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Sibelius 8.3 Now Available—What’s New

It’s been just more than a month since our last release, and hot on its heels is another release of Sibelius that’s small, but packs a punch. It reintroduces a nice feature, to colour notes independently in a chord, but also extends this to our ManuScript API scripting language for automating the colouring of notes and other objects. In addition to this, there are over 60 other smaller fixes and tweaks to help you get even more out of Sibelius.

If you own Sibelius 8, the upgrade will be waiting for you in your My Avid account, or in the Avid Application Manager installed on your computer. If you haven’t upgraded to Sibelius 8 yet, you can do so from our webstore or from all good retailers. When you upgrade, you not only get Sibelius 8.3, but it also entitles you to a full year of software upgrades.

In summary, here are the improvements in Sibelius 8.3:

 

Colorful notes

We’ve added the ability to colour notes independently in a chord. In earlier versions of Sibelius, the color applied to any note would affect the whole chord, but with Sibelius 8.3, the notes can be coloured independently. This feature is useful not only for educators to help students learn music in more vibrant and engaging ways, but it’s just as useful in contemporary scores or even for simply marking up a score for editing.

We’ve updated the ManuScript Plug-in language in Sibelius (the built-in scripting language for automating tasks in Sibelius) to take advantage of the new coloring features. As part of this, the Color Pitches and BoomWhacker plug-ins that ship with Sibelius have been updated to use these new methods as well.

These changes have been added without any change to the file format version, so you can can open files saved in Sibelius 8.3, in 8.2 and 8.1. However, when opening scores in 8.2 and earlier, the colors you have applied to notes will be stripped out as those older versions won’t know how to handle the new coloring attributes.

Improvements to Note sliding

In Sibelius 8.2, we introduced an innovative feature to allow you to move notes left and right in the score with two simple keyboard shortcuts (Ctrl+Alt+Left and Right, and Cmd+Alt+Left and Right). This handy little feature speeds up editing and note entry and saves valuable time where preparing a score. With Sibelius 8.3, rests that are created and left behind by moving notes, are now cleaned up nicely, so you aren’t left with a trail of rests.

Miscellaneous improvements

  • To track down the problems some users have reported with scrolling and zooming on Macs when using a Magic Mouse, Magic Trackpad or a trackpad on a MacBook or MacBookPro, we’ve given the feature an overhaul to resolve these issues. As a result, you should find scrolling and zooming on Mac smoother and generally more responsive. Gestures with three-fingers are now better supported, allowing you to switch windows more easily, for example.
  • A problem where Sibelius 8.2.0 could crash on quit after first launch on a clean system has been fixed
  • Start and end repeat barlines would sometimes appear too thick when written together. These are now lined up correctly as before.
  • Some users reported a problem where note input would stop working when switching scores. This has been fixed.
  • The Sibelius License Server is now supported on Mac OS 10.11 El Capitan
  • When using Reset Design in the score, it no longer affects accidentals in the part. This is a change in behavior from Sibelius 8.2 where resetting the design on a note or larger selection would reset the accidental in the parts too.

 

What’s Next from Sibelius

The Sibelius development team are already working hard on 8.4, as well as improvements to Sibelius Cloud Publishing, our solution for publishers to sell sheet music online, and our iOS app Avid Scorch, which allows users to take their scores on the go.

More news on these, and more, in due course.

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Sibelius 8.2 Now Available—What’s New

I’m pleased to announce the release of Sibelius 8.2, which is available immediately for all those with Sibelius 8. To download the upgrade, open Sibelius and go to File > Help > Check for Updates. Alternatively, log into your Avid Master Account and download Sibelius 8.2 directly from there.

If you have an earlier version of Sibelius, you can try out the features in Sibelius 8.2 right now by downloading the trial, available here: www.sibelius.com/trial

To buy an upgrade to Sibelius 8.2, visit our online store or contact one of our many resellers. With the upgrade, you’ll get access to Sibelius 8.2 along with all the further upgrades we release during the next year, as well as access to our dedicated support team to answer your questions and to make sure you are up and running.

