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Overture 5

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Windows 7 and above

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Score Writer 5

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Updates

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 The latest update has significant changes, so please read the notes.

Overture 5

Update (5.5.2) - May 1, 2018

Enhancements

  • Added ability to split notes on a piano system during step input.Improved real time transcription, including real time split point calculations.
  • Added Flip Direction in symbol contextual menu.
  • Added “Clear Solo and Mute on all tracks” to Tracks menu. (You can create your own short cut key)
  • Printing now prints in reverse order, except when printing to PDF files.
  • Improved reading old MAC version 2 files.
  • Dragging guitar symbols are now constrained to the first direction moved, just like lyrics.
  • Added control values for each pedal to Harp Pedal dialog, because newer large libraries have the ability to control pedals with controller values.
  • Improved layout and symbol position.
  • Added Page Size to Mac Print Dialog.
  • Play as Written has been improved.
  • Added two Ukulele tunings and basic chords.

Fixes

  • Fixed Chinese text font problem when moving scores between Mac and PC.
  • Title Item “Show All Pages and x, y offsets” are now saved on parts.
  • Fixed two problems when entering chord symbols.
  • Fixed display problem with key signatures on transposing instruments.
  • Fixed tremolo beam problem that did not justify the notes after creation.
  • Fixed tremolo beam problem that caused tremolo beams to be unbeamed.
  • Fixed problem that did not display second note on temp items when using Groove font.
  • Fixed problem when center and right alignment on text that contained multiple styles and multiple lines.
  • Fixed problem that caused Appoggiatura notes to be deleted.
  • Fixed problem that caused Appoggiatura and grace notes not to be beamed when being created.
  • Fixed crash when creating a MIDI file and Send Sync was set to one of the internal General MIDI players.
  • Fixed problem that caused non English letters to be displayed in correctly in the Expression popup menu.
  • Fixed an issue for ties that were broken across barlines from older versions.
  • Fixed issue that allowed ties between non adjacent notes.
  • Fixed issue that caused repeats to disappear when they were between two multi-bar rests.
  • Fixed Oboe D’Amore transpose value in templates.
  • Fixed problem with tuplet brackets not adjust correctly.
  • Fixed problem that caused Overture not to delete it’s temporary files after saving.
  • Fixed MusicXML export problem that placed accidentals in the wrong order.
  • Fixed a playback problem caused with error in reading some Sound Maps.
  • Fixed problem selecting dynamics that straddled a barline.
  • Fixed crash when dragging the end of notes in hybrid staff view.
  • Fixed problem that caused melissma to be corrupted when a lyric was nudged.
  • Fixed problem that would not show drag cursor on all parts of raw notes that extended across barlines.
  • Fixed problem with justify on triplets that contained a chord symbol above them.
  • Fixed a bug that cause Open Recent Score panel to get off by one when deleting an entry.
  • Plugin Manager now saves multiple paths.
  • Fixed problem with choosing percussion clefs in inspector panel.
  • Fixed Notes to Tablature problem with notes that will not fit on keyboard.
  • Added limitation on setting capo position on tablature track to the maximum position that notes can be capoed.
  • Fixed problem with entering notes with accidental with pencil tool after a note that had an accidental.
  • Fixed problem that printed muted notes in grey.
  • Fixed a few problem with key switch conflicts caused by overlapping them with expressions containing the same key switch.
  • Eliminated multiple sounding notes when adding an accidental to more than one note at a time.
  • Fixed copy and paste and justify problems with grace notes.
    Meta Shortcut Keys dialog now holds all expression, not just 45.
  • Fixed problem that prevented Make into System not to work on first measure/system and added a short cut key.
  • Remove key binding for Edit MIDI Data because of conflicts with Tab key.
  • Measure width changes are no saved with file.
  • Added fix to limit dragging BeatCharts out of practical range.
  • Fixed chord problem that caused incorrect enharmonic entry.

Update (5.5.1) - Dec 5, 2017

Enhancements

  • Added global controls for cue note and text size in Score>Engraver>Notes panel.
  • High hat symbol size has been changed to match plus symbol in percussion palette.
  • Display position of open high hat (x with circle) has been improved.
  • Added Always show at top and bottom options in bar number dialog.
  • Added tempo display range values in Data View.
  • Added two other types for Fermatas attached to notes/rests. This can be changed in its dialog by double clicking on the Fermata.
  • Replace two articulations with a new Legato-Dot and a Spiccato articulation. The one replaced were just inversion of previous articulations and were not needed.
  • Improved vertical spacing on some articulations.
  • Added feature in Track List view to display all controller data types contained in a measure.
    – Right click on any measure and if it has controller data, a popup menu will display the data types.
    – If you choose one of the data types, the controller lane will display the data type.
    – This is very handy for finding and editing controller data.
  • Added the ability to hide/show individual staves on piano/organ systems. This is done using right click on the piano system.
  • Added ability to add Video hit points in the Track List view.
  • Added the ability to drag a Video Hit point in Track Data view to a new Bar/Beat/Clock location and the tempo(s) are adjusted to make keep the Video Hit point SMPTE time.
    Images that are imported using the File>Import Image menu command are now attach to the page, not measure.
  • Added ability to stretch sides of an image.
  • Added the ability to drag a barline without measures being proportionally space. Do this by holding down the ctrl key while dragging.
  • Improved chord suffix spacing when using Groove font.
  • Added a Modified date field at bottom of Browser in New Score Dialog.
  • Added more symbols that are written in MusicXML files.
  • Part names are now saved with extracted parts.
  • Part title font changes and positioning are now saved with score.
  • System breaks, page breaks, and Make into system, and changing bar widths, now work on parts and are saved with the master score.
  • Add ability to select the first note in prev/next measure using Ctrl[cmd] arrows.
  • Added keyboard shortcuts for common navigation keys. Look at bottom of Edit Key commands dialog for Navigation section.

Fixes

  • Fixed a crash with Kontakt on the Mac when opening its window.
  • Increased the db to gain slightly to match other applications. (Your scores will sound slightly louder)
  • Fixed a playback problem that cause expressions Note Duration percentage setting to not be turned off. NOTE: If using a staccato key switch, do not set Note duration in dialog.
  • Fixed a few problem with Plugin window that were in front of all others.
  • Fixed printing of imported images.
  • Fixed a few staff spacing problems and you can now drag them closer together.
  • Fixed problem that limited dragging chord baseline vertical distance.
  • Fixed tablature staff sizing problem in Track Inspector.
  • Fixed MIDI file import problem that would cause Overture to hang.
  • Fixed crash cause by pasting multiple tracks at end of score.
  • Fixed copy/past problem with slurs and hairpins.
  • Fixed problem that prevented dragging a barline with a key signature next to it.
  • Disabled chord playback when opening old Overture files.
  • Fixed a problem that prevented multi-rest from being resized/
  • Fixed problem that prevented User Expressions from being deleted from palette.
  • Fixed crash when switching between master and active parts with Mixer view open.
  • Fixed problem when pressing ‘Enter’ key while entering chords.
  • Fixed problem that always pasted in tempo marks.
  • Fixed problem where Show>Grid was being set if Show->Rulers was set.
  • Fixed a problem with copying and pasting cross staff notes.
  • Fixed a problem with articulation placement on cross staff notes.
  • Fixed problem that caused Time code to be displayed on Active Parts.
  • Fixed a problem where tuplet brackets were getting misaligned.
  • Fixed playback problem with Arpeggios that crossed staves.
  • Fixed problem that automatically filled in the rests ignoring cross staff notes.
  • Fixed point size setting when creating tablature sizes.
  • When creating tablature tracks, mandolin and ukulele now do not have pitch offset of -12.
    Improved mouse hot spot for rests.
  • Fixed problem that prevented leading rest from being deleted in pickup measures.
  • Fixed problem that created extra space on double bar lines at left edge of system that does not display a clef.
  • Fixed a few crashes when reading very old files.
  • Voice colors are now saved with preferences.
  • Fixed a playback problem when opening old scores that contained bank changes for MIDI devices that are no longer in the system.
  • Fixed problem with entering tuplets manually on off beats. (Ex quarter not triplet starting on 2nd beat)
  • Fixed crash when editing controller data in Score View.
  • Fixed a problem when adding meters after Hollywood lines have been set that caused the line to be drawn incorrectly.
  • Fixed problem that caused some repeat barlines to be drawn at different widths when using the Groove font.
  • Fixed a crash and a few other problems with importing MIDI files.
  • Fixed a problem when entering slurs on multiple voices.
  • Fixed problem with lines and arrows that started on the bass clef in a piano system.
  • Fixed a problem when deleting entire measures that contained a clef.
  • Fixed copy and paste crash at end of score while in Linear view.
  • Fixed text size problem when opening scores with page text.
  • Fixed problem with gain sliders going to 0 when dragging ones that use the same device and channel.

Update (5.5.0) - Aug 31, 2017





Enhancements

  • Added a resize control point to imported images.
  • Added the ability to tilt selected controller and velocity data in Data view. Just shift drag on the first or last selected data point.
  • Major changeUse Voice has now been changed to Use Channel giving you up to 16 channels and Notes>Set Playback Voice has been changed to Set Playback Channel.
  • Added a setting to always use Groove Font for Triangle and diminished characters in chord suffixes.
  • Added ability to select entire track(s) by dragging a rectangle around the left edge of the staff.
  • Added an Extend Slur command.
  • Added ability to respond to Vienna Ensemble Pro start/stop button presses.
  • Center the tuplet number over stem for tuplets not showing a bracket or slur.
  • Notes set to playback on a different channel than the track inspector setting, are shown in a dark brown color if Show Voice colors is enabled.
  • Improved Part Extraction control over notes sharing a stem, solo, and unison.
  • Add setting for enabling printing of cue notes on master score.

Fixes

  • Fixed problem that caused SMPTE time on Transport to be displayed incorrectly deep into a long the score.
  • Fixed problems with Activation not remembering activation.
  • Fixed note vertical position being displayed slightly too high.
  • Fixed a problem that caused text to move small amounts vertically at different zoom levels and printing. Note: You may have to re-adjust some text like Rehearsal marks on older files.
  • Fixed several crashes with creating and clicking on Blank Scores.
  • Fixed another crash when opening old Overture 4 files.
  • Cue notes no longer print in gray.
  • Fixed display and printing on text set to opaque settings and show enclosure.
  • Fixed problem that left last measure notes on newly insert pages.
  • Fixed a problem with displaying a Major triangle symbol on chord suffixes.
  • Fixed slur playback playback offsets not holding their values in its dialog.
  • Fixed copy/paste bug that revealed invisible rests.
  • Fixed copy/paste bug that left beams as only an eighth beam when the copy was only a partial measures.
  • Fixed a rare copy/paste crash.
  • Fixed bug in Move to Next/Previous staff.
    Fixed another playback bug with Arpeggios.
  • Added a little space at end for Key signature/meter warnings at end of system.
  • Fixed playback bug with slurs and key switches when starting in the middle of a measure.
  • Change the quick copy key stroke to ctrl + alt[option] click.
  • Fixed Notes>Add Interval menu command problems.
  • Fixed problem when pasting into a measure that had a clef change at end.
  • Fixed problem with loosing MIDI device for track, if there was no assigned instrument to the device in MIDI settings dialog.
  • Fixed misalignment of tuplet number on tuplets with no bracket or slur.
  • Fixed problem that caused invisible rest to become visible when copy and pasting.
  • Fixed problem when pasting partial measure data that caused beam to only show as an eighth note beam.
  • Fixed beaming patter on 3/4 meters to be on each beat.

Update (5.4.1) - Aug 16, 2017





Enhancements

  • New Features:
    You can now enter foreign lyrics like Chinese, Japanese, etc. You still need to press the space bar to separate syllables.  We are working on a solution to enter these more natural.
  • Greatly improved vertical staff spacing while dragging staves.
  • Added Downloads folder to built-in browser.
  • Improved playback of pauses and fermatas.
  • Improved text box enclosure spacing.
  • Added ability to open compressed MusicXML files from built-in browser.
  • Ctrl[cmd] click on Mixer MIDI effects (Chorus, reverb, etc.) now sends a 0 value and then turns off sending any future values.
  • Added a few more guitar chord fingerings.
  • Improved reading old Mac version 2 files.
  • Adding an articulation or ornament to a note will remove the existing one if it’s already added.
  • Added the choice to choose a tuning instrument in Convert Notes to Tablature dialog.
  • Added Edit>Match Hairpin Values menu command that changes hairpin start and end values to match surrounding dynamics.
  • Expressions now obey the Print Text setting in library when being dropped onto score.
  • Added additional Pedals in Group menu. Click on the small arrow at bottom right of Peal cell to choose the type of pedal.
  • Added menu command Edit>Open Inspector to open any dialog associated with a selected symbol. This is the same as double clicking on the symbol.
  • Added a setting in Chord Panel to display Major7 as just ^ and improved size and placement.
  • Added playing of note when dragging velocities.

Enhancements

  • Fixed problem with accidentals in tied notes especially with new No key signature choice.
  • Fixed problem with Hollywood lines not show meters on piano tracks and meters with two digit numerators.
  • Fixed problem that sometimes caused dragging tied notes to be dragged in thirds.
  • Fixed drag-copy of notes.
  • Fixed mandolin and bass guitar tuning settings.
  • Fixed paste problem that eliminated the beam on some notes.
  • Fixed problem that cause Advance Cursor to be reset to off during step input.
  • Fixed problem that caused articulation settings to be lost when duplicating a track.
  • Fixed incorrect display of half-diminished chord symbol.
  • Fixed problem with setting Lyric font in Lyric panel not being applied.
  • Fixed problem that prevented adding an accidental to the note at end of a tie.
  • Fixed a problem that prevented opening an older corrupted file.
  • Fixed problem when clicking over a note that has a lyric that started a new lyric instead of loading the current lyric.
  • Fixed problem when switching voices during step entry. The last entered note was moved to the new voice.
  • Fixed a random crash when using Notes>Notate as>Triplet on whole, half, and quarter notes.
  • Fixed problem with typing ‘h’ to switch enharmonics in Chord Panel.
  • Fixed problem that highlighted all symbols in Select filter even when a specific voice was selected.
  • Fixed problem that prevented Documentation from being loaded from Help menu.
  • Fixed problem that prevented open scores with the new Track Set feature used.
  • Fixed problem that showed wrapped part on next system for hidden hairpins.
  • Fixed Find Data not finding expressions unless type switch was enabled.
  • Fixed problem causing inserted rests in hidden measures (under multibar) to be drawn.
  • Fixed a few problems with GPO 4 and Kontakt Factory Library Sound Map.
  • Fixed problem with transposing chords chromatically downward.
  • Fixed accidental position in chord names from being a little low.
  • Fixed playback problem with hairpins from imported MusicXML files.
  • Fixed a crash when converting notes tablature when there is already a tablature staff that contained notes.
  • Fixed problem when pasting from treble clef to bass that caused slurs to be displaced.
  • Fixed incorrect opaque background in Text that uses Aloisen Groove.
  • Fixed extra accidentals showing when using Atonal key signature.
  • Fixed copy and paste of controller data.
  • Fixed playback problem with arpeggios on notes with down stem.
  • Fixed problem with drag-copy of notes on the Mac that left an extra note.
  • Fixed Mandolin tuning settings again. (Sorry about the previous version).
  • Expressions now obey the Print Text setting in library when being dropped onto score.
  • Added a little more space below note for Accent with dot articulation.

Update (5.4.0) - July 10, 2017





Enhancements

  • Added Staff Sets to the Tracks menu to allow groups of staves to be displayed quickly.
  • Added a Smart drum part recording. If you have the Replay button enabled you can individually record drum parts by overdubbing. See “Smart Drum Part Recording” in the online documentation.
  • Added Metakeys to quickly enter articulations, ornaments, dynamics, hairpins, and expressions. (x, shift-x). See online documentation for usage. This has been in the program for a while but settings were not being saved.
  • Implemented the Scrub Tool in Data View.
  • The Atonal setting in the track inspector has been removed and replaced with a more powerful method. When you insert a key signature you can now choose No key. This allows a composer to switch between atonal and normal modes in the middle of a score.
  • Added more documentation including a section on keyboard shortcuts.
  • The Modify controller dialog now remaps dynamic and hairpin controllers. The Modify Value settings are ignored for dynamics and hairpins.
  • VST/AU Plugin windows now have the parent track’s name included in the title.
  • Overture now fills in the tuplet dialog with expected type based on number of selected notes.
  • During step entry Overture now follows the last octave used when selected pitch was transposed.
  • Added add b5 and 7b13 chord.
  • Holding down shift key while dragging notes will toggle between the chromatic and diatonic preference setting.
  • The current voice commands have been removed from the View menu have been placed in their own menu.
  • Improved dragging of Hollywood lines.
  • MusicXML pedal marks are now read and written.
  • When you convert a tuplet note to rest, a tuplet bracket is automatically entered.
  • Improved chord suffix vertical alignment.
  • Added Solo and Mute current track commands in Tracks menu with shortcut key commands.
  • Added ability to import MIDI files with an incorrect conductor track.
    Added a slight improvement to vertical spacing routines.
  • Removed the Notes section of the Select by Filter Data menu command.
  • Improved line spacing for multi-line text and Title page items.

Fixes

  • Fixed playback problem with some glissandos.
  • Fixed problem that prevented last measure to be deleted. This bug was introduced in the previous version.
  • Fixed dynamic and hairpin alignment problem when dragging baseline.
  • Fixed MIDI device not being enabled occasionally. (Hopefully).
  • Fixed two problem with displaying composite meters.
  • Fixed problem with Composer Tools>Reverse pitches not showing accidentals until the altered notes were moved.
  • Fixed problem with MusicXML import not transposing correctly to concert pitch.
  • Fixed import problem with some MusicXML files not setting measure numbers correctly.
  • Fixed import problem with some MusicXML files not obeying MusicXML internal layout.
  • Fixed problem that when drawing vertical lines using graphic line tool.
  • Fixed copy and pasting of tuplets, again.
  • Fixed problem that caused the ‘e’ key to switch to the Eraser tool during step input.
  • Fixed problem that incorrectly converted symbol characters from old Overture files.
  • Fixed playback problem with grand pause.
  • Fixed problem that prevented some double sharp notes from changing to its en-harmonic.
  • Fixed problem that incorrectly converted MIDI notes to a wrong chord during chord input.
  • Fixed problem with using ‘o’ on tied notes during step entry.
  • Fixed problem with some beams display too high on bottom staff of grand staff.
  • Fixed problem that prevented file from being opened after cancelling New Score Dialog with the esc key.
  • Fixed problem that copied data onto measure when Inserting a new page.
  • Fixed problem that prevented copying from the bass staff into the treble staff on grand staves.
  • Fixed problem that caused insert track sizes to be larger than surrounding tracks.
  • Fixed problem with Add Interval function not applying the accidental correctly.
  • Fixed crash when adding a symbol to a note from the Graphics Palette.
  • Fixed problem that prevented chord symbol accidentals from being remapped to another font.
  • Fixed a small layout problem when inserting bars in the middle of a system.
  • Fixed crash caused by selecting a time signature and choosing Duplicate on Staff Below from the right click context menu.
  • Re-activation problems may have been fixed.
  • Fixed crash when reading some old scores that contained Page text.
  • Check marks are now displayed in Windows menu items for open windows/views.
  • Hairpins are now automatically set to surrounding dynamics. The menu item enabling this has been removed.
  • Overture now imports chords in MusicXML files.
  • Tuplet brackets can now nudge the same distance as notes.
  • Punch-in now correctly records first measure and last note.

Update (5.3.0) - Jun 1, 2017

5.3.0- Enhancements and fixes
Jun 1, 2017



Enhancements

  • Added user expressions to Track Inspector.
  • Added the ability to select move to the next/prev note and automatically select it using Alt[option] arrow keys.
  • Add check box to show/hide tempos in Time Code view.
  • Added the ability to change a slur to solid, dash, or dotted using Graphic Palette line type setting.
  • Changing endings font now changes all ending’s fonts throughout score.
  • While dragging endings vertically, holding down the Alt[option] key will set all endings to the dragged vertical position.
  • Added a Spacing Point size to Tuning tab in Inspector panel. This allows you to have symbols drawn at the same size of normal staves.
  • When saving as MIDI file you are now asked if you want to over write the file if it exists.
  • Symbols such as dynamics and hairpins that affect MIDI do not show in Data view if they are mute.
  • Dragging the Score Scale Slider in Score Layout panel now redraws the score as you drag.
  • Added a Triplet short cut command.
  • Added copy drag for text symbols.
  • Added ability to double click just past the clef (in key of C) to open Key signature dialog.
  • Added the ability to hear left hand staff notes when recording right hand and vice versa.
  • Added a Stem>Normalize menu command, that forces stem to follow scale position. NOTE: Check track stem settings.
  • Added an A Tonal setting in Track Inspector to be used in creating a tonal music scores.
  • Changed data values in Delete Measure dialog to use range instead of number of measures.
  • Added the ability to import Chord symbols on MusicXML scores.
  • Improved the placement of several MusicXML symbols.
  • Added the ability to control measure numbers on individual staves. Set this in Measure number dialog, just like Hollywood lines.
  • Improved the index in the Help>Online documentation.

Fixes

  • Fixed problem in previous version that added extra space at end of measure when step inputting.
  • Fixed crash when opening a score while another score is open with Mixer view showing.
  • Fixed layout problem with an Active part when changing layout settings.
  • Fixed problem that did no save Measures per System in Layout panel.
  • Fixed display problem with Composite Meters.
  • Fixed many MusicXML import problems.
  • Fixed problem with Plugin windows not staying on top.
  • Fixed stem vertical alignment on tablature staves.
  • Fixed problem when opening a score by double clicking on it while another score is open with a Title dialog open.
  • Fixed a problem that caused graphic lines to change their original size when selected.
  • Fixed vertical placement of Tremolos on whole notes.
  • Fixed problem that prevented controller data to be drawn on first pickup measure.
  • Fixed problem that cause initial left hand clef if not bass clef on Piano tracks to be lost when switching to Linear view.
  • Fixed problem that cause tuplet bracket to move faster than selected note when nudging.
  • Fixed problem when pasting tuplets.
  • Fixed problem that incorrectly entered quarter note tuplets beyond first beat.
  • Fixed problem with nested tuplets entry.
  • Fixed crash when choosing MP3 export on Mac version by disabling it. MP3 export still doesn’t work on Mac.
  • Fixed time code calculations on scores that contained fermatas.
  • Fixed problem that displayed a whole filled rest on staves that contained cross staff notes.
  • Fixed crashes while editing MIDI data while playing by disabling editing while playing.
  • Fixed problem that required an ending key switch to return state back to beginning of score.
  • Fixed MIDI channel problem on newly added tracks using the ‘+’ icon.
  • Fixed crash while holding ctrl[cmd] key while pressing Audio Out Master channel strip in Mixer window.
  • Fixed jumping around problem when dragging the title bar on Color Selection dialog.
  • Fixed Done button not closing the Color Selection dialog.
  • Fixed Step input crash when choosing adding an articulation to a note whole notated value would cause it to be split over a barline.
  • Fixed problem when deleting all text in a Measure Text dialog that did not delete it from score.
  • Fixed transposed parts bug when importing MusicXML score with tracks that were written in transposed state.
  • Fixed vertical alignment on staff for alto clefs.
  • Fixed problem that set Program changes for expression off by one.
  • Fixed a crash when opening old Overture 4 files.
  • Fixed problem that prevented setting none for patch in Track Voice settings.
  • Fixed random capo positions problem on imported tracks.
  • Fixed problem when dragging Barre line handles.
  • Fixed problem that prevented entering C6 chord in ukulele tablature staves.
  • Fixed problem that hid all Title elements when only empty ones should have been hidden.
  • Fixed problem with clef changes on right hand staff when importing MusicXML scores.
  • Fixed crash on Mac when trying to quit while saving a score is still in progress.
  • Fixed problem with saving Volume controller setting in Track Inspector.
  • Fixed crash when double clicking on a Pause symbol.
  • Fixed incorrect value for 29.97 drop frame at certain time positions.
  • Fixed a crash when inserting a measure in the middle of system.
  • Fixed bug that inserted rests incorrectly when step inputting over a locked measure.
  • Fixed SMPTE number calculation errors for 29.97 drop frame.

Update (5.2.2) - Apr 16, 2017

5.2.2- Enhancements and fixes
Apr 16, 2017



Enhancements

  • Added an End of Score button to Delete measures dialog.
  • Improved placement of credit-words in MusicXML import.
  • Added ability to use navigation keys in choose font scroll lists.
  • Improved scale tool usage.
  • Increased zoom range down to 5%,
  • Added ability to double click in between clef and time signature to open key signature dialog.
  • Added ability to added additional tempo markings by ctrl[cmd] dragging existing tempos to staves below the top staff.
  • Added ability to use navigation keys while inserting lyrics.
  • Improved accidental spacing in Title text.

