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Version 8.1 of Dolet® for Sibelius Plugin Now Available

Today we have released the first maintenance update for our free Dolet® 8 for Sibelius plugin. This update includes the following features and fixes:

  • Headers and footers are now exported. As with other page-aligned text, positions are based on common default house styles since plug-ins cannot access text style definitions.
  • The page number wildcard is now exported. (Regular Sibelius page numbers are still not exported due to ManuScript limitations.)
  • The year of composition wildcard is now exported.
  • The dynamic markings ffp, ffmp, fmp, fpp, msfz, and msfzp are now exported as dynamics.
  • Standalone symbols for notes, noteheads, rests, augmentation dots, bar repeats, barlines, clefs, flags, and octaves are now exported.
  • The Sibelius formatting string for turning off a music text font while retaining other aspects of string formatting is now exported.
  • Page-aligned text with a repeated mix of words and dynamic symbols no longer exports with invalid MusicXML that other applications cannot open.

You can download the plugin from our Dolet plugins download page. You will need a free account at our MakeMusic site to download the plugin. If you have any questions about the plugin, please feel free to reach out on Facebook or Twitter.

Dolet® 8 for Sibelius Plugin Now Available

We are happy to announce that Version 8.0 of our free Dolet® for Sibelius plugin has been released today! The Dolet 8 for Sibelius plugin lets you export MusicXML 4.0 files from Sibelius Ultimate 2019.5 and later. The plug-in has also received a thorough updating to take advantage of new features added to Sibelius’s ManuScript programming language over the past several years.

We believe this updated plugin will make it easier for people to transfer their music from Sibelius into SmartMusic, Finale, and other music notation apps. Our previous version 6.6 was released nearly six years ago, and thus only exported MusicXML 3.0 files.

You can download the plugin from our Dolet plugins download page. You will need a free account at our MakeMusic site to download the plugin.

There are over 50 new features and fixes available in version 8.0 compared to our previous version 6.6 release. Here are 10 of the highlights:

  1. Concert scores now export transposition information, including alternate clefs for transposed parts.
  2. Concert scores with octave-transposing parts such as guitar and piccolo now export correctly.
  3. Cross-staff notation is exported starting with Sibelius 2021.9.
  4. Dynamic parts can be exported all at once using the new Export Parts to MusicXML menu item.
  5. Page-aligned text is now exported, except for headers and footers.
  6. Many more standard symbols are now exported.
  7. System directions export with the system attribute, providing better results when creating parts from an imported score.
  8. Text that mixes dynamics or musical symbols with words now export correctly.
  9. Metronome marks with numeric ranges now export correctly.
  10. Batch export no longer prompts for saving after each file.

You can read more about all the new features in the release notes and version history. If you have any questions about the plugin, please feel free to reach out on Facebook or Twitter.

Dolet 8 for Sibelius Beta Coming Soon

Over the past few months we have been hard at work updating our free Dolet® for Sibelius plug-in for exporting MusicXML files from Sibelius. It has been over five years since we last updated the plug-in. We wanted to take advantage of the new features of both MusicXML 4.0 and Sibelius’s ManuScript programming language to get better MusicXML files out of Sibelius. This should make it easier for people to transfer their music from Sibelius into SmartMusic, Finale, and other music notation apps.

To apply for the beta test, please fill out the application form. This will let us know what type of test coverage we will be getting in terms of both Sibelius versions and applications that will be making use of the exported MusicXML files. If accepted, you will receive information about accessing the beta versions during the week of November 29.

The Dolet 8 for Sibelius plug-in requires Sibelius 2019.5 or later. Restricting to later versions of Sibelius makes it much easier to support the plug-in and make use of the latest ManuScript features.

There are 50 new features and fixes available in this beta release. Here are 10 of the highlights:

  1. Concert scores now export transposition information, including alternate clefs for transposed parts.
  2. Concert scores with octave-transposing parts such as guitar and piccolo now export correctly.
  3. Cross-staff notation is exported starting with Sibelius 2021.9.
  4. Dynamic parts can be exported all at once using the new Export Parts to MusicXML menu item.
  5. Page-aligned text is now exported except for headers and footers.
  6. Many more standard symbols are now exported.
  7. System directions export with the system attribute, providing better results when creating parts from an imported score.
  8. Text that mixes dynamics or musical symbols with words now export correctly.
  9. Metronome marks with numeric ranges now export correctly.
  10. Batch export no longer prompts for saving after each file.