Sibelius 8.2 is the second upgrade of Sibelius this year. In case you missed it, here’s a quick summary of what has been included in Sibelius since Sibelius 8.0 was released in June 2015:

  • Support for Microsoft Surface Pro 3 and Pen
  • Multi-touch support for all trackpads and compatible touch-screens
  • Annotate and mark up scores
  • Intelligent Rests – rests in multiple voices now avoid each other and notes in other voices
  • Repeat lines no longer collide when creating them
  • Export an MP3 of your score directly from Sibelius
  • Support for Windows 10 and Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan
  • Add 11 chord added to the chord library
  • … plus several other small improvements to Sibelius’ features and stability

All these features, and all those included in 8.2, are now available to all Sibelius 8 customers, whether you own a license of Sibelius or subscribe.

What’s new in Sibelius 8.2

Repeat barlines appear before time signatures

Where start repeat barlines and time signatures coincide, Sibelius now correctly places the time signature before the repeat barline.

  • Repeat barlines are now placed after time signatures
  • Sibelius automatically adds a little extra padding between the time signature and the repeat barline for neat layout
  • When the time signature and repeat barline occurs in the middle of a staff, the time signature’s preceding barline is maintained, as well as the repeat barline itself

Before:

After:

When working with older versions of Sibelius

Importing from legacy versions

  • The existing layout of your repeat lines and time signatures is respected, so you can expect your score to look the same as it did in older versions of Sibelius
  • You may update your score by deleting and re-inserting the repeat barline

Exporting to legacy versions

  • When exporting, the new positioning of repeat barlines and time signatures is maintained.
  • This means that you can expect your score to look identical in older versions of Sibelius that don’t support the updated positioning.
  • It’s worth noting that we’ve implemented this new improvement without changing the file format so if you’re working with someone with Sibelius 8.1, they can open your scores and see the new and improved positioning.

Respell accidentals in parts

Sibelius now lets you specify different spellings of accidentals between the part and the full score.

To respell the note in a part, simply select the note and press Return. The note and the accidental will turn orange to indicate it’s different in this part. Any change you make in the part, will only affect that part, allowing you to have different accidental spellings in several parts containing the same instrument.

Any changes made to the note in the full score will override any change you have made in the parts, allowing you to quickly reset the spelling.

Slide and move notes in time

This allows a user to move a note or selection within time. This has never been possible before without copy/cut and pasting, which involves using the mouse and/or exiting note input mode that slows down and would interrupt your workflow.

How it works

Moving a note or selection

  1. Select a note or passage in Sibelius
  2. Use Command + Alt + Left/Right (Mac) or Control + Alt + Left/Right (Win) to move your selection left or right

How Sibelius decides how far to move your selection

A selection will move by the minimum of the following:

  1. The duration of the adjacent note or rest.
  2. The duration of the selected note, rest or passage
  3. The duration of the bottom figure (denominator) of the time signature.

The result is that Sibelius will in most cases move your selection by a musically appropriate amount, given the current time signature and the length of your selection.

Collisions with existing notation

If you slide your selection into existing notation, then Sibelius will swap your selection with the notes at the destination.

Handling tuplets

Sliding of tuplets is not currently supported.  If you attempt to slide a passage in a way that would cause a tuplet to be modified (i.e it’s either part of your selection or adjacent to it) then Sibelius will not slide your selection, and will display a message to indicate this limitation. We are hoping to improve this in a future release.

Moving notes in action

In all these examples, select the note or passage and type Command + Alt + Right (Mac) or Control + Alt + Right (Win) to move the notes.

Individual notes

Moving a selection

Moving a selection with multiple voices and/or staves

It’s possible to slide passage selections that cover notes in multiple voices and even span several staves.  At all times, Sibelius maintains the musical integrity of your selection so that any important harmonic or rhythmic relationships are kept intact as you slide.

During note input

The ability to move notes without exiting note input mode is very useful indeed!  The note input cursor moves with you as you slide, so you can quickly get notes down and continue right away – no need to exit note input mode, or reach for your mouse.

1. Enter the first note of your phrase

2. Enter the next note

3. Slide to the right

4. Continue composing right where you left off

Improvements to rests avoiding notes

In response to user feedback, we’ve made a number of improvements to the new rest collision avoidance and placement features that we introduced in Sibelius 8.1.

Interpolation between phrase groups

In order to guide the eye of the performer, Sibelius interpolates the position of rests between phrase groups.  New in Sibelius 8.2, is a further addition to this behaviour – any gap of a bar or more of single voice writing will effectively act as a break in rest placement, preventing any interpolation.  This new behaviour only affects the placement of rests if you have chosen to group rests by beam group, in Appearance > Engraving Rules > Rests.The following diagram illustrates how Sibelius’ algorithm places rests.  Boxes represent phrase groups.  Lines represent interpolation.