Fixes

  • Fixed problem that prevented previously selected note heads not be deselected when selecting a new note head.
  • Fixed hairpin playback problem under glissandos that crossed barlines.
  • Fixed crash when ctrl[option] dragging text symbols.
  • Fixed crash when dragging slurs.
  • Fixed problem that dis allowed drawing graphic lines upward to the right.
  • Fixed problem with incorrect parenthesis size and dragging end points.
  • Fixed accidental problem when dragging diatonically.
  • Fixed printing problem with dots on guitar frame fingerings.
  • Fixed problem when switching back and forth and fonts getting mixed with scores that have Aloisen font for master score and Aloisen Groove for part.
  • Fixed problem when converting tuplets notes to non-tuplet notes.
  • Fixed problem that caused two tuplet symbols to be displayed when converting notes to tuplets in bass clef staff in piano parts.
  • Fixed problem to use correct key strokes for drag copying and moving entire slur on Mac.
  • Fixed Eb Clarinet transpose amount in track inspector.
  • Fixed problem when bracket placement when importing MusicXML scores.
  • Fixed problem that caused newly added pages to have one system per page when adding lots of measures to end of score.
  • Fixed rest size when pasting as cue.
  • Fixed problem in Track Inspector not show Transpose values correctly.
  • Fixed problem when extracting piano tracks that had a Bass clef set to bassa 8.
  • Fixed problem that forced step inputted notes to ignore duration percentage setting.
  • Fixed several bugs that caused extracted parts to have the vertical spacing too large and not dragging was prevented.
  • Fixed problem that caused the key switch to end early on notes that had a tremolo articulation.
  • Fixed problem that caused a crash when inserting a clef at end of measure in some situations.
  • Fixed playback problem when entering 15ma from the Notes menu.
  • Fixed problem when changing current track and midi channel not being set for MIDI thru.
  • Fixed problem with grid setting not being saved.
  • Fixed problem when undoing multi measures rests that caused remaining multi measure rests to be corrupted.
  • Fixed problem that lost font settings when switching font types in Score Panel Types section.
  • Fixed crash when double clicking of fermatas attached to rests.
  • Fixed crash when adding a clef at end of measures.
  • Fixed problem when inserting tenor clefs.

Update (5.2.1) - Jan 16, 2017

5.2.1- Enhancements and fixes
Jan 16, 2017

Enhancements

  • Improved default shape and placement of slurs, especially for slurs from grace note to main note.

Fixes

  • Fixed problem that caused loop number of measures to be off by one.
  • Fixed position from note for artificial harmonic articulation.
  • Fixed playback of 15ma ottava when changed type of an existing ottava on score by double clicking and changing in dialog.
  • Fixed MusicXML export pitch problem notes with an accidental that was in key signature.
  • Track inspector is now updated for changes in Track>Remap.
  • Fixed problem with displaying cautionary accidentals in Bravura font.
  • Fixed old problem with MIDI device names not being read in correctly from file.
  • Fixed incorrect symbol being displayed for Heavier Marcato.

Update (5.2.0) - Dec 23, 2016

5.2.0- Enhancements and fixes
Dec 23, 2016


Enhancements

  • Improved dragging symbols in Active (extracted) parts. The following symbols can be dragged and have their new positions saved: Dynamics, hairpins, guitar chords, ties, slurs, text, lyrics, and symbols created with Graphic tool.
  • Improved font handling when switching between Aloisen, Groove, and Bravura. Any changes while switched are retained.
  • Added ability to insert elision characters in lyrics. These are sometimes used in Spanish lyrics. Simply enter a ‘^’ character and it will be replaced by a small tie on the score.
  • Changed how the slur note percentage value is used. Values 100 and below are considered a percentage of the total duration to the next note. Any value above 100 is used to add a number of clocks (value – 100 ) to the total duration up to the next note. This was changed ft handle situations where long notes that were slurred to a short notes and the slur note percentage increased the long note too far beyond the short note.
  • There is now a Font Settings button in the Layout panel Music font area. This lets you set various fonts for each music font style and have them applied to the score.
  • Improved Guitar frame symbol size and spacing.
  • Improved spacing between dynamics and hairpins for hairpins that include dynamics at either end.
  • Added punch in/out. Simply select the punch in measure by double clicking it or select a range by of measures double clicking the first measure and then shift double click the last measure. Note: Punch in/out only works on entire measures at this time.
  • Extracting parts ( Active parts ) now has the option to include guitar chords from another track.

Fixes

  • Real time Mod wheel input now passes thru to the correct channel for the current track.
  • Fixed crash when zooming out all the way with mouse wheel in linear view with data.
  • Fixed crash when increasing/decreasing number of systems on last page.
  • Fixed problem when inputting chords with MIDI keyboard when the Enable button was also set in note palette..
  • Fixed crash when dragging slurs in certain situations.
  • Fixed several crashes that were introduced in previous version only. This mainly pertained to notes that contained articulations and ornaments.
  • Fixed problem when dragging Part Extraction expressions from palette onto score. The text was not automatically entered.
  • Fixed a problem that cause a few key switches not to trigger.
  • Increase/Decrease systems on page now works properly. This may require some manual tweaking due to the fact Overture allows you more control of systems per page.
  • Fixed a problem that caused some files to be corrupted when containing numerous changes to plugins assigned to tracks.
  • Fixed a bug in Tuplet dialog that incorrectly changed the note head value and durations.
  • Fixed a bug that incorrectly transcribed triplets.
  • Fixed a bug that did not save Auto Increment on Rehearsal marks.
  • Fixed problem in step input that caused quickly played notes to be group as a chord and not individual notes.
  • Fixed a crash on opening some old Overture 4 files.
  • Fixed a bug that did not connect tracks to GM Player 2 when opening a file.
  • Fixed Edit>Select track and Edit>Select none menu items that were broken.
  • Transpose diatonic now retains accidentals.

Update (5.1.2) - Nov 6, 2016

5.1.2- Enhancements and fixes
Nov 6, 2016



Enhancements

  • Add an Apply button to Articulations and Expression section in Track Inspector. This changes the playback setting for existing articulations/expressions in the score to the settings in panel. This works for selected symbols in the score, and if none are selected, then all symbols are affected.
  • Added the ability to send bank changes to articulations, slurs, and most symbols that affect playback.
  • Improved slur placement when creating new slurs.
  • Added ability to drag multiple data and tempo points in Data view.
  • Added Notes>Note As>Appoggiatura notes menu command.
  • Improved chord suffix spacing and element size when using Aloisen Groove font.
  • Improved alternate meter spacing, especially when using Aloisen Groove font. Improved dragging of  the vertical bars for Hollywood lines.
  • Added the ability for hairpins to automatically set their start and end MIDI values based on surrounding dynamics and hairpins. You can enable/disable it in Options>Auto>Fill Hairpin Values.
  • Reduced the size of Aloisen Groove Text font lower case non-ASCII characters.
  • Overture now reads and writes MusicXML pedal marks.
  • Added option to default to Half-diminished chords instead of m7b5 in Chord panel settings.

Fixes

  • Fixed value calculation problem in Hairpin dialog when setting middle dynamic value.
  • Fixed problem when dragging the end of a hairpin past the end of the system that sometimes caused hairpins in between staves to jump above top staff.
  • Fixed crash when step inputting tuplets just past a rest.
  • Fixed bug that incorrectly converted some tablature note heads when reading old Overture files.
  • Fixed crash when starting with a blank page template, The crash was introduced in 5.1.
  • Fixed Page Text alignment problem that always forced it to left edge.
  • Added a few missing characters in Aloisen Groove font and had to reposition a few to match changes in Bravura font.
  • Fixed problem with Undo/Redo buttons being overlapped on small screens.
  • Fixed problem that caused some notes that should be in top staff to be notated on the bottom staff of a piano track.
  • Fixed magic mouse scrolling in reverse direction in Data view.
  • Fixed a crash that occurred when extracting parts that resulted in a key signature ending the on last measure of system.
  • Fixed not saving several Page Layout Inches/Centimeters/ and Portrait/Landscape settings.
  • Fixed problem when converting note(s) to grace note and rests were not applied.

Update (5.1.1) - Oct 26, 2016

5.1.1 – Enhancements and fixes
Oct 26, 2016



Enhancements

NOTE: The term instrument definition files, will now be referred as Sound Maps.

  • Improved Library panel to work better with Kontakt and Vienna. There is now a separate button that shows the device/plugin and a button for choosing the plugin’s library if more than one is found. Also, when choosing Vienna Ensemble Pro, all libraries on your computer that Overture has a sound map file for, will be shown in the Library popup menu.
  • Added support for Vienna Instruments Pro in Instrument library.
  • For Garritan Personal Orchestra, Overture can now load multiple instruments into one ARIA Player instance. When you choose Existing Instrument as your device in the Library Panel, Overture will choose the next available slot in the player. We are working on doing the same for Kontakt.
  • Added auto loading of Vienna Special Edition instruments when creating or replacing tracks.
  • Added vertical scrollbar to Instrument list when list exceeds bottom of view.
  • Added automatic sequencing for Rehearsal Marks. These are set in the Edit Rehearsal Text dialog.
  • Added the option to set enclosures on text and expressions using a right mouse click. If using the Aloisen Groove setting additional enclosure options are provided that use the Aloisen Groove Text font. Note: This works for multiple selected items. This is a very cool and easy way to make great looking jazz scores.
  • Added an addition bracket type to Bar lines tool palette.
  • Graphics palette curve tool now draws a normal curves not tapered curves and they can have arrows at either end.
  • Improved spacing for track names and brackets at left side of a system.
  • Added setting in Chord panel to display m7b5 chords as half-diminished chords.
  • Changed Hollywood meters to display on bottom staff on piano systems.
  • Move track voice names to below staff at start of system instead of below track names.
  • Added ability to add Group Names for groups of instruments. To add a group name right click on the left edge of a staff and choose from the pull down menu.
  • Added support for French and Chinese languages. (Only in program, not in online help). More languages to come soon.
  • Changed default key stroke command for Notes>Flip>Enharmonic to Ctrl[cmd] e. This is because Apple OS uses Cmd-h.
  • Added more articulations to the Note Palette Articulation button popup menu. Also added a short cut, Ctrl[cmd] + shift + ‘A’ to enable or disable adding a articulations to inserted notes.
  • Add individual values for dynamics for each individual track. They are accessible in the Expressions panel.
  • Add the option in Hairpin Dialog to show/hide dashes on crescendo and decrescendo text. By default they are off.
  • Improve hairpin playback resolution.
  • Added a right click option of Dynamics, Expressions, ad Hairpins to duplicate them on surrounding tracks.
  • Added option in Score Panel to raise accidental vertical position in track names.
  • Added a Zoom slider below transport controls.
  • Added Video hit points to be shown in the Data View time line (Show markers).
  • New Score dialog now has a template for a blank page. Simply drag instruments from library panel onto blank page.
  • Added the ability to open old Mac Overture 2 files. This is not complete and only reads in the basic elements. We’ll improve this is the future. But, it can’t hurt to try it now.
  • Added File>Extract Parts… menu item and matching dialog to extract multiple parts to disk as separate files.
  • Add a Popup menu in the Active Parts panel to copy Page or Layout settings to all parts.
  • Added ability to set part names and the actual track name when extracted. Simply double click on the name field to set part name.
  • Added divisi options in Active Panel to control how tracks sharing multiple instruments are split into separate parts. Double click on the divisi field to change settings.
  • Part extraction now places measures repeat at end of system if they are within two measures of system end.
  • Added a new Expression type in Text Panel for extracted parts to trigger the divisi settings. Eg. solo, unison, a1, a2, etc.
  • Added the ability to edit video hit points by double clicking on them. More editing capabilities are coming soon.
  • Hit points now retain their SMPTE position during edits.
    Note: If you open files that are saved with this version with previous Overture 5 versions, the hit points will be lost.
  • When choosing to display Time Code above measures and Show film cues in the Score Time Code panel, hit points will be displayed as film cues along a grid. More capabilities coming soon.
  • Added alt[option] click on Solo/Mute in mixer to change all tracks.
  • Added Ctrl[cmd] 0 to select All voices in the View popup menu.
  • Added a Revert menu item to File Menu.
  • Added a separate tool for decrescendos in dynamics palette.
  • Added option for including values in Dynamic and Hairpin dialogs.
  • Added an option to keep plugin windows on top in Preferences Dialog.
  • Added the ability to set replay position by ctrl[cmd] clicking Loop button or alt[option] ‘R’. Once set playback will start from this position.
  • Added Mirror margins option in the Score Panel>Active Parts panel.
  • Added a keystroke to set Loop position alt[option] ‘L’.
  • Added Font button for the symbols used in Editing Segnos, Codas, etc. dialog.
  • Added support for note name types (B=H, Solfege)
  • Added default controller for volume in Track Inspector Expressions panel.
  • Added preference for showing guitar frames on newly created scores.
    Added preference for advancing cursor after paste.
  • Multiple hyphens are now evenly distributed between lyrics. There is a setting for spacing between hyphens in the Lyric Panel.
  • Enabled Note>Redo Pitches menu item. Was accidentally disabled in previous versions.
  • Playback clock for hairpins, dynamics, symbols, etc. is now be determined based on it’s position relative to notes.
    The symbol’s playback will snap to closest note. If the position of the symbol is between two notes the playback clock will be half way between.
  • Entering slurs now use the track’s slur settings from Sound Maps. Slurs now have x,y offsets found in Engraver>Notes panel settings. The Edit Playback dialog for slurs now has option to set slur type to solid, dashed, or dotted.
  • Slurs now have spacing controls in the Engraving>Symbols section.
  • Improved slur positioning over notes.
  • Improved hairpin playback resolution.
  • Hairpin dialog now sets values based on Dynamic choices.
  • Improved printing of dashed and dotted slurs.
  • Added quick key ‘l’ to add a slur and leave it selected to be extended. After the initial ‘l’, typing ‘l’ again moves end of slur to next note. Note: This may change slightly in the future so beware.
  • Improved tuplet placement.
  • Improved copy and paste especially with tuplets.
  • Tuplet routines in Note menu now separate notes on shared stems to complete the number of notes in the desired tuplet. For example three eights notes that were quantized so that two of the three triplet values became two notes sharing a stem  and the third note a separate eight note. Now they will be split into three notes when converting them to a triplet.
  • Improved “Active Symbol Spacing” symbol collision avoidance. If you have problems with symbols moving around randomly, turn off “Active Symbol Spacing” in Option menu.
  • Improved cross staff beaming placement and notes on opposite side of beam are now correctly centered.
  • Improved accidental spacing by allowing for kerning when there is enough empty space between the accidental and the previous note head.
  • Improved playback page turning. Instead of placing the next page to the very left of view area, it is placed right justified with about an extra measure showing on the next page.
  • Added guitar slide to Guitar Palette. Playback using MIDI pitch bend is coming in the future.
  • Improved dragging of guitar bends. Playback using MIDI pitch bend is coming in the future.
  • Improved MIDI file importing. Overture now handles most passing tones when importing MIDI files.
  • Improved MusicXML import and export including key signature cancellations and writing chord names (no frames at this time).
  • Added ability to scale individual staves by using scale tool (Choose by using Selection Button popup menu). Draw a rectangle around the left edge of desired staves.

