MuseScore 3.0 under development: MuseScore gets smart

For all that MuseScore 1 was a decent entry-level scorewriter, it wasn’t until 2.0 that MuseScore really started to compete with the biggest names in the industry—especially astounding coming from a free and open-source project that no one had ever heard of five years earlier. It took a few years longer than anticipated, but when MuseScore 2 arrived it was simply massive.

Since then, from March 2015’s release of MuseScore 2.0 through April 2016’s release of MuseScore 2.0.3, some major changes and improvements have been made (among them playback of trills, ornaments, and glissandi, a more platform-independent rendering system, and a significant new notation element that didn’t exist before). But all of those changes have been in patch updates to 2.0.

You can imagine how significant, and how far off, MuseScore 3.0 must be.

I’d like to be clear: The features I’m going to discuss in this post are not, by any means, “coming soon.” This is a work in progress, and that is likely to be the case for quite some time to come.

But work on MuseScore 3.0 has begun! There hasn’t been such an exciting time since the team first started developing MuseScore 2.0—or maybe even MuseScore 1.0. So, it is my pleasure to let you know what’s going on behind the scenes. This is the first in a series of posts over the coming months, tracking development as it happens.

Broadly speaking, the vision is to make MuseScore smarter, faster, and easier to use. Of these, the smarter aspect is probably the most interesting, as well as the most complex to implement. In future posts, we’ll look at the faster and easier improvements; for now, let’s dig into smarter and see what it means for the future of MuseScore.Read more

Students Announced for Google Summer of Code 2016

The list of students selected for Google Summer of Code 2014 has been announced by Google. Among the 1206 students selected, 4 of them will be working on MuseScore this summer!

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MuseScore 2.0.3 is released

Since the release of MuseScore 2.0.2 last July, MuseScore development has been continuous. New contributors alongside old friends have been fixing bugs and adding enhancements. We are therefore very pleased to release MuseScore 2.0.3, the stablest and most powerful MuseScore yet.Read more

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New features

Join MuseScore for Google Summer of Code 2016

MuseScore is part of Google Summer of Code 2016 (GSoC)! If you are a student and you have aspirations to help improve the open source MuseScore notation software during the summertime, this is a unique opportunity to work together with the MuseScore developers and get paid for it. Learn how GSoC works and read through the student manual.

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New features in the nightly builds

As the result of a quick reunion in Germany together with Werner and Thomas, several new features have been merged into master and so now appears in nightly builds. First, a selfie or it didn't happen.

Team meetup in Germany

There were 67 open pull requests two days ago. We merged 29, and closed or sorted for later several others. Most of the PR were about bug fixes but some implements new features. While we are into numbers, MuseScore has been written by 64 contributors as of today. Thanks to all of them!Read more

MuseScore 2.0.2 is released

Continuing our commitment to keep improving MuseScore and to provide timely updates, today we announce the availability of MuseScore 2.0.2, our best and most stable release to date!

This release, like 2.0.1 before it, focuses primarily on stability, with over 100 more bugs fixed. But we couldn't resist making a few additional enhancements!Read more

MuseScore 2.0.1 is released

A month after the release of MuseScore 2.0, we are pleased to announce the availability of MuseScore 2.0.1 which comes with 100+ bug fixes.Read more

MuseScore 2.0 Release Candidate

Today, we are announcing the release of the MuseScore 2.0 "Release Candidate". A release candidate means that we have done everything we plan to do for the 2.0 release, but we are welcoming one final round of testing to be sure we have not forgotten anything. Assuming all goes well, there will be a final official release of MuseScore 2.0 on March 24 that will be identical to this release candidate except for updated translations (see below). At that point, you can expect another announcement with full details on everything you need to know about MuseScore 2.0.Read more

Documentation for MuseScore 2.0

From our first MuseScore users survey back in 2013, we learnt that the number one request was more and better documentation. In the meantime, as we were packing great new features into MuseScore 2.0, the need for good documentation would become even more necessary. So with the 2.0 release nearing, let's check what the state is of the documentation and what we can still do in the weeks to come.Read more

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