Comparison of scorewriters

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This is a comparison of music notation programs.

General information[edit]

Name Developer(s) Latest stable release & Date Last reviewed License Import formats MIDI entry[1] Sound support Export formats Guitar tablature WYSIWYG Editor Cost (USD) Operating System Support
Canorus Reinhard Katzmann, Matevž Jekovec, Georg Rudolph 0.7.1
21 April 2013
(3 years ago)
 (2013-04-21)
GPL CanorusML, xml MIDI pdf, ly No Yes Free Linux
Denemo Jeremiah Benham, Richard Shann 2.0.14
27 November 2016
(3 months ago)
 (2016-11-27)
GPL denemo, limited ly, xml step-time midi, wav, ogg pdf, ly, png Yes WYSIWYM with real Notes and WYSIWYG Free Windows, Mac OS X, Linux
Dorico Andrew Dodman, Michael Eastwood, Stefan Fuhrmann, András Kéri, James Larcombe, Paul Walmsley, Graham Westlake 1.0.20 Proprietary dor, xml step-time pdf, sag No Yes $560 Windows, macOS
Frescobaldi Wilbert Berendsen 2.19.0
22 April 2016
(10 months ago)
 (2016-04-22)
GPL midi pdf, ly No Yes Free Windows, Mac OS X, Linux
Impro-Visor Bob Keller 8.11
31 May 2016
(9 months ago)
 (2016-05-31)
GPL ls step-time and real-time midi pdf, ls, midi, xml No Yes Free Windows, Mac OS X, Linux
LilyPond Han-Wen Nienhuys, Jan Nieuwenhuizen 2.18.2
17 March 2014
(3 years ago)
 (2014-03-17)
GPL ly; using converters: abc, etf, midi, xml no midi pdf, ps, png, svg Yes No Free Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, FreeBSD
MusEdit Doug Rogers, Yowza Software 4.0.3 Proprietary ascii, midi, xml midi med, abc, midi, xml, png, bmp Yes Yes Free Windows
MuseScore Werner Schweer and others 2.0.3
4 April 2016
(11 months ago)
 (2016-04-04)
GPL v2 mscz, mscx, mss, album, xml, mxl, midi, kar, md, bww, mgu, sgu, ove, cap, capx, gtp, gp3, gp4, gp5, gpx, pdf (experimental), abc (with plugin) step-time midi xml, mxl, pdf, png, svg, midi, wav, flac, ogg, mp3 Yes Yes Free Windows, Mac OS X, Linux
Musink Lee Reid 1.2 Proprietary musink musTemplateExp midi pdf, png, xps, midi No WYSIWYM with real Notes Free Windows
MusiXTeX Daniel Taupin, Ross Mitchell, Andreas Egler 1.23
6 June 2016
(9 months ago)
 (2016-06-06)
GPL .tex (and .pmx and .mtx with preprocessors) no none dvi, ps, pdf, midi Yes No Free Windows, Mac OS X, Linux
NoteEdit Jörg Anders 2.8.1
9 August 2006
(10 years ago)
 (2006-08-09)
GPL midi, xml, tex, abc midi ps, ly Yes Yes Free Linux
Power Tab Editor Brad Larsen 1.0.0.175 Proprietary ptb, midi midi ptb, midi, ascii, html, bmp Yes Yes Free Windows
Rosegarden Chris Cannam, Richard Bown, Guillaume Laurent 16.06
18 July 2016
(8 months ago)
 (2016-07-18)
GPL h2song (hydrogen), midi, xml step-time and real-time midi ly, csound, mup, midi, xml No Yes Free Windows, Linux
ScoreCloud Studio Doremir Music Research AB 3.40 Proprietary midi, audio and manual real-time and step-time midi, vst pdf, midi, wav, xml No Yes Free Windows, Mac OS X, iOS
TuxGuitar Julian Gabriel Casadesus 1.4
23 December 2016
(2 months ago)
 (2016-12-23)
LGPL tg, xml, midi, gtp, gp3, gp4, gp5, gp6, ptb, tef midi tg, pdf, gp3, gp4, gp5, midi, ly, ascii Yes Yes Free Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, FreeBSD
