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Plan of crucial releases. UPD: 2.0.5 has been released.

Hi!

A few days ago we released a new version of the MuseScore Songbook app. Unfortunately, we made a few mistakes in the process and, as a result, we released the app without the opportunity to revert back the previous version.

This is a failure on our part, and I sincerely express my apology for this mistake.

At the moment the entire MuseScore mobile team is working on a fix. To make the process more clear and transparent in the future, I'd like to share plans for the next releases to give you an idea where we are headed and what to expect.

Version 2.0.3 - Released on September, 20th
- Fix "Send copy to MuseScore" from email/dropbox/etc
- Fix score view on iPAD
- Add "background verification" of orders: If a user bought the paid Songbook app, after application launch, they should have immediate access to all paid functionality (now users must manually enable using the "restore" button)
- Ultra Crucial: Scores with 4+ instruments view
- Mixer will not retain parts volume settings. It remembers metronome settings and parts visibility, but parts volume settings return to default levels as soon as the Mixer is closed
- Add localization for Italian, Russian, German, Japanese and possibly other languages.
- Fix top crash issue
- Implement unauthenticated mode
- The user should never be logged-out after login unless manually logging out.


Version 2.0.4 - released on September, 28th
Version 2.0.5 - released on October, 2nd (minor bugs improvements)

- In horizontal-view pressing on "zoom" button rotate to the vertical view.
- Implement compatibility with "Share files" service in iTunes.
- Add "pre-counter" feature to the metronome.
- Add sort order and search to "My Scores", "Songbook", and "Favorites" screens.


P.S. We can move some tasks between versions. 

Improvements of SW and WBS

Ideas to improve the software: I would like to see a quick button on the top panel for the synthesiser and another button for quick access to the bar numbering system.  Ideas for the website: I would like to see a button to disable/enable comments, and another to disable/enable download of scores, pdf etc.  
I would also like to see a better blocking system similar to facebook - where either person exist to each other nor their works. Even though your current one doesn’t work that well as people can still follow you. 

New Staff Member - Percussion Community Manager

Hey Everyone, 
It's nice to meet you all! I'm the new Community Manager of Percussion here at MuseScore, but I'll be bouncing around MuseScore.com in other areas as well. I'm excited to hear from you all and work together to make MuseScore, the community, and MuseScore Drumline better!

A little bit about me:
-I'm from the United States.
-I hold a Bachelor's Degree in Percussion Performance from the University of Kentucky and played with the percussion ensemble at PASIC 2007.
-I hold a Master's Degree in Percussion Performance from the Boston Conservatory.
-I was in the 2007 Madison Scouts Drum & Bugle Corps, 2008 Madison Scouts Drum & Bugle Corps, and 2009 Phantom Regiment Drum & Bugle Corps (including a 2009 PASIC Clinic). I also served on the percussion staff for the Troopers Drum & Bugle Corps for 2 years. 
-I'm an alumnus of the Nederlands Jugend Orkest (Dutch Orchestra & Ensemble Academy), Chosen Vale International Percussion Seminar, the Middlesex County Volunteers Fifes & Drums (Boston, MA), and a former cast member at the 2018 Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
-I really love Star Wars :-) 
-PS4 over Xbox
-I enjoy running and being outside.

If you have any questions about MuseScore, MuseScore Drumline, or anything else related to percussion music, let me know!  

See you out there,
Mike

A way to collaborate on music with either the musescore software or the site...

There needs to be a way for users of musescore to collaborate on music instead of shuttling it via email or uploading an .mscz file and @tting someone on discord. Like, we should have a thingy built into the software which we can use to let others work on your music as you work on it in real time or, the other option is, to use a google docs like thingy for .mscz files so people can work on the same score in real time.

How do you edit copyright text in the score?

In the older versions of Musescore (2.0.2 is what I was using before switching to 2.3.2), you could double click the "copyright" text at the bottom of the score, after you'd put it there when you were making the new score, and edit what it says in the same way you can double click any "lyrics" text and edit it. Now, Nothing happens when I double click it; it doesn't even show up when I click it normally, and the inspector remains blank. Is there a way to edit or even to delete it??

More Cymbal Sounds

I don't know about other people who use MDL but I think it would be great if cymbals had more options than just the six that are there. Some good ones would be:
- Crash chokes
- Hi Hat
- Tap chokes
- Sizzle sucks (also called splash chokes, sizz-ucks)
- Clicks

Examples of most of these are demonstrated in these videos:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1A66Ag7t0hU&index=2&list=PLL57OZ9ZkRlNCzfFR-igiC6Enxp493RDj
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZdjoOxCGGZw&index=3&list=PLL57OZ9ZkRlNCzfFR-igiC6Enxp493RDj

Is there any chance that we can get more cymbal sounds in future updates of MDL?

