Sibelius 7.1.3 was just announced, and features a number of stability improvements and bug fixes, as well as some great additions. Here are a few of them…
Plugin programmers (and ultimately, end users) will benefit from a handful of new methods and variables added to the Manuscript language. For instance, one of these, called Sibelius.LaunchApplication() will allow the creation tools for the blind and visually impaired community to improve Sibelius’s accessibility.
Sibelius now remembers up to 500 recent scores. Scores pinned in File > Recent, are kept in addition to the total of 500 scores. A bonus is that there is no slowing of Sibelius with these during start-up and when opening the File > Recent Backstage page.
Music XML export has been improved. Importantly, a wider range of the chord types understood by Sibelius are now exported in MusicXML. Another welcome addition is that hidden bar rests are now exported in MusicXML files.
On the Mac side, Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion is supported, as is Apple’s Retina Display.
There is a new \$NumPages\ wildcard, which shows the total number of pages in the score. This allows you to more easily create page numbering schemes that include the total pages. For instance, to create a page numbering header that says “Page x of y”, you can now simply type the string “Page \$PageNum\ of \$NumPages\“. For more information on using Wildcards for page numbering in Sibelius, see this tutorial: “Page Numbering : Ranges : X of Y“.
See the full list of features here.
From the File Tab in Sibelius 7, go to Help > Check for Updates to learn more, and download the updater, which is recommended for all users.
On a personal note, this will be the final Sibelius software update coming from Daniel Spreadbury and the Sibelius UK programming team, as the UK office was recently closed due to Avid’s corporate restructuring.
Sibelius users have benefited greatly from the collective expertise of the UK programming team over these many years, and they will be greatly missed, particularly by those of us who make our living with music notation. Your passion for excellence made our jobs easier, and you raised the bar for all music notation software.
That’s it. That’s all there is to it.