We hope that many of you will find this updated plug-in useful. Please consider joining the beta program to let us know how it works for you before we make the plug-in more widely available.

Finale 26.3 MusicXML Updates

Yesterday MakeMusic released Finale 26.3 and an updated Dolet 7.6 for Finale plug-in. The MusicXML improvements for both Finale 26.3 and Dolet 7.6 for Finale include:

  • Music written with percussion clefs using standard rather than percussion notation now exports correctly.
  • Music written on 2- or 3-line percussion staves now exports and imports more accurately.
  • Percussion notation rests set to a specific staff position now export and import more accurately.
  • Custom Clef Designer definitions are now exported.
  • Stacked chord symbols are now exported and imported.
  • Measure numbers now export more accurately from documents with multiple measure number regions.
  • Stems shortened to nothing using the stem length tool are now exported correctly.
  • When notes display in other layers when rhythmic notation is applied, their stem directions now export correctly and articulations are displayed after import.

Finale 26.3 also includes a fix where MusicXML import no longer changes MIDI quantization settings.

As part of our continued MakeMusic technology modernization, the Dolet plug-in no longer supports Finale versions prior to Finale 2011 as of version 7.6. You may continue to use older Dolet versions with earlier Finale versions.

While MakeMusic has been continuously improving our MusicXML 3.1 support, the W3C Music Notation Community Group has started work on MusicXML 4.0, planned for release in 2021. Please join the group to contribute to MusicXML 4.0’s development, or watch the MusicXML GitHub repository to track our progress.

We hope that you find the improved MusicXML support will make moving your music files between applications even faster and more accurate than before. If you have issues using the MusicXML in Finale 26.3 or in using the Dolet plug-in, please let us know in the Finale portion of our Help Center.

Finale 26.2.2 MusicXML Updates

Today MakeMusic released Finale 26.2.2 and an updated Dolet 7.5 for Finale plug-in.

The MusicXML improvements for both Finale 26.2.2 and Dolet 7.5 for Finale include:

    • Text in the JazzText, Broadway Copyist Text, and Finale Copyist Text fonts now exports more accurately, especially for codas, segnos, and metronome marks.
    • The Scale Expression with Attached Note setting is supported during export.
    • Staff style changes in the middle of the first measure are now exported.
    • Positions of text repeats at the end of multimeasure rests export more accurately.
    • Metronome font information is now exported.
    • Hyperlinks for measure-attached text blocks are now exported.
    • Accent articulations in a text font are now exported as accents.
    • Hidden smart shapes are no longer exported.
    • Hidden clefs now export as hidden.
    • Hidden time signatures at the start of a part now export as senza misura.
    • Parts with no visible clefs are now imported without clefs displaying.

Finale 26.2.2 also includes MusicXML export of exact slur positions.

These improvements are part of MakeMusic’s work on an upcoming digital sheet music sharing and practice solution. Finale product manager Jon Tschiggfrie interviewed me for a recent post on the Finale blog on “the life and times of MusicXML.”

We hope that you find the improved MusicXML support will make moving your music files between applications even faster and more accurate than before. If you have issues using the MusicXML in Finale 26.2.2 or in using the Dolet plug-in, please let us know in the Finale portion of our Help Center. If you are a music notation software developer and find a problem with MusicXML 3.1 in your development work, please post an issue at the MusicXML GitHub repository.

Finale 26.2 MusicXML Updates

Today MakeMusic released Finale 26.2 and an updated Dolet 7.4 for Finale plug-in.

Two main areas of focus for Finale 26.2 development are compatibility with macOS 10.15 Catalina and updating the way that document options work inside Finale. The MusicXML code has now been updated to support these changes. Note that since the Dolet for Finale plug-in is only for 32-bit versions of Finale, it will not run on Catalina.

