MuseScore 1.2 is released
We are proud to present MuseScore 1.2, our best and most stable release to date. In the past 8 months, MuseScore 1.1 has been downloaded nearly one million times in more than 200 countries! It’s a tremendous testimonial how a niche open source software project driven by a passionate group of musicians and software developers is affecting musicians' lives all over the world.
Download MuseScore 1.2
- Windows XP, Vista, 7 & Portable release
- Mac OS X 10.6+ Intel
MuseScore 1.2 includes nearly 100 bug fixes, mainly in MusicXML import and export, notation, user interface, playback, styling and parts. With the much improved MusicXML support, you can now reliably import your sheet music collection from Sibelius or Finale into MuseScore.
A lot of effort went again into localizing MuseScore 1.2. The MuseJazz font has been extended tremendously for international alphabets. There are new translations for Estonian and Belarusian, and updates for the other 43 translations.
We also said goodbye to Moussorgsky’s Picture of an Exhibition, which has served us well as the MuseScore demo score for many years now. We found a worthy replacement in Marc Sabatella’s Reunion, which was composed specifically for MuseScore.
Last but not least, MuseScore Connect – which was introduced in version 1.1 – has been completely rebuilt. You can now search for sheet music shared by the community on musescore.com as well as search through your own collection and open scores directly into MuseScore. But this is just the start. From now on, MuseScore Connect will improve independently from the MuseScore releases.
Read more about 1.2 in the release notes.
The road to MuseScore 2.0
Version 1.2 was the last release in the 1.x series. From today on, we shift our focus entirely to MuseScore 2.0, and if you have a peek at the roadmap, you will understand that this release will be huge! To make this release rock, MuseScore and its developer team will need your help.
As the code contributor community of MuseScore is growing, we want a better way for developers to collaborate. We follow the move many other open source projects have made over the past years, by transferring the MuseScore code repository from SVN to GIT. So if you are building MuseScore, contributing patches or committing code, make sure you have read Nicolas’ post on the GIT migration.
If you are not into coding, but you rather like to help testing the newest features, the right place to start is the roadmap. Major new features such as linked parts, tablature, fret diagrams, figured bass, scroll view, repitch mode, custom palettes, quarter tone accidentals, more flexible time signatures, and more powerful text styling, will need serious testing. Your feedback is very welcome in the Technology Preview forum. Precise bug reports can be directly posted in the issue tracker.
In parallel with the feature testing, two more initiatives will need support: automated regression testing and the 2.0 handbook. More information on this will be posted as soon as GIT migration is finished.
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Now let's celebrate this release and listen to the new MuseScore demo song.