Fixes

  • Garritan GPO 5 files are now read correctly and articulations/expressions are read in correctly.
  • Pedal Marks from imported MIDI files are placed on bottom staff and now play correctly.
  • Reading old Overture 4 files now have the bar lines connecting staves correct.
  • Reading old Overture 4 file now read in ending dynamic on hairpins.
  • Fixed problem with rewind key ‘w’ not positioning score at top left position.
  • Pasting of tuplets now works and all pasting is better. Please test it an let me know.
  • Fixed placement of enclosures on text when using Aloisen Groove font.
  • Exporting MusicXml files now writes tuplets correctly.
  • Fixed problem with playback of bank changes in expressions.
  • Fixed a few slur positioning problems.
  • Fixed Measures>Rebar menu command.
  • Overture now remembers the last folder location when exporting files during the session.
  • Fixed jumping around when current measure became measure 1.
  • Fixed problem with staff spacing changing when adding slurs.
  • Fixed Re-space staves operation.
  • Fixed playback problem when starting in the middle of a hairpin. This also applies to several other symbols.
  • Fixed problem disabling setting Existing Instrument in Insert track dialogs.
  • Fixed problem that prevented plugin tracks from being created from Track Inspector panel.
  • Fixed some import MusicXML crashes.
  • Fixed duration tag in exporting MusicXML files.
  • Fixed the Hold Timing issue with deleting rests that caused measures to have notated values and MIDI values not in sync. Also changed the term to “Hold Note Values”.
  • Changes in Modify dialog now update the data view.
  • Fixed problem that did not scale suffix text using Chord Panel settings.
  • Clicking in scroll bar trough on main view now scrolls a page at a time.
  • Fixed crash when choosing Edit/Merge and nothing was on the clipboard.
  • MIDI device names for tracks are now restored correctly when opening scores.
  • Fixed problem with dragging left most beat chart position.
  • Corrected incorrect tempos values in data view.
  • Fixed printing in Linear View.
  • Corrected the size of parentheses around time signatures.
  • Fixed crash when selecting Landscape button in Active parts panel while viewing an active part.
  • Fixed problem with fermatas from old Overture files.
  • Fixed problem that prevented reading in drum maps set in Track Inspector.
  • OK this is big and was undocumented. You can now enter chords in a legend above the first system. See the documentation in Chord Panel, Settings.
  • Fixed problem that caused the mixer view to jump to beginning when clicking on strips that were scrolled into view.
  • Fixed bug when dragging notes diatonically that always retained original accidental.
  • Fixed problem when trying to enter different patches for different voices in Track inspector.
  • Arrows on lines can now have arrows on both ends. There is still some work being done with the line tool. (You can’t drag it’s edges)
  • Improved guitar fingerings read in from Overture 4 files.
  • Slurs on Grand staves (Piano staves) now only affect notes on the staff and voice they are attached to.
  • Fixed problem with File menu option being available during playback.
  • Mouse wheel in Graphic view now scrolls horizontally for both horizontal and vertical mouse wheel moves. Before you had to have the shift key down.
  • Note: If ctrl[cmd] is down zoom in horizontally and if alt[opt] is down zoom in vertically.
  • Chord panel Size and Position now work for all chord type.
  • Fixed a MIDI file import bug that defaulted to percussion tracks when there was no program change in file.
  • Fixed a problem that cause track’s plugin devices not be be saved correctly.
  • Fixed bug that only tied one note in a chord when pressing ‘;’ while step inputting.
  • Fixed Mac crashes with Magic mouse in Track/Graphic data view.
  • Fixed bug that prevented MIDI devices from being enabled on some Mac computers.
  • Fixed Mac printing of ledger lines and a few symbols when using hand the written font.
  • Fixed problem when switching to Data view the first time.
    Measure position was always defaulting to measure one.
  • Garritan GPO 5 files are now read correctly and articulations/expressions are read in correctly.
  • Fixed problem with spacing at beginning of measures that started with notes that contain accidentals.
  • Fixed problem that allocated too much space for accidentals on chord clusters.
  • Fixed incorrect tuplet number alignment on complex tuplet combinations.
  • Fixed problem that prevent dragging on raw note data in score view.
  • Fixed pasting tuplet problems. There are still a few remaining bugs with pasting that includes tuplets that will be addresses later.
  • Fixed a few slur positioning problems.
  • Old overture 4 files now have the bar lines connecting staves correct.
  • Fixed crashes when inserting certain triplet using Notes>Notate As>Triplet.
  • Fixed problem in Tuplet dialog that turned off Value settings when Change durations button is clicked.
  • Fixed problem with calculating current tempo at the beginning of measure when previous measure had a tempo with a note head other than a quarter note. This also affected video sync timing.
  • Fixed problem of dragging notes in Data view hybrid staff while showing tempo below.
  • Fixed undo bug on MIDI devices that  undoing an instrument change (Program Change), the sound was not reverted to original sound. After playback it was OK.
  • Fixed problem with not being able to set line thickness on rounded rectangles and ovals.
  • Fixed problem that caused cresc. and decresc. text to be saved as hairpins.
  • Fixed problem with accidentally clearing text on crescendos and decrescendos when using All in track or All in score options.
  • Rewind key(‘w’) now fully positions score at top left of view.
  • Pedal marks from imported MIDI files are now placed on bottom of piano staffs and play correctly.
  • Corrected slur position to above on notes that contain lyrics below them.
  • Added color option in Bar numbers dialog. This was accidentally left out.
  • Fixed problem that caused confusion when when typing ‘e’ to choose eraser. If in step input mode the ‘e’ choose a pitch not the eraser.
  • Fixed step input placing notes incorrectly on bass clef staff on piano tracks.
  • You can now nudge symbols in the conductor track such as tempo, rehearsal marks, etc.
  • Improved vertical spacing between staves using the Re-space Staves menu option.
  • Fixed problem in Dynamic Dialog box that prevented All in track and All in score options from not working.
  • Fixed Mac printing problem with text in italic font.
  • Corrected a few problems that caused the score to move around while inputting symbols.
  • Corrected improper Text font size scaling problems when zooming and printing.
  • Notes>Add Interval now adds interval in diatonic steps.
  • Fixed not displaying Track Voice Names even when it has been set in Options>Show>Track Voice Names menu.
  • Fixed problem with piano pedal markings.  The bump was displayed improperly. Also Alt[option] click anywhere along the horizontal line to add a new bump. Playback of pedal markings has been improved.
  • Selected notes now stay selected after changing duration, changing pitch, adding dots, etc. with keyboard.
  • Fixed a few MIDI file importing crashes.
  • Fixed some MusicXML crashes and a problem creating dashed slurs instead of solid.
  • Fixed random crashes when clicking on symbols. Sorry about that glitch in previous update
  • Fixed Measure Number problem that intervals was always being set to one.
  • Fixed problem with Hold Timing switch in Options Menu. The Hold Timing switch is used to keep original start times and durations when existing note values are changed.
  • Changed Marimba settings to have a grand staff in sound map files.
  • Fixed a problem with Set Tempo. Tempos were being stored in random clock positions within the measure. The clock position for the inserted tempo is now set to the logical clock at the cursor position.
  • Fixed a problem calculating SMPTE position in Score Panel>Time Code.
  • Fixed a problem that caused Video Hit marker settings not to be saved with file.
  • Fixed default size for Segnos, Codas, etc. It was set too large and can now be changed in a dialog by double clicking on the symbols.
  • Fixed problem with note heads remaining percussive when switching from percussion tracks to normal tracks in the Track Inspector.
  • Fixed problem of inserting rests incorrectly when converting a group of notes to a tuplet. (Ex 6 sixteenths into 6 in the time of 4)
  • Fixed single measures and double measures repeat symbols not hiding all rests in measures.
  • Fixed mouse wheel scrolling problem in Graphic View and Linear view.
  • Fixed problem that caused note heads sharing a stem to become selected when dragging a note head.
  • Fixed a few problems with entering symbols from the Guitar Palette and a problem in the Barre dialog.
  • Fixed problem that caused reading in text that was multi-line to be displayed as single line text.
  • Fixed a problem when that had in the wrong font for Del Segnos, codas, etc.
  • Fixed problem where meter warnings were not drawn on bottom staff on piano tracks.
  • The Chord panel not show a quarter note for interval.
  • Fixed Multi-Rest printing problem when using Aloisen Groove font. You can now double click on a Multi-Rest to edit its parameters.
  • Fixed small problem with displaying and dragging Hollywood lines.
  • Fixed problem disabling setting Existing Instrument in Insert track dialogs.
  • Fixed problem that prevented plugin tracks from being created from Track Inspector panel.
  • Fixed entering chords problem.
  • Fixed the Hold Timing issue with deleting rests that caused measures to have notated values and MIDI values not in sync. Also changed the term to “Hold Note Values”.
  • Fixed problem so Changes in Modify dialog now update the data view.
  • Fixed problem that did not scale suffix text using Chord Panel settings.
  • Fixed some instrument transpositions defaults like baritone saxophones. You can now change the default clef from treble to bass for instruments in the Inspector panel and settings work properly.
  • When entering multiple tracks from the library panel, the appropriate number of Active Parts are added.
  • Changed Active Parts staff point size field to an edit field and added the ability to set all parts size by holding down Ctrl[cmd] key while dragging the field’s value.
  • Removed inspector icon of effects is channel strips. You now can open the effect window using it’s popup menu or Ctrl[cmd] click the name.
  • The play head during playback no longer gets lost under panel at left of Linear View.
  • Fixed problem that caused Overture to consume almost 1 GB of memory. It’s now about 250 mb, most of that being used by the internal sounds.

Update (5.0.1-5.0.5) -May 11, 2016

5.0.5 – Enhancements and fixes
May 11, 2016



NOTE: You must have previously installed the 5.0.4 update to use this patch.

Fixes

  • Fixed Mac crashes caused by Magic Mouse and Track pad.
  • Fixed problem when deleting slurs that shortened notes under the slur.
  • Fixed problem when using Aloisen Groove font on Mac, ledger lines were not printed.
  • Fixed several crashes in reading and writing MusicXML files and added the ability to read guitar tablature. There is still more work to be done.

5.0.4 – Enhancements and fixes
April 16, 2016




NOTE: If you’ve made any changes to the music defintion files (xml files), be sure to back them up! This installation will overwrite them. We can not guarantee that Overture will work with definition files you have altered.

