Features In Depth

SUMMARY
Easy to learn and use
Extremely fast
  - screen redraw and most operations take
  around 1/10th of a second
Top professional print quality
Write any kind or complexity of music
Concise, easy-to-read manual
Flexi-time - super-intelligent real-time input
Espressivo - astonishingly realistic playback
Fast, intelligent formatting and part extraction
Internet publishing
Scanning
Plug-ins - write your own features

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LOOK AND FEEL
Completely interactive: score reformats and redraws instantly (around 1/10th of a second) after any operation * drawing/formatting speed not affected by length of score * part extraction: typically less than 10 seconds * view and edit any number of pages on the screen at once * typically 85% of the screen is left clear for your music * music always shown exactly as it will be when finally printed * multiple views of same document (at different zoom factors) * unique 'navigator' lets you click on a miniature view to move anywhere in the score * zoom in/out almost indefinitely, allowing long zoom-outs to see multiple pages * textured paper on screen, with range of colors, textures and materials (even silk or marble!) * no complicated hierarchies of menus and dialogs * notes too high/low for given instrument shown in red * multi-level undo (to user-definable level) * undo/redo history shows recent operations and lets you jump back to any point * full screen mode hides the taskbar, menus, etc. to maximize the working area * slim one-volume manual which teaches you all the main features in one sitting * on-line help

CREATING YOUR SCORE
Inputting: 'Flexi-time' - super-intelligent real-time MIDI input which follows your tempo * play in music with Flexi-time while playing back the existing staves (overdubbing) * quantization automatically varies with context (e.g. quantizes in smaller values when you play faster notes) * auto-ranging split point * step-time input * 'keypad' allows easy input of notes, rests, accidentals, articulations, ties, etc. * numeric keys select keypad tools for fast inputting * function keys switch between 5 different keypad layouts for fast access to lots of symbols * touch-type notes using letters A to G and/or arrow keys * word-processor-style keys let you select and edit notes, groups of bars, etc. from the keyboard * one-click copy of any selected object or objects

Notes and chords: any note-value from 512th-note (hemidemisemihemidemisemiquaver, 7 beams) to 'long' (double breve, for early music) * triplets and all other 'tuplets' (automatically spaced) * notes play as you select/edit them * ensures rhythm of each bar adds up at all times * all notes and other objects automatically aligned according to rhythmic position * all standard notehead designs (e.g. diamond, cross, slash) and many others * custom notehead designs (up to 64 in total) * up to 3 rhythmic dots * any pitch from 5 octaves below middle C to 51/2 octaves above * change spacing by moving column of notes left/right * move individual notes left/right out of alignment * tremolos on/between notes, from 1 to 5 strokes * grace notes (at any percentage of normal note size) * cue notes (at any percentage of normal note size) and cue grace-notes * up to 4 rhythmically independent voices (layers) per staff, each of which can have chords containing up to 32 noteheads * voices are color-coded * intelligent positioning of notes in crossing and interlocking voices * automatic but adjustable stem-lengths

Accidentals: all standard accidentals including double-accidentals * one-key input * intelligent spelling of accidentals during Flexi-time, step-time input and MIDI file importing * enharmonically respell accidental of any notehead or group of notes * intelligently positioned using adjustable engraving rules * bracketed accidentals * all standard microtones included * quarter-tones work as real accidentals, e.g. transposable, respellable

Articulations: one-key input of standard articulations (e.g. staccato, tenuto, accent) * intelligently positioned using adjustable engraving rules * custom articulations (using any symbol from any font)

Beams: automatically positioned using user-definable engraving rules * adjustable beam-angles * automatically grouped according to time signature (even for irregular time signatures) * beamed note-groups easily adjustable, including beams across rests and barlines * automatic cross-staff beaming between 2 or 3 staves

Rests: automatically created/deleted when you edit notes to keep bars the correct length * automatically grouped according to time signature (even for irregular time signatures) * can be moved up/down to avoid notes in other voices * multirests automatically consolidated, using H-bar, narrow H-bar (for film parts) or block designs

Instruments and staves: when created, instruments are automatically arranged into correct order, bracketed and barlined into groups, given correct names, abbrevations, clefs and transpositions, assigned suitable MIDI program numbers, etc. * full range of keyboard, woodwind, brass, percussion, fret, stringed and electronic instruments and voices * custom instruments * unlimited number of instruments in a score * unlimited number of staves per instrument (e.g. piano with 3 or more staves) * any number of staff-lines for percussion * wide-spaced staves for guitar tab etc. * transposing instruments fully supported * pasting music between transposing instruments automatically transposes to preserve sounding pitch * instruments can change transposition mid-score (e.g. Clarinet in A/Bb, Tenor/Alto Sax) * change number of staff-lines mid-staff * small staves (for accompaniments etc.) at any percentage of full size * custom staff sizes of virtually unlimited size * all objects attached to a cue staff automatically scale to size * automatic ossias and other 'floating' bars * '0-line' staves for writing rhythm examples etc.

