A couple of weeks ago, MuseScore 1.2 was released, 8 months after MuseScore 1.1. I won’t go into all of the improvements here (you can read all about them in the official Release Notes), but here are a few highlights:
Almost 100 Bug Fixes
The developer team has worked hard to fix almost 100 bugs. One of the main improvements is in the area of Music XML import and export which means that MuseScore users will have an easier job of sharing scores and collaborating with users of other notation programs such as Sibelius and Finale. Other improvements and fixes have been made to the user interface, notation, as well as playback, style and parts.
New Demo Score
Upon launching MuseScore 1.2 you’ll notice that there’s a new demo file – Marc Sabatella’s Reunion – which was composed specifically for MuseScore and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License. Marc has done a great job composing a solo piano piece that shows off multiple MuseScore features:
- time signature and key signature changes
- pickup measure
- slurs, articulation and dynamics
- tempo markings
- multiple voices on each staff (up to 3 voices in one section)
- a variety of rhythmic values (from demisemiquaver up)
- cross staff bearings
- and more
You can read all about the score and Marc’s compositional process on the Reunion score page on MuseScore.com.
Marc Sabatella has also contributed new jazz combo and band score templates and additionally, there are some new UK brass band and Salvation Army band templates.
MuseScore Connect Panel
The MuseScore Connect panel has been rebuilt and will continue to undergo improvements independently of MuseScore releases. The new-look panel allows you to search through your own collection of scores, as well as those shared by the community of composers and arrangers on MuseScore.com.
MuseScore 2.0 Is Coming…
the MuseScore development team is working hard on version 2.0 which will be the next big release and will include many new features. If you’re interested in reading about what’s coming in version 2.0, take a look at the MuseScore 2.0 Roadmap. You can also get involved with coding or with beta-testing the new features, by downloading one of the nightly builds or by visiting the Technology Preview forum.
You can download version 1.2 from the download page on MuseScore.org.