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  • From: "Farfar on Laptop" <dgcarlson@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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  • Date: Wed, 27 Jul 2011 23:23:33 -0700

Sibelius Blog    Just ass I feared. Sib 7 is already out. Dan, oh, Dan where 
are you?
Dave Carlson
From my Dell Latitude 630, currently not nearly close enough for my comfort to 
my Audio Recording and Mixing Studios, San Francisco Bay Area. But I'll try to 
remedy that situation.

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Sent: Wednesday, July 27, 2011 15:16
Subject: Sibelius Blog

      Sibelius Blog 

      Sibelius 7 is here! 

      Posted: 27 Jul 2011 03:13 PM PDT

      Iâ??m delighted to be able to announce that Avid has today released 
Sibelius 7, a major new version of our flagship music notation software, and a 
labour of love for me and the incredibly talented people I work with for the 
past two years. Thereâ??s plenty of information about the new version on both 
the Avid web site and the Sibelius web site, but hit the jump for my own edited 

      These are the major new features in Sibelius 7:

        a.. Completely redesigned and revamped user interface: We looked long 
and hard at Sibelius and its growing sophistication (and, yes, complexity) and 
tried to design an approach that would allow new users to get started with the 
program as quickly as possible, without driving existing users to distraction. 
At the same time, we have adopted a more modern approach to window management, 
using an SDI model rather than the old MDI model, adding document tabs, and 
making it possible to dock various windows around the edge of the screen to use 
screen real estate more efficiently. Not to mention the ribbon, the status bar, 
the Inspector, the redesigned Mixer, and on and on. 
        b.. Fully native 64-bit application. Sibelius 7 is the worldâ??s first 
fully 64-bit notation software, which means that itâ??s future proof and ready 
for today and tomorrowâ??s most demanding applications. Sibelius can now access 
more than 4GB RAM directly, so you can run as many virtual instruments as your 
system can handle within Sibelius. Sibelius also includes a new 
multi-core-aware playback engine, so it can automatically balance the load of 
multiple virtual instruments between the available CPU cores. 
        c.. Exclusive, professional-quality 35GB sound library. Weâ??ve been 
very fortunate over the years to have partnerships with great companies like 
Native Instruments, Garritan and Tapspace to provide sounds for Sibeliusâ??s 
included sample libraries, but with this version we wanted something really 
special, and really unique, that you canâ??t get anywhere else. So we went out 
and, with the help of a top Hollywood sound designer, recorded a whole symphony 
orchestra, and the result â?? called Avid Orchestra â?? forms the basis of the 
new Sibelius 7 Sounds library, but thereâ??s a heck of a lot more besides: 
great sounding jazz instruments; fantastic drums and percussion; a 20-stop pipe 
organ from Hauptwerk; and a selection of sounds from Sample Logicâ??s new 
marching brass and percussion libraries, Fanfare and Rumble. The result is 
something on a par with libraries that retail separately for hundreds of 
dollars, and itâ??s all included with Sibelius 7, seamlessly integrated with 
the built-in Sibelius Player. 
        d.. Full MusicXML interchange. Sibelius has had MusicXML import since 
version 4, but if you wanted to export a MusicXML file, you previously required 
the separate Dolet plug-in from Recordare, which carries a price tag of $200. 
With Sibelius 7, weâ??ve built MusicXML export directly into the program, so 
you can easily export files to send to colleagues running Finale or another 
music program. The export is faster than Dolet and includes features that Dolet 
canâ??t include, because Dolet can only access the information made available 
by Sibeliusâ??s plug-in language, ManuScript, including detailed score 
formatting information such as bar widths and note spacing, improving the 
fidelity of the transfer between Sibelius and other programs. 
        e.. Text and typography improvements. Text has been given a complete 
overhaul in Sibelius 7. Thereâ??s far too much to go into here, but hereâ??s a 
quick checklist: hierarchical text styles; character styles; DTP-style text 
frames with automatic word wrap and full justification; leading; tracking; 
character scaling; per-object rotation; OpenType font support on Windows; 
improved font substitution, including warnings about missing fonts when opening 
existing scores; and much more besides. 
        f.. Graphics import improvements. Previous versions of Sibelius allowed 
you to import TIFF files, but they were awkward to work with. Sibelius 7 allows 
you to import graphics in all standard formats (apart from EPS, though you can 
instead import SVG, which most programs that can save EPS files can also save), 
and manipulate them with a dramatically improved graphics frame. You can crop, 
scale (proportionally or not), rotate, flip and adjust the colour of any 
imported graphic with ease. You can link a graphic to an external file so that 
the graphic in the score updates automatically when the file changes. You can 
even use any graphic as a symbol, opening up all sorts of possibilities for 
special notations. 
        g.. Graphics export improvements. Sibelius 7 includes one-click PDF 
export, a particular boon on Windows, which previously required the 
installation of a separate PDF driver. Even on Mac, which has always included 
built-in PDF export provided by the operating system, there are benefits to 
Sibeliusâ??s built-in export, as you can export the score and parts together in 
a single PDF, or just the parts in a single PDF, or batch export all the parts 
to separate PDFs, all with a single click. EPS export has also been improved, 
with better, more comprehensive font embedding, and you can also export 
graphics in SVG format if you like. 
        h.. Note input improvements. Sibelius 7 includes a whole new kind of 
step-time note input, similar to Finaleâ??s popular Speedy Entry input method, 
in which you specify the pitch on your MIDI keyboard before you specify the 
duration, rather than the usual Sibelius approach where you specify the 
duration before the pitch. Weâ??ve also added my own personal favourite new 
feature, sticky lines (which automatically extend during note input), and there 
are sticky tuplets too. 
      Thereâ??s so much more besides: print preview; a revamped dialog for 
adding instruments with a built-in find feature; the Quick Start window; 
updated PhotoScore and AudioScore; new plug-ins, including the fabulous Add 
Fingering to Notes, Rehearsal Recordings and a brand-new version of Renotate 
Performance; a feature to automate creating multiple parts for instruments in 
different transpositions; a super-fast way of creating time signatures; options 
to remember your working environment between sessions; full screen mode on Mac; 
the â??find in Ribbonâ?? featureâ?¦ I could go on and on.

      But all of that will have to wait for another day. In the meantime, check 
out the Whatâ??s New video, read the Whatâ??s New PDF (or even the full 
780-page Sibelius 7 Reference Guide PDF), and visit the Sibelius web site for 
lots more information.

      A free, no-obligation 30-day trial of Sibelius 7 is also available, 
containing every one of the features above apart from the Sibelius 7 Sounds 
library, and you can download and install it right now. If you already have an 
earlier version of Sibelius on your computer, it wonâ??t interfere with it at 
all. So what are you waiting for?

      Related posts:
        a.. Sibelius 6.2 update now available
        b.. Switch to Sibelius from Finale and save!
        c.. Announcing the new Sibelius First
        d.. Come and see Avid at Frankfurt Musikmesse 2011
        e.. An inside look at Pat Methenyâ??s Orchestrion
        f.. Sibelius helps The Sound of Mumbai to the screen
        g.. Come and see Avid at The NAMM Show
        h.. Save 50% in the Sibelius January Upgrade Sale
        i.. Wishing you a Happy New Year!
        j.. What Pro Tools 9 means for Sibelius users

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