You may already know that last week, MuseScore version 1.1 was released. In addition to more than 60 bug fixes, version 1.1 brings a few new features.
Some of my favourites are:
MuseScore Connect is a new interactive panel that appears on the right side of your screen when you launch version 1.1. The panel connects your desktop copy of MuseScore directly with MuseScore.org (the home of MuseScore) and MuseScore.com (the score-sharing website).
MuseScore Connect draws in content from both sites:
- it allows you direct access to the handbook, tutorial videos, forums and other how-to tips via the Learn & Support tab
- it displays the latest news and online articles on the News tab
- it allows direct access to the set of featured scores on the score-sharing site MuseScore.com
You can read more about the evolution of MuseScore Connect here.
Jazz Lead Sheets
In 1.1, there have been some significant improvements that will interest those that create jazz charts: a new jazz leadsheet template, enhanced MuseJazz font, better chord symbol input options (see below) and a new slash notation style plugin. MuseScore user Marc Sabatella describes the jazz lead sheet improvements in detail here.
Marc has also done some excellent work providing two in-depth tutorials that teach you how to create your own lead sheets quickly and easily:
Improved Chord Symbol Input
Improved chord symbol input allows you to enter chord symbols on beats that have no existing note. While in chord-entry mode, you can press Space to move to the next beat or shift-space to move backwards. Also new in 1.1 is the ability to jump to the beginning of the next measure while in chord entry mode – just press the Tab key (or Shift-Tab to move back a measure).
You can read the full MuseScore 1.1 Release Notes here and download version 1.1 using the download button at the top of that screen.