The MusicXML import feature in Sibelius makes it much easier to read files from people who use other programs. But until Sibelius 7 was released with MusicXML export, it was difficult to share your own music created in Sibelius with people using other programs. Dolet 6 for Sibelius unchains your music by letting you save your Sibelius 5 and 6 scores as MusicXML 3.0 files. Together with Finale 2014 or Dolet 6 for Finale, you can share your music created with Sibelius with people who use Finale, with higher accuracy than ever before. The same is true for the other music applications that read MusicXML files. Finally, the limits to digital sheet music exchange are gone.
Dolet 6 for Sibelius is a Sibelius plug-in that saves MusicXML 3.0 files. It supports Sibelius versions 5.1 and later, and runs on both Windows and Mac. To save MusicXML 1.0 files from Sibelius 2.1 to 5.0, use Dolet 1 for Sibelius instead.
Music interchange between these programs has been limited to MIDI files. MIDI is a great format for electronic musical instruments, but not for printed music. MusicXML lets you exchange the vast majority of information contained in a notation file, including rests, repeats, dynamics, lyrics, slurs, tempo marks, and much more.
To see how this works compared to Standard MIDI Files, watch the YouTube video. This video uses older versions of Dolet, Sibelius, and Finale; the latest versions work even better.
For a quick comparison, here’s the start of a song as entered into Sibelius 6.0:
Here’s how this gets translated into Finale 2010 using Standard MIDI Files. The pitches and most of the rhythms are transferred, but nearly every other detail of the original music notation is lost:
Compare that interpretation to how the song gets translated into Finale 2010 using a MusicXML 2.0 file. Now this is an accurate translation! The chord symbols, guitar chord diagrams, transposing clefs, lyrics, dynamics, repeat barline, slurs, articulations, crescendo and diminuendo wedges, tempo mark, grace note, slide, composer, title, and system breaks are all present and accounted for.