Notice how the two half-note rests in voice 1 in bars 1 and 2 effectively follow the slope of the phrase between the two bars (taking into account the strict rules on where rests should be placed within a stave).  Since bar three is an empty bar (as far as voice 1 is concerned anyway), there is a break in interpolation.  Hence, the bar rest in bar three, voice one, is positioned in its default spot.

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Behind the Scenes of Transposing Music Online

Sibelius Cloud Publishing has been going from strength to strength with further adoption on commercial publisher sites and more recently an update to reintroduce the ability to transpose the music into several different keys on the fly. This allows you to see digital sheet music directly in your web browser and change the key you need for the performer’s range or to make it easier to play or sing.

 

Try it for yourself here to see transposition in action by clicking the Transpose_button-02 button:

Choice of keys

Sibelius Cloud Publishing (SCP) makes clever decisions in the way each key is chosen, for example, it prefers fewer accidentals in the key signature and will choose keys that are easier to play than others. For example, in the C Major scale above, it chooses Db major rather than C# major. This is done by SCP taking the initial key of the music and getting all the possible keys to which it can transpose into. It then compares the enharmonic equivalents and chooses the keys with the fewer accidentals.

  Accidental Count

 

0

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

  Sharps

major

C

G

D

A

E

B

F#

C#

 

minor

Ami

Emi

Bmi

F#mi

C#mi

G#mi

D#mi

A#mi

  Flats

major

C

F

Bb

Eb

Ab

Db

Gb

Cb

 

minor

Ami

Dmi

Gmi

Cmi

Fmi

Bbmi

Ebmi

Abmi

Once SCP has worked this out, it processes the score into all the various keys and generates separate MP3’s for each transposition. This gets stored in the SCP database and is ready to be streamed to the customer’s web browser when they choose each key. You’ll notice with the example above and those on publishers’ sites that retrieving each key is close to instantaneous.

Why just three keys up and down?

We’re providing transposition in seven keys in total i.e. the original key plus three semitones up and three down. We’re restricting this, for now, for a number or reasons, however our research and years of experience of providing technology to allow the online publication of sheet music has shown that scores that used the Scorch plugin weren’t often transposed more than a few semitones. We found that transposition is used to find an easier key or to move the music into a more comfortable range (Sam Smith’s top D, anyone?).

As is stands today, we are limiting the number of keys to also reduce our own technical overheads on our cloud solution as each score will, on average, have 7 assets (MP3 + pages). Multiply this by the number of transpositions and for all the 100,000+ scores we have processed and it starts to become rather gargantuan.

We have plans to expand this to include 12 semitones up and down. Do to this, we’re looking at clever ways to refactor the music so less is rendered, stored and sent to the browser while still providing the same high quality experience and music in all the keys you need it in.

Where can I see Sibelius Cloud Publishing in action?

Sibelius Cloud publishing is now impressively serving over 5 million requests every week providing scores in various keys, all with a synchronized MP3, to sheet music publishers and their customers around the world. To see it in action, I offer you to visit any of these sites:

www.sheetmusicdirect.com

www.modernscore.com

www.musicroom.com

 

 

I’m a publisher and want to know more

Sibelius Cloud Publishing is currently only available to commercial publishers. To integrate it into your site, you need a good understanding of web development and REST API usage. Sibelius Cloud Publishing will allow you to embed a score into your site using a simple iframe. We let you look after the customer experience on your site allowing you to handle the catalogue, searching, user accounts and the e-commerce side. To find out more about the service,  the API, how much it costs and more, get in touch.

 

 

I’m an individual or an educational institution and would like to know more

We are working on providing solutions for individuals to share scores with each other, allowing you to write music in Sibelius and quickly share a link to the score online. We’re also making good progress with planning how educational institutions can use this in their online learning environments, allowing students to learn music with interactive examples from within the Intranet or when learning remotely.

Until we have these solutions live, there are sharing features in Sibelius to post your score to YouTube, Facebook and Sound Cloud, which can can be embedded in your own websites, too, using the tools from these providers. If you’re looking to publish your own music today, you can do so through Sibelius to upload directly to www.scoreexchange.com. To find out more about these sharing features and more, see the Avid.com website.

