MuseScore 2.0.3 is released

Since the release of MuseScore 2.0.2 last July, MuseScore development has been continuous. New contributors alongside old friends have been fixing bugs and adding enhancements. We are therefore very pleased to release MuseScore 2.0.3, the stablest and most powerful MuseScore yet.

Download MuseScore 2.0.3

New features

This release represents a patch update to the 2.0 series, with the most important changes being the fixes for the critical bugs that were reported in previous versions of MuseScore (not to mention quite a number of smaller bugs that were fixed, too). But at the same time, like we did with MuseScore 2.0.2, we couldn’t resist including some more visible enhancements. As a result, we have added several features not present in MuseScore before, along with improvements to MuseScore’s notation, playback, and UI.

For the full list of more than 200 changes, check out the release notes.

  • Cresc. and dim. dashed lines (cresc.   _     _     _     _     _ )
  • Localized translations of "Getting Started" interactive tutorial score
  • Adding ties to notes already entered will be possible without leaving note input mode
  • Built-in "revert to factory settings" command
  • Reorder linked parts is now possible in Parts dialog
  • Copy lyrics to clipboard tool under Edit → Tools
  • New compressor effect in the Synthesizer
  • Keyboard shortcut for sforzato/accent (default Shift+V), matching shortcuts for staccato, tenuto, and marcato
  • New instruments supported: more trumpets and cornets, traverso (baroque flute), contra guitar
  • Twenty new default guitar fretboard diagrams in Advanced workspace and Master Palette
  • Option in Preferences → Canvas to show pages scrolling vertically or horizontally
  • Marching percussion sounds included by default

Additionally, we’re happy to announce that now Linux users can directly download MuseScore 2.0.3 for their systems, just like Windows and Mac users. This is possible thanks to the AppImage packaging format, which runs on pretty much all Linux distributions. You no longer need to wait for the latest version to be packaged for your system. Get a copy from MuseScore.org and you’re ready to go.

Credits

Kudos to the 40+ developers who volunteered their time and effort towards MuseScore 2.0.3, and the hundreds of translators and documentation writers. All your efforts have made the world a more musical place. Thank you all!

Looking forward

Even as we’ve been crafting MuseScore 2.0.3 for release, we’ve begun work on the next major version of MuseScore—MuseScore 3.0!

The changes lined up are every bit as significant as the changes that went into making MuseScore 2 from MuseScore 1.

We’re looking for more developers to join the community as part of the MuseScore 3 effort. As MuseScore is free and open source, anyone can get the source and share code contributions on GitHub. And of course, non-programmer MuseScore users can also contribute—we welcome your feedback on the MuseScore forums, and you can always make a donation to support the future of MuseScore. But above all, you can help MuseScore most by spreading the word and sharing MuseScore with your friends and family!