Version History

Dolet® for Sibelius History

Changes 6.5 to 6.6 (March 2016)

Version 6.6 exports files much faster than previous versions. On Mac it can export 50% faster. On Windows, export can be 5 to 10 times faster, with more improvement for larger files. Version 6.6 also adds a manual installation option for Windows 32-bit systems.

Changes 6.4 to 6.5 (November 2015)

Version 6.5 adds support for Sibelius 8 in the Dolet for Sibelius installers and improves support for 64-bit Sibelius 7 and 8 in the Windows installer.

Changes 6.3 to 6.4 (September 2014)

Version 6.4 adds support for Sibelius 7.5, including export of gaps before measures.

Changes 6.2 to 6.3 (November 2013)

Version 6.3 improves the export of open key / atonal scores for better compatibility with Finale 2014. It also adds full accidental export from Sibelius 7.1.3. It also fixes the following issues:

  • Accidentals were sometimes exported incorrectly from transposed music.
  • Export of staff layout processing instructions for extra space could create invalid MusicXML files.

Changes 6.1 to 6.2 (July 2012)

Version 6.2 fixes the following issues:

  • Notes with a whole note duration or longer no longer export with a stem element.
  • User-defined system text now exports from Sibelius 7.1 and 7.1.2 as it does in Sibelius 7.0 and earlier.
  • Spurious bar rests associated with the system staff are no longer exported.

Changes 6.0 to 6.1 (November 2011)

Version 6.1 is now available free of charge. No serial number is required. Version 6.1 also adds the following feature:

  •  Lyric elision undertie and hard space characters are now exported.

First Dolet 6 for Sibelius release 6.0 (August 2011)

Dolet 6 for Sibelius adds support for MusicXML 3.0, including the following features:

  • Instrument sound IDs
  • Percussion symbols
  • String mute symbols
  • Enhanced ornaments, including slashed turns and mordent approaches / releases
  • Woodwind hole symbols
  • Explicit export of bar rests
  • Exporting what types of information a credit element contains (e.g. title, subtitle, composer)
  • Better export of major-minor chord symbols
  • New notehead shapes (fa up, ping)
  • 512th and 1024th notes

Other new features include:

  • Sibelius 7 support, including export of stem directions.
  • Export of hidden tempo marks in text that follows a tilde sign.
  • Export of standard l.v. symbols.
  • Correct export of repeat lines that start at the end of the previous measure, or end at the start of the next measure.
  • Better export of user-defined lyric text styles.
  • Better export of user-defined repeat lines with styles created in later versions of Sibelius.
  • Better export of user-defined metronome marks with styles created in later versions of Sibelius.
  • Better export of standard fermata symbols.
  • Better export of two- and four-bar repeats.
  • Export a time-only attribute for metronome marks that play on only one pass.
  • Brace characters { and } are exported correctly from music text fonts.
  • Full export of tuplets where Sibelius’s inner data structures have a discrepancy as to where the tuplet ends.
  • Instrument change text hidden with a tilde character is not exported.
  • Better export of empty measure numbers.
  • Better export of special barlines.
  • Export a processing instruction when there is a large within-voice backup, indicating a possible Sibelius file data issue.
  • Windows installer user interface is now localized for all Sibelius 6 languages.

Dolet 5 for Sibelius History

Changes 5.3 to 5.4 (August 2010)

  • Hook beams are exported more accurately when in the middle of a group of beamed notes.
  • Begin and continue beams are no longer exported incorrectly when the following note is a quarter note or longer.
  • Invisible text starting with a tilde is no longer exported in instrument names and credits.

Changes 5.2 to 5.3 (May 2010)

  • Improves the export of lyric hyphenation when lyrics have been imported from MIDI or PhotoScore files.

Changes 5.1 to 5.2 (January 2010)

  • Adds support for Sibelius’s Focus on Staves feature when used with Sibelius 6.

Changes 5.0 to 5.1 (October 2009)

Version 5.1 adds support for Sibelius 6.1. Sibelius 6.1 adds ManuScript support for many new features, including document setup and selected engraving rules.

The following new features are exported when using Dolet 5.1 for Sibelius with Sibelius 6.1:

  • Score groupings, including braces, brackets, and group barlines
  • Default page and system margins
  • Default music and text fonts
  • Default distances between staves and between systems
  • Small staves
  • Horizontal positions for the ends of lines
  • System text and lines are now exported on all staves set in the current house style
  • Line widths for staves, stems, barlines, beams, leger lines, slurs, and ties
  • Scaling factors for grace and cue notes
  • Key signature cancellation according to the current house style
  • The options for instruments to display a full name, short name, or no name
  • The option for an instrument not to display a key signature
  • Sub-bass clef
  • Improved chord symbol formatting

Version 5.1 also adds the following improvements for both Sibelius 5 and 6:

  • Accidentals in instrument names and abbreviations are exported more accurately.
  • Boxed system text is exported.