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Sibelius 8.0.1 Now Available With Over 100 Improvements

I’m pleased to announce the release of Sibelius v8.0.1. This is available to all users of the latest version of Sibelius and can be obtained in a few ways:

Open Sibelius and go to File > Help  > Check for Updates to open Application Manager. However, by now, a notification from Avid Application Manager may have popped up already with a message about 8.0.1. Tapping on this will open the Apps page of Application Manager showing you an ‘Install’ option to click on. Clicking on this will start the download and take you through updating Sibelius. When doing this, make sure you are not running Sibelius to allow the update to go through smoothly.

If you ever need to download the latest version independently of Application Manager, for a new machine for example, you can always find the latest links to download Sibelius from within your Avid Master Account. To access this, simply go to www.avid.com/subscriptions

What’s new in 8.0.1

We’ve packed in over 100 improvements to this update as well as new mult-iseat annual subscription offerings for schools. Here’s a summary of what you can expect to see:

 

Fully localised editions of our What’s New, Tutorials and Reference guides

 

The mouse cursor now changes to a Pen icon when entering Annotate mode

 

Sibelius now creates a new object next to the selected item in the score

 

It’s easier to delete notes and other objects with a pen, especially in Note input mode

 

The Lucida Grand font is now used throughout Sibelius on Mac once more, resolving many small UI issues

 

Mouse pointers on Windows now appear normal size again on displays with Hi-DPI support

 

Quick Look now functions once again on Mac OS

 

Many small improvements to the Keypad graphics

 

Better support for the Norfolk font family, allowing you to start using the font with minimal setup

 

The Transport window has had some UI improvements

 

Stability improvements for Sibelius on Mac OS Yosemite when connecting to the Sibelius License Server

 

Changes to the way manuscript papers appear in the Quick Start on Windows

 

Sibelius will no longer crash when using Annotate and switching between scores and parts

 

It’s now possible to export Sibelius 7.5 files by just using keyboard commands

 

Lasso or Marquee select now works once more for both Pen and Mouse

 

Short, quick gestures on Windows are no longer interpreted as ‘flicks’

 

Annotation lines are now thicker by default, allowing you to be more expressive when using Annotate

 

The Sibelius installer on Windows no longer fails with error 1720 when copying supporting files

 

Rewire improvements

 

Streamlined updating process on Windows

 

Sibelius will no longer crash on Windows when closing a score after editing music containing a tab stave

 

New algorithm for drawing annotation lines so they now appear smoother and are more efficient when drawn

 

Multi-touch features are consistent now where on touch screens single finger drags and two fingers zoom. On track pads two fingers drag and zoom. Multi-touch features are also available during Note input and Annotate too

 

Pinch-zoom now zooms in and out of the area you are pinching on touch screens, or on track pads, to where the mouse cursor is on the screen

It’s important to note that Sibelius is not yet fully qualified on Mac OS X El Capitan (10.11). We’ve worked hard on improving the experience of Sibelius on Apple’s next operating system but there are still issues that mean we don’t recommend you upgrading to Mac OS X 10.11 yet. We’ll announce further news on compatibility and support for El Capitan in due course.

If you already own the latest version of Sibelius, head over to your Avid Master Account or open Avid Application Manager to get started. If you haven’t upgraded yet, you can do so by purchasing Sibelius from your local Reseller or from the Avid Store.

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What's New in The New Sibelius

Sibelius is the world’s best-selling, most trusted music notation software. And now you can access the software and express your creativity in more ways than ever. In this video I explain some of the changes and new features that are now available in the new Sibelius.

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Behind the Scenes of Sibelius 7.5

Many Sibelius customers have been in touch wanting to know more about what went in to creating Sibelius 7.5, what we’ve been up to in the last year or so, and what we’re planning on next. I’m going to share with you some of the behind the scenes work we did to bring you two updates to our Scorch solutions as well as an upgrade to our flagship notation product, Sibelius.

At the start of 2013, we assembled a new team of Sibelius programmers and testers, and brought in folk from other teams around Avid. The whole team working on Sibelius (including Support, Sales, Marketing, Manufacturing, IT, Engineering and Product Management) now totals over 30 people. For the engineering and product teams, we have six in Kiev in the Ukraine, three in our San Francisco, Calif., office, one in our head office in Burlington, Mass., and two in the UK, which includes me, working from home and our office in Pinewood Studios with Joe Pearson, product designer. We are all musicians with formal music education and most of us play regularly in bands (or just to our families!).