The MusicXML improvements for both Finale 26.2 and Dolet 7.4 for Finale include:

  • Default hyphen and beam distance are now correctly exported and imported.
  • Unslashed flagged grace notes are imported more accurately.
  • Numerals on 1-bar multimeasure rests are imported more accurately.

We have also updated the MusicXML web site to reflect the latest developments in sites with MusicXML music files, MusicXML software support, and publications about research that uses the MusicXML format. The publications section in particular has many updates from recent Sound and Music Computing and International Society of Music Information Retrieval conferences.

We hope that you find the improved MusicXML support will make moving your music files between applications even faster and more accurate than before. If you have issues using the MusicXML in Finale 26.2 or in using the Dolet plug-in, please let us know in the Finale portion of our Help Center. If you are a music notation software developer and find a problem with MusicXML 3.1 in your development work, please post an issue at the MusicXML GitHub repository.

Finale 26.1 MusicXML Updates

Today MakeMusic released Finale 26.1 and an updated Dolet 7.3 for Finale plug-in. The main improvement in both releases is enhanced support for linked parts in Finale import and export.

Finale 26.1 now automatically generates linked parts after a MusicXML import. Repeats, rehearsal marks, and tempo marks are now imported in a way that works better with these generated linked parts.

In addition, Finale 26.1 includes a new MusicXML export preference to “Include linked parts in compressed files”. When this option is selected, all the linked parts will be included if you are exporting a compressed .mxl file while viewing the score. When importing back into Finale 26.1, Finale will import the differences between the score and parts in page sizes and margins, system breaks, and page-attached text positions into your Finale file.

The Dolet for Finale plug-in does not contain this preference or the ability to automatically generate linked parts after import. However, it does include the import improvements that will let repeats, rehearsal marks, and tempo marks work better with linked parts if you generate them yourself after the MusicXML import.

Another improvement only available in Finale 26.1 is that exporting a folder of Finale files will hide any file conversion or font annotation dialogs that might have appeared in previous versions. This makes it easier to run MusicXML batch exports unattended.

You can see the entire list of the 10 improvements in MusicXML support included in both Finale 26.1 and the Dolet 7.3 for Finale plug-in in the Dolet for Finale version history.

The Dolet for Finale plug-in is 32-bit only and works with Finale 2009 through 2014.5. Starting with v25, Finale now includes all the added features that used to be part of the Dolet plug-in, plus some MusicXML features that only work in 64-bit Finale. All the MusicXML functionality you need is now available directly in the File menu.

We hope that you find the improved MusicXML support will make moving your music files between applications even faster and more accurate than before. If you have issues using the MusicXML in Finale 26.1 or in using the Dolet plug-in, please let us know in theFinale portion of our Help Center. If you are a music notation software developer and find a problem with MusicXML 3.1 in your development work, please post an issue at the MusicXML GitHub repository.

SmartMusic MusicXML Update

MusicXML has played a critical role in the launch and development of MakeMusic’s new web-based SmartMusic music practice software. While the classic version of SmartMusic for desktops and iPad uses Finale technology for its music notation display, the new web-based version uses different technology designed for web applications. MakeMusic uses MusicXML to ensure that repertoire is available in both the new and classic versions of SmartMusic.

Since new SmartMusic launched in December 2016 after a limited early release, teachers have been able to upload MusicXML files and assign them to students to supplement SmartMusic’s built-in repertoire. Unlike classic SmartMusic, these music uploads no longer need to be created in Finale. Instead, they can be created in Finale or another other music notation program that exports MusicXML files – which is just about all of them.

Last January, we improved the import process by adding an online notation editor to SmartMusic educator subscriptions. This beta application let you edit MusicXML files that you imported before assigning them to students, or create new music for your students directly in your web browser. It also let you import full MusicXML scores as well as individual MusicXML parts. However, the MusicXML support was still for import only. Scores that you created or edited with SmartMusic could not be taken back to Finale or used in other applications.