Lines: slurs, ties, hairpins, trill, 8va, 15, pedaling, glissando, arrows, rectangles (frame notation), etc. * lines automatically behave intelligently when split across systems - e.g. 8va lines appear as cautionary (8va) * can be drawn at any angle, even wavy lines, gliss text etc. * multi-arc phrase-marks, with any number of arcs * create custom lines using any combination of dashes, arrows, symbols, text, etc.

Key signatures: automatically transposed for transposing instruments * automatic cautionary key changes at end of staves (optional) * automatic canceling naturals at key changes (optional) * key signatures can be omitted from individual instruments (e.g. horn, percussion)

Clefs: 23 standard designs, covering standard notation, avant garde music, early music, percussion and guitar tab * music automatically shifts to retain sounding pitch when clef is inserted or dragged * automatic cautionary clef changes at end of staves (optional)

Time signatures: from 1/1 to 99/64 * additive time signatures (e.g. 2+3+2/8) * C and cut-C * rests and beamed notes automatically grouped for irregular time signatures (e.g. 7/8 = 3+2+2 or 2+2+3 or 2+3+2) * automatic cautionary time signatures at end of staves (optional) * large time signatures above staves, with adjustable size and position

Bars and barlines: easy to create irregular and pick-up (up-beat) bars * barlines automatically created for new bars * barlines automatically split between instrumental sections * barline split points adjustable * dotted, repeat, double and invisible barlines

Transposition: transpose whole score or any passage of music * chromatic or diatonic transposition * transposing whole score typically takes just moments * other objects (e.g. ties, slurs, text) move appropriately when notes are transposed * optional double-accidentals when transposing into remote keys * automatically transposes chord symbols and quarter-tones * instantly switch whole score between concert pitch and transposed notation

Files: Finale, Encore and Score file converters coming soon from third-party developers * imports Standard MIDI files type 0 and 1 * MIDI file importing intelligently works out the instrument names, clefs and transpositions, splits keyboard music between two staves (with auto-ranging split point), quantizes automatically according to context (like Flexi-time), and formats the whole score to produce a clean result * exports Standard MIDI files * exports various standard graphics file formats * long Sibelius scores typically 5-10K per page on average * fully year 2000 compliant

PLAYBACK
Automatically understands all standard markings including instrument names, other text (e.g. dynamics, 'pizz.', 'mute'), articulation marks, trills, ties, slurs, pedaling, tremolos, transposing instruments - no set-up required * 'Espressivo' - artificial intelligence produces natural-sounding phrasing and expression, with independent phrasing for each instrument * plays back in real time, while screen follows the music at any zoom factor * fast-forward, rewind and pause buttons * tempo slider (works in real time) * playback multitasks, so you can work on another score while playing! * user-editable dictionary of musical words for playback (e.g. legato, pizz., mute, allegro) defined in terms of MIDI velocity, program numbers, metronome marks, duration scaling, etc. * SoundStage - reproduces the exact 3D positioning of orchestral and band instruments * swing - adds jazz feel to rhythm * automatic playback of drum set (kit) notation, guitar tab, lute tablature, etc. * supports user-typable MIDI commands (e.g. control changes, SYSEX messages) * intelligently defaulted MIDI settings for program number, channel, pan, etc. * MIDI file exporting incorporates all playback features into MIDI file (e.g. Espressivo, SoundStage, swing, interpretation of musical words, etc.)

PAGE LAYOUT AND PART EXTRACTION
Page layout: notes, rests, accidentals, articulation marks, clefs, key signatures, beams, time signatures, barlines, etc. all automatically positioned and aligned according to standard music engraving rules (with alternative rules available as House Style options) * advanced Double Prism rule gives optimal spacing of polyphonic rhythms * layout is entirely automated - no need to use templates * automatic reformatting of the whole score whenever you make any change to it, in around 1/10th of a second! * lock format of individual bars, systems and pages if you want to prevent reformatting * force page and system breaks * expand/contract note-spacing (e.g. to condense a score into a given number of pages) * hide empty staves throughout or in specified bars * custom page sizes * intelligent attachment of objects (e.g. slurs, text) to appropriate notes * optional attachment line shows which staff each object belongs to * indent any system by any amount * split systems for codas, etc.

Part extraction: automatic consolidation of bar rests into multirests, splitting at changes of key, time signature, clef, tempo, rehearsal marks, double/repeat barlines, fermata (pause) bars * automatic transposition of transposing instruments * includes only relevant text and markings * resets note spacing and reformats onto different page/staff size

INTERNET PUBLISHING
Sibelius scores can be placed on the Internet so people can view, transpose and play them straight from your website * easy to use - 'Save as web page' feature automatically creates HTML file of your score * uses free Netscape and Internet Explorer plug-in * can also be used to give music to non-Sibelius users on CD-ROM or floppy disk

SCANNING, PLUG-INS AND FILTERS
Scanning: free PhotoScore Lite™ plug-in from Neurotron Software reads printed music straight into Sibelius * recognizes notes, rests, clefs, accidentals, ties, etc. * typically takes just 1-2 minutes per page * compatible with standard scanners * full professional version PhotoScore™ (available separately) has numerous advanced features, such as reading articulations, hairpins, slurs, text, etc.

