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MusicTime Deluxe is a 'reduced functionality' version of Encore.
Encore it's meant to play back music – either imported as MIDI, recorded from a MIDI device, or entered with keyboards and mouse.
Lyrrus Inc., d.b.a. GVOX purchased the intellectual property of Passport in 1998 and Encore 5 was released 10 years after Encore 4.
Encore is notable for being one of the first scorewriter programs to enable items in the musical score to be added and edited using the mouse .
Encore 5 included wizards to create scores for numerous types of ensembles from scratch, MusicXML support (although in now obsolete 1.3 version), use of VST, and J.S. Bach complete works for keyboard in Encore format.
Direct competitors over the music notation niche have taken market lead over the las decade, surpassing Encore in features and improved standards.
With recent Windows and macOS versions, Encore has become somewhat obsolete by this era, even having problems displaying the software itself on 4k monitors, recent MIDI to USB applications and superior versions of VST.
Passport Music Software, LLC claimed to be reworking Encore, departing from the original code that was created over 20 years ago.
As of July 2018, Encore has lost almost every glimpse of active support both in his official and user supported communities, also lacking updates further than version 5.0.4, hence it can be said it's development is halted.
- List of music software
- Overture (software), a notation program being developed by the same author, Don Williams, and sharing the original Encore interface