Capella Capella Software AG 7.1 Proprietary cap, xml, midi, txt midi, vst capx, cap, xml, midi, bmp, jpg, tiff, png, tga, pcx, html Yes Yes $228 Windows
Encore Passport Music Software 5.0.4/5.0.7 Proprietary enc, mus, mto, rhp, mxl midi pdf, midi, mff, mts Yes Yes $280 Windows, Mac OS X
Finale MakeMusic 25 Proprietary mus, xml, midi, tiff, jpg, png, eps, pdf, bmp, gif, pict[2] step-time and real-time midi, vst, au,[2] Garritan library midi, wav, mp3, aiff, pdf, tiff, jpg, png, eps, bmp, gif, pict[2] Yes Yes $600 Windows, Mac OS X
Forte Lugert Verlag[3][4] 8.0 Proprietary midi, xml, capx, fnf[3][4] step-time and real-time[3] midi, vst midi, xml, bmp, jpg Yes Yes $229 [5] Windows
Guitar Pro Arobas Music 6.1.9 Proprietary gpx, gp3, gp4, gp5, ascii, xml, mxl, midi, ptb midi, rse png, pdf, ascii, midi, wav, gpx, gp5, xml Yes Yes $60 Windows, Mac OS X, Linux
MagicScore Maestro Music Software 8 Proprietary SFD, xml, midi, kar, wav, mp3 step-time and real-time midi, Sound fonts midi, to online plugin, wav, mp3, kar, xml, pdf, tiff, jpg, png, bmp, gif, emf, wmf Yes Yes $70 Windows
Mozart David Webber 13.0.10 Proprietary mz, xml real-time midi bmp, emf, gif, jpg, pbm, png Yes Yes $155 Windows
Mus2 Utku Uzmen (Data-Soft Ltd.) 2.1 Proprietary mus2 midi bmp, jpg, pdf, png, svg, aiff, midi, wav No Yes $60 Windows, Mac OS X
MusiCAD Musys Software 4.0 Proprietary ascii, abc, midi midi pdf No Yes $55 Windows
MusicEase MusicEase Software 9.0 Proprietary xml, midi, mez, abc, sw midi midi, pdf Yes Yes $250 Windows, Mac OS X
NoteWorthy Composer NoteWorthy Software 2.75 Proprietary nwc, midi, kar real-time and step-time[6] midi nwctxt, midi No Yes $49 Windows
Notion PreSonus 6.0 Proprietary xml, mxl, midi, gp4, gp5 real-time and step-time[7] midi, vst xml, wav, midi Yes Yes $149 Windows, Mac OS X, iOS (iPad)[8]
Overture Geniesoft 5.2.0 Proprietary ove, scw, xml, midi, enc midi, vst ove, midi, wav Yes Yes $249 Windows, Mac OS X
Sibelius Avid Technology Inc. 8.5 Proprietary sib, xml, midi, bmp, gif, jpg, png, tiff, svg step-time and real-time midi, vst, au,[2] Avid library sib, xml, midi, pdf, eps, png, svg Yes Yes $599 Windows, Mac OS X, RISC OS
SmartScore Pro Musitek Corporation 10.5.8 Proprietary mxl midi pdf Yes Yes $399 Windows, Mac OS X
Name Developer(s) Latest stable release License Import formats MIDI entry Sound support Export formats Guitar tablature WYSIWYG Editor Cost (USD) Operating System Support

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ When entering notes, "step-time" means one first selects the note duration then enters notes and chords one a time, while "real-time" means one plays the notes to enter with correct rhythm and the software recognizes the note durations.
  2. ^ a b c d Mac version
  3. ^ a b c "Product Tour » Forte Notation". Forte/Lugert Verlag. Retrieved 27 January 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Ronnie Currey (16 April 2009). ""Forte" Notation Software: A Review". Music Teacher's Helper Blog. Retrieved 27 January 2013. 
  5. ^ "Buy FORTE » Forte Notation". Forte/Lugert Verlag. Retrieved 27 January 2013. 
  6. ^ FAQ – midi Keyboard Input
  7. ^ Notion 5 – Midi Record Modes (Video)
  8. ^ "NOTION for iPad". Apple App Store. Retrieved 2012-01-11.