Enhancements

  • Song Position information is now sent to VST/AU plugins.
  • Made a major change to slur playback.
    In the past, when you added a slur, the contained notes’s durations were adjusted to overlap by a certain percentage.
    Then when you deleted the slur, the durations were still overlapping.
    Now, each note’s duration is now adjusted during playback, and it’s physical duration is not changed by the slur. Therefore when you deleted the slur the notes are played using the original note durations. Also, off values for slur playback are now sent at the end of last note under slur, instead of at the start of the last note.
    This had caused a problem with some libraries, like GPO when using auto-legato.
    The auto-legato key switch was added to the GPO 4 definition file.
  • Added the ability to insert/edit controller data on different voices in Graphic Data view. With All-Voices chosen as the current voice in View menu, Voice 1 is drawn in its color and all other voices are drawn in light grey. Any data entered is entered as Voice 1.
    When a single voice is chosen in View menu, the data is drawn in it’s color and all other voices are drawn in light grey. NOTE: Colors are set in Preferences dialog.
  • Added the ability to edit Expressions that send controller information in the Graphic View.
  • Increased maximum horizontal zoom resolution in Graphic Data view.
  • Added ‘w’ shortcut key to for Rewind and rewind now goes to beginning of score.
  • Added shortcut ctrl[cmd] + shift + ‘i’ to enable/disable Step Input.
  • Added key press ‘c’ for selection tool. Shortcuts for Selection, Pencil, Eraser, Hand, Scale, Zoom, tools, can now be set in the Edit Key Commands dialog. Also, these command act as a toggle as in previous version of Overture.
  • Added ctrl[cmd] Page up and down to navigate to next and previous page.
  • “Paste as cue” in Edit menu now paste the source track name at the start of the paste.
  • Added ability to delete tracks using the Eraser tool including Bass clef staves from Piano and Organ tracks. Click on the left edge at center staff line.
  • You can now set the Auto Save location in preferences.
  • Staves on main score now show Solo/Mute icon when individual voices are set using Track Inspector. “Sv” or “Mv” icon means individual voices are set.
  • The default folder location for saving scores has been moved from the Music folder to Documents folder on both platforms. Also when you save or open a file, this folder is no longer changed to that location. The setting is in Preferences.
  • Added a menu item to clear solo and mute on all tracks. Right click on any track in main score to show popup menu.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed Mac crashes caused by Magic Mouse and Track pad.
  • Fixed crash when opening some old Overture 4 files on Mac.
  • Fixed writing empty MIDI files.
  • Fixed several bugs in reading and writing MusicXML files.
  • Fixed several crashes related to Inserting measures.
  • Fixed problems with score reformating when inserting/deleteing measures, adding multi-rests, etc.
  • Fixed problem when reading incorrect chords on old scores. This still need some improvement.
  • Fixed problem when imputting chords with MIDI keyboard. This still need some improvement.
  • Fixed problem with sending incorrect controller values and voice changes in expressions and articulations.
  • Fixed duration playback on expressions.
  • Fixed problem with not being able to undo a Multi-rest on master scores.
  • Added expressions in palette are now saved in library.
  • Fixed playback line not following in Graphic Data view when zoomed in.
  • Fixed problem where expression tempo and tempo symbols were inserted on instrument tracks instead of the conductor track.
  • Fixed problem where notes were hidden when entering Tempo in Graphic View.
  • Fixed some problems with playback of chords.
  • Enabled using numeric pad to select note duration.
  • Delete track now refreshes the Mixer View.
  • The setting to ‘Leave note selected’ in Preferences dialog, now behaves properly.
  • In Insert Dialog, changed default track position to be below current track.
  • Fixed problem with reading old files containing text/lyrics with non-breaking space and non-breaking dash characters.
  • Fixed problem displaying meters set to use alternate fonts.
  • Fixed problem with not printing dotted slurs and ties.
  • Fixed incorrect image order of sharp and flat in Ornament palette.
  • Moved Open Recent menu item to below Open menu item.
  • Chords dragged from palette into score are now muted by default.
  • Notes entered after a note containing an accidental now contain the same accidental. Works like previous versions of Overture.
  • Fixed drawing of Tempo with Swing Eighths.
  • Fixed a crash when saving scores in Linear view.
  • Fixed problem when drawing some two-byte tracks names in Track Inspector panel.
  • Fixed problem on Mac when trying to change Font in Edit Title and Edit Header Dialog Boxes.
  • Fixed crash when clicking on Normal, Fibonacci or Proportional buttons
  • Play button popup on Transport now contains “Play in Swing” and behaves correctly.
  • Fixed problem with displaying accent characters in Tempo and Track names.
  • Fixed problem with creating decrescendo with hairpin tool.
  • Fixed problem where dynamic changes in dialog were not made throughout score when “Entire score” check box was checked.
  • Fixed problem where hairpins were not entered of tracks below when ctrl[cmd] was pressed.
  • Fixed problem where clicking on loop icon always started at first measure. It now starts at current measure.
  • Track Inspector is now updated when using right-click popup menu to navigate to next and previous tracks.
  • Fixed track playback bug caused by replacing an existing track’s plugin with a different plugin and then undoing or redoing.
  • Fixed problem with Auto Save feature that cleared the score’s dirty flag, that prevented checking to save when closing the score.
  • Fixed problem that cut off right edge of paper when saving page as image.
  • Fixed incorrect guitar fingering number that was off by one.
  • Fixed several bugs when entering lyrics containing under lines (melismas).
  • Fixed Edit>Merge not working.
  • Fixed crash when moving tied notes horizontally.
  • Fixed crash when importing some MIDI files.
  • Fixed a couple of misspellings in Expressions palette.
  • Fixed Snap Pizzicato symbol using wrong font character.

5.0.3 – Enhancements and fixes
January 18, 2016

  • Holding down the shift key while step inputting now adds notes as chords
  • Articulations added during step input now load correct values.
  • Settings in Chord Panel are now saved with score.
  • Fixed a few printing problems.
  • Fixed a display artifact when using full screen during playback.

5.0.2 – Enhancements and fixes
January 10, 2016

  • Fixed crash when clicking in Time View with no score open.
  • Fixed no MIDI Device output sound. Finally!
  • Fixed incorrect placement of Tremolo markings. (Note you may have to adjust them on any new Score Writer 5 scores).
  • Fixed incorrect or no transposition of chords when changing key signatures.
  • Fixed a few problems with creating tracks that use MIDI devices, including setting a default bank, incorrect display of device name, incorrect default channel assignment, etc.
  • Manually drawing in slurs now readjusts them to a better fit and changes the enclosed notes duration to be 101%.

5.0.1 – Enhancements and fixes
January 10, 2016

  • A few of the original Overture 5 Upgrade installs received an invalid serial number. This has been fixed.
  •  Step Input is almost complete and has a few new features:

1. Step Input now automatically fills in rests.

2. You now can enter the pitch by typing ‘A-G’.

Type ‘+’ to raise pitch a half step, ‘-‘ to lower the pitch a half step, ‘o’ to raise and octave, and shift ‘o’ to lower an octave.
When you enter a pitch the closest octave will be chosen. Eg. If the current pitch is ‘B3’ and you type ‘C’ the pitch would become ‘C4’ not ‘C3’.
NOTE: If you look in Preferences, there is an option to automatically enter notes when you press the pitch key.
NOTE: The up and down arrow keys nudge the last entered note up and down as set in preferences, not the pitch to be entered.

3. There is now an option to automatically add accents and staccato articulations to entered notes.

Click on the Articulation button in Notes Tool palette and choose from the menu or you can type ‘/’ on the numeric keypad for accent or ‘*’ for staccato.

NOTE: This also works when entering with the mouse.
NOTE: This may change a bit in the near future as we finalize the design.

  • There is a setting in Preferences for manually drawing slurs using the slur tool. This should have been unchecked as a default to work like previous versions of Overture where your drag a rectangle around the selected notes. Sorry for the confusion.
  •  You can now add slurs to notes on multiple tracks with one command.
  •  Fixed crash when clicking on notes in Piano Roll with Eraser tool.
  •  There is an Opacity setting for dialogs in Preferences>Color tab as requested by some users.
  • The sub menu produced by right clicking on a measure now fully works. BTW, the menu items will be changing a little in the future.
  • The score no longer switches to Page View and back when saving.
  • Adding brackets, braces, etc. from the Bar Lines Palette in Linear view now applies them correctly.
  • You can now drag a Graphic line tool. It was very difficult to get the Drag cursor to appear over a straight line.
  • Added a quick fix to use the Alt key plus first letter of Top Level menus to open menus for navigation with arrow keys. This is normal Windows behavior.
  • Fixed no MIDI output on devices other than the two internal GM Players.
  • Fixes coming soon:

1. The Video window only syncs correctly when the start times are all set to 0 in the Score-Time Code settings panel.
2. Adding slurs automatically when step inputting.
3. Instrument definition files for various libraries,

Thank you,
Sonic Scores

Score Writer 5

Update (5.5.2) - May 1, 2018

Enhancements

  • Added ability to split notes on a piano system during step input.Improved real time transcription, including real time split point calculations.
  • Added Flip Direction in symbol contextual menu.
  • Added “Clear Solo and Mute on all tracks” to Tracks menu. (You can create your own short cut key)
  • Printing now prints in reverse order, except when printing to PDF files.
  • Improved reading old MAC version 2 files.
  • Dragging guitar symbols are now constrained to the first direction moved, just like lyrics.
  • Improved layout and symbol position.
  • Added Page Size to Mac Print Dialog.
  • Play as Written has been improved.
  • Added two Ukulele tunings and basic chords.

Fixes

  • Fixed Chinese text font problem when moving scores between Mac and PC.
  • Title Item “Show All Pages and x, y offsets” are now saved on parts.
  • Fixed two problems when entering chord symbols.
  • Fixed display problem with key signatures on transposing instruments.
  • Fixed problem that did not display second note on temp items when using Groove font.
  • Fixed problem when center and right alignment on text that contained multiple styles and multiple lines.
  • Fixed crash when creating a MIDI file and Send Sync was set to one of the internal General MIDI players.
  • Fixed problem that caused non English letters to be displayed in correctly in the Expression popup menu.
  • Fixed an issue for ties that were broken across barlines from older versions.
  • Fixed issue that allowed ties between non adjacent notes.
  • Fixed issue that caused repeats to disappear when they were between two multi-bar rests.
  • Fixed Oboe D’Amore transpose value in templates.
  • Fixed problem with tuplet brackets not adjust correctly.
  • Fixed problem that caused Overture not to delete it’s temporary files after saving.
  • Fixed MusicXML export problem that placed accidentals in the wrong order.
  • Fixed problem selecting dynamics that straddled a barline.
  • Fixed problem that caused melissma to be corrupted when a lyric was nudged.
  • Fixed problem with justify on triplets that contained a chord symbol above them.
  • Fixed a bug that cause Open Recent Score panel to get off by one when deleting an entry.
  • Fixed problem with choosing percussion clefs in inspector panel.
  • Fixed Notes to Tablature problem with notes that will not fit on keyboard.
  • Added limitation on setting capo position on tablature track to the maximum position that notes can be capoed.
  • Fixed problem with entering notes with accidental with pencil tool after a note that had an accidental.
  • Fixed problem that printed muted notes in grey.
  • Eliminated multiple sounding notes when adding an accidental to more than one note at a time.
  • Fixed copy and paste and justify problems with grace notes.
  • Fixed problem that prevented Make into System not to work on first measure/system and added a short cut key.
  • Remove key binding for Edit MIDI Data because of conflicts with Tab key.
  • Measure width changes are no saved with file.
  • Fixed chord problem that caused incorrect enharmonic entry.

Update (5.5.1) - Dec 5, 2017

Enhancements

  • High hat symbol size has been changed to match plus symbol in percussion palette.
  • Display position of open high hat (x with circle) has been improved.
  • Added two other types for Fermatas attached to notes/rests. This can be changed in its dialog by double clicking on the Fermata.
  • Improved vertical spacing on some articulations.
  • Added the ability to hide/show individual staves on piano/organ systems. This is done using right click on the piano system.
  • Added the ability to drag a barline without measures being proportionally space. Do this by holding down the ctrl key while dragging.
  • Improved chord suffix spacing when using Groove font.
  • Added a Modified date field at bottom of Browser in New Score Dialog.
  • Added more symbols that are written in MusicXML files.
  • Part names are now saved with extracted parts.
  • Part title font changes and positioning are now saved with score.
  • System breaks, page breaks, and Make into system, and changing bar widths, now work on parts and are saved with the master score.
  • Add ability to select the first note in prev/next measure using Ctrl[cmd] arrows.
  • Added keyboard shortcuts for common navigation keys. Look at bottom of Edit Key commands dialog for Navigation section.

