Music Publisher Scanning Edition
The Scanning Edition is identical to the Standard Edition except that it also contains routines enabling you to put existing printed music on your scanner and have it recognised and displayed on your Music Publisher screen just as if you had typed it in Music Publisher the long way. Unlike many music software scanning packages it is fully integrated into the Music Publisher system and makes your operation much simpler. To see how this works see our Audio-visual Demonstrations.
The technical term for this process is Music Optical Character Recognition (OCR). This process can deal with
- Staves in 2 sizes, normal and cue-sized.
- Clefs including old-fashioned F clefs (reversed type)
- Key signatures
- Time signatures
- Barlines including repeat bars, double bars
- Notes (including grace notes, beams, cross-stave beams, accents and all you would expect it to)
- Slurs (including ties and phrase marks)
- Lyrics and chord names - and the latter will transpose if you transpose the music later on.
OCR is an operation which asks the computer to do things it's not best at. So this process may possibly result in the very occasional object which is not recognised. Now some music OCR software will make confusing alterations to compensate - such as moving barlines when a note is missing - but Music Publisher's Scanning will simply leave a gap in the music so that it is very simple to see what's missing. And of course being an editing system it's also very easy to correct afterwards.
Indeed there is a facility to compare on the screen the original document with the MP score which resulted. See the section
Popup scan view in our list of new features in Music Publisher 9.