new files: jazz templates, demo & chord styles
Here are files I would like to see added to the MuseScore distribution, both for the trunk and for the 1.x branch.
To install in "styles". This is the latest version of my customizable chord definition file, using Trebuchet MS as the font for the "missing" symbols from MuseJazz. Not ideal, but I think the best compromise.
To install in "demos". This is a demo "score" showing a representative set of symbols that are obtained by default using customchords.xml. I think this is probably more useful than the "create chord chart" plug-in, which is kind of overwhelming in the number of chords displayed, and requires work to get it to use the desired chord definition file.
Jazz Lead Sheet.mscz
Jazz Lead Sheet 2.mscz
To install in "templates". These are templates for creating lead sheets using customchords.xml for chords and Trebuchet MS for titles and several other text elements. The only difference between the templates is that "2" is already set up for two staves, using two separate instruments so that "hide empty staves" can work. This is as discussed in my tutorial.
To install in "demos". This is a sample lead sheet creating using the Jazz Lead Sheet 2 template and demonstrating many of the techniques discussed in my tutorial. Feel free to rename this file to something that makes the purpose more clear (eg, "demo_lead_sheet").
I hope to also add a big band template and a small sample score for that, but that might be another week or so.
One important note about customchords.xml and templates based on it: scores created using customchords.xml won't open properly on systems that lack that file. You'll get an error about the file being missing, and the score will open with no chords. So that introduces a small incompatibility, which I know 1.x is trying to avoid. But this only affects scores created using this file, a clear message is produced naming the missing file, and 1.0 users can download customchords.xml via the link in my tutorial without the need to actually update to 1.x. So I'm hoping this will be OK. BTW, this raises the need to have an easily-discoverable repository for user-contributed styles, templates, etc.