MuseScore 1.1 is available for download
The main focus for version 1.1 has been on making MuseScore even more stable and reliable. More than 60 bugs have fixed. But if this isn’t enough to entice you to upgrade to MuseScore 1.1, then you might want to check out two fantastic new features. First, MuseScore has been greatly improved for making jazz lead sheets. Second, MuseScore is now connected with the community. It brings you the latest news, tips and tricks, and also sheet music for you to download directly into MuseScore.
MuseScore 1.1 includes several new and enhanced features for working with lead sheets and other jazz charts. These include:
- New “Jazz Lead Sheet” template for great looking results right out of the box
- Enhanced MuseJazz font for use in titles and other text elements as well as in chord symbols
- Chord symbols can now be entered on beats that do not contain notes, allowing multiple chords to be entered in bars containing only a single note or rest
- Tab / Shift-Tab key during chord entry moves to next / previous measure
- New chord symbol style options, including triangle for major and circle with a slash for half-diminished
- New “Slash Notation Styles” plug-in available for download
If you carefully looked at the screen shot above, you might have spotted MuseScore Connect already at the right side. MuseScore Connect will bring you sheet music shared by MuseScore users on musescore.com, the latest news coming from Twitter, and video tutorials to get started with MuseScore. This is all coming from the growing MuseScore community.
Two months from now, the MuseScore trunk will go into a feature freeze. This means that the development team will stop adding features and start working on stability and progressing toward the release of MuseScore 2.0. This release will mark a huge milestone for MuseScore, as it will appeal even more to both amateur and professional musicians.
MuseScore 2.0 will support tablature notation for fretted instruments such as guitar and lute, as well as import of Guitar Pro files. There will be linked parts for ensemble music, which automatically synchronize notes between the full score and the extracted parts while editing. There is much more, and it will all be logged in the scrapbook in the coming months.