MuseScore 3.0 released
Posted: 24 Dec 2018, 17:04
A Forum devoted to the Practice of Music Notation
On the whole, I am very enthusiastic, although the biggest feature - the autoplacement - will have a greater impact on ad-hoc and educational users compared to professional engravers who occupy themselves with minutiae. As for me, I have a large score that used to look like chicken scratch but now looks presentable (though not quite finished) without any manual adjustments; and the parts are immediately usable, sometimes even professional-looking to my novice eyes. The two things I like most are slurs dodging intervening material, sometimes even nudging beams and accidentals out of the way; and hairpins making space for dynamics, which was the most asinine manual adjustment that we had to do previously. Despite the "local relayout", performance actually seems to have worsened on my score with many staves (although I have a toaster for a laptop), but I guess its primary purpose is to make the program scale better with length. Finally, menus were redesigned and options were moved to places where they make far more sense - although they changed things from what I was used to, which makes it bad. The new timeline is excellent and very customizable - it does a far better job of navigating sections in a score than the old navigator, which slowed down performance to boot.
Thanks for the review!
I've already seen and read your thread some time ago with great interest, and I think we have very different use cases, me being primarily an early music fan, so I typically only need basic common practice notation - I've tried hacking in mensural elements before but will consider using Lilypond for that instead in the future. For what it's worth, figured bass and historical tablature are well-supported (the latter maybe even ridiculously so). The score I worked the hardest on so far is this one, in MuseScore 2.0.3: viewtopic.php?f=3&t=420 Most of my time went to fixing collisions which should be greatly mitigated now, second most was deciding on optimal system/page breaks and probably failing.
You are my man!bicinium wrote: ↑19 Feb 2019, 20:34If you're wondering why I use MuseScore, it's mostly open source fanaticism (though not full Stallman), although I do think it's a good program which can surely compete with the versions of Finale and SIbelius from when they conquered the market, if not their current incarnations - although Dorico is getting more and more scary.