For many, the loss of the team behind Sibelius was a powerfully emotional experience, when AVID let them go in a round of heavy job cuts. It was simply the only game in town for serious notation needs. Sibelius still exists, but the development has slowed significantly since the team were fired.
However, the team behind it have moved over to Steinberg and have been working on a totally new scoring and notation solution of their own, this is now nearly ready for unveiling.
Those of you who are fluent in music notation will be much more comfortable in working on score based editing and production of printed or PDF copies of music for actual musicians to play - especially for string arrangers and the like.
Write and Engrave Modes allow you to intelligently select tied notes (write mode) where Engrave mode allows you to select each element. Scores can be hand annotated and tweaked to be more meaningful to the musician, making it a very powerful tool for producing final printable scores.
The new Dorico announcement - yeah we're not sure why its called that either (actually, its the name of a 16th Century music engraver in Rome Valerio Dorico), sets out the intent of Steinberg to take control of the notation market - redefine the Gold Standard as they put it.
Available Q4 2016 at €579 with discount for educational users and a Finale/Sibelius crossgrade price of €379
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