I'm stuck with the inclusion on Youtube

Goodmorning everyone,

today I tried several times to transfer a song on youtube but without success. I have disabled any type of block possible but nothing. I click on "send ...." but the screen becomes white and nothing is transmitted. I  observed that, loading an mp3 audio, after clicking on disconnect and  then on connenct, I was shown C: fakepath .... (something like that). What could be the problem?  

The connection with youtube does not work in any way. Followed to fix a blank page on the screen and in no way are redirected. Nor do you upload any movie. It stops with the https: /musescore.com/score/manage/youtube/send-process? Score_id = ... link in the address bar. As I said, I have not activated any protection. However, it does not proceed with Firefox, neither with Explorer nor with Chrome. Every activity on the internet works correctly, including the youtube account. There has not even been any change to my pc.
How do I handle it?

Thanks a lot See you soon. 

Oplita

P.S.  I hope that the English translation is understandable. 

MuseScore Drumline Not Working

Hey there! For some unknown reason, my MuseScore Drumline Extension quit a few days ago, and I've tried uninstalling and reinstalling both MuseScore and MuseScore Drumline. It will not play—even when I'm adding the notes in on the software—and there's no playback. I didn't do anything to make it stop working, but maybe I can keep trying to reinstall it and see if it works. If anyone has a similar problem, please let me know as soon as possible. I have a huge drumline project due, and if MuseScore Drumline does not work, I won't know what to do.
Thank you!

Rendering issues with the new MuseScore app

In the new MuseseScore app, version 2.0.1, there are quite some rendering issues:

The lyrics dash as well as the melisma underscore are rendered too high.
Spaces in lyrics (Produced with Ctrl+Space, e.g. after a stanza number) are rendered as "?".
Lyrics moved to above the stave are rendered below.
The curly brace of a piano staff is too far left.
The measure repeat sign in a single line staff is not on the line, but below.

Also all the dialogs are in English, even though I know that translations are available.
From https://musescore.com/groups/musescore-ios/discuss/5024010 I see that localization is planned for the iOS version 2.0.4, is that true for the Android version too?

Please relaunch the Songbook app until the Musescore app 2.x is completely fixed

Dmitriy Popov, thank you for clarifying that relaunching Songbook is possible, though difficult. There is a balance between the difficulties for the Musescore team and the very real difficulties of customers having their work deleted and their daily activities  brought to a halt.

This raises the question: How can users persuade the Musescore team to provide the Songbook app until the Musescore app 2.x is completely fixed?

The “upgrade” from Songbook 1.13 to MuseScore app 2.x seems to be a forced migration rather than an upgrade. The MuseScore app 2.x is not so much about customer satisfaction, but primarily about removing features and thereby locking Musescore app users to Musescore.com. The Musescore team stated May 7th that important Songbook functions would be removed in the new Musescore app. Customers were not warned about this, nor about the risk of losing files, an issue that was flagged middle of May.

Some suggestions on how to make it worthwhile for the Musescore team take care of their customers by providing Songbook till crucial flaws are adressed:
Money is always important

  1. The Songbook app was underpriced. Relaunch it with a $10 price tag
  2. Help Musescore innovate differentiate paid features for Musescore app 2.x (in app purchases) and Musescore.com
  3. Increase donations for Musescore Desktop development for example by users approaching governmental agencies as a tool for preserving music, language and cultural traditions.
  4. Improve the Musescore.com library making a yearly subscription worthwhile, like a mailing list when a group of scores is updated (mail or message “You have an updated score in group x”). Also reviews and ratings making it fun and easy to find new music
  5. Facilitate the selling/renting of scores through MuseScore.com i.e. becoming the MuseScore.com - the Spotify of digital music scores.

  6. Customer satisfaction?
    Previous Songbook evangelists are now looking at alternative software for reading Musescore files (which are XML).
  7. User poll?
  8. Good relations with App Stores?
    The “upgrade” from Songbook 1.13 to MuseScore app 2.x was more like a forced migration. The new features are not so much about customer satisfaction, but primarily about removing features and thereby locking Musescore app users to Musescore.com. The Musescore team stated May 7th that important Songbook functions would be removed in the new Musescore app. Customers were not warned about this, nor about the risk of losing files, an issue that was flagged middle of May.

    A concerted approach to Google Play, iTunes App Store and Kindle App Store might help the Musescore team realize the gravity of the situation. The downside may be that the Musescore app could be banned from the app stores since the forced migration, deleting files without warning and removing features customers paid for, can be considered dubious business practice and may infringe the app store contract.


Suggestions for regarding a Songbook relaunch are welcome here and in http://bit.ly/Musescore_app_FAQ 

I am looking forward to how Musescore can take better care of their customers.

