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.R1002 GPL CanorusML, xml midi pdf, ly No Yes Free Linux
Denemo Jeremiah Benham, Richard Shann 2.0 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
Frescobaldi Wilbert Berendsen 2.18.1 GPL midi pdf, ly No Yes Free Windows, Mac OS X, Linux
Impro-Visor Bob Keller 7.0 GPL ls both 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 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 2016June 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 1.1.0.1 Proprietary musink musTemplateExp midi pdf, png, xps, midi No WYSIWYM with real Notes Free Windows
MusiXTeX Daniel Taupin, Ross Mitchell, Andreas Egler 1.15 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 GPL midi, xml, tex, abc midi ps, ly Yes Yes Free Linux
Power Tab Editor Brad Larsen 1.7.0.80 Proprietary ptb, midi midi ptb, midi, ascii, html, bmp Yes Yes Free Windows
Rosegarden Chris Cannam, Richard Bown, Guillaume Laurent 16.06 GPL h2song (hydrogen), midi, xml both 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 1.3 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 $250 Windows
Capella Start[2] Capella Software AG 7.1 Proprietary capx, cap, xml,[3] midi,[3] txt midi, vst capx, cap, midi[3] No Yes $70 Windows
Encore Passport Music Software 5.0.4/5.0.7 Proprietary enc, mus, mto, rhp, mxl midi pdf, midi, mff, mts Yes Yes $299 Windows, Mac OS X
Finale MakeMusic 2014.5 Proprietary mus, xml, midi, tiff, jpg, png, eps, pdf, bmp, gif, pict[4] both step-time and real-time midi, vst, au,[4] Garritan library midi, wav, mp3, aiff, pdf, tiff, jpg, png, eps, bmp, gif, pict[4] Yes Yes $600 Windows, Mac OS X
Forte Lugert Verlag [5][6] 7.0 Proprietary midi, xml, capx, fnf [5][6] both step-time and real-time [5] midi, vst midi, xml, bmp, jpg Yes Yes $229 [7] 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 Both 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 $60 Windows
Mozart David Webber 11.0.15 Proprietary mz, xml real-time midi bmp, emf, gif, jpg, pbm, png Yes Yes $155 Windows
Mus2 Utku Uzmen (Data-Soft Ltd.) 2.0.2 Proprietary mus2 midi bmp, jpg, pdf, png, svg, aiff, midi, wav No Yes $60 Windows, Mac OS X
MusiCAD Musys Software 3.1 Proprietary ascii, abc, midi midi pdf No Yes $55 Windows
MusicEase MusicEase Software 8.5 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[8] midi nwctxt, midi No Yes $49 Windows
Notion PreSonus 5.0 Proprietary xml, mxl, midi, gp4, gp5 midi, vst xml, wav, midi Yes Yes $149 Windows, Mac OS X, iOS (iPad)[9]
Overture Geniesoft 4.1.5 Proprietary ove, scw, xml, midi, enc midi, vst ove, midi, wav Yes Yes $350 Windows, Mac OS X
Sibelius Avid Technology Inc. 8.4.0.96 Proprietary sib, xml, midi, bmp, gif, jpg, png, tiff, svg step-time and real-time midi, vst, au,[4] Avid library sib, xml, midi, pdf, eps, png, svg Yes Yes $600 Windows, Mac OS X, RISC OS
SmartScore Pro Musitek Corporation 10.5.8 Proprietary mxl midi pdf Yes Yes $400 Windows, Mac OS X
Stave'n'Tabs Brave Cakes Studio 2.0.1 Proprietary snt, midi, xml, mxl, gp3, gp4, gp5, gpx step-time midi midi, xml, mxl, gp3, gp4, gp5, gpx, pdf Yes Yes Free, 11.99$ PRO Mac OS X, iOS
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. ^ Max 4 staves per system, max 100 systems
  3. ^ a b c Max 4 staves or voices
  4. ^ a b c d Mac version
  5. ^ a b c "Product Tour » Forte Notation". Forte/Lugert Verlag. Retrieved 27 January 2013. 
  6. ^ a b Ronnie Currey (16 April 2009). ""Forte" Notation Software: A Review". Music Teacher's Helper Blog. Retrieved 27 January 2013. 
  7. ^ "Buy FORTE » Forte Notation". Forte/Lugert Verlag. Retrieved 27 January 2013. 
  8. ^ FAQ – midi Keyboard Input
  9. ^ "NOTION for iPad". Apple App Store. Retrieved 2012-01-11.