This team got straight to work assessing and getting familiar with the Sibelius and Scorch codebase and build systems. First on the list was to move these systems to the same environments used by the Pro Tools and Media Composer teams. This had the advantage of having a dedicated team to maintain the build systems rather than pulling a developer away from writing features in Sibelius, and it gave us the ability to share code more easily, for example, the scoring engine in Pro Tools can now inherit changes and fixes made in the Sibelius notation engines. It allowed us to utilize the same installer team, too, freeing up more core developer time, so they set to work converting the Sibelius and License Server installers to msi format to match our other products. (The msi format allows schools to deploy Sibelius to all their computers automatically. For those interested, we have this article that goes through the procedure).

At the end of the nineties, I created the German localization of the first versions of Sibelius. It is great to see the amazing progress Sibelius has made in the last 20 years – it really is my every-day tool which enables me to meet my terribly tight composition/orchestration deadlines.

– Frank Heckel

2013 continued to be an extremely busy year for us. We released two successful updates to our  Scorch web plug-in, as well as an update to our Avid Scorch iPad app. The update to the Scorch web plugin made it compatible with more browsers than ever before, as well as supporting 64-bit browsers on Mac. This allowed the publishing community to continue to sell their digital sheet music, and to a wider audience. The update to Avid Scorch brought much needed stability to the overall app, especially to browsing scores in the built-in marketplace, where you can browse hundreds of thousands of titles from Frozen to John Lennon to Back to the Future.

Once the updates to Scorch were complete, it was time to implement the changes we’d committed to  in the next version of Sibelius, which we would call 7.5. What we had thought was going to be a Sibelius ‘8’. Changing this to version 7.5 was quite a challenge as the version number is buried in a lot of places, and which affects licensing too. We were able to bring in help from the Media Composer licensing team to assist with this work as we’ve been using the same licensing scheme since Sibelius 7.1.

Joe Pearson and I were familiar with the new features from our previous work in the support team, and since the new features in the ‘Sibelius 8’ were either not implemented at all, partly implemented or nearly complete, we had to make difficult decisions about which to complete, fix up and even re-write vs. removing and archiving that code for the future.

Avid’s reborn commitment for Sibelius is great! Keep it coming!

– Peter Duemmler

For example, the Timeline looked and behaved quite differently compared to how it functions today and was mainly re-written from scratch for version 7.5 to make Sibelius think of the structure of the score running horizontally as opposed to vertically. We brought in the user interface team that works on Pro Tools to help refine the overall experience of the Timeline in Sibelius and how the new Timeline Presets are handled.

Next, we had to make changes to the new interpretation of how Sibelius plays back ornaments, the new Swing styles and Espressivo 2.0 as well as the new social sharing features. Now, Sibelius can interpret turns and mordents (pictured above), A Tempo instructions and even allow you to specify the style of playback for each individual instrument in your score.

During that time, the new testers validated every feature in Sibelius 7.1.3, the Sibelius 7 Sounds library and License Server for qualification on Windows 8 and Mac OS 10.9 Mavericks. This gave them the deep understanding of each feature in Sibelius and how it works, laying the foundation for regressing the fixes and features we were to add into Sibelius 7.5.

Meanwhile, my colleagues and I had to review all the box art, contents, DVD design and out-of-box experience, download and upgrade logic with the various teams around Avid to move Sibelius 7.5 towards the point where we were able to announce and get the upgrade into your hands.

Once this was all complete, it wasn’t the end of the Sibelius 7.5 journey of course … the marketing launch at the Winter NAMM show in Anaheim, Calif., in January 2014 was a huge success and the reception we got couldn’t have been better. When it came to the official release of Sibelius 7.5 in February, the number of people upgrading to 7.5 was astounding. We knew, however, that a number of fixes existed that we wanted to get into a free update so we started on 7.5.1 right away.

We have put Sibelius 7.5 through its paces without any interruption to workflow. The 7.5 upgrade is very stable and Sibelius continues to be the primary notation software used for all of my projects.

– David Pritchard-Blunt, DavePB.com

7.5.1 took us through to July and includes more than 160 improvements and fixes that builds on 7.5.0. It went above and beyond that by fixing crashes that dated back to 2009 in the Sibelius 6 days, as well as problems that had existed in version 7, too. The new development team was truly impressive in tracking these down and getting resolutions to them quickly.

This then allows us to start work on our next version of Sibelius, version 8. Although we’re in the early days, initial signs are looking very promising. However, this isn’t the only solution we’re working on. Historically, a smaller project has been slipped in between each major version of Sibelius, be it G7, Student, Instrumental Teacher Edition, Sibelius First or Avid Scorch and now is the time for just one of those.

