Express and Promote Your Creativity with New Music Sharing Features in Sibelius 7.5

By in Music Creation, Notation

This is one in a series of Sibelius blog posts to help you learn how the Sibelius music notation family provides composers of all levels with the session management tools needed to handle large projects and collaborate with other artists, engineers, and facilities.

 

With Sibelius 7.5 general availability in sight, we on the Sibelius product and design teams want to make sure you know how to make the most of several new features in this version of our music notation software, including the new music sharing features.

These new features in Sibelius 7.5 allow you to share your music quickly and easily directly from Sibelius via email, ScoreExchange.com or social media sites. To share your music video or audio file, all you have to do is go to the new File tab > Share page:

Sibelius 7.5 enables enhanced collaboration and distribution of compositions through innovative score sharing and social media features.

E-mailing a score to someone has never been easier; Sibelius handles the entire process so there is no need to use a separate e-mail client. You can send the Sibelius file you’re working on, an earlier version of that file (useful for sending to someone who hasn’t upgraded to Sibelius 7.5 yet) and a PDF of the score and parts, if you wish.

The steps are simple:

  • Enter your email address.
  • Choose the file(s) you need to send.
  • Finally, enter the recipient’s email address along with a message.

This feature is particularly useful when collaborating on a piece of music, and for teachers, who can send exercises they created in Sibelius’ Worksheet creator, say, directly to their students.

Publishing directly to ScoreExchange.com has been vastly improved with Sibelius 7.5. In Sibelius, click File tab > Share > Publish to ScoreExchange, which allows you to login to your account and upload your score. From ScoreExchange.com, you can then provide additional information, such as instrumentation, difficulty and even the price of your score.

Sharing with social media websites is now done with a few clicks in Sibelius. For Facebook, YouTube and SoundCloud, the login pages from these services are shown in Sibelius. All authentication takes place with Facebook, YouTube or SoundCloud directly; your login details are never stored by Sibelius, nor are they ever communicated to any Avid server, so you can be sure that your personal details are safe.

To share music with your social media sites, simply go to File tab > Share. Both Facebook and YouTube allow you to upload a video of your score, whereas SoundCloud will upload an audio file. For each of these, Sibelius allows you to specify the quality of the video or audio file, and let’s you choose who you would like to share it with—publicly, just your friends or privately. Once the video or audio file has been created and uploaded, Sibelius presents you with a URL to share with your friends, choir, ensemble members or students.

If you’d like to share a video or an audio file on another social media site, or just want to burn it on a DVD or CD, you can export the video and audio file from File tab > Export. You get the same options for choosing quality there too.

I hope the new sharing and exporting features in Sibelius 7.5 allow you to collaborate and share you music easily and with more people than ever before.

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As senior product manager at Avid, I work with all the departments in Avid from Design, Development, Sales, Marketing, Legal and Global Services to produce the future of the Sibelius family of products and solutions.
  • Chris

    I think it’s a mistake to try to implement a (very incomplete) mail client inside Sibelius rather than have the sharing feature pass off the draft email to the operating system’s configured default mail client.

    By composing the message within Sibelius, the user loses access to his aliases/address book, macros, signatures, etc. which the real mail client would provide. You won’t be able to store the message to the correct outgoing mail folder and end up having to implement a poor second-best in the form of bcc-self.

    Finally are you planning to send the message via the correct SMTP server for the user’s mail provider (if so, how are you getting the hostname and SMTP auth info?) or are you doing something awful like relaying it via an Avid mail server? In the latter case, you’ll either have to hideously munge the envelope sender, or you’ll break SPF/DKIM/etc. for the outgoing email.

    Much better to use the OS native facilities than try to reimplement them within your own software.

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