That changed yesterday with the release of SmartMusic’s Sight Reading Builder and Compose applications. Sight Reading Builder lets you instantly generate an infinite number of sight reading exercises, custom tailored for your ensembles. The Compose notation editor is now a full-fledged part of SmartMusic, no longer in beta mode. Both applications are included in SmartMusic premium educator subscriptions, and both applications now let you export MusicXML files.

This is a big breakthrough for both MakeMusic and our customers. MakeMusic now has two notation editors using different technologies developed for different needs. Musical scores created in either application can now be freely moved back and forth between these two applications with very high accuracy. Of course this exchange extends to over 200 other applications that support the MusicXML format.

We believe that educators will find that SmartMusic’s two-way MusicXML support makes it easier to get your own custom repertoire to your students. If you have issues using the MusicXML features in  the Compose and Sight Reading Builder tools, please let us know through the SmartMusic Help Center.

Finale v26 MusicXML Updates

Today MakeMusic released Finale v26 and an updated Dolet 7.2 for Finale plug-in. Besides supporting the new features in Finale v26, there are over 25 improvements in our MusicXML support from the previous Finale v25.5 and Dolet 7.1 for Finale releases. You can see the entire list in the Dolet for Finale version history. The most important changes include:

  • Version 7.2 changes the default file format for exporting a single MusicXML file from uncompressed (.musicxml) to compressed (.mxl) files. The MusicXML Preferences continue to allow a different setting for batch export of MusicXML files.
  • The MetTimes, AshMusic, LeeMusic, and RussMusic fonts are now supported during export.
  • Chord symbols now export more accurately, including symbols that use the Finale Numerics and Broadway Copyist Text Ext fonts.
  • The “Hide First Measure Number in Region” option is now supported during export.
  • Non-arpeggiate symbols and undertie elisions are now imported.
  • Lyrics now export more accurately from documents where the default music font is EngraverFontSet.
  • Finale v26 speeds up export and import for large batches of MusicXML files.

The Dolet for Finale plug-in is 32-bit only and works with Finale 2009 through 2014.5. Starting with v25, Finale now includes all the added features that used to be part of the Dolet plug-in, plus some MusicXML features that only work in 64-bit Finale. All the MusicXML functionality you need is now available directly in the File menu.

We hope that you find the improved MusicXML support will make moving your music files between applications even faster and more accurate than before. If you have issues using the MusicXML in Finale v26 or in using the Dolet plug-in, please let us know in theFinale portion of our Help Center. If you are a music notation software developer and find a problem with MusicXML 3.1 in your development work, please post an issue at the MusicXML GitHub repository.

MusicXML 3.1 W3C Community Group Report

W3C Community Group Final Report LogoLast week the W3C Music Notation Community Group published MusicXML Version 3.1 as a W3C Community Group Final Report.  This is the Community Group’s first report, and the first update to MusicXML since the Version 3.0 release 6 years ago.

MusicXML 3.1 has four main areas of improvement over MusicXML 3.0:

  • Better support for the Standard Music Font Layout (SMuFL)
  • Improved documentation
  • Improved packaging, including a new .musicxml extension for uncompressed MusicXML files
  • Other improvements for encoding musical semantics and appearance

You can read more about the updates to MusicXML 3.1 in the Community Group Report and the GitHub issue list.

MakeMusic has been using earlier versions of MusicXML 3.1 in our Finale and new SmartMusic products for several months. We find that the new features really help to transfer scores from Finale to SmartMusic more accurately. For instance, many of the SMuFL features are useful even when preparing music without SMuFL fonts. Since SMuFL provides a  large taxonomy of musical symbols, MusicXML 3.1 was able to add greater expressiveness without a corresponding increase in complexity

We have updated the MusicXML web site for the MusicXML 3.1 release, including the tutorial, alphabetical index, and musical examples. We have also updated the community publications and music pages to include the MusicXML projects discussed at the latest International Society for Music Information Retrieval (ISMIR) Conference.

2017 has been a productive year for the MusicXML community, the W3C Music Notation Community Group, and MakeMusic’s MusicXML development. MusicXML is now supported by more than 230 applications worldwide. ISMIR 2017 shows that MusicXML is being used more frequently than ever in music information retrieval and musicology research. We wish everyone in the MusicXML community a happy holiday season and new year.