics, and much more.
Notion’s latest update is out — version 6.2 brings tighter integration between the scoring program Notion and its DAW counterpart in the PreSonus family, Studio One. A handful of notation improvements are included along with other fixes.
Chord symbols, repeat endings, editable note spacing, piano pedaling, enharmonic spelling improvements, and many more significant updates will be part of the next Dorico update, slated for sometime before the end of June.
MuseScore 2.1 is now released. Technical contributor Marc Sabatella takes us in-depth into 2.1’s new features, including playback improvements, new note entry methods, a new “swap” feature, and better support for instrument changes.