Fixes

  • Increased the db to gain slightly to match other applications. (Your scores will sound slightly louder)
  • Fixed a playback problem that cause expressions Note Duration percentage setting to not be turned off. NOTE: If using a staccato key switch, do not set Note duration in dialog.
  • Fixed a few staff spacing problems and you can now drag them closer together.
  • Fixed problem that limited dragging chord baseline vertical distance.
  • Fixed tablature staff sizing problem in Track Inspector.
  • Fixed MIDI file import problem that would cause Overture to hang.
  • Fixed crash cause by pasting multiple tracks at end of score.
  • Fixed copy/past problem with slurs and hairpins.
  • Fixed problem that prevented dragging a barline with a key signature next to it.
  • Disabled chord playback when opening old Score Writer files.
  • Fixed a problem that prevented multi-rest from being resized.
  • Fixed problem that prevented User Expressions from being deleted from palette.
  • Fixed crash when switching between master and active parts with Mixer view open.
  • Fixed problem when pressing ‘Enter’ key while entering chords.
  • Fixed problem that always pasted in tempo marks.
  • Fixed a problem where tuplet brackets were getting misaligned.
  • Fixed point size setting when creating tablature sizes.
  • When creating tablature tracks, mandolin and ukulele now do not have pitch offset of -12.
    Improved mouse hot spot for rests.
  • Fixed problem that prevented leading rest from being deleted in pickup measures.
  • Fixed problem that created extra space on double bar lines at left edge of system that does not display a clef.
  • Fixed a few crashes when reading very old files.
  • Voice colors are now saved with preferences.
  • Fixed a playback problem when opening old scores that contained bank changes for MIDI devices that are no longer in the system.
  • Fixed problem with entering tuplets manually on off beats. (Ex quarter not triplet starting on 2nd beat)
  • Fixed problem that caused some repeat barlines to be drawn at different widths when using the Groove font.
  • Fixed a crash and a few other problems with importing MIDI files.
  • Fixed a problem when entering slurs on multiple voices.
  • Fixed a problem when deleting entire measures that contained a clef.
  • Fixed text size problem when opening scores with page text.
  • Fixed problem with gain sliders going to 0 when dragging ones that use the same device and channel.

Update (5.5.0) - Aug 31, 2017





Enhancements

  • Added a resize control point to imported images.
  • Major changeUse Voice has now been changed to Use Channel giving you up to 16 channels.
  • Added a setting to always use Groove Font for Triangle and diminished characters in chord suffixes.
  • Added ability to select entire track(s) by dragging a rectangle around the left edge of the staff.
  • Added an Extend Slur command.
  • Center the tuplet number over stem for tuplets not showing a bracket or slur.
  • Improved Part Extraction control over notes sharing a stem, solo, and unison.

Fixes

  • Fixed problems with Activation not remembering activation.
  • Fixed note vertical position being displayed slightly too high.
  • Fixed a problem that caused text to move small amounts vertically at different zoom levels and printing. Note: You may have to re-adjust some text like Rehearsal marks on older files.
  • Fixed several crashes with creating and clicking on Blank Scores.
  • Fixed another crash when opening old Score Write 4 files.
  • Cue notes no longer print in gray.
  • Fixed display and printing on text set to opaque settings and show enclosure.
  • Fixed problem that left last measure notes on newly insert pages.
  • Fixed a problem with displaying a Major triangle symbol on chord suffixes.
  • Fixed copy/paste bug that revealed invisible rests.
  • Fixed copy/paste bug that left beams as only an eighth beam when the copy was only a partial measures.
  • Fixed a rare copy/paste crash.
  • Fixed bug in Move to Next/Previous staff.
    Fixed another playback bug with Arpeggios.
  • Added a little space at end for Key signature/meter warnings at end of system.
  • Change the quick copy key stroke to ctrl + alt[option] click.
  • Fixed problem when pasting into a measure that had a clef change at end.
  • Fixed problem with loosing MIDI device for track, if there was no assigned instrument to the device in MIDI settings dialog.
  • Fixed misalignment of tuplet number on tuplets with no bracket or slur.
  • Fixed problem that caused invisible rest to become visible when copy and pasting.
  • Fixed problem when pasting partial measure data that caused beam to only show as an eighth note beam.
  • Fixed beaming patter on 3/4 meters to be on each beat.

Update (5.4.1) - Aug 16, 2017





Enhancements

  • New Features:
    You can now enter foreign lyrics like Chinese, Japanese, etc. You still need to press the space bar to separate syllables.  We are working on a solution to enter these more natural.
  • Greatly improved vertical staff spacing while dragging staves.
  • Added Downloads folder to built-in browser.
  • Improved playback of pauses and fermatas.
  • Improved text box enclosure spacing.
  • Added ability to open compressed MusicXML files from built-in browser.
  • Ctrl[cmd] click on Mixer MIDI effects (Chorus, reverb, etc.) now sends a 0 value and then turns off sending any future values.
  • Added a few more guitar chord fingerings.
  • Improved reading old Mac version 2 files.
  • Adding an articulation or ornament to a note will remove the existing one if it’s already added.
  • Added the choice to choose a tuning instrument in Convert Notes to Tablature dialog.
  • Added Edit>Match Hairpin Values menu command that changes hairpin start and end values to match surrounding dynamics.
  • Expressions now obey the Print Text setting in library when being dropped onto score.
  • Added menu command Edit>Open Inspector to open any dialog associated with a selected symbol. This is the same as double clicking on the symbol.

 

Enhancements

  • Fixed problem with accidentals in tied notes especially with new No key signature choice.
  • Fixed problem that sometimes caused dragging ties notes to be dragged in thirds.
  • Fixed drag-copy of notes.
  • Fixed mandolin and bass guitar tuning settings.
  • Fixed paste problem that eliminated the beam on some notes.
  • Fixed problem that cause Advance Cursor to be reset to off during step input.
  • Fixed problem that caused articulation settings to be lost when duplicating a track.
  • Fixed incorrect display of half-diminished chord symbol.
  • Fixed problem with setting Lyric font in Lyric panel not being applied.
  • Fixed problem that prevented adding an accidental to the note at end of a tie.
  • Fixed a problem that prevented opening an older corrupted file.
  • Fixed problem when clicking over a note that has a lyric that started a new lyric instead of loading the current lyric.
  • Fixed problem when switching voices during step entry. The last entered note was moved to the new voice.
  • Fixed a random crash when using Notes>Notate as>Triplet on whole, half, and quarter notes.
  • Fixed problem with typing ‘h’ to switch enharmonics in Chord Panel.
  • Fixed problem that highlighted all symbols in Select filter even when a specific voice was selected.
  • Fixed problem that prevented Documentation from being loaded from Help menu.
  • Fixed problem that showed wrapped part on next system for hidden hairpins.
  • Fixed problem causing inserted rests in hidden measures (under multibar) to be drawn.
  • Fixed problem with transposing chords chromatically downward.
  • Fixed accidental position in chord names from being a little low.
  • Fixed playback problem with hairpins from imported MusicXML files.
  • Fixed a crash when converting notes tablature when there is already a tablature staff that contained notes.
  • Fixed problem when pasting from treble clef to bass that caused slurs to be displaced.
  • Fixed incorrect opaque background in Text that uses Aloisen Groove.
  • Fixed playback problem with arpeggios on notes with down stem.
  • Fixed problem with drag-copy of notes on the Mac that left an extra note.
  • Fixed Mandolin tuning settings again. (Sorry about the previous version).
  • Expressions now obey the Print Text setting in library when being dropped onto score.
  • Added a little more space below note for Accent with dot articulation.

Update (5.4.0) - July 10, 2017





Enhancements

  • Added a Smart drum part recording. If you have the Replay button enabled you can individually record drum parts by overdubbing. See “Smart Drum Part Recording” in the online documentation.
  • Added more documentation including a section on keyboard shortcuts.
  • Overture now fills in the tuplet dialog with expected type based on number of selected notes.
  • During step entry Overture now follows the last octave used when selected pitch was transposed.
  • Added add b5 and 7b13 chord.
  • Holding down shift key while dragging notes will toggle between the chromatic and diatonic preference setting.
  • The current voice commands have been removed from the View menu have been placed in their own menu.
  • MusicXML pedal marks are now read and written.
  • When you convert a tuplet note to rest, a tuplet bracket is automatically entered.
  • Improved chord suffix vertical alignment.
  • Added Solo and Mute current track commands in Tracks menu with shortcut key commands.
  • Added ability to import MIDI files with an incorrect conductor track.
  • Added a slight improvement to vertical spacing routines.
  • Improved line spacing for multi-line text and Title page items.

Fixes

  • Fixed playback problem with some glissandos.
  • Fixed problem that prevented last measure to be deleted. This bug was introduced in the previous version.
  • Fixed dynamic and hairpin alignment problem when dragging baseline.
  • Fixed MIDI device not being enabled occasionally. (Hopefully).
  • Fixed problem with MusicXML import not transposing correctly to concert pitch.
  • Fixed import problem with some MusicXML files not setting measure numbers correctly.
  • Fixed import problem with some MusicXML files not obeying MusicXML internal layout.
  • Fixed copy and pasting of tuplets, again.
  • Fixed problem that caused the ‘e’ key to switch to the Eraser tool during step input.
  • Fixed playback problem with grand pause.
  • Fixed problem that prevented some double sharp notes from changing to its en-harmonic.
  • Fixed problem that incorrectly converted MIDI notes to a wrong chord during chord input.
  • Fixed problem with using ‘o’ on tied notes during step entry.
  • Fixed problem with some beams display too high on bottom staff of grand staff.
  • Fixed problem that prevented file from being opened after cancelling New Score Dialog with the esc key.
  • Fixed problem that copied data onto measure when Inserting a new page.
  • Fixed problem that prevented copying from the bass staff into the treble staff on grand staves.
  • Fixed problem that caused insert track sizes to be larger than surrounding tracks.
  • Fixed problem that prevented chord symbol accidentals from being remapped to another font.
  • Fixed a small layout problem when inserting bars in the middle of a system.
  • Fixed crash caused by selecting a time signature and choosing Duplicate on Staff Below from the right click context menu.
  • Re-activation problems may have been fixed.
  • Fixed crash when reading some old scores that contained Page text.
  • Check marks are now displayed in Windows menu items for open windows/views.
  • Hairpins are now automatically set to surrounding dynamics. The menu item enabling this has been removed.
  • Score Writer now imports chords in MusicXML files.
  • Tuplet brackets can now nudge the same distance as notes.

Update (5.3.0) - Jun 1, 2017

5.3.0 – Enhancements and fixes
Jun 1, 2017



Enhancements

  • Added ability to select move to the next/prev note and automatically select it using Alt[option] arrow keys.
  • Added ability to change a slur to solid, dash, or dotted using Graphic Palette line type setting.
  • Changing endings font now changes all ending’s fonts throughout score.
  • While dragging endings vertically, holding down the Alt[option] key will set all endings to the dragged vertical position.
  • Added a Spacing Point size to Tuning tab in Inspector panel. This allows you to have symbols drawn at the same size of normal staves.
  • When saving as MIDI file you are now asked if you want to over write the file if it exists.
  • Dragging the Score Scale Slider in Score Layout panel now redraws the score as you drag.
  • Added a Triplet short cut command.
  • Added copy drag for text symbols.
  • Added ability to double click just past the clef (in key of C) to open Key signature dialog.
  • Added ability to hear left hand staff notes when recording right hand and vice versa.
  • Added a Stem>Normalize menu command, that forces stem to follow scale position. NOTE: Check track stem settings.
  • Changed data values in Delete Measure dialog to use range instead of number of measures.
  • Added the ability to import Chord symbols on MusicXML scores.
  • Improved the placement of several MusicXML symbols.
  • Improved the index in the Help>Online documentation.

Fixes

  • Fixed problem in previous version that added extra space at end of measure when step inputting.
  • Fixed crash when opening a score while another score is open with Mixer view showing.
  • Fixed layout problem with an Active part when changing layout settings.
  • Fixed problem that did no save Measures per System in Layout panel.
  • Fixed stem vertical alignment on tablature staves.
  • Fixed problem when opening a score by double clicking on it while another score is open with a Title dialog open.
  • Fixed vertical placement of Tremolos on whole notes.
  • Fixed problem that cause initial left hand clef if not bass clef on Piano tracks to be lost when switching to Linear view.
  • Fixed problem that cause tuplet bracket to move faster than selected note when nudging.
  • Fixed problem when pasting tuplets.
  • Fixed problem that incorrectly entered quarter note tuplets beyond first beat.
  • Fixed problem with nested tuplets entry.
  • Fixed crash when choosing MP3 export on Mac version by disabling it. MP3 export still doesn’t work on Mac.
  • Fixed time code calculations on scores that contained fermatas.
  • Fixed problem that displayed a whole filled rest on staves that contained cross staff notes.
  • Fixed crashes while editing MIDI data while playing by disabling editing while playing.
  • Fixed MIDI channel problem on newly added tracks using the ‘+’ icon.
  • Fixed crash while holding ctrl[cmd] key while pressing Audio Out Master channel strip in Mixer window.
  • Fixed jumping around problem when dragging the title bar on Color Selection dialog.
  • Fixed Done button not closing the Color Selection dialog.
  • Fixed Step input crash when choosing adding an articulation to a note whole notated value would cause it to be split over a barline.
  • Fixed problem when deleting all text in a Measure Text dialog that did not delete it from score.
  • Fixed transposed parts bug when importing MusicXML score with tracks that were written in transposed state.
  • Fixed vertical alignment on staff for alto clefs.
    Fixed problem that set Program changes for expression off by one.
  • Fixed a crash when opening old Score Writer 4 files.
  • Fixed problem that prevented setting none for patch in Track Voice settings.
  • Fixed random capo positions problem on imported tracks.
  • Fixed problem when dragging Barre line handles.
  • Fixed problem that prevented entering C6 chord in ukulele tablature staves.
  • Fixed problem that hid all Title elements when only empty ones should have been hidden.
  • Fixed problem with clef changes on right hand staff when importing MusicXML scores.
  • Fixed crash on Mac when trying to quit while saving a score is still in progress.
  • Fixed crash when double clicking on a Pause symbol.
  • Fixed a crash when inserting a measure in the middle of system.
  • Fixed bug that inserted rests incorrectly when step inputting over a locked measure.