Best regards,
Joe Siri Ekgren

iOS app v2.0.4 has multiple bugs - but crashes now fixed by version "36"

Bugs I found and reported today for iOS v. 2.0.4: 
1) Songs downloaded to Songbook show as "This item is temporarily unavailable" no matter how many times you try to open it.
2) Tapping the  “Parts Mixer” icon crashes the app immediately.
3) Tapping the “Tempo and Transposition” icon crashes the app immediately 
4) Tapping the Magnifier icon when in Landscape mode turns the display 90 degrees to Portrait even though you are holding the device in Landscape. This makes this control pretty much useless, since although you can adjust note size, you cannot see the effect on the screen in its wrong orientation.

Additional problems with v. 2.0.4:
A) Although there is some "Help" available in the app, the Introduction page shows as "updated 1 year ago." It is out of date, referring to a "Free" and a "Paid" version of the app, which this update now eliminates.
B) The splash screens when you first install the app describe a feature "now available" involving a two-finger screen gesture that doesn't actually work.
C) Although you can now "Share" from the "Browse" screen (formerly "Discover"), Sharing to a Mac sends only a text link. Sharing to an iPad stilling running the previous "Songbook" edition that has not yet suffered this update brings up a menu to select what app should open the shared file, but neither Songbook nor MuseScore are listed, so Sharing fails.

I participated in the "Testflight" beta testing for the new Songbook app which was terminated over a month ago with no explanation. The beta I helped test did not have these bugs. 

This week we wake up to a buggy update of our previous app, crippling our use of MuseScore on iOS devices.  I have sent messages to admins of this Group, Thomas and Nicolas, asking for an explanation. (For some reason, Dmitriy's page does not permit messages.)

My request: Bring back the old app and let's debug the new version properly before releasing it again!

MuseScore's transition to Freemium and cross-platform access

Hello everyone,

Historically, MuseScore has had two mobile apps for Android: a paid one (Songbook) and a free one (MuseScore). There's also a desktop version of MuseScore where users can have  Pro accounts that are not linked to any of the apps which means they can't use their premium features there.
The vast majority of users use MuseScore Android to browse scores and in only a couple of years of its existence, about a million users have launched it at least once. These numbers inspire us to move forward and continue improving MuseScore products even further. 

Today, I want to announce a significant update that will be released shortly and after which MuseScore will transition to a cross-platform Freemium model.
This means that we'll unify subscriptions and accounts of the two existing apps and the desktop version of MuseScore. This way, Pro users from desktop will finally be able to use all premium features of the mobile app which will help us concentrate our efforts on improving it. 
Why are we doing this?

Our business model is 'Make products, not content' 
We put a lot of effort into improving our products. Mobile apps are a direction that we deem one of the most prospective ones and where we put the most effort into. 
While some companies make their apps free in stores but ask money for the access to scores, we negotiate with right holders of the scores in order to give our users free access to all public scores provided by our community.
We're searching for new competitive monetization models that will allow us to stay on par with market's powerhouses and we want to achieve this by continuously improving our services. 

All scores should be available to everyone
This is our core value. Any user from any device should have the most convenient way of accessing scores. The main advantage of the freemium model is that it allows all users to explore the app and upgrade their access if they like it enough. And by 'like' we firstly mean quickly and easily finding what users need or getting a lot of views on their own scores.  

Freemium works, it's how the majority of the mobile apps operate
We believe that the freemium model is the most prospective way of the mobile app development and that it'll let us accumulate more resources for turning MuseScore Android from a simple score browser to an invaluable tool for any musician.
Pro users shouldn't have any restrictions when they use our products. From the very first day of our work, we've been thinking how to give more value to pro users. Since then, we've introduced a lot of new features most important of which is being able to access all features of the mobile app. Users who previously bought MuseScore Songbook will soon get the access to the full version of the MuseScore mobile app (to get the access you’ll need to log in to your new account). 

Freemium means free
We'd like to note that these changes don't mean our apps will be hidden behind a paywall. The key functions of the app such as search and playback will remain free. However, some extra features like the offline access, opening scores from the local storage and a couple of others will be paid. 

We want more feedback and more ideas
We want to make our apps the best and the most useful for beginners and pros alike. That’s why we want to implement as many helpful instruments as we can and looking forward to receiving feedback from you. Bringing all products together will let us concentrate on developing them. If you have any questions or ideas, feel free to share them here or in the ‘Improving MuseScore’ group. Thanks for reading!

Mastering MuseScore: Complete Online Course

Hi, I'm Marc Sabatella, Director of Education for MuseScore.  For quite some time I have been dedicating myself to helping teach people to use MuseScore.  You may recognize my name from discussions on the forums at musescore.org or as the author of the comprehensive guidebook Mastering MuseScore.

