What’s New in Sibelius

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Sibelius is always getting better with new features and improvements. And with an active plan, you get them as soon as we release them. Here’s an overview of the features we’ve introduced over the past few years.

November 2021

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  • Step-time note input on iPad and iPhones using wired and wireless MIDI keyboards
  • New bar transformation tool for pickup/upbeat and irregular bars on iPad and iPhones
  • Improved keyboard integration with touch and Apple Pencil through standard modifier keys on iPad and iPhones

October 2021

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  • Sibelius for mobile app is now available for iPhone so you can carry your entire music portfolio in your pocket
  • View a score on iPad or iPhone in Panorama View, enabling you to scroll through the music horizontally as a single system instead of viewing multiple pages on the screen
  • Effortlessly download entire scores with the new Sibelius | Cloud Sharing download feature

September 2021

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  • Multidimensional gesture support to enter notes on the score directly using just the Keypad
  • Pitch Correction and Chord Input Tools have been added to the Keypad that make adding and editing notes in chords easier
  • Search Galleries and Plugins by name in the appropriate Ribbon Tab and sort the results by category
  • ManuScript Access to Style Commands (Sibelius | Ultimate only)
  • Introducing Sibelius for mobile on iPad
  • Work on music scores anywhere
  • Advanced Apple Pencil and iPad touch workflows
  • Seamlessly move from desktop to tablet and back without any interruption

February 2021

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  • “Command Search” replaces “Find in Ribbon” to find any command in Sibelius and instantly execute it
  • New Commands gallery on the Home tab of the Ribbon lists all commands in Sibelius
  • Hundreds of new ManuScript commands to create scripted plugins to execute any sequence of commands (Sibelius | Ultimate only)

December 2020

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  • Intelligent Sibelius Import enables you to combine several Sibelius scores together by simply importing them into an open score with complete control over what is imported

September 2020

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  • Focus on Staves enhancements so you can use both “Hide Empty Staves” and “Focus and Staves” at the same time, unlocking new score layout capabilities
  • Accessibility improvements for screen readers, adding the ability for text to be readable as it is being edited
  • Customize the color of the four voice colors, notes out of range, and the color of the Staff and System selections to help whole range of sight loss
  • Accessibility improvements for screen readers, including names of range-selected staves, navigating the menus, and the Inspector is now screen reader accessible
  • MusicXML file import straight into your template or existing score, and have the musical structure preserved
  • Native L.V. Ties with full control via the Inspector

January 2020

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  • Auto-Optimize automatically adjusts the space between staves, making sure your music always looks perfect
  • New Accessibility preferences to control verbosity
  • Film Score Time Signatures are available in Engraving Rules
  • New Tie Styles: dashed, dotted, and tie into repeat structures
  • Revamped Manuscript Papers to produce great looking scores
  • Improved Import House Style features for better control of the layout of the score
  • Wildcards are included in all system text right-click word menus
  • System Object navigation via keyboard shortcuts

December 2019

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  • Greater accessibility and contextual detail
  • Improved Printing and PDF Export

September 2019

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  • Vastly improved MIDI import
  • Playback & Loop enhancements including built-in latency compensation when looping
  • Annotate, Comment and Highlight while in Review mode, making marking up your score easier and faster than ever before
  • Scrub offers you a new way to audition notes and chords in your score
  • Streamlined sound-loading for the Sibelius Player

January 2019

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  • Review mode offers you a brand new way to navigate your score without making any unintended changes to text, staff spacing or any other part of the musical notation
  • Half Speed playback—particularly useful for composing, arranging and teaching with Sibelius

November 2018

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  • Sibelius UI optimized to support higher-resolution displays
  • Updated video playback engines to sync a video (or audio file) to a score
  • Accessibility improvements to how screen readers read and describe what’s happening on the screen
  • Improved writing of grace notes across multiple voices in Sibelius
  • Multi-edit workflows: adding text to multiple notes or passages at once
  • Complete overhaul of note spacing, especially when writing in multiple voices or when adding and deleting objects

January 2018

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  • Multi-edit workflows: marking up your score with slurs, ties and other lines at once

November 2017

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  • Improved key signatures and instrument changes

September 2017

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  • Sibelius | Cloud Sharing enables you to send Sibelius scores to the cloud for rendering that can be displayed in any web browser, posted on social media, and embedded in webpages and blogs

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