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PostPosted: Tue Jun 23, 2020 1:09 am 
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I haven't been checking the forum for a while, but it seems that it's better wait before downloading the latest version of Overture, I understand that there are still many bugs. :( :( :(


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 23, 2020 2:20 am 
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This is my experience…

My longstanding policy has been to hold off on updates until the suckers have suffered the ill-effects of the new less than perfect update. This is especially true for Microsoft and Apple stuff where the coding is complex, and the platforms are many. There is no perfect version of a program because code is always evolving, and user demands are fickle (as a business owner you ignore them at your peril). Bugs are part of the game.

Lately I have been keeping current with Overture’s updates because Don has never reverted from the basic code base of Overture. This goes back 20 years and back into the Encore days. Some of the fixes have been particularly good, and some have been less than stellar. As far as the fundamentals and innovations of notation software are concerned, Don has been leading the pack. I hope his engineering skills continue to surprise all of us.

When we consider the evolution of Overture over the years, it can be fairly said that some of the inconsequential routines of recent updates have been muddled up. Users have raised particular hell to the point of endlessly harping on an issue. Fair enough. History says that in time, and at Don’s convenience, he will respond with an update.

Downloading the latest version of Overture will keep you up to date. There will be new fixes, and there will be a few bugs – but the code base will continue to be rock solid. This software is constantly evolving as is all other softwares.


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 23, 2020 3:43 am 
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Hi Merv, thanx for the reply.
I understand how difficult it's to constantly improve a software and I also understand how difficult it's to try to please everyone. I use Overture to compose, I find that its strong point is in the interaction with the Vst and the quality of the playback. From the point of view of notation it is needless to say that if my needs were those of the engraver I would certainly have chosen programs such as Finale or Sibelius. Mine is not a criticism, simply my current version of Overture works perfectly and I would not like to download something that from what I see is not yet functional ...Furthermore, I'm not the only one who is not convinced, many other forum users express doubts about it .
Overture is a paid software, I think it is perfectly legitimate to expect it to work, without obviously disrespecting Don.


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 29, 2020 11:41 am 
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I have to jump in here as a very long time user. Merv is correct as for the solid foundation in OV's code and basic functions. He is also correct in the (usually timely) response to issues that we get from Don, the mastermind behind OV. However, as a service to new users or those contemplating updates, I have to warn that the latest update is extremely buggy especially as to mouse entry and, from a basic notational standpoint (ignoring VST and fine engraver details which some users need and others don't) it has issues with very basic functions that any notation software must have. These include the correct inclusion of accidentals, copy and paste anomalies, etc. In this respect I feel the last couple of updates have taken the program backwards, not forwards and I am now using a version that is a year old so that I can do basic composing with it. A year is really way too long for a paid product to not deliver on basics. In this I agre with Fabrizio and anxiously await the promised fixes.


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