In working with 7.5.1, I found it to be appreciably more stable and responsive than 7.5.0.

– Philip Rothman, Sibelius Blog

 

We’ve laid the foundation with a solid update to Sibelius, it’s time we, once again, revolutionized an industry. For the next project we’ve taken on is…

… well, you’ll just have to wait for my next post to find out.

I’d like to thank our friends and families for the tireless support over the last few years and I want to thank, too, our invaluable beta testers and passionate userbase for all their feedback and support. This is spurring us on to continue to drive development and deliver on the best possible solutions to help you continue to write great music.

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Music: Over 160 Improvements Now Available Free to Sibelius 7.5 Customers with Latest Update

Avid Sibelius 7.5.1 Update Now Available

In today’s competitive industry, composers need cutting-edge creative tools that enable them to unleash their creativity and deliver professional scores more efficiently. Today, we are pleased to announce an important update to the music notation tools in the Artist Suite—Sibelius 7.5.1. This milestone update allows you to turn your creative ideas into fully realized scores more quickly and easily with important fixes and improved performance and stability.

Highlights

The number of improvements totals more than 160, ranging from enhancements of the features introduced in Sibelius 7.5.0 to resolving problems in Sibelius that have been present for many years.

Avid Sibelius 7.5.1 Update

  • Sibelius 7.5 Reference and What’s New Guide have been fully translated into all 9 languages
  • Audio and video export now occurs faster than real-time
  • It’s now possible to have both Sibelius 7 and Sibelius 7.5 activated on the same computer (within the terms of the license)
  • Better support for high resolution displays on Windows; specifically, the QuickStart now displays properly
  • An old problem going back several versions of Sibelius has been fixed where Sibelius would crash after the computer was woken from sleep
  • A problem where the breath mark “comma” produces staccato playback has been fixed
  • Sibelius and the Sibelius License Server will now run correctly once more on Mac OS 10.6 and 10.7
  • Resolved a crash that could happen if a score has more than 128 instruments
  • We’ve fixed a problem where some Rhythmic feels may have been missing from the Performance dialog

  • Sibelius 7.5 no longer crashes if using a ‘Jump to’ and ‘Marker’ repeat structure
  • Mordents and Inverted Mordents now play back correctly
  • Ties now play back correctly again when using Repeat Bars
  • Preferences stored by plugins are now correctly saved
  • Video export and sharing to Facebook and YouTube have been improved
  • Playback line is no longer a beat behind (this accuracy varies depending on your playback device)
  • Problems posting to Facebook have been resolved
  • The tempo in the score is correctly reflected in the video
  • Further fixes to make the connection with Sibelius and Pro Tools more reliable when using ReWire
  • It’s possible, once again, to install Sibelius silently on Windows.

Timeline

We’ve been working hard to improve the experience of the Timeline, which was introduced in Sibelius 7.5. Here’s a summary of the improvements.

Avid Sibelius 7.5.1 Update

  • Long instrument names are now clipped to show more of the Timeline
  • Focus on Staves is now reflected in the Timeline
  • More musical symbols are displayed in the lanes (Repeats and Metric Modulations, for example)
  • Text and symbols are displayed on more appropriate lanes
  • It’s now possible to click+drag around the Timeline to navigate the score, similar to how the Navigator works

  • Hidden objects are now reflected in the Timeline and honor the option in View > Invisibles > Hidden Objects
  • F# Minor now shows as F# Minor on the Key Signatures lane
  • Comments are now shown in the Timeline with the same color they appear in the score
  • Various performance optimizations

Accessibility

We’ve improved the way objects, menus and dialogs in Sibelius are read by screen readers, specifically when using NVDA on Windows. We also have some brand new plug-ins for Sibelius 7.5.1 that aid navigation of staff and system objects in the score. Many thanks to Kevin Gibbs, Gordon Kent and Bob Zawalich for their assistance. These plug-ins and supporting documentation are available through this link.

Upgrade Today

To download the latest version of Sibelius 7.5, you can simply find the update at Sibelius.com/Upgrade.

If you have a previous version of Sibelius 7.5 installed, you don’t need to uninstall the previous versions. Simply run the 7.5.1 installer over the top. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our support team.

If you have Sibelius 7 or earlier, you can buy an upgrade from one of our resellers or from the Avid Store.




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

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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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