MuseScore 3.0 Beta Release
We are pleased to announce the release of MuseScore 3.0 Beta.
We have been working on MuseScore 3 ever since the release of MuseScore 2 back in 2015, and with this Beta version, we are one big step closer to a final release. Meanwhile, we have fixed all the critical issues reported against the previous Alpha versions. We want to make sure MuseScore 3 is as bug-free as possible, so please help us test this Beta release.
Download MuseScore 3.0 Beta
As a major new release, MuseScore 3 contains some very significant and exciting new features and improvements over MuseScore 2.3.2 and older versions:
Improved score layout
- Automatic placement, layout, and spacing means your scores are ready to print with almost no manual adjustments required
- Generate parts from individual voices so you can combine instruments on a single staff
- Take control of your layout with manual overrides, above/below placement settings, temporary and cutaway staves, mid-score staff type changes, and more
New notation features
- Handwritten font for music notation
- Noteheads with pitch names
- Automatic system dividers
- New articulations, expression text, clefs, accidentals, augmentation dots, capo changes, and more
Improved usability features
- Tours to provide help as needed
- Timeline and single page view for easier score navigation
- Score comparison tool to identify differences between versions
- Timewise insert and delete to provide more editing freedom
- Search facility to help you find palette elements
- Improved Style and Inspector tools for control over appearance and behavior of score elements
Improved playback controls
- Improved Mixer for easier control of instrument sounds
- Improved Piano Roll for fine control of individual notes
- Improved Play Panel for faster access to playback controls
New autoupdate facility for Windows and MacOS
A brand new autoupdate engine has been developed and included in MuseScore 3 Beta. Keeping up to date with new releases no longer requires you to manually go find and download them. Just let the autoupdater handle downloading and installing of the new version for you! Receiving our latest bugfixes and features has never been easier.
Watch the video to see how it works on Windows.
Note, the autoupdater uses your OS locale which means that the language of the autoupdater interface will always be the same to your OS language.
Save Online - musescore.com supports the scores created with MuseScore 3 Beta in testing mode. You are able to upload scores via the musescore.com interface. Save Online is still not available in the editor until we are sure that musescore.com processes al the files correctly. An update will be made available to enable Save Online within the editor, and autoupdate will make sure you can take advantage of it right away.
MuseScore 3.0 Alpha 2 doesn’t update automatically to latest Beta. Please, download .dmg file from the downloading page
For a complete list of open issues, visit issue tracker
Works along with MuseScore 2.3.2
You don't need to uninstall previous versions of MuseScore in order to use MuseScore 3.0 Beta. It can be installed alongside older versions, and you can continue to work in your current version while trying out MuseScore 3 Beta. It uses separate directories for all files (Documents/MuseScore3), so you will not accidentally overwrite your existing scores.
Note: MuseScore 3.0 Beta will not be associated with .mscz file format on Windows, so if you double-click on a score in File Explorer, it will open in your current version of MuseScore. You can open scores from File Explorer in MuseScore 3.0 Beta using the Open With… menu.
Read more about new features in MuseScore 3.0 Alpha 2 announcement.
MuseScore is developed by a vibrant community of programmers that continues to grow. In addition to the people like ws (Werner Schweer), lasconic (Nicolas Froment), miwarre (Maurizio Gavioli), Marc Sabatella, jojo-schmitz (Joachim Schmitz), Leon Vinken, shoogle (Peter Jonas), and trig-ger (Andrey Tokarev) who created MuseScore 1 and MuseScore 2, many new faces have helped shape this MuseScore 3 Beta release. Some of the major technical contributors include dmitrio95 (Dmitri Ovodok), mattmcclinch (Matt McClinch), jthistle (James Thistlewood), handrok (Alexandr Popov), tobik, blackears (Mark McKay), Felix Brauchle, Johannes Wegener, jeetee (Johan Temmerman), joshuaBonn1 (Joshua Bonn), ericfontainejazz (Eric Fontaine), and (anatoly-os) Anatoly Osokin. In addition, a group of dedicated users have been instrumental in testing and making suggestions. We would especially like to recognize cadiz1 (Jean Bernard Roy), mike320, geetar, and Isaac Weiss.
We have been doing a great job since MuseScore 3 Alpha 2 release. Within less than a month:
- 158 Pull requests were created
- 130 Pull requests were merged
- 198 commits were pushed to master branch from 19 contributors
- More than 150 issues were fixed
- Less than 125 issues are left with P0 and P1 priorities
- Revising issue tracker and priorities of the issue reported for 3.0 version
- Support for scores created in MuseScore 3.0 Beta on musescore.com
- Fix all P0 and P1 issues and make MuseScore 3 Release Candidate (target date is December, 10)
If you find issues in MuseScore 3 Beta, we encourage you to post about them to our support forum. If you are sure you have found a bug and that it has not been reported already, you may post directly to the issue tracker. Please indicate that you found the bug in the 3.0-dev version. Please take a look at the category system we use.
MuseScore 3.0 version has been developing for a long time which means there are a lot of new strings that need translation. If you would like to participate in the translation effort, you can get started by visiting Transifex.