First Dolet 5 for Sibelius release 5.0 (July 2009)

Dolet 5 for Sibelius writes MusicXML 2.0 files and works with Sibelius 5.1 and later. Dolet 5 for Sibelius adds many new features compared to the Dolet 4 for Sibelius plug-in.

The Dolet 5 for Sibelius plug-in exports many new features for Sibelius 6 users, thanks to improvements in the Sibelius 6 plug-in interface:

  • Transpositions
  • Octave-transposing clefs anywhere in a score
  • Hidden staves on systems
  • System and page breaks are exported even without the layout being locked first
  • Fermatas over bar rests
  • Color of notes and other bar objects
  • Buzz roll “z” that appears on a stem
  • MusicXML encoding date

New notation features in Sibelius 6 are also exported, including:

  • Jazz articulations
  • Comments
  • Feathered beams
  • Note-attached arpeggios
  • Greater accuracy in exporting Sibelius 6 chord symbols
  • Export of chord symbols in German, Solfege, and Scandinavian styles

Dolet 5 for Sibelius has also made many additions and improvements in MusicXML export for both Sibelius 5 and Sibelius 6 users compared to Dolet 4 for Sibelius:

  • Subtitles and dedications are exported.
  • Standard Sibelius arrow and bracket lines are exported.
  • Octave-transposing clefs are exported at the start of a score.
  • Standard Sibelius pedal lines are exported with correct formatting.
  • Standard Sibelius accidental mark symbols are exported.
  • Standard Sibelius non-arpeggiate lines are exported.
  • Standard Sibelius notehead styles 24 through 29 are exported.
  • Hidden tuplets are exported with correct formatting.
  • Slides between notes in tuplets are exported.
  • Tab staves export a staff-size set to Sibelius’s default size.
  • Vertical positions on tab staves are exported more accurately.
  • Symbols are exported by name if not recognized as a MusicXML element.
  • System symbols are exported more accurately.
  • Fermata symbols are exported more accurately.
  • Beat noteheads on half notes and longer export a diamond notehead instead of a slash.
  • Text wildcards are exported more accurately.
  • Instrument changes are exported using MusicXML instruments.
  • Instrument changes export any changes to staff lines and tablature tuning.
  • Instrument change text positions are exported.
  • Tab is exported correctly when on the second staff of a multi-staff instrument.
  • Harp pedals are exported when the plug-in can determine the text font.
  • System lines are exported above the staff.
  • Export of slurs, glissandos, and trills on grace notes vs. main notes is improved.
  • Ends of glissandos export more accurately.
  • Glissandos export with starting and ending vertical positions.
  • Boxed text is exported more accurately.
  • Slides are exported more accurately from multi-staff parts.
  • Tuplets export with better rounding for note durations.
  • Trills export more accurately in passages with hidden notes.
  • Key signatures export more accurately in instruments with ossia staves.
  • Tempo and metronome marks at the start of a score export with directive positioning.
  • More unexported items are now logged with MusicXML processing instructions.

Dolet 4 for Sibelius History

Changes 4.1 to 4.2 (May 2009)

  • Sibelius 6 is now supported.
  • Export of double-note tremolos is now more reliable.
  • Cue-size noteheads within a normal size chord are now exported.

Changes 4.0 to 4.1 (December 2008)

  • Cue-size text, chord, and line objects no longer cause the exported MusicXML file to be invalid.
  • More versions of the b9b13 chord symbol are now exported.
  • Dolet 4 for Sibelius now reports when Sibelius 5 encounters a rare problem in writing out some lines of a MusicXML file, including the lines that are missing from the file. This is caused by a problem in Sibelius 5, and we have been advised that reporting the problem is the best that plug-ins can currently do in this situation.

First Dolet 4 for Sibelius release 4.0 (September 2008)

Dolet 4 for Sibelius writes MusicXML 2.0 files and works with Sibelius 5. Dolet 4 for Sibelius adds many new features thanks to improvements in the MusicXML 2.0 language and the Sibelius 5 plug-in interface. Dolet 4 for Sibelius now exports the following features that were not exported in the Dolet 3 for Sibelius plug-in:

  • Chord symbol diagrams (requires Sibelius 5.2)
  • Guitar tablature staff tuning
  • Double-note tremolos
  • Sibelius’s built-in metric modulations, including swing tempo indications
  • Cue-size notes
  • Multirests
  • Blank pages
  • Text on an initial blank title page
  • Measure numbers
  • Cautionary accidentals
  • Line breaks in text
  • Non-automatic tuplet formatting, such as brackets being forced to display or forced to be hidden
  • Parenthesized accidentals
  • Parenthesized notes
  • Staff lines, such as a 1-line percussion staff
  • Grace note acciaccatura / appoggiatura distinctions
  • Slides (requires Sibelius 5.1 or later; exports for single notes only, not chords)
  • Nested tuplets
  • Quarter-tone accidentals
  • Accordion registration symbols
  • Stress, unstress, and inverted turn symbols
  • Bold, italic, and underline text settings when not the house style default
  • Vertical positioning of lyrics
  • Vertical positioning of ends of lines

Dolet 3 for Sibelius History

Changes 3.5 to 3.6 (June 2008)

  • Triple- and quadruple-dotted whole notes are now exported correctly.
  • Cue notes and backup elements are no longer exported with a duration of 0.