Update (5.2.2) - Apr 16, 2017

5.2.2 – Enhancements and fixes
Apr 16, 2017



Enhancements

  • Added an End of Score button to Delete measures dialog.
  • Improved placement of credit-words in MusicXML import.

Fixes

  • Fixed problem that prevented previously selected note heads not be deselected when selecting a new note head.
  • Fixed problem when switching back and forth and fonts getting mixed with scores that have Aloisen font for master score and Aloisen Groove for part.
  • Fixed problem when converting tuplets notes to non-tuplet notes.
  • Fixed problem that caused two tuplet symbols to be displayed when converting notes to tuplets in bass clef staff in piano parts.
  • Fixed problem to use correct key strokes for drag copying and moving entire slur on Mac.
  • Fixed a problem on some symbols when using Bravura.
  • Fixed Eb Clarinet transpose amount in track inspector.
  • Fixed problem when bracket placement when importing MusicXML scores.
  • Fixed problem that caused newly added pages to have one system per page when adding lots of measures to end of score.
  • Fixed problem in Track Inspector not show Transpose values correctly.
  • Fixed problem when extracting piano tracks that had a Bass clef set to bassa 8.
  • Fixed problem that forced step inputted notes to ignore duration percentage setting.
  • Fixed several bugs that caused extracted parts to have the vertical spacing too large and not dragging was prevented.
  • Fixed problem that caused a crash when inserting a clef at end of measure in some situations.
  • Fixed playback problem when entering 15ma from the Notes menu.
  • Fixed problem when changing current track and midi channel not being set for MIDI thru.
  • Fixed problem when undoing multi measures rests that caused remaining multi measure rests to be corrupted.
  • Fixed problem that lost font settings when switching font types in Score Panel Types section.

Update (5.2.1) - Jan 16, 2017

5.2.1 – Enhancements and fixes
Jan 16, 2017



Enhancements

  • Improved default shape and placement of slurs, especially for slurs from grace note to main note.

Fixes

  • Fixed position from note for artificial harmonic articulation.
  • Fixed playback of 15ma ottava when changed type of an existing ottava on score by double clicking and changing in dialog.
  • Fixed MusicXML export pitch problem notes with an accidental that was in key signature.
  • Fixed old problem with MIDI device names not being read in correctly from file.
  • Fixed incorrect symbol being displayed for Heavier Marcato.

Update (5.2.0) - Dec 23, 2016

5.2.0 – Enhancements and fixes
Dec 23, 2016



Enhancements

  • Improved dragging symbols in Active (extracted) parts. The following symbols can be dragged and have their new positions saved: Dynamics, hairpins, guitar chords, ties, slurs, text, lyrics, and symbols created with Graphic tool.
  • Improved font handling when switching between Aloisen, Groove. Any changes while switched are retained.
  • Added ability to insert elision characters in lyrics. These are sometimes used in Spanish lyrics. Simply enter a ‘^’ character and it will be replaced by a small tie on the score.
  • Changed how the slur note percentage value is used. Values 100 and below are considered a percentage of the total duration to the next note. Any value above 100 is used to add a number of clocks (value – 100 ) to the total duration up to the next note. This was changed ft handle situations where long notes that were slurred to a short notes and the slur note percentage increased the long note too far beyond the short note.
  • There is now a Font Settings button in the Layout panel Music font area. This lets you set various fonts for each music font style and have them applied to the score.
  • Improved Guitar frame symbol size and spacing.
  • Improved spacing between dynamics and hairpins for hairpins that include dynamics at either end.

Fixes

  • Real time Mod wheel input now passes thru to the correct channel for the current track.
  • Fixed crash when increasing/decreasing number of systems on last page.
  • Fixed problem when inputting chords with MIDI keyboard when the Enable button was also set in note palette..
  • Fixed crash when dragging slurs in certain situations.
  • Fixed several crashes that were introduced in previous version only. This mainly consisted of notes that contained articulations and ornaments and trying to edit the articulations/ornaments.
  • Fixed problem when dragging Part Extraction expressions from palette onto score. The expression text was not automatically entered.
  • Increase/Decrease systems on page now works properly. This may require some manual tweaking due to the fact Score Writer allows you more control of systems per page.
  • Fixed a bug in Tuplet dialog that incorrectly changed the note head value and durations.
  • Fixed a bug that incorrectly transcribed triplets.
  • Fixed problem in step input that caused quickly played notes to be group as a chord and not individual notes.
  • Fixed a crash on opening some old Score Writer 4 files.
  • Fixed a bug that did not connect tracks to GM Player 2 when opening a file.
  • Transpose diatonic now retains accidentals.

Update (5.1.2) - Nov 5, 2016

5.1.2 – Enhancements and fixes
Nov 6, 2016



Enhancements

  • Added the ability to send bank changes to articulations, slurs, and most symbols that affect playback.
  • Improved slur placement when creating new slurs.
  • Added Notes>Note As>Appoggiatura notes menu command.
  • Improved chord suffix spacing and element size when using Aloisen Groove font.
  • Added the ability for hairpins to automatically set their start and end MIDI values based on surrounding dynamics and hairpins. You can enable/disable it in Options>Auto>Fill Hairpin Values.
  • Reduced the size of Aloisen Groove Text font lower case non-ASCII characters.
  • Overture now reads and writes MusicXML pedal marks.
  • Added option to default to Half-diminished chords instead of m7b5 in Chord panel settings.

Fixes

  • Fixed problem when dragging the end of a hairpin past the end of the system that sometimes caused hairpins in between staves to jump above top staff.
  • Fixed crash when step inputting tuplets just past a rest.
  • Fixed Page Text alignment problem that always forced it to left edge.
  • Added a few missing characters in Aloisen Groove font and had to reposition a few to match changes in Bravura font.
  • Fixed problem with Undo/Redo buttons being overlapped on small screens.
  • Fixed problem that caused some notes that should be in top staff to be notated on the bottom staff of a piano track.
  • Fixed a crash that occurred when extracting parts that resulted in a key signature ending the on last measure of system.

Update (5.1.1) - Oct 26, 2016

5.1.1 – Enhancements and fixes
Oct 26, 2016



Enhancements

NOTE: The term instrument definition files, will now be referred as Sound Maps.

  • Added vertical scrollbar to Instrument list when list exceeds bottom of view.
  • Added the option to set enclosures on text and expressions using a right mouse click. If using the Aloisen Groove setting additional enclosure options are provided that use the Aloisen Groove Text font. Note: This works for multiple selected items. This is a very cool and easy way to make great looking jazz scores.
  • Added an addition bracket type to Bar lines tool palette.
  • Move track voice names to below staff at start of system instead of below track names.
  • Added support for French and Chinese languages. (Only in program, not in online help). More languages to come soon.
  • Changed default key stroke command for Notes>Flip>Enharmonic to Ctrl[cmd] e. This is because Apple OS uses Cmd-h.
  • Added more articulations to the Note Palette Articulation button popup menu. Also added a short cut, Ctrl[cmd] + shift + ‘A’ to enable or disable adding a articulations to inserted notes.
  • Add the option in Hairpin Dialog to show/hide dashes on crescendo and decrescendo text. By default they are off.
  • Improve hairpin playback resolution.
  • Added a right click option of Dynamics, Expressions, ad Hairpins to duplicate them on surrounding tracks.
  • Added option in Score Panel to raise accidental vertical position in track names.
  • Added a Zoom slider below transport controls.
  • Added Video hit points to be shown in the Data View time line (Show markers).
  • Added the ability to open old Mac files. This is not complete and only reads in the basic elements, so you may want to wait for complex scores until we complete this within the next few weeks. It can’t hurt to try it.
  • Add a Popup menu in the Active Parts panel to copy Page or Layout settings to all parts.
  • Added ability to set part names and the actual track name when extracted. Simply double click on the name field to set part name.
  • Added divisi options in Active Panel to control how tracks sharing multiple instruments are split into separate parts. Double click on the divisi field to change settings.
  • Part extraction now places measures repeat at end of system if they are within two measures of system end.
  • Added a new Expression type in Text Panel for extracted parts to trigger the divisi settings. Eg. solo, unison, a1, a2, etc.
  • Added the ability to edit video hit points by double clicking on them. More editing capabilities are coming soon.
  • Added alt[option] click on Solo/Mute in mixer to change all tracks.
  • Added Ctrl[cmd] 0 to select All voices in the View popup menu.
  • Added a Revert menu item to File Menu.
  • Added a separate tool for decrescendos in dynamics palette.
  • Added option for including values in Dynamic and Hairpin dialogs when changing all.
  • Added Mirror margins option in the Score Panel>Active Parts panel.
  • Added Font button for the symbols used in Editing Segnos, Codas, etc. dialog.
  • Added support for note name types (B=H, Solfege)
  • Added preference for showing guitar frames on newly created scores.
  • Added preference for advancing cursor after paste.
  • Multiple hyphens are now evenly distributed between lyrics. There is a setting for spacing between hyphens in the Lyric Panel.
  • Enabled Note>Redo Pitches menu item. Was accidentally disabled in previous versions.
  • Playback clock for hairpins, dynamics, symbols, etc. is now be determined based on it’s position relative to notes.
    The symbol’s playback will snap to closest note. If the position of the symbol is between two notes the playback clock will be half way between.
  • Entering slurs now use the track’s slur settings from Sound Maps. Slurs now have x,y offsets found in Engraver>Notes panel settings. The Edit Playback dialog for slurs now has option to set slur type to solid, dashed, or dotted.
  • Slurs now have spacing controls in the Engraving>Symbols section.
  • Improved slur positioning over notes.
  • Improved hairpin playback resolution.
  • Hairpin dialog now sets values based on Dynamic choices.
  • Improved printing of dashed and dotted slurs.
  • Added quick key ‘l’ to add a slur and leave it selected to be extended. After the initial ‘l’, typing ‘l’ again moves end of slur to next note. Note: This may change slightly in the future so beware.
  • Improved tuplet placement.
  • Improved copy and paste especially with tuplets.
  • Tuplet routines in Note menu now separate notes on shared stems to complete the number of notes in the desired tuplet. For example three eights notes that were quantized so that two of the three triplet values became two notes sharing a stem  and the third note a separate eight note. Now they will be split into three notes when converting them to a triplet.
  • Improved “Active Symbol Spacing” symbol collision avoidance. If you have problems with symbols moving around randomly, turn off “Active Symbol Spacing” in Option menu.
  • Improved cross staff beaming placement and notes on opposite side of beam are now correctly centered.
  • Improved accidental spacing by allowing for kerning when there is enough empty space between the accidental and the previous note head.
  • Improved playback page turning. Instead of placing the next page to the very left of view area, it is placed right justified with about an extra measure showing on the next page.
  • Improved MIDI file importing. Score Writer now handles most passing tones when importing MIDI files.
  • Improved MusicXML import and export including key signature cancellations and writing chord names (no frames at this time).
  • Added ability to scale individual staves by using scale tool (Choose by using Selection Button popup menu). Draw a rectangle around the left edge of desired staves.