A few months ago I announced the launch of the site I created specifically for MuseScore education: Mastering MuseScore Online.  While we're still working on how to best integrate my work into musescore.com, I want to make sure people here know about what's available.

Brand new for fall 2018 is my most complete resource yet: Mastering MuseScore: Complete Online Course.  It covers everything from the basics to the most advanced features of the program, with over one hundred individual lessons containing more than nine hours of video in all.  It is quite simply the most clear and thorough training of its kind!  You can find more information here: 

https://school.masteringmusescore.com/p/complete

 

MuseScore Web Team Introducing

My name is Dmitriy. I’m a Product Manager of MuseScore.
Today we are launching the new group. In this group, MuseScore Team Members will make posts about changes in our products: what we are doing and how we are working.

It won’t be an official group with “dry” marketing texts. The group will contain personal messages from our team members, no matter what their specialization and English language level are. And no censorship or editing here. And, I think, it's a right time to apologize for possible grammatical and lexical mistakes in this text now  =)

We are going to use this group to inform our users about all the changes in the project (not only big ones). If you are eager to know what’s going on in MuseScore, you might want to subscribe to this group. But please notice: only team members can create posts here. All posts from non-team members will be deleted: please use Improving MuseScore group for your posts.

At the moment, MuseScore team is working on development of the whole branch of MuseScore products. But, unfortunately, sometimes the importance of issues we are currently solving is pretty hard to see.
In this first post I want to share, what happened this year, with you and also to talk about our plans.
We are going to grow MU to the new level. We believe that Open Digital Technologies is the future of “musicians market”. And here we can be leaders!

Our goal is to make our products the most useful and the most functional for musicians. It means that we should develop as fast as possible: Release new features, make UI better etc.
But in order to go faster, we need to solve some issues which block further development.
Year 2018 started with a huge task: updating the technical platform of MuseScore.com

In the first quarter we implemented new search engine, all groups’ functionality, partially scores functionality. This was a very hard and important work, the result of which is sometimes not obvious for the users (and it is the best result, as usually users see the result of this kind of work only if something has been broken 🙂 )

But if we do it today, tomorrow we’ll be able to do 3 times more.
But it doesn’t mean that we stopped development of new features.

 
MuseScore.com

This year we’ve released some updates related to community: 
- New community index page with simple search of new text content.
- New WYSIWYG editor in community posts and comments: Now you can create nice and readable messages.
- We’ve relaunched the “MuseScorer Of The Month” project.
- We are making some experiments with “Hubs”. We are trying to make scores searching simpler. This can help to raise the “view count” for content creators.
We are going to solve the spam problem in scores, and a lot of plans with the “Browse” page and “Hubs” page improvements.
 

MuseScore

We are continuing to contribute into the MuseScore notation software. In the beginning of the year version 2.2 was released. There was a lot of important improvements. Now we are developing 2.3 and focusing on development of 3.0.
Our major goal here is to make the 1st  public beta version release for mass testing. We should make 3.0 as stable as possible to achieve this goal.
 

Mobile development

Here we are also having much work to do. We are moving our apps to the new technology platform which helps us to make the apps more useful and compatible with design requirements for iOS and Android. At the moment, our apps are in public beta testing, and I hope, that in near future new apps will be released in stores.

Then, we are going to improve UI of the apps. Also we are going to work on the integration of mobile functions with musescore.com (Mobile app should be a real alternative of the mobile version of the site).


Conclusions:

We are working hard to make a lot of improvements in every product. Unfortunately, in big projects like our, sometimes shit happens and we break some of the features from time to time. We are testing all the functions before releasing, but nobody except for real users knows the real cases of using products. So real users are the best testers for us! We are fixing the bugs really quick thanks to our users’ quick feedback.

All our team members are ready to solve the issues: every staff member takes time to read and to answer our users’ questions in “Improving MuseScore” group, and to reply to some support requests. 


Finally, I want to introduce to you the part of our team responsible for website development:

@abruhanov - our leading developer. He is responsible for the development of all new features and partially for platform updates. 

@Ximich - our chief developer. He is in charge of platform migration, project architecture and product optimisation.

@jilizart - UI-developer. He is responsible for the visual part of development.

@AlexanderT - Community Manager. He is responsible for the community, site content. He re-launched the MuseScorer Of The month project. Also Alex is testing our desktop and mobile products. He also consults us about all kinds of music-related questions, as he is a professional educated musician, saxophone player.

And me - I’m responsible for all MU products development including the website.


I hope that users will be happy with the results of our work. Because all that we are doing - we are doing for you: if you are happy - we are growing.