Avid has released Sibelius 2018.11, the latest update to its music notation software. Although there are no significant new features in this release, Sibelius 2018.11 has been rewritten in the latest version of the Qt cross-platform application framework. There are a number of other fixes and improvements in 2018.11.
Keyboard shortcuts are essential tools for pro users on any platform. Although it’s not possible to natively program global shortcuts in Finale, you can use FinaleScript to fill the gap.
In the Sequence Editor of JW Change, you can build a custom sequence that changes existing elements in Finale through a general user interface, greatly speeding up workflow.
In addition to using the default keyboard shortcuts in Sibelius and Dorico, you can program your own, and even override the default settings if you so choose.
You can move notes and rests horizontally in Sibelius, which we call “sliding” notes. This first appeared in Sibelius 8.2 and was refined in 8.3. If you don’t know about this feature, you’ll want to see this 90-second video.
There are two new plug-ins for Sibelius that could help you speed up some tedious text entry tasks: Add Fingering To Notes for Sibelius 7+ and ReInput Text.
A video review of our favorite features in Sibelius since version 8.0 was released in 2015. If you haven’t yet updated from 7.5 (or earlier), or even if you have, you’ll appreciate knowing what’s included.
To make it easier to work with a large selection of many items scattered throughout a score, Bob Zawalich has created a new, powerful plug-in that could change the way you use Sibelius: Browse Selected Objects. Here’s how it works and how to use it.
The Check Pizzicatos plug-in ships with Sibelius and it has saved me many minutes of work on many scores, and saved many minutes of rehearsal time. Its sole purpose is to locate suspect arco and pizz. markings in your score.
An essential element of Sibelius’s dynamic parts feature is the ability to make certain changes in a part without affecting the score. This extends to the ability to have different names for instruments in parts than what they are in the score. This useful feature has its intricacies and comes with a few caveats, so we’ll explain what those are and how to make the most of the available options.