Fixes

  • Pedal Marks from imported MIDI files are placed on bottom staff and now play correctly.
  • This also installs the offline registration tool in the C:Program Files\Sonic Scores\Score Writer 5 folder.
  • Reading old Score Writer files now has the bar lines connecting staves correct.
  • Fixed problem with rewind key ‘w’ not positioning score at top left position.
  • Hallelujah pasting of tuplets now works and all pasting is better. Please test it an let me know.
  • Fixed a few slur positioning problems.
  • Score Writer now remembers the last folder location when exporting files during the session.
  • Fixed jumping around when current measure became measure 1.
  • Fixed problem with staff spacing changing when adding slurs.
  • Fixed Re-space staves operation.
  • Fixed playback problem when starting in the middle of a hairpin. This also applies to several other symbols.
  • Fixed some import MusicXML crashes.
  • Fixed duration tag in exporting MusicXML files.
  • Fixed the Hold Timing issue with deleting rests that caused measures to have notated values and MIDI values not in sync. Also changed the term to “Hold Note Values”.
  • Clicking in scroll bar trough on main view now scrolls a page at a time.
  • Fixed crash when choosing Edit/Merge and nothing was on the clipboard.
  • MIDI device names for tracks are now restored correctly when opening scores.
  • Corrected the size of parentheses around time signatures.
  • Fixed crash when selecting Landscape button in Active parts panel while viewing an active part.
  • Fixed problem with fermatas from old Score Writer files.
  • Fixed problem that prevented reading in drum maps set in Track Inspector.
  • OK this is big and was undocumented. You can now enter chords in a legend above the first system. See the documentation in Chord Panel, Settings.
  • Fixed problem that caused the mixer view to jump to beginning when clicking on strips that were scrolled into view.
    Fixed bug when dragging notes diatonically always retained original accidental.
  • Fixed problem when trying to enter different patches for different voices in Track inspector.
  • Slurs on Grand staves (Piano staves) now only affect notes on the staff and voice they are attached to.
  • Fixed problem with File menu option being available during playback.
  • Fixed a MIDI file import bug that defaulted to percussion tracks when there was no program change in file.
  • Fixed bug that only tied one note in a chord when pressing ‘;’ while step inputting.
  • Fixed bug that prevented MIDI devices from being enabled on some Mac computers.
  • Fixed Mac printing of ledger lines and a few symbols when using hand the written font.
  • Fixed problem with spacing at beginning of measures that started with notes that contain accidentals.
  • Fixed problem that allocated too much space for accidentals on chord clusters.
  • Fixed incorrect tuplet number alignment on complex tuplet combinations.
  • Fixed problem that prevent dragging on raw note data in score view.
  • Fixed pasting tuplet problems. There are still a few remaining bugs with pasting that includes tuplets that will be addresses later.
  • Fixed a few slur positioning problems.
  • Old Score Writer 4 files now have the bar lines connecting staves correct.
  • Fixed crashes when inserting certain triplet using Notes>Notate As>Triplet.
  • Fixed problem in Tuplet dialog that turned off Value settings when Change durations button is clicked.
  • Fixed problem with calculating current tempo at the beginning of measure when previous measure had a tempo with a note head other than a quarter note.
  • Fixed undo bug on MIDI devices that  undoing an instrument change (Program Change), the sound was not reverted to original sound. After playback it was OK.
  • Fixed problem that caused cresc. and decresc. text to be saved as hairpins.
  • Fixed problem with accidentally clearing text on crescendos and decrescendos when using All in track or All in score options.
  • Rewind key(‘w’) now fully positions score at top left of view.
  • Pedal marks from imported MIDI files are now placed on bottom of piano staffs and play correctly.
  • Corrected slur position to above on notes that contain lyrics below them.
  • Added color option in Bar numbers dialog. This was accidentally left out.
  • Fixed problem that caused confusion when when typing ‘e’ to choose eraser. If in step input mode the ‘e’ choose a pitch not the eraser.
  • Fixed step input placing notes incorrectly on bass clef staff on piano tracks.
  • You can now nudge symbols in the conductor track such as tempo, rehearsal marks, etc.
  • Improved vertical spacing between staves using the Re-space Staves menu option.
  • Fixed problem in Dynamic Dialog box that prevented All in track and All in score options from not working.
  • Fixed Mac printing problem with text in italic font.
  • Corrected a few problems that caused the score to move around while inputting symbols.
  • Corrected improper Text font size scaling problems when zooming and printing.
  • Notes>Add Interval now adds interval in diatonic steps.
  • Fixed not displaying Track Voice Names even when it has been set in Options>Show>Track Voice Names menu.
  • Fixed problem with piano pedal markings.  The bump was displayed improperly. Also Alt[option] click anywhere along the horizontal line to add a new bump. Playback of pedal markings has been improved.
  • Selected notes now stay selected after changing duration, changing pitch, adding dots, etc. with keyboard.
  • Fixed a few MIDI file importing crashes.
  • Fixed some MusicXML crashes and a problem creating dashed slurs instead of solid.
  • Fixed random crashes when clicking on symbols. Sorry about that glitch in previous update
  • Fixed Measure Number problem that intervals was always being set to one.
  • Changed Marimba settings to have a grand staff in sound map files.
  • Fixed a problem with Set Tempo. Tempos were being stored in random clock positions within the measure. The clock position for the inserted tempo is now set to the logical clock at the cursor position.
  • Fixed default size for Segnos, Codas, etc. It was set too large and can now be changed in a dialog by double clicking on the symbols.
  • Fixed problem with note heads remaining percussive when switching from percussion tracks to normal tracks in the Track Inspector.
  • Fixed problem of inserting rests incorrectly when converting a group of notes to a tuplet. (Ex 6 sixteenths into 6 in the time of 4)
  • Fixed single measures and double measures repeat symbols not hiding all rests in measures.
  • Fixed problem that caused note heads sharing a stem to become selected when dragging a note head.
  • Fixed a few problems with entering symbols from the Guitar Palette and a problem in the Barre dialog.
  • Fixed problem that caused reading in text that was multi-line to be displayed as single line text.
  • Fixed a problem when that had in the wrong font for Del Segnos, codas, etc.
  • Fixed problem where meter warnings were not drawn on bottom staff on piano tracks.
  • Fixed problem with the Chord panel not showing a quarter note for interval.
  • Fixed Multi-Rest printing problem when using Aloisen Groove font. You can now double click on a Multi-Rest to edit its parameters.
  • Fixed a entering chords problem.
  • Fixed problem that did not scale suffix text using Chord Panel settings.
  • Fixed some instrument transpositions defaults like baritone saxophones. You can now change the default clef from treble to bass for instruments in the Inspector panel and settings work properly.
  • When entering multiple tracks from the library panel, the appropriate number of Active Parts are added.
  • Changed Active Parts staff point size field to an edit field and added the ability to set all parts size by holding down Ctrl[cmd] key while dragging the field’s value.
  • Fixed problem that caused Score Writer to consume almost 1 GB of memory. It’s now about 250 mb, most of that being used by the internal sounds.

Update (5.0.1-5.0.5) - May 11, 2016

5.0.5 – Enhancements and fixes
May 11, 2016



NOTE: You must have previously installed the 5.0.4 update to use this update.

Fixes

  • Fixed Mac crashes caused by Magic Mouse and Track pad.
  • Fixed problem when deleting slurs that shortened notes under the slur.
  • Fixed problem when using Aloisen Groove font on Mac, ledger lines were not printed.
  • Fixed several crashes in reading and writing MusicXML files and added the ability to read guitar tablature. There is still more work to be done.

5.0.4 – Enhancements and fixes
April 16, 2016




 Enhancements
  • Made a major change to slur playback.  In the past, when you added a slur, the contained note’s duration were adjusted to overlap by a certain percentage. Then when you deleted the slur, the durations were still overlapping. Now, each note’s duration is now adjusted during playback, and it’s physical duration is not changed by the slur. Therefore when you deleted the slur the notes are played using the original note’s durations.
  • Added ‘w’ shortcut key for Rewind and rewind now goes to beginning of score.
  • Added shortcut ctrl[cmd] + shift + ‘i’ to enable/disable Step Input.
  • Added key press ‘c’ for selection tool. Shortcuts for Selection, Pencil, Eraser, Hand, Scale, Zoom, tools, can now be set in the Edit Key Commands dialog. Also, these command act as a toggle as in previous version of Overture.
  • Added ctrl[cmd] Page up and down to navigate to next and previous page.
  • “Paste as cue” in Edit menu now paste the source track name at the start of the paste.
  • Added ability to delete tracks using the Eraser tool including Bass clef staves from Piano and Organ tracks. Click on the left edge at center staff line.
  • You can now set the Auto Save location in preferences.
  • Staves on main score now show Solo/Mute icon when individual voices are set using Track Inspector. “Sv” or “Mv” icon means individual voices are set.
  • Added a menu item to clear solo and mute on all tracks. Right click on any track in main score to show popup menu.
  • Moved Open Recent menu item to below Open menu item.
  • The default folder location for saving scores has been moved from the Music folder to Documents folder on both platforms.
    Also when you save or open a file, this folder is no longer changed to that location. The setting is in Preferences.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed Mac crashes caused by Magic Mouse and Track pad.
  • Fixed crash when opening some old Score Writer 4 files on Mac.
  • Fixed writing empty MIDI files.
  • Fixed several bugs in reading and writing MusicXML files.
  • Fixed several crashes related to Inserting measures.
  • Fixed problems with score reformatting when inserting/deleting measures, adding multi-rests, etc.
  • Fixed problem when reading incorrect chords on old scores. This still need some improvement.
  • Fixed problem when inputting chords with MIDI keyboard. This still need some improvement.
  • Fixed problem with sending incorrect controller values and voice changes in expressions and articulations.
  • Fixed duration playback on expressions.
  • Added expressions in palette are now saved in library.
  • Fixed problem where expression tempo and tempo symbols were inserted on instrument tracks instead of the conductor track.
  • Fixed problem with not being able to undo a Multi-rest on master scores.
  • Fixed some problems with playback of chords.
  • Enabled using numeric pad to select note duration.
  • Delete track now refreshes the Mixer View.
  • The setting to ‘Leave note selected’ in Preferences dialog, now behaves properly.
  • In Insert Dialog, changed default track position to be below current track.
  • Fixed problem with reading old files containing text/lyrics with non-breaking space and non-breaking dash characters.
  • Fixed incorrect image order of sharp and flat in Ornament palette.
  • Chords dragged from palette into score are now muted by default.
  • Notes entered after a note containing an accidental now contain the same accidental. Works like previous versions of Score Writer.
  • Fixed drawing of Tempo with Swing Eighths.
  • Fixed problem when drawing some two-byte tracks names in Track Inspector panel.
  • Fixed problem on Mac when trying to change Font in Edit Title and Edit Header Dialog Boxes.
  • Play button popup on Transport now contains “Play in Swing” and behaves correctly.
  • Fixed problem with displaying accent characters in Tempo and Track names.
  • Fixed problem with creating decrescendo with hairpin tool.
  • Fixed problem where Dynamic changes in dialog were not made throughout score when “Entire score” check box was checked.
  • Fixed problem where hairpins were not entered of tracks below when ctrl[cmd] was pressed.
  • Track Inspector is now updated when using right-click popup menu to navigate to next and previous tracks.
  • Fixed problem with Auto Save feature that cleared the score’s dirty flag, that prevented checking to save when closing the score.
  • Fixed several bugs when entering lyrics containing under lines (melismas).
  • Fixed Edit>Merge not working.
  • Fixed crash when moving tied notes horizontally.
  • Fixed crash when importing some MIDI files.
  • Fixed a couple of misspellings in Expressions palette.

5.0.3 – Enhancements and fixes
January 18, 2016

  • Holding down the shift key while step inputting now adds notes as chords
  • Articulations added during step input now load correct values.
  • Settings in Chord Panel are now saved with score.
  • Fixed a few printing problems.
  • Fixed a display artifact when using full screen during playback.

5.0.2 – Enhancements and fixes
January 10, 2016

  • Fixed crash when clicking in Time View with no score open.
  • Fixed no MIDI Device output sound. Finally!
  • Fixed incorrect placement of Tremolo markings. (Note you may have to adjust them on any new Score Writer 5 scores).
  • Fixed incorrect or no transposition of chords when changing key signatures.
  • Fixed a few problems with creating tracks that use MIDI devices, including setting a default bank, incorrect display of device name, incorrect default channel assignment, etc.
  • Manually drawing in slurs now readjusts them to a better fit and changes the enclosed notes duration to be 101%.

5.0.1 – Enhancements and fixes
January 10, 2016

  • A few of the original Score Writer 5 Upgrade installs received an invalid serial number. This has been fixed.
  •  Step Input is almost complete and has a few new features:

1. Step Input now automatically fills in rests.

2. You now can enter the pitch by typing ‘A-G’.

Type ‘+’ to raise pitch a half step, ‘-‘ to lower the pitch a half step, ‘o’ to raise and octave, and shift ‘o’ to lower an octave.
When you enter a pitch the closest octave will be chosen. Eg. If the current pitch is ‘B3’ and you type ‘C’ the pitch would become ‘C4’ not ‘C3’.
NOTE: If you look in Preferences, there is an option to automatically enter notes when you press the pitch key.
NOTE: The up and down arrow keys nudge the last entered note up and down as set in preferences, not the pitch to be entered.

3. There is now an option to automatically add accents and staccato articulations to entered notes.

Click on the Articulation button in Notes Tool palette and choose from the menu or you can type ‘/’ on numeric keypad for accent or ‘*’ for staccato.

NOTE: This also works when entering with the mouse.
NOTE: This may change a bit in the near future as we finalize the design.

  •  There is a setting in Preferences for manually drawing slurs using the slur tool. This should have been disabled as a default to work like previous versions of Score Writer where your drag a rectangle around the selected notes. Sorry for the confusion
  •  You can now add slurs to notes on multiple tracks with one command.
  •  There is an Opacity setting for dialogs in Preferences>Color tab as requested by some users.
  • The sub menu produced by right clicking on a measures now fully works. BTW, the menu items will be changing a little in the future.
  • Added a quick fix to use the Alt key plus first letter of Top Level menus to open menus for navigation with arrow keys. This is normal Windows behavior.
  • Fixed no MIDI output on devices other than the two internal GM Players.