Plug-ins: write your own plug-in features using built-in ManuScript language * ManuScript is an easy-to-use object-oriented language designed around music notation * built-in interactive development environment including text and dialog editors * many free plug-ins included, e.g. check for parallel 5ths/8ves, write note-names above notes, convert all MIDI files in a folder to Sibelius format, scanning (see above) * other advanced plug-ins under development * ManuScript plug-ins will work on both Windows and Mac - no need to modify or recompile them

Filters: select notes from whole score or any passage by criteria, then apply an operation to them (e.g. add staccatos, transpose, etc.) * criteria include: select notes with specified pitch / note-value / articulations / voice / position in bar, or select/deselect top/2nd/3rd/bottom notes from sequence of chords

PUBLISHING AND PRINTING
Text and lyrics: large range of predefined text styles (as in desktop publishing programs) for titles, lyrics, tempos, footnotes, etc. * user-editable menus and keyboard shortcuts for common text, e.g. pp, cresc., legato * text styles govern size, font, positioning, alignment, angle, with more advanced options for (e.g.) text in a box/circle * all Windows fonts can be used * create new text styles * lyrics automatically positioned and spaced according to standard engraving rules * headers and footers (on one page or repeating) * automatic page numbers, in any position on the page * automatic bar numbers (every 1/5/10 bars or every system) * automatically lettered/numbered rehearsal marks * custom rehearsal marks * bar number and rehearsal mark sequence can be reset at any point

House Styles: numerous 'House Style' options for different engraving and publishing conventions, including: size, thickness and positioning of leger lines, stems, ties, slurs, lyric lines, lyric hyphens, barlines, staff-lines, beams, instrument brackets/sub-brackets/braces * format and size of time signatures, instrument names, multirests, rehearsal marks (e.g. numbers, letters, letters+numbers) * positioning and spacing of key signatures, clefs, articulations (e.g. above/below notes, within/outside staves), rhythmic dots, page numbers, etc. * beam angle rules * bar number frequency * relative size of small staves, grace-notes, cue-notes * guitar frame design * editable note spacing tables * Éand many more * export House Styles and other options to disk and between scores * save standard sets of options as templates

Printing: exceptional print quality satisfies the most stringent requirements of the world's top publishers * creates PostScript files for imagesetting * crop marks * print page borders (for hand-guillotining) * collate * print any selection of pages (need not be consecutive) * print in reverse order * booklet printing (automatic imposition) * print spreads (two pages side-by-side on one sheet) * uses any Windows-compatible printer - does not require PostScript

Music fonts and symbols: huge range of miscellaneous symbols such as special noteheads, microtones, figured bass, ornaments, percussion and chord symbols * comes with Opus engraving font and Inkpen handwritten music font * compatible with all standard music fonts including Petrucci, Sonata, Anastasia, Susato, Ghent, Tamburo * create custom symbols using any character from any font with any size/position, or any composite of characters

SPECIAL NOTATIONS
Academic work: fulfils all academic requirements from counterpoint to aural tests * export music examples into exam papers and assignments * draw Schenkerian analysis diagrams * useful features check work for mistakes such as notes too high/low, parallel 5ths/8ves, incorrect rhythms, etc.

Guitar tab and frames: input tab using MIDI, mouse or keystrokes * plays back tab * dynamically converts notation to tab and back * variety of tab notations (e.g. with/without rhythm, different numbers of strings) * wide range of standard fret instruments and tunings included - mandolin, lute, banjo, dobro * create custom fret instruments and tunings * guitar frames automatically generated for standard chords in any tuning

Modern notation: ratio tuplets (e.g. 27:18) of any complexity, with option to write unit note-value * nested tuplets, to multiple depth * all standard microtones * quarter-tones automatically transposed * all standard noteheads, percussion symbols, etc. * individual staves can appear/disappear or change number of staff-lines at any point (even mid-staff)

Jazz, commercial and rock music: chord symbols with automatic superscripts/subscripts * chord symbols optionally included with guitar frames * chord symbols automatically transpose * jazz chord slashes * special Inkpen font emulates handwritten music * drum set (kit) notation, which plays back

Early music: automatic ossias * large range of ornaments * C and cut-C time signatures * breves and longs * figured bass * straightforward to create incipits * lute tablature (automatically created from notation) * create other tablatures (e.g. vihuela) with any tuning * all C-clefs, French violin clef, etc.