Score Creation for iPad (Pro)!!

• Aug 24, 2018 - 07:39

Just got my new iPad and the keyboard case and it feels just like a computer! Are you guys planning on making score creation possible in iPad with keyboard? If so, when?? :D
Seems like it shouldn't be too hard? idk haha



It's hard :-) Unfortunately the tools used for creating MuseScore and making it work on Windows, macOS, an Linux don't work so well for also making things work on iOS or Android. It's possible in some ways but a big undertaking.

Meanwhile, check out rollApp, which allows you to run MuseScore via a connection to a remote server. Currently no sound, though. Hopefully some day they solve that.

In reply to by Marc Sabatella

This topic has been discussed before. See:
At the time the suggested approach to make MuseScore available on tablets, was to start with a minimalistic version.
If the goal is to create a MuseScore compliant score editor for use om Android/IOS tablets, what could be the way forward?
We already have the MuseScore Songbook. This means that some of the basic issues have been handled.
- A score can be opened rendered and navigated via touch screen.
- Interaction with the score from the user interface is possible (e.g. changing tempo, transposition, muting and hiding instruments).
- Playback can be started/stopped, and sound levels set.

This means that a basic paradigm for linking the Ui with the Ms command-interpreter is in place. Also that interface to the sound engine is in place.

This could be used as a starting point, and features for creating scores, entering and editing notes and symbols, and possibly entering lyrics could be added.
Four areas of action seem to present themselves:
a. Design and develop a Ui suitable for tablets, with the selected features.
b. Improve responsiveness and precision of the touch activation of the score itself, to ensure precise control on the selection of elements for editing
c. Investigate and select solutions for presenting palettes and add symbols to the score.
d. General performance and stability - and testing!!

Is this a fair assesment, or am I way off the mark?

What tecnical challenges do you see?

I have worked for some time on the Ui design, and should be ready to present something shortly. I hope this can spawn off some usefull discussions ;-)

In reply to by Niels Erik Nielsen 2

I'm not directly invovled in anything having to do with the mobile app development, but my sense is you have the basic situation outlined well. Additional info: the way MuseScore source code is structured, things are divided into to folders: "libmscore" for things having to do with score rendering and so forth but not otherwise UI-focused, and "mscore" for the rest. Only "libmscore" code is involved in the mobile apps. I imagine it would be considerable work to port the "mscore" code as well, and I think the general feeling is this wouldn't be nearly as good a use of time and energy as building a tablet-friendly UI from the ground up.

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