Transferring Sibelius files to MS

• Oct 19, 2021 - 21:58

I am taking my old Sib files, making XML files out of them, and opening/editing/saving them in MuseScore. I'm getting some strange artifacts though.

One is that Sib sends its page numbers to XML as text, which is interpreted by MS as text, so I get two page numbers, one superimposed over the other. This was an easily solved problem; just delete the border of the text area and all disappears. Perfect.

However, both the Tempo and the Rehearsal Marks appear below the first stave in the score on a regular basis. I can go into Inspector and move them up again, but I don't know exactly where they're supposed to be, so I'm just eyeballing it. Is there a simple function that can take those objects that aren't where they're supposed to be and move them where they ARE supposed to be? Or is there something that's even easier than what I am doing?

Final question: does MS care one way or the other whether the file is .xml or .musicxml? If so, which is better and why?


Ctrl+R resets the position of any selected elements to their defaults. I always recommend Ctrl+A to select all and Ctrl+R to reset immediately on importing a MusicXML file. Also Format / Style / Reset All Styles to Default, Format / Reset Text Style Overrides, and Format / Reset Beams.

There is no difference between .xml and .musicxml - .xml is the older extension leftover from the days when Windows couldn't handle extensions of more than three letters, .musicxml is the modern standard. Kiind of like .htm vs .html.

In reply to by fretlessman71

Worse, it's staff text - you'll need to simply delete then re-add from the palette. Sibelius apparently did not export this correctly. Did you use the Dolet plugin? It normally does better, from what I understand, compared to the built-in export.

Compressed means the file is shrunk to save space, kind of like how ZIP doesn't just combine files but also shrinks them. That format is supposed to use the extension .mxl as far as I know. That's what MuseScore uses, anyhow. It's a lossless compression, so, not compressed like JPEG or MP3, but more like PNG or FLAC.

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