New and improved features in Music Publisher Anniversary Edition (2012)
The plan is that this will be the last paid-for upgrade, so when you
upgrade to our Anniversary Edition then you buy into all future releases of the software
there will be a link continually available where you can download the latest version for free, whether it's new features added or a simple bug fix!
Here are the new features added since Music Publisher 8:
Music Publisher now exports sound in two new formats:
- CD audio tracks. The program can now create WAV files directly. Each of these files is one track of an audio CD
and so having WAV output enables you to produce your own
Audio CDs in conjunction with CD-burning software such as Nero. The stereo sound quality is excellent and is independent
of your sound card as there are three sound fonts supplied in the package - or you can add your own from many available on the internet.
- MP3 format. You can produce MP3 racks for copying to websites or to your personal player. Click here to listen to
a sample produced
with a single command from one of the sample scores in the MP package.
In MP8 we introduced Export to PDF and to complement this the new version can Import from PDF.
Users of the Scanning Edition have seen how simple it is to use an existing BMP file rather than
actually scanning. The new version extends this to import PDF files.
This gives easy access to the many libraries of free PDF music files available on the internet.
Note that you need the Scanning Edition of Music Publisher to use this feature.
There are two new features to make life much easier for the checking and editing of the imported work.
This new feature has been received with great enthusiasm by my beta testers and it's constantly in use on my own work.
- Popup Scan View
Up to now checking the interpreted result against the original has probably meant printing out the original and carefully
comparing the printout against what's on the screen in front of you. Our new feature enables you to define a small window
into the original document. The contents of that window constantly change as your mouse moves over the Music Publisher score,
consistently reflecting the contents of the original at the location where your mouse is
and making corrections fast and accurate.
Note how the popup scan view is centred at the location of the mouse pointer:
- Curves convert to slurs/ties.
Once you've scanned it's annoying
to have to delete a curve and insert a tie to get it neater and sounding right.
Now you can simply drag each end of the curve over the note it ties and the curve
is deleted and replaced by a functioning tie.
- Faster correction help.
A new context-sensitive help system to make your corrections even easier:
Forgotten the fastest way to change a note? Put your mouse over a note and press Ctrl+F1
and a small help window appears with the information you want.
This is going to be of particular help to people who use MP just to transpose existing
music and are not familiar with all the tools for creating and changing music.
It's possible to add all sorts of symbols in found symbol fonts such as Wingdings
using text mode. But it's tedious and you need to have a list in front of you to select.
Now you can add all sorts of symbols to your scores (in any size, at any angle, even mirrored).
This could be more useful than you think: there are fonts for all sorts of things from arrows to
crosses to smileys - how about this for example: