This release comes with many new features, a lot of fixed bugs, new and updated translations, an improved plugin framework and many more improvements. Read more about new features in MuseScore 0.9.6 in your own language: English, Български, Ελληνικά, Français, Galego, Ialiano, Nederlands, Norsk, Português brasileiro
The MuseScore community grows
While comparing release notes of MuseScore 0.9.5 with the 0.9.6 release notes, we can easily notice that our contributor community is growing. More than 60 people were involved with 0.9.6 which means our contributor community doubled in size in the past 8 months. This is great news but let's find out why this happened.
First of all, with the release of the online translation server in January 2010, the number of MuseScore translators has been doubled. 26 languages are now actively being translated and the quality has gone up a lot. There is however still a lot of place for improvements. The translation server interface will be improved in the coming months, which will lower the barrier to contribute your translation even more. Also new features will be added to facilitate communication between translators, which should improve the overall quality of the translation.
A second reason to explain our growth, is the improved plugin framework in MuseScore. Many internal methods in MuseScore are now available for plugin developers and nicely documented in the plugin development handbook. This attracted new plugins developers and resulted in 9 new plugins. Among them are a Recorder Fingering plugin, integration with SoundCloud.com and Score Statistics. Do you have an idea for a plugin yourself? Don't hesitate to post it in the plugin forum!
More communication is the third reason for growth. If you want to get in touch with the MuseScore developers, there is now the #musescore IRC channel on freenode.net. If you don't have use an IRC client, you can always easily connect via webchat.freenode.net or java.freenode.net. Simply choose a nickname and fill in the #musescore channel name and you are one click away from asking a question to one of the MuseScore developers. For support, we do advice to keep on using the forum, but for developers questions, you now know where to go to.
Give your scores a social life
Nowadays, we share our pictures on Flickr and our videos on YouTube, but what about our scores? MuseScore 0.9.6 comes with a new feature on board to save your scores online to musescore.com. From there you will be able to play your scores online and share it with friends. Musescore.com is still under heavy development, but you can leave your email address in case you wish to be invited for beta testing the service.
As always, don't hesitate to leave a comment on this post with your questions or remarks.