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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.

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.

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 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 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.

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.

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.

MusicXML 4.0 W3C Community Group Report

W3C Community Group Final Report LogoLast week the W3C Music Notation Community Group published MusicXML 4.0 as a W3C Community Group Final Report.  This is the first update to MusicXML since the Version 3.1 release 3½ years ago.

MusicXML 4.0 includes many major new features. It adds or greatly improves support for:

  • Concert scores with transposed parts
  • Relationships between score and parts, including a standard way to combine score and parts in a single compressed .mxl file
  • Score following, assessment, and other machine listening applications
  • Swing playback
  • Roman numerals and Nashville numbers
  • XML Catalogs
  • Complete documentation on the W3C site, including examples of every MusicXML element.

In addition, there are many smaller changes for improving the semantics, appearance, and playback that can be represented directly in  MusicXML files. You can read more about the updates to MusicXML 4.0 in the Community Group Report and the GitHub issue list.

MakeMusic has been testing earlier versions of MusicXML 4.0 in our Finale and SmartMusic products for several months. Finale v27 will include MusicXML 4.0 support. SmartMusic already imports some of MusicXML 4.0’s new features.

We have updated the MusicXML web site for the MusicXML 4.0 release, including the alphabetical index and musical examples.  We have replaced the MusicXML 3.0 documentation, the MusicXML 3.1 tutorial, and the version history with redirects to the latest information in the W3C Community Group Report.

MusicXML is now supported by more than 250 applications worldwide. With the MusicXML 4.0 release we are making MusicXML easier for developers to use thanks to simplified, expanded, and updated documentation. The new features in Version 4.0 open up new areas for MusicXML application development and will improve accuracy for current applications. We look forward to seeing all the improvements in score exchange as more applications update their MusicXML support to Version 4.0.