Changes 3.4 to 3.5 (August 2007)

  • Fixes some translation problems when running the plug-in in German versions of Sibelius.

Changes 3.3 to 3.4 (June 2007)

  • Sibelius 5 is now supported. Grace note types (eighth, sixteenth, etc.) are now exported from Sibelius 5. MIDI program and channel data exported from Sibelius 4 is not exported from Sibelius 5.

Changes 3.2 to 3.3 (December 2006)

  • Wedge articulations are now correctly supported using the MusicXML spiccato element. A parallel change in Dolet 3.5 for Finale allows these articulations to be translated correctly from Sibelius to Finale.

Changes 3.1 to 3.2 (September 2006)

  • Lyrics created when importing standard MIDI files are now exported.
  • Incomplete metronome marks no longer keep export from working.

Changes 3.0.2 to 3.1 (August 2006)

  • Live Playback data is now exported.
  • Lyrics with user-defined styles are exported more accurately.
  • The MusicXML file now tells other programs that accidentals are not included, so they can generate them automatically.

Changes 3.0.1 to 3.0.2 (June 2006)

  • C0 control characters in dynamics are no longer exported incorrectly to MusicXML files. This was keeping those files from importing into other programs.

Changes 3.0 to 3.0.1 (March 2006)

  • Dolet 3 for Sibelius now has a German user interface when run from the German version of Sibelius 4.
  • Coda and segno symbols now export more accurately.
  • Tuplets preceded by a grace note now export more accurately.

First Dolet 3 for Sibelius release 3.0 (December 2005)

Dolet 3 for Sibelius writes MusicXML 1.1 files and works with Sibelius 4. It has many new and improved features compared to Dolet 1 for Sibelius.

The new features include export of:

  • Built-in articulations
  • Built-in symbols like coda and segno signs
  • Rehearsal marks
  • Glissandos
  • System and page breaks
  • Common and cut time symbols
  • Single-note tremolos
  • MIDI channels and programs
  • Text from guitar frames
  • Document settings for score width, score height, and staff size
  • Full names and short names for instruments
  • Note styles
  • Hidden objects (requires Sibelius 4.1)

The improved features include:

  • Improved chord symbol support
  • Improved metronome mark support
  • Improved dynamic mark support
  • Improved measure numbering for scores with a pickup bar
  • Improved export of notes within an octava line
  • Improved fingering export
  • Improved export of grace note slurs
  • Improved readability of MusicXML text files

Dolet 1 for Sibelius History

Changes 1.7 to 1.8 (November 2011)

  • Version 1.8 is now distributed free of charge. If you are using Sibelius 5.1 or later, you will get better results using the Dolet 6 for Sibelius plug-in, also distributed free of charge.

Changes 1.6 to 1.7 (October 2009)

  • Sibelius 6.1 is now supported.
  • The sub-bass clef added in Sibelius 6.1 is now exported.

Changes 1.5 to 1.6 (May 2009)

  • Sibelius 6 is now supported.

Changes 1.4 to 1.5 (June 2008)

  • Triple- and quadruple-dotted whole notes are now exported correctly.
  • Export now works for scores that contain instrument changes.
  • Backup elements are no longer exported with a duration of 0.

Changes 1.3 to 1.4 (June 2007)

  • Sibelius 5 is now supported. Grace note types (eighth, sixteenth, etc.) are now exported from Sibelius 5.

Changes 1.2 to 1.3 (October 2005)

  • Quotation marks, score info, dynamics, and hidden text are exported more accurately.
  • Export now works for scores that contain highlights.
  • The start of ties now has a tied element in the MusicXML file in addition to a tie element.
  • The MusicXML files now indicate that transposition is not supported.

Changes 1.1 to 1.2 (August 2004)

  • The export dialog box is now wider, so that file names can be read more easily on Windows XP systems.
  • Open key signatures are now exported correctly.
  • C0 control characters in Sibelius text are no longer exported incorrectly to the MusicXML file.
  • Percussion clef export now fully matches the MusicXML 1.0 definition.
  • Lyrics for verse 3 and above are exported more accurately.

Changes 1.02 to 1.1 (January 2004)

  • MusicXML 1.0 is now supported.
  • Positioning for lines, text, and notes is now exported.
  • Tuplet export is improved.
  • Instruments that have two staves for regular notation and tablature now export correctly.
  • Lyrics in customized styles are now exported.

Changes 1.0 to 1.02 (October 2003)

  • Sibelius 3 is now supported. Sibelius 3.1 is the first supported version of Sibelius 3 on Windows.
  • Grace note slurs and octave lines now export correctly.
  • Part names that include an & now export correctly.
  • Export of complex tuplets is improved.

First Dolet for Sibelius release 1.0 (August 2003)

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